The Healesville Community Bank (Branch of Bendigo Bank) has today offered to support Healesville CoRE by offering to fund a free supper for the Community Gathering on 29 June at the Memo.
The bank has also generously offered the use of its logo on our promotional material. Healesville CoRE is very grateful to the Healesville Community Bank for their support at this early stage of our development.
We have reached our first goal. On May 4, 2017 we held the inaugural meeting of Healesville volunteers who are interested in forming a Steering Group to plan, organise & promote the Healesville CoRE Community Gathering on Thursday 29 June 2017. We are now underway!!
The meeting was a buzz of excitement and high energy as we heard about the big vision for engaging the broader Healesville community in creating a range of renewable energy initiatives for individuals, businesses and non-profit groups. The project is bold, creative and very innovative and a great opportunity for engaging the whole community in taking control of its energy production and consumption!
The Steering Group of 11 volunteers agreed to support this project and also to engage in the work required to organise and promote the Community Gathering on 29 June 2017 at 6.45 for a 7.00-9.00 event with inspiring speakers.
Today we heard the great news that the Healesville Environment Watch Inc (HEWI) has agreed to offer support to Healesville CoRE. This will not involve any funding arrangement but is more ‘in kind’ support. HEWI has agreed that we can use their logo on the promotion for a Community Gathering. They will also ‘auspice’ us to apply for a Small Grant from the Yarra Ranges Council to provide some ‘seed funding’ for our ongoing expenses connected with the Community Gathering. Because Healesville CoRE is not yet a registered organisation we have to apply for a grant through another organisation. Healesville CoRE is very grateful to HEWI for this support.
The Start Up Group for Healesville CoRE met for the first time on 2 March 2017. The group consists of Jeff Barlow and two Yarra Ranges Council staff, one from the Sustainability Unit and the other from Community Development. This team will work to establish a Healesville CoRE Steering Group in early May and a Community Gathering in June. In the first instance, the aim is for the Start Up Group to broaden its base by getting a wider range of interested volunteers involved in the project.
We hope to get a group of at least 10 community volunteers interested in renewable energy projects for the whole of the Healesville community, to form the Steering Group, which will then plan, promote and organise the Community Meeting for the end of June 2017.