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Sustainable Community

Our Sustainable Community Working Group has a number of projects to promote sustainable living.


Educating, connecting and mobilising community to realise a regenerative local future (for the Tamar Region).


Collaboratively working together to connect, educate and mobilise the Tamar Region with the aim to positively impact community sustainability - focusing on education, community, environment, health and wellbeing, and economy.




The Sustainable Community Working Group facilitates a number of events to promote sustainability.

  • Tamar & Meander Valley Community Gardens OPEN DAY

  • Sustainable Living Festival (next in 2024)

  • Sustainable Business Awards



AGM Report 2022

The Sustainable Community Working Group (SCWG) began the year with the Sustainable Business Awards and Sustainable Living Festival, which ran on October 8th and 9th 2021. A huge thanks to Coordinator Sandy Astill for her amazing work bringing these two events together, with local, state, and federal government participation as well as local organisations, businesses, and volunteer groups. Over 1000 people attended the Festival.

The decision was taken to run a festival event every second year, so in 2022 SCWG worked on other activities involving the business sector and the broader Tamar Valley community. A planned business forum was postponed and will be looked at again next year. SCWG turned its attention to Community Gardens with an event planned for later in 2022.

The Sustainable Community Working Group is still finding its feet,given that it’s welcomed several new members over the past year, and that we are continuously looking to improve our focus and tie-in outcomes to our stated themes - be they building community, educating citizens & students, improving health & well-being outcomes, raising environmental awareness, or exploring the possibilities of circularity - tosee a truly sustainable community alive and thriving in the Tamar and Meander regions.

Co-Convenors - SCWG - Karen Hewitt & Trish Haeusler

Sustainable Living Festival 2021

The inaugural Tamar NRM Sustainable Living Festival was held on the October Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October. Sandy Astill the Festival Coordinator with support from the Sustainable Community Working Group and Tamar NRM team were very proud to have bought together a vibrant festival of inspiration, innovation and conversation. The event was attended by over 1500 people with over 80 exhibitors, stall holders and food vendors, 86 entertainers and guest speakers and was supported by 58 volunteers representing 10 service clubs and or community groups. The festival kicked off on the Friday night with Tasmanian Sustainable Business Awards. Minister Roger Jaensch MP was in attendance to announce the overall winner Aspen Hair and Envorinex as Runner Up. The Festival also included a School Recycling Superhero Competition and had innovative entries from the Ravenswood and Invermay Primary STEM classes, Launceston Preparatory and Newstead Christian Schools. All the entries are currently on display at the State Library in the Civic Square Launceston Thanks to all our sponsors including West Tamar Council, Mode Electrical, Tas Networks, University of Tasmania and the City of Launceston.

The event will be back again in 2023.

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