Canberra Alliance Meeting: Monday 23 March

Following on from the very successful Kitchen Table Conversations discussions held in late 2014, several groups identified the need for a new structure to be formed to ensure the ongoing 'Voices of the People' are heard by policymakers and politicians.

A proposal put forward was the establishment of a 'Canberra Alliance'.

Come along to this public meeting where we will explore whether we need a Canberra Alliance and what might its purpose and function be.

  • When: 7pm, Monday 23 March 2015
  • Where: Downer Community Centre, Frencham Place, Downer



Calling all renters! Rental House Blitz: Saturday 11 April

Have you ever wondered what you could do to a rental property you live in to make it more energy efficient?

Join us for an informative and practical blitz workshop, where the wonderful Lish Fejer will explain what you can do to make a rental property more energy efficient and you will get some hands-on experience of doing just that.

This event is being run in collaboration with ACTSmart, so we will also have experts available to answer all of your questions.


Community energy forum: Thursday 19 March

Register now and join some exciting speakers from NSW and Victoria to understand more about Community Renewable Energy, what it means for Queanbeyan and how you can get involved.

Speakers include Jodie Pipkorn, Executive Officer of SEE-Change and Lawrence McIntosh, Project Leader of SolarShare.




Voices of the People in Kitchen Table Conversations

Canberra Kitchen Table Conversations coordinated by Belconnen SEE-Change

The Kitchen Table Conversation (KTC) project was launched on Tuesday 23 September 2014 with a 2 hour public meeting inviting and showing people how to become a host for a Conversation.

Eighty people from across Canberra attended and about twenty people went on to become a host for a KTC. 

KTCs involving approximately 180 people from across Canberra were held between September and November 2014. These conversations reflected on five questions:   

  • What is important to you?
  • What are your hopes for the future?
  • What are your concerns?
  • What needs to change?
  • How can we make change happen?

The process concentrated specifically on dialogue and respectful listening - not debate or advocacy, and consensus was not sought.

Making hot compost - 8 March 2015

Learn how to make a compost heap that doesn’t need turning and will get to about 70 degrees - that’s hot enough to knock out all weed seeds.

This method generates about two cubic metres of beautiful compost, ready for mid-winter preparation of veggie beds and feeding fruit trees.

Building the heap takes all day, and you are welcome to drop in as we demonstrate the Indore method of making compost (outlined in Peter Bennett's book, The Organic Gardener).  

Sustainable House Tours - next tour Saturday 14 March 2015

The second house to be toured as part of our Sustainable House Tours, is of two newly constructed houses on one block. These are the homes of a husband and wife (in their 70s) and of their son and his family of five people, with both houses being solar passive.

  • Time: 2-4pm
  • Date: Saturday 14 March
  • Cost: $2 for members and $5 for non-members
  • RSVP: Please email if you would like to attend the tours and get the house location details.

Bike trailer rental - new and improved!

SEE-Change rent cargo and kids bike trailers for 1 month at a time, as a way of supporting you onto your bike.

This scheme, known as BERT – the Bicycle CO2 Emission Reduction Trial – is designed to enable you to ‘try before you buy’, knowing that trailers can be fairly expensive.

The kid’s bike trailer easily transforms into a pram or jogger AND it contains large behind-the-seat storage areas, making it really easy to take your children to school, do the grocery shopping or just visit friends by bike!

Hire costs:

  • Kid’s bike trailer: $40 for the first month and then $1/day.
  • Cargo trailers are $30 for the first month and then $1/day.
  • A refundable deposit of $100 is required for each trailer. 

We have double and single bike trailers available.

The science of climate change: Questions and answers

The Australian Academy of Science released its latest update on the state of climate science, warning of the consequences for Australia if no action is taken to address human-induced climate change.

“The science of climate change: Questions and Answers” aims to counter confusion and misinformation on this important scientific topic.

Written and reviewed by 17 of Australia’s leading experts in a range of climate-related sciences, it examines nine key questions, including what the science says about options to address climate change.

The science of climate change: Questions and Answ

Home Energy Advice Workshops

Come along to one of the many free home energy advice workshops during 2015.





Climate Change Challenge Accepted

The Environment and Planning Directorate is holding a ‘snap and send’ photo competition.

The theme of the competition is:

what will Canberra be like in 2060?

Prizes include a jet flight simulator experience, go-karting at Power Kart Raceway and boat hire at Lake Burley Griffin.

The competition is open until 15 February 2015 to all Canberra residents over 16 years of age (excluding employees of the Environment and Planning Directorate).

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