Community

Healesville CoRE Hits a Century in April!

We planned to have 100 financial members by the end of September this year but we reached that number at the end of April, five months early! This is a very exciting development that shows the real support from our community for the work we are doing. At the same time our data base has risen from just over 500 to 760! Who says small communities are not interested in community renewable energy? We could not do our work without this community support and we celebrate this fantastic growth over such a short time of just under 2 years! Well done Healesville!

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Finally, some Success with a Grant to Support our Work!

We are really excited to announce we have received $3,607.50 in funding from the Commonwealth Government to finance the training of 5 Healesville volunteers to learn how to conduct free Home Energy Efficiency Audits to help Healesville household reduce energy bills, with a focus on vulnerable households to begin with.

Glen Morris, who many of you know from his interesting and engaging workshops for Healesville CoRE, has been appointed the trainer and some volunteers have already expressed an interest. If you are interested in this one-day training please contact us at contact@healesvillecore.org.au for further information and we will be in touch! Watch this space!!

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Tony Smith, MHR for Casey, Pledges Big Bucks for Healesville Indoor Swimming Pool Refurbishment, Solar Panels & Batteries if Coalition wins the Election!

$1.5 million has been promised for this work, according to the local paper, provided the current Government is returned to office at the upcoming elections. As well as the general refurbishment of the building, a new roof will be added, with solar panels linked to battery storage. Healesville CoRE is delighted with this announcement as it will reduce the pool’s huge power bills by replacing energy from the grid with free solar energy, with a consequent reduction in carbon emissions from the pool’s energy consumption.

Healesville CoRE was involved in discussions with the High School Principal, about the pool in 2018, but we were not able to do anything due to lack of funding opportunities. This offer is a great example of what can be done with solar energy in a small town, when the Government gets behind a project. It is a pity it has only been offered now, and only if the Coalition wins the election! But it is a step in the right direction and we applaud this initiative and congratulate Tony Smith on his foresight and support!

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Sustainable House Day Success

Healesville CoRE’s involvement in Sustainable House Day 2017 was a great success.

Well over 100 people visited the local houses to hear about their sustainability features. These included many locals as well as those further afield from the city, and as far as Eildon and the Mornington Peninsula.

A big thank you to those who opened their houses up and also to the volunteers who helped on the day.

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Sustainable House Day 2017

Healesville CoRE is excited to be taking part in Sustainable House Day 2017 with four local and sustainable houses on display on Sunday September 17 from 10am-4pm:

  1. An inspiring underground house in Steels Creek, featured in Grand Designs Australia
  2. Two off-grid straw bale homes at Moora Moora Co-op on Mt Toolebewong
  3. A prototype off-grid tiny house from iCue Homes on display in their Hunter St factory in Healesville.

Look for the Sustainable House Day 2017 Poster.

Sustainable House Day is a national event organised by the Alternative Technology Association. It gives visitors a chance to inspect first-hand houses that have been designed, built or renovated with sustainability in mind as well as the opportunity to talk to owners and receive unbiased advice. Entry is either free or by gold coin donation.

Passive heating and cooling – free energy! Saving energy with careful design, insulation, glazing and other materials and appliances. And of course – renewable energy.

To attend houses on the day, you need to register on the Sustainable House Day website: https://sustainablehouseday.com.

You can search using ‘3777’ to find the local houses. Come and join us!

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This is Us

This report is a useful resource containing an overview of community feedback received during the Healesville CoRE Community Gathering on June 29,  2017.   Between 225 – 250 individuals attended the gathering at the Memo and 116 returned a completed feedback form.

All ongoing feedback is important.  Please keep in touch.

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