Here is your Transition The Grove Newsletter for December 2015. The planned December gathering has been moved to January because of all the other things on. BrisLETS and The HOG both have their Christmas gatherings that day too. Any of you we don't see before Christmas, do have a happy Christmas. There are lots of local events happening such as carols in the park, and a lot of local churches will be having special Christmas festivities. This is a part of our local deep cultural heritage around here.
Just finished reading Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol. We need bread, but we also need circuses - celebration, and times of giving and getting together and enjoyment and partying.
1. COMING EVENTS
Transition The Grove's New Year Celebration Dinner
5pm onwards, Sunday 3rd January 2016
at Wally Wight's, 110 Grays Rd, Gaythorne
for drinks, networking, and eating together a sit-down home-cooked dinner prepared by our great, our one and only, local provenance chef, Wally Wight.
What to bring:
- A gift or token to put into a gift pool so each person coming gets one. The theme is a token of hope and vision for the year ahead in 2016.
- Your favorite musical instrument to play a piece on a celebratory theme (note: CDs do qualify as an instrument)
- Prepare a short toast to remember something we have done together in the last year
Please RSVP by reply email to
. We will need to be sure of who is coming before the day so that Wally can plan the catering properly.
FROM THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
- Our fund-raiser John has completed a website for a landcare group, and they are donating $1000 to Transition The Grove in thanks. This will help top up our coffers in preparation for next year's Resilience Award.
- We are inspired by this definition of community development: "In a place we love, with people we love, doing things that matter for us all". In starting to plan for the TTG program for 2015 we are guided by this definition to build on what we have been doing in the last few years.
So we are planning for activities to bring us all into a deeper relationship with this place here in the headwaters of Kedron Brook.
We are looking for activities to bring us into deeper understanding and closer relationship with each other and with the people and groups here in these hills and valleys.
We are seeking activities that add value to our lives and community, hope for our future, meaning to our journey.
Your inspiration is part of the discussion. Journey with us together.
This Changes Everything - Naomi Klein DVD. Wally has purchased a copy. Contact him about it.
WHAT WE'VE HEARD AROUND AND ABOUT
The Climate March was very well attended. Lots of us were there and holding banners and talking with people. The train from Ferny Grove into the city was a great place to meet friends going to and from the March! The speeches were excellent too.
The Paris Climate Conference is yet to be dissected. Can we change/save the world? Who knows, but the discussions and deals are happening. Denialism seems to have moved on to hope of keeping temperature rises under 2 degrees. Is this another form of denialism, or is there chance this could be achieved?
A prayer shared with us by Angligreen:
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Wendell Berry, The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry, 1998
Several new terms:
- Soil security (yesterday was World Soil Day)
- Proactive adaptation (what we are doing working to build local resilience)
Politics in the Pub panel on Suicide Prevention - remarkably relevant to living locally. Ask our mates "Are you ok?" I've already had a chance to put this into practice, and was shocked at how critical the answer was. A sense of connection is worth its weight in gold when it comes to saving lives.
Have you seen this site? http://www.thinkdif.co/
I've just registered and I've been downloading catch-up videos. It's all very inspiring and includes stuff about money and the economy which I've been studying, as you know. (Alison Bird)
Alzheimers and our microbiome - some of us are known for making 'outrageous' statements about how much of our wellness is dependent on things we can do locally for ourselves and each other. It is delightful when medical research keeps backing us up! Research into our microbiomes (the bugs in our guts) is progressing at a phenomenal pace. They are now saying that about half the burden of Alzheimers disease need not happen if we get our microbiomes right! That means more fermented foods, less bread, and much much less sweet foods.
Source: 'Agent of Change: decision-makers are in the sights of the woman leading reform in Queensland's mental health sector'. Story by Leisa Scott, The Courier Mail QWeekend, November 11-15, 2015.
"Since the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner's July 2013 inception, a social housing report aimed at reducing the risk of people with complex needs being evicted, and work on a drug and alcohol action plan, to be released later this year. An early intervention plan with a host of recommendations to help the 900,000 Queenslanders affected by mental illness has just been released. And in September, van Schoubroeck launched the Queensland Suicide Prevention Plan 2015-17, which, in keeping with a national plan, has set a ten-year target to reduce by 50 per cent the number of Queenslanders who take their own lives. In 2014, that number reached 627."
My comment: Mental health and suicide are on the list of health conditions that may respond well to well-being actions that we are able to undertake locally.
Interventions such as anti-bullying programs, inclusiveness programs to help people join local groups and find valued roles, neighbourliness programs, training in basic ethics and values, drug and alcohol avoidance programs, programs to combat domestic violence, anti-poverty programs,... These are all things we can implement in our own local community.
How we behave and how we treat each other matters. Greater improvement is now routinely being achieved by behaviour change than by new drugs.
Driverless vehicles are coming and one way they may be very useful is to provide an on-call collection service to get us from our homes to public transport nodes or to destinations poorly serviced by public transport. No parking problems at Ferny Grove station!
Domestic Violence Roundtable: Transition The Grove was represented at this Roundtable hosted locally by our state MP in the Keperra Baptist Church. There was a good turnout, and many people told their stories. To put it bluntly, there ain't nothing resilient about domestic violence! We need to have honest discussions about the ways we bully or are violent or aggressive to those we are close to. This is a spectrum on which we can all be on either end. How can we learn to relate to each other better, and how can we make ourselves safe?
You probably already know (we didn't) but a lot of us have suddenly changed Council Wards and we have new Ward boundaries. Feels a bit like suddenly being swapped into new families! Upper Kedron and Ferny Grove are now in The Gap Ward, which is probably something to do with developers wanting road access from Upper Kedron through The Gap. The Councillor for this Ward is Shane Bevis. Issues about pressure on Samford Rd and Ferny Grove Station parking will remain, but who will take responsibility for them is unclear.
Economics in Environmental Law
(Report by Alison Bird)EDO Qld LawJam, Economics in Environmental Law. 12th Nov 2015with Rod Campbell (Director of Research, The Australia Institute), Sean Ryan (EDO), Cameron Murray (Economist, UQ)The main topic was the application and approval process for multi-billion dollar developments such as mines. Each speaker told stories about “bad economics” and “liars”, based on their examination of mining proposals. Read More
Another plug for shadecloth curtains on the outside of homes. Now is the hot time of year, and covering brick walls and windows and carports is easy with shade curtains. They are cheap to buy the shadecloth, easy to make, quick and easy to put up, and very durable. They drop the temperature a lot. Both Mac and Chris and Joan are making rapid advances into the shade lifestyle at the moment.
We made a submission to the QLD Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Electricity Pricing. Here is a link to all the submissions received, including Transition The Grove's.