the Good Life Festival 2012


Come celebrate ‘The Good Life’

Saturday 2nd June – Sunday 3rd June 2012

Our message – live well, care for each other and the environment

In these changing times it’s more important than ever we look at new ways to meet the challenges of climate change, resource depletion, health and rising living costs. Living the good life is about enjoying the natural benefits of our region while at the same time taking care of each other and the environment.

As festival hosts Sustainable Hepburn Association (SHARE) will showcase practical solutions, ideas and skills that we all can adopt to become more resilient in the face of these challenges.

The festive will highlight the many aspects of the good life ranging from:

• building or renovating a naturally comfortable home

• using less energy and water

• saving on bills

• tips on growing your own food & food preservation

• recycling & reuse of items & clothing

• protecting our environment.

The focus will be on sharing the wealth of knowledge and ideas of local individuals, businesses and community groups to help us all live the good life.

The Festival will be a fun and informative event with something of interest for young and old. The Festival will include stalls, displays, together with informative workshops and demonstrations.

For expressions of interest, contact Tanya at the SHARE office on 5309 2664 or on email at

Saturday Program

In conjunction with the Farmers Market, the Good Life Festival will kick off with stalls and workshops to be held at the Daylesford Primary School hall from 9.30 AM, Saturday 2nd June. There is something of interest for everyone ranging from keeping chooks, advice on successful worm farming through to the use of cultivated and wild plants for health, beauty and other purposes

In addition the Festival will include a walking tour of productive gardens around Daylesford, a Garage Sale Trail and a Fashion Upcycling Workshop.

Sunday Program

The Good Life Festival continues at the Daylesford Town Hall from 10.00 AM on Sunday 3rd. The Town Hall will be bursting at the seams with stalls and information workshops highlighting how your home could be made more comfortable, reduce energy and water usage and save dollars in the bargain. Amongst other things, you could learn about pellet heaters, solar systems or ways to minimize your power bills. This is a day not to be missed, especially if you are considering renovating or building. Other activities include Earthship building workshop at our Tip and Open Day at the “Mens Shed” located at Victoria Park


the Good Life Festival has been made possible with the support of the Hepburn Wind Community Fund.



Download Program and Presentation Guide here


Program Guide

Saturday, June 2

Sunday, June 3

Presentations and Demonstrations to be held at Daylesford Primary School Hall Saturday 2 June:-

10.00 am – Natural Playscapes – Yonke Van Geloven – combining the concepts of natural play-scapes, potager gardens and permaculture principles to create an edible play-scape for young children.


10.30 am – Potager Gardens – Yonke van Geloven Combining the concepts of Natural Play Scapes and Potager gardens with Permaculture


11.00 am – Worms – David Davidson will demonstrate and explain how the average householder can contribute to the fight against Global Warming via Vermicomposting.


11.30 am – James Brincat Ranger, Vic Parks Wetland areas and Dams


12.00 noon – Keeping Chooks – Neil Penny, Chairman of the Poultry Committee at the Royal Melb Show.- Chooks – all you need to know, best breeds , health, how to house and feed them.


12.30 pm – Daylesford & District Community Bank – Community Banking – keeping your money local


1.00 pm – David Coote – How communal wood energy systems can be used in a holistic, sustainable way to meet environmental, agroforestry and social need of the local community.


1.30 pm – Carbon Measuring – Dr Stefan Arndt A Professor University of Melbourne, Can Forests beat Climate Change? Results from the Wombat Forest


2.00 pm – Bees ! – John Cable Bee Keeper The Importance of Bees


2.30 pm – Worms – David Davidson – will demonstrate and explain how the average householder can contribute to the fight against Global Warming via Vermicomposting.


3.00 pm – Aussie Bush Food – Dale Tonkinson – Australian Bush food for the garden and paddock. Cullinery interest or potential cottage industry?


Hepburn Relocalisation Network HRN
Primary School Hall

Come visit the HRN stall they will have a couple of spinning wheels, a super carder, and wool for people to have a go at carding and spinning. We’d love you to stop and show us the knack if you are actually a spinner, as our expertise is limited. There’ll also be a display of wool items to inspire you.

Following on from this, on 23rd June we will hold a wool craft day at the town hall senior citz room.

Nearby at the Festival Stephen Oram (Unique FurnARTure) will display the two styles of harps he makes, plus Maureen will play her Andy Rigby designed and made harp.



Bespoke boot and shoemaker, Duncan McHarg
Primary School Hall

I make individually measured , hand made ( this means I also hand sew every stitch with a hand rolled thread ) boots and shoes, using vegetable tanned leather; one of my favourites being Kangaroo for its strength and quality.

I also run simple shoemaking workshops from time to time.


Rub a Dub
Primary School Hall

From The Earth To Your Skin, Rub a Dub brings you skincare products that are lovingly hand made from local and organic ingredients as well as home grown from our own farm. We believe that your skin absorbs and eats just like you would eat food, so if you can’t eat it then don’t place it on your skin. Our ingredients include Organic Olive Oil from Eastern Hill Farm Kooroocheang, home grown Calendula and chamomile from our farm at Springmount, Manuka Honey from pure Tasmania, beeswax, castor oil from the castor seed, mandarin and in the soaps we have a baby and gardening range all made from beeswax, olive oil, calendula and chamomile, castor oil which take months to cure, hence it’s purity. Heal, protect and moisturise safely with Rub a Dub. Our products are also great for the environment, by not placing nasty chemicals in your grey water systems so placing goodness back into our earth. Our packaging is re-usable for storing all sorts of bits and bobs. We look forward to meeting you and sharing at The Good Life Festival in Daylesford!  look for us on facebook “Rub a Dub”


‘Our Seniors Preserving for our future’
Primary School Hall
Stall Holder

Do you have a favourite Preserving Recipe?

Maybe you have one that your mother used or have a technique for preserving that you wish to share?

Our Seniors with the help of our community will collect old favourite family preserving recipes these will be displayed at the Primary School Hall and can be copied for a gold coin donation Recipes collected will be made into a book

There will also be a competition “people’s choice” voting on samples of products winner to receive a prize donated by ‘Paradise Books’

If you wish to enter your product or you have a recipe please drop it in to Senior Citizens rear of Town Hall on Wednesdays before 1pm or email them to

Chair making
Primary School

Glen Rundell. a woodworker that uses traditional hand tools to create beautiful, functional and quality chairs, Shaker inspired furniture, tools and wooden items. Come and talk to Glen about the unique attributes of a Windsor Chairs and what sets them apart from your usual arm or side chair. Ask Glen about his next workshop so you can make your own chair or maybe a chair for your wife.


Can Forests beat Climate Change? Results from the Wombat Forest
Associate Professor Stefan Arndt
Primary School Saturday
Presentation Time: 1.30pm

Associate Professor Stefan Arndt completed his PhD in plant ecophysiology at the University of Vienna in 2000 and is working at the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science of the University of Melbourne since 2002. He had extensive research experience in plant ecophysiology and biogeochemistry, with research relating to processes operating at leaf, whole plant and ecosystem scales. His work recently focused on the process-based investigation of carbon balance, nutrient cycling and fluxes of greenhouse gases in forest ecosystems and the adaptation of trees to environmental stresses. His contribution to this field has been to use physiological and ecological measures to increase our understanding of ecosystem function, with improved process understanding and model development as a goal.

His research team investigates the complete greenhouse gas exchanges in native ecosystems in Australia. Studies in temperate, Mediterranean and tropical-savanna forest ecosystems enabled the quantification of the relative importance of all naturally occurring greenhouse gases. This research was instrumental in the efforts of the Department for Climate Change of Australia to calibrate the National Carbon Accounting System for non-CO2 greenhouse gases in native ecosystems. His work is in close collaboration with federal greenhouse authorities (Department of Climate Change) and his group is the scientific advisor for state policy groups in greenhouse issues (Environmental Policy and Climate Change, DSE).

He is also coordinating the research program Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research, a research collaboration between the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. This research program investigates the potential impact of climate change and fire on forest ecosystems in Victoria and will evaluate how forest values like carbon, water, biodiversity, resilience and socio-economic values will be influenced by a changing climate and after fire disturbance.





around Daylesford, Hepburn and surrounds.Hosted by Daylesford Community Op ShopIf you want to hold a garage sale on this weekend, pop into the shop with $20 towards the DCOS, we will publish your address on our Trail Map that will available from the Daylesford Community Op Shop on Sat 2nd June. …


 “Productive Gardens Walk”
Meet at Community Garden 10.00am

with our Community Gardeners – a tour of some of Daylesford’s more sustainable gardens on foot.” Join the Daylesford Community Gardeners for a tour of three productive gardens around town, starting from the Albert St Community Garden (next to the Library) from 10.30 AM, Saturday 2nd June. All welcome!



Australian Bush food
Dale Tonkinson
Presentation Time: 3.00pm

Australian Bush food for the garden and paddock. Cullinery interest or potential cottage industry?



Community wood energy systems
David Coote
Primary School
Presentation Time: 1.00pm

David is currently doing a PhD with the University of Melbourne on renewable energy systems using wood and solar and has written extensively on renewable energy for the American Wind Energy Association and the ATA magazine ReNew.

David will speak on how community wood energy systems are used in Europe, how they could be used in Daylesford and how this fits in with holistic sustainability objectives such as community forests and agroforestry, fine timber for local craftspeople and housing, job development and keeping money within the community.



The Green Cocky.
‘Biological soil rehabilitation and maintenance’.

Soil health is paramount to the production of good quality produce from our land.

Understanding and supporting soil health is the key focus of The Green Cocky.

Soil is not just a medium to supply nutrients to plants, but a complex living environment which is ever changing in response to our actions upon it. The organisms living within the soil are vital to promote healthy plant growth and moisture retention within that soil.

Continued use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides can deplete and upset the balance of vital biology required in the soil for optimal, healthy, sustainable plant growth.

The Green Cocky promotes the healthy balance of soil biology to reduce dependence on artificial inputs to the soil and achieve optimal outcomes in a sustainable way from your land.

The Green Cocky soil support systems can be applied to any land, whether it be the back yard vegetable garden or large scale farming enterprises.

“In soil health lies the future of sustainable agriculture” Patrick Holden. Director of Soil Association. UK.


Dam Building, Wetland maintenance
James Brincat Ranger, Vic Parks
Primary School
Presentation Time 11.30am

I am currently the Ranger in Charge of Werribee River Park working for Parks Victoria this is one of Victoria’s newest parks and has a number of wetlands attached to the river. Prior to this I was the Ranger in Charge at Albert Park and it was during this time that I was able to cut my teeth on recreating a wetland at the edge of the lake and this inspired me to simultaneously create one out of one of my dams on my property in Clunes. Wetlands are easy in some places and difficult in others – whatever the case – if you follow some basic rules you will have success and nothing on earth beats having your own wetland filled with the sound of frogs and birds. It’s also one hell of a brag at Dinner party!

The presentation will cover the do’s and don’t bothers when creating a natural wetland on your property



Combining Natural Play Scapes, potager gardens and permaculture principles
by Yonke Van Geloven,
Primary School Hall
Presentation only at 10.00am

I am a mum who is passionate about early childhood learning and permaculture. Last year artist, Rebecca Russell and I created a natural playscape at Creswick Neighbourhood House. This year I have been working with the Clunes Kinder to create an edible playscape which combines permaculture with natural playscape ideas. I have also created a small edible garden at the Clunes library for the public to use and get ideas from.


The talk wil be about how to combine the concepts of natural playscapes, potager gardens and permaculture principles to create an edible playscape for young children that will stimulate their senses and put them in touch with growing food and seasonal changes and allow for creative play.



Fashion Upcycling Workshop
Hosted by Daylesford Girl Guides at Duke St
sponsored by “Cant Think Straight”

Join our Girl Guides and local volunteer Fashion Stylists in this special workshop to learn the best hints, tips and creative ideas for upcycling vintage and secondhand clothing. Learn expert tips on how to fix or customise old pieces, giving them a new lease of life for many years to come. Preloved clothing and embellishments will be supplied, or bring along your own favourite item in need of a new lease of life. These are fun, easy and environmentally-friendly skills for even the least crafty: you’ll never look at tired fashion items the same way again.

If you wish you can enter your piece in a competition to be judged

The winning garment will be placed up for purchase for the period of one month at “Cant think Straight” and proceed of sale will go to entrant.

Winner will be announced Sunday 3rd 12noon at Daylesford Town Hall

Cost: Free

Bookings essential

Phone Kiera 0434 332 779


The Importance of bees !
by John Cable our local beekeeper
Primary School Hall
Presentation Time: 2.00pm

For the presentation John will focus on the social structure within the beehive, the range of floral sources important for bees, the substances collected and/or produced by bees and the importance of the apiary industry in food production through the pollination of specific crops.

John commenced beekeeping in 1971 in response to a friend’s concern regarding the pollination rate in his apple orchard located outside Canberra. During the ensuing 30 years he combined beekeeping as a hobby with fulltime employment in various positions within the Public Service.

Since retiring in 2000 and purchasing 45 acres on the Loddon River north of Glenlyon I have expanded the beekeeping “hobby” to the operation of 100 hives at various locations along the Loddon River Valley from Glenlyon to Boort. These hives produce between 3 and 5 tonnes of honey each year depending on the season which we pack and sell through the Glenlyon Store, Cliffy’s, Ellenders winery and the City Of Boroondara farmers market in East Hawthorn.



“How the average householder can contribute to the fight against Global Warming via Vermicomposting.”
Davos Worm Farm
Primary School
Presentation times: 11am and 2.30pm


David Davidson is a local Worm Farmer and current President of ‘The Australian Wormgrowers Association Vermiculture Inc.’

Based on over 15 yrs practical experience in Worm Farming and talking to people at Farmers Markets, David is well placed to offer advice on all aspects of Worm Farming, including Home composting, Garden maintenance and small or large scale agricultural practices.

(It is suggested that perhaps a morning and afternoon half hour session be dedicated to a talk/discussion and question time )

Davo will also be setting up a display featuring a working Worm Café, alternative forms of Worm Farms, a Worm Tea Brewer, plus lives worms, worm castings and Vermicompost



So your “missus” wants a few chooks heh!….yeh Chooks!…
Presented by Mr Neil Penny, Chairman of the Poultry Committee at the Royal Melbourne Show , Secretary of the Victorian Poultry Stud Breeders Association and a commercial farmer,
Primary School
Presentation Time: 12.00 noon

Neil will tell you all you need to know, what breed is best for you, chook health, how to house and feed them, the social life of chooks, and how to avoid odours while creating great soil for the garden. Increase your skills and knowledge in being able to keep happy, healthy chooks in your backyard with multiple award winning chook breeder Neil Penny the man who lives and breathes chooks.

I am a commercial farmer, Chairman or the Poultry Committee at the Royal Melbourne Show and perhaps Secretary of the Victorian Poultry Stud Breeders Association .



Remarkable recipes. Affordable artworks.
Primary School
Stall Holder

After years of carnivore friends telling her she should open a cafe, artist Fiona Morgan took their compliments on her vegetarian cooking and her general frustration with bland vegetarian cooking, and is combining her artwork and recipes into a book. Each individual recipe is personally tested until she feels it is at optimal deliciousness. If it wouldn’t be moreish to a carnivore, it doesn’t go in the collection.

All the recipes and images are freely available online for people to use and share (with attribution). It’s all here, with more detail:

Fiona will be giving out meatless meals recipes for you to take home and try. These are recipes that everyone will enjoy not just die hard hippies. Find out how easy and tasty vegetarian meals can be. She will also be showcasing some of the artwork inspired by the recipes from the upcoming cookbook. All the foodie paintings are 30x30cm and affordably priced.


 Presentations and Demonstrations to be held at Daylesford Town Hall Sunday 3 June:-

10.20 Daylesford & District Community Bank – Community Banking – keeping your money local


10.40 Forty Foot, David Grigg – Are you thinking of going Solar? Find out all about solar grid connect, what it will do for you, what to look out for and buy your new system


11.20 Breaze, Simon – Wood Pellet heater – Find out how you could keep your home toasty warm with the new generation of highly efficient wood pellet heaters


12.00 Unicorn Architecture, Helen Bernard Incorporating natural resources and new technology to bring energy efficiency and comfort to our homes


12.30 SHARE- Find out what practical steps your could take to reduce the energy use in your home and how a impartial Home Energy Assessment from SHARE can help.


1.00 Ecomaster – ‘Winter Proof Your Home’. – Sick of being cold in your home in winter and frustrated with ever increasing energy bills. TAKE CONTROL! Learn how to permanently


1.40 Hepburn Wind – How the local community benefits from the Hepburn Wind’s joint electricity retail offering through the cost effective Community Saver product.


2.20 Gentle Earth Walking – Strawbale and Earth construction Living gently cherishing the spirit of mother earth


3.00 Livos – Are your floorboards to thin? Do you need a surface that is easy to rejuvenate rather than keep sanding? Let us show you a healthier more sustainable


“Dig for your Lunch”
Daylesford Secondary College, Smith Street

Our Secondary College is hosting a workshop by Alex Potsopoulis followed by a “Dig for your Lunch” theme. There would be free hot soup on offer for those that help us prepare for new planting in our community garden area and tours of the facilities. Our wood fired pizza oven would provide freshly cooked pizza for sale and several other activities would be based around this theme.




What is a Home Energy Assesment? and how can it save us money?
SHARE – Sustainable Hepburn Assoc
Presentation Time: 12.30pm

Find out what practical steps your could take to reduce the energy use in your home and how a impartial Home Energy Assessment from SHARE can help.


Are you thinking of going Solar?
Forty Foot, David Grigg
Presentation Time: 10.40am

Find out all about solar grid connect, what it will do for you, what to look out for and buy your new system.



Passive solar designed home
Unicorn Architecture -Helen Bernard
Presentation Time: 12.00noon

Incorporating natural resources and new technology to bring energy efficiency and comfort to our homes



Earthship building techniques – Workshop
When: Sunday 3 June 2012, 09:30 h. (for a 10:00 h. start) until 16:00 h.
Where: Daylesford Transfer Station “The Tip”, North Ajax Road
Cost: Participation is FREE, bring your own lunch / snacks

On Sunday 3 June, the second day of Daylesford’s Good Life Festival, a group of enthusiasts will further their skills in Earthship building. The intent of the workshop is to do a short touch-up of the existing Earthship structure and then work on building a wall made of glass bottles. We will explore new techniques of cleanly cutting the necks of glass bottles and we will experiment with giving colour to clear glass bottles. It will be a fun day with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to share your Earthship knowledge and experiences.

Interested? Register now at or call Tanya at the SHARE office 03-5309 2664.

Community Banking – keeping your money localDaylesford & District Community Bank
Presentation Time: 10.20am



Central Highlands Water
Daylesford Town Hall


is a community based organisation which provides water and wastewater services to the communities of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. Come visit CHW Stall for more information


Daylesford Town Hall


Why should you change your globes to LED! well….

DID YOU KNOW? LED lighting offers excellent light quality for both indoor and outdoor uses. It takes 50 incandescent light bulbs or 8 CFL’s to equal the lifespan of 1 LED bulb.LED light emits 90% less heat than a conventional bulb therefore producing more light than heat and gaining maximum energy efficiency An LED light is the bi-product of electricity jumping between two different alloys. This produces a small amount of light and depending upon the alloys, the color is dictated LED light is truly a solid state light as there are no gases, no filaments, and no moving parts to fatigue. Fluorescent lights are filled with a gas containing low-pressure mercury vapor and argon, or sometimes even kryptonVisit “Victoria LED4Life”at the Town Hall, Supplying Daylesford and area. Direct exchange LED globes and tubes. Retrofit and save up to 90% of your lighting costs


Gentle Earth Walking
Presentation time: 2.20

Strawbale and Earth construction Living gently cherishing the spirit of mother earth



Victoria Park, Ballan Road

Come visit us on our Open Day Sunday 3rd June as a part of “ the Good Life Festival”at our Shed located at Victoria Park Daylesford

Come and see for yourself our new building full and some of our past, current and future projects.

The Daylesford Mens Shed has been established to meet the needs of men in Daylesford and surrounding districts. Located in Victoria Park, the Mens Shed provides a familiar environment to promote: Men’s Health, Companionship/Friendship, Mentoring Opportunities, Skills Development, Community Benefits. The Shed provides a forum for men of the Daylesford region to exchange ideas, experiences, network and find support.


Hepburn Wind
Presentation time:1.40pm

How the local community benefits from the Hepburn Wind’s joint electricity retail offering through the cost effective Community Saver product.


‘Winter Proof Your Home’
by ecoMaster
Town Hall
Presentation Time:1.00pm

Sick of being cold in your home in winter and frustrated with ever increasing energy bills. TAKE CONTROL! Learn how to permanently reduce your energy costs AND make your home much warmer… get all the hints and tips on how to future proof your home.

ecoMaster, synonymous with effective energy efficiency retrofits (custom install or DIY) for homes and businesses. Do you want to permanently reduce your energy bills whilst making huge strides in thermal comfort? Then you need to stop by ecoMaster’s stand. ecoMaster are Australia’s only National Award Winning green retrofit business (and they’re locals!).



Eco Sustainable Homes and Rammed Earth Enterprises
Town Hall


Eco Sustainable Homes are builders and designers of sustainable solar passive homes and specialist builders of Rammed Earth Walls. Services range from earth wall construction to building Sustainable homes using your plans or custom designed for you.



“Open House & Garden”
at Eleebana Nura Estate
Sunday 3 June 2-4pm
32 Muir Rd. Sailors Falls


See how it is all done.. from the “no dig” garden and chook pen to the Solar panels on the roof..Come see for yourself, talk with the host John.



Presentation Time: 3.00pm

Safe and natural finishes for timber, concrete and walls. All paint based with full ingredient disclosure. A healthier and often more economical alternative to synthetic coatings



Town Hall
Stall Holder
Presentation Time : 11.20am

Ballarat Renewable Energy And Zero Emissions – Based in Ballarat, Victoria.

BREAZE is a locally formed group of energetic, forward thinking people who believe that there are more sustainable ways of living on our patch of the planet.Breaze together with the Smart Living Centre is the one stop shop for information and direction when retrofitting your home from solar panels and solar hotwater to permaculture all will be on display. Simon will give you a thorough overview of Wood Pellet Heaters – What are they? you asked, all will be revealed in his presentation scheduled at 11.20am Simon is a very enthusiastic and passionate guy so make sure you get front row seat


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