UPDATE 29/06/2018: LEG has completed its fundraising efforts for Hoskins Uniting Church. Lithgow Environment Group, would like to thank all of those who have donated to this project so far. Without your donations, the project wouldn't have achieved what we've reached. The total target has not yet been achieved. The Hoskins Uniting Church will continue on fundraising until they reach the target of $14,571. If you would like to donate to the Hoskins Uniting Church Roof-Top Solar Project, you may do so to the church directly by emailing: email@example.com.
LEG Energy Hub's first charitable fund raising project has now launched! Our first campaign will raise money to provide Lithgow's Hoskin's Uniting Church with a roof-top solar system, providing them with free and clean energy they can use to conduct their activities. The Uniting Church has programs that serve young families, elderly and those with a disability, amongst others. Hoskins Memorial Uniting Church Activity Building is the hub of all their social programs. It allows them to provide an area for a diverse range of groups and organistions to have a place to meet. Rising energy costs have reduced their opportunities and they want to do more for their community. Many of the vulnerable they serve use their centre as a save haven. It is their hope that they could better provide a cool space in summer, as well as a warm one in our long, cold winters. By raising those funds and reducing our energy costs, we can continue and expand to meet our community needs.
We need your help with reaching our target. Can you help us get there?
We would appreciate it so much if you could share far and wide.
Our target is $14,571.00, can you help chip in and donate to assist with Solar on the Hoskins Activity Building. By reducing the energy costs the money saved can go towards assisting those in need in our community.
Lithgow Environment Group Energy Hub
Lithgow Environment Group is developing a proposal to Council to help fund renewable energy for Lithgow businesses.
The proposal is designed to allow businesses to borrow the cost of the solar panels or other environmental upgrades and repay the cost over time via Council rates, at a repayment rate aiming to fund repayments via energy savings.
In order to further develop our proposal, we are asking for help to fill out a short survey. It takes just a minute or two. If you're a local business owner and would like to help us out, please complete the survey here.
Lithgow is a Transition Town. The decline of coal fired power generation and coal mining is happening and our economy here in Lithgow is exposed to this decline more than other, less coal dependant places. Despite calls for more of the same we have little influence in this decline. Not even our board rooms in Bangkok, Seoul or Hong Kong have much influence on what is happening but their decisions will be guided by the biggest profit option – and that will not be coal anymore.
The transition to something new will not happen tomorrow but it will happen. Transitions come with upheaval and we better prepare for it. Lithgow has a great tradition of surviving transitions: 630 jobs were lost when Hoskins’ steel furnaces shut down, 12,000 (!) people were once employed at the Small Arms Factory…Lithgow didn’t survive these transitions by calling for more of the same but by getting on with something new.
That’s why Lithgow Environment has embarked on a campaign we call the Lithgow Renewable Energy Hub. We are setting up an office in the admin building of Hoskins Uniting Church initially open on Thursdays and Fridays to implement our 7 point plan. Here it is:
Nothing is as permanent as change – let’s prepare for it, fair and sustainable.
LEG Energy Hub information:
Location: Hoskins, Uniting Church, Cnr Bridge & Mort Street Lithgow.
Office days and times: Thursday and Friday weekly, 8.30-3.30.
Lithgow Environment Group's current fundraising campaign - Hoskins Uniting Church, Lithgow, NSW, Australia
Lithgow Environment Group Energy Hub's preferred provider for solar installations is LJWSolar
Join us to raise awareness for the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal. Put this date in your diary. Bring your friends and family to this important event. Discover another spectacular pagoda-studded location! Participate and enjoy -
Your presence will support a 39,000 hectare Gardens of Stone reserve proposal that seeks to facilitate a transition for the Lithgow region. This is your chance to be part of a simple but effective demonstration to highlight the importance of this reserve proposal.
Register for the event/learn more here
Visit and learn about the magnificent Gardens of Stone region on the western side of the Blue Mountains and easily accessible from Sydney or the Central West. The Gardens of Stone Visitors Map shows trails, views and other main attractions.
Only two hours drive from Sydney, the Gardens of Stone offer many family adventures from picknicking and sightseeing to day walks, camping, nature study, exploring industrial ruins, bird-watching, bicycling, photography, drawing and painting. The Visitors Map is full of suggested walks and trips.
There are lots of opportunities for multi-day walks, rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning. Accommodation is readily available in Lithgow and other nearby towns.
The Visitors Map is in full colour, 60 by 85 cm in size, and covers the entire Gardens of Stone region at a 1:100,000 scale, making it ideal for planning your next trip to the area.
Well illustrated with colour photos, the reverse side has lots of information on the plants, animals, pagoda rock formations, cliffs as well as the cultural and historic places in the region.
This map has been prepared by the Gardens of Stone Alliance (Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Colong Foundation for Wilderness and Lithgow Environment Group) to promote the conservation of the Gardens of Stone Stage 2 Reserve Proposal and to showcase the many low-impact recreational opportunities in the area.
There are touring routes for motor vehicles and bicycles which readily link to other routes in the Greater Blue Mountains and World Heritage Area.
Buy a map here.
The 2017 Regional Environment Conference, jointly hosted with the Lithgow Environment Group, will be held at the Lithgow Uniting Church on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. The conference will include a full day program on the Saturday, a conference dinner on the Saturday night and two optional field trips and a lunch on the Sunday.
The program for the conference can be viewed here. It will be updated as more speakers are announced. Please feel free to share widely with your networks.
Saturday will be a program of panel discussions and workshops at the Uniting Church. Saturday night will be a dinner at the Old Exchange Hotel in Lithgow, and Sunday will be a field trip to the Wolgan Valley, including lunch provided by Newnes Hotel.
The aims of the regional conference are to:
You can register online here. The registration fee includes access to the program and field trip, and lunch Saturday.
Please organise your own accommodation for the conference. Some suggestions nearby include:
Workies Motel – 400 metres from venue
Zig Zag Motel – 2 kilometers from venue
Bowen Inn Motel – 3 kilometers from venue
There are also numerous pubs in Lithgow with accommodation: Commercial Hotel, Lansdowne Hotel, Lithgow Hotel all in main street and about 300-700 metres from venue.
For more information please contact Network Organiser Jacqui Mumford, (02) 9516 1488, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hassans Walls Reserve draft Plan of Management can be viewed at the following locations:
Alternatively, you can complete the Feedback Form also located on Council's website and at the exhibition venues and return, by either of the following methods, by Friday 28th April 2017:
On the 31st of March 2017, Michael Keats, OAM, gave a speech at the opening of 'Lithgow’s Ancient Natural Gardens' exhibition at Lithgow Library and Learning Centre, on 31 March 2017 about why Lithgow can be one of Australia’s top ecotourism destinations.
Read the full speech here.
Last weekend, we faced an unprecedented heatwave and predictions of blackouts as our power supplies were put to the test. Use your voice to make sure our new Energy Minister looks to upgrade NSW with clean energy and storage solutions, not polluting coal and gas.
Sign the petition!
The Lithgow Environment Group seeks to preserve the balance of nature in its region. This is especially important given the impacts of the area's industrial heritage. The Lithgow region contains some of the most biodiverse bushland in the Greater Blue Mountains. Our aim is to promote and protect this rich natural heritage..
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