YOU ARE INVITED to an evening information session about Community Renewable Energy.   

Did you know a town the size of Bairnsdale spends over $6.6 million a year on combined household electricity costs? (Estimated on the population and a household electricity spend of $1,200 pa).

Come and hear innovative ways to keep some of this money in our towns and communities.  Community energy is when a group develops, operates and benefits from a renewable energy or energy efficiency project.  In Australia, there are over 80 community energy groups with 50 operating community energy projects.

The community and local businesses are invited to hear from two leading community renewable energy experts in Bairnsdale at the:


The Hub – Bairnsdale
Corner Dalmahoy and Service Streets
Thursday 20 July
6pm – 8pm [No need to RSVP]

Dr Rob Passey, is a member of Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) and works as a consultant at ITP Renewables.  East Gippsland Shire Council have engaged Rob to identify opportunities for delivering long-term renewable energy solutions for East Gippsland.  Local renewable energy projects are emerging as viable alternatives to reliance on the grid and can deliver substantial financial benefits to business and communities, as well as reducing greenhouse emissions.  Opportunities range from energy-saving initiatives at the business or household level, through to locally embedded and grid connected energy generation, that is, as a locally owned enterprise.  Rob will provide an overview of the East Gippsland project and highlight local community energy options.

Another presentation will be delivered by Chris Weir, who is the President of Bendigo Sustainability Group (BSG).  Chris will provide a presentation explaining what community energy is and how it works.  Chris and the Bendigo Sustainability Group have been involved in many projects including a major energy efficiency program and solar installations on community buildings using models that allow the benefits to flow back to the local community.  (The group has recently raised $50,000 in funds for the Bendigo Tramways to install a 50kW solar project via a Community Charity Investment.)

There will be opportunities to speak to both Rob and Chris at the end of the presentations.
Light supper, and tea and coffee will be provided.

View flyer for Bairnsdale event

The Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN), Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network (GELLEN) and East Gippsland Shire Council (EGSC) have combined to organise a free information session in Bairnsdale on the evening of Thursday 20 July.

If you are situated in Wellington Shire, there is a similar presentation in Sale on Tuesday 18 July. View flyer for Sale event