U3A  Apollo Bay  -  A0061281U - a member  of  U3A  Network  Victoria©
PO Box 153 Apollo Bay  Vic  3233

Transitions Towns initiative

Update on Transition Towns  Workshops


Following the Open Forum in May the three project areas who scored the highest interest have been set up.  These are:


See below for more about these project and if you are interested in attending the workshops send an email to transitiontown3233@gmail.com or request to join our email list for updates.  Check the Facebook page or look out for information in the Apollo Bay News.


More will follow on other topics raised on the day. A number of our members are actively involved in the current projects and more information will be circulated on other areas of interest.


The  Steering Group continues to oversee Transition Towns Apollo Bay.  We are helping  to link existing community groups where there are common goals.

REPORTS FROM THE WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP ON WASTE

Three areas to focus on in efforts to reduce waste.

1 Business solutions and education

Finding a solution for commercial organic food waste, including:

Discussions with local business highlight a desire to be able to compost organic waste and willingness to sort waste.

A Pick My Project Grant Application has been put in for a commercial Closed Loop compost system.

Otways Business Waste Forum scheduled for October with the objective to provide businesses with tips, inspiration and network opportunities to reduce single use items. The Barwon South West Resource Recovery Group, Jos Pantry, Hello Coffee, The Little Green Corner, RAW and Beacon Point Villas will present at the forum. Displays of reusable products from Biopack, Vegieware and a number of other packaging companies will be on display. Community grant of $800 received from Colac Otway Shire to run this forum.


2 Repair café and Tip Shop

U3A ‘Mend it session will be expanded, renamed and extended into the community.  Although a Repair Café was initially proposed this will be called ‘Remakery’ and will start by offering small repairs and repurposing such as: clothing repairs..... darning, stitching, knitting, small furnishing repairs, polishing, also soldering, book recovering......

Discussions to occur with Men's Shed re repairing of items once its established.

Discussions with Simone Robertson, COS regarding use of Tip Shop and possibilities for the shop ongoing.


3    Residents Reducing Waste

The first book library (recycled books) has been installed at Hello Coffee.

Weekly tips in the newssheet encouraging and educating residents to reduce household waste.

Existing groups, example Boomerang Bags, Otways Food Co-op continue in the effort to reduce plastic waste.