Bass Coast,

The Future’s Looking Bright For ‘Future Homes’

Over 150 people across Bass Coast have been involved in the Future Homes Program this year, learning from others how to prepare their homes for the future and reduce their environmental impact.

Bass Coast Shire Council, working with the Bass Coast Landcare Network, hosted the series of 10 workshops over the past nine months.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the workshops brought together an amazing array of local knowledge on sustainability and how to apply it to homes and gardens in our region.

“Recycling, composting, renewable energy, wise water use, sustainable gardening, bottling excess produce and coping with extremes in climate were all explored within the series,” Cr Brown said.

“Much of the program was hands on with activities varied, such as reading your power bills online, the best way to swap unwanted household items and building a no dig garden.”

Cr Brown said the variation of presentations, tours and workshops were well received by participants, who provided positive feedback on their experiences.

“Other feedback from participants indicates they are already implementing changes at home, which are saving them money, improving the productivity of their gardens and the comfort levels in their homes,” Cr Brown said.

“One of the major benefits for participants of this series was learning from others, not just from the speakers, presentations and tours, but gaining information from other participants on contacts, products, services, and real life stories on what has or hasn’t worked.”

Program organiser Lisa Wangman of the Bass Coast Landcare Network said there is a lot of information out there on sustainability, which can be confusing for people to decide what to do at their place.

“This program was a great way to bringing together ideas and helping people choose what would have the most impact at their homes,” Ms Wangman said.

Many community groups and organisations were involved in sharing their knowledge including the Energy Innovation Cooperative, Wonthaggi Community Gardens, Phillip Island Community Orchard, Southern Cross Permaculture Institute, Wonthaggi Recyclers, Westernport Water, Red Cross, CFA and Sustainability Victoria.

Many homes and businesses also generously donated their time, opened up their premises and were more than willing to share their experiences so others could learn from them.

“Without this generous support this series would not have been possible,” Cr Brown said.

“Landcare and Council would like to say thankyou to all involved in helping to shape the future of homes in Bass Coast.”