Articles in the Illawarra Councils Category
I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the launch of Kiama Council’s new Kiamasphere web site on Thursday.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll probably know that our sustainability journey really got going when my family joined the Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge. It gave us the impetus to stop thinking and start acting on the changes we wanted to make.
The Sustainable Illawarra web site contains a lot of valuable information and resources to help people learn more about living sustainably in the Illawarra region. …
Growing Food, Illawarra Councils, Preparing Food »
Kiama Council has been putting on a series of focus group workshops this week, on topics such as health, community, waste, and environment. Last night I participated in the Food workshop.
What an awesome experience!
The room at the Harbourside Brighton was packed with people passionate about all aspects of food – there was a chef, someone from CWA, backyard gardeners, “greenies”, community group members, someone from the Hospital auxilliary, Kiama Councillors, the Mayor, business owners, a home economics teacher, people involved with Seedsavers and the Slow Food Movement, and more. It …
Illawarra Councils, Waste »
We had another meeting of the Kiama Council Sustainability Advisory Committee tonight, and as always it was a fascinating and stimulating discussion.
One of the topics that came up was the question of whether Kiama could ditch plastic bags. There was a newspaper article in October last year where the Council announced its intention to do so, and there is a Land And Sea – Plastic Free page on the Council website, but not much seems to have happened in this area.
Huskisson, just an hour or so down the coast (and …
Events, Illawarra Councils, Media Coverage »
Tomorrow morning, Kiama Library will be holding a Living Books session with World Environment Day as the theme, and I’m going to be one of the “books”! You may have heard me on ABC radio this morning promoting the event :-).
This is an exciting new project which provides the opportunity for you to meet someone with an unusual occupation or lifestyle, or from a different social, religious or ethnic background, in the congenial atmosphere of the library building.
Readers sign up for a half-hour session with a living book …
Electricity, Illawarra Councils »
If you want to reduce your energy bills, you need to know what it is in your house that’s using all the electricity. An Efergy energy meter is a great way to do that.
The Efergy meter is installed inside your electricity meter box, and transmits real-time energy usage information to a display panel inside your house. You can then go around the house turning lights and appliances on and off, and see the effect they have on your electricity usage. It can also add up your electricity usage over time, …
Tonight we had the first meeting of the Kiama Sustainability Advisory Committee at the Council Chambers in Kiama.
This first meeting was basically for all the committee members to meet each other, to review our Terms Of Reference, to get a brief overview of current sustainability projects in our municipality, and to figure out what we’ll be doing going forward.
There are 9 committee members – three Councillors (Ben van der Wijngaart, Monique Dare-Ward and Neil Reilly), two Council employees, and 4 community representatives (one each from Gerringong-Gerroa-Werri Beach, Kiama-Kiama Heights (me!), …
We did an interview and some photos with Paul from Wollongong Council for Sustainable Illawarra today.
Paul is going around and gathering stories from about 25 different households, putting together some case studies and other materials for the Sustainable Illawarra project. Maybe we’ll end up on their web site, or possibly in a booklet or something to help promote this kind of project to other Councils.
It was great chatting to Paul as I showed him around. He’s got solar power at his house in Port Kembla, plus chooks, vegies, etc so …
Illawarra Councils »
I got a letter in the mail yesterday from Kiama Council – my application to be on the Kiama Sustainability Advisory Committee was accepted! I’ll be representing the Kiama-Kiama Heights area on the Committee.
I was pretty surprised: although I’m interested in sustainability, I’m not a member of any sustainability groups or anything, except for my involvement in the Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge. There must be others around who are involved in the Greens party, Greenpeace, WWF, LandCare, etc.
Still, since applying I’ve become involved in Seedsavers Illawarra and the Jamberoo Future …
We have three silkies at the moment, just about to come into lay. They’re named Seraphina, Luciana and Ro (yep, we’re big Barbie movie fans around here!).
We had a rooster named Molly as well (I know, my defense is that you can’t tell their gender as day-old chicks!), but we had to get rid of him. Kiama council (like many others) doesn’t allow roosters in residential areas, and he was starting to crow at 5:00 am. Fortunately, the good people at Matilda’s Farmyard Nursery took him off our hands. He’ll …
If you live in the Kiama area, you have an opportunity tomorrow to swap up to 6 old lightbulbs or fluorescent tubes for brand new energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for free. Just take your old bulbs to the Minnamurra Waste and Recycling Centre (the old Minnamurra tip) between 10am and 2pm tomorrow (Thursday 13 November).
CFLs and fluorescent tubes contain small amounts of mercury, which is toxic to the environment and should not go into landfill sites. Other types of lightglobes also contain various hazardous materials as well.
Kiama Council is …