Celebrating 2014

Here are just a few of the great things achieved by SEE-Change this year.



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).  

Voice of the People-Kitchen Table Conversations - Where next?

As at 3 December 2014, 24 Kitchen Table Conversations hosts and their scribes have lodged with the Belconnen SEE-Change coordinating group, a report of conversations that involved approximately 170 people from across Canberra.

These conversations reflected on the questions “What is important to you?” and “What needs to change?”

The process concentrated specifically on dialogue and respectful listening - not debate or advocacy.

On the 3 December 2014, 25 hosts and organisers held a fascinatin

Bike trailer rental - new and improved!

SEE-Change rents out cargo and kids bike trailers as a way of encouraging you onto your bike to take your children to school, do the grocery shopping or just visit friends by bike.

We call the scheme 'BERT' - which stands for the Bicycle CO2 Emission Reduction Trial, and we designed it to help you 'try before you buy', knowing that trailers can be quite expensive.

The kid’s bike trailer easily transforms into a pram or jogger AND it contains large behind-the-seat storage areas just for you!

We now have NEW double and single bike trailers available.

Hire costs:  

  • Kid’s bike trailer: $60 for the first month and then $2/day.
  • Cargo trailers are $60 for the first month and then $1/day.

ActewAGL Distribution Energy Consumer Reference Council

Mark Spain and Jodie Pipkorn attended the first ActewAGL Distribution Energy Consumer Reference Council meeting on 8 December 2014.

The intention of this council is to support ActewAGL Distribution better understand the needs and concerns of the ACT community.

Download the Communique of the meeting here.

For more information about the Energy Consumer Reference Council, including the presentations discussed at this meeting, visit the »

SEE-Change Membership Review

In the second half of 2014, students of the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society course (Complex Environmental Problems in Action), undertook research for SEE-Change to find out more about SEE-Change Membership.

The rationale for this research was that SEE-Change had a significant gap in our membership data and we did not know what our members were interested in and the demographics of our members.

The method used by the students consisted of online surveys, telephone surveys and desktop research.

The key findings of this research are shown in the following diagram.

Recommendations that were made by the students will be implemented during 2015.

Passivhaus – Chifley: Overview

During 2014 SEE-Change visited the Chifley Passivhaus' twice, and we hope to visit them again in 2015.

So what are the features of these houses?

Harley has built two houses, one behind the other. The house at the rear is accessed from the side as the houses are on a corner, both facing north. 

Each is a three bedroom house, the front with a double garage and the rear one with a single car garage. The rear house is the mirror image of the front house apart from the garage.

Both have been built to Passivhaus standard and Harley is seeking official certification of the houses.

PIP Magazine

There is a great magazine that has been brought to our attention that looks at all things permaculture.

Pip is the magazine for the Australian permaculture community and the place for people and groups to connect and share ideas, knowledge and experience, and stay in touch with what is happening around Australia.

Pip magazine is a guide to integrating permaculture and sustainability into your life. There will be in-formative articles on various aspects of permaculture as well as profiles on people, projects, gardens, farms, houses and businesses. There will be 'how to' guides, recipes, reviews, a directory containing permaculture related businesses, courses and people and a classifieds section.

Pip is taking permaculture to the people, by being attractively designed, thoughtfully laid out and clearly explained, and presents permaculture in an easy to understand accessible way.

Sustainability Experts wanted to assist the 2020 Vision Project in schools

Wanted: Sustainability experts to assist ACT schools taking part in the SEE-Change Parliament of Youth on Sustainability in 2015

Do you have qualifications or expertise in sustainability?

Would you be willing to share your knowledge with school students taking part in the SEE-Change Parliament of Youth on Sustainability: Action for our Future project in Term 1, 2015?

We're looking for people who would be willing to deliver a 5-10 minute presentation to school groups on sustainability in relation to one of the topics listed below, and take part in a 10 minute question and answer session/workshop with the students.

ACTEWAGL Energy Savings

ACTEWAGL have a range of ways that they are supporting the community to save energy and money.

Jodie Pipkorn, Executive Officer and member of SEE-Change, recently took advantage of the FREE ACTEWAGL energy saving house call offer.

As part of this house call ACTEWAGL replaces any incandescent light bulbs, add draught stoppers to the bottom of doors and provide a gadget that reduces the standby load of your TV.

It's worth having one of these house visits if you

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