Crossing The Indian with team "Go West"

Crossing The Indian

Four men, one boat, 6000 kilometres... the World's Toughest Rowing Race.

It started as a dream for one man, now four mates face the challenge together. The crew have committed the next 12 months of their lives to competing in the inaugural Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2009...

To help get them through this incredible feat of endurance BLC has designed and managed the installation of the solar energy system that will keep these boys alive. Although a small system its roles is critical with responsibility for providing fresh water, navigation and communications. It will be put through some of the toughest conditions and will need to operate at its best to ensure their journey is successful. As the only Western Australian crew in the competition we want to give them every advantage we can to get them across the finish line first!


Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (WASEA):

Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association

The Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc (WA SEA) is the peak business body for the sustainable energy industry in WA.
WA SEA is the only business peak body in the State actively advocating and lobbying for substantive action on sustainable energy.
WA SEA promotes the development and adoption of sustainable energy technologies and services that minimise the use of energy through sustainable energy practices and maximise the use of energy from sustainable sources. WA SEA has a strong reputation in Western Australia for authoritative commentary on a broad range of issues around energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

BLC plays an active part in supporting the activities of WASEA through development of policy and government legislation submissions. In this role BLC is able to remain ahead of all sustainable energy initiatives in Australia and the international community.


Catalpa International's  "Net-i-Foho Project":

Catalpa logo

Catalpa International is a small grass-roots development organisation commited to finding low cost solutions to large, capacity constraining problems in developing and post-conflict societies.

In Timor Leste, Catalpa International's Net-i-Foho project is providing essential communications infrastructure to the remote communities of the Emera District. By utilising a Wireless Mesh Networkin system based on robust, proven and sustainable technology, Catalpa International is enabling communitites that were once unable to make even a simple phone call, the ability to exchange emails, make phone calls and exchange vital information. As a basic utility to all other activities, this affordable telecommunication and information network assist's the Ermera District, particularly rural health, police and a administrational services, in taking charge of their own development through improved logistics, information and knowledge and simply acts as a vital link to the outside world.

A key development partner in the Net-i-Foho project, BLC, has provided Catalpa with the expertise in the appropriate use of remote energy solutions making powering of the remote communication infrustructure possible. As an independent organisation BLC has provided unbiased and cost effective advice tailored to our unique circumstances, through concept design to implementation and management. 




"Wandoo Rise - Revegetation Program":

Wandoo Rise Revegetation Program

In the last two years the BLC team has planted over 1700 native trees on Wandoo Rise, a rural property 80km East of Perth. The trees species are local to the area with the seeds actually harvested from vegitation (predominantly Marri and Jarrah) on the property. The trees have been planted for a number of reasons:

  • Carbon Sequestration; it is through regeneration of true "native vegetation" that we believe long term carbon sequestration can be achieved. As this is not an "unnatural" plantation of non native species, it will survive fire and drought with minimal management required. The carbon will be trapped not only in the timber of the trees but in ground vegetation, soil based carbon and deep penetrating root structures.
  • To provide a future source of sustainable bio products in the form of both timber and biomass energy.
  • Revegetation for bio-diversity to aid in the protection of threatened native flora and fauna.
  • Salinity and Erosion. As Wandoo Rise is in the upper reaches of the Avon River catchment area, playing our part in reducing salinity and nutrient run off is a major motivation for our continuing revegetation projects.

1700 Trees and counting.........