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Frackman: What CSG mining does for Australians

UPDATE: The movie Frackman is being screened in GOULBURN 29th May, 6-30 pm at the Soldiers Club, tickets must be bought in advance through

Dayne Pratzky was chasing the great Australian dream when he upped sticks from the city and moved to Tara in south east Queensland. He bought a bush block to build a house and make a home.

One day a gas company man drove down Dayne’s driveway, “He told me we’re gunna sink a well down the back of your place and if you don’t like it, there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Dayne shares his story in a gripping new film that has been five years in the making: Frackman. It’s the real life story of what happened when coal seam gas came to Australia. In Frackman we share Dayne’s trials and triumphs, as he and his neighbours work together to fight back against coal seam gas.
It’s the must-see cinema event of the year and the film that Bob Brown says no Australian should miss.

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Local (more or less) cinemas coming up:

Wed. Mar 18, 6:30 PM – CAMDEN Civic Centre
Thur. Mar 19, 7:00 PM – CAMPBELLTOWN Event Cinemas
Sat. Mar 21, 7:00 PM – KANGAROO VALLEY Upper Kangaroo River Community Hall – SOLD OUT
Sun. Mar 22, 4:00 PM – WARRAWONG Gala Cinema
Wed. Mar 25, 7:00 PM – NEWTOWN Dendy Newtown

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Grow Cook, Eat Festival in Bundanoon

Flier for Grow Cook Eat 2015Climate affects everything, so there are hundreds of ways to take action. Including the way we eat.

Tomorrow at Bundanoon Community Garden, in the grounds of the Quest for Life Centre, Ellsmore Rd, Bundanoon

Local food, talks, demos, music… and looks like a perfect Highlands day to enjoy it all.

10am – 4pm Sunday 8 March
Admission by donation to support Bundanoon Community Garden

Coal: your day is done

Flier based on SHCAG for rally, 7 Mar 2015
The direct impact of coal mining on water resources is bad enough, but it’s not the only reason to turn up for tomorrow’s rally.

97% of practising climate scientists agree that burning coal is changing the climate to something civilised humans have never known. That’s another reason.

Need another one? Coal harms the health of people who live and work in the Hunter Valley at a money cost of around $600 million a year.

Long story short: King Coal’s day is done. People and the planet can no longer afford coal.

Whatever your reason, tomorrow come along and rally against coal mining in the Highlands. See you there!!

How and why of fossil-fuel freedom

Two great events this weekend: Friday’s CANWin speaker forum shows us how to get to fossil-fuel freedom; on Saturday afternoon Robertson CTC showcases the at-risk wonders of icy Antarctica.

Flier for speaker night 27 Feb.

Antarctica: A photographic journey

Glenn Dawson is a freelance photographer specialising in wildlife and nature. He and his cameras have made four trips to the Arctic, Alaska and Canada. Penguins with chicks He has also travelled twice to Africa to work and photograph wildlife and landscape. Robertson is to be treated to a presentation by Glenn, sharing his love and knowledge of the Antarctic, and other lands he has visited with a focus on nature, wildlife and cultures. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday 28th February, 3pm – 5pm; tickets $10. For bookings, contact the CTC, tel. 02 4885 2665.

Climate crisis PLUS financial crisis? No thanks

As the G20 meeting gets into full talk mode, a lot of commentators are pointing out that “climate change is an economic issue”. Dr John Hewson, long-time climate activist and former Leader of the Liberal Party (yep, the same Liberal Party that’s gutting Australia’s emissions reduction programs), will explain how climate change could bring on another Global Financial Crisis.

Flyer for John Hewson's talk on Risk of Climate Change Induced Financial Crisis, 21 Nov 2014, Henrietta Rose Room

See you there.

PS You might like to check out Dr Hewson’s work with the Asset Owners’ Disclosure Project,

More than one way…

There’s more than one way to transform Australia’s energy. Find out what communities are doing around Australia and the world to bring about a no-carbon, clean energy future.
Programme for Community Energy Presentation, 4th November 2014, 4.30-6.00pm, Henrietta Rose Room

See you there.

More info about the speakers…

Australian business needs the RET

Clean Energy Council infographic: RET saves business $64million a year

More than 15,000 businesses have now installed a commercial-size solar power system. These businesses cover a broad range of sectors, from dairy and chicken farmers through to wineries, offices, supermarkets and retail outlets.

There is an increasing recognition that the current modest support provided by the RET means the business case for solar power makes sense, helping businesses become more competitive in tough economic conditions.

This is a very effective policy which is working well and will begin to phase out naturally from 2017. The rest of the world is going full-speed ahead on solar and there is a huge opportunity here for Australian businesses if we leave the RET alone.

[Kane Thornton, Clean Energy Council]

Tell your Federal MP, Australia needs the Renewable Energy Target scheme.

Throsby: Mr Stephen Jones

Electorate Office:
2/1 Bong Bong Road
Dapto, NSW, 2530

Postal address:
PO Box 864
Dapto, NSW, 2530

Phone: 4262 6122
Fax: 4262 615

Parliament Office:
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 6277 4661
Fax: 6277 8548

Gilmore: Mrs Anne Sudmalis

Electorate Office:
24 Berry Street,
Nowra, NSW, 2541

Postal address:
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Nowra, NSW, 2541
Phone: 4423 1782
Fax: 4423 1785
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Parliament Office:
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Phone: 6277 4141
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Hume: Mr Angus Taylor

Electorate Office:
191 Auburn Street
Goulburn, NSW, 2580

Postal address:
PO Box 700
Goulburn, NSW, 2580

Phone: 4822 2277
Fax: 4822 1029

Parliament Office:
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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 6277 4662
Fax: 6277 2389

CANWin sustainable house visits, 7 September

A message from David Tranter

Following the fantastic visit to the off-grid house of Larry and Penny Osterhaus two months ago, arranged by Gordon Markwart, I am pleased to announce a second outing for CANWin members and friends on Sunday morning, September 7th.

This time there are three sustainable houses to visit in Mittagong, each one different from the others.

The program for the day is as follows:
9.30am: Assemble immediately in front of Mittagong Railway Station to pool cars
9.45am: Directions
9.55am (SHARP) Move off to the first site (Lemann “Greeny Flat”)
10am: Lemann Greeny Flat Inspection
10.45am: Depart for the second site (Leenders House)
11am: Leenders House Inspection
11.45am:Leave for the third site (Podger House)
12 noon: Podger House Inspection (outdoors)
12 45: Return to parked cars at Mittagong Railway Station
1pm (Optional): Leave for the Home and Garden Show at the Bong Bong Racecourse, to see the CANWin exhibits and check out the show.

If you and/or your friends are interested in joining the CANWin party, would you please email David Tranter (email hidden; JavaScript is required) or phone (4885-1394) to make a booking.

Best regards,
David Tranter