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Partnering: Strength through Alliance

The SPA NSW branch will be hosting its first event of 2018, on the theme of partnering. It will be an afternoon of speakers, discussion and audience input into NSW SPA activities. For those who will be in NSW on the weekend of the 24th Feb,  this will be a very worthwhile event to attend.

SPA seeks to form mutually supportive alliances with other organisations whose values are in line / overlap with SPA’s. We see partnering as enabling for all parties, through co-operation in areas where there are the same or similar aims. To this end, we are hosting an afternoon of speakers and discussion.

We have invited Maggie Chen from the international youth organisation AIESEC, and Alice Oppen (a SPA member) from Women’s Plans Foundation to give us an insight into the work of their organisations. There will be opportunity to ask questions.

Following an afternoon tea break there will be a facilitated session to enable you to have input into NSW SPA’s activities, including what we can do to support members.

Save the date and talk with friends into coming along.

Details:
Saturday 24 February, Arrive 1.45pm for 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

To help us with catering, please email RSVP by 17 February.
Enquiries: Nola Stewart   nst332769@bigpond.com

February 16 2018

SPA at Sustainable Living Festival 2018

In what is now a yearly tradition, Sustainable Population Australia will be at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) in February.

Volunteers from the Victoria and Tasmania branch will be holding a SPA information stall during the SLF Big Weekend.  The Big Weekend runs from 9 - 11 February at Melbourne’s Federation Square and Birrarung Marr. 

With thousands of people attending the Big Weekend, this is one of the biggest opportunities of the year for the branch to reach out to the wider community on the issue of population. 

Our enthusiastic volunteers and members have been working hard behind the scenes in the lead up to this year’s festival in planning the stall the key messages to share to the public.  The stall will also be selling books written by past and former members of SPA such as Growing For Broke by Peter North, Dynamic Balance by Martin Tye and Rules of Animal and Human Populations by Sheila Newman. 

Find out more about the SLF Big Weekend here

SPA members Michael Bayliss and Mark Allen will also be running at workshop Town Planning Response to Climate Change as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. 

At the workshop you can learn about how current town planning models affect the environment. We'll discuss ways to change town planning systems and communities to reduce their environmental impact. 

The impacts of population growth on our town planning system will be highlighted and discussed in depth. 

When 23rd of February from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where Michael’s intentional community home in Preston, Melbourne

Stay to watch the the documentary Lamnas - UK’s first planned EcoVillage at 08:30pm.

Experience tells us this workshop is a great way to introduce the importance of town planning and population issues to people who are new to these ideas, particularly for younger people who are feeling disaffected by the current property market. 

We encourage SPA members to pass on information about the workshop to anyone who they feel may benefit from attending. 

Find more about the workshop here
Book tickets click here. Please note that this workshop is by donation on arrival.

We would also like to draw attention to the fact that one of the key speakers for this year’s SLF, Paul Hawken, is a strong advocate for global population sustainability, where his Project Drawdown has evaluated that reducing fertility is one of the biggest and most cost-effective contribution to emissions reduction. 

Find out more about Paul and the rest of the Sustainable Living Festival at their site here.

If you are around in Melbourne during any of these events over February and would like to come along to support or say hello.  We'd love to see you.

January 24 2018

NOTICE OF NATIONAL SPA AGM 2017 AND AFTERNOON SEMINAR

This year the NSW Branch of SPA is hosting the National AGM of SPA in Sydney at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St Sydney, in the Mitchell Theatre (Level 1) on Saturday 29th April.

Current members are welcome to participate in the AGM at 10am. All members of the public are welcome to the afternoon forum: "Population - the way forward" at 1pm. This will include speakers James Ward (incoming national president) and Graham Wood (NSW branch president).

Hope to see many of you there!

April 27 2017

Sustainable Population Australia at Sustainable Living Festival

The Victoria and Tasmania branch will be making our presence felt during Victoria's Sustainable Living Festival this month.  During the Big Weekend 10 - 12 of February, we will be having a stall near Federation Square Melbourne.  Volunteer branch members will be actively engaging with the wider public on population sustainability and its relation to environmental issues.

February 7 2017

National Annual General Meeting and afternoon seminar

Following the National Annual General Meeting of Sustainable Population Australia, on Saturday April 23rd, the Victorian and Tasmanian branch is holding a seminar from 1.00pm to 4.00pm on “Attitudes and communication in population and the environment” The seminar will feature the following speakers, Mark Allen, Population, Permaculture and Planning, spokesperson, Dr. Katharine Betts , population sociologist, Hon Kelvin Thomson MP,environmentalist and high profile sustainable population advocate and Victorian treasure, comedian, Rod Quantock

Venue Hawthorn Arts Centre , 360 Burwood Rd. Hawthorn Vic 3122- Both members and non-members are welcome to attend.

April 20 2016

2015 Sustainable Population Seminar - Population Dialogue II (NSW)

2015 Sustainable Population Seminar - Population Dialogue II 

November 3 2015

How Soap Operas can change the World! (Western Australia)

A Once in a lifetime opportunity for Perth People.
The visit of Bill Ryerson on November 14th.
"How Soap Operas can change the world".
Saturday, 14th November at 2pm
Social Sciences Lecture Theatre
University of WA.

November 3 2015

Soap operas, it turns out, can change the world (South Australia)

Bill Ryerson
President, Population Media Center
Thursday 19th November at 7pm
Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St Adelaide
Soap operas, it turns out, can change the world

October 25 2015

Population and Ageing:Disaster or Triumph? - Free Public Seminar

 Free Public Seminar

Population and Ageing: Disaster or Triumph?

7 March, 1 pm - 5 pm 

Bradley Forum, Hawke Centre, Uni SA, West Campus, 55 North Tce 

February 16 2015

How big for Sydney?

An important public meeting for concerned Sydney residents

Guest speakers:

Come and ask your own questions:
2 pm, Saturday November 8, Glebe Town Hall

October 16 2014

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