Low cost erosion control workshop 25 March

Do you want to get hands-on experience in building a variety of erosion control and sediment retention structures that are suited to common issues faced in this area? Well this short course is for you…

WHEN: Saturday 25 March 2017, 9:00am—3pm

WHERE: Millpost Farm, 312 Millpost Lane, Bungendore.

WHO: Presented and demonstrated by Cam Wilson

COST: $21.89 pp (including booking fee)

by Bungendore Community Landcare Group and Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/low-cost-erosion-control-workshop-tickets-31822105775

Grid connected rooftop solar and the end of the solar bonus feed-in tariff – where to get advice

In this article you will find an explanation of who the end of the feed in tariff in NSW will affect, what you need to do if it affects you, what you need from a smart meter and how to shop around for a good energy retailer, and whether it is time to start thinking about investing in grid-connected battery technology (including some bulk buy schemes which have started in NSW).

Article prepared in October 2016 by Dr Melinda Hillery, Public Officer, FuturePLANS.

FuturePLANS AGM, 27 Nov 2016

Eighteen members attended the 2016 AGM. It was held at ‘Roogulli’, the Bywong property of Jennie and Chris Curtis. They generously showed the participants around the property, highlighting the environmentally-friendly approach that they are taking to their farm.

The election of committee members was conducted, with the following outcome:
Chairperson: Jennie Curtis
Treasurer: Keith France
Secretary: David McDonald
Ordinary committee members: Brian Charlton, Alexandra James, Tony Hill and Melinda Hillery.

Melinda Hillery, Public Officer, presented a report on behalf of the Association’s executive. Her theme was the quotation from Warren Buffet: ‘Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago’.

Mel reviewed FuturePLANS’ achievements since its inception five years earlier, noting the goals established at the outset and the extent to which they had been attained over that period. She also described the excellent progress over the year with the development and operation of the Small Farms Network and Land for Wildlife, along with other projects undertaken during that period including the establishment of public transport signs in Bungendore, researching options relating to community renewable energy, the bird nest box project, etc. She thanked the members of the Committee and all the other members and friends of FuturePLANS who contributed to its activities over the year.

Renewable Energy Day Official Opening, 10am Saturday, 3 December 2016

You are invited to attend the Official Opening of #REday16 Renewable Energy Day by ACT Minister Mick Gentleman MLA
Including a presentation by ACT Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA
to be held 10.00 – 10.30 am Saturday, 3 December 2016
Mount Majura Solar Farm, corner of Majura Road and Lime Kiln Road, Majura ACT 2609

To be followed by Morning Tea
Renewable energy sites around the region will then open their doors and offer guided tours. You are welcome to join us on a tour of sites on one of the free buses, or as a self-drive experience.

For more information visit:  REday.com.au .

Please RSVP  to attend the Official Opening by cob Wednesday 30 November.

‘Australia crashes in Climate Change Performance Index’

The Environmental Decision Group reports that Australia has been ranked fifth last out of the 58 countries assessed in the latest Climate Change Performance Index, released at the UN climate talks in Marrakech.

The countries on the list below Australia are Kazakhstan, Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia, while the best performing nations are France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The index notes a gap between the national and state policies in Australia: while the former are ‘rather unambitious and uninspired’, the latter manage ‘to some extent to take independent action’.

Details here.

FuturePLANS and Land for Wildlife end-of-year gathering, Sunday 27 Nov 2016

The Committee of Management of FuturePLANS, the Palerang Local Action Network for Sustainability Inc., invites you to join us for an end-of-year gathering, held in conjunction with Land for Wildlife, at 6.00 pm on Sunday 27 November. It will incorporate a brief AGM for FuturePLANS.

Our hosts and guest speakers are Jennie and Chris Curtis, local landscape designers and managers at ‘Roogulli’ in Bywong. Jennie and Chris will share their story about the rehabilitation project on Brooks Creek and the recent planting of native fodder shrubs for sheep.

Cost: Gold coin donation at the event to help cover expenses.

A simple BBQ will be provided, though please BYO drinks, a plate of food to share and a chair or picnic rug.

To assist with catering, please RSVP by Thursday 24 November at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/future-plans-agm-and-land-for-wildlife-gathering-tickets-29247536168 , by replying to this email or by phoning David McDonald on 0416 231 890.

Families are welcome, no pets please, and children must be continuously supervised as there is a dam and creek on the property.

The venue for Sunday 27 November 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
45 Glendale Lane (off Creekborough Road)
Bywong, NSW
Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/izNfSu9McRx

Enquiries to David McDonald 0416 231 890.

Important: memberships, new and renewals

Attached is a membership renewal/application form, the minutes of the 2015 AGM and a form for nominations to FuturePLANS’ Committee. We very much welcome new members to join the Committee.

If you are not able to participate in the 27 Nov BBQ and renew/join your membership of FuturePLANS then, please do so now using one of the other methods available. The annual subscription is only $5.00. Information on how to pay is on the membership form, or you can easily use PayPal at http://www.futureplans.org.au/membership/ .

Looking forward to seeing you at Jennie and Chris Curtis’s property on the 27th!

Frogwatch Census 16-22 October

The annual Frogwatch Census is being held during National Water Week, 16-22 October, and training for new participants will be held at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands on 13 Oct.

For more information on the census, guides to identifying frogs by their calls, or information on how to register for the course, please visit http://www.ginninderralandcare.org.au/frogwatch/frogwatch-census .

A great project in which to be involved considering the importance of frogs as indicators of the health of our environment.

New Wind Energy Planning Framework for NSW

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW advises that, on Monday August 29th in Yass at 6.30pm, the proposed New Wind Energy Framework will be on exhibition.

The Department of Planning and Environment (DOPE) has released this New Wind Energy Framework for public comment, which has been developed to help balance investment in wind energy with the needs of the community.

Submissions close on 16 September, 2016. You can download the proposed Framework from here.

DOPE will also be holding a number of public information sessions on the proposed New Wind Energy Framework at:

Yass on Monday August 29th, 2016: At Yass Soldiers Club, 86 Meehan St, Yass
Crookwell on Thursday September 1st, 2016: At Crookwell RSL Services Club, Goulburn St, Crookwell
Glenn Inness on Monday September 5th, 2016: At Glen Innes Services Club, 120 Grey St, Glen Innes
Mudgee on Wednesday September 7th, 2016: At Club Mudgee, 99 Mortimer Street, Mudgee

Registration will open at 6pm at all the venues for a 6:30pm start.

If you have any questions, contact Cerin Loane, Policy and Research Coordinator, on clone@nature.org.au or (02) 9516 1488
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW

‘Mission control: find your focus and increase your impact’ – Liana Downey

Lecture: Tuesday 19 July 2016, 5.30pm–6.30pm, Weston Theatre, Level 1, Crawford Building 132, Lennox  Crossing, ANU, details here.

‘Why do some nonprofit and government leaders actually succeed in changing the world, while others struggle to point to their impact? What links the eradication of smallpox, the housing of 100,000 chronically homeless individuals, or the remarkable reduction of the incidence of malaria?

‘Successful social sector organisations share a laser-like focus on their goals. They deliberately identify and target their efforts in their sweet spot — the intersection between what they’re good at, what the world needs, and what works.

‘In this talk, Liana Downey will discuss:

How and why missions get out of control
The consequences of missions that are too broad
How to test whether you are inadvertently sabotaging your impact potential
The 7 steps to taking control
How to build a powerful narrative to help you attract and engage a loyal support base’

‘The three sector solution: delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business’: new open access e-book

This collection of essays had its origins in a one-day workshop held in August 2015 at The Australian National University. Jointly convened by Dr John Butcher (ANZSOG) and Professor David Gilchrist (Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative) the purpose of the workshop was to bring together academic researchers, policy practitioners and thought leaders to address a variety of emerging issues facing policymakers, public sector commissioners, not-for-profit providers of publicly funded services, and businesses interested in opportunities for social investment. The workshop itself generated a great deal of interest and a ‘baker’s dozen’ of contributors challenged and engaged a full house. The level of enthusiasm shown by the audience for the subject matter was such that the decision to curate the presentations in the form of a book was never in doubt. The editors trust that this volume will vindicate that decision. At one time the state exercised a near monopoly in the delivery of social programs. Today, almost every important public problem is a three sector problem and yet we have little idea of what a high-performing three sector production system looks like. It is the editors’ hope that this volume will provide a foundation for some answers to these important public policy questions.

Butcher, J & Gilchrist, D (eds) 2016, The three sector solution: delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business, ANU Press, Canberra, http://press.anu.edu.au/node/1949 .