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Illawarra Climate Challenge Wrap-Up

6 July 2012 9 Comments

Last week I attended the awards night for the wrap-up of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW‘s Illawarra Climate Challenge (remember my post when it launched?).

Overall, a little over 300 households across the Illawarra registered for the challenge. Those who earned over 35 stars in the scoring system in the Challenge booklet were dubbed “climate champions” and were eligible for prizes at the awards night.

In keeping with my run of great luck lately, I won the major prize!

I received a $300 voucher from Bike Hub, a local bicycle retailer. My eldest daughter has Down syndrome; we’re planning to put that money towards getting her a 3-wheeled bicycle so she can keep up with her sisters at the park.

All the climate champions were also given a fruit tree.

Here’s the NCC press release covering the Challenge wrap-up.

I was interviewed for ABC local radio this week, and The Illawarra Mercury picked up the story as well. I really liked the photo that ran with the story, taken by Mercury photographer Dave Tease:


  • Anna said:

    Congratulations! That is a great photo!

  • Gavin said:

    Nice one Darren. Congratulations on a well deserved win!


  • Frogdancer said:

    Congratulations. That’s fantastic!

  • Hannah said:

    Well done, keep the greening going! We have just had our first few workshops at our community garden, but no council support for us, so they will get no accolades or praise 🙂 hoping we can bring some more positive change and community attitude

  • Virginia said:

    Congratulations Darren & family! I hope that you continue to blog – your posts are always so well researched & informative!

  • Sailors Small Farm said:

    Way to go, Darren! I love the photo.

  • Happyearth said:

    congrats on your win, fantastic news! Couldn’t think of anyone else more deserving, you and your family are such an inspiration for sustainable living!

    Hope your daughter is enjoying her bike!

    Ally http://www.happyearth.com.au

  • Darren (author) said:

    @Happyearth: Thanks guys! I haven’t had a chance to get to the bike shop yet to work out what kind of bike to get for Grace. I’m thinking either a three-wheeler, or one of those frames that bolts on behind a normal bike so we can ride together. I’ll post something when I figure it out!

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    […] The Rowe family from Blackbutt will be opening their home for tours this year. I’ve known of Scott Rowe and his amazing sustainable home project for a while, but I hadn’t met him in person until earlier this year at an event during the Nature Conservation Council’s Illawarra Climate Challenge. […]