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Sustainable House Day Expo and Awards - this Saturday!

Sustainable House Design Showcase: 12-4pm, Saturday 19 September, Lismore City Hall

For the second year running, the Sustainable House Expo is set to go off with a bang on Saturday 19 September, at Lismore City Hall from 12-4pm. The Expo will showcase over 35 sustainable modular house designs as created by architects, designers and young people who have entered the Sustainable Housing for Life Design Competition.

Visitors to the Expo can talk with the designers in person and discover which designs will take out the Professional, Community & Young People’s Design Awards.

All visitors go in the draw to win lucky door prizes including a 1kW Enphase Micro Inverter Solar System from Light Touch Solar & Electrical, a Hemp-Builders starter kit from the Australian Hemp Masonry Company, a tour and organic lunch for two at the Permaculture Research Institute from Eco Building Design, vouchers from Nickel Energy, a sustainable design consultation from Little Warrior Creative, a compost bin and laundry green cleaning pack.

Stalls & Education

Speak with local experts at stalls featuring solar, compost toilets, eco wall coverings, ethical banking, handmade furniture, sustainable building and green cleaning. Learn more about Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby, the Lismore Community Solar Project and water tank rebates. Check out the interactive Green House, Solar Sunflower and Sustainable Energy Caravan for children.

Guest Speakers

Alyssa Clift & Ray Maher from Project Habitation – the master architects who won last year’s First Prize Design Award will talk about sustainability in architecture.

And for home-owners and renters Beyond Zero Emissions will share the top 9 tips on how to completely wipe out electricity bills and achieve energy freedom in your home as part of the launch of a new publication called The Energy Freedom Home.

It’s going to be a fantastic event and we look forward to seeing you there!

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To view last years event see our short video - and last year's 3D rendered animation of the winning community category  for Lismore and Byron Shire -

Event partners include Lismore City Council, Byron Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, North Coast TAFE, Rous Water, Byron Community College, Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre & Self Seed as the event coordinator. 


Come and be a part of your new ‘green and local’ energy retailer - only 9 days to go!

Enova Energy is to be Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy retail and installation company. Enova is now open for investment and has made available a Share Offer Prospectus for an Initial Public Offering aimed at raising $4 million in capital to fund its development.

An integral part of Enova Energy’s mission is to keep profits that flow from selling renewable energy and reinvest it in the region by assisting in the development of new renewable energy projects. 

“We estimate as much as $80 million a year flows out of the region to existing energy companies,” explains Ms Alison Crook AO, Chair of Enova Energy. “The initial response from the community has been very positive with people pledging their immediate support,” says Ms Crook.

To be a part of history and help create the first community owned retailer in Australia invest in this share offer which closes on 25 September 2015. Shares commence at $1,000.

Details of Share Offer and upcoming information meetings:

Second Hand Saturday - 26 September

Hold a garage sale for free! 

Second Hand Saturday - the biggest day of garage sales on the north coast - is being held on 26 September.  Registrations close tomorrow 17 September at

Households are encouraged to register and hold their garage sale at home, or coordinate a joint garage sale in their street, or with their local school, preschool, community organization or Church. It is free to register and a free listing of your garage sale is included in participating newspapers and on the Second Hand Saturday website.

Second Hand Saturday helps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, enables residents to participate in the promotion of reuse and repair, and engage them in an environmentally, socially and
economically rewarding activity. This will be the sixth Second Hand Saturday event NE Waste has coordinated since 2006. Last year, more than 700 people registered to hold garage sales across the region.