Notice: Climate Action Blue Mountains is no longer an incorporated association, as of 1 April 2016. The committee took the difficult decision in 2015 to disband the formal organisation and pursue local climate action initiatives through other existing bodies, in particular the Blue Mountains Conservation Society. We encourage all existing supporters and interested individuals to join with the Consveration Society, Transition Blue Mountains and other local groups to pursue local action for a safe climate. We plan to maintain our Facebook page as a means of sharing information and promoting local climate action initiatives.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Climate Action BM (aka Katoomba Climate Action Now) over the years and helped make our campaigns, initiatives and events a success.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Big Solar Campaign Launched at Echo Point

KatoombaCAN Launches Big Solar campaign at Echo PtMedia Release: Big Solar Campaign Launched at Echo Point

KATOOMBA, Sat 3 Mar: While recent drizzle at Echo Point slowed production of electricity from the visitor centre’s 10kW solar PV system, a group of hardy local residents braved the weather to launch a campaign promoting large scale solar electricity generation.

Local environment groups are calling on Federal MP, Louise Markus, to get behind the Let’s Build Big Solar campaign as well as supporting the government’s proposed $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which will provide loan guarantees necessary to get large scale solar power up and running in Australia.

“Australia is the sunniest continent on earth, so it makes sense that we use this vast resource to provide us with large amounts of safe, clean, renewable electricity,” said Sue Morrison, President of Katoomba Area Climate Action Now.

“The installation of more than 1,000 megawatts of solar PV on household, school and commercial rooftops across Australia has delayed the need for new polluting power stations, but we need large scale solar electricity generation with storage if we want to avoid continuing reliance on polluting fossil fuels”.

Australia’s largest solar power facility is the 3 MW solar thermal concentrator attached to Liddell coal-fired power station near Singleton, where construction is underway to double its solar capacity, but this is tiny compared to concentrating solar power stations in Spain, Germany and California, where molten salt is used to store heat for power production throughout the night.

“We are way behind other countries in taking advantage of our abundant renewable energy sources,” said Ms Morrison.

“Spain’s 20MW Gemasolar concentrating solar power station is already generating 24 hour power for 25,000 households, with construction underway to power a further 70,000 households, creating thousands of local jobs.

“Germany installed more than 7,500MW of solar PV last year alone – equivalent to 50 Moree Solar farms, one of the large scale projects proposed for funding under the government’s Solar Flagships program.

“While the cost of polluting fossil fuels will only rise as global demand increases, renewable electricity gets cheaper as the industry expands – California is already buying solar power at prices which compare favourably with coal and wind.”

Together with similar groups across Australia, Katoomba Area Climate Action Now will be polling local residents over the next two months to gauge the level of support for big solar. Poll results will be presented to local MPs in their electorates and in Canberra.

More information is available from

Newsletter 12 Aug: Carbon price, coal seam gas & door-knocking

  1. Help needed: Door-knocking in Penrith next weekend
  2. Event: Defend our Water
  3. Event: Environment & Spirituality, what’s the connection?
  4. Event: A price on carbon: beyond the media hype
  5. Meeting: Local branch of Alternative Technology Association

KACAN surveying Springwood residents, May 2011

The KACAN committee meets monthly (2nd Tue of the month) and you are very welcome to attend a meeting, make suggestions and take part in discussion. Our sister group Transition Blue Mountains has other events you may wish to put in your diary. Please feel free to get in touch for meeting details or any other matter.

1. Door-knocking in Penrith
10am Sun 21 August

100% Renewable and the Say Yes campaign together with Sheryl Vine from the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union invite you and your friends to get out and talk to community members, friends and neighbors about the carbon price next weekend.

10am-2.30pm Sunday August 21st at Tench Reserve, Penrith (click here for directions)

This year, our politicians need to stop saying no or maybe, they need to say YES. We know they listen to their communities, but we’re concerned the benefits of a price on pollution haven’t been communicated clearly – that’s why we need to get out and talk to our friends and neighbours.

Already over 20 people have said they will join so come along on Sunday August 21st and have an impact on the future of action on climate and renewable energy in Australia. Plus, there’ll be a barbecue afterwards!

RSVP here or on the Facebook event page

We’ll provide all training and materials. You just need to bring a smile, bottle of water, sunscreen or umbrella, smart casual attire, and comfy shoes.

2. Event: Defend our Water Tour by Lock the Gate

Members of the Lock the Gate Alliance are travelling round the state to inform people about coal seam gas and its implications for local communities. There are two public meetings:

7pm Monday 15 August at the Conservation Hut, Fletcher St, Wentworth Falls

7pm Tuesday 16 August at Springwood Community Centre

3. Event: Environment & Spirituality – What’s the Connection?

2pm – 4.30pm, Sat 20 August, Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, New Street, Lawson

Entry: gold coin (includes refreshments)

Come along to a forum that examines the connections and responsibilities between spiritual traditions and environmental issues. Consider the question – what changes do we need to make as individuals and as a community to achieve understanding, cooperation and action? Hosted by the Blue Mountains Interfaith Group, comprising the Christian, Buddhist, Sufi, Quakers and Brahma Kumaris traditions.


  • Aunty Lyn Stanger – Welcome to country. Discussing Indigenous spiritual connections to land.
  • Professor Mark Diesendorf – UNSW Institute of Environmental Studies. Discussing scientific and ethical perspectives.
  • John Seed – Founder and Director the Rainforest Information Centre. Discussing spirituality and practical environmentalism.

Don’t miss it – there will be an open discussion and cups of tea. For more information, contact Alison Croft 4757 4394 or Jessica Yuille 4757 3686.

4. Event: A Price on Carbon: beyond the media hype

3pm – 5pm Saturday 27 August at the Masonic Hall, Station St, Katoomba

Neil Perry, Margaret Moussa and Edward Mariyani-Squire, economists from University of Western Sydney share their perspectives on some of the broader issues and concepts involved in the carbon pricing debate in Australia, including:

  • What are the economic assumptions behind pricing carbon?
  • Claims made by government, media & interest groups – true or false?
  • A price on carbon – reducing emissions or redistributing income (or both)?
  • Is industry compensation necessary?

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in in-depth discussion with these independent experts. Entry by donation. Enquiries ph. Clare 4782 4897 or

5. Meeting: Local branch of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

7pm, last Wednesday of the month at Varuna, 141 Cascade St, Katoomba

There will be a variety of guest speakers and film screenings on all matters related to sustainable technologies. Watch out for any special events in Community Happenings in the Blue Mountains Gazette. All welcome – come along and contribute ideas! Tea/coffee supplied – donations requested to cover meeting expenses. More info: Garry ( or about the ATA, visit:

Blue Mountains residents want plan for renewable energy

KACAN ask Louise Markus to unlock renewable energyUpdate: Our media release, below, has prompted a story in this week’s Blue Mountains Gazette, including a response from Louise Markus:

But Louise Markus said the coalition was “absolutely committed to action” on climate change.

“A coalition government will implement a climate change strategy based on direct action to reduce emissions by five per cent by 2020 and improve the environment.

“Direct action on soil carbons is a major part of our strategy supported by other measures such as planting 20 million trees in available public spaces and supporting emerging technologies such as solar fields, geothermal projects or tidal and wave projects that will reduce CO2 emissions and deliver significant environmental outcomes without a new tax burdening everyday Australians.”

Media Release

On Thursday, members of Katoomba Area Climate Action Now handed over the results of over 300 conversations with local people around renewable energy to Louise Markus, Member for Macquarie.

“Today we handed Ms Markus, our local MP, the results of our 304 conversations with people about renewable energy.” said Sue Morrison, spokesperson for Katoomba Area Climate Action Now.

“Over the past 3 months, volunteers from our group held street stalls, visited markets, knocked on doors and approached people in towns from Springwood to Blackheath to talk, listen to and record what they think about renewable energy.”

“96% of the people we spoke to want strong policies to support new jobs and investment in renewable energy and a remarkable 88% want Australia to develop a plan to move to 100% renewable energy.

“We did this as part of the nationwide 100% renewable energy campaign, joining with over 72 community groups in every state and territory to record the thoughts and comments of over 14,000 people.

“What we find when we talk to people and share information is that Blue Mountains residents overwhelmingly want to talk about solutions. They want to get behind a positive vision.

“They are tired of the negativity and bickering by politicians and just want our elected representatives to get on and do something.”

“The coalition seems to keep just saying no to action on climate change and renewable energy. They seem more interested in blocking things than pushing for the investment in renewable energy that people in our area are calling for” said Erland Howden, another volunteer organiser with Katoomba Area Climate Action Now.

So we are asking Louise Markus to tell us what her plan is for how we can get serious renewable energy investment flowing into our area and make it more affordable for all Australians. We want to report back to the people we spoke to telling them what Ms Markus said.”

“We know people are worried about rising energy prices and that renewable energy is the only source of power right now that gets cheaper the more we install it. If Louise Markus was serious about rising energy prices she’d be coming out strongly in favour of renewable energy.”

“It’s time we got on with it and unlocked the potential of renewable energy like solar and wind in our area and we will keep working to see that happen,” concluded Erland Howden.

Download Media Release as PDF  Download the Blue Mountains Report

100% Renewable Energy

100% renewable energy means clean air & water and taking advantage of our sun, wind and waves.

In a country like Australia, where the sun beats down every day, the wind always blows, hot rocks under the ground create heat, and where waves on our long coast lines keep rolling in, renewable energy just makes sense.

Katoomba Area Climate Action Now launch the 100% campaign locally.

Renewable energy means clean, safe power that will never run out. It means new investment, new industry and lots of new jobs. It means a safer climate for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. And with our natural advantage in sun, wind and wave it means Australia could be a clean energy leader. 100% renewable energy means finally tackling Australia’s biggest source of carbon pollution – coal power.

Right now Australia faces a choice: we can continue our dependence on fossil fuels, keep mining and burning coal, keep polluting our air and water. We can keep damaging our farmland and heath, be left behind the rest of the world on investment and face an uncertain future with an unstable climate. Or we can make the switch to 100% clean renewable energy, creating a safer, healthier happier future for all.

Katoomba Area Climate Action Now supports the national grassroots campaign for 100% Renewable Energy and is working with over 70 other community climate action groups around the country toward this inspiring, positive vision. We launched our local effort in late 2010 (launch picture top-right) and have been working hard since then to get the word out to Blue Mountains people.

KACAN surveying Springwood residents, May 2011

We have just completed three months of conversations with local people at festivals, markets, knocking on people’s doors and approaching people in the street to talk about renewable energy and hear what Blue Mountains residents think from Springwood to Blackheath. We compiled the results of all our conversations into a report and presented the findings to our local representatives, Louise Markus, Federal Member for Macquarie and Roza Sage, State Member for the Blue Mountains. The report details what over 300 locals think about the idea of government policy to support renewable energy, developing a plan to move to 100% renewables and putting a price on carbon.

Events & Outreach

A big part of our work is in talking to the local community about climate change. We hold street and market stalls, put on events such as forums and film nights and participate in a number of festivals in the Blue Mountains.

Katoomba Area Climate Action Now members regularly march in the Katoomba Street parade at the Winter Magic Festival and put on sustainable living and campaign stalls at both festivals and markets.

We also participated in the Footbeat Festival and took part in the Festival photograph for the global campaign.

Winter Magic Festival 2010

KACAN at Winter Magic Festival 2008The Winter Magic Festival will be held in Katoomba on 19 June 2010.

Please join us for the grand parade and look for our information stall, together with Transition Blue Mountains, in Katoomba St.

We will also be surveying community attitudes to current Government policies on renewable energy and Transition Blue Mountains will be screening short films at the back of the Paragon Cafe in Katoomba St.

Can you help?

If you want to participate in the parade, make wind or solar props, help on our stall or help with setting up and packing away please email