Community Action for Sustainability

CAS Calender for September 2011

CAS Events

 

Friday, September 16th at 6.30pm, Leadlight Room, City Hall, Mt Gambier.

All Welcome to this Photo presentation of Lake Eyre Camel Trek and Social evening.

Come along and see this entertaining photo presentation by Neil and Bernice Dickins of their adventure camel trekking across the Simpson Desert to Lake Eyre.  Supper provided. All Welcome. Gold Coin entry.

 

Saturday November 19th 12 noon to 4pm. Garden and Music Day

Mt Gambier Community Garden, entrance through Old Gaol or O’Halloran Tce. 

Music, workshops, Food and Displays.

 

Non CAS events

 

Share the Drive offers young adults and older ones an opportunity to share their journey with others travelling between the South East of South Australia and Adelaide, along both inland and coastal routes.  Go to Share the Drive website for more information. http://www.sharethedrive.com.au/

 

Saturday, September 17th, Waders Workshop at Robe, 17th of September, Robe RSL Club, 29 Victoria St Robe

Threatened Bird Survey; Australasian Bittern and the Fairy Tern.

Are you interested in learning about waders of the South East or participating in threatened bird surveys?   We're seeking interested people to come and help us find two of our most recently listed birds, the Australasian Bittern and the Fairy Tern!   You are invited to a

Birds Australia together with Friends of Shorebirds South East is holding a workshop that will give you a chance to brush up on your knowledge of these special Birds in the South East. The wonderful world of shorebirds - A workshop on wader migration, identification and conservation This all day course is a great opportunity for those new to shorebirds and for more experienced observers to increase their success in finding, identifying and counting migratory and resident shorebirds. You will also meet other shorebird enthusiasts and hear about how you can aid the conservation efforts for migratory shorebirds and beach nesting terns in the South East. To top it all off, we will have a look into the daily lives of shorebirds at Fox & Pub lakes. Please RSVP by the 14th September to shorebirds@birdsaustralia.com.au  See Attached flyer on Wader workshop and surveys

 

September is Biodiversity Month, get to know the Threatened Species in our backyard!

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in conjunction with the Mount Gambier Library, SE NRM Board, ForestrySA, Birds Australia and local community groups, are hosting a heap of fun and informative events that aim to get you out and about, and find out more about the threatened species that call the South-East home!

 

8th-16th September; Check our displays at the Mt. Gambier library.

 And don’t forget Threatened Species themed Story Time & Kids Craft at the Library- Tues 13th, Fri 16th, Sat 17th Sept !

 

Birds Australia - Wader & Tern ID workshop, Robe: Sat 17th September

Learn about threatened waterbirds plus more at this full day workshop presented by Birds Australia. DENR will also talk about small terns in preparation for upcoming surveys that you could participate in! For further information contact Cath Dickson, DENR Ph: 8735 1177. Please RSVP by the 14th September to shorebirds@birdsaustralia.com.au  See Attached flyer on Wader workshop and surveys

 

THREATENED SPECIES ANNUAL FAMILY DAY: Sun 18th September

Forests, Flight and Flora!  ‘On the Wing: A birds eye view of our catchments’

Naracoorte Caves, 11am-3pm. Entry: $2 ea or $5 per family

Come join in the fun at this jam packed day all about forests, flight and local plants, animals and catchments!

1pm see the amazing birds of prey flight show and get up close to other wildlife including owls, raptors, scorpions, bearded dragons and snakes! Hunt for bush treasures, dig for fossils, go on a guided nature walk, cave tours (costs apply), and special guests talk on waterbirds and the globally significant Mosquito Creek and Bool Lagoon. Meet 'Karak' the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, 'Ollie' the Orange-bellied Parrot, kid's craft, face painting, displays, plus more!  Sausage sizzle available, with great coffee and tucker also available at the Caves Café.

4pm A field trip to Bool Lagoon for a guided walk with Birds Australia experts, with a particular focus on the nationally endangered Australasian Bittern.

For further information contact Becky McCann, DENR Ph: 8735 1177.

 

Fox Fortnight is on in the South-East- Sept 19-Oct 2

The South East Natural Resources Management Board wants to help farmers with fox control. They are running a coordinated fox eradication program this spring during Fox Fortnight, September 19 to October 2. Landholders who form groups to bait, or who are protecting biodiversity, can purchase subsidised baits. Call your SE NRM local Authorised Officer.  Everybody, please look after your dogs during Fox Fortnight!

 

Sun 25th September; Southern Ocean Coastcare and DENR Beach Cleanup at Brown’s Bay

Meet at Browns Bay Carpark at 10:00am with a sausage sizzle lunch to follow! For more info contact the Coast and Marine Officer, DENR Ph: 8735 1177

 

October 5th Gower conservation Park weed removal.

Contact DENR on 87351177 for more information.

  

 Reaching the Organic Market, TM Organics

11th October 2011 between 9 am and 4 pm.

Mt Gambier Leadlight Room, City Hall Mount Gambier

Contact TM Organics phone (08) 8339 1250 fax (08) 8339 1251 or fill in attached form.

New campaign aims to slash fuel and power bills

DO SOMETHING! and CHOICE challenge Aussies to cut energy usage by 10% Australian households could save over $2billion a year* simply by reducing their fuel and energy usage by 10%. That’s the finding of a new campaign that aims to help consumers combat rising energy prices. Advocacy group Do Something! and consumer watchdog CHOICE today launch The 10% Challenge to show people the no cost and low cost ways to reduce their fuel and energy use by 10%. Register at http://www.choice.com.au/green-home/saving-energy/greenproducts/~/link.aspx?_id=fb8c31d94e5e4b269a4799b002285c1e&_z=zSustainable  

 

Sustainable Communities SA invites you to become a member. 

Are you looking at reducing your ecological footprint and finding out ways to do this? Would you like to do this, while talking with a group of friends or neighbours?  Would you like to know more about how to do this?  Contact Beth Mylius on bmylius@chariot.net.au or visit the Website: http://sustainablecommunitiessa.wordpress.com/

 

CAS Mission Statement

We are a community-based action group with the role of promoting a sustainable life where we co-exist in a harmonious way with our environment, without threatening either humanity or other living things on our planet.

 

For more details contact Catherine Pye 87253821 or cas4sustainability@gmail.com or Sandra Young, tortuwallin@bigpond.com or www.communityactionforsustainability.webs.com

 

Community Action for Sustainability August 2011 Newsletter

 

Saturday 20th August at 1pm. Do you have a wood heater? Come along to this Smoke Watch presentation to learn more about how to prevent air pollution.

1.00 pm at the Multi Function Room, Mount Gambier Public Library followed by a light afternoon tea. Don’t miss this presentation on Air Pollution and what we can do to reduce it.  Did you know Mt Gambier has a massive air pollution problem! What impact will this have on our children and elderly this winter?

 

Sunday 21st August

CAS and DC Grant invites you to this Planet Ark Tree Planting Day at the Blue Lake.  

A revegetation project at R.L. Clement Reserve on the southern side of the Blue Lake, Mt Gambier.   Bring the family and join in the planting from 9.30am to 11.30 am followed by free hot soup and bread.  Meet at the car park halfway between the Cactus garden and the highest point of the Blue Lake (at the back of the Blue Lake - on the southern side).  

Bring a spade, mattock, gloves and raincoat and have a great time. 

RSVP Catherine Pye phone 87253821

 

CAS Event

Friday 16th September, 6.30pm at Leadlight Room, Mt Gambier City Hall.

Photo presentation of Lake Eyre Camel Trek Social evening.

Come along and see this entertaining photo presentation by Neil and Bernice Dickins of their adventure camel trekking across the Simpson Desert to Lake Eyre.  Supper provided. All Welcome. Gold Coin entry.

 

CAS have formed a Recycling Group to discuss ideas for recycling. We are looking for new members, please contact us at cas4sustainability@gmail.com

 

Non CAS events.

Acciona Energy will be in Allendale on 30th and 31st of August to discuss the Allendale Wind Farm.  CAS is aware that the wind farm has drawn community concern and raised many questions.  We encourage those interested to book an appointment to find out more information.  David Clarke from Acciona has sent us an email stating “We hope our visit will help build understanding about the project – how it will benefit the region and how the planning process has taken into account issues of concern to the community.”  

They invite the local community to the Allendale East Community Hall for one on one meetings on: Tuesday 30 August 2011 between 2.00pm – 6.30pm and Wednesday 31 August 2011 between 9.30am – 1.30pm.  For bookings contact David Clarke, Senior Manager, Stakeholder and Community Relations of ACCIONA Energy on 03 9863 9646  or 0408 415 630 or email David.Clarke@acciona.com.au

 

 

Join in this Six Week Community Fitness Challenge.

Now is the time to start improving your fitness, the weather is getting warmer, spring is around the corner.  The South East Regional Community Health Service is offering affordable fitness instruction in Mount Gambier starting Tuesday 23rd August or Thursday 25th August for 6 weeks. Contact the SE Health Promotion Team on 8724 5222.  See Flyer for more details.

 

Reaching the Organic Market, TM Organics

11th October 2011 between 9 am and 4 pm.

Mt Gambier Leadlight Room, City Hall Mount Gambier

Contact TM Organics phone (08) 8339 1250 fax (08) 8339 1251 or fill in attached form.

 

New campaign aims to slash fuel and power bills

DO SOMETHING! and CHOICE challenge Aussies to cut energy usage by 10% Australian households could save over $2billion a year* simply by reducing their fuel and energy usage by 10%. That’s the finding of a new campaign that aims to help consumers combat rising energy prices. Advocacy group Do Something! and consumer watchdog CHOICE today launch The 10% Challenge to show people the no cost and low cost ways to reduce their fuel and energy use by 10%. Register at http://www.choice.com.au/green-home/saving-energy/greenproducts/~/link.aspx?_id=fb8c31d94e5e4b269a4799b002285c1e&_z=zSustainable   See attached flyer.

 

Sustainable Communities SA invites you to become a member. 

Are you looking at reducing your ecological footprint and finding out ways to do this? Would you like to do this, while talking with a group of friends or neighbours?  Would you like to know more about how to do this?  Contact Beth Mylius on bmylius@chariot.net.au or visit the Website: http://sustainablecommunitiessa.wordpress.com/

 

McDonald Park Primary School Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden needs helpers for Kitchen & Garden sessions –especially parents and grandparents (but anyone else invited) to help. Term 3 - Help is needed to work in the garden and the kitchen with the children at McDonald Park School.  Contact Scott Dickson 87249811 or scott.dickson@mcparkr7.sa.ed.au to register your interest.

 

CAS Mission Statement

We are a community-based action group with the role of promoting a sustainable life where we co-exist in a harmonious way with our environment, without threatening either humanity or other living things on our planet.

 

For more details contact Catherine Pye 87253821 or cas4sustainability@gmail.com or Sandra Young, tortuwallin@bigpond.com or www.communityactionforsustainability.webs.com

 

Kalangadoo Farmers Markets every Saturday

Weekly Farmers Market at the Uniting Church Hall, Eliza St, Kalangadoo.

Farmers Market Definition: a place where you can shop each week and find locally grown produce to meet your family needs.

Aim to build up to have enough produce to supply groceries, fruit and veg and other needs.

Come along between 11 - 2pm each Saturday and share a cup of coffee with friends and buy locally grown produce.

More details Contact Sandra Young at 87393245 or tortuwallin@bordernet.com.au

Visit of Paul Downton - well know architect

Paul Downton visited Mt Gambier recently to talk about Eco-cities, Pocket Neighbourhoods. This was a fascinating look at where we are with housing throughout the world and what can be done to help us to live more sustainably.  Christie Walk in Sturt Street in Adelaide is a great example of sustainable living - 27 homes - on 3 normal house blocks - housing 45 people with 20% of the area green space. Close enough to the shops to walk or ride your bike and pedestrian friendly, low energy bills and sustainable living at its best!

Sustainable Communities SA Inc

CAS have become a member organisation of Sustainable Communities SA and are enjoying the benefit of contact with a large organisation which is state wide.  Regular education sessions and email newsletters will benefit our group.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Oct 14 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday, Oct 15 at 1:30 AM - 2:30 AM
Sunday, Oct 15 at 1:30 AM - 2:30 AM
Sunday, Oct 22 at 1:30 AM - 2:30 AM

Sustainable Technology

Inovations, transport, housing, consumer products etc