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Taking action on Climate Change

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Clean Energy and Sustainability Bulletin: 8 September: Get Active!

MASG Wash against Waste Trailer Licensed Operator Workshops

MASG is running a workshop on how to become a licensed operator of the Wash Against Waste Trailer. In two hours you’ll learn how to operate the trailer and how to coordinate volunteers to ensure the trailer works smoothly at your event. Once you're a licensed operator, you can operate the trailer yourselves and not have to pay someone else to do so.

Workshop Dates: 
Wednesday 16 September from 10am to 12 noon 
Saturday 10 October from 2 to 4pm 

Cost: $5 per person, includes morning or afternoon tea and training notes

Location: Back of The Old Castlemaine Gaol, corner of Edward and Bowden Street, Castlemaine

Contact the MASG office at
325 Barker Street 
T: 5470 6978 

or email by 14 September to secure your place. 

Head to the Facebook event page here for more details:

MASG would also like to thank Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group for their sponsorship of $750 enabling us to buy aprons and reusable latte cups for our Wash Against Waste Trailer program.  Our aprons have just been made locally by Heather Oliver of Deemu and screen printed with our logo by Fi and Tex at Big Tree T-Shirts in Guildford (all made within a 10k radius!). 

We're finding out exactly what baristas require from their latte cups before we stock up on these new items that will help us reduce the amount of throw away coffee cups.  

AND! Did you know that if just want to hire reusable cups, plates, and bowls etc made from melamine then you can contact usat MASG on:
P: 5470 6978 or E:


MASG's Wasteless Project

MASG are seeking volunteers to fire up the Waste Less Project.  There is a huge amount of work gone into getting this community resource started, and there is so much potential for it to be something really valuable for this community.  

Contact Mahesh in the office to register your interest:
MASG Reverse Garbage and Recycling Initiative

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group are mapping business waste in the townships of Castlemaine, Maldon, Newstead and Taradale that can be re-purposed.
We want to link businesses with waste to individuals, community groups and schools that need it: it’s that simple!

Local businesses
Do you have waste items that you could give to individuals, community groups and schools that need them? Do you want to save money on your garbage bills? We want to hear from you!

Individuals, Community Groups, Schools
Are you looking for a special item to give it a new life?
Are you involved in a local community group, school or project that needs materials?

Find out more here:

or contact MASG:
Ph: 5470 6978
MASG Battery & Light Globe Recycling
Bring your spent batteries and light globes into the MASG office:
325 Barker St, (opposite the North School)
Weekdays 9.30am - 3.30pm
and they will be taken to a recycling station.

This is a free service though a small donation is appreciated.

Whats on

Tesla and Beyond - joining the battery revolution



September 12, 10.30am-12pm

The Enviro Shop

325 Barker St, Castlemaine


Have you heard that there is a battery revolution just around the corner? Are you keen to learn how to be more self-reliant for power? Are you interested in disconnecting from the grid entirely and avoiding escalating supply charges? Come along to a FREE workshop to learn about the latest technology developments from the experts and hear from someone who has taken the leap and disconnected from the grid. 

Call 5472 4160 or email for more info.


Stand with Farmers for a Gasfield Free Victoria:
@ The State Library 20 September

The Victorian Auditor General's report on unconventional gas has just been released, warning that well recognised risks may make unconventional gas mining unsuitable for Victoria because of it's dense population, scarce water resources, and high reliance on agriculture.

Auditor-General John Doyle said: “Victoria is not as well placed as it could be to respond to the risks and impacts that could arise if the moratorium is lifted' and there were “major problems” with the state’s current regulation of unconventional gas, managed by the departments of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Working with a range of groups, Friends of the Earth will help host a large 'Farmers and Friends against Fracking' rally on Sunday September 20.

The draft report from the inquiry into unconventional gas is due on Sept 1, so now is the time to make it clear the community wants an outright ban.

If you would like further information, or would like to get involved, please contact:
Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth:

Event details here:

Sign Friends of the Earth's Petition calling for a ban here:

For other ways to contribute to the campaign to protect Victoria from Unconventional Gas, head to:

Local Lives Global Matters, 16-18 October 2015: Program Out Now!

Get ready for The Biggest Event in Castlemaine since The Truck Show!

The Local Lives, Global Matters: A Conference for Futures Sake, Program is LIVE!

The Program will be officially launched at

Friday the 18th of September
at The Market  Building,
Mostyn St, Castlemaine

With The Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire and The Mayor of Hepburn Shire plus some of the local luminaries who will be talking at the conference. See you there!

MASG are excited to be included as partners on this timely event, packed full of brilliant topics and speakers.  
Volunteers are still needed to support this inspiring global meets local conference.

If you have some time and energy to offer, please contact:
Carolyn Neilson
Ph 0439550904

List your event or initiative here.

If you have an event or project that you 
would like to see listed here, contact:
Mandy Field Communications Officer

Become a MASG Supporter


MASG is a volunteer driven organisation with part time staff that support the ongoing project operations that MASG undertakes, to research, advocate and implement large scale community renewable energy solutions, and sustainability initiatives.
MASG is committed to representing community interests in communicating these aims across local government, industry and services.

Though we need your support to continue this work. Click this link to be taken to the membership page on the website.
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Support MASG with a donation
Make a tax deductable donation to help MASG continue its shire wide projects including the 'Zero Net Emissions by 2025' campaign.

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You can also email Mahesh at
or Ph: 03 54
70 6978.
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