Clean Energy for Eternity

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Clean Energy For Eternity was established in 2006, and since then we have been working hard to establish community solutions to climate change.

We have been raising awareness with our human signs and landscape sculptures. We have been changing attitudes with LifeSaving Energy and our Big Swim series. We are embracing economic opportunity with our 50/50 by 2020 targets, and we are looking at bigger picture stuff with our community owned power stations.

50/50 by 2020

5 shires in SE NSW have now adopted a 50/50 by 2020 target. This target, driven by strong community support, has had bipartisan government support at local, state and federal levels. We are the first region in Australia to set a challenging emissions reduction target, with Mike Kelly setting an aspirational 50/50 by 2020 target for the electorate of Eden-Monaro. That puts our region into a position of leadership. It hasn't always been easy for local government to support a target, but there is growing realisation that leadership on climate change presents SE NSW with enormous economic opportunity.

The 50/50 by 2020 target is achievable. A solar bulk buy deal currently in operation, will see up to 1 MegaWatt of solar panels put onto roof tops by the end of the year. That's a good start.

With the proposed wind farm on the Monaro, the Cooma-Monaro and Bombala councils will probably be the first shires in the southeast to produce more electricity than they use. That is an exciting concept! Snowy-Hydro contiues to pump renewable energy into the grid, year after year.

These are exciting times. We are turning the threat of climate change into opportunity. We are off to a flying start with the 50/50 by 2020 target, and we haven't even began to look at wave and biomass energy. Eden-Monaro could become a net exporter of renewable energy by 2030!

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2006

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Early History

Prefer to watch a video than read text? Click here to watch a video made in 2015

On New Year’s Day 2006, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Matthew Nott was on surf lifesaving patrol on Tathra Beach. It was the hottest day on record for Tathra and Dr Nott was reading ‘The WeatherMakers” by Tim Flannery. Catalyst covered the story of what happened next. You can watch it here

On 21st May 2006, Matthew Nott invited the community to join him in making a human sign on Tathra Beach – 3000 people wrote the words “Clean Energy for Eternity” along the sand, then the human sign dissolved and reformed as “Imagine”. A revolution was born.

On 11th June, in the middle of a snowstorm, Matthew Nott and several hardy friends (including Julia Mayo-Ramsay from Eurobodalla) swam 6km across Lake Jindabyne to raise awareness of the need for action on climate change.

On 21st August, 400 residents of the Bega Valley Shire met in the RSL Club to hear speakers on climate change. Chaired by Mayor Tony Allen, this meeting unanimously endorsed a resolution setting targets of 50% reduction in energy and 50% adoption of renewable energy by 2020. The Clean Energy Working Group set up will report back to the Bega community in February 2007.

On 8th October, a human sign in Canberra brought a strong message from rural Australia to the nation’s capital. This meeting forged strong links between concerned community members from across south-east NSW and the ACT.

On 13th November, Julia Mayo-Ramsay and others hosted a Clean Energy for Eternity meeting in the Moruya RSL. Despite rain and hail, 550 people turned out to unanimously support the adoption of 50/50 by 2020 targets for Eurobodalla.

After six months work, the Clean Energy Action Plan – Towards 50/50 by 2020 in the Bega Valley Shire has been released to the community.

Produced by the seven member Clean Energy Working Group, it makes urgent recommendations for actions needed to turn our 50/50 by 2020 targets into reality, highlighting some exciting possibilities for Bega Valley Shire.

Initial feedback has been extremely positive, with other communities and shires keen to use the report as a model for their own action plans. Helpful criticism has also been gratefully received, highlighting areas for further work and ways of communicating better.

Action-Plan (PDF 1MB)

Action Plan (Updated July 08) (PDF .6MB)

Action Plan Summary (PDF .5MB)

VEA have made a 30 minute educational video on the early history of CEFE. You can watch a sampler here

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