Urban Homesteading

What is Urban Homesteading?

Urban homesteading, which is also known as ‘backyard or urban farming’, is about making self-sustainable choices, such as:

House Blitz: Draught-Proofing Workshop - Saturday 5 July

Leave Winter at the Door

SEE-Change and the Canberra Environment Centre, in collaboration with ACTSmart, are running workshops this winter to help you leave winter at the door.

21st Century Housing: New Sustainable Technology and Materials - Saturday 28 June 2014

Leigh Duxson of Woden SEE-Change will give a presentation on the latest in green/clean technologies including:

  • Heating and hot water systems
  • Floor insulation materials (yes needed in Canberra)
  • Wall materials
  • Thermal mass (drop it in)
  • Super windows
  • Gas vs electricity prices & trends
  • Approach to using pv modules
  • Energy storage
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Moves to Passivhaus

Car pool or come by bike to show your support for a more sustainable Canberra!

Community Development Forum - Thursday 19 June 2014

This forum on Community Development ­Education and Practice: Current & Future Context will have Guest Speaker Jim Ife along with a panel of other speakers including: Ros Brown, Joanna Zubrzycki, Satch Campbell & Jodie Pipkorn.

Jim Ife is an Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University and the author of several books including Community Development in an uncertain World.

  • Location: Corroboree Park Hall, Paterson Street, Ainslie.
  • Date: 19 June 2014 from 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Cost: $30 or $10 concession.

Community Energy Congress

The SolarShare Canberra community is just one of many communities across Australia that are leading the way in creating sustainable energy enterprises that increase local energy security and create regional community development opportunities.

The 2014 Community Energy Congress aims bring these communities together for a 2 day conference to create a new approach to energy in Australia – to decarbonise, decentralise and democratise our energy system!

The conference is at the National Library on Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th

Collaborative Governance

Collaborative Governance is an interesting topic and of particular note is the cost impacts that community conflict can have on projects - both private and public.

A report that explores the costs involved in this for the resource sector can be downloaded here.

The key take-out from a SEE-Change perspective, is that if we really want to have enduring solutions for a sustainable society, environment and economy, we need to build capability and relationships through collaborative governance models.&nb

Over the Back Fence Tour: Roogulli, Bywong

6 April 2014

Story by Lucia Mayo, Woden SEE-Change member

24 SEE Change members and friends travelled to Roogulli, Bywong on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. It was a fine cloudy/sunny day with light winds. It is 5 kilometers off the Federal Highway.

Roogulli is a long narrow undulating block with a northern aspect and creek frontage. This block was chosen because an undulating block has more micro climates. The land was purchased 16 years ago, Chris and Jennie have been resident for 6 years.

Survey into the way we consume goods

You are invited to participate in a study into the way we consume goods and how that affects our life experiences. Why does it matter? Because there is currently not enough understanding in this area; and understanding can lead to change for the better. But to understand we need you!

All you are asked to do is spend thirty minutes of your time completing an anonymous questionnaire. It can be completed online or in paper form on request. Easy! Participation is entirely voluntary and you can opt out at anytime before completing the questionnaire. There will be no repercussions either way.

Collaborative No Dig Gardening Workshop - 29 June 2014

SEE-Change is collaborating with Communities@Work and Canberra City Farm to undertake a collaborative no dig gardening workshop.

Date: Sunday 29 June
Time: 1.00pm-4.00pm
Address: 85 Bangalay Crescent, Weston Creek
No rsvp for this event is required. Please just come along at 1.00pm.

This workshop will allow you to:

Propagation Workshop

This weekend Urban Agriculture Australia, which is a collaboration between SEE-Change and a range of other groups around Canberra, is having the first propagation workshop in preparation for Floriade 2014.


The details for this workshop are as follows:

When: Sunday 25th May 2pm - 4pm

Where: COGS garden Dickson

What needs to be done:

- container prep (ie drilling drainage holes)

- planting out whatever is brought along

- initial seed planting

- tidying and organising glasshouse

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