Our First Geelong Sustainability Drinks May 2013

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Our first ever Geelong Sustainability Drinks was held at Beav's Bar from 5.30-7.30pm on Wednesday 21 May. We sent out invites to people involved in community groups, people who work in sustainability or a related sector, activists, people interested in networking and anyone wanting to talk sustainability over a few drinks.

The cosy function room at Beav's bar was abuzz as about 60 people gathered to meet, greet and share ideas. A broad cross-section attended and many new introductions were made.

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We also heard updates from the following speakers about sustainability activities in Geelong:

  • Dave Campbell, President of Geelong Sustainability Group welcomed the gathering. He emphasised that sustainability includes the idea that different groups can help each other get their projects done, and that meeting face to face is an important way to sustain people who are aware of the multiple environmental challenges facing us.
  • Vicki Perrett, Treasurer of Geelong Sustainability Group spoke about progress on this year's Sustainable House Day, to be held on Sunday September 8. A range of houses showcasing energy and water efficiency will be open for visits. Offers to join the working group, open a house or sponsor the event are all welcome.
  • Suzette Jackson from Innate Ecology updated us on the latest details for Better Block Geelong. On Saturday June 15 central Geelong will be transformed into a vision of what a sustainable city could be like. 
  • Mik Aidt spoke on behalf of the Transition Towns movement, and updated us on activities that Transition East Geelong had carried out - such as a walk that traced the letters CO2 in GPS writing!
  • Adrian Whitehead spoke about his new political party Save the Planet. This new party (which still needs 500 signatures) aims to provide real rather than compromise solutions to the climate emergency. Note:GSG is non party-political - we do not endorse any political party. 
  • Goshen Watts from Transition South Barwon spoke about his group's involvement in the Community Directory Project alongside Geelong Sustainability Group. The community directory will facilitate access to information about over 200 sustainability related groups, activities and businesses in the Geelong region.
  • Geoff Gourley from Sustainability Drinks Australia spoke about the national network of Sustainable Drinks gatherings that is developing in capital cities throughout Australia. Geelong is the first regional city to host a sustainable drinks. He encouraged us to think of the other people around Australia gathering as we were.

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Thanks must go to Vicki Perrett, Geelong Sustainability Group Treasurer who was the principal organiser and who successfully took a concept that sounded like a good idea and turned it into an event that was meticulously planned and executed. We would also like to thank Future Proofing Geelong for their support of the inaugural event.

We look forward to seeing everyone again (and many more) at the June Geelong Sustainability Drinks (on Wed June 26).