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MASG is Moving

Posted on 17 May 2012 by e-news

17 May 2012

MASG is moving

MASG has enjoyed two years at the refurbished ‘Hub’.  In the current political climate it is harder for us to get funding; so, to focus most of our spending on our work, we are moving into a new office.  We will still be centrally located, at Suite 7, George Clarke Place, upstairs at 203 Barker St., Castlemaine [opposite the Library and PO].

Although this space is a little less glamorous, this is a medium term step as MASG transitions to an exciting new phase that include economic sustainability, in particular the creation of social enterprises. We look forward to continuing together on this journey.  [pic from Google Earth]

Celebrate with us at our new “home”

Quick drinks and nibbles at the MASG office 5pm-6pm Friday 25th May – meet friendly folk and look around our new space.

Local Food Production:

continues at The Hub Plot.  MASG’s food production garden group meets each Monday from 9 a.m with a cuppa at 11 am to garden and to exchange produce, recipes & seedlings. We also conduct garden/food related workshops and go on some interesting field trips.Feel free to drop in and join in or for further information email  Peter at  or phone Heather on 0409 327791.

Pic Heather Barrett: The Compost Revolution workshop earlier this month attracted a very attentive audience.

Book a Sunny Solar Consultation

We can help you understand what you are buying before you sign: experienced independent advice from a local community organisation.  30 minutes personal session.  Bring your electricity bill to see what you can save. Phone: 5443 5244

Thursday 17th May, 1.30-3.30pm, Monday   21st May, 1.00-3.00pm, Thursday  7th June, 1.30-3.30pm

Ray Bradfield Room, Forest Street, Castlemaine

Community Wind Survey – Online Now – WIN A PRIZE!

What do you think of a community owned wind farm in the Mount Alexander area?  Please do this important survey before 31 May.  MASG is seeking input for the vision of setting up a community wind farm project in the area, and this is an opportunity to have your say. We don’t currently have a site, but are starting with understanding what locals think of the idea.  Do the Survey

If you leave your contact details you’ll go in the draw to win a prize, generously donated by Zen Eden Produce and Cafe in Maldon.

National Canberra Lobby day:

A delegation of 20 community representatives will head to Canberra to share the results of this people’s poll with as many politicians as we can find at parliament house.  These results will be presented at the time the new $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation are passing through parliament. We already have meetings booked in with politicians like Greg Hunt, [pictured] shadow climate spokesperson, and Graham Perrett, ALP member in one of the most marginal seats in the country. We will confirm many more in coming days.

To reflect the views of as many Australians as possible, we’d like this poll to be completed by as many Australians as possible.  We’re already well over 8,000 – can you help us top 10,000? Can you complete the poll then ask your grandpa who just got online, or your aunty who just put solar on her roof to take part too? If you are a member of a local community group – can you send this poll to your supporters list?

If you would like to support a person coming to Canberra contact , or 0448 327 791


More Food for Thought – Abundance Movies:  PLANEAT (2011, 72 min)  ‘Nothing changes the planet as much as the way we eat’, say these filmmakers, who research, with the help of scientists and chefs, great food for your health and for the environment. They show how food choices affect the land, oceans, and atmosphere, and the effect of diet on heart disease and other health issues. They examine the effects, in particular, of meat and dairy—but show a good diet doesn’t have to be lentils and lettuce.

Sunday June 3rd 4.30 pm, Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine, 4.30pm – 7pm.  Film free, supper by CAKE by donation…. For bookings contact Castlemaine Community House on 5472 4842 or

Growing Abundance is a partnership between Castlemaine Community House, Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, Mount Alexander Volunteer Network andTransition Mount Alexander

Carbon pricing explained at next ‘Agitation Hill lecture’ in Castlemaine – energy economist Bruce Mountain will explain the carbon price and what it means for households at the next Agitation Hill lecture in Castlemaine at 6pm on Friday 25 May.

Bruce will discuss – How a carbon price contributes to the global effort to tackle climate change, the prospects for renewable energies like wind and solar and how economies are adjusting to carbon pricing in Australia and overseas.  Also, how spending on networks and infrastructure and other factors impact on consumers’ power bills and what are electricity retailers’ margins.  For an interview with Bruce Mountain please call: Josh Meadows, 5472 1132 or 0439 342 992.


Apple clean green leader or maker of smog clouds? 

Greenpeace protest – funny pics and story here



Massive solar power project in the Mallee?

The State government will back a revised push to build a massive solar power project in the Mallee, but has refused to say how much money it is committing.  Power giant TRUenergy is seeking funding for the Mallee Solar Park from the federal government’s $1.5 billion solar flagship program, which was reopened this year.  More in The Age.

[Pic – Mallee Fowl – successful at turning solar power into mallee fowl chicks]


Australia seventh-worst polluter on Earth: report

A report ranking the world’s biggest polluters puts Australia in seventh place. Australia has risen one place since 2010, and is now sitting behind Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Belgium and the US, in terms of its impact on the world’s natural resources.

read the full story

Quote of the Week

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow – Chinese Proverb



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