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Power to the People

Inaugural energy forum to give power to the people

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Let’s get ready for a renewable Warrnambool! The first ever South West Renewable Energy Forum on June 12 aims to plant the seed for the first community owned renewable energy project in Warrnambool.

Forum attendees will hear from Geelong Sustainability and the Bendigo Sustainability Group, both of which are driving renewable energy projects to benefit their communities.

Warrnambool City Council Sustainability Officer Juan Donis said that community sustainability organisations allow communities to take energy matters into their own hands.

“The tagline for the forum is ‘Power to the People’. While government certainly has a role to play, community-driven projects have the potential to achieve great things,” he said.

“There’s no limit to the type of projects that could be undertaken if the community get behind them.

“In Bendigo for example, they work on everything from raising greater community awareness about household energy efficiency right up to major developments like the Bendigo Mines Pumped Hydro Project which aims to use old mining shafts as a hydro energy storage system.

“If you have a passion for the environment and renewable energy, this could be a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and work together to make our city a cleaner, greener place.

“You’ll also hear about local renewable energy activities from the South West Community Energy Group, Leadership Great South Coast and Sustainability Victoria.”

The forum will run from 6pm until 8pm at the Lighthouse Theatre, and is free to attend. Please register your interest online  

For more information contact Juan at jdonis [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au or 5559 4800.

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