Main Talks Stage

SATURDAY PROGRAM

9.45am – Welcome to Country with Aunty Desiree Walker
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
TIME: 3.00 – 3.45pm

Janine Strachan
President of the Australian Tiny House Association

TINY HOUSE LIVING IN AUSTRALIA

What is a Tiny House?
Who are Tiny houses for
And What is ATHA working on to help secure living legally in Tiny Houses?

Find out all of the latest information about Tiny House Culture in Australia and find out how you can legally build and live in a Tiny House.

See more here: www.tinyhouse.org.au/

SUNDAY PROGRAM

TIME: 10.15 – 10.45am

Note: Updated Presenter as Simon can’t fly in from Melbourne.
Joanna Cantwell
Solar Buddy, Director of Stakeholder Engagement

LIGHTING UP THE WORLD

Learn how you can make a positive difference in the world whilst exploring SolarBuddy’s unique inception story and work in relieve enery poverty around the world.

Joanna is passionate about unlocking potential and believes providing opportunity is the ultimate gift. With a focus on creating pathways, Joanna thrives on empowering us each to fulfil our part in securing a kinder, more compassionate and sustainable world.

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

Daryl Taylor
‘Kinship’ (Kinglake Earthship) and BioCultural Futures

Going Off-Grid and Under-Ground: Re-Building in the Pyrocene

In this talk Daryl will draw on his many years of experience and study into our transition away from Ice Ages to The Fire Age (‘The Pyrocene’, as coined by Dr Stephen Pyne), a reminder of accompanying increased intensity mega-firestorms, a set of rationales for building semi-underground or underground (terratecture) homes incorporating Biotecture (Earthship), Permaculture, Bush Mechanic and Regenerative Design principles and practices.

Concluding with details of approaches taken and materials used in his Kinglake ‘Fire-Resistant and Fire Resilient’ home and property – ‘work in progress’, ‘Kinship’.

See more here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=riUr3lJitLU
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

Michael Harris
El Dorado Eco Village & Tiny Homes Australia

A TINY HOUSE ECOVILLAGE IS COMING TO ELDORADO

Imagine living in your very own, custom designed Tiny Home, surrounded by nature and a like-minded community. Come along and hear about this exciting project that is underway in our very own town of Eldorado and how you can be part of it.

Eldorado Ecovillage is set to be Australia’s first Tiny House Village. This will be home to an eco-community of around 100 people, as families, couples and singles take up the opportunity to create their own little piece of paradise on one of the 40 residential sites.

See more here: www.eldoradoecovillage.com.au/ and here www.hangan.com.au/tinyhomes