Sunday, March 10, 2013

Films, Fermentation & the Feminine

The Transition Film Festival has just had a spate of sell-out screenings in Melbourne and is now coming to Castlemaine as a part of the Castlemaine Fringe Festival.

ANOTHER WORLD IS HAPPENING is an important collection of short documentaries about the Australian and international transition toward a sustainable global society, curated by the Transitions Film Festival. Featuring stories about community energy projects such as Hepburn Wind, the Beyond Zero Emissions vision of a Zero Carbon Australia, sustainable economics, the global renewable revolution and more.

These inspiring, positive stories will prove that another world is not just possible, it is happening all around us. 

The films will be shown on Friday the 22nd of March at the Theater Royal starting at 7pm. Have a look at the trailer:

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We are going to do a much awaited miso making workshop with Rick Tanaka on either April 4th (Thursday) or April 6th (Saturday) at Melliodora. The cost will be $25, and $15 for 1kg of koji starter (sourced from the Blue Mountains) that you will need for your batch. There are 8 places available for this workshop. Please email us to indicate your interest and preferred day.  More info soon.

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Su accepting her honour
Congratulations to HRN's very own Su Dennett, who on Thursday was added to the Hepburn Shire International Women's Day Honour Roll.

As those who know her personally can testify, Su is a tireless worker towards a fairer and safer community in our shire. Su is a stalwart when it comes to social justice, especially concerning the rights of women and enabling better opportunities for local women and their families to access healthy food.

Su is a fierce campaigner for environmental justice and is considered both a local and global pioneer of the permaculture movement. Su's life has been dedicated to how we can better work to achieve harmony with the land and with each other. Su's work in networking local families to local farm produce has enabled many local families to eat best practice agricultural food at affordable prices. This has helped grow the burgeoning community food system, a system that recognises food miles as an enormous contributor to climate change, and Su has worked closely with community gardeners to further expand a local and just food economy.

Su has been an active member of the council's sustainability group, and worked with council and fellow community participants to establish the shire's Energy Descent Action Plan, a first of its kind in Australia. In all Su does she brings love and empathy and good humour to the task. She performs in our community as an exemplary elder and someone who sets an example of strength and integrity in all her activities, both personal and public.

Well done Su!

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