Posts Tagged ‘competition’

Vulnerable consumers in energy retail markets: BSL Lunchtime Seminar

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 28th, 2013

29 August , 2013
12:00 pmto1:00 pm
The Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime seminar series

Presenter: Dr Gill Owen, Research Program Leader (Consumers and Energy Markets), Monash Sustainability Institute

Energy retail markets have been open to competition in the UK and Australia for a number of years. Price de-regulation is also a feature in the UK and in some Australian states. Many customers have benefitted from competition in energy retail markets but there have also been some concerns, particularly about vulnerable customers and “sticky customers” – those who do not switch. Over a number of years the UK regulator has developed proposals to improve the way the market works for customers. This presentation will explore some of the UK developments and the differences and similarities between the UK and Australia, particularly in terms of the impacts on vulnerable customers.

Dr Gill Owen is Research Program Leader (Consumers and Energy Markets) at Monash Sustainability Institute. She is also a member of the Australian Energy Regulator’s Consumer Challenge Panel. Gill moved to Australia in August 2012 and has published extensively on energy efficiency, smart meters, electricity demand response and fuel poverty. Until her departure from the UK Gill was also: a Non-Executive Director of the England and Wales water regulator Ofwat; a member of Ofgem’s (Great Britain energy regulator) Consumer Challenge Group for the Distribution and Transmission Price Reviews; a member of the UK Government’s Smart Meters Consumer Advisory Group; Vice Chair of the UK Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group. She was a Commissioner of the UK’s Competition Commission for ten years until 2002 and was also previously a non-executive board member of Ofgem.

Thursday 29 August at 12noon-1pm, at the Brotherhood, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker’s Room
RSVP via the website.

Reclaim the Curb Competition

Posted in Movements, Seeking, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on April 5th, 2013


We like food fresh, fair and free. We like curb-sides that enrich and connect people. We’d like to support people that are inspired by the same things.

Reclaim the Curb, with support from Cultivating Community is making a minimum of $1,500 available to share across 3 exciting projects that put people and food, together, on curb-sides across Australia.

Competition entries should address the following requirements:

  • The project must use food as a way to activate an existing curb-side, or build on already active curb-sides. For example, planting fruit trees or making planter boxes that enhance curb-sides and streetscapes.
  • Must be implemented by October 2013
  • Projects should consider how simple infrastructure can support social exchange around food – or example, a food box for protecting food stuffs that can be swapped and shared by passersby, or a table and chairs that people can sit at and enjoy
  • Demonstrate that residents and businesses local to the project have been consulted, and are supportive of the plan
  • Demonstrate that the plan complies with local council requirements, or at a minimum:
    • Is safe
    • Does not obstruct passing foot or vehicle traffic, including space for opening car-doors
    • Has a maintenance plan to ensure the space is well kept
  • And include:
    • Details of the site including the address, photos, video’s or drawings
    • Details of the project plan including visual and verbal descriptions
    • Documentation that shows the project requirements listed above have been addressed

Three winners will be selected by a panel with representatives across the food activist field (more details on this to come, tune into the blog and facebook).

The prize money is currently $1,500 and will grow by the time the finalists are announced in May 31. The money will be used to pay for trees, seeds and manure/compost/clean soil. Winners will be expected to source their own materials including timber, spades, tools and other equipment used to build structures required for the project. If you wish to support this project please email reclaimthecurb (at) Send questions and entries to reclaimthecurb (at) gmail.

Deadline is 5pm 31st May 2013.


DIY Project: Video competition

Posted in Seeking by sashashtargot on July 6th, 2012

Rocket Stove photo by eustatic via flickr CC

Do you have a creative, quirky or interesting DIY project you’d like to share? Maybe you’ve done an inspiring house retrofit, rigged up a unique greywater system, made a gadget or converted a petrol car to electric.

Grab your camera or even your phone, and send ReNew Magazine a video of under five minutes showing the steps you took in your DIY project, and how it improves your life, saves energy or water, or reduces waste.

Submissions will feature on the Alternative Technology Association’s (ATA) YouTube channel to help inspire others. The winner will receive a $500 EnviroShop gift certificate. To enter, click here.

Entries close on July 31, 2012.

ReNew: Technology for a sustainable future is published by the ATA, a not-for-profit organisation promoting renewable energy, sustainable design and water saving.

Veggie Growers Competition

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on January 25th, 2012

11 February , 2012
11:00 amto2:00 pm

Port Phillip Urban Food Network – PPUFFN – is hosting its first ever veggie growers competition

We’re searching for the best offerings from edible gardens right across Port Phillip. As well be as well as local food growing entrants,  we need spectators to help us decide the winners!  There are 5 entry categories, including best-tasting tomato variety, monster veg &  most unusual edible plant. Plus an honorary award for the most weird and wonderful looking contribution!

$450 prize pool / winners by popular choice / swap tips with other food gardeners.

So,  get ready for some horticultural muscle flexing and  join us on the day!

Full competition entry details

Full prize details

Saturday 11 February, 11am

St Kilda Youth Service Training Site, Cnr Pickles & Richardson St, Port Melbourne
(only 5 mins from Bay St shopping st)

Enquiries: paula – 0417 501 383  /

Melbourne’s Urban Forest: Art & Design Competition

Posted in Seeking, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on September 13th, 2011

Photo: “Bees & Mushrooms” by Dale Gillard via flickr CC

Melbourne’s Urban Forest Art and Design Competition

The City of Melbourne is holding an Art and Design Competition to celebrate the UN International Year of Forests and to raise awareness in the community about the importance of our Urban Forest. Winning entries will receive a prize and will be displayed at various high profile public locations across the City of Melbourne in the months of November and December. Learn more about our Urban Forest in the fact sheet.

We are seeking powerful visual statements about Melbourne’s Urban Forest. We’d like you to visually explore either of the following themes:

  • why trees are important to you
  • your vision for Melbourne’s future urban forest

We encourage everyone to think about our trees as they will not only benefit us, but the next generations of Melburnians to come. Trees play a key role in every person’s daily life, whether they know it or not. That’s why everyone should have a say in how our future Urban Forest should evolve.  The competition is open to several age categories, including Open (over 18), Secondary School, Primary School, and Under 5s.

The competition closes at 5.00 pm on Friday 14 October 2011.

2011 ‘Dig Your Dinner’ Schools Competition

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 22nd, 2011

Make a stand against the bland! Celebrate good food, as it should be with all its bumps and imperfections. Grow it for real, from budding seed to brimming plate and join in on the quest for taste!

Following the success of last years “Dig Your Dinner” competition, the Organic Expo & Green Show are delighted to announce we are running this fun and inspiring competition again as part of our commitment to encourage future generations to lead a healthier and more sustainable life. Schools across VIC are invited to join in the challenge and “Dig Your Dinner” – A fun and easy competition to show how simple it is to grow your own food, free from artificial nasties.

There are two categories in which to enter:

1. Pre-schools/Primary Schools
2. Secondary Schools/Colleges (dependent on entry numbers these may be split further).

Your school will grow your favourite seasonal vegetables and herbs and nurture them into a bountiful crop in time for the Organic Expo & Green Show. You will then bring the best of your produce to the show creatively displayed in a wheelbarrow (competition to be judged on Saturday 15 October 2011).

• Celebrity TV gardener Vasili Kanidiadis will be there to meet your school and judge the best vegetables
• Vasili will use the winning veggies in a cooking demonstration showing how you can create a delicious, healthy and inexpensive family meal
• The winning schools will become the Dig Your Dinner Champions VIC 2011 and Vasili will present you with a trophy and prizes

Entries Close September 23

Energy Saver Initiative: Competition

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on June 13th, 2011

Energy Saver Initiative

There are many ways to save energy. So tell us in a few words (max 150) what your organisation has done or could do to save energy and you could win $10,000 to lower energy use even further. It’s all part of Bendigo Bank and Carbon Down joining forces to encourage environmental sustainability initiatives in Victorian businesses and organisations.

1st Prize $10,000 to reduce your organisation’s energy use
2nd Prize $5,000 Bendigo Bank financial planning advice and services
3rd prize $1,000 VECCI Sustainability Services Energy Assessment

If you’d like some ideas to get you started, go to,, or There’s solutions, case studies and a whole lot more to inspire you.

PLUS, all entries will receive a FREE energy saving power board*. Now that’s an incentive (especially as stand-by power can equate to 6% of a business’s energy bill!) . Enter today. The more businesses and organisations that participate the better it is for our environment.

The competition closes Midnight 30th June 2011.

* While stocks last. There’s over 5,000 to give away.

Design for an Active City: Competition

Posted in Seeking, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on June 6th, 2011

Source: Australian Design Review

Victoria’s State of Design Festival has launched an urban design competition inviting Victorian designers to transform a major thoroughfare in central Melbourne. The Design for an Active City competition seeks “implementable, site-specific proposals to improve the pedestrian experience on the northern footpath side of Collins Street Bridge as it spans Wurundjeri Way, and thereby increase pedestrian activity.”

Proposals for the temporary installation should address a 50-metre stretch of the 350-metre bridge, which runs from Spencer Street to Batman’s Hill Drive. Shortlisted submissions, selected by a panel of experts, will be on show during the State of Design Festival, with the winner announced at a public panel discussion held on 25 July. The winning entry will then be constructed and installed as a temporary project from October to December 2011, serving as a short-term installation while the development of the bridge linking the CBD with Spencer Street Station and Docklands is still under construction.

Event partner VicUrban will provide $25,000 towards the development and construction of the project. The competition spotlights the role of design in stimulating increased physical activity through interventions in the built environment, and supports the 2011 Festival’s theme, Design That Moves.

Entries to the competition are now open.

Site visit 3.00pm June 8 2011
Submission deadline July 6 2011
Winner announced, exhibition opening and public panel discussion July 25 2011

Design for an Active City is run by State of Design in partnership with VicUrban and GHD.  For full submission requirements and resources go to

Food Challenge Awards 2011: Now Open

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on April 5th, 2011

Image from Food Challenge Awards 2010

The Food Challenge Awards were established by Food Magazine in 2004 to recognise and reward best practice and innovation in food and beverage processing in Australia and New Zealand. Now in its 7th year, the Food Challenge Awards has become a pivotal date on the food and beverage industry’s calendar; drawing together the great and the good, from newly launched boutique operations, to fully established international enterprises.

Categories include Organic & All Natural and Sustainable Manufacturing

Nominations are now open for the Food Challenge Awards 2011 until May 10th.

Design Competition: From Offcuts to Furniture

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 24th, 2011

Source: Australian Design Review

The Chapman and Bailey Sow’s Ear Challenge is an opportunity for furniture designers to flex their creative muscle and test their innovative flair. Using our waste, namely a large volume of hoop pine stretcher off-cuts in random lengths and variable profiles, and Belgian linen scraps in various sizes, designers are challenged to create an innovative, beautiful, and functional item of furniture.  Although the use of linen scraps is optional, the piece of furniture must be made largely, or entirely, of hoop-pine stretcher scraps.  The furniture must also be able to be reasonably constructed by Chapman & Bailey’s skilled craftsmen, and not require arcane equipment or methods beyond our means. The winning entry will be made-up by Chapman & Bailey’s furniture craftsmen and will be displayed in conjunction with Inside Magazine at State of Design in Melbourne, late July 2011. All individuals and organisations are welcome to enter.

To enter the Chapman & Bailey Sow’s Ear Challenge please register your interest and we will keep you updated. Feel free to contact us for any more information that you may require at