PANS Update May 13th 2011

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Hello everyone and welcome to the Palerang Action Nework for Sustainability (PANS)!!!

If you are wondering why you have received this email, it is because you responded with some interest to the idea in the past few weeks either by email or telephone.  If you’d prefer not to receive these emails please hit ‘reply’ with the subject ‘unsubscribe’.

Where has PANS come from?

Last year a group called Sustaining Our Towns came to Palerang to hold two workshops with the end goal of developing a community driven project in our Shire. Project partners of the Sustaining Our Towns (SOT) projects are SERRROC (South East Resource Recovery Regional Organisation of Councils) Clean Energy for Eternity, the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the thirteen SERRROC Councils, including Palerang Council.

The SOT meetings in Palerang Shire put forward two projects: the PANS (Palerang Action Network for Sustainability) and a second Palerang Council led application for an energy saving initiative. These were both funded with approximately $5 000 each.

The aim of the PANS is to ‘increase the sustainable development capacity of Palerang communities by providing advocacy and secretariat support for local initiatives.’ The SOT working group (who put together the application)  has a long list of great ideas that we’d like to see happen here in Palerang.  Our grant money is to pay someone to facilitate the group to focus our goals better and come up with a business plan or funding application for the groups’ longer term sustainability, whilst actually initiating the network and getting some activities happening across the Shire.

In the near future  we are hoping to secure longer term funding, market research sustainability based enterprise opportunities in Palerang and link existing community groups across the shire.  Our first concrete steps towards this will be  a touring sustainability film/lecture series across the towns of the shire (hopefully cohosted by existing community groups) and a regular local sustainability update email list (that’s this one!) as start-up projects. For further information contact Mel Hillery 0427 440 335 or melophorus@bigpond.com

PANS partnering with Palerang Council

Meanwhile David Anthony at Palerang Council will be leading a project to purchase a number of energy monitors for applicances (the type you plug in at the wall) which will be made available for Palerang residents to borrow from local libraries and council outlets. The project will also include some public education to encourage residents to use the monitors and discover which are the most power hungry appliances in their houses. David can be contacted at david.anthony@palerang.nsw.gov.au or 02 62388111.

PANS priorities for this week

This week our focus has been on setting up this email group and weekly update, and on putting together a trial community survey looking at what services are missing in the Palerang community that would help us all reduce our ecological footprint. It may be that a low-cost car-pooling scheme is appropriate to Bywong, Wamboin and Bungendore, whilst a farm equipment/ tool swapping website would work better out of Braidwood.

If you have any thoughts on the kind of questions that could go into such a survey, please let us know at melophorus@bigpond.com.

Other priorities in the near future will be to fast-track a process of incorporation so that we can start applying for grants, to research grant and other funding opportunities, and to get the travelling film nights off the ground. We are hoping to find host groups in each of the communities across Palerang.  Keep in touch with us if you’re interested in any of these projects.  We are keen for motivated volunteers!

Palerang By-election

This Saturday 14 May is the Palerang By-election.  It comes at a critical moment in the life of Palerang Council with some key Council decisions of recent times coming down to the current Mayor Cnr Raynolds (second) casting vote, in which the convention is to vote for the status quo.

The person voted in this Saturday’s election could well make quite a difference.  Polling booth location can be found at http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/by_elections/palerang_council_14_may_2011 .  Candidates statements can be found on-line at http://www.wamboincommunity.asn.au/palerangcouncil/index.php?op=byelection2011 .

Palerang Council Community Workshops

Under a new state planning approach, Palerang Council is now required to develop a Community Strategic Plan.  The consultation workshops for this are very soon, and need an RSVP.  This is our chance to be heard!

Community consultation workshops — 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

with dinner provided. Please arrive at 5.30 pm.

Monday 23 May Gundillion Community Hall

Tuesday 24 May Araluen Community Hall

Wednesday 25 May Braidwood National Theatre

Thursday 26 May Nerriga Community Hall

Tuesday 14 June Captains Flat Community Hall

Wednesday 15 June Bungendore School Hall

Thursday 16 June Burra Community Hall

Friday 17 June Wamboin Community Hall

Government and business forums.

Wednesday 25 May Braidwood National Theatre

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Thursday 16 June Bungendore School Hall

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

RSVP to Council on 6238 8111 is essential to secure a place.

Funding Opportunities

VOLUNTEER GRANTS 2011

Invitation to Apply for Funding

The Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants Program recognises the valuable

work of volunteers. Volunteer Grants 2011 is part of the Australian Government’s

ongoing commitment to supporting volunteers, strengthening communities and

assisting not-for-profit organisations across the country.

Eligible not-for-profit organisations involving volunteers are invited to apply for

grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to purchase equipment, contribute to

volunteers’ fuel costs, training and background checks.

The Volunteer Grants 2011 Application Form and Application Guidelines are

available at www.fahcsia.gov.au. Organisations are encouraged to read the

guidelines before submitting the online application form.

Further information is available by telephoning the toll-free Volunteer Grants 2011

Hotline on 1800 183 374.

A TTY service for people who have a hearing or speech impairment is available

on 1800 555 677.

Applications close on Wednesday 8 June 2011 at 5pm AEST.

Local events

Saturday 14 May

Rotary Harvest Festival

10 am- 4.00pm at the Bungendore

Oval, Majara Street

Future Updates

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