Final Report – March 2012

After much planning, unfortunately only 13 households were eventually surveyed. While the initial vision of the project was not realised in its entirety, what has come out of the survey is that a series of other initiatives could greatly assist our community to learn about broader sustainability through community education programs that are of interest, and that further developing concepts such as an Energy Efficient Housing Renewal Program; a Community Renewable Energy Project for Cooma-Monaro and a Community Sustainability Game are programs that are likely to be supported, especially if developed in collaboration with the community.


Friday 18 November 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Cooma Energy and Sustainability Survey will be conducted in North Cooma over the last few weeks of November 2011.  A small team of surveyers has been recruited and trainied to conduct the survey, and will doorknock selected homes in the targeted areas over 2-3 weekends and some week days through to early December.  The team consists of:

  • Simon Moore
  • Natalie Spencer
  • Danielle George
  • Bec Minear
  • Kayla Crofts
  • Jenny O’Connell

The survey has been designed to ask people about their home and lifestyle habits related to energy use and conservation, and general sustainable living practices (such as growing food or having chooks).  The aim is to identify the best strategies and programs to introduce to assist residents to live more sustainably, reduce energy use and costs.  For more information about the survey contact Stephanie McDonald on the contact numbers at the bottom of this page.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Hello everyone

The Monaro Sustainability and Energy Team (MSET) have been plugging away at development of the Monaro Sustainability and Energy Matters! Survey, a door-to-door market research project in Cooma. The survey covers a broad range of questions about energy consumption and lifestyle, including food, transport, shopping and gardening.

Given our resources, it is likely that we will limit the research to an area in Cooma North of approximately 80 homes defined by Essential Energy infrastructure. This will enable us to accurately monitor electrical energy consumption and any differences in consumption that future projects may have. We aim for full participation.

Our journey has included a meeting in February with Dr Garry Egger who gave us some pro-bono advice on the design of the survey and many things to think about including using inclusive language, sampling techniques and data analysis considerations.

We have met with Cooma-Monaro Shire Council and Essential Energy on several occasions to ensure collaboration regarding development and collation of sound base-data and ongoing measurement techniques for (predominantly) electrical energy consumption in the Cooma-Monaro LGA. In this way the data can be used to benefit multiple purposes, including Cooma-Monaro Shire Councils ongoing measurement of  their “aspirational 50/50 by 2020 target”.

The cold weather has hit us once again (somehow it’s a shock every season!) On the other side of freezing, when life shows evidence of emerging, our market research team will be tapping on doors and tapping into what’s going on regarding energy consumption on a household basis in our community in our extreme climate.

Warm regards to all


For more information on the project

Contact Stephanie McDonald on 0408 425 430 or email:


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