Home Energy Basics Workshops

Kiama Community College

Kiama and Shoalhaven Community College have been funded to run 5 individual Home Energy Basics Workshops (ie only attend one of the five).

These are funded by the Dept of Environment and Heritage and cover:

• Household energy efficiency
• How to better understand your energy bills
• Major consumers of energy in the home
• Times and tricks to minimise energy consumption and reduce costs
• Solar power

The dates are as follows:

· Saturday 3 September, Shoalhaven, 9.30am – 11.30am
· Saturday 3 September, Kiama, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
· Monday 10 October 2016, Shoalhaven, 9.30am – 11.30am
· Monday 10 October 2016, Kiama 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Thursday 1 December 2016, Kiama 10am – 12pm

Free Energy Efficiency Workshop | 26 Feb 2015, 2pm – 4pm

Saving energy together!

You can’t control the cost of energy but you can control how you use it – and by using it more efficiently – benefit your organisation, community and the planet.

Please join with us and other community leaders and change agents in Wollongong for a free energy efficiency workshop. The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to connect, share information from their own efficiency journey and collaborate with the aim of using less to save more. Afternoon tea will be included.

Our aim is to inspire a peer network to take action collaboratively, using the resources available, and become part of a thriving, national Learning Community for the future.

We hope to see you there!

If you haven’t done so already… here’s some next steps

  • Register to be a member at www.neen.org.au
  • Bring a copy of your organisation’s annual electricity & gas bills on the day and we can go through the audit tool with you

Please visit http://neen.org.au/event/neen-wollongong/ for more details

NRMA Insurance Community Grants | Closes 31 March

The Community Grants program provides an opportunity for you to support local initiatives that aim to make your community safer, more sustainable and better prepared to respond to emergencies.

What is it?

The NRMA Insurance Community Grants program recognises and showcases the great work that hundreds of grassroots organisations undertake in our communities each year.

Since 2003, NRMA Insurance has been working with upstanding members of the community who have outstanding ideas to make their local communities safer and more sustainable. To date, we have invested $5.8 million into 1,400 community projects.

Why is it relevant for my community?

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support initiatives aimed at making our communities safer, more sustainable and better prepared to respond to emergencies.

It doesn’t matter how big or small a local project is, if there are organisations or projects that relate to any of the following areas, we’d love to hear about them:

  • Crime prevention: For this category, projects should focus on reducing the opportunity for crime to occur and/or changing people’s attitudes to the protection of their homes, vehicles or personal property.
  • Road safety: Initiatives considered will be projects that seek to change behaviours and attitudes of drivers, pedestrians and other road users to reduce the likelihood and severity of road incidents.
  • Emergency readiness and response: These projects should create awareness and educate communities about steps they can take to prepare for and/or take action against the impact of storms, floods, fires and other natural disasters.
  • Environment: Initiatives should directly engage communities in on-ground activities that address local environmental issues, mitigate against severe weather events and/or raise awareness about ways they can reduce their impact on the environment.

What can I do?

You can send this information onto local organisations and projects in your community, to let them know about the grant.

Please click here to download further information and materials you can send on to interested parties, which includes:

  • Information booklet about the program
  • DL flyer artwork (if you wish to print these materials)
  • A4 poster (with key dates for the 2014 Community Grants program)

Alternatively, if you would like us to send you a hard copy, please reply with your mailing details.

Applying is easy and applications are open until 5pm AEST Monday 31 March.

For more information visit the website, or you can call the community information line on 1300 306 496.


Clean Beaches Awards Program

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW is encouraging local Council’s and community groups to apply for an award through their Clean Beaches Awards Program?

Submissions close | 4 October

Awards Categories

  1. NSW Environment Protection Authority – Overall Clean Beach Award
  2. Sydney Water – Sustainable Water Award
  3. Litter and Waste Management Award
  4. Young Legends Award
  5. Environmental Protection Award
  6. Community Partnerships Award
  7. Cultural and Historical Heritage Award (NEW)
  8. Safety and Services Award

Entry forms and submissions

Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP)

Deborah Petkovic has joined the RDA Illawarra team as the Project Manager for the Energy Efficiency in the 3rd Age (EE3A) project. Deborah’s experience includes sustainability and local government in the Illawarra region.

The EE3A project will focus on research and reducing energy consumption amongst low income older people whilst maintaining quality of life.  The EE3A project is an Australian Government initiative, funded by the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) through the Department of Indusrty that has provided RDAI with a $2.3M grant to lead a consortium of regional stakeholders to fulfil the goals of the project. Click here to read more.

For more information on the LIEEP program, Deborah can be contacted on 4227 4500 or deborah@rdaillwarra.com.au