MCG September Newsletter 2015

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** September NEWSLETTER 2015
Welcome to Spring… the season for
new beginnings, new growth…
and a new editor!

Introducing Alexandra Williams (Alex)
who has volunteered her services to edit the MCG Newsletter:

Hello Spring and Hello MCG Friends, Volunteers and Supporters!

While this is my first month as editor after a single orientation session last week I would first like to thank Anneke for her input and support during the handover. She’s done a massive job over the last four years so I have big gumshoes to fill!

A little about me for those I’ve yet to meet… I have been involved in several local community groups over the years from Rotaract in the mid 1990s when I participated in some wonderful working holidays volunteering in Madang Provence, PNG and Honiara, Solomon Islands. More recently this has extended to the Brunswick Valley Historical Society (Mullumbimby Museum), the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival and BluesFest.

A geographer (by nature), I have worked as a strategic town planner in various local governments (by necessity) and after enjoying the community consultation opportunities that provided, have followed my passion in more creative endeavours starting my own e-publishing and author services business. In a recent moment of wanting to revisit being a student, I enrolled in a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing and will be bringing my creative input in digital photography and writing to the MCG community table.

I am keen to incorporate any suggestions you have for the monthly MCG Newsletter, whether seasonal recipes, garden or workshop photographs, artwork or a couple of words of wisdom or you’d like to share

I look forward to meeting you over coming weeks.
Happy gardening! ~ Alexandra (Ed.)

While there may be some controversy over the government’s new “Jobs Active” Work for the Dole program, we have chosen to make the most of it and give our unemployed participants enjoyable activities that will benefit both them and us. And after the first month – it seems to be working well.
With two programs designed to meet the interests and needs of each individual, we have also managed to create paid positions for the two supervisors and an administration co-ordinator.

We argued that these roles carried a level of responsibility and time commitment that could not be met by volunteers, we are very grateful that TURSA and NORTEC agreed to fund these positions for the next 6 months.


Greg O’Meara is leading his team in improving our disability access in the gardens. Currently working on the kitchen rotunda they are creating a path that will meet regulations for “all access” and be surrounded by beautiful gardens. They are widening paths through the food for all gardens and will be focusing on improving the access to the toilets next.
The team is also currently constructing entrances to the allotments area of the garden with attractive gates. As more and more visitors come to the gardens, these gates will help to differentiate the Private Allotment area from the Food For All gardens and hopefully discourage the public from picking produce from private gardens.
Coastal Excavations are on site and have been contracted to do some much overdue maintenance on our swales and roads improving the drainage issues we face in heavy rain events. Our landscaping team will follow along after the machines have left and make it all pretty again.
Well done guys and gals – you are doing a great job!!


Robyn Wright is so excited about the enthusiasm of her team in putting forward ideas of projects they will undertake over the next 6 months.
Starting on updating some of our weathered signage, they are also being inundated with request from the Pods for new signs. Aware that we don’t want to create a Gold Coast scenario at the gardens, Robyn’s team are aiming to make these educational and directive signs colourful and artistic. They have plans for murals on a couple of our structures too.
Another focus of their program is to create products that can be sold for fundraising for the garden, so they are planning a market stall in the coming months. They will be making preserves, upcycling salvaged furniture and goods and producing a recipe book amongst other ideas.
To add another level of diversity, this program will also be engaging our local bird expert, Troy to take a workshop on building bird boxes for local bird species on Wednesday September 23rd at 9.30am. There will be limited places for the members and volunteers to attend this free workshop with the opportunity to take a bird box home so get your booking in early. It will be very informative and entertaining day not to be missed. A flier with more information will be released in the next couple of days.
So great work coming forth from Robyn and her team and we are looking forward to the expansion of colour and creativity in the gardens in the coming months.


Catherine Peversi is in the office 4 days a week from 9am tip 1.30pm to answer your questions, take membership and allotment payments, provide you with forms and paperwork if you need it, direct volunteers to the daily supervisors and generally be the friendly face of the gardens for visitors. Behind the scenes she is helping to update our admin systems and do the reporting and project support for the Jobs Active programs. She is looking forward to the completion of our new office shortly and meanwhile can be found operating out of the Seed Shed, so stop by and welcome her. She is a jewel in our crown.
Martin Kantor
17.4.1960 – 15.8.2015
Martin was a most kind, compassionate and generous man who had a great love for nature and art. He supported the Mullumbimby Community Garden’s through our Bunya Fund since its inception with several large anonymous donations and was always ready to have a chat over coffee about how we were getting on. I am deeply saddened at his departure from this life – his warm heart will be missed by many. Condolences to Martin’s family.
~ Jeannette
Reminder: Membership and Allotment Fees
Membership and Allotment fee’s are one of the few stable revenues that help the gardens continue to function. Yes, we greatly appreciate your volunteer work too of course, but we would LOVE you to join (or renew) your membership and annual allotment fee’s on time as this reduces paper work for the volunteers behind the scenes 🙂

The best and easiest way to do this is online here:
Membership (
Allotments (
Thank you for your continued support, we cannot exist without it

What to do on Fathers Day?

The Rad Dad’s Fully Fun Fathers Day Out offers free fun activities for the whole family including Big Air’s Skate, Scooter and BMX competition.
Come to the Mullumbimby Skate Park, spread your blanket on the ground, bring a picnic or buy food at the BBQ.
You can play games, tour the Mullumbimby Community Garden next door, see plans for a new youth project, have a dance or just kick back and relax.. Shade and water are provided but bring a hat and sunscreen to play it safe.
See you there on Sunday September 6^th from 10.30 am for fully rad day.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED to bump in/ bump out, for kids activities and the BBQ.
Please call Jeannette 0412 322255 ASAP


** Site Management Meetings (September 26th, 1.45pm)
For all those who are actively involved in ongoing projects on a regular basis at the gardens, (POD members, FFA gardeners, Social Enterprize owners, Daily Supervisors, regular Educators) we would like to invite you and encourage you to attend our monthly Site Management meetings. This is an opportunity for you to communicate your projects needs and to keep informed and in touch with the team on the ground. Our next meeting will be held on Sat Sept 26th,1.45pm-3.30pm (sharp) in the Rotunda or (the learning curve).
Hope to see you there 🙂
More info: Anneke 0420 379 860.
What’s Happening Elsewhere

Byron Bioenergy Conference
Dear Friends,

After two successful Bio-charfest’s at Mullumbimby, this year’s Byron Bioenergy Conference at Byron Eco Park, Tyagarah on Saturday September 12 & Sunday September 13. The Key Note Speaker and Demonstration Programme will fall under the headings of Biomass, Bioenergy & By Products with a particular focus on Biochar Production.

Featuring “The Biochar Movie”, the story of a couple that moved into the middle of a flailing forestry plantation to start a Biochar Project and how their grass roots style of living has changed things forever. Also featuring Doug Pow, the Avocado, Dairy & Beef Farmer from W.A. who has been feeding his cows biochar for four years and has witnessed both economic and biological outcomes far beyond his expectations!!

As well as this we have Kaye Wood from Byron Bay Bamboo, Bob Doyle, the largest grower of Industrial Hemp in Australia who has just bought the Old Timber Mill at Dungog to make Hemp Pallets. Euan Beaumont from Energy Farmers Australia, Dr Joe Herbertson, the Award Winning Engineer of the “Continuous Biomass Converter”, World Leading Soil Scientist Dr Lukas Van Zweiten from NSW DPI, Dr Stephen Joseph (visiting Professor of 5 Universities) will demonstrate the new Kontiki Kiln which is taking the World by storm and Chad Sheppeard, Director of Wood Vinegar Australia, whose Company is rolling out an exciting Agricultural Biochar Water Product, PyroAg across Australia.

Last year we invited speakers from all over the World to present, this year we invite the World to listen. With a Live Streaming option you can watch all the presentations from the comfort of your home. Come and purchase early bird tickets and share this information throughout your networks as Bioenergy is the King of all the renewable energies and one of the major solutions to global warming!! To view the full speaker and demonstrator programme under Product Description and purchase online 1or 2 Passes or Live Streaming visit



** ***WANTED***

** Seeking volunteers for the…
‘Living Community Village’ at the Mullum Show Nov 14th & 15th, 201 ( 5 (


** Thank You VOLUNTEERS – This is for you!

** For All Byron Shire Volunteers

** A free private movie screening at the Byron Theatre each month

Every month all volunteers from locally-based organisations are invited to attend a free private screening of a movie at the Byron (Community Centre) Theatre just to say thank you on behalf of the work you do for the community.

Free Private Movie Screening for all Byron Shire Volunteers:
Byron Theatre at the Byron Community Centre 69 Jonson St
5.30 pm (sharp) Monday 7th September 2015
If you decide to come, we pretty much start on time. So if you are late, come in quietly and find a seat without disturbing everyone else too much. No need to confirm you are coming — just turn up. And feel free to bring one friend.
What’s showing this month?


Vertigo stands apart from the bulk of Alfred Hitchcock’s work for several reasons. It is as glossy and glamorous as the films that preceded it – films such as To Catch a Thief and The Man Who Knew Too Much – but the story is much more enigmatic and disturbing – more like Psycho which came two years later. Audiences rejected Vertigo. It is one of Hitchcock’s few commercial failures.

But critics have grown more and more enthusiastic as the years have passed. It has even been rated the Best Film of All Time! One needn’t be impressed by that but it indicates that Vertigo is well worth revisiting.

There’s no shortage of eye candy. James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes excel themselves and San Francisco looks as good as it has ever looked. It’s romantic and troublingly erotic as well. But this is a film about obsession, about a man in love with a fantasy figure, a dream woman whose flesh-and-blood reality he cannot relate to. They are trapped in a web of their own making.

Vertigo runs 2 hours.

Bernard Herrmann wrote the music for Vertigo and it is one of the best scores he ever created, perhaps the best of all. Which is why we are screening a fascinating 50 minute documentary about Herrmann after a 3 minute interval.

See you there.
From Jim Beatson

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 309 Byron Bay 2481

We’ve been informed that there is a bit of friendly rivalry occurring in the MCG re the carrots that are being grown. Photographic evidence of your carrot successes (or otherwise) for next month’s newsletter perhaps? -Ed.
Newsletter Contributions
Relevant content is welcomed and appreciated for this monthly e-update. Simply send an email with all content & SPECIFIC DETAILS (times, dates, contact person and details) directly to by the 5pm of the last Wednesday of the month for the following month’s email.
If photographs and attachments can be sent as .jpg files it makes it easier to upload into the program.
Don’t forget to include the name of the photographer and subject/event etc so we can give due credit!
Thank you 🙂

Current contributors… if you have content in the regular activity section, please be sure to inform me if details change month to month. Cheers – Ed.

Check out MCG’s facebook site and website,follow us,like us,share us and enjoy! (

Meeting Minutes- Site Committee Minutes August TBC

** Win Mullum Music Fest Gold pass!!
Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) has received an Office of Environment and Heritage Grant and is designing 2 community owned renewable energy projects for Mullumbimby. As part of their community engagement COREM wants your input. Complete the survey ( to be in the draw to win a Mullum Music Fest Gold Pass! For more info about COREM and to be part of the Community Power movement to help decarbonise, democratise and decentralise our electricity network visit ( and the COREM Facebook page.
Water Use on Site @ MCG
Please ensure you turn all taps off once finished using them as we are PAYING for the town water, And please supervise your children to ensure none are left on accidently.
Dogs at the Gardens
All dogs must be on leash within the gardens & NO dogs are to be allowed inside the children’s garden, due to a traumatic recent dog bite incident. Please respect these rules for the enjoyment and inclusion of everyone. Signage is now installed on site.
Garden Goodies
For sale: seedlings – $3 pun nets, $5 pots
Food For All – by donation
Eggs (first in best dressed) – 50c or $5 dozen
The Gardens Wish List:
The garden is in need of a few bits and pieces…
If you have any of the following that you don’t need, please bring to the garden! But please don’t just drop it off, do come and ask whereto put it first.
-egg shells (the chickens will eat them to build up their calcium)
-old golf balls (for the chicken laying boxes)
-food scraps (for the chickens and worms)
– quality building materials
Warm Weather Means Snakes are Awake!
Please take care when walking around the sunny spots in the gardens as local snakes may be out basking and could be a bit cranky. Keep your eyes open and footwear on!



Fathers Day

Sun 6th-The Rad Dad’s
Fully Fun Fathers Day Out
10.30am onwards
Come to the Mullumbimby Skate Park, spread your blanket on the ground, bring a picnic or buy food at the BBQ.
You can play games, tour the Mullumbimby Community Garden next door, see plans for a new youth project, have a dance or just kick back and relax…
Shade and water are provided but bring a hat and sunscreen to play it safe.
See you there on Sunday September 6th from 10.30 am for fully rad day.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED to bump in/out, for kids activities and for cooking on the BBQ.
Please call Jeannette 0412 322255 ASAP


Bird Box Building Workshop

** Wed 23rd – with Troy- our local bird expert
Starts at 9.30am.
Learn how to build bird boxes for local bird species
and take a bird box home with you. Free. Limited places for MCG Members.

Check out the full calendar of workshops and events here

MONDAYS (office closed)
Mullum SEED Board Meeting-
2nd Thurs, 10th September,

8-9am Worm Care Time-
We feed and nurture our worms
in the early morning light.
Contact Sam or Jacqui on 6684 2340

9am-2pm Volunteers Day- Sol as
Daily Supervisors: vegie gardening,
mowing, building, nursery, seed
saving. Communal Volunteers Lunch provided
(for a gold coin donation)

9.30-11am Chook Palace Make-over
2nd Tues, – We clean, feed, fix things and improve the chooks yard and house. Come along to learn more about chooks.

3.30pm Feldenkrais in the Garden

9am-2pm Volunteers day
Michael as Daily Supervisor
9am-2pm Volunteers Day
Stuart as Daily Supervisor

8am-2pm Volunteers Day
Mike as Daily Supervisor
Bio-char @ the gardens 8am-12noon
Volunteer Friday mornings up the back in the old recycling bays. You will learn, what bio-char is, what are it’s uses and benefits, how to make it, how to apply it and how to make your own kiln. Come along and join us from 8-12 Noon. Free off the grid coffee & tea provided.

9.30am-12.30am Volunteers Day
Sanden as Daily Supervisor

9am-12noon Biochar 101 Workshops
$10pp, Don 0459 175 729

Site Management
(4th) Sat, September 26th, 1.45pm
Contact Anneke 0420 379 860
Astrology Talk Circle at the Elders Rotunda
1st Sunday of the month,
6th September 2pm-4pm
Gold Coin donation
to the Gardens.
All Welcome.
Just turn up or text
Kaye: 0411429942 for a return call


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