We are a transparent community group working towards creating 100% community-owned renewable energy for Mullumbimby, with profits benefiting the sustainable development of our community and beyond
COREM: Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby
is a not for profit community action group dedicated to setting up community-owned renewable energy projects in the Mullumbimby area, in the pursuit and promotion of a 100% renewable energy future for the region.
The model of community-owned renewable energy:
Everyone benefits – including the earth and future generations!
COREM is run by local volunteers who are actively engaged in a number of Community-Owned Renewable Energy projects in the Mullumbimby area. We welcome membership and all forms of support as we go about the mission to achieve our vision.
COREM was born out of the community coming together in July 2014 after the success of the Bentley campaign in stopping Metgasgo’s gas drilling operation. We wanted to discuss ways that Mullumbimby can take action, responsibility and inspire leadership in our sustainable future. An energy group was formed: inspired by Mullumbimby last century being run on renewable power, a hydro-electric power station. This elevated our spirits and vision, filling us with a wonderful confidence of “its been done before, so it can be done again”!
The new community-owned renewable projects emerging in Australia, such as the Hepburn Community Wind Farm, Repower Shoalhaven, Clean Energy for Eternity, and CORENA, that all provide community benefits and grants for more sustainable projects, further empowered our belief in our vision of Mullumbimby running on 100% renewable energy. From that initial day and meeting, a core group of local passionate people formed COREM.
We successfully received funding from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to plan our first community-owned renewable project in collaboration with Byron Shire Council. We are also developing donation-based projects that will in turn provide income to help fund more local renewable energy projects.