ZNET Uralla team: Community engagement pathways for energy matters.

ZNET Uralla has adopted the Zeronet Energy Town Uralla Case Study (also known as the Z-NET Blueprint) as its foundation document for direction and scope of projects to be undertaken in the Uralla Shire.  Z-NET activities are designed in consultation with the Uralla community, to give equal access across socio-economic groups. Z-NET is providing leadership and education, assessment of innovations and their applicability for our community.  Z-NET is giving Uralla the opportunity, not only of being part of the solution to renewable energy supply, but also the opportunity to build futurist, vibrant local businesses based on renewable energy.

Dr Sandra Eady

Sandra leads ZNET Uralla, a local community sustainable energy group in the Uralla Shire, with the goal of transitioning the community to 100% renewable energy. She is a Principal Research Scientist based at Armidale, NSW, with CSIRO Agriculture and Food. Dr Eady is a geneticist with expertise in developing national breeding programs and implementing them on-farm. Her current activities, in CSIRO Agriculture and Food, expand her expertise in farming systems to the area of life cycle assessment, determining the carbon and water “footprint” for agricultural products, on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profiles and opportunities for biosequestration of carbon in the land sector. Sandra is currently working with industry to help define environmental benchmarks to ensure market access for products, such as oilseeds for the EU bio-fuel market. Sandra is leading the development of life cycle inventory for Australian agriculture with the publication of the first publically available data in AusAgLCI; this inventory clearly and transparently describes national production systems for LCA practioners to use. This database is being used to explore food:energy:carbon nexus that will drive future land use; to benchmark the environmental impact of agriculture production to identify hotspots for improvement; and as a tool for regional and industry assessment of environmental impact of agriculture in conjunction with the NRM community.

Peter Low

Peter leads technology development for Z-NET Uralla, designing, installing and monitoring in-home and in-business energy use and thermal performance of buildings. Peter is a retired ship’s Master in the Merchant Marine. He has worked at sea for most of his life on vessels along the Australian coast, the Asia-Pacific region and internationally. Peter has successfully undertaken a range of roles during his career – ship’s Master, designing and building iron ore trans-shipment vessels in China, and Operations Manager for a fleet of 12 vessels. Peter is a skilled builder and craftsman having restored and extended an historic Foundry cottage in Uralla as his home. He has a Degree in Fine Arts and is a skilled painter and print-maker.

Trish Rasmussen

In 2016 Trish joined the Z-NET Uralla team where she leads the Home Energy Review project. Previously, Trish spent 14 years working in various roles with one company, finally working as a regional business analyst for one of their divisions. From 1999 to 2010 she lived overseas with her family in Hong Kong and Germany. During this time Trish was involved with the schools her children attended in various volunteer roles including co-ordinating country liaison parents and leading an English speaking group. Trish and her family returned to Uralla in 2010. In 2011 she joined a local real estate agency where she did the bookkeeping and worked in residential and commercial property management.

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