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.
BSFG produces a quarterly newsletter containing well informed articles written by BSFG members. This highly valued newsletter is sent to members of NEA and is now published shortly after release via a link on the website/ .
Web Site and Social Media
BSFG's website, launched in October 2015, incorporates interactive features suited to an 'advocacy' and lobbying such as 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 is being improved continuously. Please consider providing feedback through the 'Contact Us' page.
BSFG's social media posts on Facebook and Twitter provide links to well informed news reports related to sustainability.
Our twitter feed @BenallaSFG is a key feature on the home page of this website. You can also find it via the 'twitter' logo in the footer on the website.
BSFG's Facebook account can also be accessed via the FB logo on the website.