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5 November 2009

Welcome to the latest edition of our sustainability e-newsletter!

An increasingly relevant concept is that of Voluntary Simplicity, or the conscious choice simplify ones life, reduce personal consumption and move to a more sustainable lifestyle. Voluntary Simplicity has a lot of offer in combating ‘affluenza’, or the feelings of dissatisfaction that can be caused by the endless pursuit of material wealth. Moving around Byron Shire, many elements of the voluntary simplicity movement can be seen, from people sharing resources with neighbours, ‘downshifting’ to a less-opulent home, making their household a producer rather than passive consumer of goods, and creatively recycling rather than buying ‘new’ all the time.

For more on the Voluntary Simplicity movement visit: or

Tell us how you are embracing voluntary simplicity in your life to win a copy of G-mag. Email entries to: by 30th November.

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Read on for more details of what’s happening around Byron Shire.

Byron Hinterland Seed Savers

15 November 2009

Byron Hinterland Seed Savers will be holding their next event from 2-5pm on Sunday 15 November. This month’s event will be at the property of Helen & Robin Wolfe who grow certified organic vegetables for the Byron Bay and New Brighton Farmers Markets and feature a talk on Seed Saving by local horticulturalist, Loretta Faulkner.

Please bring a plate of afternoon tea, any seeds or cuttings to share and a gold coin donation.

Where: 70 Kennedy’s Lane, Myocum.

Sustainable Saturday at Kohinur Hall

28 November 2009

Come along to ‘Sustainable Saturday’ Community Carbootie sale from 8am – 3pm on Saturday 28th Nov at Kohinur Hall, Upper Main Arm. Items for sale include local, recycled and second-hand goods, organic and biodynamic produce, art and craft and household tools. All donations go to the preservation of hall & grounds OR $15 per stall.

Contact: Sarah-Jane McGrath 02  6680 3141

Host your own Local Eco Film Night!

Following on from the success of Council’s ‘Homegrown’ Community Film Night held over National Organics Week 2009, Council is able to assist any individual or group to organise similar not-for-profit, local film nights by providing a laptop, projector and a selection of sustainability films. Community film nights are a great way to engage the community, raise funds for local groups and educate on important issues.

If you’re interested, contact Council’s Sustainability Officer, Graeme Williams on 02 6626 7305 or email

Hybrid Adobe Workshop at Mullumbimby Community Garden

28 - 29 November 2009 (8am - 3pm)

Learn how to work with a clay and newspaper mix to make raised
garden beds, outdoor seating, garden walls and buildings with experienced artisan-builder Shelly Anfield. The Mullumbimby Community
Garden will host this 2 day workshop to create raised garden beds and seating from Hybrid Adobe for the Gardening and Sharing in the Wisdom of our Elders project.

Members: $75 two days / $50 one day (can join on the day)
Non- Members: $150 two days / $75 one day
(inc. lunch, morning and afternoon tea)

Bookings/Enquiries: Jeannette on 0412 322 255 or email

Byron Bay Waste Audits – North East Waste Forum

The North East Waste Forum, on behalf of Byron Shire Council, recently surveyed the waste practices and attitudes of hospitality businesses in Byron Bay's CBD in order to assist and improve waste reduction outcomes.

The results showed that, of businesses:

- 83% recycle cardboard,
- 44% recycle glass and plastics,
-15% recycle organics through composting, worm farms or chickens, &
- 32% source local/organic produce where possible.

The North East Waste Forum is able to support hospitality businesses to reduce their ecological footprint. For more info, visit the business waste reduction DIY toolkit online at

Or contact Project Officer Samala Hogg on 0408 701 907 /