Main Talks Stage

SATURDAY PROGRAM

TIME: 10.00 – 10.45am

Dr Rachel Goldlust
Off-Grid PHD

OFF-GRID LIVING – A JOURNEY


Off-grid living doesn’t just take one shape or form, it can be interpreted in so many ways and Dr Rachel Goldlust has seen it all, while study off-grid living around Australia. People are attracted to the idea for many different reason – sustainability, hobby, freedom, renegade, technology love or necessity.
Join the doc to hear an entertaining account of her findings whilst studying off-grid living around Australia.
The idea of moving ‘off-grid’ is not new, and has been practiced in many ways across Australia since the late 19th Century. After 5 years of research, Dr Rachel Goldlust will be sharing some of her discoveries and lessons learned from her research.
TIME: 11.00 – 11.45

Steve Madson
Country Solar

BATTERY TECHNOLOGY – THE GAME CHANGER FOR OFF GRID ELECTRICITY.

As off-grid technology improves and becomes more popular, we’re seeing a change in the market as battery technology becomes more affordable, reliable and in turn – desirable.
Join renewable energy specialist, Steve Madson of Country Solar to hear about the latest in Battery Technology and how it’s changing the way we approach energy in our homes and businesses.

See more here: www.countrysolar.com.au

TIME: 12.00 – 12.45pm

Chelsea McNab
Executive Officer, Yarra Valley ECOSS

ECOLOGICAL & SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Curious about community living, eco-villages, sustainability and some great examples for a long-term working project? Join Chelsea McNab as she takes you through some of the most exciting parts of Yarra Valley Ecoss, with a focus on the thriving example of what happens when you build respectful relationships with first nations, and other multicultural community members, combined with shared ethics NFP and small business.

See more here: www.ecoss.org.au
Composting Toilets Australia - going off-grid waste management
TIME: 1.00 – 1.45pm

Peter Vollert
Managing Director,
Ecoflo Wastewater Management

COMPOSTING TOILETS: 101

How to managing your waste off-grid. Peter will take us through the important considerations of buying and using a composting toilet and what options might be best for your situation. And the environmental benefits of managing and using your personal waste.

Peter Vollert, manager of Ecoflo-Wash Wastewater Management, is an engineer by profession and has a wealth of experience in this field. He is a strong advocate of good environmental stewardship and brings his background in engineering to create end-to-end innovative solutions for waste management. These solutions are widely used in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.

See more here: www.ecoflo.com.au
TIME: 2.00 – 2.45pm

David Arnold
Murnong Farm

WATER SELF-RELIANCE IN A DRYING CLIMATE


Meet David Arnold long-term permaculture farmer and PDC teacher from the Murrnong Farm, Violet Town.

There are positive steps we can take in response to the climate crisis. Hear David Arnold speak about permaculture and RetroSuburban strategies for catching and storing more water, and for making much better use of existing water supply.

See more here: www.murrnong.com
Learn about Natural Building in Australia
TIME: 3.00 – 3.45pm

Kegan Daly
Of The Earth

NATURAL BUILDING: WHAT METHOD IS RIGHT FOR YOU, YOUR BUDGET AND ENVIRONMENT

All prospective owner-builders and off-grid dreamers are encouraged to join Kegan in a conversation about natural building and how to decide which method is right for you, your budget and the environment. In this broad discussion, we’ll cover straw bale, Earhthships, hempcrete, mud brick and the various modes of construction (workshop, owner-builder, licensed builder) that can used to create your natural home.

Disillusioned with the limitations of environmental activism, Kegan became passionate about combining grassroots direct action and the down-to-earth ethic of natural building as a way to really make an impact. After years of experience in many building techniques he’s excited to share his knowledge with you at this years festival.

See more here: www.oftheearth.net

SUNDAY PROGRAM

TIME: 10.00 – 10.45am

Simon Doble
CEO and Founder of SolarBuddy

LIGHTING UP THE WORLD

Simon Doble is an inventor, social entrepreneur, keynote speaker and humanitarian at heart. He has dedicated the last decade of his life to formulating and actioning sustainable solutions to provide marginalised communities who are living in Energy Poverty with an enhanced quality of life.

Simon has presented keynote speeches globally, focusing on Energy Poverty, sustainability, SolarBuddy and social innovation.

This will be an inspiring and empowering talk not to be missed.

Learn how you can make a positive difference in the world whilst exploring SolarBuddy’s unique inception story and Simon’s journey to where he is now.

See more here: www.solarbuddy.org/
TIME: 11.00 – 11.45

Richard Rowe
Solar Tracker

MICROGRIDS, VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS AND OPTIMISING YOUR ENERGY

‘Going Solar’ doesn’t mean ‘going solo’ anymore. The latest technologies are allowing people to create there own utilities systems on a small scale and share energy efficiently.

Richard will takes us through the basics of these systems and talk about how groups, communities and townships can share energy. He will also take us through the importance of optimising energy; saving energy individually.

So come along and learn about the newest ideas in networking renewable energy and the importance of energy conservation and matching your consumption to your situation and lifestyle.
TIME: 12.00 – 12.45

Dean O’Callaghan
The Good Brew Company

HOLISTICALLY SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES & SYMBIOSIS

Learn to take health & wellbeing back into your own hands, with an indepth look at the art of brewing complex ferments and symbiosis, in this energetic talk with Dean O’Callaghan of The Good Brew Company.

See more here: www.goodbrew.com.au/

Dr Rachel Goldlust - Off-Grid Living Downunder
TIME: 1.00 – 1.45pm

Dr Rachel Goldlust
Off-Grid PHD

OFF-GRID LIVING – A JOURNEY

Off-grid living doesn’t just take one shape or form, it can be interpreted in so many ways and Dr Rachel Goldlust has seen it all, while study off-grid living around Australia. People are attracted to the idea for many different reason – sustainability, hobby, freedom, renegade, technology love or necessity.
Join the doc to hear an entertaining account of her findings whilst studying off-grid living around Australia.

Growing hemp in Australia
TIME: 2.00 – 2.45pm

David Brian
Southern Hemp

GROWING HEMP & BUILDING HEMP HOUSES

Join one of Australia’s leading hemp experts, David Brian, in this in-depth talk about the hemp industry – how to grow hemp, the exciting future of hemp and how to construct a comfortable sustainable hemp house.

Learn about the benefits and capabilities of this amazing product that is quickly becoming a leading environmental material in many industries.

See more here: www.southernhemp.com.au/
TIME: 3.00 – 3.45pm

Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor Life & Business with Intention.

MY OFF-GRID LIFE & BUSINESS WITH INTENTION

From bus conversion to off grid homestead and building an intentional business to support it. Join Sarah as she shares the good, the bad and the ugly of building an independent, off-grid life and business with intention.

See more here: www.sarahtaylor.net/