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    Second SunCrowd  energy storage system launch set for Lake

    Due to overwhelming interest in the Newcastle launch of our bulk-buy home energy storage solution event on 23rd June we can announce we’ve organised an additional launch event, this time in Lake Macquarie on Wednesday 6th July at Club Macquarie, Argenton.  You can register for this event here and please share with your family and friends in Lake Macquarie so they don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this exciting campaign.

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CAN is pleased to promote Transition Newcastle's Fair Share Festival - 10 & 12-13 November!

In this email, forwarded from TN, you will find:

  • The draft program and the latest flyer 
  • Information about a crowd funding campaign for the Tiny House and the Festival
  • Details of our screening of The True Cost
  • Information about the Upcycled Fashion Parade
  • A call for volunteers
  • Initial information about the upcycling workshops
  • Details of a giant clothing and book swap
  • Some ways to get involved Fair Share Festival

You can find a draft program here, so you can start planning (and thinking about when you might be able to volunteer!) We're hoping to attract a large audience so any help you can give us with promotion would be great. Our latest flyer is available online here, but we will soon have a paper version. Please contact us ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you can help distribute flyers to shops, cafes, libraries etc.

Transition Newcastle will be posting regular updates on the Fair Share Festival Facebook Page, the Fair Share Festival Webpage, and the Transition Newcastle FB page.

Crowd funding for the Tiny House and the Fair Share Festival

After considering seeking corporate sponsorship, we decided it didn't sit comfortably with the festival theme so we have decided to try crowdfunding. While the focus is the Tiny House, the funds will also help us run the festival. You can either donate through our page on MyCause, or you can contact us ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to request details of how to make a direct deposit. We are hoping to raise at least $2000 and so far received a bit over $1000 (mostly through direct donations), so any support would be greatly appreciated.
They have started some preliminary work. Check out the great door they've started (at the end of the email). Does anyone have any used old-style hinges or locks they can use?

Screening of The True Cost

To open the Festival we are showing The True Cost (7:30 pm Thursday 10 November at Newcastle Museum). It is a compelling and confronting documentary on the impacts of our fast fashion world.
After the movie Jane Milburn (who will be speaking and running workshops at the Festival) will help us reflect on our responses to the issues raised.
You can see a trailer of the documentary athttps://youtu.be/OaGp5_Sfbss
If you want to help promote it, we've created a facebook event and there are details on the Transition Newcastle website

Upcycled fashion parade

Our last event of the festival will be the Upcycled fashion Parade on Sunday afternoon. As well as a range of locally produced upcycled clothing, we are excited to have Jane Milburn presenting some of the national Slow Clothing Project garments.
Do you have any upcycled garments you would like to submit for showing in the parade? If so, we'd love to hear from you. We'd also like to hear from people who could to help us with this event, such as modelling and helping dress models. Email us on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or ring Cathy (0411 434 013)

Can you help by Volunteering at the festival?

  • We are looking for people to assist with:
  • Staffing the info and volunteers table (1.5 hr time slots)
  • Receiving and sorting goods for the clothing and book swap (1.5hr time time slots)
  • Helping with sewing (hand or machine) at the sewing lounge and upcycle cafe (run in conjunction with the clothing swap on Saturday afternoon)
  • Marshalling
  • Setting up and packing up for various sessions/events, especially clothing and book swap, Saturday night Community Music Jam session, Sunday afternoon Upcycled fashion parade, and at the end of the festival - Sunday 3.30pm.
  • Modelling or assisting with dressing at the Upcycled Fashion parade (Sunday afternoon)

If you would like to volunteer, you can ring Erika on 0400 849 361 or Cathy on 0411 434 013, or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and tell us what you'd like to do and when you're available

Upcycling workshops

We are offering a range of upcycling workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. Some are free and there is a small cost for others - well below market value. Details will soon be on the website for part payment in LETS Mollys also.
We will soon be taking bookings for these workshops, as they will have limited places. Watch for details

Giant Clothing and Book Swap - Saturday afternoon

Bring your good quality, clean clothing and books (up to 10 items in total), trade them for tokens, then come swapping! You can drop off your clothing and books and receive your tokens at the hall from 9:30 am till 3 pm, with the Swap shop open from 2 - 5 pm. Items left over after the swap will be donated to charity, or upcycled in one of our workshops. From 4 pm, all items will also be available for purchase with a minimum gold coin donation (if you've run out of tokens!)

As you can see, a lot is happening over the Festival. We hope you will consider participating in some way. Options include:

  • Sign up for a workshop
  • Create a garment for the upcycled fashion parade
  • Swap clothing & books
  • Join the music jam session
  • Listen & join in panel discussions
  • Volunteer
  • Help spread the word

We hope to see you there

 

People power shines for bulk-buy energy storage program

The winds of change blew through Newcastle on Thursday night when the world’s largest coal port played host to Australia’s first bulk-buy of renewable home energy storage systems.

More than 600 people packed into Newcastle City Hall for the bulk-buy launch presented by program partners SunCrowd and Climate Action Newcastle.
The bulk-buy program allows early adopters to obtain  new storage systems at greatly reduced prices.

 

 

Pacific visitors bring home effects of climate change

Climate Action Newcastle members were proud to organise a dinner reception and tour of Newcastle and Hunter Valley for a delegation of Pacific Island Young Leaders from Tuvalu, Kiribati and Fiji 12-13 June.  See the Herald’s coverage here.

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