Who is Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle?

Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle is a collective of local parents and residents who have come together out of mutual distress over Australia's excessive greenhouse gas emissions and the world our children will inherit.
The group is an incorporated body with an email list of nearly 800 supporters.  Here are the present committee members and some of the other more active people in the group.

Jenny Curtis [President] is a landscape architect living in Lilyfield with her partner and their three school-age children. In recent years Jenny has become increasingly aware that the way most of us are living is contributing in a catastrophic way to the demise of the balanced systems of our world. Her concern for the state of the planet that will be left for future generations has led her to consider what we can all do as individuals and communities to arrest the devastating consequences of climate change. She is driven by her experiences with and within the Australian landscape, and by the idea of individuals being empowered to be part of the solution.

Derek BoltonDerek Bolton [Deputy President & Treasurer], a Balmain resident for 30 years, is retired from a career in computer communications software.  He specialises in maintaining our Science and Technology web pages and writing submissions on state and federal government proposals. 

"The details are complex, but the basic science is straightforward: we've put enough carbon back into circulation to disrupt the climate.  Besides, as the oil runs out going renewable will save the economy billions each year.  It's a great investment."

 Dominic CaseDominic Case [Secretary and Public Officer] works in the film industry and has lived in Balmain for fifteen years. After reading Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers he realized that its message was complex, important and urgent, and determined to become more active. After working with the Australian Directors' Guild to establish their annual Grass award for green awareness in film-making and writing a report (No Time to Lose) for Screen NSW, he joined Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle for more direct involvement in the movement. As well as helping with general organizational work, Dominic publishes CCBR's e-newsletter and has developed CCBR's social media. 

Gavin Gilchrist [Committee member] As MD of a sustainable energy consultancy, Gavin assists owners and operators of commercial buildings and offices to find ways to cut energy costs through efficiency improvements and then implement them. He's a member of the Energy Efficiency Council, and an experienced public speaker and media commentator on energy efficiency, green buildings and practical ways the world can cut its carbon emissions.

Angela Michaelis [Committee member] a Balmain resident and a a retired communications specialist with expertise in editing, media releases and event promotion. She has had a long-term interest in environmental issues. 

Past members

We would like to acknowledge the past work and continuing support of Alison, Sabina, Fiona, Sue and Lucy, and more recently Neil and Steve. 



What is Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle doing?

In October 2013, we ran a CCBR strategy open workshop at Balmain Town Hall. The ideas that emerged excited a dozen of us to develop them towards serious proposals. We are looking at solar PV, waste management,  energy efficiency and transport .   We even have some low carbon recipes. And we haven't forgotten our mission to press for more effective political action  on climate change.

How you can help

Right now we need more people to get behind these ideas.  Which ones excite you?  Do you have any suggestions for how to improve them?  Can you help to spread the word? Please email us if you'd like to help out with any of these projects.

More generally, if you feel like being actively involved with our group.....there are many ways you could become involved: for example . . .

  • Fundraising - assisting with fundraising projects.
  • Small donations to help us cover administrative costs: insurance, PO Box, printing...
  • Props - making banners and props, printing and distributing petitions posters etc.
  • Stalls - helping hand out leaflets and spread the word at market stalls.
  • Events - Joining in under the CCBR banner at third party events and helping to organise our own.
  • Emailing or phoning politicians (it's much easier than you might think) when they need to be told what the community thinks.

We would love to hear from anyone who would like to help make a difference.  Everyone can become part of the solution.

Meetings: Please email us  and suggest an activity, or a particular skill you may have - or just to let us know that you'd like to get involved. We meet irregularly at present and the venue changes. Watch the website for news.


Our Vision


Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle's vision is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions locally and nationally by encouraging residents, businesses and schools to switch to green energy.We aim to help create a world which is much less reliant on fossil fuels, particularly coal, thus heading off the greatest ctastrophe now facing the earth,that of global warming.

Our Mission

An important part of our job is to speak out against the ever-expanding coal industry in Australia, the massive CO2 emissions it pumps into the atmosphere and the dangers that poses. We seek to provide a counter-balance where it is required to the lobbying that our politicians and economic leaders receive from the vested interests who are seeking to maintain  financial gain from the coal industry.

We say NO to a future fuelled by coal and will assist local residents to do the same by creating and highlighting opportunities for everyone to take up effective, affordable green energy options.

Our Philosophy - inform, expose and enable

We are a non-partisan, apolitical group which is firmly rooted in the local community. We believe our greatest chance of success will come from inspiring people to act in their own backyard, more readily identifying with and owning both the problem and its solutions.

We believe that small steps can lead to big changes and we hope to set an example for other communities.

Our approach is to inform people about the dangers of climate change, expose the links between the rampant fossil fuel industry and the lack of genuine commitment to building the 'renewables' industry, and enable everyone in the community to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and speak out to call for rapid transition to a clean energy economy.

History of Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle

Like many similar groups, Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle began because a few individuals saw a desperate need for change and set out to galvanise many. However, this group differs from others in one key respect:
CCBR was the first climate change action group in Australia to be run by local residents for local residents.

The evolution

The seeds of the group were sown in July 2005 at a global warming forum at the Balmain Town Hall. A small group of parents and residents began meeting with a view to creating a local action group. This embryo group was initially nurtured by the environmental organisation the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and began meeting regularly and having a presence at local shopping precincts and markets.
In early 2006, five members of the original working party decided that the most effective way to bring about real change within the local community was to focus their energies on a single key issue and they formed a new, completely non-partisan group. Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle was incorporated on February 3, 2006.

Our achievements

With a working party made up of a core of the earliest members, the highly motivated Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle group has a growing local supporter base and has made considerable gains in its short life, including:

•    A fundraising dinner which attracted over 70 people and raised more than $3,000
•    A letterbox drop of 10,000 postcards to every household in the Balmain/Rozelle neighbourhood introducing the group
•    Attracting the attention of established green groups and being approached for advice by other local communities
•    Widespread media coverage, including headlines in the Sydney Morning Herald and coverage on the ABC 7.30 report.
•    The launch of its Solar Schools project

Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle will continue to concentrate on one of the biggest issues facing the local community - the predilection of governments (both state and federal) for fossil fuels and their support for industries which produce energy from damaging and unsustainable resources, notably coal. As well as lobbying governments, Climate Change will encourage the residents and businesses of Balmain and Rozelle to take their own action by choosing renewable, clean sources of energy.

There is so much to come.