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MASG only news March 18th 2011

Posted on 18 March 2011 by e-news

Solar hub workshops- MASG members catch up is on the last Friday of the month

The next member catch up is next Friday the 25th of March from 5 to 6pm at the garden at the Hub.
Goldfields solar hub suppliers Braemac Energy will be on hand to talk about how people can get involved in the group PV project. They will also look at people’s electricity bills and discuss how Solar PV could help.

What themes, ideas and issues do you want to see at our monthly members gatherings ?

Next Friday’s members catchup will focus on Solar PV and the Goldfields Solar hub project. What would you like to talk about/hear about/do at the next one on March 25th ? Let us know Dean 54706978 or

Goldfields Solar Hub Q & A session

Mike Reeves and a Braemac representative will also be back the MASG offices on the following Saturday the 26th from 10am- noon to answer your PV questions and to talk about the Goldfields Solar Hub project. No appointment needed, just drop in.

Food working Group compost and worm farm workshop

Monday 26th March, 10 a.m. to noon at the Hub Plot.  $5 contribution towards costs.  Learn how to improve your soil.  Various methods of composting will be shown and valuable tips will be shared.  Various styles of worm farming will be shown and ways to use worm tea and worm castings.  Stay on for a cuppa and view our resource table. For more contact Heather on or Peter on

Comfy Homes

A fortnight ago Deanna attended the Garbage Warrior talk in Daylesford, presented by US architect Peter Reynolds who designs and builds homes from recycled materials. They ran a demo workshop at the local tip during the day, demonstrating the diversity of tip materials such as tyres and bottles. The event linked local council, sustainability groups and the community. Peter Reynolds will visit the area again next year, so we hope to invite him to speak here.

Deanna also recently attended a Newstead Solar City info session with a display of products and information for residents. This further connects residents via Solar City’s free home energy assessments to MASG via growing inquiries about local products and services to make homes more energy efficient. A local media profile will further link the residents in the Tarrangower areas of Maldon, Newstead and Baringhup.

Deanna continues to work with six of the larger employers and is working on some photo and story profiles of Comfy Homes participating staff to share their experiences and stories.

Flying the flag for sustainability

The colourful flags featuring 12 local organisations will be on display at Windarring during the Castlemaine State Festival (1-10 April). You can view the online booklet here.  Drop in and see the Windarring ceramics exhibition also during the State Festival (317 Barker St, Castlemaine). Also, Our Carbon Heroes photo banners of local people taking action on climate change are enjoying a stint at the Town Hall Council offices. If you would like to borrow either or both of these collections please contact us.

Wash against waste

Last weekend the trailer and volunteers were at the Taradale Mineral Springs Festival. Festival participant Fran from Melbourne said “ what a wonderful concept- every council should have this for fetes, school events and festivals, well done MASG”
The trailer will be at the Pepper green  Farm Festival this Saturday.
The trailer has a team of 4 volunteers who manage it but ideally would like 10 people involved. If you want to make a difference and reduce waste going to the tip give Kerry and ring on 54706978 or

Pro-climate action Rally update

Following the quick text and newsletter call to members about last Saturday’s Pro-climate action rally in Melbourne over a dozen people from the area attended the rally in Treasury Gardens. Police estimated that over 7500 people overall attended the event. In contrast police estimated 200 people attended the so called “peoples revolt” rally organised by Tony Abbot. Click here for  photos and video of the rally

100% renewable energy and 20,000 conversations

We are going Doorknocking  on Sunday  March 27th from 2.30-5pm as part of the National 100% renewable energy campaign. Meet at MASG for a short training workshop and then go out surveying for 2 hours.  We have 6 people to go doorknocking and we need 10 so contact Dean if you want to be involved 0448 327791 or
MASG is aiming to survey 500 households in the shire- nearly 10% of all households.  We will be also going out in a group on April 30th & as part of the National doorknock Day on May 28th if the Sunday doesn’t suit you.

Committee meetings = Coordinating Group (CoG)

The CoG is the smooth machine of MASG.    Working groups and members are most welcome to the next committee or CoG meeting on March 24th @ 7pm  at The Forge (opposite She Shells Sea Food in Barker St) 7pm. The Accountability Group is to meet afterwards.

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