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News March 2018

A message from our President:
CCA recently prioritised the objectives that we will focus on this year: we’ll be working with you to campaign for better renewable policies at all levels of government, as well as advocating for no new coal mines, no more CSG and no more deforestation.  There will be opportunities for you to get involved in these campaigns that you’ll hear about soon.
In the meantime, this edition of CCA News includes information about several ways you can continue to be actively engaged in making progress to stop climate change, depending on your personal interests.  For example, from attending films, to signing online petitions or writing to your local MP, to attending rallies or a coal and gas jamboree, there’s something here for everyone!
Thank you all for your continued commitment.  I look forward to working alongside you as we take our message forward.
Kerri-ann Jones
CCA President
Film night:
You are all invited to a screening of the Stop Adani documentary: A Mighty Force.
WHEN: Wednesday 21st March, 6:00 - 7:00pm
WHERE: Majestic Cinema, Port Macquarie
COST: Gold coin - pay at the door on the night
WHATt: This 30-minute documentary captures the power and passion of people taking extraordinary action to #StopAdani from building one of the biggest coal mines in the world.  The film shows tens of thousands of people just like us taking part in a massive national day of action and other amazing events right across Australia!
Time2Choose Rally:
CCA is encouraging as many of you as possible to join the massive #Time2Choose rally in Sydney’s CBD on 24 March and help set the tone for the upcoming 2019 state and federal elections. Thousands of voices will be taking to the streets to call for a clean, renewable energy future - people from right around the state will converge on Sydney to demand protection for land, water and people from the impacts of coal and gas mining.
WHEN: March 24, 2018 at 12pm - 2pm
WHERE: Hyde Park North, Hyde Park, Sydney.
Getting there by train:
Go to for timetables & tickets
Getting there by bus:
There are buses leaving from Lismore/Mullumbimby/Coffs Harbour and Gloucester.  At this stage there are still seats available on each but they are all leaving and returning at different times with different costs.  If you would like to know more about getting a bus to Sydney that weekend, please contact CCA Committee member Lauren Edwards on 0490 042 091 & she will put you in touch with the relevant organisers.
Getting there by car:
We encourage you to car pool if a bus or train is not an option for you.  Are you planning on driving to the rally & have spare seats in your car?  Or would you like a seat in someone else's car?  Please contact CCA Committee member Lauren Edwards on 0490 042 091 and she will co-ordinate some car-pooling.
Take action from your chair:
NMBI petition: If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to sign the No More Bad Investments petition, asking the NSW state government to enact legislation to ban all new investment in projects that contribute to global warming. Bans should apply immediately where safe alternatives are already available:
Tell your MP we need to StopAdani: In the last few years Gautam Adani's personal wealth has skyrocketed. He's now worth $19 billion. Analysis shows that he has enough personal wealth to fund the mega Adani coal mine in the Galilee Basin – without help from banks. This means the only way we can ensure the Adani coal mine never happens is to make our politicians step in and actually stop the mine: Can you tell your MP to stand up and commit to stopping Adani?
Tell your MP we need to move away from coal: Every time a tree falls on the power lines or a fuse in a substation blows, there are some coal-loving politicians who try to blame it on renewable energy. But it turns out that NSW coal power stations failed six times in just three months over the past summer, showing just how old and unreliable these clunkers are. When it comes to the true costs of coal, the failures over summer were just the tip of the iceberg. Climate pollution from coal power stations is showing no signs of decreasing. In NSW alone they pumped out 49 million tonnes of CO2 last year, 3 million tonnes more than 2013.  Can you send a quick message to your MP, letting them know that these coal power stations are failing and it’s time to upgrade to a smart, clean energy grid?
CCA was present again at this year’s CSU O-week.  We met lots of students and received a number of sign-ups.  Here’s a photo of Committee members Frank & Tom at CSU:
February Networking Evening:
30 people turned out to listen to CCA member, Dave Smith talk about “The Science of Global Warming” – here’s a photo of some of the attendees:
Beyond Coal and Gas:
Our group has been invited to join the 2018 Beyong Coal and Gas Jamboree in late May on the Sunshine Coast.  The Jamboree is the biggest gathering of community groups and activists working to power Australia beyond coal and gas. Relationships are what make our movement powerful and nothing beats spending focussed time together to forge new connections across groups and campaigns.
WHEN: Evening of Thursday, 31 May, through to afternoon of Sunday, 3 June 2018
WHERE: Alexandra Park Conference Centre Sunshine Coast, Queensland (just 15 minutes from Sunshine Coast airport)
WHAT: Three days of exciting national and international speakers, workshops and plenaries. Opportunities to develop skills. Open spaces so you can define the workshops you want to see. Evening entertainment to celebrate our collective efforts to change the world.  
Registration now open! Grab your tickets here
Membership renewal:
Our membership year runs from April to April and each year at this time we send out the renewal notices.  If you haven't yet joined CCA, a membership form is here.
If you are a member and your details haven't changed, you can make the membership payment without completing the form - but PLEASE make sure you put your NAME as the reference.
Membership fees remain unchanged from last year:  
1 Individual:  $20
1 Household (two adults):  $30
1 Concession (student, pensioner):  $10 
1 Concession Household (two concession adults): $15
To pay your membership/renewal, you can: 
  • make an EFT transfer to BSB 721 000, account number 117114.  Please put your name as the reference,
  • make an In-person deposit at the bank: just go into the Holiday Coast Credit Union and make a deposit to BSB 721 000, account number 117114.  Please ask the teller to put your name on the deposit. 
  • post a cheque and the membership form to: CCA, PO Box 2389, Port Macquarie. NSW 2444