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Sustainable Streets in the Byron Shire [HD Video]

Sustainable Streets Organic Gardening Workshop

The Byron Shire Council in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia are providing the framework to empower residents to reconnect with their neighbours and to build resilient and sustainable communities.

The ‘Sustainable Streets’ program provides sustainable living information through a series of monthly sustainable living workshops where residents can also connect with neighbours, receive energy audits, free water-saving showerheads and shower timers and share seeds and surplus home grown produce.

Example workshops are:

  • Composting
  • Energy efficiency
  • Organic local food production
  • Environmental pests and encouraging native wildlife to your garden
  • Cane toad muster
  • Cooking with local produce
  • Green cleaning
  • Seed saving

Although residents are proud of their water and energy savings, and efforts at lowering their overall ecological footprints, one aspect that has touched many residents on a deeper level is the re-connection with other members of the community. In today’s face-paced and competitive society it is very common to not even know your neighbour’s name. According to the Sydney Morning Herald (Dec 2011), 60% of Australian’s don’t speak to their neighbours and 38% don’t even know their neighbour’s names.

‘Sustainable Streets’ the film (19 mins), Produced by For Greenies

For more information go to the Byron Shire Council website

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