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Sustainability enewsletter - Winter 2016

Renew Fest - 18 June 2016

Join us for this inspirational inaugural event!

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Its Festive time for Sustainability!!

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ANNOUNCING the fresh seed planting for RENEW FEST June 18 2016!! 

In the Byron Shire, Mullumbimby!!

In a celebration of World Environment Day COREM is partnering with Byron Shire Council, Brunswick Valley Land Care, Santos Organics and ENOVA to host the inaugural Renew Fest at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds. This event is a celebration of ALL THINGS SUSTAINABLE including renewable energy, biodiversity conservation, food systems and resource recovery. Set to grow into a 3 day lived experience of sustainability, this collaborative new festival reflects the Shire's forward thinking in arts and culture, creative industries, sustainable practices and technologies. Budding with interesting workshops, opportunities to engage with local action groups, support for the emergence of new action groups addressing gaps in sustainable community practice, entertainment, music, inspiring key-note speakers, stalls filled with innovative sustainable products, yummy food and ​grassroots minded folk to share / action ideas with. RENEW FEST has a keen focus on LIVING ACTIONS for positive renewable change.  ​​

Hosted by COREM

in Partnership with

Byron Shire Council, Brunswick Valley Land Care, ENOVA Energy 

& Santos Organics


Love Food: Save Money Free Cooking Workshop with Alison Drover

Are you a family of food lovers and keen to save up to $1,000 a year? A free Love Food Save Money Cooking Workshop will be held at Byron Community Centre on Wednesday 23rd June from 6.30pm to help busy parents save money and waste less food. 

“On average, in NSW, $2.5 Billion of food is thrown away each year, much of which could have been eaten,” said Linda Tohver, Education Coordinator for North East Waste. “That amounts to more than $1,000 per household each year that could be saved by better ways of managing our food shopping, cooking and storage practices.”

“Food waste is a huge cost, not just to our pockets but also to the environment. This free workshop will provide practical tools and cooking demonstrations on making the most of your food, menu plans for healthy, nutritious family meals and creative cookery with leftovers.”

Alison Drover, workshop facilitator and chef, is a “locavore-frugavore”, sustainable food consultant, stylist/designer, writer, educator, speaker and organic food gardener. She is independently recognised for her work championing food responsibility and as an educator engaging people practically in learning skills that are designed to benefit the health and wellbeing of people and planet.

Alison will equip participants to reduce their food waste effectively and efficiently whilst enjoying healthy, nutritious family meals. Bookings are essential for the workshop at www.newaste.org.au or by ringing 0427 770 198.

The workshop is coordinated by North East Waste and Byron Shire Council, supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy. 

Date: Thursday 23 June 2016

Time: 6.30pm – 9pm

Location of workshop: Byron Community Centre, Johnson St, Byron Bay

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: www.newaste.org.au or 0427 770 198


Plastic Free July

The Mullum Plastic Free July project is a pilot version of the initiative that involves approaching the scourge of disposable plastic from the supply as well as the demand end of the equation! The entire 2482 community is rallying to support the traders to begin the process of withdrawing the convenience items that are proving not so convenient to our oceans and marine life.  33% of the plastic in the oceans is drink container litter (including straws) and the fact that 45% of litter in NSW is also drink containers was the most compelling fact that finally got the Cash for Container Scheme voted into law by the state government.

Click here to see Sasha Mainsbridge explaining the project and what you can do to support it.  

 


RenewFest needs you!

In a celebration of World Environment Day, COREM is partnering with Byron Shire Council, Brunswick Valley Land Care, Santos Organics and ENOVA to host the inaugural Renew Fest at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds.

This event is a celebration of ALL THINGS SUSTAINABLE including renewable energy, biodiversity conservation, food systems and resource recovery. Set to grow into a 3 day lived experience of sustainability, this collaborative new festival reflects the Shire's forward thinking in arts and culture, creative industries, sustainable practices and technologies. Budding with interesting workshops, opportunities to engage with local action groups, support for the emergence of new action groups addressing gaps in sustainable community practice, entertainment, music, inspiring key note speakers, stalls filled with innovative sustainable products, yummy food and ​grassroots minded folk to share / action ideas with.

We need people to help us to make the day run smoothly... many hands make light work, so come along and join in the fun! Click here to visit our volunteer registration form or email joanne@renewfest.org.au.

 


Investment offer opens soon!

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Investment offer for Lismore Community Solarfarm projects will be happening on 28 June.

There are two solar projects being launched at the same time. Each community company (see below for more details) will release a private investment offer to raise funds to lend to Lismore City Council who in turn will build and operate the solarfarms.

These two investments are legally known as 'private offers'. As such, this means that the invitation to the launch can only be sent to those parties who have signed onto the Investor Pledge to confirm their interest in finding out more. To be clear, it cannot be communicated to the public-at-large.

To find out more, click here.

These two investments present a unique opportunity to achieve an environmental, as well as financial, impact and return. They of course also fit within the bigger picture of the energy leadership and transformation taking place across the Northern Rivers region. As such, the investors have a genuine opportunity to utilise their involvement for further leadership and action towards creating a truly sustainable energy system.

Thanks and acknowledgements to Embark Australia and Norton Rose Fulbright for their invaluable legal guidance and support with putting the two investment offers together.