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"
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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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'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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Ceres Ecohouse "open day"
Feb
16
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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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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

RENEW Electric Vehicle Expo

  • Melbourne International Karting Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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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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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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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Sustainable building information session - Gisborne
Nov
14
2:00 PM14:00

Sustainable building information session - Gisborne

The popular sustainable building information session returns to Gisborne in an afternoon timeslot.

If you’re planning to build or renovate, or have an interest in sustainable building design, you’re invited to Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s free sustainable building information session. Hosted by qualified sustainable building designer and MRSC staff member, Felicity Houghton.

Free event - registration required via Goldfields Libraries website.

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Australian Native Food Harvest for Cooks & Gardeners
Oct
31
1:00 PM13:00

Australian Native Food Harvest for Cooks & Gardeners

  • Sunbury Youth and Library Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sunbury Library is hosting a session with Julie Weatherhead from Peppermint Ridge Farm.

Learn more about Australian Native Foods: which plants will grow best in your garden, how to propagate them and how to use them in your everyday cooking. Plus, sample ingredients featured in her book “Australian Native Food Harvest: a Guide for the Passionate Cook and Gardener”.

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Woodend Bee Friendly Society | October Meeting | Practical Field Day
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Woodend Bee Friendly Society | October Meeting | Practical Field Day

We are holding our annual Bee Handling Course this Sunday, 21 October 2018. Please note that this replaces our regular bee meeting. Our meetings will resume as normal in November. Places are now closed. For those that registered, please remember to bring your $5 and your bee gear and we'll see you on Sunday! 

If you are not attending our bee handling day on Sunday 21 October, you might like to help the WBFS at the Lancefield Show. The bee caravan will be on show and we will be chatting to the public about all things bees. If you would like to volunteer to help out, please email us (woodendbees@gmail.com)

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Planning the future of the Vegetarian Eating Group
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Planning the future of the Vegetarian Eating Group

Heather is planning on moving to Brisbane next year so she would like to start the process to find a new leader for MR VEG (Action Group for Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group).  Ideally, a core leadership group to revitalise the group.   With a core leadership group, there are various options that could be explored and/or continued to take the group forward: cooking classes, veg food expos, the farmers market, pot lucks, film nights, new innovative ideas etc.

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Dominion (rating MA15+)
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Dominion (rating MA15+)

Exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, hidden and handheld cameras, this award winning feature-length film explores the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom.  A panel discussion will occur after the screening exploring a variety of perspectives.

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Woodend Community Farmers' Market
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Woodend Community Farmers' Market

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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Woodend Bee-Friendly Society at the Woodend Community Farmers' Market
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Woodend Bee-Friendly Society at the Woodend Community Farmers' Market

WBFS will be running the bbq at the Woodend Community Farmers’ Market on October 6th to raise funds for the group so that they can be even more effective in promoting beekeeping and the plight of honeybees to schools and the local community. Come and see the Honey-Bubble caravan and talk to the WBFS members to learn more about bees and beekeeping, and what you can do to make your place more bee-friendly.

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Sustainable House Day 2018
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sustainable House Day 2018

About 40% of Australian homes’ energy costs relate to heating and cooling. In the Macedon Ranges that’s predominantly heating. On Sustainable House Day, Sunday 16 September, you can visit four homes in and around the Macedon Ranges and learn a range of ways of dealing with winter cold, ranging from the cheap and simple to more expensive and technical.

At Clearwind and Jocks Gully you can also learn about growing your own food, expanding the idea of a “sustainable house” to encompass more aspects of sustainable lifestyle.

Please register at sustainablehouseday.com and come visit!

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Invitation: Woodend Repair Café  launch Saturday 1 September 2018
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Invitation: Woodend Repair Café launch Saturday 1 September 2018

The first of its kind in the Macedon Ranges, Woodend Neighbourhood House is thrilled to be joining the 1,000+ repair cafés around the world that fix household items for free in the bid to reduce waste. “There has been a growing awareness and eagerness to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle in the Ranges, and a local repair café is a great opportunity for the Woodend Neighbourhood House to further support this movement” said Woodend Neighbourhood House Coordinator Angela Van Dam.

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Open Edible Gardens Day
Sep
1
to Sep 2
KTH

Open Edible Gardens Day

2018 Kyneton Transition Hub Open Edible Garden Day is on Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 September 2018 between 10am and 4pm. Eight gardeners from Kyneton, Malmsbury, Taradale and Lauriston invite everyone to visit their edible gardens and see how easy it is to produce fresh, wholesome food.

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WBFS Meeting in August: Bees' Wax
Aug
19
3:00 PM15:00

WBFS Meeting in August: Bees' Wax

At the WBFS meeting Sunday 19th August we will be discussing bees wax.

We’ve all known about the amazing benefits of HONEY for a long time but did you know that Bees wax was just as remarkable and has many more uses than you would have thought.

At the WBFS meeting Sunday 19th August, Samantha Rixon and Jim Sansom will be presenting uses of this truly wonderful substance, Bees wax, for both in and outside of your home.

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Woodend Community Farmers' Market
Aug
4
9:00 AM09:00

Woodend Community Farmers' Market

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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