Tuesday, 22 July 2014

BRCT Update

by Niki Bould

June is the beginning of that time of year when we think about our own warm and cosy homes – or how to retrofit them at least. The Cosy Homes governance group is still giving away free insulation but unfortunately that promotion ends as we move into July. If you missed out or were not eligible (for whatever reason) then do not despair – Cosy Homes is all about finding ways to help you get your home warm and cosy. Keep an eye out for our next promotion (BRCT is part of the Cosy Homes group).

BRCT held its AGM at the end of May. It was sad to say goodbye to Katie Parker, who has been with us for three years and our Treasurer, Tony Wilson, who has been with us for four. We have really appreciated their commitment to good governance, and personally I have thoroughly enjoyed working for them both. Fortunately we don’t completely lose Tony as he, along with Charles Abraham and Chris Freear are directors of BEL (Blueskin Energy Limited). We want to congratulate Charles for stepping up and becoming our Treasurer. Lastly, we would like to extend our thanks to Andy Barratt who presented Dunedin’s “Our Food Network”.

Our own food work, focused on a Blueskin foodshed assessment, has gradually expanded to include an evaluation of some of the retail and distribution components of Port Chalmers. As a much larger settlement it has offered insights as to the viability of selling local food as a regular part of a functioning local food system. The baseline food system evaluation is drawing to an end, having considered food production, distribution and consumption in our area. We are now embarking on the initial development of a framework with some suggested options of how to enhance the current local food system. These ideas and suggestions were gathered from the community research phase and we are currently pulling them together into a format for our community to discuss (in an upcoming community meeting).

We are also proud to announce the release of our climate change report. The report
(available on our website (http://www.brct.org.nz/resources/brct-publications) was acknowledged and accepted by the Dunedin City Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee with no controversy and we look forward to discussion about it at future community events.

Finally, thanks to Peter Higbee who has been keeping tabs on transport issues for us and to everyone else who has helped out and offered help this past month in all our activities – we couldn’t do so much without you!

If you would like to find out more about any project or anything else that we do at BRCT then please call in to see us (we are in the old dental clinic at Waitati School), call us on 4822 048, email us at office@brct.org.nz or just check out our website (www.brct.org.nz).

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