Retrofit your home workshop: Gisborne
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Retrofit your home workshop: Gisborne

  • Gisborne Administration Centre, 40 Robertson Street, Gisborne 3437 (map)
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Did you know that most of the energy you use in your home goes into heating and cooling?

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is running a free workshop on retrofitting. Come along and find out what you can do at home to reduce your environmental footprint and save money.

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Tour Nightingale 1 in Brunswick
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Nightingale 1 in Brunswick

Nightingale buildings aim to deliver multi-residential housing in cities that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable and socially inclusive: apartments designed with a focus on residents’ needs.

30-minute public tours of the multi-award-winning “Nightingale 1” in Brunswick are held on various Thursdays throughout the year.

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VEG get together
Apr
7
12:30 PM12:30

VEG get together

The VEG group hosts a quarterly lunch for anyone interested in trying or sharing experiences of eating more veg, more often.

Bring a plate of something plant based (no meat or meat products), or a drink for all to share. Invite a friend! This is a good chance to meet like minded people and swap recipes.

Email veg@mrsg.org.au to RSVP and get the location.

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Showcase at the Market: Kyneton Transition Hub and Transition Town Riddell
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Showcase at the Market: Kyneton Transition Hub and Transition Town Riddell

Kyneton Transition Hub focusses on working together to make our community stronger, happier, and more resilient as we deal with the impacts of peak oil and climate change.

Transition Town Riddell is a transition hub for Riddells Creek to help move to renewable energy. They are presently focussing on seed saving.

To find out more about Kyneton Transition Hub & Transition Town Riddel, please click here and here.

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Showcase at the Market: Woodend Bee-Friendly Society
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Showcase at the Market: Woodend Bee-Friendly Society

Saturday, 5th October 2019 – Woodend Bee-Friendly Society

The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society seeks to promote the sharing of knowledge about beekeeping between aspirants, novices, and experienced beekeepers in Woodend and surrounding areas.

To find out more about the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society, please click here.

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Showcase at the Market - Vegetarian Action Group
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Showcase at the Market - Vegetarian Action Group

The Vegetarian Action Group is open to anyone interested in the experience of preparing and eating vegetarian food. Throughout the year the group hosts vegetarian dinners, occasional vegetarian food forum and regularly runs a stall featuring vegetarian and vegan food at the Woodend Community Farmers’ Market.

To find out more about MR VEG, please click here.

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Tiny House Festival - Bendigo
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Tiny House Festival - Bendigo

Everyone knows that good things come in small packages, so find out why the tiny house movement is taking off at Australia’s first tiny house festival.

Brought to you by Tiny Houses Australia, an online community dedicated to celebrating living in tiny houses, the Tiny House Festival will be held at Bendigo Racecourse on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 in 2019.

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Woodend Beekeeping Workshop
Mar
17
10:30 AM10:30

Woodend Beekeeping Workshop

  • Woodend Neighbourhood House Woodend (map)
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2 day beginners beekeeping workshops

Introducing you to the world of beekeeping,

we will cover the topics of;

What makes a hive

Personal protective equipment

Beekeeping tools

Bio-security requirements

Hands on experiences

10.30am - 3.00pm Sunday 17th March - registrations full

10.30am - 3.00pm Sunday 24th March - registrations full

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RENEW Electric Vehicle Expo
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

RENEW Electric Vehicle Expo

  • Melbourne International Karting Complex (map)
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RENEW’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo, on Saturday 16 March, is Australia’s largest gathering of electric cars, bikes, motorbikes, scooters, skateboards ... and more! 

The Expo offers a unique experience to test-drive and ride a diverse range of electric vehicles. Learn more about the future of electric vehicles in Australia from exhibitors and talk to owners about their experiences driving electric vehicles.

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Home Produce Exhange
Mar
2
9:30 AM09:30

Home Produce Exhange

The Home Produce Exchange is showcasing itself for the Sustainability Festival on March 2. We will be part of the Farmers Market in Woodend, as we are every month, but starting earlier at 9.30am and finishing later at 1pm. So please scour your garden and pantry shelves and bring whatever you can, any time between 9 and midday - we had lots of fun last year.

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2019 Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00
SLF

2019 Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival

  • CNR Forest Street and High Street Woodend, VIC, 3442 Australia (map)
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The Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival is a vibrant showcase of the region's premier environmental programs, projects, products and services. Located in the scenic Macedon Ranges, festival visitors will be inspired by an engaging and diverse event format that features an exciting line-up of innovative exhibitors, free eco-workshops, guest speakers, film screenings, and kid's activities.

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Melbourne book launch: "Housing for Degrowth"
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Melbourne book launch: "Housing for Degrowth"

“Degrowth” is a kind of shorthand for planned economic contraction and living lives of sufficiency. If you’ve read “Affluenza” and/ or “Curing Affluenza”, or David Homgren’s book “Retrosuburbia”, you’ll be familiar with the idea. An article from The Conversation sums it up nicely.

Associate Professor Anitra Nelson led the editorial team on a new book explaining and debating degrowth in cities and housing. The Melbourne launch of the book will take place at RMIT during the national Sustainable Living Festival.

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Woodend Bee Friendly Society Monthly Meeting
Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Woodend Bee Friendly Society Monthly Meeting

Join us for our February meeting where we will be looking at all things bees under the lens of our new microscope! 
The microscope was purchased for the club via a grant from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council for diagnosing bee diseases. 
Learn about Nosema, what you can do to prevent it and how you can get involved in our citizen science project. 
We’ll also be showcasing some of the fascinating things to be seen when you look close enough, followed by a Q&A at the end of the session.

Woodend Community House 3pm Sunday 17th February

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Introduction to Permaculture Course at Milkwood, Hepburn
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Introduction to Permaculture Course at Milkwood, Hepburn

Milkwood are running a two-day introduction to permaculture course in Hepburn on 16-17 February. Woodend Permaculture Garden have negotiated a 25% discount for MRSG members. Contact Sara on permaculture@mrsg.org.au to receive the discount code which you can use when you enrol on https://www.milkwood.net/course/introduction-to-permaculture-190216/

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Ceres Ecohouse "open day"
Feb
16
9:30 AM09:30

Ceres Ecohouse "open day"

  • Ceres Community Environment Park (map)
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The Ceres Ecohouse is part functional home, part educational resource. It’s a model of an ongoing retrofit of 1920s weatherboard house and garden. Through new technologies and design the Ecohouse demonstrates how we can increase liveability and decrease environmental impact, all the while paying appropriate consideration to the economics.

The EcoHouse hosts ‘Open Days’ with a staff member every first and third Saturday of the month 9:30 – 14:30. (Check with Ceres to confirm opening during Christmas and January, phone (03) 9389 0100)

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'Aussie Street' RetroSuburbia with David Holmgren
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

'Aussie Street' RetroSuburbia with David Holmgren

  • The Clocktower CentreMoonee Ponds, VIC 3039 (map)
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In Aussie Street, David Holmgren - permaculture co-originator - presents the history and future of suburbia as a serious but humorous presentation.

How might our neighbourhoods be different in the future? Find out at this free event presented by the Moonee Valley City Council as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2019.

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What on earth is an Earthship? Find out at Kinglake!
Feb
2
1:00 PM13:00

What on earth is an Earthship? Find out at Kinglake!

  • 19 Ward Street Kinglake, VIC, 3763 Australia (map)
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Earthships are unique dwellings constructed with significant reuse of materials.

Daryl Taylor is opening Kinship (the Kinglake Earthship) for tours on Saturdays in February. There will a comprehensive presentation on the site history and evolution and the application of Biotecture, Permaculture and Regenerative eco-design principles and practices followed by an extensive guided tour and an in-depth and highly practical 'how to .. ' Q & A.

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Ceres Ecohouse "open day"
Feb
2
9:30 AM09:30

Ceres Ecohouse "open day"

  • Ceres Community Environment Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ceres Ecohouse is part functional home, part educational resource. It’s a model of an ongoing retrofit of 1920s weatherboard house and garden. Through new technologies and design the Ecohouse demonstrates how we can increase liveability and decrease environmental impact, all the while paying appropriate consideration to the economics.

The EcoHouse hosts ‘Open Days’ with a staff member every first and third Saturday of the month 9:30 – 14:30. (Check with Ceres to confirm opening during Christmas and January, phone (03) 9389 0100)

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Showcase at the Market: Renewable Energy Action Group
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Showcase at the Market: Renewable Energy Action Group

The Macedon Ranges Renewable Energy Action Group aims to to accelerate the transition of the Macedon Ranges to renewable energy. To do this, they work across three areas. The largest project involves putting the pieces together for the community energy park in the pine plantation south of Woodend. The second area of work is exploring a number of solar-based renewable energy projects with community organisations, the council, and even Holgate’s brewery. Finally, there are a number of members who are well connected across similar organisations and are drawing resources from those networks to assist our project planning.

To find out more about the Renewable Energy Action Group, please click here.

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Ceres Ecohouse "open day"
Dec
1
9:30 AM09:30

Ceres Ecohouse "open day"

  • Ceres Community Environment Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ceres Ecohouse is part functional home, part educational resource. It’s a model of an ongoing retrofit of 1920s weatherboard house and garden. Through new technologies and design the Ecohouse demonstrates how we can increase liveability and decrease environmental impact, all the while paying appropriate consideration to the economics.

The EcoHouse hosts ‘Open Days’ with a staff member every first and third Saturday of the month 9:30 – 14:30. (Check with Ceres to confirm opening during Christmas and January, phone (03) 9389 0100)

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Woodend Community Farmers' Market
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Woodend Community Farmers' Market

  • Woodend Community Farmers' Market (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Woodend Community Farmers' Market (WCFM) is a lively local event that is well supported by the local community. The WCFM currently hosts 50 regular stallholders, from within the Macedon Ranges and the wider region. The market is fully accredited by the Victorian Farmers Market Association(VFMA), meaning that customers can have confidence in the authenticity of the producers within the market, and have the opportunity to build direct relationships with the people who grew or made the produce on offer.

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Showcase at the Market: Waste Action Group
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Showcase at the Market: Waste Action Group

  • Woodend Community Farmers' Market (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Waste Action Group works to reduce waste in the Macedon Ranges, and to encourage everyone to Refuse, Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recover, Recycle and Rot for effective waste reduction and to protect our environment and finite resources.

This Saturday we’ll be at the Farmer’s Market to talk about our upcoming projects, how you can get involved, and we’ll have a special focus on how to reduce your waste (if not your waist!) over the holiday period. See you there!

To find out more about the Waste & Recycling Action Group, please click here.

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Native Plant Seed Collecting Workshop
Nov
24
10:30 AM10:30

Native Plant Seed Collecting Workshop

  • Honeycomb Reserve, Honeycomb Road Campbells Creek (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Landscaping can play an important part in making your home sustainable, by providing shade, directing wind, breezes and frost.

Pick up some tips on native plant seed collection at a free two-hour seed collecting workshop being run by Mount Alexander Shire Council at Campbells Creek this Saturday, 24 November.

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