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.
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..
See how our efforts to raise money for the Lithgow Uniting Church's solar system is doing here: