Natural Face Cream Workshops

Learn how to make quality natural skin creams. Our dear friend Vera Ross is an experienced Aromatherapist and has offered to guide some hands-on, natural skin cream making workshops.
Cost will be strictly to cover materials used, around $10 – $15 depending on the size jar you bring and oils you choose. The venue is Vera’s kitchen in Parkerville, with numbers limited to about 10. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR NEXT WORKSHOP.
Bookings & Enquiries:
Vera   0401 403 451     OR


Breaking ground soon … in Chidlow

Nothing is closer to Transition’s heart than people creating food together locally. It is a radical act of reclaiming and healing our broken food system. So how happy are we that another Community is sprouting it’s own village veggie plot. VERY HAPPY! Just look at this photo of them … a good looking bunch (and that’s referring to John’s silverbeet !!) You can read all about their vision – and how to join in with them – in this Hills Gazette article


Chidlow community gardeners , ready to dig in

Food that’s fresh as …

Well, we had our first fresh Food Share in the park @ Glen Forrest this morning. It was a great start with lots of interesting herbs, veggies, fruit, plants etc to share. We started around 9.45a and it was all done by 10.30a. It doesn’t take up your whole morning, still with plenty of time for chatting! Thankyou to Lizzy & Jonny for keeping the flame alive for this great sharing event.

food share 1

food share 2

food share 4

Climate Change and Health – summary



Summary of Jim Thom’s August presentation

At our movie night in August we reviewed the Lancet’s recently published report on Climate Change and Health.

It’s a comprehensive document with over 60 contributors mostly from Europe and China and covers most aspects of climate change and health. The direct effects are caused by:

  • Heat Waves
  • Droughts
  • Floods
  • Extreme weather events
  • Fire

and the indirect effects:

  • Air pollution – heart and lung diseases
  • Water Quality – cholera, diarrhoea
  • Land use change – no longer suitable for agriculture, famine
  • Ecological change – spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever

These direct and indirect features interact and are also affected by social conditions such as poverty, general health status and the availability of health services.

These health effects are already upon us (eg an estimated 7 million die from air pollution every year) and if we continue on our current trajectory they will become progressive more pronounced and “may become incompatible with organised global community.”

If we are to avoid this two actions are essential in the short term. Firstly we must stop burning coal and secondly we need to put a real price on CO2 emissions. The good news is that we already have the technology to move to renewable energy for the generation of electricity.

Barriers to change include national and commercial vested interests, the inertia of our current systems and public opinion. Because climate change is a complex issue which is perceived to be in the future people tend not to connect with it and are distracted by more immediate and easy to grasp issues.

Throughout the article mention is made of the power of smaller groups to create local change and to be more locally resilient.  This is very much aligned with the principles of the international transition movement. It will be necessary for both bottom-up as well as top-down change if we are to avoid catastrophic warming of the planet.

The full report can be read at:

Standing up (& digging deep) for sustainability

Our Quiz Night was a stand-out success!

Thanks to everyone who came and participated so generously and enthusiastically at our very first MiT/HSG quiz night. What a great bunch of people we have in the hills!! 🙂 The more we do together, the more we work towards a more sustainable and resilient community. Great to be part of this amazing time in this incredible place we call The Hills!!heads and tails at quiz night