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100% Renewable Energy Forum

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Is 100% renewable energy in Perth possible? If so, what would it look like?

Come join Transition Town Guildford and the Hills Sustainability Group as we host an eastern suburbs forum on the Energy 2029 plan. Hear from Sustainable Energy Now (SEN) and Senator Scott Ludlam on how we can transition to 100% stationary energy by 2029.

Prior to the March State Election SEN was commissioned by the WA Greens to provide a brief of scenarios which would demonstrate the potential for WAʼs South West Integrated System electricity grid demand to be fully met by a combination of renewable energy generation, efficiency, storage and demand-side management within the SWIS grid, by 2029.

Presentations by Senator Scott Ludlam, SEN secretary Steve Gates, followed by Q & A.

 Date: Thursday, 22nd August

Venue: Old Midland Courthouse, 43 Helena street, Midland

Time: 6:30 pm for a 7 pm start. Finish 8 pm.

Tea, coffee and supper will be provided.

Entry by donation

Presented in collaboration with:

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About HSG: The Hills Sustainability group is made up of people living in the hills who are interested in environmental and sustainability issues. We have a mailing list of some 100 members and our goal is to encourage the community to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.  We are an apolitical organization that wishes to work with the community and the Shire of Mundaring. We are not interested in adversarial dialogue on issues. We believe a conciliatory approach based on trust and goodwill will better serve the community.

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About SEN: Sustainable Energy Now, Inc. is a community based think tank formed in 2007 with the aim to promote practical, affordable strategies for the adoption of renewable energy toward a sustainable global future. SEN has a broad membership of over 200 and supporters of over 1000 ranging from energy professionals, engineers, economists, doctors and academics to politicians, retirees and students. Our endeavours are to: Research; Promote; Advocate and Simulate the renewable energy potential of WA.

Bicycle Treasure Hunt fun

Over 60 people attended our Bicycle Treasure Hunt in Guildford on Sunday to celebrate Cycle Instead Bikeweek. We hope everyone had a fun time riding around Guildford, and that it will inspire people to ride more often, especially to school and for shorts trips around the place.

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Congratulations to the winning Adult team ‘Next Stop Paris’, the family category winners ‘Chokoz’ and the ‘Black Swans’, who took out the best decorated bikes award for dressing up as pirates.

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Following the event, participants enjoyed yummy refreshments, including buns provided by the Guildford Bakery. Thanks!

Bikeweek is running until Sunday the 24th of March. To find another free bike event visit

Transition Town Guildford acknowledge the support of this event by the Department of Transport as part of Cycle Instead Bikeweek 2013.

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Dept of Transport

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On your bike

Our hands on bike maintenance workshop the other week was a big success. Thirty four people filled the Guildford Primary School gymnasium to hear from cycling enthusiast Mike Norman on keeping your bike in good shape.

Bike workshop attendees

Mike covered the ABCD of bike maintenance, 90% of which you can do at home with only a few simple tools. Here’s a few things I picked up.

‘A’ stands for Air: Check your tyre pressure (it’s written on the side of the tyre). Make sure you have a set of tyre levers, a spare and a hand pump if you’re planning on riding a long way from home! Watch out for the introduced weed, Calthrop, the spines of which can cause punctures.

‘B’ stands for Brakes: Check both your brakes are working and ‘pinching’ together. You’ll need a set of allen keys to adjust the tension.

‘C’ stands for Chain: The most moving parts on the bike are in the chain. Make sure it’s clean, and it will save you a lot of work! Use an old paint brush or toothbrush to remove sand and crud from your chain. Pinch off built up stuff on your gears, including jockey wheels (the little ones that guide the chain). Then run the chain through a rag with a little degreaser (don’t spill onto your wheel bearings). Dry and remove excess from chain and apply bike chain lubricant. Wipe off excess.

‘D’ stands for D-lock: Make sure you have a good lock on your bike.

Happy Cycling!

For those with smart phones, there are several apps which take you through all these things and more. Check out Bike Doctor or Bicycle Maintenance 101