Friday, February 26, 2016

Transition Bellingen fold its "incorporated not for profit" status and become a project of the Centre for Ecological Learning.

       Transition Bellingen started in  February of 2008, as part of an international network of Transition groups that are working to create resilient and strong communities by RE-LOCALISING production of food, energy and other resources, RE-LEARNING old skills that can be used in our modern way of life, and RE-CONNECTING all sectors of the community.
       From 2008-2012, Transition Bellingen was very active in the community, holding educational events,  creating a Shire wide visioning process that was included in Bellingen Shire Council's 2030 Strategic Plan, and supporting many initiatives to flower and grow, such as the Bellingen Seed Savers, the Free Market, and the Bellingen River Festival.
       In the past few years, the members of the core group of Transition Bellingen have had a bit of a rest from facilitating major TB events (while at the same time continuing to pursue many other amazing activities), although there were a few wonderful events such as the "Economics of Happiness" workshops. But how to proceed from there was the question!  After quite a bit of processing, it seemed a logical decision that Transition Bellingen fold its "incorporated not for profit" status and become a project of the Centre for Ecological Learning.The Bellingen Seed Savers, who were a project of Transition Bellingen, have also become a project of CEL. A win-win situation for all - less paperwork, but the same opportunity to bring the Transition Bellingen tradition of forums and re-skilling workshops, and the amazing services of the Seed Savers, to the community.
       So welcome, Transition Bellingen and Bellingen Seed Savers, we are thrilled you are with us! Watch out for more info about both groups on our website soon.
        With heartfelt thanks and huge appreciation to all the Transition Bellingen members, past and present - you continue to be inspirational.
- Lisa Siegel

Centre for Ecological Learning

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bellingen Shire Council Open Grants Notifications

Notifications of current grants from many sources is available from Bellingen Shire Council web site.

This is a pdf file which you can view and download to your computer.

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The following is an example of the range of grants available

Resilient Economy Grants

Regional Industries Investment Fund 
Small Business Buddy Program
NSW Regional Science Grant
Package Assisting Small Exporters 
Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme
Collaborative Solutions Fund
Accelerating Commercialism
Tech Vouchers 

Community Wellbeing Grants
Australian Communities Foundation 
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation 
National Science Week School Grant 
Community Heritage Grants 

Places for People Grants 
Living Environment Grants 

Environment & Conservation Large Grants 
Regional Industries Investment Fund ***
Indigenous Employment Program *** 
Genesis Charitable Foundation***
Endeavour Foundation*** 
Nabo Community Grants***
Deaf Children Australia Youth Grants***
NSW Golf Foundation Grants***
Harold Mitchell Foundation Community Grants*** 
Community Wellbeing Small Grants***
Arts Grants***
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Environment & Conservation Small Grants *** 
Landcare Awards*** 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bellingen Seed Savers will have a stall at the Plant Fair on 14 March 2015

Bellingen Seed Savers will be at the Plant Fair on 14 March 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NAPNOW Thea is back in Bellingen

Well you probably knew that Thea has returned to Bellingen and is continuing her passion for napping.

"taking a horizontal stand for making the mini-siesta a socially acceptable practice in our working lives"

Her web site is

The photos from the first Nap-In at the Bellingen Library can be seen at

Our own archives of the Nap-In events held in Bellingen can be remembered by clicking on the "events index" button above or and scrolling down.

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

Check Facebook for the latest information

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bellingen River Festival Saturday 1 November 2014

Bellingen River Festival

Check out their Facebook


Join the Boo River Crew

We are a major sponsor and partner of this years River Festival, supplying

bamboo, installing 3 entrances, creating a Bamboo Pirate theme Water Play 

area, and making Bamboo Lanterns for the kids parade.  Come learn lots of 

great ideas and be part of our volunteer Boo River Crew.

Contact Kirsten asap on 0488 025 626 or

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bellingen Seed Savers - Fanton workshop at Bellingen Northbank Community Garden 12 October 2014

Transition Bellingen
Irene reports
"What a fabulous day we had with Jude and Michel Fanton at Northbank Community Garden.  We were so lucky that they were able to be with us.   The weather was perfect and the garden looked amazing as Jude and Michel shared their knowledge, philosophy, skills and friendship with everyone.  There are many photos of the day at

Many, many thanks to Steve Smith and the team at NCG - we loved working with them and the Fantons were full of praise for them.

Thanks to everyone who came for their presence and their seed and plant contributions."

‘Seed Saving in Your Garden, and Globally’ 

Forty people from Bellingen Seed Savers enjoyed an amazing day at Northbank Community Gardens.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bellingen Pedestrian and Bike Survey closes 16 October 2014

Suggestion for  an item for the  Bellingen Pedestrian and Bike survey which closes on 16 October 2014 

"Many walkers ( I disclose a personal interest here) and less ambulatory people would appreciate the extension of the footpath which runs alongside Waterfall Way and the Bellingen Golf Club grounds.  It currently terminates less than half a kilometre short of the Old Butter Factory.

Extending the footpath would provide a pleasant walk for locals and tourists, access for prams, mobility scooters and wheelchairs with the opportunity for refreshments and shopping at the end.  And you could leave your car at home and have a glass of wine with lunch (no disclosure here !)"

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Honey!! Be Self-Sustainable Bee workshop Saturday 11 October 2014 (CEL)

CEL Sustainability Elders - live interviews and Q&A 20/21 November 2014

CEL Sustainability Elders - live interviews and Q&A

CALL 0400 665 810

Monday, October 6, 2014

Belloppy Market location - Bellingen Courier Sun 1 October 2014

Transition Bellingen

The following article was published in the Bellingen Courier Sun on Wednesday 1 October 2014.

Bellopy market needs to find a location in the town centre of Bellingen.

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