Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Progressive Dinner of Ideas

To kick-start 2012, SEE-Change Inner-North got together to enjoy a Progressive Dinner. 4 sustainable houses and 4 courses were enjoyed by 20 people. With many cycling between the different houses and no rain, fun was had by all.





House 1: Watson – pre-dinner nibbles – was at Caroline’s. We saw a nice array of PV panels, a reused kitchen, recycled windows and a very interesting screwdriver being used as a hook.

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House 2: Dickson – entree – was at Dave and Jen’s. At this house we got to see a very innovative use of water saving initiatives, healthy materials used in the renovation, how a small house can be spacious as a 4 person home, innovative sun shades and a very talkative young man who enjoyed to stand in the crowd of people and have his turn to talk.

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House 3: Lyneham – mains – was at Jodie’s. This house has used recycled and reused materials, pelmets and thick curtains that block out completely any light and heat, and an angled design to make an otherwise small space very interesting.

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House 4: Turner – dessert – was at Val and Stephen’s. At this house we saw an amazing vegetable garden, double windows (not double glazed but two sets of windows), an extension with clerestory windows, and photos and stories of the construction process, which had Stephen building the renovations himself with a range of make-shift pulleys and Val very pregnant getting up on ladders.

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Many thanks to all those that shared their homes, sustainable ideas and lovely food with SEE-Change Inner-North.

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government