Local Upcoming Events
LVSG monthly meeting

Date: Tuesday 13th June 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Gippsland Multi-Cultural Centre, 100 Buckley St Morwell

LVSG monthly meeting

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Gippsland Multi-Cultural Centre, 100 Buckley St Morwell

Mission Statement
The LVSG will endeavour to educate, guide and assist residents and businesses of the Greater Latrobe Valley region in attaining a community with economic growth and a sustainable way of life for now and into the future.

Who are we?
The Latrobe Valley Sustainability Group is a grass roots citizens’ group dedicated to encouraging the acceptance and understanding of the principles of Sustainability by the wider community.

We use as our focus the idea that human induced climate change affects the whole planet, but solutions to it are only to be found when all of Earth’s citizens take responsibility at a local level for how they use resources.

We believe that the transition from fossil fuel based energy to energy derived from renewable sources is a matter of urgency. We are aware that if greenhouse gases are allowed to increase, modern society will not be able to continue with the quality of life we enjoy at the present. Alternative, sustainable and renewable means of producing our energy and material needs must be developed as a matter of urgency.

Congratulations LVSG Winner of Environment Victoria
2016 Community Environment Recognition Award

L to R: Dan, Lorraine & Nicholas Aberle

Major Upcoming Events
2017 Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition
Date: Wednesday 14th – Thursday 15th June, 2017
Time: Variable
Venue: International Convention Centre, Sydney
Information about the event: ‘Investing in Australia’s Energy Future’ is the theme for the 2017 Australian Energy Storage Conference. It is clear that energy storage will play a major part in Australia’s energy mix, and this will take place at the residential, commercial and grid levels. Investment will be a major factor in the speed with which this energy transition takes place and the 2017 Australian Energy Storage Conference will seek the answers of how, when and what can be done to facilitate this transition. Speakers will include policymakers, network utility managers, commercial technology providers and investment advisors from the financial industry.
More information: www.australianenergystorage.com.au
Financing Solar for business
Date: Thursday 15th June, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Korumburra Masonic Hall 25 Bridge Street, Korumburra
Information about the event: Do you find yourself endlessly frustrated that your electricity bill takes up such a large chunk of your business expenses? Come along to this information session organised by the Energy Innovation Co-operative to find out how to finance a solar power system for your business and cut your bills!

Hear from the following experts;

• George Fairlie (Energy Innovation Co-op and local solar installer): Calculating solar suitability for your business (renters or owners) – bring along a copy of your annual power bill for a rough calculation of suitability. • Shay Singh (Sustainable Melbourne Fund): Environmental Upgrade Finance – a fixed interest, long term loan specifically for environmental upgrades for businesses. • Susan Davies (Energy Innovation Co-op): community investment as a potential source of finance. • Shane Clayton (Gippsland Solar): Financing business into solar – success stories

Supper will be provided. A donation of $5 is requested to help cover costs.
Questions can be directed to Susan Davies on 5657 3108

Solar Battery Storage and Sustainable Living
Date: Sunday 25th June, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Fish Creek Hall. 12 Falls Road, Fish Creek
Information about the event: The installation of solar battery storage technology is set to revolutionise the way households and businesses use their electricity. A solar powered battery storage system can provide electricity to your home or business 24 hours a day and reduce your impact on climate change, but it won’t suit everyone’s situation.

Find out from the experts (presentations from Gippsland Solar, Selectronics and Energy Connections) about solar battery storage systems, learn the pros and cons and hear about what is happening locally to make South Gippsland a more sustainable place to live.