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News July 2017

Luke Hartsuyker no-show:

On 28th June, a small group of hardy CCA members responded to CCA’s call to stage a flash action with very little notice on a very  cold & wet day. The action was aimed at Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, who was due to be in Port Macquarie.   This is not the first action we have taken with the MP and we will continue to consider peaceful protests against what his government is doing to destroy our environment. Unfortunately, Mr Hartsuyker got wind of our action on the 28th and didn’t show.  But here’s a photo of those who answered our call:
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June's Networking evening:
35 people attended the June networking evening to hear CCA member, Dave Smith, talk about how our values and the way our society is set up in the English-speaking west are failing us. 

Attached is the handout from the evening, detailing Dave's reference material.
Our Stop Adani Campaign:
For those of you who missed our screening of Guarding the Galilee a few months ago, we will be having a 2nd screening:
Where: CWA rooms, Horton St., Port Macquarie
When:  5:30 – 6:30pm, Wednesday 19th July
RSVP: by return email please, so we know how many people to expect.
‘Meet the Mayoral Candidates’ Forum:
The Resident’s Action Forum will be hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates’ Public Forum:
When: Wednesday, 26th July, -5.30 pm 
Where: Port City Bowling Club, Owen Street, Port Macquarie. 

If you live in the PMHC area, please go along and quiz the candidates about their position on renewable energy, etc.
Lord Howe Island Renewable Energy Plan:
The long-awaited Lord Howe Island Renewable Energy Plan to reduce the world heritage island's dependence on expensive and polluting diesel power has suffered a setback from Josh Frydenburg’s call to refuse permission for two 250Kw wind generators.  This “captains call” comes after the Island Board and the community agreed to the Arena funded plan.

See the attached document by CCA Committee member, Stuart Watson, for more detail.

Australian government subsidising coal power would be ‘crazy’:

Former US vice president and climate change campaigner, Al Gore, says any move by the Australian government to subsidise coal-fired power would be “crazy” and providing funding for infrastructure to support the Adani coal mine is “just nuts.” 

“Globally, the world is moving rapidly away from subsidies to fossil fuels,” he said. “It would be odd if Australia went in the opposite direction and subsidised coal. It’s impolitic of me to say it, but it would be crazy.”  Read more in The Guardian:

Australia’s debate around renewable energy plumbs new depths:

Just when you thought that the public debate around clean energy in Australia could not possibly get any worse, or any further divorced from reality, it did. Conservatives have been railing against renewables and carbon pricing for at least a decade. But it plumbed further depths this week. Conservatives in the government and the media rebooted their attacks on wind and solar energy, and extended it to battery storage and vehicle emission standards, with the Murdoch media dubbing the latter as a “carbon tax on cars.”  Read more at RenewEconomy:

Climate change and inequality:

Calculating the economic effects of climate change is no simple matter. It means working out how a given increase in global temperature affects local weather conditions; how local weather affects things like mortality and crop yields; how those changes add to or subtract from regional GDP; and how thousands of local-level changes in GDP add up nationally or globally. Easy, right?  Read more in The Economist:

Vale Gwynne Holdgate:
Gwynne was a member of CCA for several years and was quite involved with the organisation from when she first joined right through until last year when she participated in the development of the website CCA created for the 2016 federal election:
Gwynne died earlier this year.  Those of us who knew Gwynne admired and respected her, and her passing is a great loss. 
CCA T-Shirts for Sale:

CCA have printed a range of T-shirts with our logo.  We are selling them for $25 each. Cash or cheque only – sorry, we do not have credit card facilities.
There is only one design/colour combination, in three different styles (see photos below):
- classic short sleeved: sizes XL and XXL available
- long-sleeved: size XL only available
- women's fitted: size M or L available, but we only have a few

If you would like more information, or to purchase, please contact CCA Committee member, Drusi Megget, on 0431 598125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.