Members’ night at the Box Factory

On Thursday 23 October 2014, Sustainable Communities SA held a members night at the Box Factory Community Centre.

We started with a presentation by Sharon Ede about the interactive website she and others have developed called Share and Save: This site aims ‘to provide the information and links to assist South Australians to find and share services, resources and events in their local community to help with the cost of living and improve neighbourhood networks’.

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Local Government elections update

As a follow up to a previous blog, we have received responses from some City of Norwood Payneham St Peters candidates who completed our survey. Its intention is to give residents an idea of these candidates’ ideas on sustainability and environment matters. There is a meeting tonight if you wish to attend: Public forum, 8pm Wednesday 29 October 2014, to hear candidates for St Peters Ward and ask questions at Spicer Uniting Church, 44a Fourth Ave, St Peters.

Our survey asked the following questions:

QUESTION 1: What do you understand by the Council’s objective of ‘Pursuing initiatives that improve our environment and protect our resources’?
QUESTION 2: What environmental initiatives do you plan to pursue if elected to Council?
QUESTION 3: What actions would you like Council to undertake to set an example of good environmental practice in the community?
QUESTION 4:  How can Council inform and educate the community about good environmental behaviour?
QUESTION 5: Payneham Community Centre is used by our group for the monthly One Planet Market. It is currently in need of some renovation. Do you consider these types of facilities a priority for council?

Local Government Candidates – responses to survey Oct 2014

Sustainable Communities SA is now a LETS member

by Sue Andrews

Adelaide LETS is very happy to welcome SCSA as one of our newest members.  SCSA will be earning units by debiting LETS a fee in units for LETS members stalls at the One Planet markets each month.  In turn SCSA will be spending some of those units to buy suitable items from LETS members as ‘thank you’ gifts to the market workshop presenters.  SCSA has already made their first trade by providing live violin music and finger food (sweetcorn fritters, lentil burgers, spinach polenta muffins, samosas and carrot cake) to contribute to the meal at the recent SCSA members meeting.  Thank you to LETS members Robyn and Sue for their efforts.

We all look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between SCSA and LETS.

If SCSA members want to know more about joining Adelaide LETS please go to our website  Its FREE to join!  If you’d like to take a look at what’s currently on offer, you can see the current offers by going to .   

Please email LETS Adelaide  if you would like more information.

Map Jam: creating a a world of sharing

mapjamOn the weekend I attended a Map Jam at Sarah’s Sisters Cafe in Semaphore which was part of Shareable’s effort to map sharing initiatives, cooperatives and community resources around the world.

In just a couple of hours about 15 people from around Adelaide identified a wide range of sharing and community support initiatives.

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It was also a great chance to meet and exchange stories of what is happening around Adelaide such as Fab Lab Adelaide, the first space in Australia to make equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters available for free to the public;  the waste reduction Salvage and Save program which recycles donated or salvaged goods sells them back to the community; and the Work Injured Resource Centre which among other things works with Oz Harvest to provide support for injured workers. mapjamppl

The information gathered from this event will be added to the Zero Waste SA’s ShareNSave website. You can add any initiatives/activities directly to the website. Keep an eye on the site as there are plans to expand allow people to connect and continue a conversation via the site.

Other ways in which you can connect to other people in Adelaide involved in building the sharing economy is the Sharing Connectors Adelaide Facebook group and the Share Adelaide Facebook page.

sharonmapjamAnd if you would like to hear more about the Sharing Economy come along tomorrow night to the Sustainable Communities Members Night (Thursday 22nd Oct 2014) to hera Map Jam Adelaide organiser, Sharon Ede, speaking about how we can all participate in building community ties and the sharing economy.