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Sustainability E-flash April 2016

Renew Fest - Save the Date for Saturday June 18

In a celebration of World Environment Day, Byron Shire Council, Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby and a few other community organisations are partnering to host the inaugural Renew Fest in Mullumbimby.

Renew Festival is a day-long celebration of all things sustainability with a particular focus this year on biodiversity and renewable energy. It is the seed planting of a fresh new festival in this shire, of which its practices and proceeds will be going towards the 100% sustainable transition of Byron Shire. 

Slated for Saturday June 18, this collaborative new festival reflects the Shire's forward thinking arts and culture, creative industries, and sustainable technologies. There will be interesting workshops, opportunities to engage with local action groups, support for the emergence of new action groups addressing gaps in sustainable community practice, entertaining music, inspiring key note speakers, yummy food and amazing people to share ideas with. Renew Fest will have a keen focus on living actions for positive renewable change.

Remember to save the date of June 18 in your diary and look out for more information coming your way soon.


The Rise of the New Food System - Friday April 22

Byron Region Food Sovereignty Network supported by Santos Organics will host a special evening to celebrate International Mother Earth Day on Friday April 22, 6:30pm at Byron Community Centre.

The evening is focused on strengthening our connection with and management of our region's local food system. The evening will involve a screening of the award winning film 'Polyfaces | A World of Many Choices', the launch of our region's first Participatory Guarantee System FEED (Farmer Endorsed Ecological Development), a panel of local food activists from Future Feeders, Byron Region Food Sovereignty Network, Byron Hinterland Seed Savers, Byron Grass Fed and more.

There will be time for networking and refreshments available for purchase. For more info visit the event page on Facebook ( or online here (


You’re invited to a free movie screening and cooking demonstration

Byron Shire Council and North East Waste are hosting a free screening of the Canadian food waste documentary, Just Eat, it at the Byron Community Centre on Wednesday 27 April. (7.30-9pm)

Just Eat It: a film about food waste, guarantees you will never look at your fridge the same way again. We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing more than a third of it in the bin?  Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledged to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.

Cooking demonstration: Prior to the screening there will be a free Love Food Hate Waste 'leftover makeover' cooking demonstration (6-7pm) with local sustainable=--7Alison 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. There are limited places available for the cooking demonstration – and filling up quickly! – so booking are essential.

For bookings and more information please go to the Just Eat It event page.