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Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley with the fundraising ‘barometer’. Photo Jeff Dawson
Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley with the fundraising ‘barometer’. Photo Jeff Dawson

Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) is kicking off their first fundraising film night for the year with Black Hole, the independent documentary about the coalmine blockade in Leard State Forest.

‘This is a must-see film for us all which is motivating COREMs’ dedication to running Mullumbimby on 100 per cent renewable energy,’ says the group.

The film is screening this Friday February 26 at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre. At 6.30pm Jarmbi Githabul will open with a welcome to country, followed by mayor Simon Richardson, who will be speaking and facilitating a Q&A with guest speaker Muz Drechsler, the camp leader at the Leard State Forest Blockade. Black Hole will screen at 8pm, and food and refreshments are available from 6.30pm.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Drill Hall PV system. The event is the start of COREM’s Solar Solution for Mullumbimby and the Planet crowdfunding campaign – planetfunder.org/projects/corem.

Climate change

Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley, pictured above, is undertaking her school’s 20 hours of community service with COREM because she feels it is important to tackle climate change and embrace sustainable clean energy.

‘I met [COREM president] Ella at Bentley protectors’ camp in 2014 and my mum’s doing a Masters in renewable energy so I already have some idea about how important this work is,’ said Zara.

‘I really believe it’s important to put yourself in situations where you have a say in what’s happening in your community no matter what your age is.

‘I’m super pumped about helping COREM any way I can!’

COREM president Ella Goninan said, ‘I celebrate Zara’s initiative and enthusiasm in assisting COREM, and recognise my responsibility to act with commitment to this cause for Zara’s generation and all youth and children of our time and those to come.’

COREM plans to install 10kW of solar panels on the Drill Hall. See more at corem.org.au.

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