BZE building plan

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is a organisation based in Melbourne developing plans to provide alternatives to carbon based energy consumption. BZE published a Buildings Plan in 2013 which outlines how new and existing building stock can be adjusted across Australia to use energy efficiently. The Plan is comprehensive, covering both domestic, small and large commercial developments. A three-page Buildings Plan Executive Summary is available.


Beyond Zero Emissions, 2010, Buildings Plan, Viewed on 13 April, <>

Beyond Zero Emissions, 2010, Buildings Plan Executive Summary, Viewed on 13 April, <>

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BZE stationary energy plan

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is a organisation based in Melbourne developing plans to provide alternatives to carbon based energy consumption. BZE published a Stationary Energy report in 2010 which outlines how a network of solar thermal power stations can be created around Australia to power the current and future energy needs. The Stationary Energy Synopsis is a 17 page overview of the plan.


Beyond Zero Emissions, 2010, Stationary Energy Report, Viewed on 13 April,  <>

Beyond Zero Emissions, 2016, Stationary Energy Synopsis, Viewed on 13 April,  <>

Beyond Zero Emissions (2016b, 3 January). 100% Renewable Energy in 10 Years. Retrieved:

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Adelaide gets its first Permaculture post graduate programme

Listen to a podcast about a new program which is being launched in Adelaide in March.

Retrieved from Radio Adelaide (28 February 2016)

The world’s first ever post graduate program in Permaculture will start soon in Adelaide! Dr Keri Chiveralls, who will be taking the course, joined Barometer’s Sue Reece to talk about it all. If you are interested in the course, please contact Keri on


Reece, S, 2016, Post graduate permaculture design program, Radio Adelaide, viewed 12 April 2016, <>

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WEA aquaponics course

The WEA is offering a two-day course starts 14 May, 1:30 pm, 3 weeks x 3 hours

Retrieved from course description from WEA website (Course no: 63260)

Aquaponics is the combination of recirculation AQUAculture and hydroPONICS where you grow plants and fish together in one integrated system. This combination is quite new and its potential to grow high quality food in the home and around the world is tremendous.


WEA 2016, WEA Course guide, April-July, p. 22

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WEA course in permaculture

The WEA is offering a two-day course 30 April, Sat-Sun, 9:30 2 days x 6.5 hrs.

Course description from WEA website (Course number: 63273)

This course is suited to the ecological garden enthusiast and suitable for newcomers to permaculture that have read the books or are familiar with organic gardening. After covering the basics, this course aims to further your knowledge and will help in tweaking your organic and permaculture home gardens.


WEA 2016, WEA Course guide, April-July, p. 22

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Spouts for watering seedlings

Watering spouts that you can attach to drinks water bottles. They deliver an even slow pressure spray over seedlings. Available at Diggers store here at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

How to use

  1. Empty and thoroughly clean a soft drink or water bottle with compatible screw on-on lid.
  2. Fill bottle with water
  3. Screw on the spout
  4. Turn the water bottle upside down to allow the spout to sprinkle water


  • Don’t overwater the seedling
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Let the drumming begin

Since being involved in permaculture way back in 1995, permaculture gatherings came with a reasonable amount of drumming and chanting. There seemed to be a need amongst some participants to incorporate music and dance into the gatherings. Typically, the daytime would be taken up with presentations and demonstrations. As nighttime approached and after mealtime, out came the drums. I often thought this was an unnecessary part of permaculture gatherings. Something to be tolerated rather than enjoyed.

All those years back, I hadn’t realised how important music was to people attending the gathering. That permaculture was not just about learning to be a better technician but being part of a community. It turns out that music is the glue which binds our spirits and compels us to be part of a wider community.

Jonica Newby (Newby, 2016), on ABC’s Catalyst, investigates the power of music to bring back the memories of Alzheimer patients and the coordination to Parkinson’s sufferers. It is really a story about how music plays a central role in tying us to our personal history across time and connecting us to each other as a society.

Newby also discusses theories that human communication developed through a combination of sound and words. Over time, these forms of communication split to become language and music. While language is predominantly about the expression of ideas, music goes to our deepest emotions. The research Newby reveals indicates that the brain increases its dopamine production when stimulated by music. That must explain how even individuals afflicted with Alziemers (Dickerson, 2016) can perform musically at a high level, yet need the protection of an aged care facility for obtaining basic human needs.

Educators also know intuitively that music can be a stimulating influence in the classroom. Research (Brewer, 1995) has long provided the evidence for integrating music into pedagogy. But, it appears it is equally appropriate in adult learning and for bringing communities together.

So next permaculture gathering, when sunset approaches, let the drumming begin…
Newby, J, (2016, 8 March) Music on the brain, ABC Catalyst, retrieved from:
Dickerson, A (2016, 7 January) Thanks to strangers, a 95 year old man gets his wish to play jazz again. Retrieved from:
Brewer, C (1995) Music and learning: Integrating music in the classroom. Retrieved from:

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