Bendigo Sustainability Group



Bendigo Sustainability Group

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The Bendigo Sustainability Group is made up of local people and businesses interested in all aspects of sustainability.

We’re making a difference!

Since we began in 2007 we’ve built a reputation as a leader in ground-up change making, and whilst we’re firmly apolitical, politicians from all parties seek us out for input on future strategies. We’re independent and community focused, and our goal is to create a supportive culture for understanding, inspiration, action and hope from which the wider Bendigo community can grow a sustainable future together.

And through our action groups and projects and we have made significant contributions to the future sustainability of our region.

We’re here for the long haul

Creating a vibrant and sustainable Bendigo won’t happen overnight!

Our dedicated Committee of Management oversees all BSG projects and activities, making sure we stay viable as a not for profit organisation and that members and the general community benefit what we do.

They’re a great bunch of people and happy to hear any ideas you may have.

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23a Somerville St Flora Hill
Post: PO Box 1362, Bendigo 3552

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Sustainability Awards

Guest Speaker: Josh Byrne – environmental scientist, author, research academic & ABC TV’s Gardening Australia presenter

Overall Winner: Eaglehawk Recycle Shop

Category Winners:
Business more than 10 full time employees: Eaglehawk Recycle Shop
Small Business less than 10 full time employees: The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Cafe
Community: Ironbark Gully Friends
Home & Garden: Rebecca Dannals
Early/Primary Education: Eppalock Primary School
Secondary/Tertiary Education: Victory Christian College

October 2016 Sustainable House Days

March 2015 Sustainability Awards

Guest Speaker: Phillip Johnson- Landscape Designer, designer of 2013 Chelsea Garden Best in Show

Overall Winner:
Category Winners:
Business more than 10 full time employees: Hazeldene Chicken Farm
Small Business less than 10 full time employees: Stay Social

Home & Garden: Paul & Clare Kirkpatrick
Early/Primary Education: Axedale Primary School
Secondary/Tertiary Education: Bendigo Senior Secondary College

November 2013 Sustainability Awards

August 2012 Megawatt Energy Fair, Big Hill

2011 Annual Sustainable House Tour

November 2011 Bendigo Celebrates Sustainable Living
A day of food, gardening and music! A day community celebration which included live entertainment, gardening workshops, and cooking demonstrations. Highlights were special guest Costa from SBS’s Costa’s Garden Odyssey, local band The McAlpine Fusiliers, the pedal powered juice makers, juggling workshops, Sustainable Fashion on the Fields, and free bike servicing.

2010-2011 Goldfields SolarHub Project The Goldfields SolarHub project assisted 648 households and businesses to install solar PV, resulting in a total installed capacity of 1.9MW. (2010-2012. Funding from Sustainability Victoria.)

2010-2011 Refit n’ Save Refit n’ Save partnered five community sustainability groups to build a network of reliable, local suppliers, making energy smart and cost effective choices easier for 800 households. (2010-2011. Funding from Sustainability Victoria.)

2010-2011 Bendigo Business Sustainability Program
The Bendigo Business Sustainability Program worked local businesses through the web based tool Grow Me The Money to reduce their environmental impact and business costs. We helped businesses set up green teams, develop and implement action plans, communicate with staff, and understand their energy bills and energy use. (2010-2012. Funding from VECCI: Grow Me The Money)

March 2010 Peppergreen Farm Community Festival

2010 Bendigo Community Farmers Market Established
The Bendigo Community Farmers Market was initially an action group, but now, through our support, it has become a successful entity in its own right. Congratulations to all those who’ve made it such a huge success! The BCFM is a monthly VFMA accredited Farmers Market held on the 2nd Saturday of the month in Sidney Myer Place. We have averaged 45 sellers plus a community barbeque, community stall, CFA, information and demonstration tents

2008 Incorporation: May 26

2007 Bendigo Sustainability Group Established

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