Date(s) - 16/09/2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
John Shiel is a founding member of Transition Newcastle (TN)
He will show how it was formed, and how it has gradually built community ties in the Newcastle area.
TN has developed good relationships with other environmental groups and councils, including with the winning of grants; built up a local directory of these environmental organisations and a calendar of green events; and created a number of initiatives that have improved the resilience of the community. These initiatives have included:
1. the award-winning Transition Streets Challenge where neighbouring houses reduce their energy together across sectors with fun projects, while developing lasting friendships,
2. the Fair Share Festival where each two years we celebrate sustainable, resilient and economic alternatives with great speakers, music and stalls, and
3. Nourishing Newcastle Urban Tucker Stall (NNUTS) that sells excess produce from home or community gardens.
John lives in Newcastle and is an energy assessor researching housing energy reduction at university. He has a Permaculture Design Certificate, and is part of Permaculture Hunter and the Narara Ecovillage. Formerly John was a Civil Engineer and IT consultant.
Tuesday, 16th September, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
Tuggerah Hall, Anzac Road, Tuggerah, directly opposite Hungry Jacks – within easy walking distance of Tuggerah Railway Station.