Our 2017 program is finalised and it’s packed full of interesting speakers, presentations and workshops, you’ll be sure to find many to attend. Hear about sustainable communities, renewable industries & opportunities and inspirational changemakers creating the communities you want to live in.

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Saturday 25 March 2017

Sunday 26 March 2017

Kindly note that workshops are subject to change.

Saturday 25 March 2017: 8.30am – 5.00pm

Workshop Presenter
Powershop (Renewable Energy Panel) Abbie Allen
Building the next economy: a crash course Dr Amanda Cahill
Community aspirations to action Blaine Patterson
Future farming in a changing climate. Cam Laurie
Energise Gloucester (Renewable Energy Panel) David Marston
Sustainability and bees go hand in hand Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeepers (Gloucester Group)
Keeping our rural futures resilient Jai Allison
When push comes to shove: community organising for a healthy future James Whelan
Sacred, scientific, sustainability stories: mine, and yours Rev. Dr Jason John
The serious state of the global environments Dr Jim Frazier OAM (Keynote speaker)
50 simple steps to sustainable living; & transitioning to renewable energy John and Rosie Hayes
Land for Wildlife Program John Asquith
Climate change and health impacts Dr John Van Der Kallen
The vital role of community advocacy John Watts
Small business in a rural town Kerrie Guppy
Finding energy and inspiration to take action in your community Kirsty Hughes
Soil systems – upcycling through nature Lee Fieldhouse
Getting online in the bush Linda Johnson
The basics of yoga and why it might save the world Marc Wittenberg
Renewable Energy Panel Nell Schofield
Beyond organic – Sustainable local food futures Pat Burrows
Make ’em laugh. Make ’em cry. Make ’em understand? Penny Charles with Maureen Hjorth & Paul Gannon.
Boomerang Bags Michelle Dado-Millynn & Peta Tynan
Making an ethical switch Sam Marshall
Refugees & people seeking asylum in rural & regional NSW Sandra Hawker
Building capacity for social change: Using values and frames to increase your impact Sandy Killick
How council and community groups can work together Paul De Szell & Tracey Farrant
Community Power Agency (Renewable Energy Panel) Tom Nockolds
Shifting from a cosmology of self-destruction to sustainability Rev. Tom Stuart

 Sunday 26 March 2017: 8.15am – 4.00pm

Faith and ecology – what do they have to do with each other? Anne Lanyon
A second look at our community, building the fence at the top of the cliff…. Anna Burley
Industrial hemp growing opportunities Bob Doyle
Building community resilience Jai Allison
Sustaining your spirit (pre-Programme activity 8.00am-8.30am) Rev. Dr Jason John
Sex is about energy Joan McCarthy
Social justice, community and action Joanne McCarthy (Keynote speaker) with Mayee Warren
Climate change and health impacts Dr John Van Der Kallen
Art for all – the importance of arts and culture in rural communities Judy Simonson & Rachel Saunders
The potential of hemp for food, fibre and medicine Karen Burge
Reducing toxins in conservation and land management Kerrie Guppy
Tai Chi (pre-Programme activity 7.30am-8.00am) Linda Benson
Shepherds Ground: living your ideals, working as a collective and growing a community Lucie Bruvel
What happens to your rubbish – waste as a resource Megan Griffiths
Exploring community solar for Gloucester Mike Ramsden & Tom Nockolds
Optimism and engagement in social movements Paula Morrow
Attracting birds to your garden Penny Drake-Brockman
Raw Earth Enviro Education – Getting your kids back to nature Rachelle Worth
Making an ethical switch Sam Marshall
Grass roots voter education: how to influence the political process Sandy Killick
Building with hemp and hemp applications Shane Hannan
Reclaiming and embracing Aboriginal language and culture Sharon Edgar Jones
Community engagement pathways for energy matters ZNET Uralla team: Dr Sandra Eady, Peter Low, Trish Rasmussen