The ACT Government has issued a media release with the outcomes of their recent Time to Talk 2030 community consulation.
The biggest consulation excercise in ACT Government history saw 20,000 people visit the dedicated website, with almost 34,000 opinions and comments posted. Almost 2,500 people participated in online and telephone surveys, while hundreds more attended face-to-face forums, focus groups, workshops and provided opinions via postcards and the media.
Aside from the unseasonably mild and overcast weather, the south coast is as good as it gets. The ocean is chilly but refreshing and sometimes the town pool is the best option.
There is enough interplay and communication with Canberra to not feel too out of touch with friends and events. And the good people concerned about climate change and sustainability are abundant here too.
Accessibility to elected officials is if anything more available here. the other night I attended a meeting of the Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association, and no fewer than 5 Counsellors attended.
The ACT Government launched this draft strategy on 8 December 2010. The strategy focuses on achieving four key outcomes: less waste generated, full resource recovery, a clean Canberra and a carbon neutral waste sector.
The ACT Government is seeking your views on the draft strategy and will be holding community meetings throughout February (details can be found here).
SEE-Change's 2020 Vision project will operate in 20 ACT pilot schools and colleges throughout 2011. It aims to engage the imagination of young people and involve them in planning for their future. It is about new sources of energy, different modes of transport, new approaches to food and different ways of thinking about our world. Importantly, it is also about being optimistic about the future.
Switched on Cycles are importing good quality, mid-priced electric bikes to Canberra, to get more people out and riding, helping their own fitness and leaving the car at home.
In addition to their normally low-price, Switched on Cycles are offering specials for SEE-Change members.
- 10% discount for SEE-Change members on any bicycle purchased
- 20% discount for bulk buys of 10 bikes or more
- free 2 day trial
- rent a bike for $50 a week
A group of people from the Tilba Growers Market has set up QuipShare as a community-based equipment sourcing and lend8ing program.
This is a concept I've long thought would work in Canberra, and isn't too far removed from the bike trailer program that SEE Change runs.
The idea is simple, and is one of many ways that community cooperation and therefore resilience can be built. It also contributes to building a local green economy.
The film and supper night was a blast ! To view some pictures and a list of the generous local and regional food suppliers who donated delicious goods for the evening, click here.
Click here for the media release.
As many of you will probably be aware, SEE-Change runs a bike-trailer hire program (BERT), lending cargo and kid trailers at discounted prices to encourage people to use their bike for short trips instead of taking the car .
This very successful program was originally started by our Belconnen (formerly Jamison) group, and is now coordinated through our central office.