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Rahamim receives climate change grant

Rahamim Ecological Learning Community, a ministry of the Bathurst Sisters of Mercy, recently received a $205,205 grant from the NSW Government, to improve water and energy-saving measures, and to retrofit the heritage house and property to demonstrate more sustainable practices. Anne-Maree O’Beirne RSM (Bathurst) reports on this exciting ministry development.

Photo (courtesy of The Western Advocate), left to right: Lawrence Wardman, Ann-Maree O’Beirne RSM & Patricia Powell RSM, members of the Rahamim Management Committee.

In late January, the NSW Government granted Rahamim Ecological Learning Community $205,205 to improve water and energy-saving measures, and to retrofit the heritage house and property to demonstrate more sustainable practices. These changes will collect storm water runoff, redirect it onto the property and reduce Rahamim’s carbon emissions.

Eventually, it will also reduce costs through complete changeover to solar hot water, adding some photo-voltaic solar panels and installing ceiling insulation. The grant will also enable the employment of an Education Officer who will run demonstration workshops about all its water and energy saving measures to help educate anyone willing to learn.

This is a wonderful boost for this new ministry and all at Rahamim are most grateful to the NSW Government for making this possible.

Rahamim is also grateful to the many Sisters of Mercy around the Institute who have shown so much interest and support as this ministry of connecting people, planet and spirit grows and develops.

To find out more:

READ Brendan Arrow’s news report “Sisters of Mercy turning greener”, from The Western Advocate (January 29, 2010)

VISIT the website of the NSW Government’s Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

If you are interested in reading more about Rahamim, you might like to check out our new website www.rahamim.org.au OR download a brochure with information about the community’s 2010 programme.

From: Ann-Maree O’Beirne RSM