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Renewable Energy - What we all need to know
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Renewable Energy at Future Forum
Explore issues important to the future of Kyneton
and the rest of the world
On Tuesday 23rd June Kyneton Transition Hub will be hosting a forum to discuss renewable energy. The guest speaker is Leigh Ewbank from Yes2Renewables, a campaign of Friends of the Earth. Some Kyneton people will remember Leigh from his participation in the local Climate March last September.

Leigh has been engaged in climate and energy debates for years. He was a fellow of the Breakthrough Institute in California, has commented widely in Australian media and lectured at RMIT in Urban Planning and Energy and Energy Policy and Management courses.

This is the second monthly Future Forum, launched last month. 

Each month a new topic will be chosen to explore the future of Kyneton and beyond. The topics will 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 will be used to inform the participants and get the discussion started.

In July the topic will cover consumption with real examples of what others are doing. Some possible future topics include regenerative agriculture, healthy oceans and steady state economics.

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 will be on every 4th Tuesday of the month at the Kyneton Community & Learning Centre.
 
Keeping Carbon in the Ground - 
May Future Forum Report
The first Kyneton Future Forum in May provided an opportunity to hear about the recent Climate Council Report “Unburnable Carbon: Why we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground”. 

For many people the science of climate change is hard to grasp.  Jan McIver's presentation explained the basic scientific facts of climate change and the carbon budget approach which was developed by scientists to quantify the level of global effort required to stabilise the climate system. From the report it is clear that it is not too late to prevent the damage climate change could do to our families, our towns, agriculture and the economy, but time is running out.

Discussion became very lively when we looked at what action could be taken locally to foster a sustainable future for Kyneton.
 
Open Edible Gardens -
Expressions of Interest
KTH is once again holding an edible gardens open day in conjunction with the Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival in September.

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.
Garden Gatherings -
Helping each other in our gardens
One of our regular events is our (roughly) monthly Garden Gathering. This is simply an opportunity to meet in someone’s garden and do a small project together. This may be something that’s easier to get done with more helpers, or just some maintenance or planting. We can also build wicking beds, compost bays, help with planning (Permaculture designers available) and similar.

One of the most important aspects of Garden Gatherings is the opportunity to chat with other gardeners, see what others are doing in their gardens, and enjoy afternoon tea together. And you can qualify to host your own after attending just two or three.

Kids are welcome at our garden gatherings and usually have great fun together.

Garden Gatherings are usually on Sundays between 2 and 4 pm

Community News...
Food is Free Macedon Ranges
A Food is Free box of produce in Bodkin Street Kyneton
The global "Food is Free" movement is making an impact in the Macedon Ranges. It is an newly formed group of people who are interested in working together to grow and share food and build connections in our bountiful region. You know you've found it when you see a Food is Free sign with either a small veggie patch near the footpath or a box with produce in it.

Their objective is simple: to grow and harvest food locally and share it with everyone. They believe that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food, and that by sharing food, we will build kinder, more connected communities in our towns.

The Food is Free Project began in the USA in 2012, when John Edwards planted vegetables in his front garden in Austin, Texas, and put out a sign saying: “Food is Free, Help Yourself”.

Food is Free Macedon Ranges communicates as a Facebook group. If you wish to join in you just need to make a sign and put out some food or plant a garden to share.
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group - 
Frackman - Important Australian movie
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group - 
Green Power
Kyneton Hospital Gardens -
Donate. Plant. Gather. Grow.
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, 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
Coffee and chat - Friday from approximately
10.30 am, Kaddy's Cafe, 8 High Street
Kyneton Community Lunch - Wednesday 12.30 to 1.30 pm during school terms, Kyneton Mechanics Institute (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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