Entries by Pete Arkins

‘Coronered’ by the global pandemic

Sadly, Starfish has been seriously coronered by the global pandemic. For the moment, the organisation has been placed into an hibernation-like state awaiting a possible positive return. The impacts of Covid-19 on Starfish’s work program were severe. By late March 2020, more than 80% of Starfish’s forward work had been either postponed indefinitely or cancelled outright. As […]

Hockey favoured to beat bull in challenge

I don’t know how confused most Australian’s were by Joe Hockey’s recent attack on wind turbines, but I for one was rather unsettled. This feeling was exacerbated by media revelations that Joe, who is remodelling himself as Australia’s stoic financial saviour, is having private and undisclosed meetings with big business. It’s possible to imagine, on […]

Communities must drive switch to clean energy

Australia will continue to lag behind countries like the United States and Germany in heeding the United Nations’ latest call to urgently switch to clean sources of energy unless the community energy sector is allowed to thrive, according to a senior researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney. UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures researcher, Nicola […]

CORENA – Riding, walking and mowing their way to the Congress

Bill Gresham, a member of Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia (CORENA), describes the ‘hands-on, can-do’ attitude of this group in helping fund community energy projects … inspirational to say the least. Check them out at http://corenafund.org.au. Bill will be attending the Community Energy Congress in Canberra 16-17 July 2014. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/90830991[/vimeo]

Community ‘ownership’ of windfarms is the future

With 4,000 direct jobs in rural NSW and over $6billion in investment in the pipeline you would expect politicians on the Southern Tablelands to be supporting jobs in the renewable energy industry. This industry has become one of the major employers in this region. Instead they are listening to the noisy few who are actively […]

Sustainability can be cool.

These are a couple of of young guys from the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN – www.postlandfill.org). It’s always inspiring to see young people having a crack … and a good crack at that. [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvfIe6kbvIk&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]   This guy is a bit of a legend … Alex Fried – 2013 Brower Youth Award Winner. Have […]

Pingala Plans Solar Farms for Sydney

The community energy group Pingala sees a future where solar power will play a vital role in providing Sydney’s energy requirements. Tom Nokolds, the secretary of Pingala, says the organisation has plans to develop “many solar farms … owned by the community … right here in Sydney”. Nokolds feels that the Community Energy Congress in […]