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Local Action – The Big Switch Off! – 6 & 7 October

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on September 21st, 2007

This post republishes material from The Big Switch Off newsletter,

The Big Switch Off!
We’re under four weeks away and gathering momentum. What began mid last year as Friday night banter between five friends in South Melbourne’s Maori Chief Hotel has certainly grown. It’s been an education to us how powerful a simple idea can be if you have the passion and energy to follow it up. Letters, emails and phonecalls have lead to Victorian Government support from Sustainability Victoria, local Government in NAGA and the City of Melbourne, and help from Federal MPs Jenny Macklin (my local member) and Peter Garrett. We now have a dedicated office (thanks to Lakeside Business Centre), a great website and email tool (thanks to Crankyfish) and employ two campaign managers: Craig and Victoria.

We’re now pursuing media coverage to help increase registrations. The more participants on October 6 and 7, the greater chance of significant long term behaviour change that will reduce Australia’s emissions. If you’re keen to help us spread the word, send an email to contact

The Big Switch Off

Arts Centre Spire switches off!
The Big Switch’s efforts will now be visible from space (or at least from a long way up), as one of Melbournes most iconic landmarks, the Arts Centre Spire switches off its lights for 24 hours on October 6 at 8pm in support of The Big Switch Off.

This is the first time The Arts Centre has been involved in an initiative like this. The Arts Centre will also switch off the lights surrounding Hamer Hall while a switching-off ceremony will be held at the front of the Arts Centre at 8pm on Saturday, October 6. Support such as this makes a big difference, especially to the appearance of Melbournes night-time skyline.

“Involvement in the campaign is a crucial part of the Arts Centres environmental management strategy, through which we aim to contribute to a greater public awareness of the importance of respect for the environment,” says Arts Centre Corporate Communications manager, Jeremy Vincent.

Businesses join The Big Switch Off
Were also grateful to the number of businesses that are now pledging to take part, and invite you all to bring your workplaces along for the ride. Keep in mind that because its on a weekend, in most cases this should not dramatically affect business operations. On Friday night, switch off all office lights and ensure all equipment be switched off at the powerpoint. Send us an email with your details and well publish your business name on the website.

Staff at Energetics pledge to switch off
Staff at sustainable energy solutions provider, Energetics, have personally pledged to go 24 hours without power in their homes for The Big Switch Off. In the companys Melbourne and Sydney offices, all powered equipment (except refrigerators and computer servers) will be switched off during the designated campaign period.

Sunday afternoon at the Treasury Gardens
Come by bike, foot or public transport to the Treasury Gardens (corner of Spring and Flinders/Wellington streets) on Sunday October 7 to celebrate The Big Switch Off. The festivities begin at 2pm, with a growing list of great entertainment, speakers and stalls.

Got any questions or tips on how to save energy?
Login to The Big Switch Off forum at and ask your questions. Well find you the right answer.

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