SCEG news, events and how to get involved

Surf Coast Energy Group Newsletter
March 2016


  • SCEG film night: This Changes Everything: Fri 18 March 7pm, Surfworld Torquay . More info
  • Geelong Sustainability Group Green drinks: Theme -Marine Biodiversity Wednesday 23 March 5.30-7.30pm, Beav’s Bar, Little Malop ST, Geelong. More info

This Changes Everything

As a part of SCEG’s 2016 Sustainable Film Season, we’re excited to settle in with our members and friends to watch this great film together on Friday 18 March at Surf World Museum, Torquay at 6.45pm
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

This Changes Everything is about the power of people working together. It will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all. Will this film change everything?
Stick around after the film for a brief discussion, so we can share our reactions and discuss how to act on the empowering message of This Changes Everything to connect with each other and continue making change on the Surf Coast. More information on our website.
To book your seat today, visit
There is no charge for the ticket but we do ask for a donation at door to cover costs.

You can’t change my behaviour

(and its rude to try)

Given the premise of SCEG’s March film offering- i.e. the need for collective behaviour change, the following article by Ben Peacock (of The Republic of Everyone and co-founder of the Garage Sale Trail) takes a light hearted look at the ways we can encourage this.
“If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that behaviour change is a concept that needs to change.
Everyone’s talking behaviour change. And for good reason: changing the world means needing people to change how they do things.
The problem is, that’s all fine and well when you’re the one doing the changing, but what if you’re the changee?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my behaviour changed. I’m quite happy with it like it is, thank you very much. What’s more, if you try to change my behaviour, I might just find that offensive, and then I won’t change – just to prove a point. So, I dig in my heels, no one changes and the problem remains.
So what’s the answer?”

Read more of Ben Peacock’s article in The Fifth Estate, 25 February 2016.

Preserve the Bounty!

Did you know that SCEG’s library includes a Fowlers Vacola kit that makes it easy to preserve your backyard harvest. Perfect for tomatoes, stone fruit, beans and more. Easy to follow instructions are included.
To book the preserving kit please email
For more on preserving your excess produce head to Fowlers website

Buy a shirt / support SCEG

We are getting some great SCEG T-shirts printed on organic cotton and featuring our fabulous logo originally designed by Mark Trinham.
It’s a great way to spread the word AND support SCEG.
The shirts will need to be pre-ordered so watch this space for more details in the next newsletter

Kids Go Bush

Building on the success of the bush cubby building actvities at the Build Grow Live event last October a new bush kinder is starting this month at Danawa Community Garden.
˜Kids Go Bush’ gets families together to play, learn, laugh and explore in beautiful outdoor places.
Groups are run by the same teachers who lead the successful Surf Coast Bush Kinder program.
The Danawa Community Garden is a very special place, a peaceful hidden pocket of Torquay. Enter through the old wooden gate into a secret garden full of veggies, fruit trees and grassy spaces. It’s magical, fun and full of surprises.
Here, we’ll make a children’s garden, listen to stories in the orchard, build cubbies, dig in the mud and feed the worms. We’ll watch the seasons change, grow veggies and enjoy a cuppa together with food grown from the garden.
The playgroup will meet at Danawa from 9:30am to 11.30am every Wednesday for 5 weeks, beginning Wednesday 13 April. Numbers are limited to 12 kids (0-6yrs) and will cost $18 per child per session.
A free ‘taster’ session for friends of the Danawa Community is on Wednesday 16 March at 9:30am.
To book a spot at the free session or for the first group, contact Jo on 0414 826 162 or
We think the Surf Coast is the best backyard in the world.  Come play in it with us!

100 Dawns

Connecting with Nature to soothe the Soul and fundraise for beyondblue

Connecting with nature is a wonderful way to cultivate our physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. Along with developing our resilience and potential, absorbing in nature also deepens our Love and care for the natural environment.

To illuminate these values local Psychologist Rich Bennett has created the 100 Dawns daily practice where he is meditating on the beach pre dawn then entering the ocean in time for sunrise embodying the intention or sentiment arising from his meditation for 100 dawns in a row. Rich is sharing his reflections daily on social media and website blog which may serve to enlighten mind and heart and shine a little more happiness through our day

Rich is devoting his 100 Dawns daily practice to raise funds for beyondblue who have been working to reduce the impacts of depression, anxiety and suicide since 2000. Along with sharing daily images and insights Rich is planning a fundraising event shortly after the 100 Dawns to share more intimate reflections about his experience.

100 Dawns began 23rd February and finishes 1st June. To follow Rich’s 100 Dawns online, make a tax-deductible donation to beyondblue and receive details about the fundraising event please go to:

Blog “ , Facebook “, Twitter “ @thesurferssoul, Instagram “ @thesurferssoul, LinkedIn “
To make a donation please go to: Everyday Hero Page
For more information about beyondblue go to:

People Power

The Daniel Andrews government has committed to set Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) for 2020 and 2025.
The government will soon state the level of ambition it will take to the VRETs.
TAKE ACTION: Sign the Petition for Ambition on renewables

Get involved:

SCEG Committee meetings are the second Tuesday of the month 7pm at TOPS.SCEG Community Solar Group usually meets the 3rd Monday of each month 7pm at TOPS

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