Carrington Bowlo Solar - Update

$21,750 raised so far!

To donate or view the Chuffed site click here

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We're getting close to seeing solar panels on the bowling club roof

Since last year Climate Action Newcastle have been working with Carrington Bowling Club to scope and raise funds for a rooftop solar system on the club. With gigs, raffles and special promotions put on by CAN and club CEO Jaci Lappin, the fund is now up to $21,750 - very close to our fundraiser target of $24,000.

The aim of the project is to help the club save money on their energy bills, and to generate more solar power in Newcastle. Local bowling clubs are important community institutions and spaces that we all use, so helping them to keep the doors open while generating renewable energy is a win-win.

Once this project is achieved CAN will be working with the Croatian Wickham Sports Club (where we meet the first Wednesday of every month). 

Anybody who would like to be involved in the next Croatian Club solar effort please call CAN on 0425 315664.


Leadership Training “Transitioning HCC to a low-emission economy”

Training new leaders toward net zero emissions in the Hunter & Central Coast

Information session 3 May 2018

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Who will take up this training opportunity?

Central Coast (HCC) Region.  OEH have engaged Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) to deliver the 6-month program under the theme of “Transitioning HCC to a low-emission economy” from May to October for 20 emerging leaders.  The program will provide participants with the skills necessary to participate in and/or lead local projects and contribute towards achieving net zero emissions in NSW by 2050.  

The program’s full value is worth $4,200 per participant with the majority funded by OEH and a small contribution from each participant.  Eligible participants include those in Local Government, a business or social enterprise, or a community organisation or NGO in the Hunter Central Coast Region.

Please see attached flyer and for more information. An information session will be held on the 3rd of May at 6pm (please click on registration link on the website) and closing date for applications is 6th May.

Please pass this on to all your networks so as to reach all those that would benefit from this program.


Jonathan Wood

Regional Coordinator, Resource Efficiency

Hunter Central Coast Branch

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage





Bill McKibben in Newcastle this Friday - Australia Tour

Bill McKibben - global climate activist, leader, inspiring speaker

6pm Friday 27 April Newcastle City Hall 

Ticket link - pre-purchase tickets

Facebook event page - please share

Why Newcastle Matters - Newcastle Herald Article

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In 2018, we are going to accelerate our response to climate change. We all know we have to.

Climate Action Newcastle are joining with 350 Australia and other local groups to present Bill McKibben in Newcastle - the first stop in his national tour. Please take this opportunity to hear from one of the most inspiring leaders in the global climate protection movement today.

"Sometimes you hear someone speak and it can change your view on the world – and Bill is one of those people. He is an absolutely compelling speaker. Someone who has changed people’s minds about climate change. That’s why we’re so excited about bringing Bill to Australia for the Accelerate Climate Action tour. Because at each of our event event locations across the country, people will get empowered to take climate action, and have the chance to hear from local climate activists in their area."

Book your tickets now and we’ll see you this Friday!

350’s Jackson was inspired by Bill McKibben to get into climate activism. “He showed me that our governments weren't going to handle this,” Jackson says. “And that it was up to people like us to step up, and stop the fossil fuels industry burning the planet up.”

Another testimonial comes from 350’s Joce. “I loved how he made the Maths so simple,” she says. “I could scribble it straight into my notebook and then re-read it to friends for months after. The simplicity of the numbers was just overwhelming.”

Alongside Bill in Newcastle, you will also hear from the incredible Wollar environmental activist Bev Smiles, who has lived in the Hunter Valley for most of her life, and is passionate about the environment and sustainable living. Bev convened the Hunter Communities Network in 2011 to provide support, information sharing and raise the profile of the social and environmental impacts of coal mining in the Hunter Valley.

Our final fantastic speaker on the evening will be Vanessa Petrie, the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions - a volunteer-powered carbon solutions think tank showing that a zero emissions Australia is achievable and affordable.

Are you ready to accelerate on climate action?

Join us to hear from a world renowned climate activist, people on the ground in your area, and join with us in fighting for a safe climate future.

We hope to see you there,

Glen, for the 350 Australia team"


Sonic Sea Screening

7pm Monday 26 March
Sonic Sea - Film screening
Croatian Wickham Sports Club  
Entry by donation. 
RSVP via this link - or just show up
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CAN with 'Stop Seismic Testing Newcastle' are running an urgent screening of Sonic Sea this Monday in support of the campaign to stop seismic testing off the coast of Newcastle. Dolphins, migrating whales and marine animals are threatened from underwater blasting that causes injury and death.
Asset Energy have been given Federal approval to start seismic testing as soon as Monday 9th April. A coalition of local concerned citizens are making a last ditch attempt to halt this testing. 
We will hear from speaker, local organiser of the Stop Seismic Testing Newcastle campaign Natasha Dean and about what we can do to stop this dangerous activity off our coastline. 
Entry by donation. 
RSVP via this link - or just show up

Time2Choose Rally - Saturday

Saturday 24 March - tomorrow!
Time2Choose mass rally in Sydney
Meet 8am Hamilton Railway Station Park or in Sydney
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Join CAN members and hundreds of like minded-people from Newcastle, the Central Coast and surrounds to pack out the train to Sydney for the huge, statewide rally about coal and gas in NSW. It's #Time2Choose a different future! 
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Gather from 8.00am in the park next to Hamilton Station to enjoy some pancakes and a coffee. At 8.40 jump in a big group photo before joining the 8.56am train to Sydney (or join us further down the line). We'll arrive at Martin Place in time for a short walk to Parliament House, where the rally will commence at 12pm. 
Catch the train with all the crew - details via this Facebook Event.

Throughout history, there are some rare and powerful moments that build the power of the people and shift the course of our collective futures. March 24 – one year before the next NSW election – will be one of those days. 

On this day we will ask: Do you want more coal and gas? Or Clean Water, Clean Air and Clean Energy? Get on the train and on the right side of history! It's #Time2 Choose a brighter future! 

Please also RSVP and invite all your friends to the rally itself via this main Time2Choose Facebook Page.

No Gasfield off Newcastle! Rally Sunday 18th March

The following email is from our friends at the Wilderness Society Newcastle - please sign the petition and come along the rally at Nobby’s Beach this Sunday 18 March, at 1pm. RSVP here.


Have you heard?

The beautiful NSW coastline, near Newcastle and the Central Coast, could be the site of a new offshore gasfield.

The Newcastle Herald reported today that seismic testing — the first step towards dotting the horizon with giant drilling platforms — could start as early as this Friday.

Tell Advent Energy that seismic testing, or an industrial gas field, is not welcome off the beautiful NSW coast.


Advent Energy has been approved to use a vessel called “Pacific Conquest” to blast sonic waves into the ocean floor to assess for gas resources. We couldn’t make this stuff up!

Seismic testing has been proven to impair the navigation skills of dolphins and whales; yet, the approved period for this testing coincides with start of the Humpback whale’s northern migration.

Seismic testing of our coastal environment could begin as early as next week!

Please sign the petition to support Humpback whales and end the threat of gasfields off the NSW coastline.

The beautiful coastlines of NSW support thriving tourism and fishery industries and should not be risked for gas exploration.

Advent’s exploration lease runs 120km along the beautiful coastline between Sydney and Newcastle. If Advent Energy is not stopped, a gasfield off the coast of these highly populated areas would be a disaster-waiting-to-happen.

As the world moves away from fossil fuels, NSW must look to safe renewable energy options, not entrench our reliance on dangerous fossil fuels, like offshore gas.

Nine years ago, there was a strong community backlash to seismic testing for gas off Port Stephens. This is the first time they’ve been back. Let’s make sure the gas drillers know we want them to leave our coast alone — this time for good.



Time2Choose Rally Sydney March 24

#Time2Choose rally Sydney Saturday 24th March

On March 24, it is #Time2Choose. We invite you, your colleagues, your family, your friends and your neighbours to choose the future of NSW at a massive rally in the Sydney CBD.

NSW has a choice. It’s #Time2Choose clean water, air and clean energy over coal seam gas and coal. It’s time to back the farmers and First Nations people against these threats.

Join with hundreds of people from Newcastle and the Hunter on the train to Sydney on 24 March, for the historic #Time2Choose rally. Pancakes and coffee will be available from 8am at Hamilton Station, for the train just before 9am.

This day will be a powerful moment unifying many NGOs and their campaigns against coal and gas across NSW, and campaigns to #Repower our energy system with clean energy from the sun and wind.

One year out from the next NSW election—thousands of people will put our politicians on notice. Together, we will take stories of the frontline battles to our politicians and put coal seam gas, coal, climate and renewable energy on the political agenda.

We have the solutions—all we are lacking is the political will.

Help make history! Join hundreds on the train from Newcastle to Sydney and thousands more in the city, to kickstart this positive campaign for the future.


P.S. If you want to go the next step to make this event a powerful day, sign up now to help us call our supporters and get huge numbers there.


Film Screening #StopAdani: A Mighty Force - Wed 7th March

#StopAdani: A Mighty Force reveals an unstoppable movement for change in action.

This 30-minute documentary captures the power and passion of people taking extraordinary action to stop Adani from building one of the biggest coal mines in the world, near the Great Barrier Reef.

From remote central Queensland where the mine is proposed to be built, to rallies in metropolitan Melbourne and Sydney, this David and Goliath battle is one of the most determined and focused campaigns in Australia’s recent history.

Climate Action Newcastle will be hosting this documentary at 7pm, Wednesday 7th March at the Croatian Wickham Sports Club (after 6pm meeting)

Free entry - donations welcome; the makers of this film are calling for help to crowdfund the production and distribution of this film at




Carrington Sun Fundy - Free Entry for Volunteering


We know you're as excited as we are :-) To make this fundraiser a huge success can you help out for a few hours - especially on Saturday afternoon and evening? free entry in it for you for a shift of 3-4 hours! please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or post to our FB event page Carrington Sun Fundy gig if you can help with any of these tasks:

  • door duty - v important! - selling tickets & marking off names of those who have bought tickets online (as perks on the  Carrington Sun Fundy crowdfunding site!)
  • greet & help muster the bands and their vehicles in and out of the venue & carpark
  • helping out in the volunteer band member's green room

Thanks in advance - we look forward to seeing you there!

What is the Carrington Sun Fundy campaign?

Carrington Bowling Club is one of the last surviving bowlos in Newcastle. And we want to help this local treasure stick around a long time. But the club's energy bills are up to $4000 a month. So Climate Action Newcastle have teamed up with CBC to raise the funds needed to put a full bank of solar panels on the bowling club roof. CBC will save money (>$100k in 4 years!) while it generates more clean energy. Win win!
Check out the video featuring Jaci & Su on the Carrington Sun Fundy crowdfunding site. Please share the campaign with your contacts and donate as generously as you can.
And come along to the Carrington Sun Fundy gig 1- 3 December 
For the whole weekend 1 - 3 December local bands are donating their talents to put on the Carrington Sun Fundy Gig at the Carrington Bowling Club. Friday is rock night, Saturday party bands outdoors, and Sunday is Irish, roots and blues. Check out the great lineup of local talent here and come along for some or all of the weekend. 
Tickets can be purchased at the same Sun Fundy campaign site.
Call out for CAN volunteers Saturday 2 December
Many hands make light work. We're all volunteers running this event, so if you would like to chip in to help make it great, please contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to go on a roster for any one of the easy-but-essential jobs. It'll be great to have you along.
Donate to the Carrington Sun Fundy crowdfunding campaign here:
Join us to welcome in Summer at the Carrington Sun Fundy fundraiser gig weekend on the 1-3rd Dec (Facebook page here)

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