The enthusiasm for CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) continued on Saturday 25th August with 31 people gathering over afternoon tea at the Uniting Church Hall to discuss their visions for energy generation in the shire in the next 20 years. Participants proposed such visions as “a carbon neutral town, community energy security, pride of ownership, access to all, and reinvesting in community”. And they envisioned a great range of project ideas, including: bulk buy & sell solar concepts, bio-energy using waste from the tip and timber mills; and pumped hydro. Some of the district’s past energy generation was mentioned as inspiration – did you know a hydro plant on the Williams River at the old butter factory in Dungog was used to create electricity in the 1930s?
The meeting followed the success of the CORE expert panel discussion held in National Science Week in mid August. Further workshops are planned.