Become a member
BSFG meets on the fourth Thursday of February, April, June, August and October and the second Thursday in December. These meetings, which are open to the public, are held at 7.30 pm in the meeting room at the Uniting Church, Carrier Street, Benalla (opposite Coles Supermarket).
One year membership of Benalla Sustainable Future Group (BSFG) is only $20 per household Download the application form below!
The Benalla Sustainable Future Group has a number of aspirational and action groups advocating for changes which promote Environmental Sustainability.
Advocacy and Media - an informal group of letter writers, advocates and lobbyists and a subcommittee working to develop and maintain the BSFG website and disseminate ideas and resources about sustainability through Twitter and Facebook.
Agriculture and Food - Living in a rural area, land care; agriculture and forestry management; biodiversity; soils; water and farming practices across the spectrum from organic to conventional are also of great interest to BSFG members.
Food sustainability and security is focus of the Benalla Food Cooperative which enables members to buy mainly Australian produced non-perishable foods without packaging.
Bicycle Action Group - There are health, environmental, economic and social benefits of cycling. The Bicycle Action group considers planning networks, improving cyclists’ safety and encouraging cycling participation. The ultimate goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of Benalla and thus finding ways to overcome any barriers that prevent cycling
Building - this action group considers issues relating to sustainable housing design and retrofitting for energy efficiency. BSFG's building action group has initiated and been an active player in forums promoting sustainable housing; members also participate in Renewable Energy Benalla and other groups promoting sustainable building practices.
Education Developing opportunities to educate others about sustainability is central to BSFG activities, with regular guest speakers, festival events and forums featuring on the BSFG calendar. BSFG members also engage in a diverse range of sustainability related educational activities in the community.
Energy - this group considers the exploration of renewable energy options for Benalla.
Emerging from a forum 'Benalla's Renewable Energy Future' in October 2016, Renewable Energy Benalla, an action group of U3A, is actively engaged in 'kickstarting Benalla's journey to zero carbon emissions' and is planning to develop its own website.
Plastic - particularly concerned about single use plastic products, this group is working with local businesses and Council to have Benalla become a plastic bag free town. It actively pursues this aim, forming 'Plastic Wise Benalla', which meets fortnightly to produce fabric shopping bags which are sold in local community outlets.
BSFG Quarterly Newsletter
Members receive the current BSFG Newsletter each quarter two weeks before it is added to our website. For those interested in finding out more about Benalla Sustainable Future Group, older Newsletters are available to download.