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Taking action on Climate Change

Save the Date!

Thursday 19th November: 6pm - 7pm
Castlemaine Bowling Club
Berkeley St Castlemaine Victoria 3450
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Thursday 19th November: 7pm - 9pm (Following AGM)
Topic: Community Finance, models, examples and Shire based projects.
Speakers: Taryn Lane and Dean Bridgfoot
Castlemaine Bowling Club
Berkeley St Castlemaine Victoria 3450
For more info:

Sunday 29th November: 10am - 2pm
Victory Park, Castlemaine
Family Friendly Climate Games, Speakers, Music, Food 
Local Action, Global Impact
For more info:

Or Contact MASG:
Mount Alexander Sustainability Group
ph: 03 5470 6978

Clean Energy and Sustainability News: 4 November 2015

MASG AGM 2015 and Sustainability Drinks: Thursday 19th November 

Please join us at our 2015 AGM on:

Thursday 19th November 2015
6pm – 7pm

at the Castlemaine Bowls Club.

Berkeley St, Castlemaine

Followed by

Sustainability Drinks

7pm – 9pm

With Taryn Lane and Dean Bridgefoot discussing community finance models, examples and possibilities for the Mount Alexander Shire.

The Castlemaine Bowling Club will be providing a tapas style light meal sourced from local produce. (Bookings required)

Please RSVP by Monday 16th November

To RSVP please contact:

or call the office on 03 5470 6978

Proxy and Membership forms are available from the MASG website here:

SAVE THE DATE! Castlemaine People's Climate Rally and Picnic 


MASG are gearing up to host a Castlemaine Climate Rally and Picnic on Sunday 29th November 10am - 2pm in Victory Park to align with a weekend of national and global climate actions and events, in the lead up to the Paris Climate Summit on Monday 30th November.

What to expect:
  • Castlemaine Circus Inc will be hosting a series of CLIMATE GAMES, which will involve a whole lot of fun - with an action focus. Get your team ready! (all ages welcome)
  • 500 powerful pictures campaign
  • Speakers include: 
    Susie Burke and Dean Bridgfoot (
    Cam Walker (Friends of the Earth)
    Maree Edwards (ALP)
    George Ryan (Local Farmer and Mount Alexander Shire LETS)
  • Music, local food, stalls and more...

In the lead up to the event:

Banner Painting and Climate Games Preparation
Wednesday 25th November 4pm - 6pm.

We will be running a HUGE banner painting session in Vic Park on Wednesday 25th November.
Come and make your signs and help with one HUGE banner to be taken to the Melbourne Rally on Friday 27th November and to be on show in Vic Park on Sunday 29th November.

People's Climate Rally Melbourne: Friday 27th November 5.30pm

For those that can make it, we will be travelling to the Melbourne Rally at the State Library on Friday 27th November - catching the 2.14pm train from Castlemaine Station. Armed with the HUGE banner created with the community, representing our community in the first of a series of actions across the country. 

Meet: Castlemaine Station, Friday 27th November, 2.14pm
Wear: 'Climate' colours - Yellow, Gold, Orange.
Bring: Water, Signs, Banners, Your Rallying Voices.

Get involved: 
If you would like to find out more about how to help, how to participate, or to have your group represented on the day please contact MASG on:
p: 03 5470 6978
or email:

For more information about national events see:

Thankyou to our event partners The Hub Foundation and The Australian Conservation Foundation and event supporters Winters Flats Primary School,, Friends of the Earth AustraliaCastlemaine Circus Inc.

'As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, we, the people, will gather across Australia and march alongside people in hundreds of major cities around the world.'
Australian Conservation Foundation

Winters Flat Primary School Resource Smart MULTI Award Winners!

A massive congratulations to Winters Flat Primary School for sweeping the Resource Smart Awards:

ResourceSmart School of the Year  
ResourceSmart Teacher of the Year
ResourceSmart Waste school of the year
ResourceSmart Energy school of the year

And they were also finalists in:

ResourceSmart Water school of the year
ResourceSmart Student Led Action team of the year

The awards were held at the Melbourne Convention Centre in October. There were record number of entries this year, 180 entries with 120 schools participating. These awards include all sectors private, catholic, public schools.

Winters Flat is also about to achieve 5 Stars Certification in the ResourceSmart program. The Minister for Environment will be coming to our school to make the announcement sometime in the next 2 weeks.

AND is also a finalist in the VicSRC Awards for Group Action of the Year. These awards are held on 29th October in Melbourne.

'I am bursting with pride about our school as we have been working really hard over the last 4 years and we are now obtaining some wonderful recognition for our achievements.'

Jeanette McMahon, Winters Flat Primary School, Castlemaine

Here are some links of interest:

Message from the Minister for Environment:

ResourceSmart Education Award announcements:

Castlemaine VCAL students have an online shop!

Year 11 and 12 VCAL students have a new online shop selling seedlings, saplings, plants and lovely crafty things as well.  The young people in our region really are clever.

Perhaps this is where you'll do your Christmas Shopping this year....

Click the link to go to the online shop:

All plants were either propagated from seed or cuttings. Open for business from next week..


A Thanks from The Hub to all the 'Evening with Tim Flannery' Volunteers 

'A belated, but heartfelt thank you, on behalf of the Hub Foundation for MASG's terrific support of the event, An Evening with Tim Flannery.... The support we received from MASG volunteers was exceptional. What a team! The volunteers are the ones who really made the event possible'

Jo Kapstein
Project Officer
The Hub Foundation

Mount Alexander next to Divest?

350Castlemaine presented a petition of 950 signatures to Mount Alexander Shire councillors last week asking council to move its investments away from the Big Four banks which support the fossil-fuel industries and to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2020.

Council is currently considering divestment and 350Castlemaine is continuing to lobby for real change in the way council invests.

You can show your support by signing the online petition at

Ten councils have now committed to divesting including the City of Melbourne last week. Ours could be the first regional Victorian shire to do so!

To get involved in the campaign contact Lisa Minchin on: 0437 233 193 or


The Reef Needs Us! Again!

'Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has just granted a new approval for the Carmichael mega-mine and railway project that’s driving the expansion of the Abbot Point coal export terminal beside the Great Barrier Reef.

Six weeks ago the project hit a hurdle when the Federal Court ruled that Environment Minister Greg Hunt didn’t follow environmental laws when he approved the mine. But that didn’t stop them.

Now, Minister Hunt has turned around and issued a new approval to allow the project to proceed. This decision will mean more dredging, industrialisation and shipping on our Reef.

Despite millions of Australians saying they want to keep the Great Barrier Reef beautiful and protected for years to come, the government has gone and delivered the mining industry exactly what they wanted. 

And as if that’s not bad enough - the new Turnbull Government is now considering using your money to pay for it. 

Sign this important petition calling on Prime Minister Turnbull to cancel this project and rule out using taxpayer money.

We know this project doesn’t stack up and has been plagued with problems. Globally, coal prices are falling, making new coal projects unprofitable and the mine’s owner Adani is struggling to secure international and Australian funding.


It seems our government are the only ones willing to support it.

Prime Minister Turnbull needs to step in. He should rule out any public funding to prop up this damaging project up through the North Australia Infrastructure Fund.

Add your name to the petition telling Prime Minister Turnbull not to waste your money on this Reef-wrecking project.

Together we can win this'

Gemma Plesman

on behalf of the Fight for the Reef team

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