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Spring 2014

North Coast Energy Forum – Early Bird Tickets Available Now!

Are you interested in being part of transitioning the North Coast to a sustainable and renewable energy system? The North Coast Energy Forum is here again and early bird tickets are only available until Friday 26 September!

The North Coast Energy Forum brings together community, industry and government to design our energy future, share our successful local projects,  connect us with inspiring projects nationally and spark further action.

This year’s forum is proudly sponsored by Byron Shire Council and the program is bursting with fantastic speakers from across Australia. You will have the chance to participate in master classes on bio energy, community renewable energy, battery storage and innovation in selling power back to the grid. There will also be an electric vehicle mini expo on at the forum where you will be able to see a number of locally owned electric vehicles and learn how this new technology is changing our transport paradigm.

Tickets to this year’s forum are strictly limited due to venue constraints so be sure to secure your place quickly. Click here for more information on the program, speakers and to purchase tickets.


Sustainable Small House Design Awards and Expo

Crowds came out in their hundreds on Saturday 13 September to view the exhibition of sustainable granny flats entered in this year’s Sustainable House Day competition. The winners of the competition were:

  • Professional Category – Alyssa Clift, Project Habitation (First)
  • Professional Category – Scott Davis and Associates (Second)
  • Byron Shire Community - Kelvin Daly
  • Lismore City Community – Elaine Wood
  • Young People Category – Seb and Obi Stockdale
  • Young People Category – Luke Curtis

If you happened to miss the exhibition or would like more time to peruse them at your leisure you can catch them at the Green Building Centre, 1 Brigantine Street Byron Arts and Industrial Estate until mid October. A selection of designs will be displayed in the foyer of both Lismore and Byron Shire Council offices in late October. Click here to see a list of all entries and industry stall holders present on the day. You can also check out a great news video on the event completed by the Byron Shire Echo here.


A Greenhouse Around The Corner

A fantastic new resource for building energy efficient communities has just been launched which includes terrific fact sheets and engaging TV episodes which showcases the incredible range of educational programs and community activities available.

The A Greenhouse Around The Corner project is all about providing energy efficiency information to the adult and community education sector, including:

  • neighbourhood houses
  • community learning centres
  • community colleges
  • other locally based, not for profit organisation who offer adult education programs.

All wrapped up in a slick new website these resources  are all about providing useful resources to community education providers who want to learn more about energy efficiency.

The fact sheets were produced by Mullumbimby’s very own Katrina Shields and can be viewed here. The TV episodes can be viewed here but be sure to have a good look around the website while your there.


Grow Your Own Medicinal Herb Garden

Grow your own medicinal herb garden with Suzanne Staples Naturopath, Herbalist and Homeopath. Suzanne has been working and lecturing in Byron Shire for the last 28 years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with you on what herbs to plant in your Medicinal Herb Garden as well as their use.

As part of the workshop you will:

  • Help to plant out a Medicinal Herb Garden at Shara Gardens
  • Learn what herbs are useful for home treatments
  • When to pick them, plus drying and storage
  • Learn the medicinal value of each herb and how to use it

What to bring: water, hat & hand tools

Cost:  $10 Donation

Enquiries: Suzanne on 6680 1918 or 0431 151 950

Saturday October 11th 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Shara Community Gardens -  Shara Bvde North Ocean Shores


Spring Into Learning

Byron Community College is offering some wonderful  sustainability workshops  for term 4 including cob oven building, bee keeping level 1 and 2 , permaculture on a plate, food forests, backyard chooks, seasonal veggie gardening for the subtropics and some enticing cheese making courses.  Check out the Permaculture Certificate III early bird offer for 2015. Click here to view the NEW program.


Guide to Installing Solar PV for Households

The Clean Energy Council has published a free guide to buying and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for your home. 

Buying solar panels for your home can seem pretty confusing at first. How do you know what sized system to install? Will you need to notify your electricity company? How do you choose a trustworthy installer? And what on earth is a feed-in tariff? 

Packed full of handy hints and tips, the Guide to Installing Solar PV for Households steps homeowners through the process of purchasing and installing rooftop solar panels. Click here to download this free guide.