201604 Update

Hi Everyone,

The weeks have flown since our public meeting in early March when we formally set up Z-NET Uralla! You can read about who makes up our Executive Committee here.

Some great progress has been made. We have been welcomed under the umbrella of the Uralla Neighbourhood Centre. Thanks to the Board and Staff at the Neighbourhood Centre, in particular Catherine Gallaher and Jo Fletcher, for their guidance and advice.

And due to the generosity of Jim Sinclair, we have set up home in the old Bank of NSW (next to Michael’s Café). The Z-NET Uralla office will be open every Friday from 10am to 4pm, so please call in and say “Hi”.

Adam Marshall announced funding support from the Office of Environment and Heritage so we have resources now to start rolling out some great programs.

Keep checking our website (www.zneturalla.org.au) for upcoming information about free home energy assessments, solar bulk buy projects, DIY ceiling insulation workshops, and initiatives to help our businesses to both save energy and generate renewable energy.

Don’t hold back – put your hand up for programs that you would like to join, and let your friends know. You can register your interest here.

We are also really pleased to introduce the Z-NET Uralla Coordinator, Steve Griffith, who will work with Z-NET over the next seven months to help roll out activities for our community. Steve comes with a strong background of building vibrant community organisations, being a past Executive Director of Sport UNE and running the Healthy Highlanders program in Guyra.

Steve will be in the Z-NET Uralla office every Friday (10am to 4pm) as our community resource, so if you have a question about solar feed-in tariffs, how to reduce your power bill, or how to track down sustainably harvested firewood, call in and have a chat. If you would like to make an appointment just email Steve on coordinator(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)zneturalla.org.au

Z-NET Uralla has been busy listening to local businesses over the last few weeks to find out how we can best support them to become more energy efficient and generate renewable energy. Just last week we lodged a grant proposal for support to help meet some of their needs. We will keep you posted on the outcome, but regardless, we now have a good idea of how to deploy our resources in the best way to support local businesses.

Likewise, we want to hear from you about your home and what you would like to improve to stay warmer, save electricity and harness renewable energy. Fill in the form here and return it to the Z-NET Uralla Office, Uralla Council Office, or email coordinator(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)zneturalla.org.au. We will use this information to guide us in setting up programs that best fit your needs.

We had a great day in the Alma Park for Youth Week with lots of kids generating energy on the Z-NET bike to charge their mobile phones. Next we will be at Kingstown for the Lazy Sunday Cycle on 1 May. We still need some volunteers for the Z-NET Uralla stand, so please come and join us for a half day at a great community event.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

Sandra Eady
Z-NET Uralla Convenor
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