Campaign Update: public talks, political briefings and the community vote
It’s been a busy month for the Repower Port Augusta campaign.
Just last week, BZE’s Mark Ogge and Hannah Aulby were in Adelaide meeting with politicians, union secretaries and business groups. Members of Parliament from all political persuasions were supportive of the solar and wind proposal – though they were slow to commit to backing the feed in tariff legislation that will be necessary to get these renewables built. To show politicians that you support renewables for Port Augusta, sign the petition here.
Mark is now in Port Augusta, meeting with the Regional Development council and presenting to the Lions and Rotary clubs
The Repower Port Augusta Alliance has continued to grow, with both the Climate and Health Alliance and the Port Augusta City Council recently joining.
BZE have started presenting the RPA vision in Victoria and New South Wales – with talks held so far in Melbourne, Bendigo and Manly. There will be presentation trainings in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane over the next month, giving campaign volunteers an opportunity to learn the content and start giving talks in their communities.
The Repower Port Augusta research report has just been reprinted, as the first edition sold out! There are now 2000 new copies – which model the solar thermal and wind proposal in detail. You can buy a hard copy from the BZE office in Melbourne, or from Kelly Mackenzie in Adelaide (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The community vote in Port Augusta is off to a great start, with 700 votes already collected. The team will be running stalls for the next three weeks in Adelaide and Port Augusta, so contact Dan (email@example.com) if you can help out.
And the growing momentum of the campaign has caught the eye of some film makers, GT Films, who are working on a documentary called Two Degrees. They are going to include 20 minutes on the Repower Port Augusta campaign, as an example of communities taking action on climate change. Check out their website here.
Stay tuned for more news on the community vote this month.