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MASG news Thursday 7th of April 2011

Posted on 7 April 2011 by e-news

Welcome to new MASG members

Caitlin M and family
Arabella D
Marilyn W-S
Virginia B
Simon & Susana  M and family
Nancy M-B
Graham  H

Stopping waste….. Wash against Waste volunteers needed for 1 hour @ the State Festival Gardens day on Sunday the 10th

Ron Moore washing up with the WAW trailer at the 2007 State Festival

We are looking for people to help with the following times 9-11, 1-3, 3-5, 5-6 washing and drying dishes with the WAW trailer. The trailer will be out in force keeping plastic plates and other throw away items out of the landfill at the final event of the state festival in the Botanical Gardens on Sunday the 10th. So contact Kerry on or 54706978 if you can help with one of more of these 1 hour shifts.  

Comfy Homes Tradies’ Mini-Expo

Deanna is organising an event that will bring local businesses and tradespeople together around the newer and more alternative methods of building, renovating and retrofitting your home. If you are looking for local products and services information, come and find it at the Tradies’ Mini-Expo. If you own a business or are a tradie with good knowledge and experience in alternative approaches, or would like to learn more about thermal assessments, solar PV and hot water, double-glazing, passive solar design, insulation options etc, this event is for you. Entry by donation.When: Thursday 12th May Time: 3-6pm (including dinner) Where: TBC
 Castlemaine RSVP: T: 5470 6978 E:

Goldfields SolarHub reaches 400 registrations

Goldfields SolarHub is a joint initiative of the Bendigo Sustainability Group and the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, which aims to have 1000 photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in the Bendigo and Mount Alexander region. As of Monday the 4th of April we had 400 registrations.
Participants of this program can purchase quality solar panels at a great price, get support from our team throughout the installation process and be part of our virtual solar power station!
Find out more about the program and what’s on offer by attending one of our information sessions as detailed below and register your interest today  .

Upcoming Goldfields SolarHub Information Sessions

Wednesday 13th April 7pm-9pm, Ray Bradfields Room, Castlemaine Please RSVP by emailing and indicate if you will be attending.

Committee of management meeting or Coordinating group

The MASG Committee meetings with participation from working group members and staff  is  called the Coordinating Group (or CoG). The next CoG meeting is Thursday April 21st 7-9pm @ The Forge (opposite She Sells Seafood) and all members are welcome to attend. Come and contribute to the running of MASG and hear what working groups are doing.

Growing Abundance Long Table Breakfast

This Sunday 10th of April 11am-1pm @ the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
$5 per head $15 per family (2 adults, 2 little people)
Be seated at 11am to enjoy the Growing Abundance long table breakfast. Dine on delicious hot pancakes topped with a variety of Growing Abundance fresh and fruity jams and preserves made from local backyard produce.     Please RSVP to Debbie Taylor 0414 814 993
All money goes towards supporting the Castlemaine Community Houses Growing Abundance project in which MASG is a proud partner.

Free used cooking oil for Bio-fuel

If you run your car on bio-fuel or know someone who does, we have had a free offer of 12 litres of cooking oil from a MASG member. Please contact Graham on 0408 387 521 for details and to arrange pick-up.

FREE Earth rendering workshop (Scratch Coat)

This weekend – Sat 9th and Sunday 10th April
What to bring: Gumboots, good rubber gloves, good hat, sunscreen, drink bottle, and most importantly of all, a good sense of humor because you will get muddy!
Contact details: 902 Pipers Creek Road, Pipers Creek M: 0409434420  E:

Owner-build site visit

Local owner-builders, Anne and Hans van Gemert, invite members of MASG to a site-visit to their new home in 12 Yeats Street, Castlemaine which is nearing completion. Anne and Hans are happy to demonstrate the space, energy and water saving features in their new home and to discuss the difficulties of building to a budget.
When: Wed 13th April, 2pm-3.30pm @ 12 Yeats St, Castlemaine
Bookings essential: T: 5470 6978 or
Gold coin donation, please wear suitable footwear, the site is still under construction.

Inspirational Music to Ride High on a Sea of Bicycles

Kristine Rule concert this Saturday 9th of April 2011.  Ride Starts 6:45pm (meet 6:15)
Concert Commences at 7:30pm (finishes 8:30pm)
@ Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
$10/ $5 Tickets Available at the Venue on the Day
Bring a Picnic and Chair/Rug

Peter Harper from CAT in Daylesford

On Saturday 16 April, Peter Harper from the Centre of Alternative Technology, Wales and Zero Carbon Britain will be in the Hepburn Shire for one evening to speak to us about ‘Plants, Land & Carbon’. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Peter at the Hepburn Primary School at 7.30pm, cost is $10 and supper is provided. Contact Hepburn Relocalisation Network on 53483636 or

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