June News

Jonathan WrightNews

Our Affordable Eco Housing planning workshop was held on March 22 as part of Melbourne Design Week in Geelong.  It was a dynamic and very creative workshop. We were delighted to have both Christine Couzens MP and Cr. Jim Mason present at the launch of this bold new project.

A follow up meeting of the Action Group was held on May 23 at Deakin University with discussion about the key challenges in putting the vision into practice.  Together we continued the challenging task of visioning a new residential planning paradigm that can facilitate affordable housing, liveable suburbs, resilient communities and a sustainable future.  

Geelong Sustainability is pleased to be collaborating with the Deakin University HOME project, architects, planners and the City of Greater Geelong in this exciting new project to plan, design, implement and evaluate a pilot micro eco village in Geelong.

“Wash Against Waste” at the NCF

Over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, our “Wash Against Waste Team” was admirable in their dedication to working long hours at the annual National Celtic Festival (NCF) at Portarlington. We partnered with B-Alternative, Caring For Our Bays, and Intrepid Landcare, all of whom were committed to working towards a zero waste festival.

The team kept the cycle of collecting plates, dishes, cups and cutlery (and more) from festival goers, washing and then redistributing these items, so they could be reused by food vendors. There was also a chance for some volunteers to engage with the community during these activities and the feedback was very positive from the festival going public.

This was a shining example in saying “no” to single use plastics, limiting the waste to landfill and in turn reducing CO2 emissions.

Going Out Green: Planning A Sustainable Funeral

Our Clever Living seminar - Going Out Green: Planning A Sustainable Funeral - was well attended by 90 people at the Geelong Library.  We are pleased to report that the Geelong Cemeteries Trust continue to lead in sustainability initiatives. Geelong Cemetery Trust 2017/2018 statistics show 935 internments, 1638 cremations, and 11 entombments, resulting in 63% cremations during that period.

They have established a natural burial area at two cemeteries - the coastal Moonah Woodland area at the Queenscliff Cemetery in Point Lonsdale, and within a remnant grassy woodland areas at the Leopold Cemetery. Further information is at https://www.gct.net.au/docs/green-funerals.pdf

Our attendees enjoyed this often light hearted look at a topic which is not often openly discussed, and raised awareness of the green options available to us all.