Think­ing glob­ally but act­ing lo­cally

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PETER An­fruns was born in Mel­bourne, where he lived un­til his teens. In his youth, he lived, worked and trav­elled in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the United King­dom and Europe. He moved to Stan­ley and Beech­worth in his mid-twen­ties, where he met his wife, Sally and has lived here for 42 years which he said “makes me al­most a lo­cal.”

What’s your job?

I trained as a psy­chi­atric nurse at May­day Hills Hos­pi­tal in the late 1970s and have had a ca­reer in men­tal health, work­ing in many dif­fer­ent roles. I have been semi-re­tired for the past five years.

What do you love about your job?

Work­ing with peo­ple and change. I have worked in some great jobs and had some great col­leagues. It has been chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing.

What do you do in the com­mu­nity?

I have long had an in­ter­est in en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. I have been in­volved in sev­eral lo­cal groups over the years. Twelve months ago, my­self and sev­eral other lo­cal peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about re­new­able en­ergy, formed To­tally Re­new­able Beech­worth (TRB), which is ded­i­cated to 100% re­new­able en­ergy in the Beech­worth area by 2030.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent com­mu­nity is­sue?

The long term ef­fect of global warm­ing and cli­mate change on our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity, and on the planet as a whole. The science on hu­man in­duced cli­mate change and the ef­fects is al­ready be­ing wit­nessed and felt around the world.

We must tran­si­tion from pol­lut­ing fos­sil fu­els to re­new­able en­ergy if we are to min­imise these ef­fects that are both sub­lime and cat­a­strophic.

What would you do to change or im­prove the sit­u­a­tion?

Many peo­ple are al­ready chang­ing the way in which they pro­cure and use en­ergy. Re­new­able en­ergy is now the cheap­est form of en­ergy to pro- duce. TRB in part­ner­ship with Mondo Power and So­lar In­tegrity, has launched a so­lar panel/bat­tery of­fer. There has al­ready been a lot of in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity. Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact TRB mem­bers or look up the Mondo web­site and click on “projects”.

A com­mu­nity en­ergy re­tailer, Indigo Power, is cur­rently be­ing im­ple­mented to of­fer trans­par­ent, fair elec­tric­ity prices and feed-in tar­iffs, where the fo­cus is on re­new­able en­ergy and prof­its are put back into lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

What is the most im­por­tant cur­rent world is­sue?

I think you can guess - this one. Think glob­ally, act lo­cally!

Who would you like to show around Indigo, and what would you show them?

I have three beau­ti­ful grand chil­dren, Lucy, Neve and Joe, who live in Beech­worth. I want to show them all the nat­u­ral and man-made won­ders of this beau­ti­ful area that we live in. From Stan­ley and May­day Hills to the Gorge Cas­cades and the Yed­donba Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Site in the Chiltern-Mt Pi­lot Na­tional Park where there are abo­rig­i­nal rock paint­ings. Ev­ery­thing in-be­tween and be­yond.

Why would you like to show your grand­chil­dren the many won­ders of the area?

I want them to ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy our unique and spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment and learn about our his­tory, both re­cent and an­cient.

What book are you read­ing?

“True Girt”: The Unau­tho­rised His­tory of Aus­tralia Vol­ume 2, by David Hunt. It’s an ir­rev­er­ent take on Aus­tralian his­tory since Bri­tish coloni­sa­tion.

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TALLY FO­CUSED: Beech­worth’s Peter An­fruns cares about sus­tain­abil­ity of the planet, the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and is pas­sion­ate about re­new­able en­ergy.

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