April 2023 was a busy month for outreach by representatives of Climate Action Burwood-Canada Bay.
CABCB ran a stall at Concord Sustainable Saturday in Greenlees Park, Concord, which was well attended. Unfortunately the Concord Carnival at the same venue on the Sunday, in which we also planned to take part, was washed out.
Seniors Afternoon Tea:
Federal Member for Reid Sally Sitou organised an afternoon tea for senior citizens at the Breakfast Point Community Centre, and offered CABCB the chance to be there to ‘spruik our wares’. There were well over 100 people present, and plenty stopped by our table to have a chat and/or take our flyers.
It was a very informative meeting, with Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney speaking about issues relating to her portfolio, plus officers from the NSW Police speaking about how to avoid falling victim to cyber scams.
Cabarita community battery public meeting:
A community meeting was held in Kendall Park, Cabarita, to discuss the proposed community battery that will be located there. Among those present were representatives of Ausgrid, local residents, members of CABCB and CBZCC, plus Canada Bay councillor Charles Jago and local MP Sally Sitou. The meeting was very productive, and there appeared to be no serious objections to the project going ahead.
The battery will stabilise the grid in the Cabarita area, by soaking up power from rooftop solar systems during peak times each day. That power will be available to all residents during non-peak periods. This particular battery will not work like a power bank. Locals will not be able to store their own power in the battery and withdraw it later. Instead, the whole community will benefit, as will Ausgrid. Of course, locals will still receive payment from their network provider for any solar energy they export into the grid.
Presentation to Probus meeting:
Ken, our President, gave a talk to the Probus Club of Cabarita and Breakfast Point. There were about 50 people in the audience, and the talk went over very well. One observation Ken has made from recent presentations is how how few climate deniers there are these days – something that was not true prior to the COVID lockdowns. Not one person in the audience challenged the reality of climate change or the fact that it is caused by human activity. This is great to see, and is one more piece of evidence that the public has largely moved on from climate denial.
Online members and supporters meeting:
Professor David Karoly from the Climate Council spoke at our monthly members’ and supporters’ Zoom meeting. The talk is now available for viewing on our YouTube channel. It’s well worth watching – especially the question and answer session at the end.