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This project aimed to:
The project was initiated by the South Australian government in response to the rising cost of providing power to remote communities. It was conducted by Bushlight (a division of the Centre for Appropriate Technology) and carried out in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, Maralinga Tjarutja lands and further south in Yalata.
Some key findings of the research component of the project are:
Outcomes of the education component of the program included that:
The program concluded that the absence of a pricing-signal for electricity and a lack of energy consumption feedback to residents both influence how much power is used. Further education and appropriate community engagement that recognises cultural context is required to contribute to effective demand management.
Abstract adapted from Bushlight
Bushlight Head Office (Central Australia)
CAT Services Building
Desert Peoples Centre Annex via Desert Knowledge Precinct
South Stuart Highway
Alice Springs, NT 0870
PO Box 8044
Alice Springs, NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 6205
This report from Bushlight, Centre for Appropriate Technology on the Demand management community education program is designed for the communities that participated in the program and local community and land councils.
The Demand management community education program aimed to:
This report is a shorter version of the report delivered to the government, and includes information on the posters and booklets Bushlight used and their findings from the program. It is hoped that the report will act as an aid for people in communities to make decisions about how they use power, and will assist the government in making decisions about how they supply power into the future.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract