Tuesday, 23 August 2011

BRCT Column

By Scott Willis


On July 30, BRCT Patron Jeanette Fitzsimons was in Waitati to meet some of the people associated with the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust and the local initiatives that have some relationship with the trust. The pot-luck hosted by Jenny Hayden and PJ Clarke was a true gastronomic affair and it was equally fulfilling to have the different reports on local initiatives and to share stories and experiences while also learning more of Jeanette’s other work and interests.


In August, BRCT’s two new trustees (PJ Clarke and Chris Skellett) were officially ratified, with both bringing their extensive expertise and skills to the trust and enhancing BRCT’s ability to deliver for Blueskin communities.


Also in August, it was confirmed that the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust will now proceed promptly with the community engagement and appraisal of the wind cluster proposal after confirmation of a generous donation gifted by the Otago Community Trust (and following a contract awarded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority). BRCT would like to note its deep appreciation of the Otago Community Trust’s support and vision of building capacity for community action. One further funding application to support effective community participation is being considered by the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board.


The Waitati Energy Project, one of the initiatives under the BRCT umbrella, has just announced a name change: it has now become the ‘Blueskin Energy Project’ and as such it now aligns more accurately with the trust’s strategic plan and overall vision (“to facilitate a positive, healthy, secure and resilient future for Blueskin Bay and linked communities and promote sustainable resource use”). As the Waitati Energy Project has grown and developed, so have the numbers of people involved. The potential for all Blueskin communities to be involved and benefit has also become obvious. The name change had simply become inevitable.


BRCT’s trustees and officers are: Lynnaire Johnston, Antony Deaker, PJ Clarke, Tony Wilson, Gerry Carrington, Chris Skellett and Ross Johnston; Jeanette Fitzsimons is the trust’s patron. Established in 2008, BRCT aims to assist groups and individuals in Blueskin Bay address the opportunities and vulnerabilities associated with climate change and peak oil.


Contact: 03 482 2048


Caption: New BRCT trustees PJ Clarke and Chris Skellett, with Jenny Haydon and BRCT patron Jeanette Fitzsimons, at the Porteous Hill wind tower overlooking Blueskin Bay.

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