The launch of Our Energy Future was a wonderful success, with sunshine, mild June weather and a full house of excited guests. The event was opened with a warm and profound Welcome to Country by Gadigal Elder, Uncle Chicka Madden, who is a committed and hard working member of the vibrant Redfern community.
The SSROC initiative has been over a year in the planning, and the room was buzzing with energy as Namoi Dougall, SSROC General Manager, formally launched the program on behalf of SSROC President Cr Sally Betts. “Our Energy Future is not just for southern Sydney councils – it is for the whole of New South Wales. The more councils who join us, the more people we reach, the more change we can make. And this will be better for our environment.” concluded Ms Dougall.
Guest speaker Professor Lesley Hughes from the Climate Council spoke passionately and eloquently about the impact of climate change on our environment, and the importance of moving to renewable energy sources such as solar power. “Take a deep breath in, and now take another… you have just breathed in more C02 than at any other time in history.” said Prof. Hughes, driving home to all attending the personal impact of carbon emissions.
Moreland Energy Foundation, affectionately known as MEFL, CEO Alison Rowe gave a personal perspective to energy efficiency telling us about her parents’ approach to saving energy (charge up that iPad, turn off the TV and heating, and put on your winter woolies). Ms Rowe thanked the MEFL and Positive Charge teams for their hard work in bringing this program together to deliver to SSROC.
The event was MC’d by the entertaining and delightful Ben Peacock from Republic of Everyone. His energy and passion about renewable energy kept the event lively and the guests engaged.
Guests enjoyed celebrating the launch in the lush 107 Projects community art gallery rooftop garden. Managing Director Jess Cook and 107 Projects team were wonderful hosts, ensuring everyone’s glasses were full and there were plenty of tasty morsels to nibble on.
Representatives from the nine participating councils, OEF vetted suppliers, Positive Charge and MEFL, the Office of Environment and Heritage, and SSROC all joined together to celebrate the launch. One participant noted that it was “just wonderful to see this project get off the ground, I can’t wait to roll Our Energy Future out to our community”.