In­au­gu­ral Tran­si­tion meet goes well

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By GORD STEWART and BEN TROUGHTON

More than 30 keen lo­cals at­tended Tran­si­tion Mata­mata’s ini­tial in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Novem­ber 4.

Buoyed by the en­thu­si­asm and great ideas of those in at­ten­dance, plans are in place for a sec­ond get­to­gether on Novem­ber 25.

The ses­sion kicked off with a brief in­tro­duc­tion to ex­plain what the Tran­si­tion move­ment is all about.

We then heard some in­spir­ing sto­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties in nearby Thames.

Mark Skelding out­lined the growth of Tran­si­tion Town Thames, high­light­ing a home in­su­la­tion pro­gramme com­pleted on 350 houses. It was all done at no cost to home own­ers or ten­ants.

Brent ‘‘Oz’’ Craw­shaw talked about their Thames Be Fruit­ful ef­fort – plant­ing fruit and nut trees on pub­lic land with sup­port from the dis­trict coun­cil. Ben Stan­ton filled us in on their so­lar power ini­tia­tive for homes and com­mer­cial fa­cil­i­ties – all driven by proven cost sav­ings.

Mata­mata’s own Ju­lian and Caro­line Ma­son briefly de­scribed some of the en­ergy and en­vi­ron­men­tal fea­tures of the lovely home they built on the edge of town.

All this got the idea juices flow­ing, so we broke into small groups for a 10-minute dis­cus­sion fo­cused on the ques­tion: What Tran­si­tion ac­tiv­i­ties would make sense here in Mata­mata?

A page of good ideas re­sulted, break­ing down nicely into four ar­eas: Food and agri­cul­ture; en­ergy and re­source use; sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion/lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment; and aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion.

We’ll build on this at our Novem­ber 25 Ideas Ex­change – adding more ideas, then pick­ing two or three ac­tiv­i­ties in each area that we could tackle in the New Year. We hope you’ll join us – come along and tell us what you think or just lis­ten in.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata recog­nises that a chang­ing cli­mate and in­creas­ing en­ergy costs mean that life with dra­mat­i­cally lower en­ergy con­sump­tion will be in­evitable – and it’s bet­ter to plan for it than to be taken by sur­prise. Prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in re­sponse will sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and help make our com­mu­nity more re­silient.

Any ques­tions be­fore the Novem­ber 25 ses­sion, call Gord on 880 9335 or Ben on 888 7111.

Oth­er­wise, see you there for a 7pm start.

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Self suf­fi­cient: Home pro­duce ex­cess to needs along with com­mu­nity gar­dens can sup­port the food bank and other out­lets to pro­vide nu­tri­tious, lo­cally-grown food to those in need and oth­ers who want it.

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