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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


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.

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 , 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:

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 .

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

‘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, .

HAVE YOUR SAY – Upper House Inquiry into Crown Lands

The Nature Conservation Council points out that’ public lands should be held on trust for the people of NSW; managed by the Government with management directed at identifying and protecting the diverse values of public lands. The NSW Government is proposing significant changes to the way Crown land is managed in NSW’.

Submissions to the inquiry will be accepted until Sunday 24 July 2016.

Further information is here.



Strong, independent regional journalism in Palerang and Queanbeyan: The District Bulletin’s reader and stakeholder survey. We would like your input and feedback.

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During the past five years The District Bulletin has become a successful regional community news and features publication, and website, while operating on a not-for-profit shoestring as a community voice, at a time when other local media outlets are pulling back.

Instead of pulling back we, the editorial and production team at the Bulletin, believe that our regional communities and our democracy will continue to need the strong, independent, inquiring and solution-focused approach to journalism that we strive to provide. It is time to move ahead, including the possibility of expanding regionally and digitally with more resources.

We want to engage your thoughts and welcome your input to help shape the future of the publication. We urge you to do so by completing our brief online survey about how you use The District Bulletin, and your ideas for its future.

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Breaking news: Retention of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

FuturePLANS commends the Commonwealth Government for listening to the not-for-profit sector and scrapping its previous plans which would have been disasterous for the sector, made no financial sense, and would have reduced the nation’s social capital.


The Hon Christian Porter MP
Minister for social Services

Retention of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
4 March 2016
Joint Media Release with:

The Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP
Minister for Small Business
Assistant Treasurer

The Government will provide certainty to the charitable sector and community organisations by today announcing the decision to retain the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the decision followed extensive consultation with the sector on the alternative option of repealing and replacing the ACNC.

“We have given this very careful consideration,” Minister Porter said. “The Government’s consulted with, and listened to, all interested stakeholders. While there are a variety of views, within the charitable sector there is sufficient support for the retention of the ACNC.”

“It is intended that the ACNC will have a renewed focus on working with charities to help them to become more effective, and helping them to improve their governance.

Ms O’Dwyer said eliminating uncertainty about the ACNC will allow it to further progress regulatory reform and improve the not-for-profit sector.

“Today’s announcement sees us striking the right balance between having effective public accountability and cutting red tape,” Minister O’Dwyer said.

“The Government will now work with the ACNC to remove duplication and increase accountability and transparency.

“The Government will continue to work with the ACNC, states and territories and the sector to identify areas where we can reduce the burden of red tape for charities and not-for-profit organisations.”



‘Genius community grants – it’s the process that counts’

Les Robinson’s approach to enabling social change, ‘Changeology’,  including his book by that name, and his Changeology blog, are  fantastic resources for members and friends of FuturePLANS.

His 15 February blog post is titled Genius community grants – it’s the process that counts.

He explains that ‘Most councils and government agencies have community grants programs.
‘And most of those programs kill innovation.
‘Why? Because the typical applicant is so desperate to be funded they try to second guess what the agency is looking for by packing the grant application full of buzz words extracted from the agency’s documentation, and what got funded last year, rather than gamely having a go with imaginative ideas. There is simply no incentive for innovation in the conventional grant process, and plenty of fear of being knocked back for being too radical.
‘And because the application form is usually completed 5 minutes to midnight before the close-off date by a tired group president or secretary, there is simply no way that much deep or original thought goes into most project plans.’

He then discusses how our South East Local Land Services (SELLS) ‘is being innovative, having fun, creating love, and transforming community Landcare projects, by innovating the conventional Landcare grant process’.

His description of how well the SELLS is operating is here.

Well worth a read.  And emulating and building upon it.