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Sustainability E-flash October 2015

My Local Native Garden - Free Sustainability Seminar

Join Brunswick Valley Landcare and Byron Shire Council for an evening talking about local native gardens. 

The talk will be about landscape design, good native plants to use and how to attract wildlife to your garden, and there will be free "My Local Native Garden" booklets to take home.

Tuesday 3 November, 6.00pm 

Byron Shire Council Chambers, 70-90 Station Street, Mullumbimby

A light supper will be available by donation.

We are presenting at Paris! Zero Emissions Byron Project Update

The Zero Emissions Byron Project have now formed their 5 working groups - Energy, Buildings, Transport, Agriculture, and Waste - and have started to meet.

Volunteer project manager, Tiffany Harrison, is now on deck and driving the project with Beyond Zero Emissions and Byron Shire Council.

Discussions are starting to look at selecting high-level strategies that will enable the community to be zero emissions within 10 years across all 5 sectors. Not only will Byron Bay develop a plan to meet its objective to go to zero emissions within 10 years, but being one of a few regional pioneers embarking on this process, will also play a vital role informing everyone about what a regional Zero Emissions plan looks like. 

Byron Bay will again feature at the events at COP21 in Paris and at Australia's Climate Summit in Sydney.  Byron Bay has recently been recognised by Track 0 as the first regional Australian city to commit to zero GHG emissions and one which is planning to do so within 10 years.

Mayor Simon Richardson is currenly crowd-sourcing his way to attend the Paris COP21 talks that he has been invited to so if you wanted to support Simon please do so through his Chuffed page -

The working groups are still interesting in more people joining them so please get in touch with Tiffany Harrison - or join the Facebook page.

Free native plants and compost at the Mullumbimby Show

Byron Shire Council and Brunswick Valley Landcare are having a stall at the Living Village at the Mullumbimby Show on Sunday the 15th of November at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds.

Come and along and swap a used coffee cup for a free native plant and some local compost while at the same time learning some green cleaning tips.

Sunday 15 November, Mullumbimby Showgrounds.

COREM launch success and Mullum Music Fest survey winner is ....

COREM – Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby – attracted around 300 residents to its launch this month. The day was a great success with over $4000 raised and the attendees very inspired to see Mullumbimby go 100% renewable, or “zero net energy”. To become involved with COREM get in touch via their webpage -

If you missed the fundraising launch you can make tax-deductible donations to fund COREM's first project – a 10kW rooftop solar on the local Drill Hall Theatre, at

COREM wishes to thank Rock n’ Roll Coffee Company and Kombucha Mamma who donated takings as well as all the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the many performers, speakers, organisers and tireless volunteers who made it such a memorable event and made COREM feel so supported! See page 45 in the Echo (21/10) for the full list.

The COREM community survey was filled out by over 300 people. The lucky respondent to win the draw for the Mullum Music Festival Gold Pass was Rameshwar. Thanks to all those who completed the survey - it has provided very useful information.

Changing the world one street at a time - Transition Street Challenge

Transition Street Challenge, supported by Byron Shire Council, is now in its second month.

It is a project that aims to connect the community of Suffolk Park and Byron through social community meetings. It provides a platform for the community to get together, discuss and explore creative ways of using fewer resources which saves the environment and pennies on bills!

 It is helped along by a workbook made up of 6 chapters, tackled monthly, which covers water, electricity, transport, food, consumption and waste. It provides information and ideas on how we can all start making small easy changes in our lives that add up to make one big difference!

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in please contact Lauren on 0473372825 or for more info:

Come and get energised! North Coast "Energy Drinks"

The sparks are sure to fly when the North Coast energy community descends on the Byron Community Centre Wednesday 18th of November for a night of inspiration, energy project updates and connection.

This is our 2015 follow up to last year’s hugely successful Energy Forum in Tweed; it’s a free night to engage community, industry and government in our sustainable regional energy future

The night will be a fun and friendly chance to hear 15 lightning ‘one minute soapboxes’ on a fantastic range of energy projects in our region, mixed with drinks and nibbles and with an opportunity to meet like-minded future changers and engage with the project promoters.

Giles Parkinson from Renew Economy will be the keynote speaker on the night, giving his view on what will happen when the generous feed-in-tariff stops and where battery storage is really at.

The Energy Drinks will be held on Wednesday 18th of November from 5-8pm at the Byron Community Centre. To register for the free event please go to or register on our Facebook page  Drinks can be purchased at the bar and complimentary classy local food will abound.

For more information about the Energy Drinks please call Jess on 0438 905 825 or email

DATE: Wednesday 18th November, 5-8pm

WHERE: Byron Community Centre, Cavanbah Room


Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships - Byron Community College

From 1 July 2015, young people (aged 15-30) who meet certain criteria will be eligible for a NSW Government subsidy which covers their fees in the following courses with Byron Community College in 2016:

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
Mondays and Tuesdays
12th October 2015 - 24th May 2016, 9am - 3:30pm
(There will be no classes between 15 December through until the 25 January)

Certificate IV Small Business (BSB40407)
1 workshop per month 1st Saturday of every month
5th March - 10th December 2016, 9am - 4pm

Certificate III Aged Care (CHC30212) 
3rd February - 29th June 2016, 9am - 4pm

Certificate III in Permaculture (30868QLD)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 
26th April - 7th December 2016, 9am - 3:30pm

Certificate IV in Permaculture (30869QLD)
Wednesdays and Thursdays
17th February - 8th December 2016, 9am - 3:30pm

Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30710)
Commencing mid-2016

Applications for these fee-free scholarships are now open and places are limited so a funded place cannot be guaranteed. Once the state-wide allocation has been filled, only students who meet the Fee-Free Scholarship eligibility criteria and are living in, or on the wait list for NSW social housing, are guaranteed a scholarship.

Enrolling students are required to attend an orientation session in December 2015 on either Saturday 12th from 9am-12pm or Monday 14th from 9am-12pm. Please call our offices on 02 6684 3374 for more information on eligibility criteria.

Crop Swap and Kensan @ Mullum Community Garden

Bring along any produce you have to swap with other members of the community. All welcomed! You could bring your veg, fruit, jams and preserves, eggs but the options are endless once you start sharing.

Held each 3rd Saturday of the month (same as Saturday Mullum market). Meet at 10am for a 10:30am swap, followed by a Kensan discussion. Join the group on facebook for more details and to be kept in the loop

Also in news, Mullum SEED will have a workshop program at the Mullum Music festival this year.

Have a peep at the program that has hit the streets. There will a community forum discussion: The Extraordinary Road to Sustainability, which will be held on Saturday 9:15am at the Civic Hall and is free to ticket holders, and by donation for all others. All welcomed!

Uralla provides blueprint for 100% renewable energy communities

The NSW town of Uralla has outlined plans to go 100 per cent renewable energy, in a government-sponsored blueprint that could become the model of many other towns in NSW and other states to follow suite.

The Zero Net Energy Town – the Uralla Case study – was released today and describes a two-stage process that the town could adopt to go 100 per cent renewable, or “zero net energy”. It is a blueprint that others can follow, and two dozen towns in the state have already expressed interest.

These include things such as LED lighting and home insulation, and producing energy on site, particularly with solar PV. These measures will save the town around $2.2 million a year in energy costs, the study finds.

We are looking for you! Mullumbimby Community Gardens AGM

The Mullumbimby Community Gardens Annual General Meeting is happening this November 25th at the Civic Hall from 6pm -7pm and we are looking to invite as many intersted community members as possible to come and attend.

We are looking for some fresh, energy and new faces to join our Board this year so if you are intersted in giving back to your community in a fun, healthy and abundant way or want to find out more please contact Tim Poole at

Look forward to seeing you there!

Enova Energy - now supported by donations

You can now be part of the change no matter how many dollars you can share! Donations are welcome!  

Enova Energy can now be supported by donations by those who can't afford to invest $1000 into a share. Some not-for-profit organisations who are strong supporters of Enova, have agreed to collect and aggregate individual donations and to use the proceedings towards Enova shares. The shares will be owned by the not-for-profit organisation, who will then hold the voting right, receive the future dividends and use that income to support their own activities. This way you can directly support two organisations in one go and indirectly help many more. The benefits include:

  • the shares will create a future income stream for the not-for profit organisation
  • the investment will help Enova get started
  • getting Enova operational will enable them to support other groups creating renewable energy generation and further community initiatives all around Australia
  • if the not-for-profit group has a charitable status, the donation is also tax deductible!

Currently the not-for-profit organisations accepting donations are:

Please Note - It is also possible to share a share with others, with one person being nominated to have voting rights. Apply for shares through normal process and list the share holders. Contact for more information.