We’ve been busy in the last month, and we’re happy to say there’s a lot of good news. 

Update below, and if you have any question or queries, or you’d like to help in any way we’d love to hear from you. Contact us here.

Launch of WinZero Video

Climate change poses a very real threat to our way of life in the Southern Highlands, however, we have a choice because the solutions and a different path exist. Come join WinZero and help us choose a sustainable future.
A big shout out to Kirstine Lumb-Mckay and others who helped pull this together… Brian Rapsey, Tim Wilson, Darryn McKay, Way Up High Films, Matt Murfitt and all the stars of the show!!


A community initiative for a cleaner future.

WinZero’s launch was reported in the online community magazine – The Fold. 

Read it here .


Climate Advisory Panel
A Permanent Seat at the Table

It’s easier to influence outcomes when you have a seat at the table, and to that end, we’ve managed to secure a permanent seat on the newly formed Climate Advisory Panel.  Formed by the Wingecarribee Shire Council, the panel’s job is to guide the council’s response to their own declaration of a Climate Emergency, in February this year.  WinZero committee member, Miles Lochhead, will be representing us and we wish him all the best.

Climate Advisory Panel | A Call for Nominations
There are five more seats open too, so we’d encourage you, or anyone you know who’s informed, concerned or engaged in protecting the environment to seriously think about it. The more voices we have, the more change we can make.

This is an amazing chance for someone to really step up and make a difference.
Please think about it carefully, make your decision, then take the leap and join us..

> Take the first step here

Boost for Solar Panels on Southern Highlands' School

Building on the work of WinZero’s alliance partners, the prospect of solar panels on schools has just received a boost as Regional Development Australia Southern Inland enters the picture, working closely with the Wingecarribee Shire Council. 

This is a huge step in the right direction, and we’re looking forward to the first five schools getting solar on their rooves in the next 12 months. 

Solar my School completes the trio of organisations involved, having piloted the project in Sydney with 160 schools on track to save around $5,000 – $12,000 each year. The program includes guidance through the process, bureaucratic support, help with funding & grants, and an education element for the pupils too.  

The Southern Highlands is their first step into regional Australia, and with all of us working together, the future looks bright, sunny, and full of shiny happy people. 

Did you know?
There’s enough power coming from the sun in an hour – to run the entire planet for a year!

Frensham DA Deferred

Just in the last couple of weeks, Frensham submitted development plans for a bush style facility to bring their students closer to nature. Ironically enough, if the eight cabins were built on the site they proposed, it would destroy the habitat for a range of native species such as gliders, echidna, platypus & swamp wallabies. WinZero Co-Convenor, Clive West, co-ordinated a campaign, and the development has been put on hold until Frensham can explore other possible sites with the community.


Animals Photographed in Frensham bushland

Cautionary Submission for New Berrima Brickworks

Austral brickworks is moving from Bowral to New Berrima, and there’s a chance to reduce their industrial power consumption while doing so. It won’t happen without a little encouragement however – and our submission is the first step. Watch this space… 

And that’s it for September, thanks for reading and if you’d like to help, here’s what you can do: