Transition Apollo Bay – What’s Next?
6 June 2018
It’s been a few weeks since the Transition Apollo Bay Forum which was held with great success on May 6. The primary objective of the day was to identify and discuss a range of transitional ideas and projects, gauge interest in those ideas and forge a way forward for the most viable. Since then we have gathered our thoughts and developed a plan so we don’t lose the great momentum already generated.
To recap on the outcomes of the Forum, there were twelve ideas or projects raised:
Establishment of a community power system;
Positioning Apollo Bay as an “Artisan Coast” ie, a community of artisans with specialist knowledge encompassing research, farming, artists, ceramics, trades, timber etc.
Development of a closed waste system utilising all the waste in the town;
Establishment of a community social enterprise that would attract funding and resources and return profit to fund other projects;
Creation of a community skills and volunteer register;
Introduction of commercial farming of seaweed as a new local industry;
Find a resolution to the local long-term housing crisis in the community;
Reclaim Heathfield Estate for public use;
Creation of a formalised knowledge and skills transfer system;
Facilitate the local production and processing of food and fibre;
Creation of a repair café; and
Bringing a greater focus to organic agriculture to the region.
These ideas were discussed at length and built-upon in break-out groups. At the completion of the session, they were voted upon by all present to get a sense of the level of interest in the room for each.
For those who were not present, we would love your input. We will be hosting some workshops in the coming months specifically to progress the above ideas.