~ Presentations & Workshops ~
Presentations and Workshops will be held in the two marquees between TANK 5 and Collins Avenue
For times, please see Saturday and Sunday programs on the left
Energy Efficient Building and Renovating for the Tropics
James Maude, Royal Australian Institute of Architects - FNQ
Learn how to build and renovate for reduced greenhouse emissions.
Buildings are big users of energy, both during construction and in
operation. Local architect James Maude will discuss how to reduce your
impact through materials selection, construction methods, and energy
efficient design, We will also discuss some some of the trade-offs of
energy, cost and maintenance and James will offer his top ten energy
saving tips for your home.
Hemp - a Truly Sustainable Crop
Suzanna Wilkerson, grower and founder of THINQ Inc.(Total Hemp Industries North Queensland)
- An introduction to the most useful plant on the planet. What is industrial hemp? The legislation surrounding hemp.
easily hemp can be organically grown. Hemp can rebuild soil structure
adding humus and opening up the ground. Why pesticides or herbicides
are unnecessary on an industrial scale and examples of companion
cropping. Harvesting procedures including a short video presentation
- Uses for the hemp plant. Hemp supplies all of
the required needs for human survival ;ie food , shelter, clothing
,fuel. It has been estimated to have more than 50,000 uses mainly in
fibre use. Uses include superior alternatives to wood products for
paper and building materials. Samples available for viewing. It is the
strongest natural fibre that is known. A brief overview of the
nutritional value of the hemp seed.
- The Status of hemp in North
Queensland. Photos of crops and growers. The projected future of hemp
for the north and other regions of Australia.
Permaculture - Suburban Self-Reliance
Kym Kruse, Permaculture Cairns
The workshop will explain how a Permaculture approach can achieve this,
on any amount of suburban or rural space, through thoughtful design and
the philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature. It will
aim to equip you with some useful tools & references, enabling you
to begin growing good clean food in your backyard as you move toward a
level of self-reliance.
Presenting the workshop will be Kym Kruse, a budding Permaculturist and
recent graduate of the Permaculture Design Course with Geoff Lawton
from the Permaculture Research Institute and Bruce Zell, a dedicated
Permaculturist and Accredited Permaculture Trainer with over 30 years
local experience. Bruce is also a holder of Permaculture Diplomas in
education, design, site development and community services from Hortus
Australia and the Permaculture Institute.
Renewable Energy Technologies
A survey and discussion of Renewable Energy Technologies and how they
can complement each other to provide Australia's energy needs,
including base-load requirements.
Sustainable Living - What is it?
How to live sustainbly in today's society.
Can any-one do so?
Is it hard to do so?
Terra Preta - Soil Enhancement and Carbon Sequestration
A description of Terra Preta, it's ancient Amazonian history and recent discoveries.
Terra Preta, also known as Agri-Char, can sequester carbon for
thousands of years, while at the same time improving agricultural or
Come and learn how you can sequester carbon in your back yard or on your farm.
Traditional Knowledge Movies
Balkanu, Traditional Knowledge Recording Program
Two short movies will be shown:
Water We Know - A documentary developed by Aboriginal Elders to create
awareness and aspirations of our water qualities in Cape York
Peninsula, based on the way the country was managed for many
generations by Traditional Knowledge. Traditional Knowledge Revival
Bush Foods - A interesting documentary made by the Aurukun community,
Cape York, on bush tucker and land management. Stanley Kalkeeyorta
takes you for a walk that is informing and educational. Traditional
Knowledge Revival Pathways.
‘Working towards a nuclear free Queensland’
Qld nuclear free alliance - QNFA
- Why nuclear power is no solution to climate change
and the worldwide energy crisis: “a hard rain” 20 min hard
facts movie by David Bradbury.
- Nuclear proliferation won’t lead to world peace
– update about Talisman sabre military exercise and peace
convergence (20 min)
- Our local north Qld actions towards Nuclear free zones and climate protection (20 min)
- Discussion and questions (30 min)
Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into valuable fertiliser
Peter will explain how to recycle kitchen scraps; worm farm design
features and maintenance, worm biology and application of worm castings.