Transition North Shore
We are a small group of very nice people interested in making the North Shore more sustainable by following the Transition Towns recipe of community-led rebuilding of localized and self reliant communities and reducing CO2 emissions.
Last year we focused on awareness raising by convening two CSIRO Energymark groups and hosting Footprint parties. We are pleased to have been awarded a council grant for the Footprint parties. The grant ends around March and if you are interested in having a group of friends learn more about how to save energy and improve their carbon footprint during a fun evening, let us know.
Currently we are developing ideas to promote localized food production and consumption, such as increasing the use of produce from growers in the Galston Gorge area and promoting a veggie exchange. We are open to working on other issues if someone has a particular interest and with other groups.
If you are interested in joining us or know anyone else who may like to join in, please feel free to join us. The idea is to network and share interests and meet other people in our community, creating a tapestry of ideas and connections we put into action to create a more sustainable community.
Its been way too long since we all got together.
In order to help us get together more regularly, I have scheduled a regular meetup on the Transition Meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/Transition-Sydney/) for the third Sunday of every month at 1pm. To be held in a cafe somewhere in the area (we can visit a different one each month).
Please RSVP through the meetup group a few days before the date so I can organise numbers with the venue. Also, if anyone knows a good cafe in the local area, feel free to suggest it as a venue (you can do that through meetup as well).
Transition North shore held its 2012 planning meeting on 12/2/12. We had 6 people in attendance (which is a record for us) with two apologies due to illness or last minute emergencies.
After a fantastic local food lunch (almost everything on the table was home grown or sourced within the Hornsby area), we got down to business and set our agenda for 2012.
Our most pressing issue is the loss of food production to development in the rural parts of Hornsby shire so our focus in 2012 will be on local growers. In particular connecting local growers with local consumers so growers can get a fair price for their produce and consumers can pay a fair price for their fruit and veg.
Many ideas were put forward (in no particular order) -
- Local growers markets in Hornsby
- Local "food map" possibly ion conjunction with the Hawksbury farm trail
- Galston Growers Co-Op
- Online sales and delivery of local food
- Food tours
These will be researched further and presented at our next meeting in March.
Thanks all who attended, brought fantastic food to share and most importantly, shared their ideas as well.