Community Village program announced!

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WHEN: Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May

WHERE: George Brown Botanic Gardens

The program for the Community Village is now announced! We’re very excited to have such a skilled and talented group of gardening experts, community leaders, authors, TV celebrities and environmentalists in this year’s Community Village                                           –check out the program here:

We’re also looking for volunteers!
Do you want to get hands on experience building with bamboo?! We’re looking for helpers to set up the beautiful Botanic Gardens for the Community Village, decorated with hay bales, display vegetable gardens and bamboo archways.

Wanted: help with bump in and setting up displays (roughly 27-29 May), help looking after Community Village ‘talent’ (the people doing the talks, workshops, stalls) during the event, and help packing up on 1 June.

Any queries, contact Community Village Coordinator Nina Bailey.

Finance Officer

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The Environment Centre NT is looking for an experienced bookkeeper with advanced MYOB skills to join a team of dedicated professionals.

This is a 10 month contract position until April 30th 2016. Remuneration for this position is $63, 350 per annum on a pro rata basis (35-45 hours/fortnight).

Please send a cover letter and resume to by no later than May 27th 2015. Visit for position description or call reception 8981 1984 Monday-Thursday.

Join us at the Tropical Garden Spectacular’s Community Village

COOLmob is hosting the Community Village at this year’s Tropical Garden Spectacular.TGS logo green

Held over the weekend of 30-31 May 2015 in the George Brown Botanic Gardens, this year’s event is set to be as big as ever and we’re looking for more groups to be involved in the Community Village, as well as volunteers to help us coordinate it.

More info here.

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You’re invited to the May

Smart Energy $aving$ Workshop

Bring along your latest Jacana Energy Bill and our experienced energy assessors, Prue and Emily, will give you an update on the latest tariff changes from Jacana Energy.
You’ll also be able to ask all the nitty gritty questions about how your bill is calculated and learn which appliances use the most electricity.

When: Wednesday 6th May

Where: Palmerston Library, Community Meeting Room

Time: 1.30pm -2.30pm

RSVP as places are limited to or  Ph: 89813642

Afternoon tea will be provided
See you there!
The Smart Cooling team.

      We want to hear from YOU…


Smart Cooling in the Tropics has reached its half way mark and
wants to hear from you!

All eligible households who complete our participant survey by July 31st 2015
go into the draw to WIN a one day tour of Litchfield National Park for two
people with Ethical Adventures.
This prize is valued at $334 but free to one lucky Smart Cooling household!

You can complete the survey online by clicking here  
           Call the Smart Cooling Team today on 8981 3642               

Our survey won’t take long and will ensure we are providing the information
you need now to stay cool, comfortable and cut your energy bills.

One of our friendly assessors Glenn, Prue or Emily will call you over the coming weeks to ensure you are happy with your fully funded treatment and help you complete your survey.

For further information call 8981 3642 or check our website

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Smart Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Territory

Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The environment Centre is hosting an evening with Dr. Mark Diesendorf this Thursday at the Darwin Railway Club to talk Smart Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Territory.

Join us for a lively and inspiring night with Dr. Diesendorf, author of ‘Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change’ and a panel of local speaker’s. Followed by an informal forum discussion and local music.

$5 for ECNT members  &  $10 Non- members.

For more information visit our events page


Earth Hour 2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 9:30 pm

In a cooperative effort to raise environmental awareness and funds for the Environment Centre NT, Darwin’s Hilton hotel will be holding an event this Saturday 28th March for Earth Hour.
The money raised will be used for the Environment Centre’s
Safe Climate Campaign.

The Hilton team will put on an Earth Hour inspired menu of which 50% of the cost you pay for dinner will go directly to the Environment Centre! Please join the Environment Centre Staff and Board team this Saturday evening at the Hilton and help us keep our Safe Climate Campaign alive.
Can’t make dinner? We are also looking for members and supporters to join the cycling team to help us cycle 365km a feature of the Hilton’s event.  Call ECNT to find out more (08) 89811984.  Or come along to an Earth Hour inspired cocktail reception from 8.30 till 9.30.
Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. It has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide.

           Earth Hour is on Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 9:30 pm local time.


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You’re invited to attend the next

$mart Energy Savings Workshop

Bring along your latest Jacana Energy Bill and our experienced energy assessors, Emily and Max, will give you an update on the latest tariff changes from Jacana Energy.
You’ll also be able to ask all the nitty gritty questions about how your bill is calculated and learn which appliances use the most electricity.

When: Friday 27th March
Where: Casuarina Library, Community Meeting Room
Time: 10am – 11.00am

RSVP as places are limited to or  Ph: 89813642

Morning tea will be provided
See you there!
The Smart Cooling team.


Free Home Energy Saving Assistance for low income households

With close to 200 homes already booked in and works well underway to deliver fully funded energy retro-fits, Darwin and Palmerston residents are encouraged to contact the Smart Cooling team to check their eligibility for this exciting initiative.

Eligible residents receive a free assessment of their house’s energy use.  And are provided with complimentary services and products to help reduce energy costs such as:

  • Energy efficient ceiling fans and Pedestal fans
  • Professional sealing of box air-cons
  • Shade sails
  • External blinds
  • Fly-screen cleaning and replacement for air-flow.

If you or someone you know is eligible, register your interest now to be part of this fully funded energy assessment service and house retrofit program. Only 480 places are available in the project. Contact us today to ask about this project and your eligibility.  Phone: 8981 3642 email:

Project available to residents living in privately owned or privately rented accommodation.


New Year – New Office

During January we’re renovating our offices and giving them a well-deserved coat of paint. If you have cans of paint, rollers or paint trays lurking in your shed or under your house we’d be happy to take them off you! Various shades of white, green, blue, yellow and willing workers all very welcome.  Get involved by calling us on 8981 1984.

Happy holidays

COOLmob is taking a break!

Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, project participants and staff for supporting us in 2014. We’ll see you again on Monday 5th January 2015!

For candidates interested in applying for the advertised jobs at COOLmob please click here to download the position description (which includes candidate response instructions) and here for more information about the Smart Cooling in the Tropics project.

You can also email however please note that this email will only be checked intermittently.

12 ways to a sustainable Christmas

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The great gift that is Christmas

Christmas is a celebration that is sometimes all too short. Most of us have a higher environmental impact than usual during this period, but it can be a great time to form lasting habits and encouraging broader change.

With a lot of people coming together, the actions that you take to have a sustainable Christmas have a good chance of being noticed by others. This effect can be increased by telling people what you are doing and why!

Here are COOLmob’s top tips from our 12 ways to a sustainable Christmas campaign:

  1. Make your own Christmas Tree
  2. Get creative with Christmas wrapping - check out these 5 ideas
  3. Re-gift something this Christmas and celebrate those gifts that can keep on giving 
  4. Go green with your Christmas lights, replace old bulbs or buy LED’s
  5. Plan for a low waste Christmas dinner
  6. Lighten your travel load and offset your love miles
  7. Earth friendly gifts  –  There are so many fun and sustainable ways to celebrate the tradition of gift giving check out this great green gift guide for inspiration.
  8. Love your local produce – Darwin has delicious and fresh local produce. Whether it’s grown in your own veggie patch or caught from your favourite fishing spot if you are stuck on what to cook for your main course this year think about using some our own local delights.
  9. Give the gift of support this year and back some of the Territories key environmental campaigns. Environment Centre NT, Environmental Defenders Office and Arid Lands Environment Centre are all courageously working to protect the environment. You donation can go a long way.
  10. Why buy new decorations make your own!  The frivolities of Christmas are lovely but they use up so much of our resources – so anything you can re-use or recycle will help to cut your carbon and your costs.
  11. Make sure your seafood is sourced sustainably. Check out the sustainable seafood guide.
  12. Share your Christmas with as many friends and family members as possible. It is much more energy efficient to cook one meal and cool one home rather than two, three or four.

Visit our Facebook page to  share your own ideas for . a sustainable Christmas