Australia's laws are not protecting the natural ecosystems we rely upon. We believe a serious flaw lies within the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). Currently directors' good faith civil obligations only require them to act ‘in the best interests of the corporation’ (s181). This narrow focus permits them to put their economic goals ahead of our existential goal! Maximising shareholder returns should not be at the expense of the public good and the environment.
On 25 May in Geelong, Geelong Sustainability is co-hosting the global launch of The Code for Corporate Citizenship, an elegantly simple solution devised by corporate lawyer, Robert Hinkley. By inserting a new clause into section 181 of the Corporations Act, directors would need to act ‘in the best interests of the corporation but not at the expense of severe harm to the environment’.
#TheCode would rebalance the civic obligations of company directors and have a real impact in relieving the climate emergency.
Geelong Sustainability’s campaign partners include the Centre for Climate Safety, ADAC - A Different Approach Community, The Sustainable Hour and Geelong Media.
We're keen to connect with local community groups and business people to explore this idea.
Please join in the discussion at the launch event at the Geelong Library at 5pm on Thursday 25 May 2023.
Tickets $5 via Eventbrite. To learn more or to sign our open letter, visit supportthecode.au.
Join us among the beautiful Coastal Moonah Woodland and help us rehabilitate this threatened habitat by planting local indigenous plants at Queenscliff Cemetery, Corner of Point Lonsdale Rd and Jordan Rd Point Lonsdale.
This community event is open to all and will involve:
Just turn up on the day or to book or for more info, contact email@example.com, Bellarine Catchment Network
The National Celtic Festival is seeking volunteers to help make their 2023 festival as green as possible!
Green Team volunteers will assist keeping the festival clean, helping festival patrons dispose of litter and more! If you, or someone you know, is interested in being part of the action at this year's Festival, remind them to fill out an application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of shifts available and all volunteers receive a free ticket to the festival. For more information, contact email@example.com
Come and join Bellarine Bayside and Bellarine Catchment Network and Cultura at North Geelong to learn how we can make our volunteering more inclusive for those within the CALD (Culturally And Linguistically Diverse) community.
This workshop will be facilitated by Cultura and will be followed by a free lunch cooked by Cultura clients and will include a 'meet and greet' to practice your cultural humility skills
Contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or click the 'register' button
FOEP Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve St Leonards Weeding group activity 14 March
The Friends of Edward Point Reserve are eagerly looking forward to starting
our weeding activities for 2023 and would be delighted if you could join us. We
made great inroads focusing on the Western Sector in 2022 but there is a lot
more to do.
We’re stating our 2023 weeding, removing Fleabane from the Western Block.
Fleabane grows, flowers and seeds over summer so it needs our urgent attention.
It’s also a great weed to start off with because it is easy to remove, even if
the soil is dry.
We're meeting at the Dune St entrance at 9.30am,
but if it is consistently raining or is too hot (30+%), then
we will cancel the weeding activity.
What to Bring
Gloves - We can provide you with gloves if you don't have any or forget to
Appropriate comfortable shoes, or gumboots if it has been raining.
Sensible and appropriate clothes, preferably long sleeves, and pants (more
protection from the sun).
Even though it's early Autumn we still need to be mindful of UV so bring
sunscreen and insect repellent - we will also provide these, but you may prefer
to use your own.
Any personal medicine you may think you might need - we will have a first
aid kit with us.
Your own water.
Please note, all children under 18 must be accompanied by a
If are are intending to join us we would really appreciate it if you could
either email or phone to let us know. If you do, we will be able to contact you
and let you know if the activity has been cancelled.
This year we are again conducting Clean Up Australia Day at Jerringot, which has long been associated with the GFNC. Please help us keep the Jerringot wetland free of harmful litter and enjoy the plants and wildlife.
Meet: At the bird hide on the Barwon Valley golf course road. Please note, you can only turn left into the golf course road and when leaving, you can only turn left onto the Barwon Heads Rd.
Bring: Yourself, friends, gloves, stout shoes (gumboots and/or gaiters are useful in some places), hat, sunscreen and drinking water. Binoculars and camera would be handy to enjoy the birdlife while you are there.
We will have a supply of gloves, sanitiser and some Hi-Viz vests but bring your own if possible.
Friends of the Barwon are pleased to announce that our guest speaker for the evening will be Tracey Slatter, Managing Director, Barwon Water who will talk about the Urban Water Strategy/Water for our Future.
A light supper and tea/coffee will be served
For catering purposes, please RSVP: email@example.com
Local indigenous plants available, $2.50 per plant. All profits go to back to our nursery and or conservation on the Bellarine. Please be covid safe, if you are unwell stay at home and give us a call. BYO bucket or box if you can, and don't forget to return our trays and pots is you have some.
It's on again! The Greater Geelong Plastic Pollution Count is happening this November and BCN are hosting workshops to get you ready.
Come and join a fun group of people as we prepare you to be a citizen scientist monitoring plastic pollution in our region. This data is used by world leading researchers (CSIRO) and the City of Greater Geelong.
You can expect to hear about the research happening all over the world in what is the worlds largest plastic pollution survey and practice the quick and simple transect methodology. You will meet new people with a passion for protecting our environment from the scourge of plastic pollution, have lots of laughs and enjoy a catered lunch of sushi!
Join Farm My School Founders Ben and James with special guests including Costa Georgiadis. Be a part of the largest no-dig garden ever as we build a farm in 24 hours to create the Farm My School's Pilot Project.