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Weekly News Digest, 29th May 2008

Posted on 29 May 2008 by e-news

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MASG News and Events

World Environment Day celebrations : Thursday 5th June at the Theatre Royal. The celebrations, awards and entertainment start at 3pm and continue into the evening. Our Carbon Heroes exhibit will open at 4pm followed by the C2C awards at 4:30pm. The LOCO2 and Business awards will take place at 6:30 and then we will be celebrating all our wonderful volunteers at 7:15pm. Don’t miss this exciting event! More on Coming Events.

sustainable transportMASG Transport Working Group – next meeting of this group will be at 7.00pm, on Sunday 1 June at the MASG office, corner of Templeton and Barker Streets. We will discuss our vision for local transport. Tea and coffee provided.

Solar Hot Water Information Session on Thursday 12th June at 7:30pm in the Maldon Community Centre. Information will be presented on solar hot water opportunities currently available to Shire residents. Further information from Wendy French on 5475 1067 or Jayson Burhop on 5470 6978

Many thanks to those volunteers who offered to help with our information stall at the next Farmers’ Market on Sunday 1st June. If you would like to help with future stalls ring Jill on: 5470 6978

Advance notice that MASG renewal letters for 2008-9 will be sent out in the next week or so. There are so many exciting things happening so don’t forget to send your form back to ensure you remain a member of this vibrant organisation.

Addressing Social Sustainability – Singing for Seniors: As a direct outcome from the MASG ‘Finding our Power’ workshop, a series of social inclusion workshops have been developed. You’re never too old to make a great song and dance, or simply sing for the joy of it. Targeting seniors in our community that might otherwise miss out on strong, meaningful social connections, this workshop is for everyone so come along and bring someone with you. We’ll sing songs, old and new: Tuesday 3rd June: Uniting Church Hall, Lyttleton St, Castlemaine: 10am until 11.30am, followed by scrumptious morning tea. Supported by Castlemaine Community House, contact Deanna Neville on: 0428 751 090

MASG Donations: A big thanks to all those who have responded to our recent appeal for donations. So far we’ve raised $11,000. As the target is $25,000 we’ve still got a way to go. We realise many of our members have a great number of worthy causes to support and that others are sailing close to the wind financially, but if things are pretty comfortable for you at this time, please consider giving MASG your support. We are attempting to bring about change in the difficult area of energy use and greenhouse emissions, and the challenge is immense. We can’t possibly do it with government money alone and there are only so many raffles our hard-working staff and committee can handle. So we do rely on our members. If you are moved to donate to MASG, please push the red button on the top right of this web page, drop us a cheque or call into the office at 233 Barker St. Castlemaine

Events organized by other organizations

The Food Garden presents “The Future of Food” and a speaker from Gene Ethics, on 3rd June at 6:45 pm, 61 Main Road, Campbells Creek. For further information ring Cathy on: 5410 0564

Reconciliation Week Program

Songline Cultural Tour
Sunday 1st June, 9.30am – Walk the goldfields country with traditional owners… See the Land through different eyes. Tickets are $35. Bookings through Castlemaine Community House Tel 5472 4842, or 0400 654 242. further information

Indigenous Storytelling: On Sunday 1st June at 11.30am, walk over to Victory Park Sunday and listen to some great story telling. Indigenous storyteller, Wamba Wamba man Ron Murray will captivate children of all ages with stories of Aboriginal culture and reconciliation. Bring the whole family. Entry by gold coin donation. NB: If weather is cold and/or wet, event will move to the Ray Bradfield Room in Victory Park.

Reconciliation Display & Information: Tuesday 27th May – Tuesday 3rd June @ Theatre Royal. Display Of Reconciliation And Cultural Information at The Theatre Royal All Week.

Unused CDMA mobile phones lying around? Mobile Muster and Landcare will plant a native tree for every phone recycled between now and World Environment Day. Pick up a free recycling satchel at participating Aus Post outlets and to find out your nearest collection point visit here.

Song Flag Workshop – Learn to paint animal spirit totems. Hear traditional creation stories. Make your own set of flags. Friday 13th June,between 9:30am to 3.30 in Hepburn Springs, venue to be advised. Bookings: Laurel Freeland 0408 531343

Recycled books: A good chance to buy some books for winter reading at the Friends of Castlemaine Library Book Sale on Saturday 7th June, 9.30am – 3pm at the Ray Bradfield room. Enquiries: 5473 4470

Interesting Information and Links

For many years now, climate change deniers have been led, and to some extent financed, by one the of the world’s largest companies, Exxon Mobil. Now, finally there is a shareholder revolt led by the Rockefeller family (which founded the company under the name of Standard Oil) and supported by a host of prestigious insurance and superannuation funds. They are demanding that the Board sack its present Executive Chairman and appoint an independent chairman. Only then, they argue, will the Board start to debate climate change properly and take measures to introduce environmentally-friendly technology as its rivals are doing. Things are changing in the US corporate world too and not before time. Source: Rockefellers urge Exxon to Greener Future, Business Age, 21st May, p7,

In “The National Interest” on Radio National, there was an excellent discussion of feed-in tariffs and their impacts with Brad Shone of the Alternative Technology Association and an Australian working in the US solar industry. First broadcast Friday 6pm 16th May.

Judy Wicks – inspirational business woman: Jane made it along to the Judy Wicks presentation hosted by Village Well and RMIT. Judy is founder of the White Dog Café in Seattle. Judy spoke with great passion and intelligence, describing the evolution of her ethical and sustainable business. Now a leading light in the relocalisation movement, Judy made a call for the creation of local living economies. Check out her web sites and get inspired!

Useful simple data in an article on the energy crisis

The Warren Centre’s National Energy Essay Competition …Passionate about the use of energy in the future? Under 31? Go to to find out more about this competition. Major prizes (The Babcock and Brown Power/Wind Partners Prize and the Sumitomo Australia Prize are each worth $20,000!) and national media coverage are available through the generosity of corporate and media sponsors listed on the website. Register a team! Become a sponsor! Entries close 22nd August 2008.

Quote of the week:


“We blacks for our part are ready to forgive, but the other party must be contrite and ready to make reparation to demonstrate the seriousness of their contrition, and then reconciliation can happen. You cannot say you are sorry you stole my pen if you continue to retain possession of it.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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