Energy Forum wins more accolades for Bingara

November 11, 2008

The Tidy Towns’ Awards, announced last Saturday at Dorrigo, added another feather in Gwydir’s cap.

Bingara was named the winner of the Energy Innovation Award (Population 1200 to 4000) for the very successful ‘Regenerative Energy for Rural Communities Forum’ which was held at The Roxy in July earlier this year.

Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Cr. Bob Tremain and his wife, Joy, were in attendance with Rick Hutton, President of Bingara and District VISION 20/20 at the Awards’ Ceremony.

Gwydir Shire Mayor, Cr. Bob Tremain, left, and Bingara and District Vision 2020 President, Rick Hutton received the Energy Innovation Award from a Country Energy Representative.

This award recognises the commitment to reducing energy consumption across all activities within an organisation or the broader community.

The Regenerative Forum was a joint initiative of VISION 20/20 and Gwydir Shire Council which sought to create a greater awareness of energy issues and to drive the regional agenda for regenerative energy.

Rick Hutton stated, "The forum was a great success which bought together Australia’s leading speakers on regenerative energy right into our own backyard. As a result of the forum we have been able to form valuable contacts with BP Solar, Country Energy, CSIRO and University of Technology Sydney".

Mayor Bob Tremain stated, "With fuel prices dramatically increasing and hitting the hip pocket I think the challenges that come from issues such as climate change and the energy crisis are now on people’s minds and they are becoming much more interested in pursuing better practices."

Vision 2020 and Council will now consider what how to implement some of the issues which came out of the forum.