[frame src=”http://ncef.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/NCEFOrganizers_web.jpg” width=”200″ height=”IMAGE_HEIGHT” lightbox=”on” title=”Pictured from left-right some members of the organising committee: Kirsty Howton (SCU) Mark Byrne (EDO) Robyn Fitzroy (RDA) Kim Graham (Community Rep) & Graeme Williams (Byron Shire Council).
Photo (c) RDA-Northern Rivers
” align=”left” ]A grassroots initiative founded in 2010 to help the North Coast to “grow its own” sustainable energy has been influential in instigating and supporting regional initiatives like a “green skills” training report, bioenergy research and the creation of a community local group in Byron Bay which has financed over $100,000 worth of solar systems on commercial buildings.
“This is the tip of the iceberg,” said the North Coast Energy Forum convener Mark Byrne. “We have abundant natural and human resources to create a sustainable energy system, which will strengthen employment and the local economy, help tackle climate change and empower our community.”
“The North Coast region in known to have one of the highest uptakes of rooftop solar systems and also has enormous bioenergy potential utilising waste products from primary industries. We can combine both of these with our mild climate and resourceful population to build housing that helps reduce energy inputs and even be ‘carbon positive’ over their lifecycle.” said Mark.
“Part of the role of the forum is also to create a space where we can relate our local knowledge and experience to what is happening in the broader energy market. We can hear about how viable it is to go off-grid, or what progress is being made to wean ourselves off the centralised, fossil-fueled grid. We also want to broaden awareness of other energy solutions like energy efficiency, which are often the cheapest way to save energy and reduce emissions.”
The North Coast Energy Forum will be held from 9-5 on Friday, 31 May in Lismore. Go to www.faceboook/northcoastenergyforum for more details, and www.ncef.eventbrite.com.au to register. Earlybird prices to 30 April only. For forum enquiries please call Robyn on 0413 698 104. For media and sponsorship enquiries, please call Mark Byrne on 0403070442. This year’s sponsors and partners to date are Lismore City Council, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Total Environment Centre, Starfish Enterprises, Sustain Northern Rivers and Juno Energy.