SUN continues to shine on Tathra’s community-wide push for renewable energy.
Last week, Pyramid Power installed 1.5kW of solar panels on the Tathra Hall with money raised from the Tathra Enduro held earlier this year.
The hall’s conversion to solar energy leaves only the Green Shed as the one remaining community building not yet powered by renewables (aside from the heritage-listed Tathra Wharf).
The installation was celebrated last week by Clean Energy For Eternity (CEFE) founder Matthew Nott along with representatives of the Tathra Mountain Bike Club and Bega Valley Shire Council.
Richard Gallimore from the Tathra MTB Club said the Enduro’s growing popularity is paying dividends for the wider community.
“Lots of volunteers take part at the Enduro and give up their day, so aside from raising money for CEFE, some funds raised go to the Rural Fire Service, surf lifesaving club, the Uniting Church and so on,” Mr Gallimore said.
“It’s basically a whole Tathra community event.”
With renewable energy projects on all but one public building, the entire community is benefitting.
“Which all wouldn’t be possible if Andy Johnson hadn’t spent 10 years building the mountain bike trails,” Mr Nott said.
Tathra’s reputation as a popular destination for mountain bike enthusiasts isn’t limited to the Enduro weekend.
“Every day you see cars with bikes on their roofs in Tathra,” Mr Gallimore said.
“It’s a point of difference we have as an ideal mountain bike tourist destination.”
The 2014 Enduro is scheduled for April 13, which is two weeks earlier than usual.
Mr Nott explained the regular date became unavailable as their official timer will be taking part in the UCI World Championships in Queensland.
However, the new date coincides with the Victorian school holidays so organisers are hoping for more entrants and spectators coming over the border.
THE Tathra Hall’s many user groups will benefit from the newly installed solar panels.
A 1.5kW solar system was installed on the roof last week and will be used to power the community hall’s lighting and hot water.
Bega Valley Shire Council volunteering coordinator Nathan Marshall said the hall was well utilised by a variety of community groups in any given week, mainly during school terms and over summer.
Examples of users include Fling dance classes, yoga and tai chi classes, play groups, committee meetings – and a back-up option for wedding ceremonies affected by inclement weather.
“It’s used a lot during the day which is when the panels come into their own,” Mr Marshall said.
“It’s really well placed for solar.”
Cr Liz Seckold said while the hall currently has a couple of wonderful and busy volunteers keeping it in top shape and running the bookings, it is in need of a committee if anyone wished to put their hand up.
“This year is the centenary of the hall with a celebration planned for next month,” she said.
“It’s a good time to let the community know there are still people behind it.”
Anyone interested in being part of a hall committee is asked to contact Nathan Marshall at the BVSC on 6499 2222.