Bunbury Learning Community, Western Australia

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Bunbury Learning Community, Western Australia

The Bunbury Learning Community gathering took place on a beautiful Friday morning in late November in the new Parish Hall at St Patrick’s Cathedral. This facility was part of the Cathedral precinct redevelopment, which opened in 2011 following the destruction of the Cathedral in May 2005. NEEN has been working with St Patrick’s since mid-2014, so it was a great opportunity for us to reconnect and host a community gathering in their new facilities.

It was a small but diverse group that attended our gathering, including representatives from aged care, various churches and environmental groups from the local region. Nigel Hayward, NEEN’s regional Leader for Western Australian, led the event and the diversity of the organisations present encouraged a broad range of discussion on technology, behavioural change and wider sustainability practices.

Everyone was encouraged by the 18% energy saving reported by John Ogilive, the Cathedral’s Financial Administrator. This saving was achieved through the implementation of a NEEN project plan for the Cathedral, and assisted by the use of the NEEN online opportunity tool. There was also a chance for group discussion about energy tariffs, the effectiveness of solar PV systems in this sector and the need to engage with the wider community.

The group has agreed to meet again in the future, as they feel that the Bunbury NEEN Learning Community has the potential to make a difference in the local community.

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Minister Bill Marmion  Adrian Price and Peter Fitzpatrick at the Waste Awards 2011

Adrian Price (centre) with Minister Bill Marmion and Peter Fitzpatrick.

We were delighted to meet Adrian Price, a member of the Boyup Brook Anglican Parish Council, at the recent Bunbury event.

76-year-old Adrian has been a keen environmentalist ever since he was a small boy in England during the Second World War. Back then resources were scarce, and the electricity meter required a shilling (10 cents) every few days. This made the family very aware of energy consumption and his father was diligent about turning off lights and implementing other energy-saving initiatives.

Adrian has a long history in the environmental sector – he has worked in natural resource management across four Western Australian Shires and was a Tidy Towns judge for the Keep Australia Beautiful Council in Queensland and Western Australian (for which he won the WA Local Hero Australian of the Year Award in 2004). When he heard about NEEN from Fr. Paul Cannon at St Saviour’s Anglican Church, he was very keen to come along to our Bunbury event and find out more.

Adrian found the Bunbury gathering useful and he “learnt much more about building design for heating/cooling and lighting, including the latest in low wattage lighting”. He has since signed up to become a NEEN Member, and plans to visit the four Churches of Fr. Paul Cannon to suggest they conduct an audit or assessment of their energy use and consider other sustainability matters. We look forward to working alongside Adrian and following his progress in 2015.

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