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Bass Coast Climate Action Network: November updates

Act on Climate is pleased to bring you an update from the Bass Coast Climate Action Network (BCCAN).

It's crucial to hear from communities on the front lines of climate change, including here in Australia where we're already seeing the effects of extreme weather events, summers getting hotter than ever, and sea levels rising - like on the Bass Coast, where there has been over thirty metres of coastal erosion.

Read on for BCCAN's November newsletter.



Sound For Climate is only two weeks away! Final preparations are falling in place as we speak.

Have a read about the artists coming to perform. This group of young musicians have loud voices and they’re ready to put on a show to support the fight for climate action.


Pia Nesvara is a small but powerful Chilean/Australian songstress from the Hills of the Dandenong Ranges. Opening the event at 2pm, Pia is always armed with her flamenco guitar and her cheekiness. She takes on elements of folk, roots, jazz, soul and Latin music to create her own truly unique sound. The 20 year old finds power in vulnerability and through her introspective lyrics offers you a new perspective, one of empowerment and honesty. Pia’s powerful voice, her exploration of genres and use of timing and syncopation will captivate you and leave you feeling a little more whole. Find her Facebook page here


Inverloch local musician and climate activist Mat Morgan has toured his music all over Australia and New Zealand. His contemporary folk style brings his poetry to the forefront of his music. Having written for and played with many artists, Mat understands how to deliver a message and captivate an audience he’s just met, like he’s known them for years. Find his Facebook page here.



Gippsland’s own songwriter and guitarist Olivia Lay has had a guitar in her hands most of her short life, though it sounds like she’s been playing since Woodstock. Olivia takes inspiration from artists such as Newton Faulkner and John Butler. She’ll tell you a detailed story with an instrumental piece, before she even starts singing. She recently supported Ruby Fields and Baker Boy, and is ready to take on the world.  Find her Facebook page here.


Folk singer-songwriter Matthew Bentley will hit the stage with an acoustic guitar and some tricks. Matthew’s no stranger to a stage, having toured extensively for the last two years. Shows have included the Workers Club and St Kilda Festival. His melodies sit upon his gentle guitar work like the frame of a painting. Swinging by Inverloch for the Festival, on his National Tour, it’s a treat to have Matty coming over to put on a show. Find his Facebook page here.


Jimmy Harwood plays like he sings, and sings like it’s always his last song. Having played the Melbourne circuit extensively through his teenage years, Jimmy has built a serious following for his hip-hop influenced vocals and smooth guitar vibes. Notching up over 100,000 streams of his EP ‘Choose Your Colour’, and reaching #3 on the triple J unearthed roots charts. Jimmy has hit the road supporting Coast and Ocean on his East Coast tour, and is not slowing down anytime soon.  Find his Facebook page here.


Headlining Sound For Climate! is local musician Maddy May. She brings a captivating presence that will make your heart flutter with her sweet voice and beautifully haunting lyrics. Her folk/jazz/alternative sounds are easy to listen to and will leave your ears happy and your heart full. Maddy has found her way to some of Australia’s biggest stages, including Splendour In The Grass, Bluesfest Byron Bay, and The Hills Are Alive. Find her Facebook page here.


This event will take place on the lands of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We acknowledge this land was stolen, and that sovereignty was never ceded.

Everyone is welcome, young and old. Please remember your keep cups for our coffee van, and your water bottles which can be filled up with Gippy Water’s trailer.

The event will wrap up around sunset when, with our partner Friends Of The Earth Vic, we hope to move over to the low tide beach and create a human sign.

Sound For Climate has only been made possible through volunteer hours and donations. If you would like to help out on the day, please email [email protected]

There is also an online fundraising campaign for the event. We have reached half of our $2,000 target which is a fantastic start but we could really do with some more help. To make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation go to:

How to get there: The Glade is situated between Rainbow Park and the Inverloch Angling Club. It’s hard to miss but may also be hard to find parking.

If you plan on driving to the event, there will be limited parking on the beach side of Ramsey Blvd around Rainbow Park, as well as roadside parking along the beach towards both the surf beach and the caravan park. Please keep an eye out for our volunteers assisting with parking and don’t forget to thank them for making this happen!

Cleaning up: There are going to be a couple of local food trucks attending and we will be supplying food waste compost bins. Any food, cardboard, wooden cutlery and the likes can go straight in there. Recycling is better than landfill but not the answer, so please help us out by using the organic compost bins where possible.

Surely it’s in the diary by now... Just in case it isn’t: SUNDAY DEC 1ST 2PM. THE GLADE, INVERLOCH.


Al Gore’s Climate Reality program has thousands of trained presenters around the world speaking on 20th and 21st of November 2019.

It's a powerful way to spread the message about the climate crisis and the path to zero emissions to communities and governments.

Join BCCAN for a catch up, share some food and hear some good news stories about the transition to a zero carbon future on Wednesday the 20th of November.

6pm: You are welcome to join the BCCAN Core Group meeting. We will hear some good news stories about projects and communities that are leading the way towards lower emissions.

6.30pm: Shared supper - please bring a plate.

7pm: Local Climate Reality trained presenters Aileen Vening and David Arnault will tell us some good news stories about projects and communities that are leading the way towards lower emissions.

Bhavani Rooks from Totally Renewable Phillip Island will explain carbon farming on Phillip Island.

The presentation will take place at the Bass Coast Adult Learning Centre at 239 White Road Wonthaggi

Alternatively, Aileen and David will present again on Thursday the 21st at the South Gippsland Shire Council at 7pm. For information on that event go to:


The Path to Zero Emissions + BCCAN Meeting
Bass Coast Adult Learning Centre 6pm

24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action
South Gippsland Shire Council 7pm

PACA Climate Action Picnic 
Buckley Park Community Farm Fish Creek 11-4pm

Gippsland Community Energy Forum
Traralgon RSL 12-4:30pm

Sound for Climate
Free music festival at The Glade, Inverloch 2PM


Don't forget to keep up to date with the Bass Coast Climate Action Network by following their Facebook page. To sign up to their monthly email newsletter, message them via Facebook. 


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