Lobbying and Media
BSFG advocates and lobbies throughout the year, writing letters to politicians and organising petitions.
In 2015 we collected over 100 signatures for the Monster Climate Petition which was organised by the Victorian Women's Trust. They were aiming for 100,000 signatures to be taken to the House of Representatives and also to the Paris climate conference in December.
Internet petitions and requests for letters are also distributed to members of the informal advocacy group.
Given the current political climate in relation to climate change and renewable energy our advocacy role is becoming even more important.
BSFG members regularly contribute a sustainability perspective to community consultations and forums in Benalla and North East region of Victoria. BSFG is regularly represented in consultations such as Sustainability Victoria's Community Consultations in Benalla and in local council planning initiatives with a futurist perspective.
Web Site and Social Media
In 2015 BSFG successfully applied for a Benalla Rural City Community Grant to finance the development of a website.
A small working party met regularly to develop the site, liaising with other members and with Code Garden in developing a site with interactive features suited to an 'advocacy' organisation--including a news 'blog'; calendar; embedded twitter news feed; links to Facebook and Twitter accounts and 'apps' which provide updates of, for example, energy consumption. The website was launched in October 2015 and is being improved continuously. Please consider providing feedback through the 'Contact Us' page.
@BenallaSFG on Twitter
One of the first achievements of the website working party was the setting up of a Twitter account as an advocacy and lobbying tool.
Our twitter tag is @BenallaSFG. It can be accessed via www.twitter.com/BenallaSFG or the 'twitter' logo on the website.
This test tweet uses the hashtag #bsfginc and @BenallaSFG. #sustainability will usually be included in BSFG related tweets, and if there is room #Benalla.
Adding @BenallaSFG to your tweets will ensure the post goes into our Twitter feed--then we can retweet them!