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16 & 17 June 2014 - National Library of Australia, Canberra

Community Energy Congress – Volunteer Roles

Help make the Community Energy Congress awesome!

Do you want to help communities across Australia to benefit from renewable energy?  Would you like to be part of bringing the Australian Community Energy sector together for the first time on this scale?

The Coalition for Community Energy is looking for volunteers to make the inaugural Community Energy Congress a fantastic event with maximum, community, political and public impact as possible.  See below some volunteer roles that we are looking for people to fill, if one of them grabs your attention please get in contact with the nominated contact point.  Those people who volunteer will get a free ticket to the Congress, connections with the leaders of the community energy sector in Australia and our enduring gratitude.

Accommodation/billeting coordinator

We are looking for someone who has great connections in Canberra and could coordinate billeting for community delegates attending the Community Energy Congress.  Many of the participants of the Community Energy Congress are people who spend much of their time volunteering to develop community energy projects, as such they are interesting people, but often with not a lot of money to spare.  Thus, we are looking to match hosts households in Canberra with Congress participants keen to be billeted.

Skills required – organised and reliable

Time commitment: 4hrs a week from now until the Congress in June

Interested contact –  Tom Nockolds, Community Power Agency, tom@cpagency.org.au, 0400 992 112

Congress media and promotions

Community energy is such a positive approach to creating better and more resilient communities, that there are so many stories to tell and so many people from different walks of life who could be interested to get involved.  We are looking for a volunteer who will help with:

  • Developing content for the Community Energy Congress website, including stories of speakers and participants attending
  • Drafting updates about the Congress
  • Writing and drafting media releases and contacting local media about stories
  • Contacting organisations who might be interested in attending or could promote the Congress

Skills required: good writer, personable phone manner and interested in community energy, media experience would be excellent

Time commitment: 4hrs+ a week between now and the Community Energy Congress

Interested in helping contact – Taryn Lane, Embark – taryn@embark.com.au, 0458 048 287

Training Day

If there is sufficient demand the plan is to organise a training day on the Sunday before the Community Energy Congress.  We are looking for a volunteer to help organise this training day including:

  • Organising the venue and catering (existing venue and catering contacts exist, it’s a matter of following-up)
  • Liaising with potential trainers and coordinating the program

Skills required: organised and reliable, experience with training or event organising a bonus

Time commitment: 1 day to start, then 4hrs a week between now and the Congress.

Interested in helping contact – Mark Byrne, Total Environment Centre – markb@tec.org.au (cc Nicky Ison –Nicola.ison@uts.edu.au)

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