The Goulburn Group (TGG) is a not for profit community group committed to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in the Goulburn Region.

TGG is a think tank and action group, with a research-based approach to its activities.

TGG’s action agenda is project and partnership- oriented to achieve real results.

Take a tour around our site and contact us if you are interested in playing a part.


Interesting Links

Climate denial

Alternative Technology

Germany struggling with energy choices.


 

Council information centre goes solar - see Sustainability News (right).

 

Oldest rural industrial site in Australia (the Goulburn Brewery) goes solar with a large array.

Latest News

2014 Goulburn Connects Sustainability Festival

Keynote Speakers & Registration

 

  THERE'S NO PLANET B

Amanda McKenzie

is the CEO of the Climate Council. Amanda has been instrumental in setting up the new Australian Climate Council as an independent replacement to the Climate Commission, funded through crowd sourcing public donations. Amanda worked as a senior communications advisor to the Commission. She is also the Chair of the Centre for Australian Progress, and previously spent four years as National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, building a non-partisan movement of tens of thousands of young Australians to tackle the climate crisis. For this work, she was acknowledged as the 2009 Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year and 2009 Rotary Young Achiever of the Year.

Prof MICHAEL RAUPACH.

Director of the Climate Change Institute at ANU and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. Previously with the CSIRO, he is interested in the relationship between the natural sciences and the humanities.

rom 2000 to 2008 he was the inaugural co-chair of the Global Carbon Project, and international project studying the natural and human influences on the global carbon cycle.

He recently helped draft the Australian Academy of Science booklet "The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers.

 

HUGH MACKAY.

Author of 16 books, social researcher and sociologist, and a regular commentator on radio and television. He is a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the recipient of many honours for Australian Universities. Hugh lives in the Southern Highlands.

His latest book, “The Art of Belonging” is being launched at the Forum and signed copies will be on sale.

 

 


  ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE

NICKY ISONS

Founder of the Coalition for Community Energy, Director of the Community Power Agency, Convener of the Solar Citizens Community Campaign board, and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS).

Nicky's expertise is in the area of Community Energy and is one of Australia's formost experts in this emerging field. Nicky will talk about the potential for communities to become owners of their own generating power stations - the pitfalls and the opportunities that come from taking control of our own energy generation at the community level.

 

CHRIS REARDON

Chris is a multi award winning building and sustainability designer with many years experience behind him in understanding and studying sustainable energy practices.

Chris will look at practical ways we can reduce our energy demand, reduce our exposure to ever increasing energy costs, and contribute to a more sustainable future for the planet. And do it all while enjoying the benefits of a less polluting lifestyle.

Chris has had many year's experience livingand working in the Southern tablelands region.


  WOMEN CONNECT

NATALIE ISAACS

Founder of One Million Women, Natalie sold her beauty business in 2009 embarked on this totalliy new career - a campaign to recruit 1 million women to cut a collective one million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution in Australia.

Natalie will share with other women speakers her passion to use the power of women's purchasing decisions to make a real difference. She wants us all to take climate change seriously in our day to day living and buying but to enjoy the benefits of living more sustainably.


  FARMING FOR TOMORROW

SCOTT HICKMAN

Scott owns a 700 ha property near Canowindra. In 2006 ater several challenging seasons he started to question the way the property was being managed. He attended a Holistic Management Course which led him on a new journey over the past 7 years.

Scott will talk about this journey from boom and bust to a holistic and regenerative approach to his family's lifestyle, the landscape, the soils, the animals and his business, building resilience into the property and business for future generations.

PENNY KOTHE

Penny Kothe grew up in Tumbarumba. After school and university in Sydney she spent way too many years behind a computer. Returning to the land in 2007, Penny was involved in running 10,000 acres along conventional lines, where she saw land clearing and massive amounts of chemicals added to stop weeds and parasites or help things grow. However from 2010 sought out alternative methods to managing land and livestock for sustainability. In 2012 she purchased Caroola Farm, which she now runs with her partner as a permaculture, holistic management and organic mixed farming enterprise.

 

AARON COUTTS-SMITH

Aaron received his PhD from the University of Sydney. His research centred on understanding how severe weather affects coastal processes.

Aaron’s recent experience includes managing the New South Wales Climate Services Centre at the Bureau of Meteorology. While at the Bureau Aaron lead the preparation, coordination and delivery of climate advisory services in NSW, liaised with government agencies and industry organisations in relation to climate matters and was responsible for official reporting of observed climate variability and change in NSW. Aaron is now employed by the Office of Environment and Heritage in the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation team.


Download program flyer

 

Registration for events - on line or by cheque.

To register on line, go to each event separately:

There's no Planet B

Energy for the Future

Women Connect

Farming for Tomorrow

House of Alpaca Tour

Heritage Walk  Please note change of time to 11 am.

Enter the Selfies for Sustainability competition here

To book a table at 98 Chairs, phone: 4821 9800 or click here

To register by post: Send cheque to PO Box 362 GOULBURN NSW 2580 (Include name & event)

 

NOTE: There are limited places at each event, so please register early.

All other events free or pay on entry.

 


 

 

           

Participating businesses (as at August 1st): Greengrocer Cafe, Century 21, Toyworld, 9000 Hair Centre, Something Special, Goulburn Club, Goulburn Water.

If you are a business in the CBD and want to join in this great initiative, email us.

More updates here.


Goulburn turns 150!

.... and what a party!

 

March 14th, 1863 saw Goulburn declared a city by Queen Victoria, the first declared city in inland Australia. It all revolved around the Anglican Cathedral being declared the seat of the first inland diocese. This graceful gothic style building was designed by Edmund Blacket and built in 1874. With large stained glass windows and a recently restored 3 manual pipe organ, it is the pride of the Canberra/Goulburn diocese - and the people of Goulburn.

And to celebrate this birthday, Goulburn has been throwing a big party, with street parades, exhibitions, plays, music, fireworks and general fun all round during the month of March.

          

Fireworks over the Anglican Cathedral   Open Day at the Pumphouse museum with the unique steam pump still operational.

 

 
Street parade float - Community Garden   Vintage Car display.

Sustainability News

New book released on Global Warming denialists.

The BOM looks at the long hot summer of 2012/13

Weather Extremes and Climate Change - March 2013.

Other Councils lead the way:

November, 2011. Strathfield Council shines a light on what should be done with developments such as Bunnings. Here's what they are requiring; Here's their sustainable policy vs Goulburn Mulwaree policy.


Recent Media Releases

 

May 2010. TGG Launches the Goulburn Goes Solar Project

October 2010. TGG Takes Keneally to task for solar backflip

May 2011. TGG blasts O'Farrell for changing Solar rebate

August 2011. TGG urges Council to adopt more sustainabile practices

March 2012. TGG urges Government to reconsider closing Trade office

April 2012. TGG pushes for High Speed Rail

August 2012. TGG poses sustainability questions to prospective councilors (see above)

February 2013. High Speed Rail Forum.

March 2013. Goulburn Free Wireless launched.

 

Interesting Stuff

 

Local Goulburn events

Other local events

 

Climate

Latest figures on the

biggest CO2 polluters:

Top 10, Tonnes p.p.

1. Australia 27.3

2. USA 23.4

3. Canada 22.9

4. New Zealand 19.1

5. Russia 13.7

6 Germany 11.9

7. South Korea 11.8

8. UK 10.7

9. Japan 10.5

10. EU 10.3

(Fed Govt. Climate Institute)

Read More

 

What we're reading

"A Compass in Turbulent Times"

Still a great place to dig for minerals

Alan Kohler on Carbon tax

Good links

 

George Monbiot

Bill McKibben video

Join the dots...

Clive Hamilton

Noam Chomsky

Climate Denial

The Planet's time scale

The Greater Good