Hidden Harvest

10959313_865251516870416_4462078724516985889_nWelcome, we are Hidden Harvest, an initiative that aims to generate discussion about food waste through culinary pop-up dinners prepared with food that would normally be thrown out. During these up-cycle events we will, quite literally, bring to the table the environmental and social problems of food waste in a delightful setting.

Food waste is an issue that affects everyone in the food supply chain; from wholesale and manufacturing food companies to restaurants, retailers and farmers, as well as the consumer. Wasting food is also a waste of resources such as water and energy used in production, packaging and transport of food, not to forget the significant greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by the decomposition of food in landfills. It is estimated that Australian households throw out $AU 8 Billion of edible food every year, the equivalent of 4 million tonnes of food.
So let’s get together and make that first step towards less food waste!

How does it work?

  1. We pick a date, find a suitable location and invite anyone interested in an enriching and lively evening.
  2. Foods that would otherwise be wasted but are still edible will be collected and transformed into a scrumptious 3-course dinner by the Chef of the evening. The menu will always be unique using the harvest of the day.
  3. Enjoy and consume the creative compilation of the chef
  4. Make a donation towards the event of which the proceeds will be used to set up and/or support other waste reduction projects.

The first Hidden Harvest dinner invite will follow shortly. In the mean time like, follow and share around.

Free community worker forum | Wollongong hosted by the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW

You’re Invited | Monday 27 October 2014

EWON invites you to join our free community worker event at the University of Wollongong.

Learn about rebates, hardship programs and energy saving tips from EWON and see how to stay safe in the home when using your appliances with a presentation from NSW Fire & Rescue. This forum also includes a free tour of the Illawarra flame hous

Time | 9am – 12pm

Venue | Sustainability Buildings Research Centre Building 237, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, Fairy Meadow NSW 2519

Parking | Please see link for P1 parking prices and other transport options

RSVP | Please register by emailing news@ewon.com.au. Registrations for this event are essential as places are limited

Enquiries | Narelle Brown, Community Development Officer, EWON (02) 8218 5241 narelleb@ewon.com.au

The University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Building’s Research Centre will also be holding a free open day on 25 October 2014. For more information please see the flier.

If you’re unable to attend, EWON will also be joining NSW Fair Trading for a community worker forum at the Kiama Leagues Club on 29 October 2014. For more details please contact narelleb@ewon.com.au.


9.00am | Registration

9.30am | Energy and water issues Narelle Brown, Community Development Officer, EWON

10.30am | Morning Tea

10.50am | Fire Safety NSW Fire & Rescue

11.30am | Illawarra Flame House Go on a free tour of an old energy-inefficient ‘fibro’ house that has been retrofitted to be an ultra-sustainable home for the future

The Illawarra Flame House won the Energy Olympics in 2013.

12.00pm | Finish

Funding | Open Now

Mental Health Month NSW Small Grants

Mental Health Association NSW has small grants available for the general community as well as for Aboriginal, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) & Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual & intersex (LGBTI) communities. These grants are aimed to help support community activities to be held during the month of October.

Applications close: 18 July 2014.

More information and application details

Department of Social Services (DSS) Grants

The Department of Social Services (DSS) Grants are now open for applications. There are 15 Grant categories with:

  • 11 Grants in the Families and Communities Programme
  • 2 Grants in the Disability, Mental Health and Carers Programme
  • 1 Grant in the Housing and Homelessness Programme
  • 1 Grant in the Ageing and Service Improvement Programme

Applications close: 23 July 2014.

More information and application details

NSW Community Building Partnership Grants

The Community Building Partnership program funds the building and improvement of local community facilities. Applicants should demonstrate how their project will benefit their local community through the building or improvement of facilities to deliver positive social, recreational or environmental outcomes. Projects should be ready to commence by early 2015 and be completed before the end of March 2016.

Applications close: 18 July 2014.

More information and application details

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants are designed for the benefit of socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians, aged from 12 to 25 years. Community not-for-profits and charities working to give a better future to young Australians who are living with disadvantage may apply for grants.

Eligible grant applicants:

  • Charities with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status
  • Registered charities, or
  • Not-for-profit organisations

In 2014 for the first time grants are offered in two categories:

  • Short-term grants of up to $10,000 in one year
  • Multi-year grants with total value up to $30,000 over three years

Applications close: 31 July 2014.

More information and application details

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

what-is-a-social-entrepreneurSocial entrepreneurs are bringing solutions to society’s greatest challenges; hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, education and more. They use skills and ideas borrowed from business as a tool for change. Unlike traditional entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs are innovators who focus on creating practical and sustainable solutions to the problems of the marginalized and the poor. Read more here

Discussion Forums – NSW Framework for Sustainability Action and Engagement

  • Do you engage your community in environmental issues?
  • Are you from local or state government, a community organisation or a business?
  • Are you a teacher, an academic, a community member or volunteer with an environment group?

Across NSW there are thousands of people like you who care about our environment and are educating and engaging other community members. Come to a forum to have your actions and ideas contribute to a NSW Framework for Sustainability Action and Engagement. Help us plan for the future.

Illawarra | 13th March 2-5pmState Office Block, 84 Crown St, Wollongong.

Hosted by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Register https://aaeensw.wufoo.com/forms/future-direction-framework-workshops/

Further details about each venue and the agenda will be forwarded to registered attendees. There is no cost, but numbers are limited so please book now to secure your place.

Those who are not close to a forum venue, or who cannot attend on the scheduled date, will be able to join in on a webinar to be advertised shortly. Visit the AAEE NSW website for more information www.aaeensw.org.au/content/draftframework. If you would like more information on this project, contact the project team though project@aaeensw.org.au.

This project is coordinated by AAEE NSW and has been assisted by the NSW Office for Environment & Heritage.

Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP)

Deborah Petkovic has joined the RDA Illawarra team as the Project Manager for the Energy Efficiency in the 3rd Age (EE3A) project. Deborah’s experience includes sustainability and local government in the Illawarra region.

The EE3A project will focus on research and reducing energy consumption amongst low income older people whilst maintaining quality of life.  The EE3A project is an Australian Government initiative, funded by the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) through the Department of Indusrty that has provided RDAI with a $2.3M grant to lead a consortium of regional stakeholders to fulfil the goals of the project. Click here to read more.

For more information on the LIEEP program, Deborah can be contacted on 4227 4500 or deborah@rdaillwarra.com.au