PLANS Update No. 9 Friday 28th October 2011

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Hello everyone,

Monday 17th October turned out to be a very pleasant day for eleven people to stroll into the Royal Hotel in Bungendore, share a drink and a meal, and form the Palerang Local Action Network for Sustainability Incorporated! I submitted the paperwork to the Department of Fair Trading this week and now we await the outcome of our application!

This meeting represents the dissolution of the Sustaining Our Towns Palerang working group, the members of which have worked hard to get us to this point.  Thanks to all those who have had input to this group over the past year: Dave Anthony, Helen Bayes, Paul Cockram, Anne-Marie Duke,  Bernie Foy, Ben Gleeson, Mel Hillery, Judith Turley, Su Wild-river and Rob Woolley.

The inaugural PLANS committee was also formed at the pub meeting and comprises David Anthony, Penny Hayman, Mel Hillery, David McDonald, Catherine Moore, Kristine Nash, and Judith Turley.  Thanks for stepping up to the plate – we look forward to the year ahead!

Thanks also to the rest of you who came along to support our formation – much appreciated!

Cheers for now, Mel Hillery

In this Weeks Update

1. Where to for PLANS now?

2.     Energy Monitoring Kits now available in Palerang Libraries

3.     Progress in public transport promotion

4.     Help us bring the Travelling Cinema to you

5.     Please fill out the South East Food Survey

6.     Upcoming Events

7.     In our neighbourhood – Costa the Gardener opens Young’s Community Garden and gULP launches a biodiesel bus!

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1. Where to for PLANS now?

Key to the PLANS Objects that we have just adopted is the aim of ‘providing advocacy and secretariat support for local initiatives and by improving access to available funding and training oppportunities’ promote sustainable development for a Cool Future across Palerang Shire.  How exactly are we going to go about this?

Sustaining Our Towns has been supporting the formation of PLANS via its provision of salary for a project officer (currently Mel Hillery).  This money must be spent by March 2012.  With remaining funds the committee has directed this salary time towards the following priorities:

(i) Completing an application for the Grants to Voluntary Environment, Heritage and Sustainability Organisations for ongoing funding of PLANS due in July 2012.

(ii) Quantification of the Indicators of success identified in the PLANS Goals, Strategies and Indicators table (see website); facilitation of further strategic planning for PLANS.

(iii) Facilitation of the Travelling Cinema to localities throughout Palerang as a way of promoting PLANs and the discussion of sustainable Cool Futures.

(iv) Submission of small grant applications on behalf of existing community groups and initiatives that align with our Objects.

In relation to this last point we are currently drawing up a table of grant opportunities available throughout the coming year.  We are already aware of a number of initiatives seeking funding but would like to have a more comprehensive list so that we can pair up appropriate projects with appropriate sources of funding. We will then be able to select one or two of these to assist with grant writing and submission. If we can’t help you this year, we may be able to help in future. If you know of a community based project that might be seeking this kind of help please contact Mel Hillery or 0427 440 335.

Examples of suitable initiatives include, but are not limited to, the establishment of innovations in local power production, food supply, public transport, waster reuse and recycling, the growth of local green products and services, the retention/creation of biodiversity/carbon sequestration corridors and the provision of sustainability focused education, training and technology transfer.

2.     DIY Home Sustainability Library Kit now available in Palerang Libraries

Sustaining Our Towns and Palerang council have combined forces to make available a number of DIY Home Sustainability Kits at both Braidwood and Bungendore libraries.  With interest in these kits very high (apparently it is waiting list required at Braidwood library) Palerang council will be looking at providing more of the kits.

The kits include a Home Sustainability Guide (also available to download from  and a number of sustainability devices including a power usage meter which plugs into your power point and tells you what your home appliances are costing you;  an infra-red thermometer which can be used to find ‘leaky’ places where your home could be better insulated; and a compass to help with orienting yourself towards northern winter sunlight.

For further information see or contact your local library.

3.     Progress in public transport promotion

The Bungendore Public Transport Group recently had a very productive meeting with Alex Codina, Regional Coordinator South East NSW Transport and Infrastructure. This meeting has opened up a number of possibilities for the transport  group to pursue including getting the Community transport program (volunteer bus and car drivers taking people to appointments) more formally established in Bungendore, promoting better use of our available bus and train services through a pamphlet available for download on Palerang council website,  setting up a regular regional excursion service for pensioners, investigating a funded car-pool scheme like the one in operation in the northern rivers, and working with taxi services to improve accessibility.

You may also have noticed that the Palerang Bulletin is regularly printing public transport information for us all.

If you are keen to help us with any of these projects and/or get a sister group going in the Braidwood region (we are aware of a number of issues we could be working together on) please contact Mel Hillery at or on 0427 440 335.

4.     Help us bring the Travelling Cinema to you

The Travelling Cinema working group (all two of us!) have been finalising the program for the first three film nights that we would like to bring to a community hall near you! Films on the short list at the moment include a Family friendly night of inspiring film shorts and animations, the controversial Bjorn Lomberg’s Cool It (on climate change) and the ‘Waste Not’/ “Bag It’ inspirational duo on what to do about all our waste.

We are now looking for community organisations in each of Araleun, Braidwood, Bungendore, Burra, Bywong/Wamboin, Captain’s Flat, Mongarlowe and Tarago who would be interested in partnering with us to host the films early in 2012.  Contact Mel Hillery at or on 0427 440 335.

5.     Please fill out the South East Food Survey

Sustaining Our Towns has a project called South East Food South East Food, aimed at developing plans to increase the production and consumption of local food in SE NSW.

The project has designed a survey to seek the ideas of people in the region who are interested in where their food comes from and the development of the local food economy. Please click here to take the survey. To send your response you’ll need to click on the SUBMIT button at the end of the survey.

6.     Upcoming Events

Queanbeyan Summer Sunset Markets Friday 4th November 5-8pm adjacent to Queanbeyan library 253 Crawford St.  Food stalls, live music and entertainment, products from our local artists and craftspeople, gourmet foods, collectables etc.  Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.

Conversations on Truth in War with Kath Kelly Friday 4th November 9.30am – 5pm Silver Wattle Quaker Centre, Lake Rd Bungendore NSW.  Social media for social change. Further info: or 02 6238 0588.

Paddock Plants Plus Plant identification field day at Braidwood ph 4828 6646.

Windellama Small Farms Field Day Saturday 5th November 9am – 4pm, Windellama Hall cnr Oallen Ford & Windellama rds. Discover the Simply Sustainable Lifestyle.  See

Chooks in your backyard workshop on Sunday 6th November Queanbeyan.   SOT is running two workshops: 10-12 or 1-3 with presenter Helen Litchfield from Numeralla.  Bookings essential: 0428633300.

Land Restoration Field Day at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms Bungendore Saturday 5th November 9.30am to 4.30pm. $50 per person/ $90 per family.  For registration contact Donna at or 0413 535 957.  Further info

Behaviour Change for Sustainability National Congress 10-11th November, Australian Technology Park Sydney.

Wombats on the Wall The Native Animal Rescue Group 2012 wombat calendar is on sale! It’s a great calendar! The proceeds of the calendar help to buy treatments and medications; pay vet bills; and subsidise milk supplies. The calendar is very popular and great value at only $10. Buy one for friends, neighbours, workmates, relatives and yourself. How about taking a few and selling them to others? Contact Phil Machin ph 02 6238 3717 or

7.     In our neighbourhood – Costa the Gardener opens Young’s Community Garden and gULP launches a biodiesel bus!

For a bit of inspiration check out the Community pages on the SOT website to see what our neighbours have been up to in the SOT community projects.  Costa the Gardener opened Young’s community garden.  And the Upper Lachlin’s gULP have just launched their school biodiesel bus! See and


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