Bass Coast,

Turn Your House Into A Future Home

Bass Coast Shire Council and Bass Coast Landcare Network would like to invite you to  participate in the new ‘Future Homes Program’ of free workshops and tours.

The program consists of 10 workshops to be held from March through to November across the Shire, designed to inspire you to take sustainable actions at home. The workshops will include expert speakers and tours to provide you with information on how to reduce your energy and water use, cut down on waste and improve the productivity of your gardens and homes. Putting these actions in place will create a better environment and will also help you save money.

The first session will be ‘Get Together, Grow It, Bottle It!’ will be held on Wednesday, 2 April from 10.00am until 3.00pm at the Council Chambers in Ballieu Street, Wonthaggi. This day includes a guided self-drive tour to two local community gardens, followed by a workshop on the age old art of preserving and bottling excess produce. Led by experts, you will be able to make some tasty goodies to take home.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said by participating in the workshops and tours, people will be able to see real world examples of sustainable techniques and new products, as well as exceptional homes, gardens, farms and communities using energy and water efficiently, reducing waste and living sustainably.

“There is a lot of information out there on sustainability and it can be confusing for people to decide what to do at their place.

“This program is a great way of bringing together ideas to help people choose what would have the most impact at their homes,” Cr Rankine said.

“Take one new step towards a sustainable future today and book to attend these workshops.”

“The workshops are free of cost, but numbers are limited, so you must pre-book to reserve your spot,” Cr Rankine said.

At the workshops you will learn how to conduct an easy self-audit of your home electricity and water use, develop a personal sustainability action plan/emergency response action plan and have plenty of opportunity to share information or stories with others.

Themes and topics for the ten workshops in the series include:

  • sustainable gardening, including auditing your own garden for its sustainability rating, looking at community gardens, preserving produce and creating sustainable productive gardens;
  • home energy efficiency, including tours to energy efficient homes and organisations using renewable energy systems, demonstration of innovative products and practices that save energy, and an action planning session to help take this knowledge into your home;
  • water efficiency, including tours to energy efficient homes and organisations using innovative water recycling or redirection systems, demonstration of products and practices that save water and an action planning session to help take this knowledge into your home;
  • waste reduction, including a ‘Swap Party’ to exchange items such as clothes, CDs, books and kids toys, composting, worm farms and inventive ways to reclaim, remake, reduce reuse and recycle; and
  • reducing impacts of climate change including tours to ‘future proofed’ homes, creating a home emergency response action plan and handling extremes in climate such as heatwaves and cold snaps.

This program can empower you to make sound decisions on implementing sustainable actions in your homes.

To book into the ‘Get Together, Grow It, Bottle It!’ workshop and tour, or to register your interest in other topics for workshops in the program, please contact Council’s Environment Officer, Diana Whittington on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).