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Win for Low Carbon Living in the Highlands

Here’s another way good living on the Highlands can be Low Carbon Living. Check out the artworks, food and wine on offer as prizes in our raffle. They’ve been donated to support startup enterprise Low Carbon Living Southern Highlands. All you need to do is buy some tickets before 18 May 2019.


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Fire – Indigenous Artwork representing the environmental impact of bushfires and the understanding that the indigenous community can help to control them with their own sustainable practices.

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Evolution of Earth in Time

Evolution of Earth in Time – Modern Artwork in pastels by an artist who has devoted her talent to expressing such existential concepts.

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Local Highlands Produce

Produce from the Moss Vale Community Garden.

The Garden is a sustainable kitchen garden built on the principles of Permaculture, an idea that has been taken up by many adaptation centres around the world.

Local Wine

Wine grown and made at Tractorless Vineyard, a sustainable vineyard on the edge of the Southern Highlands.

The grape has been passed down from its original viticulture in the heart of Europe, using practices that reduce the carbon footprint on the site.

How to enter


2 for $10.00 OR 5 for $20.00

We’ll email your tickets to you when your payment is processed.

Payment Online

Please pay by direct deposit to the CANWin account at BDCU:

Bank: BDCU
Account name: Canwin
BSB No: 802-101 A/c No: 105745**

Description: Your name & phone no. (to identify your deposit)

**If transferring from a BDCU a/c, please use A/c No. 105745S5

Online Tickets

Use this form to tell us where to send your tickets

If you need another purchase method

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Give the gift of solar

CANWin is joining with Repower Southern Highlands to help fund a solar power system for Challenge Southern Highlands.

Challenge runs the Welby Garden Centre near Mittagong, and does wonderful work providing training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Repower and CANWin are calling for donations from the community to help raise $10,000 on behalf of Challenge Southern Highlands.

CANWin has agreed to match donations up to a total of $5000. This means that for every $100 you donate, CANWin will match it with another $100.

Your donation will assist with the installation of a 12KW solar system at the Challenge SH facility in Welby, contributing to substantial savings in electricity and helping our environment!

How to donate

Challenge Southern Highlands – PO Box 1193 Bowral NSW 2576.
For deductions the Deductible Gift Recipient Number is SSO/ADVR/GF0283 and their Authority to Fundraise Number is: CFN10487

Direct Deposit:

BSB: 802 101
ACCOUNT NO: 100031037 REF: ([your name] Challenge Solar)

For more information

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CANWin AGM 2013: 10 March 2013, 1.30pm at Kazcare

Froad: boiling frog, or perhaps toad, with martini

I’m going to the AGM… I’ll find my name!! Ribbit!!!

It’s time for renewing and prospective CANWin members to sign up (you can use an online form OR download a PDF form) pay up, and turn up for the AGM.

The AGM is members’ annual opportunity to question and elect the committee, catch up on activity over the past year, influence plans for the future, and talk with fellow CANWin members with different interests from your own. Climate affects everything; climate action happens everywhere. No one knows everything that’s going on, so come along to the AGM and learn a bit more.

We’ll Name That Frog, and after the business part of the meeting the green-fingered gurus of Moss Vale Community Garden will provide refreshments.

Then comes Gordon Markwart with some questions you can use to sort out which solar technology will give you and the planet the best value for your hard-earned dollars.

A personal view

CANWin, like thousands of climate and transition groups around the world, has achieved a lot in the face of local, national, and international obstacles, setbacks, and distractions. But we haven’t yet saved ourselves or our children from a broken climate. That needs political activism as well as personal action, regional energy as well as local conservation. We need to force all political parties to acknowledge that climate trumps economics. We need local and regional renewable energy, as well as Big Solar, to make coal and coal-seam gas redundant.

We need to work together. There’s a world at stake.

So let’s all sign up, pay up, and turn up for the CANWin AGM. It’s the least we can do.

“Business as usual” in 2050? The Consequences of Inaction

“Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction.” That doesn’t sound much like a cry from the heart, especially considering that it’s published by the OECD, but that’s what it is. It’s the title of a recent report that looks at the world of 2050 if current trends in population and economic growth continue and the world does not adopt more ambitious green policies. Continue reading