Big Ideas for a better planet


Introducing WinZero

As you’re all probably aware, following Climate Action Now Wingecarribee’s (CANWin) successful Climate Forum in November last year, and the Extinction Rebellion march through Bowral on a scorching 43 degree day on 1 February, Wingecarribee Shire Council finally made a Climate Emergency Declaration for the Shire.

Part of Council’s resolution for the Declaration was a commitment by it to prepare a “Shire Wide Community Climate Change Emergency Plan which is reviewed annually”.  This prompted Extinction Rebellion Southern Highlands to put out a call for a meeting of various environmental groups and activists to develop a community plan that went beyond the Council’s commitment.  

Born out of this meeting was WinZero – Wingecarribee Net Zero Emissions – which has been given the task of building on the long-standing environmental activism of its predecessor CANWin. The aim of WinZero is to transition our Shire to net zero carbon emissions over the next 10 to 15 years… or sooner if possible!  

The aim of this  group is to bring positive change across the Shire, working with Council, individuals and businesses to address the climate emergency, and develop a thriving environment and economy for all. 

In order to achieve this, the group is putting together a detailed, scientifically based action plan across all sectors of our community to transition the Wingecarribee Shire to be carbon neutral. This action plan will have two different arms, one that will be presented to Council as a road map that our local government can implement, the other will be focused on what the community (both businesses and individuals) can achieve. 

WinZero has five main sub-groups who are actively working on developing emissions reduction projects in the following areas – Natural Environment (e.g. regenerative landscaping, habitat connectivity), Built Environment (e,g, energy efficient houses), Energy (e.g. solar installations, renewable energy Power Purchase Agreements), Transport (e.g. electrification of vehicles, EV charging infrastructure) and Waste Management (e.g. organics and plastics processing).   

WinZero has joined over 50 other communities in an Australia wide group called Beyond Zero Emissions.  It’s worth checking them out on the link:

These connections with other groups will allow WinZero to draw on their experience in achieving similar goals.  There’s no point in reinventing the wheel!  Of particular interest is the work done by the Byron Bay group, which is well advanced.  You can check them out at:

If you would like more information on the work of WinZero, please send an email to Clive West ( or Kirstine McKay (

XR Climate Emergency
March - Bowral

Climate Emergency Wingecarribee March Bowral

Wingecarribee Council Declares Climate Emergency

Previous Posts

WinZero News

Earl St Development

Objection to DA 21/2058 (5 Earl Street, Bowral, Strata Title Subdivision) Background Mount Gibraltar is an iconic landmark of special ...
Read More

Save Frensham Forest

The Issue In 2015 the area know as the "Lower Holt", which is a heavily forested section of land in ...
Read More

ReGreening of the Wingecarribee River

By Lyndal Breen The more or less accidental building of the Buradoo to Berrima walking track opened up a substantial ...
Read More

Earth Hour 2021 Round-up

Thank you to all the people who came along to Earth Hour at the Southern Highlands Botanical Gardens and were ...
Read More

Earth Hour 2021

Are you thinking of switching your ride? Come along to Earth Hour at the Southern Highlands Botanical Gardens and be ...
Read More

Solar my School Launches in Southern Highlands

Marnee Harlor and Cecilia Kemp (Wingecarribee Shire Council), Carisa Wells (RDASI) , Jodie Savage (SmS), Camilla Staff (RDASI), Anthony Weinberg ...
Read More

WinZero November Roundup

WinZero November Roundup Creating Awareness PechaKucha 2020 Congratulations to all the speakers at PechaKucha 2020 event at The Farm Club ...
Read More

The Climate Advisory Panel

the Climate Change Advisory Panel In February this year, the Wingecarribee Shire Council unanimously passed the motion to declare a ...
Read More

Growers and Producers Lunch

The third annual Growers & Producers Long Lunch was hosted on Tuesday October 27 at The Loch on Greenhills Road ...
Read More

Climate News in the Southern Highlands

Click here to read the WinZero November News  Badge Text WinZero in the Empire Theatre There’s a 30 second version ...
Read More

Previous Posts


Previous Posts

Urban Environment


Previous Posts

Previous Posts

Business News

Previous Posts


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *