PANS Update May 20th 2011

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Hello everyone – what gorgeous early winter weather we are having! Welcome to Week 2 of the Palerang Action Network for Sustainability update.

What can I do? Please contact Mel at if you know someone who would like to receive this weekly update, or if you have something you’d like to see included. I’m going on a big push this week to try and grow our network.

I’d also encourage you to give feedback so I can put in an ‘Emails to the Editor’ section.  Keep em short, but I’d love to hear from you. Cheers, Mel Hillery.

In this Weeks Update

  1. The ‘Don’t get Mad, Do something fun AND make a change’ Travelling Film Night
  2. Palerang Council News – welcome to new Cnr Harrison, and make sure you rsvp to a consultation evening near you asap
  3. Grant Opportunities  – Kitchen Gardens
  4. Local events – Quenabeyan Expo and Numeralla seed collecting workshop
  5. In the Region – check out the Sustaining Our Towns Website and hear about what our neighbours in Yass are up to.

1. The ‘Don’t get Mad, Do something fun AND make a change’ Travelling Film Night

This is an idea we have to connect up with a community organization in each of the major population centres around Palerang to host a film night or speaker with the emphasis being on ‘inspirational’.  We are hoping to draw people in for a night of entertainment and send them home inspired and ready to act.

I’ve been doing a little bit of research on possible films and the top three contenders so far are:

The Economics of Happiness

The Yes Men Fix the World


Each of these require a fee of around $100.00 per showing (I think we may be able to negotiate something for multiple viewings) plus we need to organize venue hire and equipment.

Here’s my first go at potential venues and host groups – can anyone help me fill in the gaps?

  1. Bungendore – Top Pub a possible venue ? community group?
  2. Braidwood – Braidwood Literary Institute
  3. Captains Flat?
  4. Bywong/Wamboin – alternate between the community associations/halls?
  5. Carwoola
  6. Burra
  7. Majors Creek
  8. Nerriga

What can I do? We’re looking for volunteers to join a sub-group to get these evenings happening. Please think about it especially if you have a link into a likely host community group near you. We are also looking for more ideas for inspiring films and speakers and feedback on the suggestions above.

2. Palerang Council News – By Election

Pete Harrison of Wamboin was elected to Council in last weekend’s by-election.  If you’d like to have a look at the voting results they are quite interesting.  See

Palerang Council Community Workshops

Under a new state planning approach, Palerang Council is now required to develop a Community Strategic Plan.  That means that this time around whatever comes out of the consultation must be recorded and acted on. The consultation workshops for this are very soon, and need an RSVP.  This is our chance to be heard and a big community turn-out will tell council loud and clear that this is the sort of consultation that we want.

Community consultation workshops — 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

with dinner provided. Please arrive at 5.30 pm.

Monday 23 May Gundillion Community Hall

Tuesday 24 May Araluen Community Hall

Wednesday 25 May Braidwood National Theatre

Thursday 26 May Nerriga Community Hall

Tuesday 14 June Captains Flat Community Hall

Wednesday 15 June Bungendore School Hall

Thursday 16 June Burra Community Hall

Friday 17 June Wamboin Community Hall

Government and business forums.

Wednesday 25 May Braidwood National Theatre

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Thursday 16 June Bungendore School Hall

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

What can I do? RSVP to Council on 6238 8111 is essential to secure a place.

3. Grant Opportunities

For further information about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program, please see: Applications close on 3 June 2011.

4. Upcoming Local Events – Sunday 5th June Queanbeyan Expo

On Sunday 5th June from 10am to 4pm there will be an environmental expo in Queanbeyan, with a special focus on sustainable homes and gardens.

Highlights include wormfarming workshops, a river walk, sustainable agriculture, cooking talks and the Sustaining Our Towns team will also be at the expo, so make sure you check in and say hello.

Upcoming Local Events – Sat 18th June Numeralla Landcare’s Seed collecting workshop

Numeralla Landcare is hosting a native seed collection workshop Presented by Greening Australiaon 18 June, from 10am-2pm at Numeralla.

The workshop is free, and lunch is provided, numbers are limited so please book your place. Phone Antia on 6452 4611 or 0439 778 633 or email

5. In Our Region – Sustaining Our Towns website

This website gives a great overview of the Sustaining Our Towns program (under which PANS has been initially funded) and gives details for its Home, Business and Community Programs.  It also advertises regional Sustainability Events and lists a lot of useful sustainability tips and resources.  You can also subscribe to their regular e-neswletter (though I will tru and make sure that everything relevant to Palerang ends up in this update!).

This week I thought I’d post something from the Yass SOT project, just to give us all an idea of what others are doing with the money that is funding PANS and our Palerang council-led energy monitoring project here in Palerang.

Update on Yass Valley Project

Friday 13 May 2011

Hi all

Although we have yet to ‘turn the first sod’ at our proposed site for the Yass community garden (on three disused tennis courts on Anglican Church grounds), we have been busy making sure that all of the administrative side of things are in place before we start to get our hands dirty.  Here’s a summary of what we have been doing:

  • Established a steering committee made up of a group of enthusiastic local residents, meeting weekly since November 2010
  • Currently finalising constitution, licence agreement with landowner (Anglican Church), insurances required, and becoming  incorporated
  • Established contacts with Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS), who have been absolutely fantastic in providing invaluable advice and support
  • Attending COGS community garden open days in Canberra.  Of particular interest is the O’Connor community garden, which is also built on disused tennis courts at the Uniting Church site
  • Established excellent working relationship with Yass Valley Council, with two very supportive Council staff on steering committee.  Council is providing planning, surveying, legal advice and assistance.  They have confirmed that community garden will receive a 55% discount on water rates, and have agreed in principle to a Phase 2 community garden on Council land in Riverbank Park in the future
  • Film fundraiser night organised by local journalist on the Yass Tribune, featuring David Suzuki’s film Force of Nature.  Approximately 45 attended film night, with proceeds donated to the Yass community garden.  $220 was raised, plus the Chair of steering committee gave a brief talk, thus also providing a great opportunity to promote the community garden to those in attendance
  • Proposing to hold an open day at the community garden site on Sunday May 29, with the key objective to involve the Yass community in the site design and to establish their sense of ownership of the garden
  • The Editor of COGS has requested to do a feature article on the Yass community garden for the next edition of the COGS magazine.  We are delighted with the offer, and also with their offer to provide us with any additional help and assistance we may need to make the garden a success.


Gayle Buttrose


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