Local Actions Have Global Consequences
The Benalla Sustainable Future Group was established in 2010 by Benalla & District residents concerned about environmental sustainability and the lack of action on climate change both locally & nationally. By coming together we can work towards a more sustainable future & a cleaner planet.
Swanpool Environmental Film Festival Postponed
Due to COVID 19 restrictions this year's Swanpool Environmental Film Festival on June 19 had to be postponed. It will now be held on Saturday 23 October, 2021. The decision to postpone was made reluctantly, but past experience suggests restrictions are not lifted quickly and there is a chance people from interstate and Melbourne may not be able to attend or get home because of planned or sudden restrictions. Further, the catering team needs fair warning. Tickets on sale from Friday 1 October 2021.
BSFG Annual General Meeting
The BSFG AGM on Thursday evening 27th May was well attended. Guest speaker, Dr Lisa Farnsworth, Winton Wetlands Restoration Ecologist, delivered an exellent presentation titled The Mokoan Project - Ecological Renewal of an Ephemeral Wetland System in North East Victoria. We highly recommend other community organisations inviting Lisa to present to their groups. More details and photos
BSFG's May 2021 Newsletter (#30) features President’s Message ‘Are the wheels of climate change action turning more quickly - or is it just spin?' (Peter Holmes); Climate Emergency Petition to Benalla Rural City Council 24th March 2021--BSFG Presentation to BRC (Peter Holmes), Student Address to Council Meeting (Cheyane Vaughan and Charlie Paterson), Health Effects of Climate Change (Dr Gerard Brownstein); ‘Grow Free Cart’ (Kathryn McQualter); 'It’s Time to Kick Gas' (Bill McKibben); 'Benalla Food Cooperative Celebrates 10 years' (Christine Holmes); 'Swanpool Environmental Film Festival 2021' (Ian Herbert);' Renewable Energy Benalla (REB) and its Activities' and 'The Benalla Community Energy Project (BCEP)' (John Lloyd). Deadline for August 2021 Newsletter Sunday 25th July
DELWP's Climate Ready Hume Newsletter May 2021 is also out & well worth reading.
Benalla Sustainable Future Group encourages anyone interested in climate change issues and a more sustainable lifestyle to subscribe to our mailing list, become a member of our group & participate in our activities. One-year membership is $25 per household or $20 if already a member of the Bulk Food Co-operative. A three-year membership is $60. Membership for full time students 18 years and under is $5.
Benalla Sustainable Future Group has a number of action groups looking at different aspects of Environmental Sustainability which may interest you. Perhaps you are interested in finding out about BSFG's Renewable Energy Benalla action group, or in initiating a group yourself?
Petitions, Film Festival; Market Stalls; Speakers; Sustainable Business Award; Workshops; Upcycled Bags; AGM's; Mentoring; Building Forums; Food Coop; Climate March and more...
World Localization Day!
Interested in Localization? Check out the North East Local Food Strategy 2018-2022 which aims to strengthen the local food system.
Click on this listing of Environmental Action Days and Events (pdf) for more details
Benalla Student Climate Rally
The Benalla P-12 Student Leadership Team with BSFG President Peter Holmes, Benalla Student Climate Rally, Friday 21st May 4 pm
Banner: Benalla Student Climate Rally - Friday 21st May 4pm Benalla Ceramic Mural - the theme ‘”Fund Our Future – Not Gas”