BSFG has established action groups, enabling people to focus on their various areas of interest and expertise. The following is a brief outline of each of the groups, but if people wish to find out more about a group that is of interest, visit www. bsfg.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BSFG's Peter Holmes said that in the coming weeks the Ensign would be publishing further articles outlining future actions for its various groups. "So we encourage readers to take note of these, and hopefully act upon the information provided," he said.
Operates four sessions each month from the Uniting Church hall in Carrier St, selling non-per- ishable food products (eg grains, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, flours, sugars, legumes, rices, tea and coffee, spices, oils, honey).
The ethos of the co-operative is to reduce packaging in food sales as members bring their nity hub). own containers to fill, supporting local and Australian growers and suppliers
It stocks high-quality, mainly organic, products, giving members a choice, which is often not available elsewhere with pre-packaged goods.
Greening and Cooling Benalla
This group aims to work with council to establish more green spaces in our neighbourhoods, especially in new housing subdivisions. These can be recreational or relaxing places to meet, with the important benefits of cooling our warming climate.
This group is also concerned about streetscape plans for the city and townships.
Renewable Energy Benalla
REB has raised funds to install solar systems on two local kindergartens, run public information sessions about energy efficiency measures for homes, and investigated larger scale community energy projects.
It has campaigned for reduction and abolition of single-use plastics (eg replacing supermar- ket shopping bags with attractive long-lasting handmade cloth bags, replacing plastic water bottles with drink stations).
Waste Action Group
WAG is helping to find ways of reducing the type and amount of waste that is sent to landfill. It is looking into providing specific recycling collection boxes for the "harder to recycle" items people have finished with.
Connected, Engaged Community
Organises opportunities for people to come together to discuss issues of common interest (eg Empathy Café series, establishing a community hub).
Sustainable Farming Practices
This aims to encourage farmers and land-owners to engage in regenerative farming practices through a series of forums and on-farm demonstrations.
Ecological, Sustainable Planning and Development
This has similar goals to the greening and cooling group, but also encompasses passive solar design principles for housing, something a lot of developers and builders have been reluctant to pursue.