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Calendar 2016

'Lighting the Regions' Celebration and MASG Fundraiser Screening of 'Trumbo'

Doors open 7pm
7.30pm Film Screening
Thursday 17 March
Theatre Royal Castlemaine


Sustainability Drinks

Thursday April 16th
5.30 - 7.30pm

Sustainable House Education Day - Winter Edition
16th and 17th June 2016

For more info contact:
Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG)
03 5470 6978


March 2016 enews from MASG

Thanks to all that attended MASG's Sustainable House Education Day (SHED) on Sunday 28 February 2016, featured as part of the 2016 Sustainable Living Festival.

Feedback indicated that there was a good varied selection of houses, the Shire put on some great weather, we had a fabulous turnout, Johnny Baker sold out at lunchtime and home owners offered really inspiring and practical information about design, build or retrofit options...

Thankyou to homeowners Ian and Leslie Jones, Bronwen Machin, Jo Middleton, Marita and Gerry Egan, Karl Albrecht and also to Geoff Crosby, Danilo Paglialonga, Mick Lewin and Karl Albrecht  for being our design and energy efficiency experts in the courtyard for our concluding drinks.

Thankyou also to Kate Orr from MASG for her huge effort in coordinating the event, and to the SHED event sponsors Castlemaine Property Group, Life Design (Melbourne) and Mount View Estate Harcourt.
We are so pleased with the event we are planning the next series!

If you are interested in presenting your house in up and coming tours, or if you have any other ideas or feedback get in touch here:


'Lighting the Regions' Celebration and MASG Fundraiser Screening of 'Trumbo' 7pm, 17 March 2016, Theatre Royal Castlemaine

Celebrate lighting the region at the movies!

The Lighting the Regions Project is partnering with Mount Alexander Shire Council to host a fundraiser movie night to celebrate the completion of one of the largest street lighting partnerships in Australia.

The fundraiser will feature a special screening of Trumbo at the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on Thursday 17 March to raise funds for Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG).

“The event aims to raise awareness in the local community about the new cleaner and greener street lights installed throughout the shire,” said Jason Taylor, Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Fifty percent of the ticket sales will go towards Mount Alexander Shire Sustainability Group to help run important education, research and advocacy initiatives.

“Come and celebrate the completion of the Lighting the Regions project, and help support MASG and the work they are doing to support sustainability and green energy usage in Mount Alexander Shire,” said Mr Taylor.

Last year, Council replaced nearly 900 old streetlights with new energy efficient LED streetlights as part of the Lighting the Regions changeover project.

The new lights save around 77 per cent of energy and associated greenhouse gases along with significant savings in future operating and maintenance costs.

“Lighting the Regions is an initiative which will see a significant impact, with an estimated reduction of 180,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emission over 20 years,” said Mick Lewin, Chair, Mount Alexander Sustainability Group.

“Energy efficiency is an important way to reduce emissions, and it is great to see Mount Alexander Shire Council taking action,” he said.

LEDs were installed at Baringhup, Barkers Creek, Campbells Creek, Castlemaine, Chewton, Elphinstone, Fryerstown, Green Gully, Guildford, Harcourt, Maldon, McKenzie Hill, Metcalfe, Newstead, Taradale, Vaughan and Yapeen.

The recent completion of the Lighting the Regions project saw the replacement of 23,000 mercury vapour streetlights across 16 local government areas in Victoria.

What:  'Lighting the Regions' Celebration and
MASG Fundraising Screening of 'Trumbo.'

When:  Doors open 7pm, for a 7.30pm Screening Thursday 17 March 2016

Where:  Theatre Royal Castlemaine

Tickets: Purchase at the Theatre Royal for $15.50 each
(*50% of ticket sales go to MASG).

Ph: 5471 1700 or 5443 6886

Media enquiries:                     
Lisa Shiner, Communication Officer           
Mount Alexander Shire Council             
Tel: 5471 1810 or 0409 018 195            


Wash Against Waste Trailer: Ready to reduce waste at your next event

Thanks to all who contributed to the Wash Against Waste Trailer love in, to get ready for a busy couple of months of events.

For more information about hiring the Trailer, or hiring washable crockery without the trailer, click the link here.
Or contact Helen by email or phone the MASG office on
03 5470 6978.

'Wash against waste is saving the environment a total of 383 kgCO2e/day by replacing disposable cutlery and crockery (on the basis of 50% plastic and 50% paper products) with SS or melamine cutlery and crockery. That is equal to traveling a distance of ~1,277 km in an average car, and about the same distance traveling from Canberra to Brisbane.'


Wasteless: List your business

MASG 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!

Click here to be listed.

Individuals, community groups and schools

Are you looking for a special item to give it a new life? Are you involved in a local community group or school that needs project materials? Check out the Wasteless page for regular updates about available materials.

For more information, to register your interest or business waste contact:

LAST CALL FOR INPUT: The Mount Alexander Shire Council Climate Change Action Plan

Last chance to input into the draft Climate Change Action Plan, feedback must be provided by midnight on Sunday 13 March 2016:

'Residents of Mount Alexander Shire have another opportunity to provide input into an action plan outlining how Council will reduce its carbon emissions and adapt to climate change over the next five years.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Director Sustainable Development Jason Taylor said Council is seeking feedback from all members of the community.

“The plan outlines the actions Council will take to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and move towards becoming carbon neutral,” said Mr Taylor.

“It has been developed through many meetings with community groups, within Council and through a four-week consultation period late last year.

“We’ve incorporated a lot of feedback into this final draft and are making the document available for final comment before it goes before Council,” he said.

To view the plan and provide input visit the Have your say section of Council’s website from Monday 29 February. Submissions must be received by midnight on Sunday 13 March.'

You can also download a copy here.


Coonooer Bridge begins generating cheapest wind energy in Australia

From Renew Economy, 2 March 2016

Victoria’s Coonooer Bridge wind farm has begun producing what is assumed to be the cheapest wind energy in Australia, after the project became the first from the ACT government’s hugely successful wind auction to generate power.
The milestone was announced by ACT environment minister Simon Corbell on Wednesday, who said the wind farm was currently exporting 6MW of energy, with full generation of 20MW expected later this month.
“Coonooer Bridge becoming operational is an important milestone in the ACT Government’s commitment to 90 per cent renewable energy for the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.

“The energy being produced at Coonooer bridge is the cheapest wind energy in Australia and will be supplying Canberra homes for 20 years.By 2018 we will be sourcing over 80 per cent of our energy needs from renewable sources, making us the sustainable energy Capital of Australia.In another win for the ACT, the wind farm developer, and part-owner, is a locally grown business, Windlab Limited,” Mr Corbell said.

Windlab, a Canberra-based spin-off from the CSIRO’s wind research unit, said last November that while Coonooer Bridge was a relatively small project, with only six turbines, it would tap one of the best wind resources in Australia at its location near Bendigo.

Read the full article from Renew Economy here:



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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.

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