Thinking globally but acting locally
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.