Climate Change Update 2nd June 2024

Visitors are coming in steady numbers to look at our art exhibition Imagine a clean energy future. On Tuesday our workshops started with an information session on EVs. This coming Tuesday (June4th) at 12.30pm at the Raglan Gallery there is a free vegetarian lunch provided by the Cooma Multicultural Group – please come if you can!

Also attached is my monthly column/letter to the Monaro Post, reporting on what Professor Andrew Blakers said at the launch of the exhibition on 18 May. 

As you know, the coal-fired Eraring power station will be kept going for another two years at a possible cost to the taxpayer of $450 million. It is particularly infuriating because the NSW government has dragged its heels on approving renewable energy projects, particularly wind farms. Had they facilitated the process, rather than impeded it, it may not have been necessary to keep Eraring open. We issued a media release (attached.)

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Climate Change Update 26th May 2024

Our art exhibition got an excellent write-up in the Monaro Post on Wednesday and Peter New had a wonderful letter confirming its success (see three items attached). If you haven’t already, please come and see the exhibition (Imagine a Clean Energy Future) at the Raglan, 9-11 Lambie St, Cooma, any day from Wed to Sun, 10.30am to 3.30pm, through to 30 June. 

We have also organised weekly workshops, starting this Tuesday, from 12.30 to 2pm in the Tillers Gallery at the Raglan, starting with an EV workshop. See attached notice. All free with the tea and biscuit thrown in!

The Raglan Board has asked whether anyone might volunteer for sitting at the reception desk while the exhibition runs (even thereafter!) Merilyn Minell muckleflugga@activ8.net.au would be happy to offer instruction, though it is not difficult. 

The biggest news of the week, of course, was the infuriating decision by the NSW Government to keep open Eraring coal-fired power station for another two years (or maybe four) to “keep the lights on”. It will cost the tax-payer up to $450 million. The NSW government (previous and current)  itself is to blame because it has failed to deliver the new capacity on time. According to Renew Economy, new wind and solar projects have been delayed by extended planning holdups, and the state’s proposed renewable energy zones have also been delayed.

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