Bungendore Community Garden

herbs-in-a-tubBungendore’s Community Garden is located next to the Bowling Club at Turallo Terrace, on the edge of Bungendore Common.

The garden was established in 2009 and is managed by Bungendore Landcare who meet irregularly to organise community garden activities, local tree-planting and maintenance and other events.

New members are most welcome.

Contact Convenor David Watson on 62381234 to find out about Landcare and the Community Garden.

Bungendore Farmers Market

FuturePLANS is working together with Southern Harvest to bring a Farmers’ Market to Bungendore.

Expressions of interest are being sought from farmers and food producers in the Southern Harvest region to participate in the Southern Harvest Regional Farmers Market in Bungendore.

The Southern Harvest Regional Farmers Market will aim to:

  • Develop a viable and self-sufficient Farmers’ Markets in Bungendore as an outcome of the FuturePLANS Local Food Initiative Research carried out in 2013/2014 as an extension of the 2011 South East Food Plan
  • Provide a simple resource to community groups and individuals seeking access to authentic, local and sustainably produced food.
  • Provide an alternative ‘way to market’ for local food producers
  • Encourage a resilient local food economy

It is anticipated that the Southern Harvest Farmers Market will be launched at the Palerang Show in January 2015.  The market will initially be held fortnightly on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM to complement the Braidwood Farmers Market.

Bungendore Homegrown Produce Swap

Bungendore Homegrown Produce Swap

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Back due to popular demand!

Just bring along any of your home grown produce to swap for something you haven’t been able to grow yourself or to give away.

  • November 16th 2014, 10.30 till 11.30am
  • December 7th 2014, 10.30 till 11.30am
  • December 21st 2014, 10.30 till 11.30am


On the footpath in front of Wild Rose Organics, Ellendon Street, Bungendore

For more information please call or email Louise 62381422 or wrorganics@gmail.com

NSW Community Energy Grants

Growing Community Energy Grants

We have received some application forms for the latest round of Community Renewable Energy grants from the NSW Government. They are due by the 15th December 2014.

Following on from our previous CORE project, which compared a wide range of possible projects, it would be great if we could pull together a group of people to look at putting up a more specific project this time.

If you are interested in being involved in this please let us know at enquiries@futureplans.org.au.

Click on the links to download the Application Form and the Guidelines directly from our website.

Bungendore Spinners and Grinners

Spinning, Knitting, Weaving, Lace-Making

There are many reasons why the practice of Traditional Crafts has an important place in contemporary life. spinning1
Bungendore Spinners and Grinners commenced in August 2013 in recognition of the desire to explore a craft that employed simple tools to create yarn out of natural materials.

Survival of human populations in the 21st century may depend not just on the creation of new technology to replace the old polluting juggernauts of the industrial era, but on knowledge and tried-and-true skills from past eras when fossil fuels were not available to supply all our energy needs.

At a time when many people don’t know how to cook food let alone grow it or hunt it, knowledge of traditional survival skills is at an all-time low. Most of our consumer goods are imported and local manufacturers have been unable to compete, closing down and relinquishing skilled workers who take their trade secrets with them. Once there was an economic imperative to engage in creative pursuits. Thirty or forty years ago mothers made clothes because we couldn’t afford to buy what was in the shops.
Nowadays it is just as cheap to buy new clothes in huge chain stores such as K-mart (made in Bangladesh) as it is to buy them second-hand in Op-shops.

spinning and weavingTotally-Locally: Palerang is the home to lots of sheep, alpacas and goats. The wool from these animals is seldom processed locally, or even in Australia. The raw product is sent to the other side of the world and Australia imports the finished product such as blankets (woollen, rapidly being replaced by polyester) and woollen garments which are highly priced compared to artificial fibres.

FuturePLANS is the umbrella organisation under which Bungendore Spinners and Grinners is helping to revive the craft of spinning and associated processes such as dyeing, knitting, crochet and weaving. This is just the start.

The list of important skills that need to be passed on to a younger generation is endless: wood work, leatherwork and tanning, book-binding, basket weaving, sourdough bread making and food fermentation, yoghurt and cheese making, budding, grafting and tree propagation, mud-brick making and pise building, dry stone walling, scything, and blacksmithing.

The urge to make useful things is very strong in the human psyche and participation in arts and crafts can benefit the mind, body and soul. Our era is marked by mental and physical ill-health on a grand scale, at least some of which may be prevented by fostering our creative urges to feed our starving souls.

Rail Trail

Bungendore to Captain’s Flat Rail Trail

Your support is needed to get this great initiative off the ground.

What is a rail trail?

Rail trails are shared- use paths recycled from abandoned railway corridors.

Usually managed by local councils for the enjoyment of the general public (like our greenways), rail trails can be used for a range of purposes including walking and cycling.

Following the old rail line running across the plains of Lake George and climbing the picturesque Molonglo Valley is the route of the proposed Bungendore to Captains Flat Rail Trail.

In order to understand if a rail trail is feasible this study would identify the range of issues that need to be considered. Who would use the trail? Who owns and manages the land the trail runs through and how can their needs be addressed?

What are the local economic impacts of the trail? How will the trail be maintained and funded? How will the trail be built? There are many questions that must be canvassed in an open and transparent way so that any decisions made for or against such a development are well aired and understood.

What can you do?

Please indicate your support for a Feasibility Study by downloading and submitting the attached letter to the Bungendore to Captains Flat Rail Trail Group. We are not asking you for financial support.

Please also sign the online petition in support of the Rail Trail at change.org.


The Human Cost of Power

Much is said about rising household power bills, but what about the human costs of power?

This was the theme of a film screening and discussion hosted by FuturePLANS in Bungendore during August 2014.

An enthusiastic group of people concerned about the impacts of climate change on health, now and into the future, viewed the short film ‘The Human Cost of Power’ that has been produced by the Climate and Health Alliance and the Public Health Association of Australia. The film builds on the Alliance’s observation that ‘We’re not yet ready for climate change but it’s here now, and it’s harming our health’.

The film explores the health and climate impacts associated with the massive expansion of coal and unconventional gas in Australia.

You can view it on Youtube or by clicking on the image below:

Human Cost of Power

After the screening of the film we had a discussion facilitated by Dr Peter Tait from the Climate and Health Alliance. We discussed why we need a healthy, well-functioning ecosystem to support human society to support healthy people.

The film highlights the Climate and Health Alliance’s call for action at diverse levels: ‘The warming of our planet means we need to act at a global level, a national level, at state and community level and as individuals. We must do all we can to cut emissions and urge others to do so if we are to avoid putting health at greater risk.

The reality is, cutting emissions will bring many immediate benefits for public health, as well as help limit climate change in the longer term. We can afford to do it but we cannot afford to wait.’