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Come and meet the Mayoral Candidates and hear them answer your questions.

Date: 17th October 2014

Time: 7.00 door open with local guitarist playing until 7.30pm

Venue: City Hall Mount Gambier

Entry: Gold Coin Donation

Bar Open, Tea and Coffee supplied

ALL QUESTIONS must be emailed to [email protected] or posted to facebook page.

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Unconventional Gas Exploration and Mining

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Tuesday 29th October at 7.30 p.m. at Kingston Football Clubrooms and

Wednesday, 30th October at 7.30pm at the Dress Circle, Main Corner, 1 Bay Road, Mount Gambier. Doors open at 7.00pm.

Dr Gavin Mudd, Senior Lecturer (Environmental Engineering) from the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne will discuss the potential impacts of unconventional gas exploration and mining on our water aquifers.

Mr Brian March, spokesman for Eyre Peninsula Community Mine To Port Consultative Committee will talk about issues local residents are facing as the result of proposed iron ore mining in the Eyre Peninsula.

Friday, 8th November at 7.30pm at the Dress Circle, Main Corner, 1 Bay Road, Mount Gambier.

(Please enter through Institute Building, Leadlight room entrance. Doors open at 7.00pm)


Fractured Country: An Unconventional Invasion /38min/ Australia directed by Brendan Shoebridge. Trailer at Lock the Gate

Professor David Shearman will talk on “Potential Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Projects.” David is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Adelaide South Australia and formerly Head of the Department of Medicine Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is Honorary Secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and was a founding member. He has written many books including “Green or Gone, health, ecology, plagues, greed and our future”, “The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy” and “Climate Change Litigation”.

CAS will host Sustainable House Day again September 9th

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Sustainable House Day started in 2001 as an initiative of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES).

Over 200 homes opened their doors to over 40,000 people on Sunday 11 September 2011 for Sustainable House Day’s 10th Anniversary as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling and other practices designed to lessen our impact on the environment.

Homes opened for free, providing a fantastic opportunity for people seeking to make their own homes or rental properties greener.

Sustainable House Day gives people the chance to get a real-life look inside houses that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind and talk to owners, receiving unbiased advice.

As event organisers we’re seeing greater investment in harvesting water and solar energy as communities realise our resources are finite and likely to become more expensive. By becoming energy efficient today, you’ll be on the front foot to save on energy bills and help the environment now and into the future.

Sustainable House Day, provides a chance for people to exchange ideas and learn from each other and visits to the houses are free of charge – so it will cost nothing to see how easy and economical the move to greener living can be.

Organisers are well on the way in planning the 2012 event.

Each year the average Australian household contributes 13 tonnes of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere—enough to fill more than 700 balloons every day while each household also draws an average of 73,000 buckets of water a year – enough for around 12 baths a day. Do your bit to reduce this by getting involved with Sustainable House Day.

Local community groups across Australia will assist in the management of their area’s open houses and ancillary events.

This would not be possible without the generous support of our national sponsors, please support them as they have supported us.

This year Sustainable House Day is managed by Adelaide based shmeco is owned and managed by Pia Vogrin, a Sustainable House owner and volunteer at previous Sustainable House Days. As someone who is passionate about Sustainable Living, Pia is more than happy to answer any questions you might have – even before the day. Pia’s contact details are below.

The aim of Sustainable House Day is to provide an enjoyable, informative day that contributes to local community awareness of sustainable living.

If you are interested in getting involved in Sustainable House Day 2012 we would love to hear from you.

Pia Vogrin [email protected] 0419 853 614


CINEMA CAS _ "HOME" Documentary August 17th

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Friday, August 17th at the Main Corner, Dress Circle, 1 Bay Rd, Mount Gambier,

Home the documentary film by French artist and director, Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Home is constructed around a narrative and tells a story. The director, Yann Arthus Bertrand, films Earth from the sky using visually stunning footage showing us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health.


The appearance of life on Earth was the result of a balance between elements that took billions of years to stabilize. Humans have profited from the lavish resources of the Earth, but have changed the face of the world by the use they have made of it. The harnessing of petroleum and its subsequent over-exploitation are having dramatic consequences for our planet. Human beings must change their behaviour and their way of life before it is too late for them, their descendants and life on Earth.

The film Home portrays the wonders of human achievement but also the massive damage humans wreak through selfishness. The film deals with protecting nature. “It’s up to us to write what happens next”. Each one of us must make an effort to understand what is going on and take action in our daily lives. That is the essential message of the film Home.

The film gives much information about ecology, geology, biology, geography and history of the earth. The film, Home has a message of hope. Yann Arthus-Bertrand indicates a very human path we can follow, one of love and action. What we do to reduce our impact on our earth is important.

CINEMA CAS invites you to see this special film Home and stay afterwards for our Ideas CAFÉ to discuss the film.

When: Friday, 17th August

Where: Dress circle, Main Corner, Mount Gambier, 1 Bay Road.

Time: Doors open 6.30pm, Film at 7.00pm / 90 min.

Tickets: Donation ($3-$10 suggested) at the door.

Ideas CAFÉ – after the film we invite you to join us for supper, discussion and sharing of ideas.

Supported by City of Mount Gambier.

June 17th Environmental Month Events -CAS at the Library

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Come along and meet Community Action for Sustainability with some great talks.

10 – 2pm Wildlife and Waterbug demonstrations with Dept of Environment and Natural Resources.

10.30 Backyard Beekeeping with Sharn Lucas – CAS Committee member

11.15 Be Energy Smart with Neville Moody – CAS committee member

12 noon Permaculture talk with Sharn Lucas – CAS Committee member

12.45 Climate Change Slideshow – a must see with the latest Australian data! Sandra Young, CAS Vice Chairman

1.30pm Digital solar home heating with Australian Sun Energy.

2 pm Nature Glenelg Trust – wetlands and more. Mark Bachmann2.30pm Sustainable home living with Mark Bachmann – a rammed earth Home.

Mark Bachmann will be talking on the Nature Glenelg Trust and also on his sustainable rammed earth home with an update. A Sustainable Rammed Earth House: A few years on… reflecting on life in a sustainable house. Mark has previously presented during Environment Month on the construction of his owner-built rammed earth house. A few years on, hear Mark’s thoughts on completing the project and what life has been like for his family living in their sustainable house. You might even pick up a few design hints for your own project!

JUNE 22nd CINEMA CAS Design for Life Documentary

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June 22nd Main Corner, Dress Circle, Mount Gambier, Doors open 6.30pm, Film 7.00pm

“Design for life” / South Australia / 68 min

Annemarie and Graham Brookman’s quest for the principles of sustainable living took them to 40 countries but ended when they encountered permaculture, a design system for sustainable living. This inspiring, practical film traces the physical and economic challenges they overcame: lack of capital, smallness of scale, droughts, floods and the loneliness of the pathfinder, to become one of the World’s iconic permaculture properties and one of Australia’s most awarded organic farms, The Food Forest.

When: Friday, June 22nd

Where: Dress circle, Main Corner, Mount Gambier, 1 Bay Road.

Time: Doors open 6.30pm, Film at 7.00pm / 84 min.

Tickets: Gold Coin Donation on the night or at Main Corner, Mount Gambier, Ph 87239566.

Three bottles of “Food Forest” wine available as door prizes.

Permaculture Mount Gambier will be at this event with more information.

DVD’s of the movie and the ‘virtual tour’ of the property will be available to borrow at the Mount Gambier Public Library after the screening.

For more information contact the Food Forest on 08 8522 6450,

Brought to you by Community Action for Sustainability with the support of City of Mount Gambier and the South East Natural Resources Management Board.

Film Documentary The Economics of Happiness

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Going local is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world—our ecosystems, our societies and our selves.

“The Economics of Happiness”, March 16th 7pm.

Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.

‘The Economics of Happiness’ describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re‐regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re‐build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith and Samdhong Rinpoche ‐ the Prime Minister of Tibetʹs government in exile. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well‐being. ‘The Economics of Happiness’ restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

Community Action for Sustainability invites you to stay for a post screening discussion led by Natasha Davis, Director of Sustainable Focus. Natasha engages with people at all levels within organisations and the community to facilitate conversations and change. She has experience in developing sustainability and climate change action plans, designing behaviour change initiatives, workshop facilitation, stakeholder engagement and communications. Natasha has also worked extensively in natural resources management (NRM). Natasha holds a degree in Economics, and a Masters in Environmental Management.


When: 16th March 2012,

Doors open at 6.30pm,

Film starts at 7.00pm (65 min) followed by post screening discussion with special guest Natasha Davis and supper.

Where: Dress Circle (Theatre), Main Corner, Mount Gambier (cnr Commercial St East & Bay Rd)

Tickets available from the Main Corner for a donation.

Community Action for Sustainability Inc is a member group of Sustainable Communities SA and an official sponsor of this event.

This event is supported by Sustainable Communities SA and the City of Mount Gambier

and the South East Natural Resources Management Board.


There is much more information about the film and ISEC at the two websites.

View the films website you can find synopses of the film, a statement by the directors, film reviews, biographies of the voices from the film and links to the trailer.

View the film’s trailer;

At you can delve more deeply into the issues through our newsletters, online articles, books and other publications, online audio and video, and especially our community study group curriculum, Roots of Change.

For more information contact [email protected] or Catherine Pye on phone 87253821 or Sandra Young on phone 87393245.

Results of the National Community survey on renewable energy.

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 5:53 AM Comments comments (0)

National Community survey on renewable energy.


Community Action for Sustainability Inc have joined the 100% renewable energy campaign started by the Mt Alexander Sustainability Group (based in Bendigo, Victoria) along with many other community groups Australia wide.



CAS completed the survey in June and July 2010 and collated the information from over 70 participants.


The results are very clear and strongly support Renewable Energy and urge the Australian Government to act now.

• 97.1% felt that the Australian government is NOT doing enough to promote the development of clean renewable energy, like wind, wave and solar in Australia.


• 67.1 % felt that creating clean energy jobs should be a high priority for the Australian Government this year, 28.4% thought it should be a mid priority.


• 52.9% felt that we should use the current subsidies given to fossil fuel companies for renewable energy. And a further 42.9% felt that the subsidies should be shared between renewable and fossil fuels until renewable energy schemes get to a level of replacing fossil fuels.


• A strong vote of 95.7% believed that Australia should develop a plan to move to 100% renewable energy.


Of the 70 responses - 37.7% don’t use renewable energy in their homes, 30% use solar power, 29% solar hot water and 24% buy green power.


We had 48 comments from those who took the survey including;

1. Our region needs to be known for its initiatives and sustainable planning both now and for history

2. Surely it would be cheaper to subsidise solar panels on every house in Australia than building a new coal powered power station in each state

3. Do you have solar panels or solar hot water at home and/or do you buy Green Power.

4. Whether or not global warming is a reality, whether or not it's caused by human activity (and I believe it IS) then it STILL makes sense to switch to renewable energy and adopt sustainable lifestyles. The reasons cannot be denied. Fossil fuels are very much in limited supply and we need to protect the environment. Even the Climate Change deniers can't escape that logic!

5. Renewable energy is no longer just something aging hippies talk about, it is the future. The Government should be commended for the changes we have made in recent years but should consider pushing it further

6. Investment in renewable energy particularly at community and local levels should be a priority. As an immediate start it should be mandated that all new constructions should have renewable capability as well as water storage. Small communities should be encouraged and supported, both financially and technically, to produce their own energy to become self sufficient. We should be world leaders in this technology

7. I want my grandchildren to grow up in a healthy world that will outlast their generation and many more


CAS thank you all those who participated in this survey.


For more information


CAS Membership 2010-2011

Posted on November 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM Comments comments (0)




It has been decided by the CAS Committee that there will be a membership fee per family of $5 per year, from 1/7/10 to 30/06/2011.

This will allow free entrance to all of our talks and events.

A membership card will be issued.

Non members are welcome, but we will now be charging an entrance fee of $2 per non-member family for each talk and event except where advertised as being free.

This is to help us pay for public liability insurance.

Our newsletter will still be forwarded to all on our list, irrespective of being a member or not.

Membership Forms will be emailed out and will be available at all our public meetings.