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Past Film 30th November, Cinema CAS: One Day on Earth

Friday 30th November, 7pm at the Main Corner Dress Circle.

What a great film to finish the year off with.

This film is compiled of footage from over 160 countries around the world wtih 3000 hours of footage condensed into a 90 min spectacular of what was happening around the world on 10th October 2010.

Be sure to see this one.

Music and graphics sensational.

all welcome.

Supper provided.

Tickets by Donation $3-10


Past EVent CINEMA CAS "HOME" Documentary 17th August

August 17th Dress Circle, Main Corner, Mount Gambier, Doors open 6.30pm, Film 7.00pm

"HOME" / France / 2009 / 93min


In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows 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. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.



HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage. The film marks artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film directorial debut. HOME the movie is carbon offset.

All Welcome, Join us afterwards for Ideas Cafe with Supper and discussion.

Tickets at door by Donation ($3-$10 recommended) to cover costs. 

Supported by City of Mount Gambier.


Past Event CINEMA CAS Design for Life Feature Documentary


Community Action for Sustainability invites you to the Main Corner in Mount Gambier

on June 22nd at 6.30pm to see the permaculture documentary “Design for Life.”  


‘Design for Life’ is a movie by the British videographer Sam Collins telling the

story of two scientifically trained baby boomers, from opposite ends of the planet,

who saw the cracks emerging in the global ecosystem and started the adventure

of their lives, to perfect an abundant, sustainable way of living.

Annemarie and Graham Brookman’s quest for the principles of sustainable living

took them to forty countries and resolved itself in the adoption of the

permaculture design system and the creation of a remarkable organic farm and

learning centre known as The Food Forest near Gawler.


‘Design for Life’ moves on from the string of eco-disaster documentaries and shows

 how an ordinary family can get land and become self reliant using

environmentally responsible techniques.


It is a particularly important movie because it proposes solutions to many of

the major challenges facing the world today - climate change, overpopulation,

urban design, food security and the adoption of and ethical framework for



It is a fast moving film with interviews with environmental designer David Holmgren

and some remarkable film of Annemarie and Graham’s trek in search of

sustainability. But it also gives perspectives from the upcoming generation that will

 have to manage the planet over the coming decades through the eyes of Tom and

Nikki Brookman.  Whilst it is a global film, Adelaide is clearly in the background

as Graham demonstrates a model for the design of sustainable cities.


We then invite you to join us for a special “Food Forest Supper” afterwards. 


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.

  Community Action for Sustainability. 

Past Event May 18th  Common Ground and Urban Roots

27th April 2012

 All welcome.

Community Action for Sustainability invites you to the Main Corner in Mount Gambier on May 18th at 6.30pm to see two delightful and entertaining films. 


We take great pleasure in showing the award winning, short Australian film “Common Ground” (15min).  This is a documentary collaboration between Uncle Bob Randall and Hollie Fifer. “At a time when climate change and sustainability is a crucial debate on how society lives into the future, Uncle Bob shares his life learning’s. Uncle Bob is a desert man and Hollie grew up in the concrete walls of Melbourne. They couldn't be more different. However while reconnecting with the Australian landscape they find common ground.“


Following this we will show Urban Roots: A story of a city and its people produced by Tree Media.

Detroit was the centre of the automotive industry in the USA and when this collapsed the big companies (Ford, Chrysler and GMH) laid people off.  The city’s population dropped from 2 million in 1950 to 900,000 in 2000.

Urban Farming is a positive response to the collapse of this city.  There was no fresh food available in the city -only convenience stores, fast food restaurants and petrol stations with packaged foods.  People had to drive out to the suburbs to get fresh food.   What do you eat under these circumstances and how healthy is it for you!  

 The city population found they had no control over their food system, one third were living below the poverty line and most of these needed food assistance.  The answer was in food self determination through urban farming and community gardens.   Urban farming helped feed the family and sale of excess produce provided money to put petrol in the car.   Children started learning about where food comes from, growing and eating fresh food.   The film took a look at the many models of food growing that developed in Detroit including the markets. 


The film explores: the need to get in touch with nature, importance of teaching children about agriculture, the stigma attached to growing food and agriculture, ways to deal with soil pollution (heavy metals), food kitchens and food justice.   The film looks at Local Government and the community with regard to legal issues arising from urban farming within a city. 

Overall it introduces us to new ways to develop cities and build community, by including agricultural and green spaces in the city.  Food without a doubt brings people together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.  The Urban roots movement supports putting farms in schools!


CAS invite you to join us for supper or you may wish to watch a short film (7min) looking at the Food Bill of Rights developed by the Community Environmental Legal Defence Organisation in the USA – promoting communities to develop local laws to protect local food production.  

 When: Friday, May 18th  

Where: Dress circle, Main Corner, Mount Gambier

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

Tickets at Main Corner, Gold Coin Donation.

Supper provided after the film.


These documentaries will be available for loan from the Mt Gambier Public Library after the event.

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

 Chair of Community Action for Sustainability.


Past Event April 20th  Film: Flow for love of Water 

April 20th  7pm, Main Corner

Invitation to see Film Documentary: FLOW: for love of water.

 “Water is the very essence of life.

It sustains every living being on this planet and without it, there would be nothing…”


Community Action for Sustainability Inc (CAS) invites you to attend this film evening looking at WATER.   

FLOW - Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.

A word from Irena Salina “ FLOW took us too many countries including Africa, Bolivia, Canada, India, France and the USA. Right from the start it was very important for me to thread this story back and forth between the USA and different countries around the world. One of the things that became immediately apparent to me was that water is a truly unifying element. We all need it, we all want it and more than anything else in the world it is the one thing that connects us all. This universal concept became the heart of my film.


The film questions the very nature of water and our relation to it. It shows how local action can challenge giant corporations, and how the privatization of water has jeopardized the way of life for entire populations. It was inspiring to learn that the most effective way to implement change around water issues, both here in the USA and abroad, are individual, community based initiatives are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.”


When: Friday, April 20th

Where: Dress circle, Main Corner, Mount Gambier

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

Tickets at Main Corner, Gold Coin Donation.


This documentary will be available for loan from the Mt Gambier Public Library after the event.


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


Past Event Free Film, Art and Snacks School holiday fun, April 13th at the Main Corner, Mount Gambier

April 13th School holidays free film, art and snacks sessions. Main Corner Complex.

Bookings for Art Sessions at The Riddoch Art Studio, Upstairs to Dress Circle for two films then downstairs to Riddoch Art Kitchen area for snacks and home time.

15 per art session/ 30min Sessions

Program Sessions;

  • 2.30 art in Riddoch art studio, 3.00 pm  Upstairs for films, 3.00 the lorax, 3.30 the leafy seadragon, 3.45 snacks downstairs – 4pm


  • 3.00pm Art in Riddoch Art Studio, 3.30pm films upstairs, Gavin the leafy seadragon and stretch, 4.00pm The Lorax, 4.30pm snacks downstairs.


  • 3.30pm Art in Riddoch Art Studio, 4.00 pm film upstairs, the Lorax, 4.30 pm Gavin the Leafy seadragon, 4.45pm snacks downstairs.


  • 4.00pm Art in Riddoch art gallery, 4.30pm film upstairs, Gavin the leafy sea dragon and 4.45pm snacks downstairs.

Presented by Community Action for Sustainability Inc with support from Riddoch Art Gallery, City of Mount Gambier and South East Natural Resources Management Board.


Film information

Dr Seuss; The Lorax (25 min) is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss which was first published in 1971.  This film was produced in 1972 and chronicles the plight of our environment and the Lorax. Follow the struggle of the Lorax as he “speaks for the trees” and tries to protect the forest and its creatures from destruction by the greedy Once-ler, who only sees the forest for its commercial value until it is too late.


Gavin; The Leafy Seadragon (15 min) – follow the adventures of Gavin as he travels from Rapid Bay in South Australia.


For more information contact Community Action for Sustainability on or phone Catherine on 87253821 or City Council on 87212555


Past Event "The Economics of Happiness " Documentary

Film Documentary “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.