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Growers and Eaters Forum

Posted in Events by kdonati on March 27th, 2012

23 April , 2012

Photo: Shari Mcdonald

Some of us are growers, but all of us are eaters. And we all want to eat well. In the face of an uncertain economic and ecological future, what does a truly sustainable food system look like?

A collaboration between Cultivating Community and Slow Food Melbourne, the Growers and Eaters Forum will bring together farmers and food experts committed to healthy and resilient food systems for the future. Food cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, farmers markets, urban agriculture and poly-farming are all on the menu. The all-day event will celebrate innovative projects and initiatives that are creatively reshaping relations between growers and eaters, valuing the people and communities who produce our food.

Conference registration includes a long, slow lunch featuring produce and wine from the region.

Keynote speaker and US farmer and author Michael Ableman will address how we can feed the future and present his ideas for achieving real change in the food system. Other inspirational speakers include Les Cameron, Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative; Carol Vincent, South Australian Farmers Federation; Neil Barr, author of The House on the Hill and Rod May, Captain’s Creek Organic Farm.

Monday, 23rd April 2012, 8.30am-5.00pm

‘Gravel Hill’ Salvation Army Complex
65-71 Mundy Street, Bendigo VIC

For more information:

Community Power Conference: Australian communities taking charge of their energy use

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on October 12th, 2011

14 October , 2011
15 October , 2011

Are you looking for practical, achievable ways to reduce the impact of electricity price rises in your community?  The Community Power Conference: Australian Communities Taking Charge, aims to showcase how regional Australian communities: are developing innovative energy projects, helping to reduce local economic shocks can take practical action to hedge against rising energy prices.

14 -15 November, The Capital – Bendigo Performing Arts Centre, View Street, Bendigo

The Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, in its third biennial conference on renewable energy, is partnering with the Central Victoria Solar City project, part of the Australian Government’s Solar Cities program, and the City of Greater Bendigo, to deliver an exciting exploration of current energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies and actions being taken by Australian communities. This conference will show your community what it can do with regard to:

  • more efficient use of energy in homes and businesses
  • more effective demand management to smooth peak energy loads, and
  • developing local, renewable energy generators embedded within the national distribution network.

The conference will bring together leaders in the renewable energy industry including government, industry associations and communities which have adopted sustainable strategies built on innovative, renewable energy business models. Speakers will engage with community and municipality leaders:

  • Outlining and developing comprehensive strategies for local and regional energy sustainability (identifying appropriate business models, overcoming policy barriers, engaging your community, knowing your technology options);
  • Showcasing examples of regional communities that have already, or are in the process of putting such strategies in place; and,
  • Reviewing and developing communities’ local and regional energy sustainability policy and programs.

If your community is facing increased energy costs and you would like to learn how to address this issue at the local level then this conference can help you.  Follow the link below for more information.

Support renewable energy in Bendigo: Thursday 29th

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 26th, 2011

29 September , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm
Source: Mt Alexander Sustainability Group Inc (MASG)

Photo: Launch of Mt Barker Community Wind Farm in Western Australia

Help us hand over an invitation to the Premier Mr. Baillieu to come to Castlemaine for a public presentation of the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) community wind power project.

The Coalition government recently BANNED COMMUNITY WIND FARMS from the Mount Alexander Shire and City of Bendigo east of the Calder freeway and gave us NO REASON WHY.   At the same time the Coalition government has announced the biggest expansion of COAL AND GAS MINING & EXPLORATION IN DECADES and is supporting a NEW PRIVATELY OWNED COAL POWER STATION with $50 M taxpayers’ money. We want to invite the Premier to Castlemaine so that he understands the social, environmental and financial benefits of community-owned wind power and supports renewable energy.

Show your support for community owned renewable energy this Thursday the 29th of September at 12.30pm at the Bendigo office of the Premier Level 1 56-60 King Street Bendigo

If you can’t make it send a message to the Premier Ted Baillieu and let him know how you feel 9651 5000 or and ring or email Damian Drum, 5443-6277 our Upper House member and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development. Tell them you want a wind industry in Victoria, that the wind industry is good for regional economies, farmers and Councils and the environment and you support a Community wind farm in the Mt Alexander Shire and want the blanket ban reversed.

For more information contact Dean on 0448 327 791 or

Zone B Map: Getting Around Bendigo by Bike, Bus or Boot

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on February 2nd, 2011

Source: Victoria Walks

Zone B displays sustainable transport options on a user-friendly, accessible map of Bendigo. Using a multi-layered approach, Zone B allows users to locate where they live, shop, work or study and to easily identify the most suitable form of sustainable transport for getting there whether by bus, bike or boot.  Zone B is an initiative of Plan B – La Trobe University Student Planners’ Association. Plan B aims to involve all members of the wider Bendigo community in planning and ensuring a sustainable future for our great city.

Download the map, or find out more about walkability initiatives in Bendigo on Victoria Walks.

Energy Futures in Regional Australia: Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 26th, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Energy Futures Conference Banner

Ever thought about the total energy bill for your town, city or community? Or what might happen if that energy supply stopped or changed or cost more? Would you have alternatives? Do cheaper alternatives exist? In fact, why rely on distant plants to provide energy? Is this efficient? What would it take to generate energy closer to where it’s used? What’s the job generating potential? Could Australia’s power grid and regulatory system cope? What’s needed to accommodate such change?

In response to the growing impact of climate change and increased pressure to identify alternatives to conventional energy sources, the City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus are collaborating to bring together interested parties through a conference aimed at defining the challenge for regional Australia and describing some of the opportunities and solutions.

Sun 8 Nov – Tue 10 Nov, The Capital – Bendigo’s Performing Arts Centre

Registration closes October 30.

Visit the conference website for more information.