October 2018 newsletter

There was a sense of hope for the future and awareness that change is possible. We learned that by working together with courage, respect and with achievable goals, ordinary people could make a difference.

The Voices 4 Indi process was inclusive, welcoming, respectful and empowering. It created a diverse community of differing ages, viewpoints and skills, who were invited to participate, have conversations, get involved and be creative. People were asked what they thought and were listened to respectfully. People saw the strength of diversity and inclusiveness and the importance of
respectful engagement.

(http://www.voicesforindi.com/reflections)

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Welcome to Localising Leanganook’s October e-news. In this edition you’ll read about:

  • Voices 4 Indi come to Castlemaine– uncovering issues that matter to a broad cross section of our community;
  • Daylesford opens its Repair Cafe;
  • Castlemaine Repair cafe- i-phones & i-pads
  • Compassionate Communication course in Castlemaine;
  • Land for life – a forum in Daylesford;
  • Meet the candidates for Bendigo West;
  • The Art of facilitation to change the world;
  • Growing Abundance Hub plot garden garage sale;
  • Rusted off– Gabrielle Chan in conversation with Cate Kennedy in Castlemaine
  • Newcastle coal port blockade– a front line report from Central Vic Climate Action;
  • Victorian Greens Plan for Energy– a forum in Castlemaine
  • Central Vic Climate Action- school strike in Bendigo and Stop Adani signs
  • Voices4Indi– history, policy platform and where to from here;
  • Commons and collective action workshop- what’s next;
  • conversation about travelling– streets for people, in Bendigo

Voices for Indi come to Castlemaine

When: 1.30pm Sunday October 28th, 2018

Where: Ray Bradfield Room, b/w IGA carpark and Victory Park

Following on from our ‘How can we do democracy better’ community conversation earlier this year, Denis Ginnivan, president of Voices4Indi, and Alana Johnson, past president, will talk about the people powered movement which led to the election of Independent MP Cathy McGowan to the Federal Parliament. Voices4Indi continues to be a key community voice in the seat of Indi.

This community conversation will explore if central Victoria might use the Voices4Indi approach in our district, not necessarily to elect politicians but to help identify opportunities for community-led and community-wide change, and to find local solutions for local issues.

We believe this project will be strengthened by including a cross-section of those voices. We are calling on community and business leaders and influencers who can open doors to achieve a whole-of-community approach, engage other key individuals and organisations, and hopefully join us to lead the process.

This is an opportunity to learn from Voices4Indi’s experience and explore whether the ‘kitchen table’ model of engagement could work effectively and inclusively to address key matters in our region that affect us all – things like energy, water security, health, housing, employment. Castlemaine and surrounding area is a diverse community of established and emerging groups, varying lifestyles, and disparities in the opportunities available to residents. Including a cross-section of these diverse voices is critical to this process.

About the speakers:

Denis Ginnivan has always lived and worked in rural and regional Australia. His early work in disability and community services; rehabilitation, and support services for farmers in financial difficulties was followed by a career in leadership and Director roles across community services, research, and allied health. Since Voices 4 Indi formed in 2012, Denis has shifted his efforts to effective engagement and strategic community building through Voices for Indi, Totally Renewable Yackandandah and his company ‘Events That Matter’.

Alana Johnson is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in rural development, women’s advancement, leadership training and community activism. In 2014 she was named in the inaugural 100 Women of Agribusiness in Australia and in 2013 the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia. Alana is a founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture, former president of voices4Indi and former President of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women. Alana is a member of a fifth generation farming family, breeding cattle and growing trees near Benalla in Victoria.

This community conversation is jointly convened by a group of local people keen for a community-led vision around the issues that matter and who wish to adopt or create a process of local governance and engagement that appeals ‘beyond the usual suspects’. We wish to create space for diverse voices, build understanding and trust between individuals in our community, and for the vision to provide a framework for collective, collaborative action. 

Daylesford opens its Repair Cafe

When: 1.00pm to 4.00pm, Sunday October 21st (third Sunday of each month)

Where: Victoria Park Pavilion, off Daylesford-Ballan Rd

Bring your tools and bring your items for repair to the inaugural Daylesford Repair Cafe. Repair tables will include sewing – hand and machine; mechanical and electrical repairs to household items; bicycle repair; as well as sharpening – knives, scissors and hand tools. There’ll be cuppas and cake, time to learn repair skills as well as to get together with other locals keen to reduce our waste.

Castlemaine Repair cafe -iphones & ipads 

When: 10am -1pm, Sunday October 28th (every 4th Sunday of the month)

Where: Ray Bradfield room Castlemaine

In addition to the usual repair cafe tables, this month there will be someone repairing and advising on i-phones & i-pads, from 11am.

Compassionate communication  course in Castlemaine

When: Wednesday nights 6.30 – 8.30pm, 10th Oct – 12th Dec

Where: 30 Templeton Street Castlemaine

Cost: $170 concession, $250 full price

During this 10 week course you will learn how to more easily be understood and to understand what others are trying to communicate. Based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) by Marshall Rosenberg, this course will teach how our patterns of communication serve to either connect or disconnect us from ourselves and others. Gain understanding of why we react and how we can speak honestly whilst also caring for others.

For more information:  stocco.sonia@gmail.com OR lucymcch@gmail.com

Land for Life- a forum in Daylesford

When: 6.00pm, Sunday October 21st

Where: Senior Citizens Room, rear Daylesford Town Hall

Tickets: $5,  available at the door only. Please bring a plate of supper to share

Land for Life is the second in a series of talks based on land, economy, indigeneity and social ecology. The first event was Land Cultures: Aboriginal economies and permaculture futures.
Organised by Hepburn Relocalisation Network in conjunction with Eva Perroni and Future Feeders.
About the speakers

Rebecca Phillips is a proud Pangerang and Jaara woman. She believes the preservation and revival of her culture is important to uphold what her ancestors paved the way for and what we must build on for future generations. Bec was an active and valued member on the Dja Dja Wurrung Negotiation Team, negotiating a Recognition Settlement Agreement with the State of Victoria and her People and currently sits on the Dhelkunya Dja (Healing land) Land Management Board, setting the direction for the Management of the 6 Parks and reserves to be jointly managed by the State Government and Jaara people. Bec has been involved in the revival of her traditional language (Dja Dja Wurrung), through Djalli Bunjil (Language Knowledge) and is reviving traditional and modern day, songs and dances.

As the permaculture co-originator, David Holmgren is a leading thinker, writer and teacher on how societies and communities can become more resilient with a lower impact on the planet. Together with his partner Su Dennett, David lives and works at Melliodora, in Hepburn, one of Australia’s best-known permaculture demonstration sites. David has spent a lifetime developing a sustainable and fulfilling way of living. His latest book, RetroSuburbia, shows how Australian suburbs can be transformed to become productive and resilient in an energy decent future. It focuses on what can be done by an individual at the household level.

Eric Holt-Giménez is an agroecologist, political economist, lecturer and author. As the current Executive Director of Food First, Eric’s work informs and amplifies the voices of social movements fighting for food justice and sovereignty across the globe. Food First’s frontline publishing approach brings researchers, writers, and social movements together in a collective effort to amplify the voices of frontline communities fighting for food systems transformation. Food First generates research and education for action, bringing the perspective of community-based struggles to broader development and policy debates. In his latest book, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism, Holt-Giménez asserts that the food system cannot be transformed without addressing the economic system of capitalism. Using the wide-angle lens of political economy, Holt-Giménez delves into the economic and political context of the current corporate food regime, exploring the commoditisation of food and land as well as issues of power, privilege, and exploitation across the food chain.

About the MC:  Eva Perroni is an Australian-based researcher and writer reporting on the frontline of food and farming issues. Her expertise lies in telling stories that delve into the hidden fabric of our food system: exploring the ways food is produced, distributed, exchanged and consumed and its impacts on the environment, global health, communities and culture. Eva is committed to food justice and promoting solutions that pave the way for ecologically sustainable and socially just societies, and is an advocate for life-enhancing farming methods and amplifying the voices of community-based movements and organizations working to effect change in the food system.

The event will include an update from Tammi Jonas, President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA). Former vegetarian academic Tammi Jonas is now the meatsmith at Jonai Farms, where she and her family raise pastured rare-breed pigs and cattle, transforming whole carcasses into a range of fresh cuts, smallgoods, charcuterie and salumi in their on-farm butcher’s shop. Together with AFSA, Tammi is working towards everyone’s right to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food grown and distributed in ethical and ecologically sound ways, and our right to collectively determine our own food and agriculture systems.

Meet the candidates for Bendigo West

When: 6.30pm, Wednesday October 24th

Where: Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre, (next to library and Phee Broadway)

Democracy4Dinner is hosting a meet the candidates  with Incumbent MP Maree Edwards, and Greens candidate and former Bendigo mayor Laurie Whelan. If the Libs put a candidate forward they will be invited too!

The questions put to the candidates will be put forward and voted on by our community members and should reflect issues that are important to us.

Please contribute by asking questions, coming along, spreading the word, and voting for your favourite questions.

1. Please take a moment to participate by putting a question forward: https://oursay.org/democracy-for-dinner/what-are-your-questions-for-the-candidates.
2. RSVP to come along to the event: https://bendigowest2018.eventbrite.com.au 

3. Closer to the event jump online again to vote for your favourite questions.
 
If you have any questions contact D4D Convenor Lexi Randall-L’Estrange on info@democracy4dinner.org or 0458 922 220. 

The Art of Facilitation- to change the world

When: October 26th

Where: Castlemaine – venue to be advised

Cost: low cost option for community from $125 to $175,  auspiced by Sustainable Hepburn Association.

Master Facilitation trainer and regenerative practitioner, Akasadaka Robison, is in Australia. Local facilitator, Laurel Freeland, is organising a couple of one day workshops on how to run great meetings.

This workshop is for regional and regenerative practitioners whose job role includes facilitation.

In collaboration with Zenergy Global, Laurel wants to strengthen the cohort of community, business and government facilitators who can help any group achieve their purpose – for the love of Humanity and the Earth.

“This is such powerful work! …Time was fluid and negotiated. Support was epic. I felt truly held by the coaches…”  (Simonne Liley, Owner of Uptraining)

Please contact Laurel on 0498 066 660 or email laurel@share.asn.au.

Zenergy Global is a network of facilitators with the vision of Whole People Co-operating in a Sustainable World’. The group have has been running whole person facilitation training for 25 years. 

Growing Abundance Hub Garden Garage Sale

When: 9am-12pm, Saturday 20th October

Where: The Hub Garden, 233 Barker St, Castlemaine

Join The Hub Garden Plot & The Friends of Lolatoe for the annual garden themed garage sale. A fantastic range of plants, herbs, natives and much more, so come on down to the Hub Garden plot  grab yourself a garden bargain and help raise much needed funds for the community garden projects we support in East Timor with the Friends of Lolatoe. Wild Timor Coffee and delicious cakes for sale on the day too.

If you’d like to help support this great cause we would appreciate any donations from your own spring clean out of plants, garden items, tools etc.

For more information contact hubplot@growingabundance.org.au

Gabrielle Chan in conversation with Cate Kennedy about Rusted Off

When: Sunday October 28th, 5 00pm for a 5.30pm start
Where: New Northern Art Hotel, 359 Barker St, Castlemaine 3450
Bookings and cost:  Tickets $5 (to cover venue cost) and drinks at bar prices.Bookings essential: https://www.trybooking.com/YSUP
Enquiries:Kristin@northernbooks.com.au

 Northern Books presents Gabrielle Chan in conversation with Cate Kennedy. Join us to discuss Guardian journalist and writer, Gabrielle Chan’s new book, Rusted Off.

Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community’s main street for answers to the big questions driving voters. Why are we so fed up with politics? Why are formerly rusted-on country voters deserting major parties in greater numbers than their city cousins? Can ordinary people teach us more about the way forward for government? 

“The definitive account of life on the other side of city-country divide. Written with a soft heart and a hard head, this is one of the most important books about Australia today.”George Megalogenis .

Newcastle coal port blockade– a front line report from Central Vic Climate Action

Locals join mass NSW coal protest – an article in the Castlemaine Mail

Last month a number of people from the Central Victorian Climate Action group travelled to Newcastle, NSW, for a week of national action to end coal production in Australia. Group members joined activists from across the eastern seaboard for rallies, workshops and street theatre including a mock court with coal ‘on trial’, a funeral for coal, a wedding for renewables, and spontaneous outbreaks of Knitting Nannas.

The week culminated in a mass action on September 15, forcing the world’s biggest coal export terminal to stop production for a day. In this mass action many protesters climbed mountains of black coal, ran on to a giant coal loader, locked on to the enormous machine with heavy pipes, unfolded banners with slogans such as ‘Enough is Enough’ and ‘Coal Kills,’ and chanted songs until police arrived. Some were arrested while others were detained and released without charge.

CVCA member Trevor Scott, 71, tore a calf muscle in the mad sprint to the loader but gamely pushed through the pain to support his team. Outside the coal-terminal fence, a noisy group of Newcastle health professionals wearing scrubs & stethoscopes protested about the health impacts of coal.

Mr Scott said he had joined the mass action for his grandchildren. “Coal is a leading cause of carbon emissions that cause climate change, and Newcastle is the biggest export coal terminal in the world,” Mr Scott said. “Not only do we continue to dig up this deadly stuff for ourselves, but we are exporting it to other countries and contributing to global emissions.”

Mr Scott said when he first entered the Newcastle coal terminal he was overwhelmed by its vast scale:  mountains of coal stretching as far as the eye could see, overshadowed by “a monstrous machine that gobbles up coal in its huge revolving jaws and spits it out on to a conveyor that takes it to huge coal ships” in the harbour nearby.

He said the Federal Coalition had consistently demonstrated it was incapable of bipartisan policy on climate or carbon emissions. The latest Department of Energy and Environment figures (secretly released on the Grand Final Day holiday!) show Australia’s emissions have risen 1.3% in the year to March 2018.  i.e. a rise in emissions when we desperately need them to fall. “Australia is in danger of becoming a major contributor to global warming and may not be able to honour its commitment to the Paris Agreement,” Mr Scott said.

“We have signed petitions, and we have written many unanswered letters to our politicians. When governments do nothing, when talk leads nowhere, the only option is to put our bodies on the line.

If we continue with ‘business as usual’ the world is on track for catastrophic warming of 4 degrees or more by 2100 – less than 90 years away – unless we drastically cut emissions by ending coal. That is frightening. That is in the lifetime of my grandchildren Zoe, Nina, Miles and Arlo. They face living in a hot, damaged environment that will be unrecognisable – in this century”.

“I’m doing this for them.”

Victorian Greens Plan for Energy- a forum in Castlemaine

When: 6.30 for 7pm start, Monday October 29th

Where: Senior Citizens Centre, Castlemaine, (along side library and Phee Broadway)

Find out about the Victorian Greens energy plans and policies at a forum with:
  • Ellen Sandell, Greens MP
  • Nicole Rowan, Upper House candidate for Northern Victoria
  • Laurie Whelan, Lower House candidate for Bendigo West
  • and Ralf Thesing, Lower House candidate for Macedon.

Central Vic Climate Action- school strike in Bendigo and Stop Adani yard signs

A group of brave young students from central Victoria will take their classrooms to the streets of Bendigo on November 1st and 2nd, to draw attention to the urgent need for climate action and the total disregard by our elected representatives for the science. These students are inspired by the 15 yo Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, who spent 2 weeks on strike before the Swedish parliament to draw attention to the climate crisis and the lack of action by Swedish MPs.

“I am doing this because nobody else is doing anything. It is my moral responsibility to do what I can,” Greta says. “I want the politicians to prioritise the climate question, focus on the climate and treat it like a crisis.”

When people tell her she should be at school, Greta points to the textbooks in her satchel.“I have my books here,” she says in flawless English. “But also I am thinking: what am I missing? What am I going to learn in school? Facts don’t matter any more, politicians aren’t listening to the scientists, so why should I learn?” “If grown-ups don’t give a shit about my future, I won’t either.”

For more info: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/01/swedish-15-year-old-cutting-class-to-fight-the-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_fb

Following up on the latest IPCC report from Soul (see here for a good analysis from UK think tank carbon brief link of the report)

https://www.carbonbrief.org/in-depth-qa-ipccs-special-report-on-climate-change-at-one-point-five-c?utm_source=NEW+Weekly+Briefing&utm_campaign=86febf2fdd-Carbon_Brief_Weekly_12_10_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b6e0a2d2ef-86febf2fdd-303562441&ct=t(Carbon_Brief_Weekly_12_10_2018)&goal=0_b6e0a2d2ef-86febf2fdd-303562441

The recent IPCC report calls for a fast reduction in fossil fuel usage starting immediately, a 5 x scale up of investment in alternatives and a massive campaign of reafforestation if we are to have any chance of saving the Great Barrier reef and keep hundreds of millions of people from falling into poverty.

CVCA is calling for a group of support adults to be on a roster for the time the young climate strikers are in Bendigo. They will need adult accompaniment and supervision to stay safe, well fed and focussed on doing some study while they hold our local MPs to account.

If you would like to support the strikers or know of any young people who would like to participate for an afternoon, a day or both days please contact Dean on 0403 160 091 or Susie on 0430 042 087

Stop Adani yard signs: CVCA has a supply of colourful A4 corflute yard and fence signs that need to be out and visible. If you want to stop Adani and show your support grab a sign off the stall at Wesley Hill market on Saturday’s or call Trevor on 0412 250 392 and arrange to pick some up.

Voices for Indi- history, policy platform and where to from here

When: 11am, Sunday October 28th,
Where: Castlemaine District Community House, 65 Templeton St.

Following on from Commons Transition workshop in Bendigo

After an inspiring session with Michel Bauwens in Bendigo last month, along with commons advocates from central Victoria and further afield, different recordings of Michel’s visit to Australia are being sorted out and will be available in the form of either a video of Michel’s reflections on his visit or a written article based on an interview with him.
A contact list of workshop participants is being prepared that will contain a brief description of the participants area of interest and email contact. This list could then become the basis of a Commoners Contact List.
Email Elsie if you are interested in being on this contact list: elsie@commoners.coop

A conversation about travelling: for work, study, shopping and play in Bendigo.

When: 6.30 – 9:30 pm, Thursday 15th November
Where:  The Engine Room, 58 View Street, Bendigo

Register now for this FREE event. Places are limited

Safer streets for ALL

Future Movers 1, held in October 2017, brought together 100+ people to share challenges and solutions to create safer, more enjoyable travel for all. Future Movers 2, will take this conversation further. 

 

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September 2018 Newsletter

“Many people planning ahead are already questioning the notion that the future will be a faster, shinier version of the present. And even if this future were possible, people are also questioning whether it would be what they want for themselves or their children. Some recognise the need for urgent changes to the way we live, and no longer have faith in governments or markets to show us the way. The 9-to-5 treadmill looks more and more like the path to permanent debt slavery despite the lowest interest rates in modern history. Financial, geo-political and climate instabilities threaten, while tempting glimpses of better ways to live are popping up in unexpected places.”

(Holmgren, David: Retrosububia, Melliodora, 2018, p.17)

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Welcome to our September 2018 newsletter.

In this edition you will find information about:

  • David Holmgren & RetroSuburbia to Castlemaine;
  • Michel Bauwens to Bendigo- the commons & collective action;
  • No-more-coal letter writing cafe;
  • Repair Cafes – Daylesford, Woodend  and Castlemaine;
  • Eco-Housing tour and alternative dwellings talk at Chewton land;
  • Community campaign – Vic Roads and western highway expansion;
  • Daylesford Culture Club- ferments;
  • The Art of Facilitation workshop in Daylesford;
  • Democracy Working Group;
  • Democracy4Dinner;
  • Central Vic Climate Action-Newcastle coal port blockade;
  • Upcoming event mid October: Land for Life in Daylesford

David Holmgren, permaculture co-originator, to speak in Castlemaine

When: 7.00pm, Thursday 6th September, 2018

6.00pm for display, networking, food and drinks

Where: Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine

Cost & Bookings: Free event, bookings via Sticky Tickets essential

Leading Australian environmental thinker and permaculture co-originator, David Holmgren, will present his highly engaging multi-media talk ‘Aussie Street’, a speculative eco-narrative, seen through the microcosm of four adjacent houses.‘Aussie Street’ presents a realistic and light-hearted portrait of our shared suburban history, outlining a gutsy, and essentially hopeful, scenario of our shared future. It provides inspiration and ideas for anyone wanting to create a fulfilling and sustainable life.

‘Aussie Street is my way of illustrating both the changes that have occurred in suburbia over many decades, and the potential for positive, realistic changes into the future,’ Holmgren says.

Holmgren is the author of RetroSuburbia; the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future, which shows how Australians can downshift and retrofit their homes, gardens, communities and themselves to be more self-organised, sustainable and resilient.

Holmgren will also participate in a panel discussion and Q&A with local thought leaders and sustainability advocates. Local community and environment groups will hold an information display, with supper and drinks available for sale from 6.00pm.

This special event is hosted by Mount Alexander Shire Council as part of its Sustainable Living Workshop series, in partnership with Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) and supported by Localising Leanganook.

“David is a leading ecological thinker, writer, teacher and we are looking forward to hearing his thought provoking ideas, as well as the panel discussion amongst our local sustainability leaders about how we can move forward locally,” said Mary Blain, Deputy Chair, MASG.

Website:  http://stks.be/retrosuburbia  

For more information on Council’s sustainable living workshop series visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/SustainableWorkshops

Michel Bauwens- Collective Action & Creating a Common Plan with your Community

When: Sunday 16th September 2018, 10am to 4pm
Where:  Bendigo,  venue to be advised
Registration: $50 (includes lunch)

A one day workshop with Michel Bauwens, Peer to Peer and Commons Transition  advocate, for activists, community leaders and local government representatives. Michel will provide an overview of the Commons Movement and worldwide initiatives currently transforming the social, economic, political and technological landscape.

The workshop will be held in Bendigo but is open to anyone active and/or interested in ‘the Commons’, new governance, sharing/solidarity/new economies, peer to peer programs, food and housing security, organic/regenerative farming, sharing platforms, ethical business, sustainability, renewable energy, earth law, worker owned co-operatives, block chain, crypto currency and sharing cities in a post capitalist future.

This event is presented by Commoners Coop, auspiced by Bendigo Sustainability Group and supported by City Of Greater Bendigo.

No more coal letter writing cafe

When: Friday mornings, 10am to 11.am

Where: North Kitchen Cafe, rear 325 Barkers St, Castlemaine, cnr Hunter St

Join other concerned locals for a cuppa and chat while writing a letter to your MP and other members of the Labor party. Three letter-writing-cafes have been held in August. If judged on effort, facts, creativity and passion, these letters sent by members and associates of the Central Vic Climate Action Group have been of the highest standard, imploring our MP’s to take climate change seriously and rule out the proposed Adani mine.

The coffee is good and the cause is just. Come along for an hour or so and bring a friend or neighbour too.

For more details Trevor Scott
t. 0412 250 392
trevorscott3@gmail.com

Burgeoning Repair Cafes: Daylesford, Woodend & Castlemaine

Daylesford

Plans to start a cafe in Daylesford are well underway with the first expected in mid to late October, on Sunday afternoon . Watch this space for start date, time and venue. If you’re interested in contributing to the organising group or offering your skills as a fixer or supporter contact Danny Kinnear on mobile 0488 604 231.

The organising group will meet next Thursday September 6th, 1.30pm at Victoria Park.

Woodend

Woodend’s inaugural Repair Cafe starts this coming Saturday, September 1st. On the first Saturday of the month, (Farmers’ Market Day) from 10am to 1pm, the Cafe will operate out of the Undercroft at the Woodend Neighbourhood House.

Castlemaine 

Next Cafe is Sunday September 30th, 10am to 1pm at the Ray Bradfield Room. There’ll be 2 workshops as well as the usual Cafe activities – sewing machine maintenance and ceramic tiling. Bring along your machine so Ginny can teach you how to maintain it. Want to do some tiling and don’t know how? Paul will show you and explain about glues, grout etc. He’s been doing it for years.

Here’s a link to Karen and Danny’s story on ABC Open. They travel around and visit different Repair Cafes. https://open.abc.net.au/explore/270498

Really Really Free Market is planned for Sunday 30th September, in Victory Park alongside the Repair Cafe, most likely from midday til 2.00pm.

Eco-Housing tour and alternative dwellings talk at Chewton land

When: 2.00pm,  Saturday, September 29th

Where: near crn Browns Ave and Fryers Rd, Chewton

Daria Healey-Aarons has 16 acres of land in Chewton suitable for sharing. The tour will show people over this land and you will hear about Daria’s history of creating alternative dwellings, including homes from school portables, and a tiny house from a stripped cabin. Best to park in Fryers Road near the Browns Ave turnoff. Wear walking shoes and clothes, and bring a water bottle.
 For further information: anitra.nelson@rmit.edu.au

Community campaign – Vic Roads and western highway expansion

For the past four years the Ararat based community group KORS (Keep the Original Route Supporters) has pleaded for Vic Roads to re-route the western highway expansion. The campaign is founded on 5 key points: indigenous heritage; environmental damage; minimising contribution to climate change; reducing cost; and moderating future impact.

The community argues for the road to be widened parallel to the current highway, preserving the roadside remnants and using a power line easement as the lowest impact route. Re-routing the western highway extension will avoid damage to a significant Aboriginal place with artifacts, with proximity to rock art, and with known dreaming. Fewer large old trees and rare habitat will be lost and natural corridors broken. There will be less critically endangered Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act listed Box-Gum Grassy Woodland lost, as well as less Golden Sun Moth habitat lost. There will be fewer emissions from less earthworks on a shorter, flatter route – around 600,000 cubic metres of cut earthworks will be avoided. The cost will be reduced by approx $25million with less invested in climate damaging, resource-heavy activities. And there will be less splintering and fragmentation of the land compared with a large new road that brings traffic into a new place.

Vic Roads paused the project in mid 2015 when the tree count error became obvious. The original environmental data was inaccurate  and new information has been ignored. There is evidence that Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum, which is on the planned route, has been poisoned .

It is KORS’ experience that VicRoads provides for the driving public who increasingly seek effortless, safe, high-speed, individual transport. In doing so, VicRoads favours current energy-blind and environment-blind habits and investments, current priorities in project management, as well as current construction job-types and road-making habits, as opposed to a more circumspect road planning process that puts higher priority on minimal impact and which requires careful machinery use in construction.  The un-priced costs of current practices are dismissed as being impractical to consider in project planning and a narrow definition of “safety” in road design is marketed as trumping all other concerns.

KORS believes there is scope to build this road with much less damage even within Vic Roads narrow, short-term definitions of safety. However this scope is well hidden in technical language and expertise that is hard for lay people to penetrate.

KORS has growing community support with a few thousand facebook followers, 5000 petitioners, and a 250 strong email list. Some wins thus far are registration of two significant trees with the National Trust, the progression of a court case and at least five professional reports.

For further info and ways to support: go to www.fixfreewayfiasco.org.au or contact KORS via: fixfreewayfiasco@gmail.com  You can also send emails to Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Roads Minister Luke Donnellan, and VicRoads CEO Michael Malouf.

Daylesford Culture Club- ferments

When: 9.30am – 12.30pm, Saturday October 6th
Where: Senior Citizen’s Hall (behind the Daylesford Town Hall)
Cost: Free event
Monique Miller will be teaching some of her favourite ferments.

Monique is a generalist and divides her time between running Joe’s Market Garden in Coburg, facilitating edible weed, fermentation workshops and the permaculture design course at CERES in Brunswick East. She has been teaching fermentation for more than 4 years.

Democracy Working Group

Since the forum in March this year: How can we do democracy better? a group of locals continue to explore ways to improve our democracy and initiate a process of visioning with and for our community and bio-region. We have been liaising with Voices for Indi, and plan a series of around the kitchen table community conversations.

We welcome fresh ideas and energy.Email if you’re interested in contributing to this process : nikki.marshall@mmnet.com.au or lexi.lestrange@gmail.com

Democracy4Dinner

Democracy for Dinner is a space for Central Victorians to contribute to public discourse on important policy issues, as well as ideas for reshaping our democracy locally and nationally. We are looking for volunteers who would like to lead the following conversations.
  • Topic 1: The Case For (and against) Universal Basic Income
  • Topic 2: Majoritarianism vs. the Expert – what models of governance do we want for the future?
Contact Lexi via info@democracy4dinner.org or 0458 922 220 to nominate yourself or someone else to speak on either of the above. You may also nominate your own topic. 

Upcoming event- The Art of Facilitation

When: October 17th to 21st, 2018

Where: Daylesford- venue to be advised

Local facilitator, Laurel Freeland is bringing Akasadaka Robison to Australia to run a 5 day facilitator training intensive in Central Victoria.  Akasadaka is a senior program leader and trainer for Zenergy Global who has a focus on Regenerative projects.  The programme is for regional and regenerative practitioners whose job role includes facilitation.

Zenergy Global is a network of facilitators with the vision of Whole People Co-operating in a Sustainable World’. The group have has been running whole person facilitation training for 25 years.

Laurel wants to strengthen the cohort of community, business and government facilitators who can help any group achieve their purpose – for the love of Humanity and the Earth.  If you want to know more about the course or the services the Zenergy team offers, visit www.Zeneryglobal.com.au or email laurel@zenergyglobal.com.au for an information flyer.

Newcastle coal port blockade

Frontline Action on Coal (Flac) is organising a four day training and blockade of the world’s biggest coal port, at Newcastle NSW, during September 12th to 16th. Central Vic Climate Action (CVCA) wants to send a strong message to the coal industry from Central Victoria. A number of friends and supporters will travel to Newcastle take part in this action.

Cost estimate is around $400-500 pp to get up there and take part. CVCA wants to support those going with some financial assistance to make sure $$ is not an impediment to participation so if you are strapped for cash and want to go let us know.

For more information:  trevorscott3@gmail.com

Upcoming event- Land for Life

When: 7pm – 9pm, Sunday October 21st
Where: Senior Citizen’s Hall (behind the Daylesford Town Hall)
Cost: $5 entry
Please bring a plate to share for supper
Organised by Heburn Relocalisation Network
How can we re-cultivate the social connections, ecological understandings, and the economic and community values to relocalise our food, and foster greater accountability to the more-than-human life that makes our lives possible?
Join us for an evening of discussion with permaculture co-originator David Holmgren (author of RetroSuburbia) and US food movement scholar-activist Eric Holt-Gimenez (author of A Foodies Guide to Capitalism) as they offer insights into how to develop a deep engagement and long-term commitment to regenerative and just economies.
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August newsletter 2018

Trying to explain the ideological contradictions of neoliberalism is a fools errand. The problem is that for 30 years those in favour of privatising hospitals and nationalising football stadiums, of regulating marriage and deregulating banks, and of subsidising coalmines and opposing renewable energy  have not needed to explain why their friends were treated differently from their enemies.(p.23)

The opposite of the narrow economic agenda of neoliberalism isn’t a progressive economic reform agenda; it is the re-establishment of a broad debate about national interest. (p.59)

(Richard Denniss, Dead right- How neoliberalism ate itself and what comes next, Quarterly Essay 70, 2018)

In this August edition you can find out about:

  • Eating the Earth: Why the food movement is unstoppable;
  • No more coal letter-writing cafe;’
  • Words in Winter – Daylesford, Newstead, Yandoit & more;
  • Repair Cafes on the go – Daylesford and Castlemaine;
  • Environmental Justice Atlas workshops;
  • Democracy Working Group;
  • Democracy4Dinner;
  • Two September upcoming events: David Holmgren & Retrosuburbia to Castlemaine, and Michel Bauwens to Bendigo;
  • Plastic bags and re-minding shopping;
  • Central Vic Climate Action fund-raising for court costs;
  • Local Castlemaine radio fundraiser;
  • Regional Centre for Culture events;
  • Food for thought- Eco-collaborative housing and de-growth, and Community Involvement in Decision Making 

Eating the Earth: Why the food movement is unstoppable

When : 7.00-9.00pm, Thursday, August 30th 2018

Where: Daylesford Town Hall 

Cost: $10 (Refreshments included in ticket price)

Organised by: #thefoodequation

Join Charles Massy (Call of the Reed Warbler), Dr Jonathan Latham (international food advocate) and our own local resident meat-smith Tammi Jonas for a stimulating discussion on how regenerative agriculture can turn Australia’s economies around and revitalise rural communities.

Charles Massy is an author and farmer with a focus on transformative and regenerative agriculture. His latest book, Call of the Reed Warbler, challenges the way we farm and grow food, and puts a lens on the vital connection between soil and our health

Dr Jonathan Latham is an international food advocate and crop scientist based in New York. He is executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, and editor of Independent Science News. He has written for Truthout, Salon, MIT Technology Review, Resilience and the Guardian.

Tammi Jonas is resident meatsmith at Jonai Farms, where she and her family of ethicurean farmers raise pastured rare-breed pigs and cattle. Jonai Farms is engaged in the solidarity economy of community supported agriculture-CSA, feeding 80 member households each month. Tammi is president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, chair of the AFSA Legal Defence Fund, and blogger: Tammi Jonas: Food Ethics.

No more coal letter-writing cafe

When: 9.30am, Friday August 17th

WhereDove Cafe, Cnr Doveton and Hargraves Street, Castlemaine

Organised by:  Central Vic Climate Action with support from Localising Leanganook

This letter-writing cafe is the first in a series of Friday morning actions – a way in which we, as concerned community members, can share a cuppa and write a letter to our politicians so they know how we feel about Adani and the mining of coal, and how we feel about embracing renewable energy. Come for an hour or so and bring friends and neighbours. We’ll brainstorm ideas for inclusion in letters. Then each of us can write in our own words and style. Bring pen and paper (we’ll have some extra if you forget) or your own laptop.

Words in Winter – Daylesford, Newstead, Yandoit and more

It’s Words in Winter time again around Hepburn and neighbouring shires –  a celebration of words, stories and ideas in all their forms shared by locals and visiting presenters through readings, poetry, theatre, music, talks, workshops, visiting authors, and exhibitions. This year’s theme is ‘change and chance’.

Concentrated over two weekends in August- 18/19 and 25/26, events are located in Daylesford, Newstead, Yandoit, Trentham and other central Vic towns. Here are a few highlights with plenty more worth checking in the programme: https://wordsinwinter.com/programme/

  • Hepburn Springs’ David Holmgren in conversation with Cate Kennedy on the power of ecological writing in our transition to a carbon-positive, low-energy future;
  • Arnold Zable on the humanising power of story;
  • Hepburns’ Kirsten Bradley & Nick Ritar reading from Milkwood – Real skills for down-to-earth living;
  • Petrus Spronk and Mana Moto duo in anything but words, an illustrated musical event at Yandoit’s historical Uniting Church;
  • Story telling with Daylesford’s Anne E Stewart;
  • Newstead’s Gen Barlow on the couch with Cheryl Kernot and Jenny Hocking;
  • and Bain Attwood on his book The Good Country – White settlement and what really happened in your back yard.

Repair Cafes on the go – Daylesford and Castlemaine

Plans for the new Daylesford Repair Café are underway with two options for attending the first fixers and supporters meeting:

When: 1 – 2.30pm,Thursday 16th August 2018

Where: Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre, Camp St
or 
When: 6.30 – 7.30pm, Thursday 16th August 2018

 Where: Daylesford Senior Citizens Centre, rear Town Hall

People who are handy with clothing/textiles, bicycles, electrical appliances and furniture/wooden objects are welcomed.

Castlemaine Repair café

Castlemaine’s next Repair Cafe is Sunday August 26th in the Ray Bradfield Room with the usual range of electrical, sewing and other repair tables. Plans over the next few months include a tiling workshop and sewing machine maintenance. More info in our next e-news or go to Castlemaine Repair Cafe’s facebook page.

At 2.00pm, after August 26th Cafe, there’ll be the Really Really Free Market, in Victory Park next to the Cafe. Bring and exchange stuff.

Environmental Justice Atlas workshops

When: 9.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday August 5th and 12th

Where: Lower Merri, CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart St, East Brunswick, 3057

Organised by: Australian Environmental Justice (AEJ)

Free of charge

Make Australian conflict visible internationally: Landfills, soil contamination, lead poisoning, water conflicts,  Indigenous land rights, coalmines, gas extraction, forest clearing over-fishing, water pollution, damming, air pollution, uranium mining etc.

The international online Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas)
http://www.ejatlas.org/— is a teaching, networking and advocacy resource for strategists, activist organisers, scholars, teachers and citizens to find out about often invisible eco-conflicts taking place.

The EJAtlas has 2500 worldwide cases registered, but only 17 recorded so far for Australia. This workshop supports every participant to research and write another significant case study, which will be peer reviewed and posted online with your name
as the contributor. Support can be provided to contribute even if you can’t come to the workshop (see contact details below).

AEJ is a project of Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia and CUR, RMIT University. Think of all the Australian environmental conflicts (social conflicts over environmental uses) that could be promoted.

Please bring a laptop. To register and for more details, contact Anitra Nelson— anitra.nelson@rmit.edu.au 0426 766 755 — and/or register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ejatlas-workshop-5-and-12-august-tickets-47972891209

Democracy Working Group

Since the forum How can we do democracy better? in March this year, a Democracy Working Group has formed to continue the conversation, to explore models which improve our democracy and to initiate a process of visioning with and for our community and bio-region. This is a joint project between Localising Leanganook and Democracy4Dinner. Email us if you’re interested in contributing to this process or contact Nikki on 0432 232 073.

Have a look at Lexi Randall-L’Estrange’s Community Involvement in Decision Making Discussion Paper at  https://democracy4dinner.org/  or at Localising leanganook’s food for thought https://leanganook.org/

If you missed the forum in March, you can now watch and listen, including Q&A.

There’s also a short vox-pop video where the audience speaks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I148xLEeOow

Democracy4Dinner

When: 7.00pm, Tuesday August 21st, 2018

Where: Lola Cafe, Castlemaine

Topic: “Are politics and policy incompatible? Democracy in the age of “mega-identity” politics“, a conversational dinner on identity, polarisation, and the impact of politics on policy

Cost: $35 set menu at Lola.

Book at  https://d4daug2018.eventbrite.com.au/

Upcoming event- David Holmgren & Retrofitting Suburbia in Castlemaine

When: 7.00pm, September 6th, 2018

Where: Castlemaine Town Hall

Put the date in your calendar. More information coming in our September e-news.

Another upcoming event- Michel Bauwens comes to Bendigo

When: Sunday, September September 16th, 2018

Michel is the founder of the global Peer To Peer Foundation and will be key note speaker at the 2018 Sustainable Communities National Summit in Melbourne in mid September.

More details in Localising Leanganook’s September e-news.

Central Vic Climate Action fund-raising for court costs

A Win for Democracy” – TRESPASS CHARGES WITHDRAWN FOR STOP ADANI DADS

We should never lose sight of the fact that

we have the right to protest”

(Bendigo magistrate)

Central Victoria Climate Action is raising funds for court costs. A Bendigo magistrate has ordered that charges be withdrawn for two dads charged with trespassing in the office of Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie. The group was staging a mass occupation of her office in May 2017. They were drawing attention to the Coalition government’s intention to loan $1 Billion of taxpayers’ money for the Adani mega coal mine.

Local solicitor Bill O’Donnell declared the case “a win for the democratic right of citizens to approach politicians for legitimate reasons”. Because this important democratic principle was at stake, Mr O’Donnell who has worked pro bono for the group, advised that a barrister be employed.

We’re confident that if lots of us put in a little bit, this fundraiser will once again prove to the pollies that they need to stand with our environment, our kids and their future – rather than a corrupt industrialist & yesterday’s dirty fossil fuels.

Here is a link to the chuffed fund raising campaign for court costs;

Plastic bags & re-minding shopping

While Coles and other corporates play games and continue to get media coverage for their efforts, Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine continues with the campaign to support retailers and consumers to go plastic free through a radical process of re-minding.

Rob Hopkins, one of the pioneers of the Localising movement, informed us that ‘governments can’t (act) and corporations won’t’,  so we need to get on with ‘being the change’ (Ghandhi).  We continue to advocate for policy and legislative change, locally and further afield, but what we mostly focus on is supporting behaviour change through de-mystifying, or ‘re-minding’ people.

All the surveys tell us that most people support a plastic bag ban, or a return to re-usable shopping bags. Our job is to turn people on to the simplicity of the task – to ‘re-mind’ ourselves.

Dominant culture would have us act as automatons, accepting a bag at the counter being one manifestation of this.  Our stickers for retailers, handy tips for remembering your bag, bag give-aways, running events, talking on radio, talking to retailers and putting up large signs are all simple acts of aiding the process of re-remembering that which we already all know – that we are inextricably connected with our planet.

Witnessing the awakening, the ‘re-minding’ of ‘consumers’ and the process of getting purchases from shop to home, or the discussions about where to get un-packaged foods, or our recent event: Plastic Free Periods, may seem like small and insignificant acts when faced with the knowledge of how much we need to do to be ‘sustainable’.  We take inspiration and hope from The Lorax  “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not”.

(with thanks to Lucy Young and Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine)

Local Castlemaine radio fundraiser

When: Saturday August 11th, 2018

Where: Diggers Store, Campbell’s Creek

Local Castlemaine radio Main FM fundraiser. Come along for some fun!

Regional Centre for Culture events

The Regional Centre for Culture in 2018 is an initiative of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Hepburn Shire and Mount Alexander Shire.

Plenty of free and low cost events happening in August and September including a pipe and brass concert in Daylesford, podcast interviews with indigenous community members,  weaving and basketry workshops in Castlemaine,  art exhibitions in Newstead and Maryborough, book fares in Clunes, exploratory music in Bendigo  and much more. For more information go to  www.rcc2018.com.

Food for thought

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June 2018 newsletter

At a point seemingly of collapse, not only of the systems that dominate how we cooperate but also of our response, I wanted to show that the personal is the political, and that infectious change can start by adopting sustainable practices as members of collective households and genuine communities in heartfelt neighbourhoods. What the world needs now is a spectacular reawakening of human creativity, collectivity, solidarity and localism in practice.

(Anitra Nelson from Small is Necessary)

Welcome to our June newsletter. This newsletter includes information about:

  • our next community conversation with Anitra Nelsoneco-collaborative housing and degrowth;
  • Village Winter Festival in Newstead;
  • Hepburn Shire’s Zero-net emissions project – a base line survey for residents;
  • Central Vic Climate Action– Stop Adani blockade and a win for democracy;
  • Repair Cafe’s 1st birthday in Castlemaine & plans for a Daylesford cafe;
  • Castlemaine Jazz festival;
  • Daylesford Culture Club – sour dough & honey ferments;
  • Women’s storytelling, ceremony and healing a NAIDOC week event;
  • Regional Centre for Culture – Letters from the Inside
  • Hepburn Community Recycling;
  • Castlemaine documentary film festival;
  • Food for Thought

Next community conversation- Anitra Nelson on de-growth and eco-collaborative housing

When: 5.00pm, Sunday June 17th, 2018

Where: Ray Bradfield room, Castlemaine, b/w Victory park and IGA car park

Are housing for ‘degrowth’ and ‘eco-collaborative’ housing ways of the future? With reference to her recently published book Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet and the soon to be published book she co-edited, Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, Anitra will discuss various aspects of degrowth, housing for degrowth and eco-collaborative housing as ways of achieving more affordable, sustainable and community-based living.
Anitra Nelson lived in eco-collaborative communities for a decade and researches affordable and sustainable housing part-time at the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University in Melbourne. She is the author of many publications and lives in Castlemaine.

Village Winter Festival

When: Saturday 23 June, 2018, 2pm – midnight

WhereNewstead Racecourse

What’s On?   Fire, Acts, Art, Music

Light your creative fire at the fifth Village Winter Festival as the community of the Central Goldfields gathers to celebrate the Winter solstice in spectacular style.

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 concession, $5 youth (13-17)
FREE: Kids (up to 12)
FREE: Early-birds: if you are struggling financially, you can come to the festival for no charge if you book on-line in advance and arrive at the festival before 3pm. Why? Inclusion is one of The Village’s core values, and we don’t want money to be a barrier.

For more info:  Facebook Event for the latest updates or

http://www.thevillagefestival.com.au/winterfestival/

 Zero-net emissions for Hepburn

Solar & Z-NET Open House

The Hepburn Z-NET project is up and running with Solar Bulk-Buy and Z-NET Open House events during June. This is your opportunity to review our carbon emissions profile and put forward any project ideas. There will be presentations from the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy and a range of stallholders discussing solar finance, energy audits and much more!

Register here to let us know roughly how many people will be attending.

The Z-NET Survey

500 Z-NET Household Energy and Emissions Surveys have been submitted from Hepburn Shire. This is a great starting point but we need to reach at least 800 responses to have a valuable and representative sample of our community. That’s why we are encouraging you to share the Z-NET survey with your friends and family. You can find the survey here and share it on social media here.

Central Vic Climate Action (CVCA)

Sharing stories of the Stop Adani blockade with Daylesford people, and 

A Win for Democracy

 We should never lose sight of the fact that we have the right to protest” – Bendigo magistrate.

On May 25th CVCA adults and children, recently returned from Queensland’s Stop Adani blockade, shared stories and soup with concerned residents of Daylesford and surrounds. An event organised and supported by CVCA, Sustainable Hepburn Association (SHARE), Hepburn Wind, Hepburn Relocalisation Network and Localising Leanganook, responses included: “It’s so important to get information from a reliable source” and “I feel inspired to go to the blockade”.

Generous donations of soup making vegetables from Mt Franklin Organics and bread from Two Fold Bakehouse (soon to become a community supported bakery), coupled with home-made soup, contributed towards $375 being raised via donations at the door – much needed funds to support the campaign.

Central Victoria Climate Action is raising funds for court costs. A Bendigo magistrate has ordered that  charges be withdrawn for two dads charged with trespassing in the office of Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie. The group was staging a mass occupation of her office in May 2017. They were drawing attention to the Coalition government’s intention to loan $1 Billion of taxpayers’ money for the Adani mega coal mine.

Local solicitor Bill O’Donnell declared the case “a win for the democratic right of citizens to approach politicians for legitimate reasons”. Because this important democratic principle was at stake, Mr O’Donnell who has worked pro bono for the group, advised they employ a barrister.  Confident that our supporters would back us, we went ahead  – but now have a legal bill that we need your help with!

We’re confident that if lots of us put in a little bit, this fundraiser will once again prove to the pollies that they need to stand with our environment, our kids and their future – rather than a corrupt industrialist & yesterday’s dirty fossil fuels.

Please throw in a little bit if you can and we’ll share the story with Ms McKenzie and local federal MP Lisa Chesters who is yet to take a stand against Adani.

CVCA recently fundraised and sent  a delegation to participate in the blockade to interrupt Adani’s  construction of a rail line which will open the door for the development of a massive complex of new coal mines.

The group also calls on local MP Lisa Chesters to “come clean and not cook our kids safe climate future” and decide whether she stands with the discredited industrialist or the future of the kids of Bendigo. One of the Dads charged, Damien Cook, a wetlands ecologist, said “CSIRO research findings project that Bendigo will become a semi-arid salt bush plain by the turn of the century under a fossil fuel burning, business as usual scenario”.

You can like and follow us on fb at centralvicclimateaction or email us at centralvicclimateaction@gmail.com.

View the action on vimeo here https://vimeo.com/217624870

Repair Cafe’s 1st birthday

In the first year of Castlemaine Repair Cafe’s life  549.220 kilos of material has been repaired instead of going into landfill!

Next cafe is Sunday June 24th, 10.00am to 1.00pm in Ray Bradfield Room Castlemaine. Zip repairs are likely be a focus as well as the usual electrical, sewing and other repairs.

Coordinator, Chris, has agreed to share experience and learnings with people from Daylesford interested in starting up a repair cafe.

Castlemaine Jazz Festival

When: June 8th to 11th- Queen’s birthday long weekend

Where: assorted venues in Castlemaine

The 2018 annual Castlemaine Jazz Festival will take place right in the heart of Castlemaine at a number of separate (historic) venues, each within walking distance and all especially selected to create the ideal environment to enjoy the weekend of jazz.

For more info and tickets https://www.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/

Daylesford Culture Club- sour dough bread & honey ferments

Culture Club’s June Sourdough workshop was a great success, organised by Meg Ulman and with thank you’s to presenters Alison + Katy from Two fold Bakehouse, soon to become a community supported bakery, and also to Chris + Loïque, as well as those who brought in loaves and toppings to share.

The talented illustrator Brenna Quinlan took these notes.

The theme for July’s Culture Club is Honey Ferments. 9.30am -12.30pm, Saturday July 7th at Daylesford Senior Citizen’s Hall.  A free event.

Women’s storytelling, ceremony & healing – a NAIDOC week event

What: Our Connection with Mother Earth:  Stories and Workshop –  ​Because of Her we can

When: Thursday July 12;  10am to 3.30pm ​

Where: Story House and Garden: Daylesford

To celebrate the theme of NAIDOC week Anne E Stewart will host a story telling event led by Aunty Marilyne Nicholls, multi-clan indigenous elder and Laurel Freeland, social ecologist who will share stories of women’s connection with Mother Earth. Weaving together Aunty Marilyne’s aboriginal women’s story with a contemporary social ecological perspective, the day will be a celebration of Mother Earth and the women who have carried stories and traditional practices to keep culture and connection to land alive.

The interactive day will include:

• Welcome to Dja Dja Wurrung and smoking ceremony
• Traditional aboriginal and contemporary women’s stories
• Earth healing practices
• Ritual and ceremony
• Working with the elements ​

Cost: $50 Includes light lunch and tea and coffee

Regional Centre for Culture

What: Letters from the Inside

Lettersfrom the Inside at Old Castlemaine Gaol on July 6 and on July 7 at Railway Cafe & Tracks Bar Gallery, Maryborough. Hear the stories of inmates in local prisons through their letters, curated and presented by Lisa D’Onofrio. https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/things-to-do/letters-from-the-inside

Hepburn Community Recycling

Around 50 locals attended a community recycling forum in Daylesford on June 3rd. Initiatives emerging include a repair cafe; a glass sorting project; education around recycling; lobbying in relation to  plastics; glass bottle deposit schemes; and neighbourhood mulching.

For more information, contact Hepburn Shire Councillor Kate Redwood.

Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival

Where: Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

For more information go to  Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival  https://cdocff.com.au/

Food for thought

TED talk by Eric Holt-Gimenez  about food, climate resilience and social change.
Note: Plans are afoot for Eric to visit Central Victoria later this year. Watch this space.
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An extra May 2018 e-news

Inspiration is not garnered from the recitation of what is flawed; it resides, rather, in humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, re imagine, and reconsider…Healing the woulds of the earth and its people does not require saintliness or a political party, only gumption and persistence. It is not a liberal or conservative activity; it is a sacred act.

Paul Hawkin, Blessed Unrest (1)

 

Welcome to our extra e-news for May 2018.

This e-news gives information about :

  • A special additional event-  Stop Adani film and blockade  Q&A in Daylesford 
  • Castlemaine Repair Cafe‘s 1st birthday
  • Next Democracy4Dinner event
  • Risk of trespass charge for Central Vic Climate supporters
  • Hepburn Shire- Z-NET and Solar Bulk buy
  • Hepburn Shire Community Recycling Forum
  • Representing your local community 2 workshops
  • Growing Abundance GreenGAGE and Harvest
  • Castlemaine Seed Library
  • Food for thought – Built in Obsolesence and  The Monthly on Adani

STOP ADANI FILM  AND BLOCKADE  Q&A IN DAYLESFORD

Join us for this collaboration between Central Vic Climate Action, Sustainable Hepburn Association (SHARE), Hepburn Wind, Hepburn Relocalisation Network and Localising Leanganook.

When: Friday May 25th, 2018

6.30pm for soup, 7.00pm film screening

followed by Q&A with blockaders

Where: Senior Citizens room, rear Daylesford Town Hall

BYO bowl and spoon for soup

Entry: Donation towards Stop Adani campaign

It seems like it is up to young people, ordinary everyday people, to put ourselves in the way to stop a billionaire building the largest coal mine in the southern hemisphere and wrecking the reef and my future”    Young Castlemaine blockader                      

Documentary film#StopAdani: A Mighty Force 

An unstoppable movement for change in action. The power and passion of people taking extraordinary action.

 “Adani is dealing with a mighty force. And the more it grows, the harder we’ll be to beat.”  Juru Traditional Elder, Carol Prior

CVCA

 

CASTLEMAINE REPAIR CAFE 1st BIRTHDAY

When: Sunday May 27th, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Where: Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine

between Victory Park and IGA carpark

Contributions to finger food for first birthday lunch welcomed.

NEXT DEMOCRACY4DINNER

When:  7pm, Tuesday 29th  May, 2018

Where: Bistro Lola, next to Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Topic: “Can a grassroots movement put carbon pricing back on the agenda?“, a conversational dinner on pathways to bi-partisan climate policy, with Warwick Smith. RSVP Now.

What’s on the conversational menu?  

Is it time to bring back a price on carbon? The Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) thinks so, and have been successful in the US at gathering bi-partisan support in Congress for a ‘fee and dividend’ approach. Warwick Smith, local economist and writer for the Guardian and the Conversation, will speak with us about the advantages of this model, which is a little akin to a universal basic income paid for by climate polluters.
Can the Australian branch of CCL, which is gathering steam now after two years of existence, achieve similar support, or does the political context here demand a different approach? What are some ways a ‘fee and dividend’ model could be tweaked for best results? And what can a region like Mount Alexander offer in contribution or leadership? Recent publications from participants in Australia’s carbon market suggest that carbon farming could be an effective strategy for winning regional support at the same time making a unique global contribution to carbon abatement.

Below are some suggested readings to whet your appetite. If you have some time to prepare, please bring your ideas to the table.

Warwick’s 2014 article for the ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-29/smith-carbon-price-round-two:-lets-get-it-right-this-time/5705166

RISK OF TRESPASS CHARGE FOR CENTRAL VIC CLIMATE SUPPORTERS

This coming Friday, May 18th, several Central Vic Climate supporters risk being charged with trespass at Bendigo Magistrates Court, as a result of seeking a meeting with Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie to protest her support of the Adani Mine!

Join supporters in court this Friday as we defend people’s right to protest our Government’s immoral ongoing pursuit of profits from coal, whilst the world temperature increases and wreaks havoc all over the planet.

 

When: 9.30am Friday 18th May (or join us on the 8.48 am train from Castlemaine)
Where: Bendigo Magistrates Court
With: Supportive signs for Bernie & Damien, climate placards etc for important photos outside court.

HEPBURN SHIRE Z-NET PROJECT & SOLAR BULK BUY

 Z-NET is a community-focused approach to reduce emissions from fossil fuels and grow local renewable energy capacity. Core to the Z-NET approach is working with community
members to co-develop a transition plan that meets the needs of local residents and businesses.
Would you like to be part of Hepburn Shire’s journey to zero-net emissions? Z-NET would like to hear how residents of Hepburn Shire currently use energy in their homes. How can the community as a whole manage the transition to renewable sources and zero-net emissions?
The Z-NET project is seeking 1,000 households to complete the energy consumption survey before May 31st, to create a meaningful and representative profile. Here’s the survey:  take the household survey.
Z-NET is looking for community members to help shape the direction of this project as part of the Community Advisory Panel (CAP) and also to propose local place-based ideas. To find out more about the CAP or to enter and vote on ideas, go to
www.oursay.org/z-net. The first CAP meeting will take place on Saturday 2 June from 2-5pm in Daylesford, if you are interested in joining the CAP, email taryn@ata.org.au

HEPBURN SHIRE COMMUNITY RECYCLING FORUM

When: Sunday 3rd June  (time to be advised- check Hepburn Shire website closer to the time)

Where: Daylesford Senior Citizens room, rear Town hall

Hepburn residents are encouraged to attend this community recycling forum that includes glass recycling and bottle deposit legislation, repair cafe, plastics return to source, and an update on Council’s anaerobic digester.

REPRESENTING YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY- 2 WORKSHOPS 

Voices for Indi- Have you thought about running for Council or Parliament? 

When : June 2nd-3rd, 2018

Where: La Trobe University, Wodonga

Voices for Indi are running a practical workshop designed to provide prospective candidates and their supporters with enhanced skills and knowledge to get elected. The workshop will focus on how our political system works, strategies for campaigning, managing expectations and connecting with your community.

For more info- http://www.voicesforindi.com/getting_elected_to_represent_your_community_a_workshop

2018 Future of Local Government National Summit

When:May 30th and 31st, 2018

Where: Angliss Conference Centre, Melbourne

The summit, organised by the Municipal Association  of Victoria,  will focus on Community-Led Governance (Community co-leadership & co-design), and Co-operation and collaboration between councils.

This Summit will celebrate the local, who’s leading the (new) way and how they’re doing it.
Bursaries and reduced rates may be possible.
Online registration and conference details   www.mav.asn.au/events 

GROWING ABUNDANCE- GreenGAGE and Harvest program

Castlemaine’s Growing Abundance is looking for people to:

  • Co-ordinate community-based workshops utilising local resources and skills;
  • Co-ordinate local markets selling a range of sustainably sourced garden products;
  • Manage online shop including stocktake, advertising and collection of goods;
  • Co-ordinate GreenGAGE services including pruning and wicking bed builds.

If this sparks your interest contact hello@growingabundance.org.au

CASTLEMAINE SEED LIBRARY 

The Castlemaine Seed library is looking for more community members to keep the Seed Library moving forward in a streamlined, shared and sustainable way.

If you’re interested in gardening, have a passion for supporting local food and sharing economies, please get in touch with Dayna at seedlibrary@growingabundance.org.au

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The problem with planned obsolescence

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)  is speaking out against planned obsolescence and providing solutions to reduce the practice.

Shifting away from this practice will create a boom in meaningful employment for people in other industrial sectors such as product design, repair services and maintenance, resource recovery, waste minimisation and logistical services.

Planned obsolescence is an economic strategy to keep people buying the same type of product again, and again, in a saturated market. This may be done in various ways, including:

  • designing products so they break or stop working within a short timeframe;
  • making it difficult to repair or upgrade a product;
  • convincing consumers that products are no longer fashionable.

What you can do

Until 29 June 2018, all Australians have a unique opportunity to demand an end to planned obsolescence by contributing to the 2018 Review of the Product Stewardship Act. There’s multiple ways to share your views:

  • attend a public community consultation forum for the Product Stewardship Act review. These meetings will be held in capital cities in May – June 2018. To register your interest, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/d/australia–australia/product-stewardship-forum/
  • make your own submission to the reviewSubmissions are open until 29 June 2018. Your submission may be as simple and short as you like and can include a statement in support of
  • See AELA’ s guide on making a submission here. A final copy of AELA’s Submission will be available on their website in late May.

Why Adani Won’t die

An article in the Monthly BY Richard Denniss 

https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2018/may/1525096800/richard-denniss/why-adani-won-t-die

 

(1) Paul Hawken cited in: Massy, Charles: Call of the Reed Warbler, University of Queensland Press, 2017, p. 433

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April/May e-news 2018

What the Transition movement does incredibly
well is small-scale experiments which are practical,
which resonate with local people, which look as if they’re
doable, and that can engage people at a practical and
meaningful level. It connects up the big issues and the
local issues and shows you that change can happen
at a local level.(1)

 

Our April/May e-news includes information about:

  • the next community conversationRegenerative Economy with Ian Lillington- Friday May 11th
  • Castlemaine Repair CafeSunday April 29th
  • Central Vic Climate Action- Stop Adani blockade, film screening with Q&A in Daylesford
  • How Can We Do Democracy Better? – report, democracy working group , film link and your feedback
  • Mount Alexander Eco-housing Group- Tiny Homes, co-housing and Small is Necessary
  • Daylesford Culture ClubPink Lake salt collecting
  • Container Deposit scheme in Castlemaine
  • Daylesford-Macedon Ranges Open Studios
  • Food for thought- De-growth

Upcoming community conversation

Regenerative Economy – where social enterprise meets business and sustainability

When : Friday May 11th, 7.00pm

Where: Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine, east side of Victory Park.

How could everyone be better off through an economic transition in our town and region, so we have a more resilient, inclusive, ecologically-wise and regenerative community?

(Castlemaine’s Ian Lillington with Transition Movement founder Rob Hopkins)

Our area has thousands of small businesses, many of them which aim for the REconomy model of economic regeneration that creates an abundance of opportunity for people to meet their needs in ways that:

  • work with natural systems;
  • are inclusive and fair;
  • and that increase the well-being of the whole community.

Building on his experience with Transition and the REconomy project in England, Ian Lillington will present ideas on developing our local economy in a sustainable direction.  What can we do better?  How do we build a truly regenerative economy?  Your ideas and input are welcome.

Ian Lillington is an International Permaculture Educator, based in Castlemaine, Australia and with experience in SE Asia and Europe.  He recently led a course in Green Education at Green School in Bali and a Permaculture Design Course in Shanghai and Melbourne.

Ian is also a networker, author and sustainability activist and was recently in England catching up with local economic initiatives there.  At home in Castlemaine, Ian and his partner Marita built a 10-star home, maximum energy efficiency rating, and do eco-renovations of older houses by adding insulation, solar panels, rainwater tanks and orchards.

Ian’s book is an introduction to permaculture – “The Holistic Life – a Beginners’ Guide to Permaculture”. He is also editor of many of David Holmgren’s books, especially ‘Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability’.  http://permanentpublications.co.uk/port/the-holistic-life-sustainability-through-permaculture-by-ian-lillington/]

Ian featured in the anthology – “Permaculture Pioneers” and wrote the chapter on Permaculture in the “Encyclopedia of Sustainability”.

Ian specializes in teaching about the 3 ethics, 7 domains and 12 principles of permaculture as well as the interaction between permaculture, social and economic systems.

Central Vic Climate Action

Central Vic to the  Stop Adani Blockade

Blockade film with Q & A in Daylesford

Central Victorians heading off to join stop Adani Blockade in Queensland

Photograph  by Jasper Albrect

A group of eleven Mount Alexander Shire residents are heading up to Townsville next month to take part in the blockade of the proposed Adani coal mine and railway. They include a diversity of age and experience; two grandmothers, three parents, two VCE students, three middle high schoolers and one primary school student. All of those going are compelled to take action and some are considering risking arrest and high fines for civil disobedience to stop this proposed mine.

Castlemaine Secondary College VCE student Charlie Bell Wilcock, one of the young men involved asked “Why are our politicians supporting Adani’s mine when the vast majority of Australians don’t want it, and scientists are urging us to keep coal in the ground to avoid more dangerous climate change? We have written letters, taken part in inquiries, gone to meetings, spoken out and voted, but our MPs aren’t listening“

“It seems like it is up to young people, ordinary everyday people, to put ourselves in the way to stop a billionaire building the largest coal mine in the southern hemisphere and wrecking the reef and my future” he explained.

The impact of climate change is obvious and being noted across the world. Globally we are witnessing worsening droughts, floods and bushfires. Our Pacific neighbours fight to protect their land from sea level rise and sadly already half the corals in the Great Barrier Reef are dead.

Liz Heath, grandmother from Chewton explained “People from across Australia are travelling to Bowen to blockade Adani’s coal port and railway plans. Every week now for months people have been taking actions to stop the coal exports from the Adani owned Abbott Point terminal or stopping the construction work on the rail link needed for the mine. “

“Some of those people have been fined large sums of money but we aren’t deterred, we are looking forward to doing our part to stop this mine” she concluded.

For more information, to donate funds or to interview any of the blockaders contact Dean Bridgfoot 0403 160 091 or centralvicclimateaction@gmail.com

Blockade film with Q & A in Daylesford

When: Friday May 25th, 7.00pm

Where: Senior Citizens room, rear Daylesford Town Hall

For those who missed the Castlemaine screening in March, this 30 minute documentary film: #StopAdani: A Mighty Force will be screened again, this time in Daylesford on Friday May 18th, followed by Q&A with some of our central Victorians recently returned from the blockade in Queensland.

The film reveals an unstoppable movement for change in action and captures the power and passion of people taking extraordinary action to stop Adani from building one of the biggest coal mines in the world. From remote central Queensland where the mine is proposed to be built, to rallies in metropolitan Melbourne and Sydney, this David and Goliath battle is one of the most determined and focused campaigns in Australia’s recent history.

Juru Traditional Elder Carol Prior says about the protest movement, “Adani is dealing with a mighty force. And the more it grows, the harder we’ll be to beat.”

Castlemaine Repair cafe

Note- change of venue for April

Castlemaine Repair Cafe on Sunday 29th April is in the Faulder Watson Hall (Barker St) this month, 10am to 1.00pm, then Boomerang Bags sewing til 4pm. There’s a drill workshop so anyone wanting to know how to use one and information on what sort to buy etc can do that. Booking would be good for an idea of numbers through Chris on 54705508, Facebook Castlemaine Repair cafe or website castlemainerepaircafe.wordpress.com  Tea, plunger coffee and snacks are available for a small donation.
Back to the Ray Bradfield room in May. Same details but no drill workshop.
The Edinburgh Remakery workshop. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer

An extract below from: Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture

theupside@theguardian.com

When fixing items is actively discouraged by manufacturers, recycling becomes a political act, say Repair Cafe volunteers.

vacuum cleaner, a hair straightener, a laptop, Christmas lights, an e-reader, a blender, a kettle, two bags, a pair of jeans, a remote-control helicopter, a spoon, a dining-room chair, a lamp and hair clippers. All broken.

It sounds like a pile of things that you’d stick in boxes and take to the tip. In fact, it’s a list of things mended in a single afternoon by British volunteers determined to get people to stop throwing stuff away.

This is the Reading Repair Cafe, part of a burgeoning international network aimed at confronting a world of stuff, of white goods littering dumps in west Africa and trash swilling through the oceans in huge gyres.

(With thanks to Chris Hooper)

Mt Alexander Eco-Housing Group

Tiny homes, co-housing and shared living on a shared planet

In April MAEG explored Tiny Houses with speakers Jan Stewart and Fred Schultz.

There’s a Tiny Homes event during Melbourne Knowledge week. You can attend on any of the following days — 11–13 May: https://mkw.melbourne.vic.gov.au/events/tiny-solutions/

Next meeting topic:

What:​Eco-cohousing community, Murundaka

When: Friday 27 April, 5–6.30pm

For more info and to book:

https://www.murundakacohousing.org.au/about

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/murundaka-cohousing-public-tour-tickets-43735563247

Upcoming events: June 2018
Hear about Anitra Nelson’s book on eco-collaborative housing Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet. Author Anitra Nelson will talk at Localising Leanganook’s  community conversation in the Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine at 5.00pm Sunday 17th June.
The following week, Anitra will be in conversation with Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Bronwen Machin — who lives in a small Passivhaus written about in the book — at the Castlemaine Library 5.30–6.30pm on Thursday 21 June. The book is available at these events as well as Stonemans Bookroom and the Castlemaine library.
(With thanks to Anitra Nelson)

How can we do democracy better?

Evaluation , film link and local democracy working group

Around 100 locals gathered to join Richard Walsh, Genevieve Barlow and Cam Walker in a hearty conversation around how we might do democracy better. The conversation was ably facilitated by Lexi Randall-L’Estrange and hosted by Localising Leanganook and Democracy4Dinner.

A video of the conversation, including questions, is in the final stages of preparation by local film makers-Stewart and Cath from People Pictures. Thanks to newDemocracy Foundation for their sponsorship. Go to Localising Leanganook and Democracy for Dinner  for a link to the video, available on our websites within the next week or two.

After the event, Richard Walsh emailed “I hope it was obvious that I enjoyed the evening very much and of course I hope it can have a lasting and beneficial after-effect. I was totally bewitched by your town and the people I met. I hope I will get the chance to come again some time and catch up with you all.

Gen Barlow wrote to us the next day “Thank you for creating the space for people to talk about democracy last night. Is there a way forward beyond talk? I feel inspired to find out more about the new Democracy Foundation. Cam’s idea for a local community council developing a long-term vision seems tangible. Is the ground ripe for this yet? Is there agreement right across all sectors that a long-term vision is needed? Getting agreement on that seems the first step. Hearing how the Voices for Indi went about change in their area would be instructive.”

Cam Walker’s idea of building an inspiring, integrated vision for our community resonated strongly with the audience and organisers and this is on the agenda for the working group, as is engaging with Voices for Indi to explore what a Voices for …. approach could look like across central Victoria. If you want to be part of the Democracy Working Group and move these ideas forward, sign up here. We will organise a get together next month to talk about next steps.

We welcome your feedback via this quick survey.

Daylesford Culture Club

Pink Lake salt collecting

Pickles? Olives? Kimchi? Kraut? Sourdough? Table salt?

Whatever you use your salt for, you are invited to join the Daylesford Culture Club community fermenters on our salt collecting adventure on Saturday May 5.

Here’s the plan
  • 8.00am board bus at the Daylesford Bridport St bus stop.
  • Drive to the Pink Lake, Dimboola Vic, stopping along the way for a toilet break.
  • Arrive approx. 11.30am
  • Collect salt and enjoy shared picnic lunch at the lake or at the Dimboola Nature Conservation Reserve.
  • 2.00pm board bus and drive from Pink Lake to Daylesford, stopping for a toilet break on the way back.
  • Arrive back in Daylesford approx. 5.30pm
Tickets are $30 and are limited to 57.
Book your seat on the bus here.
What to bring?
  • Your own containers to collect salt, with lids that seal shut. Please label all containers.
  • A shovel or trowel.
  • Sun hats + sunnies as the lake is bright and harsh on a hot day.
  • A dish to share for lunch.
  • A picnic blanket, plate, cutlery and filled water bottle.

(With thanks to Meg Ulman)

Container deposit scheme visits Castlemaine

 

On Wednesday April 11th in the ‘Maine street, there was a convergence of folk to support The Big Bottle Tour as it shuddered its way through Castlemaine on the way to Ballarat. Three tired campaigners from The Boomerang Alliance did a wonderful job of ‘up-righting’ their battered giant bottle, bringing it to prominence – you could not miss it!

The purpose? To promote a Container Deposit Scheme for Victoria.  They were hosted and joined by Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine who took the opportunity to make a demonstration about the problem of soft plastics, taking on to fill a trailer load in one hour, to highlight the magnitude of the problem and encourage peeps to think again before picking up that packaged item, or saying yes to a plastic bag.

Having completed over 2,000kms around Victoria, the Boomerang Alliance folk were overwhelmed at the turn out in Castlemaine, and much buoyed into the homeward journey where the containers will be delivered to Daniel Andrews.  I heard a whisper that a drop off to local member Maree Edwards eased the burden down to Melbourne, keeping alive the spirit of direct action and the power of symbolic action to awaken settled minds.
Castlemaine – and surrounds- continues to come together to take action on things that matter and I take pleasure in being a local.
(With thanks to Lucy Young)

Daylesford-Macedon Ranges Open Studios 

There are still two weekends left for the Open Studios program across our region- April 28/29th and May 5/6th.  Visit the studios of ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, print makers and much more.

Angie Izard, Porcupine Ridge
For more information, locations and maps  http://dmropenstudios.com.au/

Food for thought- The rise and future of the de-growth movement

 You might be interested in the article below.
Creative Commons Licensed

(1) Julian Dobson in Introduction to 21 Stories of Transition, harvested by Rob Hopkins, published by Transition Network (transitionnetwork.org)

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March e-news 2018

 Taking political power at a local level,

then using it to enable people to have a greater say

in the decisions that affect their lives.

(from ‘Flatpack democracy’- Frome, Somerset, UK)

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The March e-news includes information about:

  • our next community conversationHow can we do democracy better? – March 21st
  • Central Vic Climate Action- Stop Adani fundraising
  • Castlemaine Repair Cafe
  • Growing Abundance Harvest time
  • Deborah Cheetham at Hepburn International Women’s Day event
  • Political economy of housing and real estate- in film
  • Mount Alexander Eco-housing Group
  • Living the change film night- Daylesford

Upcoming community conversation

Localising Leanganook and Democracy4Dinner invite you to join our upcoming ‘conversation on democracy’  prompted by Richard Walsh’s book, ‘Reboot: A Democracy Makeover to Empower Australia’s Voters’. Richard will share his vision for a ‘better democracy’ that will increase participation, engagement, and direct representation through a redesign of the electoral system.

Locals Gen Barlow and Cam Walker will help us understand how alternative approaches to democracy and democratic processes already do, and can further, enhance the power of the people to create lasting change in Australia and here in our local communities. They will share their experience on community-led transformative change and explore how alternative democratic processes would interact with the changes proposed in the book ‘Reboot’.

There will be plenty of time for asking questions that explore what a successful democracy might look like and how we might get there, as well as for conversation afterwards.

About our speakers

Interstate guest, Richard Walsh, is an Australian publisher, editor, company director, media consultant, lecturer, broadcaster and journalist. He is the author of nine books including ‘Great Australian eulogies’ and ‘No Holts barred’. His latest book, ‘Reboot: A Democracy Makeover to Empower Australia’s Voters’, is the inspiration for this community conversation.

Gen Barlow is the communications and engagement director with Renewable Newstead, a group working on a commercially viable model for switching Newstead’s stationary energy supply to grid-connected, locally generated, renewable energy. Genevieve is a freelance writer and editor, a columnist for The Weekly Times and lives in Newstead, central Victoria. Read more about Renewable Newstead here.

Cam Walker has worked with Friends of the Earth (FoE) for more than 2 decades. For the past five years he has focused on community campaigning in regional Victoria. The recent successful campaigns against unconventional gas drilling and in support of renewable energy were based on building local democratic grassroots institutions and community power. Cam is interested in the way locally controlled groups can work together across regions to achieve lasting political and cultural change.

Have a look at flatpack democracy in the UK to inspire your thinking. 

Stop Adani local campaign, film and fundraising

From Central Victoria to the Adani Blockade people from across Australia are traveling to Bowen in central Queensland to blockade Adani’s coal port and railway plans. These actions have added to the growing pressure on Adani and its supporters. They demonstrate that as a movement we will Stop Adani, with our bodies if needed. Central Victoria Climate Action are planning to send a crew from Central Victoria up to join the blockade in April. Here’s your chance to Stop Adani!

If you can donate your time to join them, we are fundraising to cover some of the costs for those going. We are aiming to raise $5000, some of which will go to help defray the costs of those donating their time and heading up to join the blockade, and the rest used to support FLAC who are running the blockade camps.

Ways you can support include:

The 30 minute documentary film, #StopAdani: A Mighty Force, was screened last Saturday night to a crowd of locals. The film was followed by Q and A with one of the young people who has spent the past several months at the blockade. CVCA is thinking about organising another screening for those who missed out, so watch this space and add you name to the CVCA email list.

The film reveals an unstoppable movement for change in action and captures the power and passion of people taking extraordinary action to stop Adani from building one of the biggest coal mines in the world.From remote central Queensland where the mine is proposed to be built, to rallies in metropolitan Melbourne and Sydney, this David and Goliath battle is one of the most determined and focused campaigns in Australia’s recent history.

Juru Traditional Elder Carol Prior says about the protest movement, “Adani is dealing with a mighty force. And the more it grows, the harder we’ll be to beat.”

Castlemaine Repair cafe

Congratulations to Chris and the Repair cafe team for their special mention in Mt Alexander’s Community Event of the year award.

Of the February cafe Chris writes: What a fantastic Cafe. So many people….thank you so much to the repairers working away for all that time with crowds of people waiting (including) fabulous knife sharpening. And thanks to Karen and Danny who travel around to Repair Cafes helping to fix things. They’re from Mend it Melton at the moment but eventually venturing around Australia. Thanks to Velvet for her wonderful food and Elke for helping set up. 
A puncture repair workshop is planned for the March cafe so put the word out amongst kids and adults who’d like to learn.  Marieanne does picture frame repairs so spread the word.
Unrepairable things such as printers, stereos etc can go to an after school program in Kyneton and then parts/bits go to the transfer station there. Chris is also checking with Chewton primary school.
Next Repair Cafe is 10.00am to 1.00pm, Sunday March 25th at Ray Bradfield room, Castlemaine.

Growing Abundance Harvest time

It’s harvest time again for 2018 and the first harvest of the season will be Wednesday March 6th at 9.30am. There are plenty of trees in the Castlemaine neighbourhood with hanging fruit. Take home apples and pears, prevent the spread of pest and disease to our fruit trees and help our schools and  local food relief organisations feed our community.

Since the harvest project began in 2011 over 23 tonne of fruit, that would have otherwise gone to waste, has been harvested and distributed to volunteers and in weekly boxes to more than 14 local community organisations.

Register your interest through Growing Abundance website, harvest volunteer on-line form.

Deborah Cheetham– Hepburn Shire International Women’s Day

Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, Soprano, composer and educator has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.

Date:          Thursday 8 March 2018
Time:         6 pm
Venue:      Daylesford Town Hall – 76 Vincent Street, Daylesford

Come along and celebrate International Women’s Day in Hepburn Shire. Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the event.

Political economy of housing and real estate- in film

Warwick Smith‘s presentation in February generated hearty conversation. Warwick touched on the way land and capital became joined in neo-classical economics; contributions which government policy,  demand and investment make towards pushing land prices up; changes brought about by 1970’s oil shocks; banks as the greatest beneficiaries of the housing boom; alternative land and housing systems in other countries around the world; nationalising land; submissions prepared by the think tank Per Capita towards a more equitable housing system; and much more.

If you missed the community conversation here’s a link to Warwick’s talk, filmed by People Pictures, which is also available via Localising Leanganook’s food for thought tab.

Mt Alexander Eco Housing

Next meeting
Monday 7.30pm 19 March
Trades Hall Castlemaine
127 Mostyn St
Louise Johnston, Coordinator Statutory Planning at the Mount Alexander Shire Council, will speak to queries about establishing ecohousing, especially eco-collaborative housing, and about associated planning provisions and guidelines

​Please submit question(s) beforehand, by COB Wednesday 14 March, by email to anitra.nelson@rmit.edu.au Try to make queries short and sharp.
At the February MAEG meeting Sue Robinson talked about the 15-member strong aspiring Older Women’s (over-50s) Cohousing Group she belongs too, who are narrowing down land to purchase in Central Victoria, specifically Daylesford or Castlemaine. Their vision is for ownership and social housing tenants and to include ‘shared beautiful spaces, vegetable gardens and landscaping as well as private gardens’ and ‘to be constantly improving’ their natural environs; a range of private dwellings and common facilities that are flexible, affordable, accessible, have an 8+ Star rating and measure up to the Living Building Challenge environmental sustainability principles; with common guest rooms, workshops community houses, chooks and so on. They emphasise values of sharing, tolerance and respect and aspire to be a strong and resilient model of cohousing. They are a vibrant hardworking group who have been meeting regularly since last year.

Prue and Digby introduced ‘GEMS’ (Group of Elders who are Mutually Supportive). GEMS started with a focus on cohousing but are taking the immediately achievable step of creating a community in which their group of 60+ year olds ‘are committed, first and foremost, to helping others in the group to live happy, satisfying, lives’.

Tiny Non Profit (tiny.org.au), an advocacy group for (more) tiny homes in Australia, collect all the latest council developments happening globally bringing about changes to land zoning and building codes. They are conducting a pilot study for the first Australian tiny house safety certification and are setting up the Australian Tiny House Association. We will be putting on a tiny house event in Melbourne CBD in May (event details under embargo at the moment). Tiny Non Profit (tiny.org.au) newsletter has updates on the Australian tiny house movement.

Send Anitra any items for the blog spot https://mountalexander-ecohousinggroup.blogspot.com.au/

Living the Change film night- Daylesford – March 29th

Followed by Q and A afterwards with the film makers.
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January/February 2018 e-news

It’s time to call the housing crisis what it really is:

the largest transfer of wealth in living memory.”

Laurie Macfarlane

This e-news includes information about:

  • our next community conversation– political economy of housing and real estate;
  • a talk on radical mycology with internationally renowned Peter McCoy in Daylesford;
  • an upcoming conversation on democracy, March 21st;
  • a film clip on community participation in transition to Zero-net energy across Europe, Scandinavia and the UK
  • Castlemaine Rites of Passage for boys and men
  • Sustainable Living Festival throughout February
  • Democracy4Dinner
  • Castlemaine Repair Cafe
  • Mount Alexander Ecohousing Group meeting

Our next community conversation:

Political economy of housing and real estate

Our next community conversation is the first in a series focused on affordable, ecological and socially-just housing. Warwick Smith will lead a discussion about the political economy of housing and real estate in Australia and discuss the main factors driving up prices. This will include a discussion of the distributional impacts of government policy. He will finish by briefly outlining some things we can do to improve housing affordability and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches (such as first home buyers grants and concession).

When: 5.00pm, Sunday February 4th, 2018

Where: Ray Bradfield Room, b/w IGA carpark and Victory Park, Castlemaine

Local Castlemaine resident, Warwick Smith, is Senior Economist at progressive public policy think tank Per Capita and an honorary fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of mainstream press articles on housing policy and economics in Australia, including at The Conversation, The Guardian, and the ABC.

Come along and join in the conversation. Share a simple meal afterwards and continue the conversation in an informal way.

Some more reading related to this topic by Laurie Macfarlane

Radical Mycology with Peter McCoy

Hepburn Relocalisation Network is hosting this event at 7.00pm on Thursday February 1st, 2018 at Daylesford Town Hall. Peter’s talk will be followed by a shared supper -bring a plate of local food . All HRN events are waste free so no plastic please.

Upcoming conversation on democracy

When: 7.30, Wednesday March 21st

Where: Phee Broadway, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine, adjacent to library 

Localising Leanganook, in collaboration with Democracy4Dinner, are hosting a conversation on democracy. The conversation will focus around two key questions:

  • What does a successful democracy look like?
  • And how do we get there?

In conversation will be:

Richard Walsh, author of Reboot: A democracy makeover to empower Australia’s voters;  

Cam Walker, local Castlemaine resident and Campaigns co-ordinator with Friends of the Earth; and

Genevieve (Gen) Barlow,  communications and engagement director with Renewable Newstead, a group working on a commercially viable model for switching Newstead’s stationary energy supply to grid-connected, locally generated, renewable energy.

Put the date aside and our March e-news will have more information.

Film clip- community transition to zero net energy with Taryn Lane

Our November 2017 community conversation with Taryn Lane was filmed.

If you missed the session, check out the Conversation with Taryn

Taryn inspired us with stories, from her Churchill Fellowship research, of ‘lighthouse’ communities like Samso Island in Denmark, 100%  renewable in 2008, and the village community of Saerbeck in Germany, now 350% renewable.

Biomass projects have been significant in the transition, generating  heat and electricity and this has been an opportunity missed in Australia. Taryn outlined two major drivers towards zero net energy-  the road map (including mapping potentials, developing strategies, concrete actions, having political and community support) and leadership, including political leadership willing to set and adhere to ambitious targets.

 

In a snapshot of learnings, Taryn emphasised the following:

  • The role of setting targets and having a localised community blueprint;
  • The role of lighthouse communities as well as regional approaches;
  • The role that biomass and bioenergy plays in the European energy transition;
  • Communities can take back the power and transition older commercial generators into community assets;
  • How technology is changing the game in regards to community grids and local load consumption;
  • The social risk of high renewable penetration if community benefits aren’t fundamental to each project;
  • Community groups or councils can lead, but the fastest transitions occur when there is a complimentary partnership.
  • Read Taryn’s full report about Zero-Net Energy Villages

 

Castlemaine Rites of Passage for boys and men

This is a local group committed to running a community based Rite of Passage here in Castlemaine. We believe it is important to mark the transition of our children’s journey from boyhood into manhood.

We are planning a camp in April this year. If you want to find out more, please come to our information night.
Men, women and teenage boys welcome. Supper provided.

When: 7.00pm, Wednesday 28th February, 2018

Where: TBA

Contact: Stewart Carter: 5473 4105 or John Terry: 0432 593 514

Democracy4Dinner

The next Democracy4Dinner event will focus on: Digital inclusion – understanding, measuring, and closing the digital divide

Where:
Cafe re-PUBLIC (back room), 26 Templeton St Castlemaine
When: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

About: Join Chris Wilson and Adam Meehan for our first event of 2018, exploring digital inclusion, what it means for our local community, and implications for our democracy now and into the future.

Sustainable Living Festival

Check out the month long program from 1st to 28th February 2018. A huge array of workshops, films, markets, demonstrations and talks including Daylesford’s David Holmgren who will speak on Transforming the Suburbs and launch his new book (Sunday February 11th, 3.00pm at Birrarung Marr, alongside the Yarra river in Melbourne) and Castlemaine’s Repair Cafe (see below). Many events are free of charge or low cost.

For more info and program go to http://slf.org.au/

CastlemaineRepair cafe

February’s repair cafe is part of Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival

When: Sunday 10.30am to 4.00pm, Sunday February 25th, 2018

Where: Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine

Bring along broken household goods and learn to repair them. Electrical repairs are observed for safety reasons but with other types of repairs we encourage people to have a go. Sewing, darning, electrical, mechanical, bicycle.

Have a cuppa while you wait or after the repair.

Boomerang bags will continue from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Anyone wanting to help sew bags is welcome.
There’ll be a one year anniversary celebration at the April cafe.

Mount Alexander Ecohousing Group meeting

The next Mount Alexander Ecohousing Group meeting will be at 7.30pm Monday 12 February at the Ray Bradfield Room. We now have a solid cohousing group of some 12 people who will report back on their recent development and we need to establish a committee for activities during 2018.
Contact: Anitra Nelson anitra.nelson@rmit.edu.au
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November 2017 e-news

We need stories which guide us…

stories which can dream us back into 

proper stewardship of the earth (1)

Welcome to the November 2017 e-news. In this edition you can read about :

  • our next community conversation with Taryn Lane on Sunday November 19th.  Taryn will share stories about her recent visit and research into zero-net energy villages and rural regions across Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.
  • Democracy4Dinner: Talking Treaty with Rodney Carter
  • Council of All Beings gathering on November 25th
  • Central Vic Climate Action a week of action on Adani
  • Mt Alexander Eco Housing group– a community of dwellings
  • November Repair Cafe and end of year BBQ
  • A brief summary of Tammi Jonas’ presentation on La Via Campesina, food sovereignty and the free range farming campaign

Our next community conversation with Taryn Lane

What: Community participation in the transition to Zero-net energy across Europe, Scandinavia and the UK

When: Sunday November 19th, 5.00pm

Where: Ray Bradfield room, Castlemaine, between IGA car park and Victory park

Taryn undertook a Churchill Foundation Fellowship through May and June on zero-net energy villages and rural regions through Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Germany and the UK. The focus of the fellowship was on communities with a high level of community participation in the transition and a complexity of models and partnership arrangements. She will share some of the insights from this trip at the community conversation.

Taryn has been the Community Manager of Australia’s first community-owned cooperative wind farm Hepburn Wind for more than six years part-time, delivering industry best community engagement around wind energy. The wind farm has pioneered the community energy movement in Australia, which is so common in Europe and has been recognised with national and global awards for its unique approach to community engagement, including the WWEA award for best global wind project 2012 awarded in Bonn, Germany (read more here)

Taryn conducts research around the emerging community energy sector in Australia, was the lead author for the Guide to Community-Owned Renewable Energy for Victorians for the Victorian Government, and has co-authored the Best Practice Guide to Community Engagement in Wind Energy for the ACT Government (2014) and been a member of the research team for the ARENA funded National Community Energy Strategy (2014) and the ARENA funded Finance and Funding Toolkit for Community Energy and Small-Scale Solar (2017).

Taryn worked part time for five years at Embark Australia, a not-for-profit set up to kickstart the community energy sector in Australia and through that supported other communities to build their own renewable energy projects for the benefit of their communities.

Taryn is a founding director of the Australian Wind Alliance, a founding advisor and current Chair of the Coalition for Community Energy and holds a BA in International Studies and a MA in Sustainability and Social Change. Taryn has also worked in the CE sector in Japan within communities such as Fukushima four times.

November Repair Cafe and end of year BBQ

Castlemaine’s next Repair Cafe on November 26th will finish off with an end of year BBQ outside the Ray Bradfield room at 1.00pm.

Ideas for 2018 repair cafes will be discussed.

For catering purposes please advise Chris if you’re coming on 5470 5508.

Council of All Beings
Gathering

When: Saturday November 25th, 2.00pm – 6.00pm Where: Campbelltown (near the boundary of Mt Alexander and Hepburn Shires)

Based on the work of Joanna Macy and John Seed, the Council of All Beings involves stepping aside from our usual human identity and speaking on behalf of other life forms (i.e. non-human being such as trees, animals, birds, land or water). In a guided process, we speak as if we were that life form in a sharing circle. It is a heartfelt and powerful way to bring awareness to our deep connection with the natural world, to recognise our human impact and heal our relationship with nature.

Place: Gathering Site, Campbelltown
Donation: Suggested payment $50 (a share of Council of All Beings proceeds is donated to environmental regeneration projects)
What to Bring: All seasons bush clothes, sturdy shoes, water bottle
Facilitators: Erica Bear and Laurel Freeland will be your guides.
Program: Includes the circle gathering, time alone in nature, mask making, and participation in a ‘Council of All Beings’.
A hearty late afternoon tea will ground and complete the Gathering.
RSVP: You must book for this event as you will need to get directions and be met at the gate. To register please email your details to Laurel Freeland laurel@share.asn.au with ‘Council of All Beings November 25’ in the subject line or call Erica on 0417 139407 or Laurel on 0498 066 660.

Mt Alexander Ecohousing Group- next discussion

The final Mount Alexander Ecohousing Group meeting for 2018 will be held at 7.30pm, Monday 13 November, at 12 Penhallurick Street, Campbells Creek.
Martine will outline her circumstances and preferred options, having bought a large block on several titles in a central location in Campbells Creek where she intends to live and develop a small community of dwellings. She will go into conversation with local architect and MAEG member Trevor Scott to discuss some of the building and planning hurdles of such a development.
For further information contact Anitra Nelson on: anitra.nelson@rmit.edu.au or via mobile- 0426 766 755

 Democracy4Dinner

November: “Talking Treaty” with Rodney Carter

Date: Wednesday November 29th

Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start

RSVP: https://d4dnov2017.eventbrite.com.au/.

 A very special D4D event this month where we welcome Aboriginal leader Rodney Carter who will explore what a treaty with Indigenous Australians means, and why it is important from a Traditional Owner’s perspective.

Rodney is a Dja Dja Wurrung / Yorta Yorta man and CEO of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. In 2013 Dja Dja Wurrung entered a Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the State of Victoria which recognises the Dja Dja Wurrung (or ‘Jaara’) people as the Traditional Owners of Country from north of the Great Dividing Range near Daylesford, to Castlemaine, Bendigo, Avoca, Boort and more. The agreement settles native title claims dating back to 1998, acknowledges past wrongs and seeks a new partnership between Dja Dja Wurrung and the State.

However it was only a first step.

In February 2016, Aboriginal people in Victoria called on the Victorian Government to negotiate a treaty. At the same time, this year’s Uluru ‘statement from the heart’ calls for, among other things, the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.

It is an fascinating time for our country. A time of potential, a time of change.

 Come along and hear Rodney’s perspective on what it’s all about. And maybe you will be inspired to think about what role you can play. After all, it is about all of us.

Full event details, suggested readings and RSVP via Eventbrite: https://d4dnov2017.eventbrite.com.au/.

Signup for newsletter via D4D website: https://democracy4dinner.org/.

Central Victoria Climate Action

A Shake up week of action on Adani:

Thursday November 23rd at noon-  Lisa Chester’s office rally- Black Lungs anybody rally. Come in white t-shirts, lab coats/medical garb and let Lisa know that workers rights to health are important and that coal is fatal.

Friday November 24th at noon- Climate Crime Trial at Bendigo Mall. Focusing on Bridget McKenzie and proposed $1B government loan to Adani.  A family-friendly fun action to demonstrate how our system allows politicians to give public money to corrupt corporations to pollute our climate.

Sunday November 26th at noon. Stop Adani Family picnic, Crook St Park, Bendigo.

Mel and Bendigo ACF & Bendigo Sustainability Group  event- more details on the BSG website https://www.bsg.org.au/
Longer Term plans are being made to assist people who may wish to attend a blockade of Adani infrastructure in Central Qld. For more information or to assist contact Dean on 0403 160 091

A brief summary of Tammi Jonas’ presentation

On October 15th the Ray Bradfield room swelled with locals to join Tammi in conversation about food sovereignty and La Via Campesina congress in Spain earlier this year. The international peasants movement was founded in 1993 by farmers organizations from Europe, Latin America, Asia, North America and Africa and every 4 years there’s a global gathering of members. Tammi also alerted us to the free range farming campaign which the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance has initiated in response to new state government regulations.

Tammi was inspired by the sense of solidarity among farmers from around the world sharing the struggle, their motto:  “Globalise the struggle and localise the hope”. She spoke of two million people protesting in South Korea, taking to the streets, using solidarity to further their cause, and also acknowledged that farming, in many countries  around the world, is a matter of life and death, particularly when there is a lack of land tenure, which can result in enforced removal.The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance recognise the importance of collectivising.

Tammi shared some learnings and challenges associated with taking up farming. Food is central to everything and animals need to be raised in fresh air. By looking after the soil we look after the animals, so animal welfare is linked to land care. She stressed the importance of being embedded in the community, through programs such as Community Supported Agriculture, so farmers are connected with community. Solidarity is important and the need to work together otherwise small farmers will be rolled over. Going solo leaves farmers vulnerable.

In Australia, abattoir access is a major problem for small scale farmers like Tammi who doesn’t want to rely on third parties for processing her free-range pastured pork. In Victoria there is now only one processing plant which will accept chickens from smaller scale producers. We need to grow the number of growers, said Tammi, to challenge the transnational corporations.

A thank-you hamper for Tammi

There are current concerns in Victoria at proposed new state government legislation which treats small scale farmers in the same way as intensive feed lot farmers. As Tammi says, why should small-scale pastured pork and poultry farms be treated like intensive sheds while cattle feedlots of 1000 cattle do not require a permit? The Victorian Government’s proposed reforms to planning controls for animal industries could mean the collapse of pastured pigs and poultry farms in Victoria. The request is that that small-scale pastured pig and poultry farms be treated under the Farming Zone like other low-risk grazing systems that rely on supplemental feed such as the majority of Victorian beef and dairy cattle.  The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance has a petition running at http://afsa.org.au/ . The petition closes on November 14th.

There was reference to the book Big Farms Make Big Flu in which Rob Wallace tracks the ways influenza and other pathogens emerge from an agriculture controlled by multinational corporations.(2)

Tammi also drew our attention to the recent Asia-Pacific Regional conference which saw a new back door opening up for genetically modified crops, with the use of bio-technologies and new plant breeding techniques.

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Footnotes: 

(1) Thomas Berry, cited in Murphy, Susan: Minding the Earth, Mending the World, Picador, 2012, p.208

(2) Monthly Review website, November 2017


 

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October e-news

The inherent weakness and fragility in the current wasteland that is our food system

is the size of its ecological footprint, the resources needed to sustain it

and the exploitation it requires (Raj Patel- 1)

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This October e-news includes:

  • the next community conversation- Food Sovereignty and La Via Campesina with Tammi Jonas, Sunday October 15th at 5.pm;
  • Mt Alexander eco-housing group, Monday October 2nd;
  • Democracy 4 Dinner, Wednesday October 11th;
  • Rockin’ for West Papua fundraiser, Saturday October 7th ;
  • Collaborative housing for seniors, Wednesday October 11th;
  • Plastic bag free Daylesford and Castlemaine- boomerang bags;
  • Michelle Maloney’s talk- Australian Earth Laws Alliance– a summary.

Food Sovereignty with Tammi Jonas and the global Via Campesina gathering

‘Globalising our struggles and localising our hope’

When and Where: Sunday October 15th, 5.00pm

Ray Bradfield Rm, Castlemaine (b/w IGA carpark and Victory Park)

As Australian farmers and eaters struggle with a highly centralised food system controlled primarily by two major retailers, loss of access to processing facilities for all kinds of farmers, unfair and scale-inappropriate regulations and planning, and an increase in food insecurity in spite of wasting up to 40% of all food produced, our issues are mirrored elsewhere on the globe.
President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) and local small-scale pastured pig and cattle farmer and butcher Tammi Jonas is recently returned from the gathering in Bilbao, Spain of La Via Campesina, the global movement of peasant farmers and fisherfolk, indigenous people, women, youth, and the landless, where she heard of the negative impacts of so-called free trade on smallholders everywhere, and the shared experience of loss of land tenure and access to processing facilities as fewer and fewer multi-national corporations own more and more of our food and agriculture systems.
Tammi also attended meetings of the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN in Kuala Lumpur in early September on the use of biotechnologies in sustainable agriculture, where civil society expressed grave concerns at the abuse of power by corporate giants like Monsanto and CropLife that is destroying smallholders’ livelihoods globally.
On a more hopeful note, Tammi has much to share on the strength and coordination of the global food sovereignty movement, and the hundreds of millions of smallholders working to feed their local communities fairly in the face of the challenges of industrialised food and agriculture systems and its proponents.
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Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labour of man

When tillage begins, other arts will follow

The farmers, therefore are the founders of civilisation  (Daniel Webster- 2)

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Eco-collaborative housing

When: 7.30pm, Monday October 2nd, 2018

Mt Alexander’s  Eco-housing group will scope legal options, challenges and processes for eco-collaborative housing with local expert George Ryan. Discussion will focus on real life examples of people wanting to share their land and/or subdivide with the intention of neighbourly connection and mutual support.

Liz from Musk and Margaret from Castlemaine will describe their quite different land situations, visions and questions. George will discuss some of the practical and theoretical details that they might need to consider. There will be time to discuss ideas and examples raised by those attending.

RSVP to anitra.nelson@rmit.edu.au would be useful

Collaborative Housing for Seniors

Where: Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine
When: Wednesday, 11th  October
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: Free. Contact Anitra Nelson for more details on 0426 766 755

‘What housing would be ideal for you in ten years time?’
Mount Alexander Eco-Housing Group present a talk, facilitated workshop, and discussion with survey. “Collaborative Housing for seniors: Self-management and mutual support.”

For further information go to: Mount Alexander Ecohousing Group Blog

 

Rockin’ for West Papua

A night under the stars at beautiful Lot 19 with some of our finest local acts supporting our West Papuan friends, to raise awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses in West Papua, Australia’s closest neighbour.

Come and meet members of the West Papuan community who will be coming up from Melbourne to play music and share their stories and a couple of short films.

Listen to a collection of local performers as well as the West Papuan group from Melbourne featuring members of the Black Orchid Stringband.

Locals include The Gooses Bridle (harmony based, quirky, uke driven music from Guildford), The Chick Peas (seven havoc makers wielding anything from ukes to trombones), Brighton Whitely (the inventor of synthetic cabaret), Chris Scott (playing his song for West Papua), Kestral (harmonic singing & unique rhythmic guitar) and local DJ Wasabi will be joining MC Izzy (from Combat Wombat) for some edgy hiphop.

When and Where: Saturday October 7th at Lot 19, Langslow St, Castlemaine

Dinner served from 6pm

Cost: Tickets $20- All funds raised go to the Free West Papua Campaign 

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/342621106156522/

Contact:  Rose Turtle Ertler:  roseturtle@gmail.com

Democracy4Dinner

When and Where: 7.30pm, Wednesday October 11th at Cafe re-PUBLIC (back room), 26 Templeton St, Castlemaine.

This month’s focus will be: The Republic- an opportunity to do democracy better,  with Cathy Wheel and Michael Scott.

For more information and suggested readings email: lexi.lestrange@gmail.com

Plastic bag free Castlemaine and Daylesford- boomerang bags

Locals living in Daylesford and Castlemaine, along with many other communities around Australia, are sewing and distributing boomerang bags. Join others seeking a plastic bag free world by sewing boomerang bags after Castlemaine’s Repair Cafe, from 1.pm to 4.pm, on Sunday October 29th, at Ray Bradfield Rm in Castlemaine.

For those living in the Daylesford area, email Michelle: info@bedesigns.com.au

Australian Earth Laws Alliance in Castlemaine- Michelle Maloney

Localising Leanganook was delighted to welcome Dr Michelle Maloney to Castlemaine in August. Co-founder and National Convener of the Australian Earth Law Alliance (ALEA),  Michelle commenced her presentation by describing current challenges in the global context,  reminding us that humans are pushing the limits of numerous planetary boundaries, that designate a safe operating space for humanity within the living earth system. These boundaries include biodiversity integrity and global freshwater. Four out of nine boundaries have been crossed.  She drew on the example of climate change thresholds being breached, where in the summer of 2013 extraordinary heat levels required a new colour to be added to BOM maps.  She also reminded us that by 2030 we would need 4.8 planets to support the global population if everyone consumed at the rate of Australians.

How did we get into this situation?  She said the perfect storm started with the industrial revolution, with great acceleration taking off in the 1950’s driven by exploitation of ‘cheap’ fossil fuels.

The crisis we face is inspiring the emergence of new ideas to achieve harmony with nature, in science, art, politics and law and governance.  The emergence of Earth Jurisprudence is one bloom, now flowering on the tree of humanity at this time of crisis.  Jurisprudence is a theory of law.

The ‘father’ of the earth jurisprudence movement was Thomas Berry, who inspired thousands of people to find new relationships with earth, drawing on the deep wisdom on Indigenous cultures. He called for Rights for Nature.Berry pointed to ideas that lie beneath political, economic and social/cultural institutions –  the anthropocentrism and pro-growth hegemony that is embedded within current societies.  He called for Earth Jurisprudence,  shifting our governance systems from human-centred to earth-centred.  Governance must be a central focus as we move forward, both formally and informally, within families, organizations, governments.  In 2002 Cormac Cullinan developed the ‘Wild Law’ manifesto answering the call of Berry for the development of Rights of Nature.

While our current system of environmental law has made some progress, according to Michelle ‘it just mitigates around the edges of the problem’. Because it is based within the existing anthropocentric/pro-growth paradigm, the earth continues to deteriorate.  Meanwhile the Earth Law movement is burgeoning with a growing list of laws being implemented around the world. ALEA is leading the movement in Australia with five core areas of work: building community, creating alternatives (e.g. new economy network), transforming law (e.g. GreenPrints project, ecocide), reconnecting to what matters (e.g. science, ethics) and changing culture (e.g. education, earth arts).   Michelle shared stories of ALEA initiatives, including the recent Earth Law Tribunal in Brisbane this year.

Finally, Michelle introduced us to the Green Prints initiative, which is being designed for civil society and advocacy. Green Prints weaves together existing successful approaches including ecological footprint, new economy, transition towns etc., within an Earth systems science, earth law framework and using a bioregional/localisation approach to develop templates for living with harmony with nature. Those who attended came away inspired.

Footnotes:

  1. Patel, Raj: Stuffed and Starved- markets, power and the hidden battle for the world food system, Black Ink, 2007, p.294

2. Webster, Daniel, cited Abelman, Michael: Fields of Plenty- A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it, Chronicle books, 2005, p.9

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