February 2017 update From MASG. For more info go to masg.org.au.
Taking action on Climate Change

Dates for your diary:

Sustainable House Education Day
Sunday 26 February
10am - 3.30pm

Click here for more information.
Click here to book your ticket.

Wash Against Waste: The Next Generation:
Community Consultation and Brainstorm Session
Thursday 2 March
7pm - 8.30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG)
03 5470 6978




2017: A new year of action...


From all of us at MASG, we hope you are having a stellar start to the year. 

What an amazing community we have in the Shire.  So many initiatives and projects driven by people who are inspired for change.  Where policies and leaders shift, and institutions and political parties stall, the good people and organisations in our community are taking action.   

If you have a local event or initiative to promote, send an email to e-news@masg.org.au and we can help spread the word.


Sustainable House Education Day (SHED) Sunday 26 Feb


The Mount Alexander Sustainability Group's (MASG) popular tour of environmentally progressive homes is back on Sunday the 26th February 2017.
Featured as part of the 2017 Sustainable Living Festival, local residents of the Mount Alexander Shire are opening their homes to the public to discuss some of the design and build choices they have made in their energy efficient and sustainably constructed homes.
The houses on the tour range from a re-purposed Methodist Church built in 1869, a tiny relocatable home on a trailer, a passive-solar home built from scratch 4 years ago, and a retro-fitted brick veneer 1960s house.
The event is based out of the recycled wonderland that is Lot 19, with morning tea and registrations from 9am-10am, Lunch, and afternoon tea.

Following the house tour a panel discussion will follow, also at Lot 19, including owners of the featured homes, local designers and progressive and energy efficient design experts.
‘We are hoping that people can learn from what we have done, and see that it is possible to retrofit period homes in this climate to really enhance liveability and cut down energy bills,’ says home owner Tosh Szatow,
‘What we have done with insulation is a bit different to what most people do, we have also incorporated a lot of recycled materials while keeping all the period features of the home, so hopefully that gives people ideas. The garden incorporates a wide mix of productive and ornamental plants and 100% of our roof area is captured in a 20,000l rain tank which is unique. We will be sharing the mistakes we have made too!’
says Tosh.
WHEN: Sunday 26 February 2016, 10am – 3pm
Please Note:
9-10am: Morning tea and registrations
3.30pm - 5pm: Afternoon refreshments and Concluding Q&A with Panel with experts.*Q&A is free: tour participants and general public are welcome to attend.
WHERE: Tour Begins at ‘Lot 19’
19 LANGSLOW STREET, Castlemaine, VIC 3450
For more information or booking information please contact:
Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG)
p: 03 5470 6978
e: development@masg.org.au

For bookings visit:


Wash Against Waste News


Wash Against Waste: The Next Generation, Community Consultation.

MASG is commencing a new project in 2017: Wash Against Waste The Next Generation, with a community consultation to kick it off on Thursday 2nd March.

Thanks for the support of The Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, MASG will be designing a new Wash Against Waste service and education kit that; and building a new Wash Against Waste trailer/vehicle that can be used in the Mount Alexander Shire and in neighbouring communities.

Come along and contribute your ideas toward the development of The Next Generation of Wash Against Waste.

Event details:
Date: Thursday 2 March 2017.
Time: 7.00-8.30pm.
Venue: Ray Bradfield Room, Forest Street, Castlemaine (access via IGA car park).
*Refreshments provided

To RSVP your attendance please contact:
Jay Smith, Wasteless Project Officer
email: waw@masg.org.au
Ph: 5470 6978.

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Taradale Mineral Springs Volunteers Needed:

Jay would love to hear of anyone who would be available for the Taradale Mineral Springs Festival on Sunday 12 March.
Wash against waste vollies would be needed between 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4:30pm.

If you can help please contact:
Jay Smith, Wasteless Project Officer
email: waw@masg.org.au
Ph: 5470 6978.


Local News and Vic Events


Sustainable Living Festival: 4-28 February 2017

Click here to go to MASG's Sustainable House Education Day Event Listing.

C4CE Community Energy Congress: 27-28 February 2017

Click here to go to the congress lineup featuring MASG's Waste to Energy Project Manager Deane Belfield.

Castlemaine Press: Print Exchange

In the Media:


'Indigenous owners threaten legal action unless Adani abandons land access deal.' From The Guardian, 7 February, 2017

Read more here.....

Support the Wangan and Jagalingou People in this campaign by donating to the Defence of Country Fund.

'The Future of Neighbourhoods: Five Projects that show how we'll live.' From Fast Coexist, 21 November, 2016.

Read more here....

The 'Tesla of eco-villages' is developing off-grid villages that grow their own food and generate their own power.' From The Business Insider, 29 September 2016.

Read more here....

Get Behind Your Local Sustainability Group


We can't do this without you! MASG is a member driven organisation that works with community, business and industry in order to respond to Climate Change. 

MASG is committed to representing community interests in communicating these aims across local government, industry and services.

Click this link to be taken to the membership page on the website.


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