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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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Exciting Announcement about Two Successful Appointments for our President, Jeff Barlow!

Appointment to YREAC! Jeff is now in a position to expand the scope of our work as an organization with two recent successful appointments. He has been appointed to the Yarra Ranges Environment Advisory Committee (YREAC), which is a committee that meets every two months to advise YR Council on environmental issues. This is an individual appointment for Jeff, in his own right, rather than as a representative of Healesville CoRE, but the issue of community renewable energy will be a major point of interest for Jeff on this committee, amongst other important environmental issues.

This appointment, which is for three years, will enable the issue of climate change and community renewable energy to be considered more closely by the committee, with a view to, hopefully, our work being supported to expand beyond Healesville to other towns in the Yarra Ranges municipality. The first business meeting of the committee on Thursday 2 May at the Council Chambers in Lilydale, saw a vigorous and energized discussion on climate change and renewable energy. Jeff also provided the Committee with a recently published Blueprint for how Councils can be involved with their community in transitioning to Net Zero. If you would like to read this document click on this link:

http://z-net.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ZNET-A3-doublepager_v3.pdf

Appointment to the Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps! Jeff will train for three days in Brisbane in June this year to become an Ambassador for Climate Change with a commitment to personally run a minimum of 10 events related to climate change, within one year.

Jeff will bring back to Healesville, and elsewhere, the skills he will gain in Brisbane, to further develop the work of Healesville CoRE, and to expand our work beyond Healesville with support from our Central Committee and our team of volunteers!

 

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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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Healesville Community Solar Hot Water (Heat Pump) Bulk Buy. Calling for Expressions of Interest!

After our very successful launch of the Healesville Community Solar & Battery Offer with Mondo Power, we are now boldly planning our next big project – a bulk buy of solar hot water heat pumps direct from the importer and the manufacturer! We will be doing this on our own, so it is a big step for our very small organization of community volunteers.

We need 20 Expressions of Interest for the company supplying the product to get engaged with us. So, if you are interested, or could be interested, in solar hot water, and if you would like to find out more about our bulk buy for solar hot water (heat pumps) just send an email to contact@healesvillecore.org.au and we will be in touch with you. Our list is gradually increasing in numbers!

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Farming Solutions for a Changing Climate!

If you are a farmer or know a farmer, this event, run by YR Council at the Healesville Memo on Wednesday 29 May from 7.00 to 9.15pm, will be of interest. For further information and registration (which is required) click on this link: https://yrc.vic.gov.au/FarmingSolutions

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Bulk Buy if you’re in the 3777 postcode area

Healesville CoRE will run a Community Solar Bulk Buy for homes, businesses, not for profits, schools and other community buildings,  scheduled to start in February 2019.  Click on below notice for details:

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Our AGM is on Thursday 2 August 2018 – See You There !!!!!

Our next event is our Annual General Meeting. We urge all members and all other interested people to join us ……………..

Date: Thursday 2 August 2018
Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start
Venue: Darron Honey Centre (behind Healesville Uniting Church)

286 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

 

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Did You see Healesville CoRE at the River Street Market on 3 June 2018??

Once again, Healesville CoRE had a stall at the Healesville River Street Market on Sunday 3 June 2018.

 

Many people were interested in what HCoRE is doing (even some non-locals) and they said that they would like to come along to the public meeting  (Our Solar Town – From Dreams to Reality <—- Click here for details) that we’re holding on Thursday 21 June at The Memo in Healesville.

More people signed up as members and we also recorded names and contact details of people who would like to be kept informed of developments.

Some people from out of town took brochures to see what we’ve been up to so far and get some ideas for potentially starting their own community based renewable energy group, so we’ve been spreading the word!

Thanks to the volunteers who ran the stall – Dave, Rosie, Karen, Ron & Marnie

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