Take the climate challenge

ILLAWARRA residents can do their bit to help tackle climate change by participating in a community program – the Illawarra Climate Challenge.

From Wollongong to Shellharbour to Kiama, over 150 Illawarra residents have signed up to take the Climate Challenge that aims to lower household bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

Wollongong City Council and Kiama City Council are partnering with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW in providing residents with practical tools to live in a more sustainable manner.

The Climate Challenge is a way for households, workplaces and individuals to reduce greenhouse emissions at home and as a community. Participants who take the Climate Challenge earn points by reducing their household emissions, and then look for the simple lifestyle changes they can make beyond the home.

The Climate Challenge makes it easy to reduce greenhouse emissions by providing information, community workshops, incentives and prizes.

Nature Conservation Council Sustainability program manager Rachel Mimmo said there are many options to choose from to earn points to complete the challenge – from turning appliances off at the wall, to switching to accredited GreenPower and taking more public transport.

“We are hoping that the Illawarra will show the rest of NSW and Australia that household and community actions can be part of the solution to climate change,” she said.

Register before May 7 at or call 9516 1488.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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