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sustainable e-news (recycled) 12 Oct 07

Posted on 12 October 2007 by e-news

MASG event summary

Wed 17th October: Ride and Walk To Work Day
19th & 20th October: Finding Our Power – community forum
3rd – 11th November: Castlemaine Garden Festival – MASG Garden open
9th & 10th November: Renewables Expo with Dr Mark Diesendorf
16th November: Movie Fundraiser – The Bicycle Thief


Ride to Work Day: Wednesday 17th October with breakfast between 6.15am and 10am. Your browser may not support display of this image.

MASG’s full page colour ad in this week’s Midland Express listed 42 local organisations who are sponsors or advertisers of Ride to Work Day. These organisations will encourage their staff to leave their cars at home and/or to be at the breakfast at Victory Park between 6am and 10am. See also lead in today’s “Mail”. pdf 1.5MB

Please join us for breakfast and two blessing of bicycles at 7.30 and 8.30am, plus many other activities, including music, massage, clowning/juggling, uni-cycling, bike checks and advice. Enquiries: Jill 5472 3098

Pre Ride to Work event – promotion by Grasshopper Adventure Tours – used and loved by MASG members. Grasshopper will be at Ray Bradfield Room – Tuesday evening 16th October from 6.30 to 7.30 – slides and talk about fun on bikes! Tickets also going on sale for Cycling’s Big Night Out: movie “The Bicycle Thief” Theatre Royal, Fri 16th November [7-30 pm start]

“Finding Our Power” – the MASG forum about the renewable energy future of this area is almost full. We need assistance to set up and run this event on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th Oct. Last minute bookings and offers to Jayson on 5470 6978.

Well done Maldon: the Maldon community changed 8,522 light globes in 447 households in 5 weekends – a spectacular achievement, made possible by Maldon Community Bank, CFA, SES and Maldon Football & Netball clubs and MASG-Tarrengower!

Well done U3A – who made sixteen, or more, solar cookers on their two day workshops this week. Excellent bread was cooked and eaten on Thursday and a lot of useful experimentation took place.

Local Food Production – The Demonstration Garden project at the rear of 233 Barker Street is progressing well, thanks to the help of member volunteers and a day’s work from a Green Corp team. Have a look at progress if you are passing. If you would like to be involved, or just kept informed, contact Peter Sansom: or 5474 2403. As a fundraiser we also have copies of The Diggers Club book “The Australian Fruit and Vegetable Garden” for $39.95, and Ian Lillington’s “The Holistic Life – Sustainability through Permaculture” for $25. Contact Peter as above.

OTHER EVENTS, not MASG endorsed

Solar Open House: An 81sq. metre home and new garden at 13A Yeats Street, Castlemaine will be open to the public on Saturday 10th November from 10 am to 4 pm. It is 5 star rated, but as yet has no solar system installed. Rob and Christiana Colquhon, from Prebuilt Solutions, Kilsyth will speak at 12 noon, and will stay till 2 pm to answer questions. Entry $3 helps Afghan Women and children. Try some Irish Soda Bread. For info, ring Jill or Grace on 5472 1128 or

Walk Against Warming – Sunday, two weeks before the 2007 federal election. Let’s make sure Mount Alexander is well represented at this year’s Walk Against Warming event in Melbourne. Join friends, family and other Australians in calling for urgent government action on climate change and be the voice for our environment and our children’s future. The next election will be too late. We won’t know the exact date and details of the walks until the federal election is announced. More information: and local info from Heather Barrett on 0409 327791

Dr David Suzuki, live via video conference from Canada: “Can We Avoid the Looming Ecological Armageddon?” Thursday 25 October, 2007 at 12.30pm, McKay Lecture Theatre & Circular Lecture Theatre. La Trobe University, Edwards Rd, Bendigo, RSVP essential – Enquiries: Sally Routledge – 5444 7374, All welcome.

Australia to Stage World’s First “Carbon Farming” Conference: claiming to be the world’s first conference on “Carbon Farming” – in Mudgee, NSW on 16th, 17th November. Organisers include Catchment Management Authorities, Dept of Primary Industries, the Australian Soil Science Society, Carbon Farmers of Australia (Carbon Coalition), Central West Conservation Farmers’ Association, and STIPA.

Queensland Government accepts vulnerability to oil peak is major issue

QUOTE of the week:

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff. U. S. Army [retired 2003] – the General who got it right on Iraq”

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