September movie night – The Power of Community

Transition Town Guildford September Movie night – The Power of Community

Power of community poster

The September movie night will be a special night on food and Kitchen Gardeners – The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil – It’s an oldie, but a goodie, a must see if you haven’t seen it!

“The documentary, “The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” was inspired when Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy took a trip to Cuba in 2003. When they learned that Cuba underwent the loss of over half of its oil imports and survived, after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, the couple wanted to see for themselves how Cuba had done this. During their first trip to Cuba, in the summer of 2003, they traveled from Havana to Trinidad and through several other towns on their way back to Havana. They found what Cubans call “The Special Period” astounding and Cuban’s responses very moving.” IMDB rating 7.6/10

As usual, the second Tuesday of the month – Tuesday 9th September

@The Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James street, Guildford

6 pm onwards for food and drinks, Movie starts 7 pm

Entry by donation

Please RSVP via Eventbrite, so we can let the kitchen know how many to expect.

Gasland II and Fracking in WA

Last week we screened Gasland II, all about how ‘Fracking’ (hydraulic fracturing) has polluted water and politics in the USA, and it was pretty scary!

This industry is looking to take off in WA with test wells planned in two locations in regional WA in the next few months. You can watch a 7:30 WA report on it from the other week here: Mid West community unhappy with fracking plans

But here’s the fantastic news, over the weekend, Central Greenough (south of Geraldton) just became the first ‘Gasfield Free Community’ in WA! Over 96% of the community said no to unconventional gas.

Celebrating the first WA Gasfield Free Community! (Photo Jaime Yallup Farrant)

Celebrating the first WA Gasfield Free Community! (Photo Jaime Yallup Farrant)

Great work Greenough, we support regional Australians protecting their land and water! Make sure you tell your MP that you support protecting our land and water via Clean Water, Healthy Land.

Greenough gasfield free

Over 96% of the local community said no to unconventional gas (Photo Jaime Yallup Farrant)

You might also like to watch this recent Australian Story on how fracking is bringing together unlikely allies, Greens, farmers and shock jock Alan Jones. Available on Iview until 9 pm tonight

Celebration time (photo Jaime Yallup Farrant)

Celebration time
(photo Jaime Yallup Farrant)

Local article in the Geraldton Guardian

Local article in the Geraldton Guardian

Sold out July Sustainable Home tour

Over 25 people attended a house tour held by Town Transition Guildford’s Sustainable Homes Group on the weekend. Group member Martin Chape opened up his house in Bellevue where he explained to them a number of ways of moving off the electricity grid.

Martin's modern, but Federation style house

Martin’s modern, but Federation style house

The Federation style home has passive solar design features and includes solar and wind charged battery banks to run low voltage lighting and other features throughout the house.

Admiring the solar PV, vacuum tubes and wind turbine on Martin's north facing roof

Admiring the solar PV, vacuum tubes and wind turbine on Martin’s north facing roof

The SMA Sunny Island system which allows disconnection from the electricity grid but continued use of regular 240 volt appliances was explained, as well as the importance of understanding where and how electric power is used in order to design such a system. A demonstration of the Current Cost power monitoring system showed how to track and measure power use for this purpose or to merely help reduce power use by identifying which appliances should be replaced to save energy costs. There was also a discussion on utilizing the Sunny Island system to create micro-grids for small groups of homes that wanted to disconnect from the electricity grid.

The audience watching a video on how a micro grid can work

The audience watching a video on how a micro grid can work

Two solar-powered evaporative air coolers were also on display and an absorption cooling system that utilizes excess heat from a vacuum tube driven solar hot water system during summer. Finally members were shown a soon to be completed solar-powered hydronic home heating system also driven by vacuum tubes.

Some of Martin's set up and projects

Some of Martin’s set up and projects

The systems demonstrated may be viewed on Martin’s Facebook page and several are the subject of his articles published in Renew magazine.

The high demand to attend the house tour (there was a wait list and several people missed out) shows people want to learn more about how to reduce their electricity bills, increase self-sufficiency in energy and live more sustainably.

Full house, unfortunately we have to limit numbers to make things manageable and fit, so please RSVP for future events

Full house, unfortunately we have to limit numbers to make things manageable and fit, so please RSVP for future events

The Transition Town Guildford Sustainable Homes group aims to be a forum for people to ask questions and share knowledge about all things related to building, renovating or renting a sustainable home (especially in the eastern suburbs of Perth, WA).