Dear fellow CASES Members and Supporters,

Our last meeting for the year 2016 is at 7pm Wednesday 23 November.

There are lots of new projects for you to collaborate with fellow CASES Members on.

Some background on recent forays towards making a more sustainable future:
Jonathan Milford has been working tirelessly with Richard Deng to create a feasible proposal for a renewable energy power station on Malabar Headland. At a meeting the other day with Bruce Notley-Smith, Jonathan was given Bruce Notley-Smith’s support for the idea.

Richard Deng will give us a summary of his scoping and feasibility studies that were presented at the  meeting. Richard’s initial draft is for a solar system that would not require removal of the rifle range.

CASES is keen for any insights you can contribute to assist formulating a joint submission on the NSW environmental future funding package. (Visit
CASES ought to make a submission as it is alarming that most of the funding is to go towards Policy and Advocacy instead of Operations, ie. mostly words and little action. Also the target of net zero emssions by 2050 is pathetic and we doubt very much whether it is compatible with the Paris Agreement.

It would also be great if you have any thoughts on recruitment and future plans.

Your sincerely for a sustainable World,
Ian Rose on behalf of the CASES Team

CASES meets at 7pm the 4th Weds of every month except December
Barrett House, 6 Barrett Pl. Randwick NSW 2031 (map)
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Bill McKibbon answers your questions at Paddington Town Hall 21-4-2016

This is a rare opportunity to hear Bill McKibbon speak in Sydney and have him answer your questions. Affordable tickets still available for a short time as they are selling fast.

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Bill McKibben is a relentless campaigner and co-founder of, the first planet-wide grassroots climate change movement.  An influential author and educator for 30 years, Bill was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2014.

Bill McKibben will present his talk “The Hottest Year, The Hottest Fight” followed by a conversation with Bill and a yet-to-be-named MC (watch this space!). Bill and our MC will take questions from the audience via Twitter. 350 Australia CEO Blair Palese will introduce Bill, our speakers and the national context.

Paddington Town Hall – 249 Oxford Street , Paddington, NSW 2021, Australia – View Map
$27.12 – $32.34  Last few tickets left, get yours now.

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Local Flickerfest Selection ‘From Above’

Excellent films at Bondi Pavilion Flickerfest 2016

‘From Above’ session screening: Sat 16 Jan 2016, 4.30pm, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, Sydney. 

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During the last production period for Battle for the Tarkine documentary, Julian Knysh and ‘Tarkine In Motion’ Crew brought to Tasmania for the first time the Shotover K1 aerial cinematography mount, the only one in Australia and one of only about a dozen in the world.

By special arrangement Robin Kover, a graduating student at Sydney Film School, completing his thesis film project accompanied our crew. His initial interest was in the technicalities of aerial cinematography. He ended up being thrown into the deep end of the wilds of the Tarkine and has now completed his short film From Above, a documentary about their documentary production.

Robin’s film captures a behind the scenes look at cinematographer Peter Beeh and director Julian Knysh battling the constraints of a very tight budget and wild weather on a shoot to capture the wild and raw beauty of the Tarkine Wilderness.

We are very pleased to announce that SFS documentary From Above (Director: Robin Köver, Producer: Nick Martinelli, Editor: Raphael Palencia) has been accepted to screen in the Green Flicks Programme at  (all film screenings details) Flickerfest’s 25th International Short Film Festival.


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Sign & Share: No New Coal Mines

For the leaders of Pacific nations that lie just metres above sea level, climate change is a matter of life and death.

That’s why His Excellency Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, has written to world leaders ahead of Paris asking them to back a global moratorium on new coal mines and coal mine expansions.

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No New Coal Mines is an initiative of The Australia Institute.

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Council Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Under Way are running a council divestment campaign and CASES are into it. Their first target is Sydney City and CASES are targeting the three eastern suburbs councils – Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra – who have a joint Sustainability programme. Have a look at the Council Divestment Argument for Sydney, below.

The Council Divestment Argument for Sydney

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Divestment is the modern world’s way to address climate change. It contrasts with the old world government models mired in corporate influence and conservatism which struggle to find the momentum necessary for this cause. The driver behind divestment is a simple ethical principle: “if it is wrong to wreck the environment – it is wrong to profit from that wreckage”.

The fossil fuel divestment movement has grown exponentially worldwide, from local councils—including Marrickville, Leichhardt, Lismore, and the recently announced Newcastle, and other globally leading cities such as San Francisco, Oslo and Paris—to universities, churches, museums, businesses and pension funds. Notably, Norwegian Pension Fund recently divested $900 billion dollars, while the University of California took $200 million away from coal and tar sands last week.

Over the last few months a range of world respected authorities have clearly communicated that more urgent action is needed if the world is to have any chance of limiting warming to 2°C. Eighty to ninety percent of unexploited fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. Continued exploration for fossil fuels and investment in opening new deposits is unjustified. Divestment’s aim is to create a paradigm shift that erodes the social license of the fossil fuel industry that continues these destructive practices.

While divestment is an ethical one in many instances, it is also been increasingly recognised as a financially sensible move. One of the reasons for this is the increasing potential that fossil fuel companies may be forced to ‘write off’ fossil fuel holdings should they be deemed unburnable and therefore no longer a bankable asset. A recent report found that California pension funds incurred a massive loss of over $5 billion in the last year alone from their holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies. Similarly, among Australia’s biggest pure play coal producers, values have shrunk over 60% since 2012 .

Sydney City Council is evidently concerned about minimising the potential for climate change as seen in the great strides the council is making to reduce carbon emissions through the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Plan. The focus on improving energy efficiency and identifying alternative sources of energy is setting much needed Australian benchmarks in emissions reduction and innovation.

However the boldness of Sydney City Council’s commitment to sustainable systems, policies and practices in reducing carbon emissions is not matched in the Council’s financial policies and strategies. We are aware that Australian councils are not permitted direct exposure to the sharemarket and that the bulk of investments are in term deposits with banking institutions. A review of the Council’s investments shows that it is heavily dependent on investments in fossil fuel investing banks – in particular the ‘Big 4’ domestic banks – who are financing billions of dollars worth of coal and gas projects around the country. The latest Sydney City Council investment report as of 30 June, 2015 revealed that 69%, or over $430M, of its term deposits were invested in these banks.

As developing “environmentally and socially responsible investments” (SRIs) is already a built in component of Sydney Council’s Investment Strategy, the first major commitment has been made. However, the councils’ adopted strategy of further developing SRI options solely through “engagement with financial institutions” falls short of what Sydney can do to show that it is the progressive and sustainable-minded council that it touts itself to be. The next obvious step is to make commitment to divest from the very banks that support this environmentally destructive industry. Setting new investment policies to give preference to banks that do not fund the fossil fuel industry can be the most powerful way that Sydney City can engage with financial institutions.
Since Marrickville passed a divestment motion in November 2014, their fossil free index has followed suit, while still maintaining a “well-diversified portfolio with 98% of its portfolio spread among the top three credit rating categories. It is expected that the Council can continue to achieve benchmark returns with prudent investment selection for its short and long term holdings.”
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Recently 350 Sydney released a 3-Step Divestment Guide for Local Government. We have enclosed a copy for your consideration. It is not a one size fits all approach, the possible approaches range from: stating a preference for fossil free banks; through setting targets for a percentage of funds in fossil free banks; to a full divestment going forward of all Council funds. The guide envisages a practical 3-year timeline to fully divest. It includes a sample divestment motion that has successfully passed in other councils. urges you to consider supporting a motion to divest part or all of the City of Sydney’s funds from fossil fuel investing banks. Divestment would be a natural counterpart to Sydney’s already substantial commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. It would solidify the City of Sydney’s reputation of being one of the world’s most progressive councils.

We are seeking residents in the three council areas to join us in talking to councillors. If you are interested contact for:
Randwick, Jonathan Milford at,
Waverley, Nicolas Miliaret at or
Woollahra, Ian Rose at
Divestment is snowballing and we expect that the major banks, starting with the Commonwealth, will be obliged to go fossil free with their investments of our money.
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We’re Putting Surry Hills Crown St CommBank ‘Under New Management’

  • 435 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

    In Crown St Surry Hills we are going to put CommBank ‘Under New Management’ as part of a wave of community actions across Australia from 13-15 August.
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  • CommBank’s decision makers have time and time again failed to heed the community’s call to put an end to their involvement with the Galilee Basin mega coal mines. So in August we will be taking matters into our own hands and showing CommBank, at branches around the country, how they should be managing their business.CoalBank Melb 2-15-08-03 3Sign up today and we’ll be in touch to let you know how you can be involved.

    If you would like to get involved with organising this or another action, contact


I commit to:

  • uphold the values of non-violent direct action and not take part in activities that cause fear, intimidation or property damage
  • respect all CommBank managers, branch staff, customers and other members of the community
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Tarkine in Motion

As part of this years ‘Head On’ photo festival, ‘Tarkine in Motion’
will be at Salerno Gallery (details below)
28th April – 24th May, 2015

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Events during the month for Tarkine in Motion at Salerno:
Responsible Runners
Costa Georgiadis from ABC Gardening Australia and model Laura Wells will Launch of their short film, “7 Days, 8 runners, 140 kms; 1 wilderness” – epic!
Thursday 30th April, 6:30 pm

Monthly networking event.
Tuesday 5th May

Official Opening.
With key note speech by TV star actor Simon Westaway.
Monday May 11th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm>Think Act Change.

Monthly meet up & drinks Friday 15th May

Christina Christensen composer and cellist performing Tarkine inspired solo works and cello loops.
Author & TV personality Gretel Killeen will an inspiring talk.
Sunday 17th May, 3:00 – 5:00pm

Continual updates via facebook.

Address: 70 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037 Australia
Post: P.O Box 823, Glebe NSW 2037
Phone: (02) 9660 0899
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm. Saturday 10am – 3.30pm. Other days by appointment.

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Walk for Water, Protect Our Drinking Water Catchments from Mining Madness 21 to 28-2-2015

On the edge of our City, Sydney’s drinking water catchments are under serious threat and in danger of being forever polluted if we can’t stop the mining madness now.

Once CSG is in your water, that’s it. Maybe the mining advocates think a purifier will be developed by then. I wonder who’s taxes will pay for that, seeing as mining only pay 13% now and we have seen the pittance in clean up contributions from them before. Read Mining Australia’s account of a recent spill and imagine that in our pristine drinking water.

Over the coming week (from 21 to 28 Jan) people from all over Sydney will be Walking for Water to help create awareness of the dangers of increased mining in our drinking water catchments.
No where else in the world allows mining in their drinking water, yet the corrupt NSW Govt want’s to increase it.
This is particularly galling seeing as Barry O’Farrell promised “that the next Liberal Govt will ensure mining will not occur in any water catchments, no ifs no buts a guarantee”, see him speak here.
It seems they are only good at accepting developers money as ICAC has proven with 11 of them either losing their jobs and/or position.

Faced with an inactive and deceitful Govt we have been left with no choice but to take it to the streets.
So if you prefer your water not to be flammable and poisonous, now is the time to join the the Walk for Water here and sign on for the section(s) of the walk you are most like to enjoy.
Sydney drinking water catchment

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AYCC call out CommBank to stop funding fossil fuel madness.

This Valentine’s Day eve as part of a Global Day of Divestment Action join AYCC and for a rally at Commonwealth Bank HQ – ready to “break up” with the bank for refusing to rule out funding the controversial Abbot Point coal port on the Great Barrier Reef.

Where: Commonwealth Bank HQ, 1 Darling Quarter (just at the end of Liverpool, St Sydney (map)  
When: 12pm, Friday 13 February
RSVP: at
More info: Australian Youth Climate Coalition facebook event.

It will be great if you could share the info around your networks as well!

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Bob Brown will greet Steve Posselt at the Opera House midday Sat 31 Jan 2015

Engineer, grandfather and ecowarrior Steve Posselt began an 8000-kilometre kayak journey from Canberra to Paris on Thursday 15-1-2015.

He will be arriving at Man o’ War Steps (Opera House, eastern side) at midday this Saturday after kayaking along the coast from Port Kembla.

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Bob Brown, The Knitting Nanas and many others will be at the Man o’ War Steps to greet Steve, so make sure you come along too for this historic occasion.

Read about why Steve is making this journey, see where he’s been so far and see where he plans to go, creating awareness of climate change.

Hint, he’ll finish in Paris where he will deliver his message at the United Nations Climate Summit in November 2015.

Also you can donate towards this heroic and most admiral man’s quest via paypal for Kayak4Earth.

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