"Despite adjusting our energy usage behaviour at home, our energy bill still increased from its usual $600 amount to $850."
- Tu Li (Marrickville, 2018)
"Because of language barriers I help many of my community members negotiate with their energy retailers. Some seek my support to help deal with debt collectors."
- Sheikh Adid Arubai (Mount Druitt, 2019)
"I noticed how drastically our electricity bill went down as a result of switching to solar.This change means that I have huge savings to support my family’s basic needs. "
- Ani Son (Blacktown, 2018)
"I live in a tiny room of high rise building. I can’t afford a fan because I’ve been out of work due to my disability. During the heatwave I had no choice but to just sweat in my clothes and keep changing” - Amada (Blacktown, 2020)
"ORGANISING FOR AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY FOR ALL"
The Voices for Power Campaign brings ethnically and culturally diverse leaders and communities together, listen to how communities are dealing with the ongoing pressures of rising energy prices and the effects of climate change, and together stepping up to meet those challenges.
Our Campaign Asks on State (NSW) Government
|2018 - 2019||2020 (Revised as of 1 April 2020)|
A Solar Garden Pilot in Western Sydney. $10M to establishing a solar garden, with rebates for low-income households to access this scheme. The pilot program would reach 1000 homes otherwise locked out of access to clean energy due to high upfront costs or because they rent or live in apartments.
|A Solar Garden Pilot in Western Sydney. $10M to establishing a solar garden, with rebates for low-income households to access this scheme. The pilot program would reach 1000 homes otherwise locked out of access to clean energy due to high upfront costs or because they rent or live in apartments.|
$1M a year to establish a “Community Energy Hub” - targeted resources for outreach to CALD communities in Western Sydney. Our communities want to speak to someone who is independent from the energy companies, to receive information they can trust. They need a physical building that people can visit to ask about their energy concerns, in their own language.
|$1M a year to establish a “Community Energy Hub” - targeted resources for outreach to CALD communities in Western Sydney. Our communities want to speak to someone who is independent from the energy companies, to receive information they can trust. They need a physical building that people can visit to ask about their energy concerns, in their own language.|
Review of Minimum Standards of Rental Houses and Energy Efficiency Standards. Renters cannot make energy efficiency upgrades to their properties or access solar. As temperatures rise in Summer and plummet in Winter - this is a health concern for our communities who are already scared to turn on their heater during winter. We need a review, in the next term of government, leading to minimum performance standards for all houses. There would be a transition period and grant scheme for landlords to do upgrades. Upgrades would be made a tax deduction.
VFP teams are currently conducting research action meetings in response to the
Energy Efficiency Upgrade to Social Housing Stock. A government commitment to energy audits of social housing properties in Western Sydney within 2 years, followed by funded committee to formulate a program to retrofit / upgrade appropriate properties within 5 years of the next term of government.
Review of Government Energy Assistance Schemes. Existing schemes are often not well-known by the people who need them, and some provide a flat rate that do not provide enough support. We need a review into effectiveness of existing programs. This review would also investigate the potential implementation for various recommendations like making rebates proportional to the bill, rather than a flat rate; better methods of informing people about assistance programs; and expanding the eligibility criteria.
Voices for Power Leadership Team (City-Wide Strategy Team)
Our VfP Leadership Team currently consists of volunteer leaders from the following communities and organisations:
Muhajirin Association for Community Development, Parramatta Catholic Diocese, Emmanuel Synagogue, Pacific Climate Warriors, The Uniting Church in Autralia, The Philippines-Australian Community Services Inc, Pakistani Australian Women's Association, Sydney Community Forum, Climate Action Network Australia, Asian Women At the Workplace, Australian National Imam's Council and many more.
Voices for Power Caucus (Local Teams)
North West Sydney Caucus Sydney East Caucus Inner-West & South Sydney Caucus
Voices for Power Stories, Media and Publication
- Subpage coming soon.
- For Media Enquiries - please contact Liuanga
How do I get involved?
1. Talk to an Organiser?
- Co-Lead and Organiser for Vietnamese and Filipino Communities: Thuy Linh Nguyen at email@example.com
- Co-Lead and Organiser for Pacific Communities and Media Lead: Liuanga Palu at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Organiser for South Asian Communities: Sukhi Kaur at email@example.com
- Organiser for Muslim Communities: Sheikh Abdalnasser Abumustafa at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Organiser for Jewish Communities: Eve Altman at email@example.com
2. I would like to join one of the local caucus'
- If you reside and work in North West regions of Metropolitan Sydney please contact Sukhi
- If you reside and work in Sydney's East, please contact Eve
- If you reside in the Inner West or South of Sydney, please contact Liuanga.
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