Zero Net Emissions by 2025

News Digest: 20 Oct 2006

Posted on 27 October 2006 by e-news

  • 200 members…another MASG milestone was reached this week with our 200th member. Congratulations to our hardworking executive, volunteers and all members, now we are aiming for 300 by June 30th, so keep on spreading the word.
  • Carbon Neutral State Festival 2007 working groups continue to meet to make the State Festival Carbon Neutral. To participate or for more information contact Carolyn at the office on 5470 6978
  • Congratulations to Wendy French of Maldon who organized a one page advert in the Tarrengower Times appealing to all candidates contesting the Northern Victorian Region and Bendigo West that they take action to combat climate change.
  • MASG presentations last week: Castlemaine Business Association, Castlemaine North Primary School, Taste of Gold Association, State Festival Board, as part of our work in building the partnerships and momentum for change.
  • MASG Media: Coverage in the Castlemaine Mail about the Carbon Neutral Spring Ball and a radio interview on ABC Bendigo with David Lennon about MASG and our ideas for working with Businesses and Schools.

Upcoming MASG Events

  • An Inconvenient Truth. MASG will be coordinating a special invitation screening on Nov 23rd for community leaders, business people and decision makers of the Shire in conjunction with Origin Energy, Department of Sustainability and Environment, the North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance. This promises to be an important event for the community as we try to develop a shared understanding of the Climate Crisis and develop appropriate local responses. We currently have 5 people working on this but will need more help.
  • Taste Of Gold Launch. MASG will be presenting at the launch @ Hanging Rock Sun 22nd.
  • Monthly MASG Quick and Clean Friday evenings: Catch up on the workings of MASG projects & working groups in a one hour gathering. Next one is Friday Nov 3rd 5.30-6. 30pm @ MASG offices.

MASG Requests

Thanks to those who have put up their hands but we will still need some Volunteer/s to assist us put on a special screening of the Al Gore Climate Change movie “An Inconvenient Truth”, particularly from Nov 2nd onwards for envelope stuffing, telephoning and the like. Ring Dean @ office 5470 6978 or email


Please note these events/ websites/ literature are not MASG endorsed and are for member’s information only.

1. Coliban Water Education sessions Gardens in dry times Thur 9th Nov @ Buda House, Castlemaine. 2 sessions 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Bendigo Mon 13th Nov 1pm -3pm and 6pm -8pm Tues 14th Nov 9am-11am Bookings essential tel: 1300 304 803
2. Steve Proposch – Fuel Flowers Steve is planting 150 guide posts in the town of Newstead as an outdoor installation during October. ‘Fuel flowers’ imagines a reality where oil for fuel is harvested from a sustainable resource. Flickering lights on the highway now transferred into a field of red, the bets are on how long the oil will last? @ Newstead Race Course and can viewed day and night all throughout October.
3. Ecological Timeline Mural has opened and is a must see, opposite the Phee Broadway in Mechanics Ln.
4. Brian Hungerford, Australia’s Top Storyteller Guildford Music Hall Sat. Oct. 21, 8pm & Sun. Oct. 22, 2pm Dinner & show: $35, Show only $20/15 Bookings: 5473 4215 MASG members who wish to attend, $5 of their door fee will be returned to MASG.This weekend Brian Hungerford, a master storyteller of Celtic- Romani (Gypsy) origin, is performing at the Guildford Music Hall, and for any Brian travelled to 19 countries in 19 years working for UNESCO, using mythic stories to teach agriculture via the radio, and he came home with a vast repertoire of tales from all around the globe, dating from the 12th century on. Now he combines these tales with his own stories of growing up in Sydney during WW2, yarns that have you laughing and crying in the same sentence Children over 7 are welcome at the Sunday show.
5. Castlemaine Landcare Working Bee: This Sun Oct 22nd 10am -2pm Start of walking track, Happy Valley
6. AGITATION HILL LECTURE this Friday 20th @ Christ Church Castlemaine 6pm, GAIA and GOD by Deborah Guess, $6 with refreshments.
7. Conservation and Land Management course info night Thurs 26th October @ Ray Bradfield Room, 7pm to 8.30pm phone 5362 2222.
8. Ma LETS Monthly Trading Second Thursday of the Month (next one Nov 9 2006) 5 pm – 7 pm Castlemaine Botanical Gardens details ring Steve 5472 3506
9. The Good City forum Bendigo Town Hall Thurs 26 October 9.30 am – 3.00 pm “A city that works well for children is a good city for everyone.” Bendigo is aiming to be recognised as a Child-Friendly City, and achieving this means ensuring the city performs well in many ways– socially, physically, commercially, culturally and sustainably.Details: Kristy Bennett on or 5434 6327
10. Nuclear no solution to climate change. After Mr Howard’s attempt to use climate change as pretext for opening of the nuclear Pandora box we thought we should repeat our discussion from the enews of Sept 1st….The UK governments Sustainability Commission has determined that even if the UK’s existing nuclear capacity was doubled it would only give an 8% cut on CO2 emissions by 2035 (and nothing before 2010). This must be set against the risks of proliferation, cost of establishing new stations, waste storage and disposal and accidents amonst other problems. If anyone wants further references contact the MASG office.

“There is no justification for…a new nuclear power program…and that any such proposal would be incompatible with the Government’s Sustainable Development Strategy”
UK Government’s Peak Advisory Body the Sustainable Development Commission, March 2006
And finally a joint CEO statement by the CEO’s of BP, IAG, Origin Energy, Swiss Re, Visy and Westpac
“Climate change is a major business risk and we need to act now”
Thanks to all our volunteers for their wonderful work-fantastic to have you on board, couldn’t do it without you.

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