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“Ocean innovation in Albany’s Old Railways Station”: Sustainable Community Festival

A year into Albany having been put on the international map for ocean renewable energy, the new headquarters are getting ready to host a multi-disciplinary cohort of researchers and industry developers in the Old Railway Station on Proudlove Parade. Part of The University of Western Australia, the State Government co-funded Wave Energy Research Centre is managing world-leading research and fieldwork activities into wave modelling, wave prediction, coastal processes and foundation design. This is Australia’s new knowledge hub for innovation in ocean renewable energy with a strong commitment to community engagement.

Wiebke Ebeling completed a PhD in neuroscience at The Australian National University in Canberra. During her degree, she also founded a school outreach and science communication initiative that led her to look for a career without lab coats or gum boots. Before arriving to call Albany home, she was the Outreach Officer of the Australian Ocean Data Network in Hobart and the Education & Outreach Manager of the Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in Perth. During those years, Wiebke found lots of ways to share her love for science, for example by producing a children’s comic book and a planetarium show. She moved to Albany a year ago for her current job as the Centre Manager of the UWA Wave Energy Research Centre, with a vision to offer science engagement opportunities for the Great Southern community in the new Centre headquarters.

Listen to Weibke at the Sustainable Community Festival Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square

Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Earthbag House: Sustainable Community Festival

Discover the benefits of building an environmentally and economically sustainable home with Earthbags. This includes how to address the basic requirements of Australian Building Code and what it means in terms of Energy Efficiency (including heating and cooling), Bushfire Ratings, Structural Integrity, Use of Recycled Materials, and more.

Kate Ryan-Taylor and her husband Scott are building Australia’s first council approved Earthbag dome home. After spending 2 years in the planning process, Kate and Scott are now on target to build their home for under $35,000 in less than 18 months from start to finish. Kate is presenting today and keen to share the knowledge to enable others to build a sustainable home in an affordable way from the Ground Up.

Listen to Kate at the Sustainable Community Festival Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square.

One Litre of Landfill a Week: Sustainable Community Festival

It seems that in many households, the women are leading the charge into low-waste lifestyles, with husbands and kids being brought along for the ride – sometimes kicking and screaming. So how do we get them on-board and move low-waste living from something they do to ‘keep Mum happy’, to something that is valued by the whole family? Ella discusses ideas, barriers and wins from her own journey – and also some words of wisdom from other people’s husbands!

Ella Maesepp is a passionate environmentalist, working a ‘real job’ at Katanning Landcare and indulging her hobby for sustainability education through her small business Katanning EcoHouse. With an Environmental Science degree from Murdoch University, an off-grid strawbale home, two small kids, a farmer husband and too many community commitments, she understands the importance of making changes that not only protect our planet, but work for real people. Ella’s family of four produces just one litre of landfill per week, and she loves to help others achieve similar results. She looks forward to a world without GladWrap.

Listen to Ella at the Sustainable Community Festival on Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square.

Why Loving Yourself is Essential for Sustainable Living: Sustainable Community Festival

Looking after your physical and mental health is an important pillar in living a sustainable lifestyle. Poor self-esteem, body image issues and chronic stress all contribute to excessive consumption and not having time to create sustainable habits. In this presentation Emma will explain why looking after yourself from a place of loving kindness promotes and supports a sustainable world. She will explain 3 easy ways to start loving yourself that you can put into action straight away.

Emma Polette is the founder of Body Love HQ. Her clients call her a real woman for real women. She is a qualified personal trainer, health coach, reiki master & yoga teacher and the creator of The Body Love Method™
She uses these modalities and many other tools to empower women to treat their bodies with love just as they are right now.
Emma’s mission is to help thousands of women feel great about their bodies without harsh diets or exercise programs.
When she’s not teaching classes & workshops, empowering her private clients or recording her latest podcast episode, Emma hangs out with her dog Barney and enjoys a dirty chai latte with a side of gluten-free chocolate brownie.

Listen to Emma at the Sustainable Community Festival on Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square.

How you can learn nurdling at the Sustainable Community Festival

Plastic in the environment has become one of the big issues of our times. While we are a long way from the rest of the world, our shores are experiencing relatively high plastic loads. This presentation will provide you with information about the seasonality of plastic on our shores and what impact it is having on our birds.

Dr. Paterson is a marine scientist and has been working on plastics in the marine environment for nearly five years. Her passion began when she realised that our apparently pristine beaches were covered in tiny fragments of plastic. She now has a number of programs that are being used to quantify the amount of plastic on our shores and increase awareness of how big the impact of plastic is going to be in the future. One of her projects is Nurdling November, which is targeting plastic pellets of Nurdles that were lost in South Africa in 2017. Find out how you can become part of this research at the Sustainable Community Festival.