desertSMART COOLmob needs you to lobby your local members and the Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment and the NT EPA to ensure we receive funding beyond June 30th. Let them know that sustainable living is important to you.
Despite the recent successes (such as the Roadmap to a desertSMART Town, the Food Map website and Food Systems of Alice Springs Report, Food For Alice, and the desertSMART Challenge) and 12-year history of running successful sustainability projects, Coolmob once again faces an uncertain future. DesertSMART COOLmob’s current funding agreement with the NT government ends on 30th June 2014.
Despite ongoing negotiations, the government has not yet been able to confirm renewed funding for the program. This could mean an end to COOLmob’s 12 year history of working with Alice Springs residents on household energy, water and other sustainability issues. Please take the time to email your local member and let him/her know that you think desertSMART COOLmob should continue to receive funding beyond June 30th.
NT EPA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Member for Araluen, Robyn Lambley: email@example.com, Minister.firstname.lastname@example.org
Member for Braitling, Adam Giles: email@example.com, Chief.firstname.lastname@example.org
Member for Greatorex, Matt Conlan: email@example.com, Minister.Conlan@nt.gov.au
Minister for Lands, Planning, and the Environment, Peter Chandler: Minister.firstname.lastname@example.org
It has come to my attention that desertSMART COOLmob is facing an uncertain future, with the current funding ending on June 30th, and no other funding as yet allocated. COOLmob has been an invaluable program to the Alice Springs community over the last 12 years. But without ongoing core funding, it could mean an end to COOLmob’s history of working with Alice Springs residents on household energy and water and other sustainability issues. Currently, with Alice Solar City and Alice Water Smart no longer in existence, there are next to no sustainability initiatives available for residents in Central Australia. As such, residents are becoming frustrated with high water and energy bills and piece-meal recycling options. In addition, residents who may wish to reduce their waste, support a local food economy, or source information about sustainable housing and transport solutions are left to their own resources, with little support offered by the NT Government or local council. Coolmob has always provided services to the community at no or low-cost to the community to lift the burden of the high cost-of-living in Central Australia. As such, Coolmob requires funding from an external source. I urge you to ensure that the Territory Government remains committed to environmental programs and to ensure that desertSMART COOLmob receives ongoing funding.