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Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

Western Power Goes Back to Drawing Board with Eastern Terminal

by Gary 8/25/2008 9:27:00 PM

In a major victory for the Stop the Eastern Terminal Substation (SETS) Action Group, Western Power has admitted that it has mis-managed the community consultation process with Eastern Terminal.

In a presentation to the Kalamunda Shire Planning Services Committee, Western Power’s Mark de Laeter, General Manager Customer Services said that the power utility had received more than 600 public submissions, the vast majority of which expressed concern about the proposed project.

Mr de Laeter said that, while the construction of Eastern Terminal in the Hacketts Gully area remained Western Power’s preferred option, the corporation would now undertake a review of other options and would initiate a more open community consultation process.

This is the second major win for SETS which had already achieved a twelve month postponement to the project.

There have been many people who have contributed to the success of SETS. However it is worth mentioning co-convenors John Davenport and Alan Lonsdale, Claire and Ron Botman, Judith Notall, Dianne Gherardi, Sonja Notall, Ralph Bradstreet and of course my better half, Toni Warden.

The latest win made the front cover of the Hills Gazette of 16 June, which can be viewed using the link below. 

Hills Gazette 2008-08-16.pdf (45.04 kb)

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