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Comings & Goings of Stuff at Kyneton Future Forum
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Comings & Goings of Stuff 
at July Future Forum
Explore issues important to the future of Kyneton
and the rest of the world
On Tuesday 28th July Kyneton Transition Hub will be hosting a forum to discuss many aspects of our current consumption-based economy and practices.

There will be a short film and discussion facilitated by Jan and Amanda. The film will be followed by short presentations by two practitioners of alternative consumption. Firstly, Belinda, one of the founders of Food is Free Macedon Ranges will tell us more about this global movement and its local activity. Then we'll hear about Anna's interests including tiny homesteads and her many forms of foraging.

This is our third monthly Future Forum, and the interactive format has proven popular with participants.. 

Each month a new topic is chosen to explore the future of Kyneton and beyond. The topics relate to our aim of building community resilience to be more sustainable in the face of the impacts of peak oil and climate change. A short film, guest speaker or facilitator informs the participants and gets the discussion started.

In August the topic will be new economics, looking at the need to rethink our current economic models. There will be a break in September due to school holidays and we will resume in October. Some possible future topics include regenerative agriculture, local currencies and healthy oceans. If you have any ideas for future topics, please let us know.

The evening starts with a light meal from 6.30 pm (vegetarian and gluten free available) and discussion starts at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet others who share the same concerns and learn together about these important issues.
 
Kyneton Future Forum is on every 4th Tuesday of the month
Renewable Energy - 
June Future Forum Report
The second Kyneton Future Forum in June provided an opportunity to hear about renewable energy, and especially the activities and successes of Yes2Renewables representative, Leigh Ewbank who provided an informative and interactive presentation.

You might expect there would be little debate in a group of like-minded sustainability supporters at these forums. But the forums have attracted a wide range of people with an equally wide range of views that they have enthusiastically expressed.

Some of us see renewable energy as the answer to many of our current environmental problems, others see it as only an interim measure as we need to transition to a low-energy future, and a small number see the focus on renewable energy as something that may even distract us from the bigger challenges we need to face. All these views were expressed at our forum and it provided a lively discussion.

Watch out for more thought-provoking topics, and come along and hear the wide variety of opinions expressed. We'd love to hear your voice in the mix as well.
Open Edible Gardens - Sat 12th September -
Are you interested?
KTH is once again holding an edible gardens open day in conjunction with the Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival in September. We have a number of gardens that will be open at various times on Saturday 12th September, but would like a few more to add to the selection.

Just a two hour time-slot is enough to give visitors an opportunity to experience your garden. And as all gardens are works in progress, you don't need to wait until your garden is "perfect" for others to appreciate and learn from it.

If you have a garden you'd like to share with others, or know someone who might, please let us know. The garden doesn't need to be only or mostly edibles. Some of our most popular gardens in the past have been ones that include edibles with other features.
Community News...
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group - 
That Sugar Film

On 11th August from 7.30 pm, MRSG and the Victoria Hotel, Woodend will host That Sugar Film.

Movies that Matter have been screening regularly since 2007. That Sugar Film is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. That Sugar Film will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.
 
Movies that Matter proved to be very popular in July, with the screening of Frackman. A full house and an interesting discussion afterwards  topped off a challenging and motivating movie.
 
Non Members are most welcome to attend the monthly Movies that Matter that occur every second Tuesday of the month at the Victoria Hotel in Woodend.

Further enquiries at 
www.mrsgonline.org.au.


Movies are a great way to be entertained, informed and an opportunity to meet like minded people.

Our Lady of the Rosary School Garden - Volunteers Required
Contact Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School for more details
You, Me & Biodiversity - Orchid Talk
Basket Workshop in Kyneton
Food Growing Intensive Course
Cobaw Community Health - Board Vacancies

At the next Cobaw Community Health Annual General Meeting there will be a number of vacancies on the Board of Directors for election. The Board encourages interest from individuals seeking a stronger connection with the community through volunteering and sharing their skills and experience.

Further information will be provided on Thursday 6 August 2015, 7.00pm at 47 High Street, Kyneton. To RSVP and receive an information pack, contact Reception on (03) 5421 1666 or admin@cobaw.org.au.

Our Regular Events
Kyneton Future Forum - 4th Tuesday of the month, 6.30 pm for light meal, 7 pm for discussion, Kyneton Community & Learning Centre, 34 Mollison Street. Gold coin donation
Produce Swap - 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 am to 12 noon, Kyneton Farmers' Market, Piper Street
Kyneton Community Garden - Tuesday 9.30 to 11.30 am during school terms, Kyneton Secondary College. Workshops second Tuesday each month at same time. If you wish to get involved in the garden and these times don't suit, please contact us to discuss.
Coffee and chat - Friday from approximately
10.30 am, Kaddy's Cafe, 8 High Street
Kyneton Community Lunch - Wednesday 12.30 pm during school terms, Kyneton Mechanics Institute, $5 suggested donation (organised by Kyneton Community & Learning Centre)

Working together to make our community stronger, happier and more resilient as we deal with the impact of peak oil and climate change.

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