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2012 and MASG is back into the sustainability swing

Posted on 30 January 2012 by e-news


Sustainable House Tour

Saturday Feb 25th  Start off the new year with sustainability style. Join the MASG house tour.
Come and visit four great houses & hear award winning guest speakers for a full day of touring and learning about sustainable housing.
Cost: $30. Concession/MASG members $20 / $50 a couple
Help make the tour a sell out success
1. Register now & invite along a friend
2. Tell others it is on if you can’t come yourself
3. Volunteer. We have a great list of volunteers already but could still use people with current First Aid certificates.
If you want more details on volunteer opportunities or on the tour contact Carolyn or 54 70 6325

The Hub Plot Jottings

The Hub Plot is a demonstration food growing garden run by MASG’s Food Production Group behind the office on the corner of Barker and Templeton Sts. As well as developing the garden, we organise various events related to producing/preserving food including workshops and field trips.

The new year has begun with all hands on deck to keep the garden alive and thriving. Some things have been suffering but the wicking bed plants are doing really well. This week we harvested lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot and, of course, zucchinis.
During January some of us attended a summer pruning workshop and learnt about espaliering too.

The Hub Plot workshops are always informative and fun

Following our wicking bed workshop late last year, we’ve had quite a few enquiries. Our new wicking bed is ready to start planting next week for an autumn crop, hopefully with a little cooler weather.

Monday Morning Gardening & Produce Exchange:

If you are new to MASG you are most welcome to join our group on Monday mornings. You can help with the work (planting, harvesting, composting etc) and participate in the produce exchange. We stop work for a cuppa at 11 a.m. Soon we will be planning the workshops & field trips we will run this year.

Growing the Harvest Festival

14 & 15th of April.

Note this in your diaries now! Volunteers have been working hard on finalising the program of workshops & demonstrations which will be announced soon. If you are interested in helping with the organisation of the festival, please call Heather on 0409 327791 or email

RAFFLE: We are very grateful to the businesses who have contributed to our raffle which is now underway and will be drawn at the festival. Money raised will go towards the further work of the Food Production Group. 1st prize is a $500 gift voucher from the Bold Garden Nursery, 2nd prize is a $100 gift voucher from Green Goes the Grocer and 3rd prize is a $50 voucher from The Good Table.

We’d like to thank these businesses for their generosity. If you would like to buy tickets or can assist with selling tickets please call into the MASG office or phone Kerry on 54 706978.

Mount Alexander Community Wind Project

Volunteer Training workshop – Sunday 5th February 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Venue TBC, afternoon tea provided.
This training session will give people a stronger knowledge of wind technology and the Mount Alexander Community Wind project. It will equip participants with the information they need to give people an understanding of what makes a community wind project different. It will be fun and interactive, as well as giving you information.
This training is essential for anyone wishing to Volunteer with the Mount Alexander Community Wind project now or in the future.

Please RSVP to Jarra by Wednesday 1 February: or Tel: 0401 952 805.

Upcoming volunteer roles with Mount Alexander Community Wind – find out more on the day!
Stall Coordinator, Stall Volunteer, Event Coordinator, Community Organiser, Presenter, Flyer & Poster Distributor, Grant Writer.
Please let me know if any take your fancy and you’d like more information (:

Big Solar Boot Camp

Join renewable energy campaigners from across Australia at beautiful Port Hacking in Sydney on Saturday Feb 11th and Sunday Feb 12th 2012.

Campaigning to use the sun for clean 24 hour baseload power

Bringing together fellow campaigners from around Australia, the bootcamp will be a fantastic weekend of training, speakers and action.

Energise yourself for another successful year of campaigning to help get big solar built in 2012!
Costs: $140 (waged), $60 (unwaged)
Travel and attendence scholarships available. Contact MASG employee Dean (who is part of the 100% renewable energy campaign) or 0448 327 791 or visit the big solar boot camp site for more info


Aquatic centre briefing for MASG members

Coming soon in early Feb. Stay tuned for more details.  Contact Dean for more information 5470 6978 or

Local and regional events and workshops

Hepburn Wind open day

Get up close and personal to a community wind farm

Hepburn Wind is opening its gates to the public as part of the Sustainable Living Festival’s State of Sustainability on Sunday 12th February.
Everyone is welcome to come along and experience this working wind farm. Hear the story of how we built Australia’s first community?owned wind farm and get inside our two turbines – Gale and Gusto.

Entry is $5, with proceeds going to our community fund.

When: Sunday 12 February 10am–12pm

Where: Hepburn Community Wind Farm, 2040 Ballan Daylesford Road, Leonards Hill 3460

Cost: $5 entrance with proceeds going to our community fund

Carbon farming trial sites

Connecting Country is looking for farmers  interested in on-farm trial and demonstration sites to highlight practices and technologies that reduce agricultural sector greenhouse gas emissions and/or increase carbon stored in the soil.

Expressions of interest are being sought for hosting trial and demonstration sites on properties within the North Central Catchment Management Authority’s region, which includes the whole of the Mount Alexander Shire and immediate surrounds. Please download the connecting country information  form for more details.

Closing date: Feb 6th.

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