Learn about a sustainable life
Are you interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle but not quite sure where to start?
A free event — supported by Strathbogie Shire Council and planned for Friday, December 7 at Violet Town Hall — may give you a solid foundation to plan your way forward.
Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren will lead a discussion on how to make your home and life more productive, energy efficient and self-reliant.
Mr Holmgren will advance permaculture ideas as a creative framework for applying vital retrofits to homes, gardens and personal behaviours.
The forum is ideal for people living in regional towns — both home owners and renters — including those already with some interest in sustainable living, but also people thinking about enacting positive household change, or considering making a change to a less impactful future lifestyle.
It is also relevant to people with farms or small properties.
David Arnold, who operates Murrnong, a permaculture farm near Violet Town, said there were many things we could do to improve our household productivity, resilience and selfreliance.
‘‘We might make some clever changes to how our house works to make it more efficient and reduce energy bills,’’ Mr Arnold said.
‘‘We might develop productive and attractive home food gardens, combined with fruit and nut trees, and make sure we have a strong and convenient connection between kitchen and garden.
‘‘And we might change some of our behaviours and work practices so we waste less money, possibly even earning less money, while reinventing how we live so we feel better, more productive, and more content.
‘‘Some of these things are things that older generations accepted as normal, but which we now need to re-learn.
‘‘Permaculture design helps us to think clearly about the changes we want to make and how to be effective in achieving these changes.’’ ➤ The free event will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm and seats can be reserved at: www.eventbrite. com.au/e/retrosuburbia-with-davidholmgren-tickets-52380973903