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The Good Life Your LOCAL guide to
Art and Entertainment
By Sarah Van Stokrom
IT was a day of activism at its
Forty-one like-minded and pas-
sionate people travelled from War-
ragul, Phillip Island, Wonthaggi and
surrounds to the Outtrim Recreation
Reserve to discuss how the community
can unite to keep below an increase of
1.5 degrees centigrade in global tem-
The Active Hope Day was an ini-
tiative of the Energy Innovation Co-
op and facilitated by chair Moragh
“The Active Hope Day was about
members and friends of the co-op
sharing ideas and spreading news of
innovations in the community renew-
able energy sector and associated com-
munity initiatives, such as Bass Coast
Waste Watch,” she said.
“Innovative ideas can take a long
time – 10 to 25 years – to become
widespread. We hope to reduce that
time by promoting and supporting in-
novations across our community.”
With a presentation from Manny
Pasqualini from the Community Pow-
er Agency, there was a lot of discus-
sion about the potential of community
solar gardens, encouraging investment
in renewable energy, and the concept
of Community Powerhouses and the
benefits they offer to the environment.
The aim of these powerhouses is
to support and scale up existing grass-
roots movement to increase local com-
munity clean energy access, afford-
ability and innovation.
Community energy is where a com-
munity develops, delivers and benefits
from sustainable energy projects. This
can include supply-side projects such
as renewable energy installations and
storage and demand-side projects such
as energy efficiency and demand man-
To learn more about Community
Powerhouses, visit http://www.fund-
Greens candidate for McMillan
Donna Lancaster, Labor candidate for
McMillan Chris Buckingham and Bass
Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan
McMillan MP, Liberal Russell
Broadbent sent his apologies and will
meet with co-op representatives soon.
The Community Power Agency
have approached the State Govern-
ment to secure its support for field tri-
als of the Solar Gardens initiative and
the EI Co-op and Bass Coast Council
are keen to host one of those trials in
“We will work with council and the
Community Power Agency to deter-
mine how we can make this happen,”
Ms Mackay said.
There was great energy in the room
with a lot of passion and ideas being
discussed, not to mention the local
“It was great to see so many people
ready for this type of gathering. People
listened to and advanced their collec-
tive thinking about community energy,
solar gardens, battery storage, a lo-
cally-based revolving fund and waste
“ They will spread these ideas fur-
ther through their networks and hope-
fully spark enthusiasm and activity for
these great initiatives.”
There was a strong appetite for
groups to pool their collective knowl-
edge and resources and avoid dupli-
cating each others’ efforts, such as the
Communities Making Energy Togeth-
er or ComMET initiative.
There was also great support for
the EI Co-op setting up a physical
location where renewable energy sys-
tem demonstrations could be accessi-
ble to the public, to get hands on with
the technology and access impartial
If you are inspired to participate
please contact the Energy Innovation
Co-op via firstname.lastname@example.org to
discuss ways you can get involved and
find out about upcoming events.
VINES pruned from a Leongatha vine-
yard were transformed into works of art
Leongatha artist Pat Dale led a two day work-
shop at Lucinda Estate Winery as part of the Cre-
ative Gippsland series of events in May.
On day one, the winery’s Andrew Gromotka,
gave the class instructions about what not to cut
on the vines and urged students to choose longer
Pat advised how to turn canes into large ‘ran-
dom weave’ grapevine baskets and by the end of
the day, most participants had formed the basket
and begun filling the many spaces.
They let their baskets dry a little before the fi-
nal weaving stage on day two.
Students were Margaret Balfe from Inverloch,
CREATIVE Gippsland’s month long celebration of the
arts across Gippsland was another great success in its
With the theme ‘come and play all of May’, the creative program
involved workshops, artists in residencies, exhibitions, music, theatre
Bass Coast mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said the celebration once
again highlighted Gippsland’s artists, as well as art focussed organisa-
tions and activities.
“It inspires new ideas, connects artists with local groups and builds
on the amazing energy and artistry skills in our area,” she said.
A highlight of the month was Bass Coast’s own artist in residence
Ulla Taylor, hosted by the Newhaven residents group.
Ulla worked Grayden’s Reserve in Newhaven and Newhaven Pri-
mary School, demonstrating the screeving technique using the basket-
ball court as her canvas to create a new perspective, with local flora and
fauna featuring in her work.
“She has been working with hat on and pastels in hand creating
between storms and rain, and I encouraged everyone to visit the reserve
to see what she had achieved and take a photo in the rock pool scene,”
Cr Crugnale said.
“Her artwork really is incredible and as many visitors have com-
mented, it has to be seen to be believed.”
The Newhaven residents group thanked the artist with a celebratory
community barbeque recently.
Newhaven residents hope this will be the start of a discover Ne-
Ulla is based in Melbourne and has travelled throughout Austra-
lia and the world with her art, from Shark Bay to Toronto to Kobe to
Klaipeda, and has 27 years experience in creating public art at grass-
You can find out more about her at www.ullart.com.
Winery inspires art
Gayle Margaret from Mirboo North, Jan Leslie
of Leongatha, Loretta Hambly of Tarwin Lower,
Teeny Talsma of Leongatha, Mary McLeish of
Koonwarra, Di Farmer of Sandy Point and Lor-
raine Borthwick of Cranbourne.
Natural art: Pat Dale shows examples
of basket weaving created by her students
at a workshop at Lucinda Estate Winery,
New skills: from left, students at Newhaven Primary School
Shelby Deszcz, Melinda Weir, Mya Sutton, Sophia Gardner,
Meg Johnson and Kayla Bowers learn about the screeving
technique from artist in residence Ulla Taylor.
Month of play a great success
Amazing: Prudence Mungatopi explored Ulla Taylor’s rock
pool art at Grayden’s Reserve in Newhaven.
Renewable energy focus: like-minded people united to develop innovative ideas at the Active Hope Day at
the Outtrim Recreation Reserve.
Activists think of future
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