Saturday, November 29, 2014

Save Tassie forest now

Good Friend,    Could you please support the need to continue saving Tassies old growth forests, I urge you to assess what's hanging in the balance at the moment with a pending goverment licence to do as they want, we must save these forest's.            Thankyou        Godfrey   0498068118

Forestry Tasmania may be logging old growth forest. Next week, on December 4, a global auditor will be visiting to see if Forestry Tasmania should be certified as sustainable. 

Logging old growth forest isn't sustainable. Sign on now:

Thank you!          Godo

Friday, November 21, 2014

Co Working Space in Bellingen meeting 27 November 2014

Co-working space in Bellingen

Dear Transition Bellingen,

During the Chamber's strategic review strong feedback was received from a number of the business people who work from home about the possibility of developing a 'co-working space' in Bellingen.

That interest has gathered a space with a group of these people coordinating a discussion on the topic. So if you are interested in exploring the possibility of co-working in Bellingen, then do come to their first meeting:

When: Thursday 27 November, 9.30 AM
Where: Youth Hub, Bellingen
RSVP: To Thea on (or just send Thea an email if you are interested in the idea but can't come to the first event).

Bruce Levy (Lily Pily Country House)
President, Bellingen Chamber of Commerce
0414 615 890

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gleniffer Reserves Community Consultation

Dear Transition Bellingen,

Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan

The Chamber has been asked by one of our members, FISHER DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE  who have been engaged by the bellingen Shire Council to prepare the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan, to distribute the following information and survey (which we fully support as the Master Plan is an important undertaking for our community):

The Bellingen Shire community is encouraged to contribute to the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan. We invite you to consider how we as a community can manage the Gleniffer Reserves sustainably so that your children and their children’s children may enjoy them in generations to come. Feedback is being sought via a feedback form which can be downloaded below. Community feedback is sought until Friday 19 December 2014.
The four Gleniffer Reserves are adjacent to private properties and next to the World Heritage Area of Dorrigo National Park and Tuckers Nob State Forests. They have been enjoyed by our community for generations. In recent years however, promotion of the Reserves by tourism organisations and local word of mouth has resulted in the area becoming increasingly popular. Gleniffer residents have reported a large increase in visitation levels to a point where it is impacting on the natural environment and local amenity.

Local residents have been caring for the Reserves for many years by maintaining the amenities and restoring the environment. Now however, the level of visitor use of the Reserves exceeds the local’s capacity to care for them.

In March Bellingen Shire Council endorsed the Community Facilities and Open Space Infrastructure Section 94 Developer Contribution Plan 2014, which included funding to establish a Master Plan for the Gleniffer Reserves. A consultant team led by local firm Fisher Design + Architecture has now been engaged by Council to facilitate community consultation and develop the Master Plan. 

Please download and complete the feedback form (click here).  Forms can be returned via email on For further info please contact us on 9475 5440.

Approach to the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan

The key focus points of the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan will be:
•    Sustainable levels of visitation and usage
•    The unique character and experience of the Reserves
•    The natural environment
•    Visitor behaviour
•    Impacts on local residents
•    Facilities and infrastructure

The Master Plan process will investigate the existing condition of the reserves, consider strategies for managing visitor numbers, preserving the natural environment and reducing impacts on local residents, and explore options for enhancing the visitor experience.

The design principles that will underpin the Gleniffer Reserves Master Plan include:
•    Designing for sustainability, endurance and resilience
•    Protecting and enhancing our local environment
•    Strengthening pride and respect within our community and for our spaces
•    Enhancing physical and cultural connection with place
•    Encouraging community engagement, participation and co-operation
•    Safety and wellbeing
•    Working within planning, physical and social contexts
•    Fostering excellence, innovation and leadership
•    Consideration of custodianship, for now and into the future

These principles are aligned with the values outlined in the Bellingen Shire Council’s Community Strategic Vision ‘Connected, Sustainable, Creative’.

The Master Plan will propose 
ideas with practical solutions, and a cohesive approach to their application. It should provide certainty to the community, inspire community confidence and be achievable. 

Bruce Levy (Lily Pily Country House)
President, Bellingen Chamber of Commerce
0414 615 890

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Find out who's hijacking your health - FREE film premiere until 22 November 2014

Origins Film Premiere
Get free access from November 13th – 22nd to the feature-length documentary, Origins. Find out who’s hijacking your health… and how to reclaim it!
Preview by Yahoo
and on that page it says how people can buy the DVD etc.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

correspondence from transitioner Frances Amaroux - Power Play a musical parody

Hi Wholistic Business People -  just thought you might be interested in  this fantastic political musical parody called Power Play?

I'm in it, singing a few parts - actually I'm Gina Reinhardt and Julie Bishop LOL
- as well as lots of talented Bello locals, and its showing on 2 weekends in November.
Would love to see you and your friends there ;-)

Booking details below - tell your friends!

Hugz, Frances Amaroux

A new musical being developed in Bellingen raises some fundamental questions about the way politics are conducted in Australia and who ultimately controls the political process. The events surrounding the rise and fall of Julia Gillard form the backdrop for “Power Play”, which uses satire and parody to examine the reality behind the fa├žade of big party politics and electoral populism. 

This hard-hitting comedy pulls no punches as it explores the influence of mass media, big business and the party machines on the way the electoral process is manipulated to serve the interests of a few. An embittered Tony Abbott vows vengeance for his narrow defeat at the hands of the Independents; in a leafy moonlit garden two mining tycoons sing in praise of their mutual love; an ousted Julia Gillard reflects sombrely on the fruits of her experience. And through it all, Harlequin cavorts and whirls, reminding us of the unpredictability of destiny and the predictability of history. 

Devised by a small ensemble of local musicians, artists and performers, “Power Play” asks the audience to consider some pertinent questions: How do our leaders stack up in terms of qualities such as integrity, compassion and honesty, how much are they guided by a genuine interest in the welfare of the people and the country. 

The play is designed to stimulate public debate, and whether you agree or disagree with its conclusions, you won’t walk away from the performance without something to think about. 

The play opens at the Memorial Hall, Bellingen on Friday 14th November, with evening performances scheduled over the weekends of 14th/15th and 21st/22nd November. 

Tickets are available online at 
or from the Alternatives Bookshop, 105 Hyde St, Bellingen for $20 ($15 concession).




Here's a goodwill message from the evergreen Bob Brown 
when he heard about the play (he's has a character is in the play)
"How amazing!!!!!! I can't be there for the show, but I sure wish I was in the front row. It sounds terrific. May the aisles be blocked and the doors jammed! My very best wishes, Bob Brown.
Ps: I sat through so many movies in the Memorial Theatre and, once, played the Fifth Nocturne on the piano at a concert there. So I would be right at home.
Pps: I am gone, but they can't get rid of me. Bob."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bellopy Market back in Bellingen Town

Bellopy Market has returned to the Anglican Church Bellingen

Friday 14 November 2014
Friday 28 November 2014
Friday 5 December 2014

Transition Bellingen Bellopy Markets
 at the Anglican Church Bellingen 8am-1.30pm
Bellingen and local organic produce
outdoor organic cafe serving breakfast and lunch
live music

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