Past Months


Save the date: 2015 Black Gully Festival


[ Sunday, 25 Oct; 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. ] The Black Gully Festival will be held on Sunday October 25th, at Black Gully, access from NERAM grounds, Kentucky Street. More music, more stalls, more commitment to keeping global warming under 2 degrees. Put this in your diary now.

If everyone lived in an “ecovillage”, the Earth would still be in trouble

If everyone lived in the same way as Australians or North Americans we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us. This “ecological footprint” analysis shows that even the most “green” western European nations, with their more progressive approaches to renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transport, would require more than three planets if everyone on [...]

Intentional community start up looking for investors

Hi everyone, The main idea with the community is that freewill and ethics will be the principal focus. So people will have the freewill to do what they desire on their own plot that they own (within ethical respect of their neighbours). Also, that on community land we want to have a standard of treatment of [...]

Sustainable House Tour – booklets now on sale

Illawarra Flame - close up

[ Saturday, 8 Nov 10:00 am to Sunday, 9 Nov 5:00 pm. ] Booklets are now on sale that will give you access to the eleven local houses that will be open on the weekend of 8th and 9th November. Five households in Armidale and six in Invergowrie have agreed to open up their houses and let people see a range of features that make their homes sustainable, and [...]

SLA – Autumn Festival Parade – Working bees


[ Saturday, 8 Mar; 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Wednesday, 12 Mar; 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. ] Will you walk with SLA in the big parade on Saturday 15th March at 12.00noon? Let us know, email That’s step one. Will you dress in bright colours and wear a fabulous hat of your own making, or made at a working bee, that is big and bold? and can carry a symbolic message. Will you help [...]

Ecopella at Armidale Club


[ Wednesday, 25 Sep; 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. ] Ecopella – causing harmony to the environment at rallies, protests, festivals and concerts since 1998. Ecopella is an environmental choir that sings about the beauty of our world and the struggle to protect it from exploitation and destruction. Founded in 1998 by musical director Miguel Heatwole, the choir serves the environment movement by providing activists and [...]

Armidale Simply Sharing Meal

[ Sunday, 18 Aug; 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. ] Armidale Uniting Church will host its annual Simply Sharing meal at noon on Sunday 18 August. Bring along the price of the meal you would have had, and eat a simple meal instead. Professor Helen Ware, from UNE who lectures in Peace Studies, will give a talk after the meal. Donations will go to Uniting Care projects. Everyone [...]

15 Minutes for 15 Years in Armidale Dumaresq

[ Wednesday, 10 Apr; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Armidale Dumaresq Council is urging us to help shape the strategic direction of our Local Government Area by participating in an online survey, called ‘Armidale Dumaresq Community Strategic Plan Review’. It can be accessed from ADC’s website. Members of Sustainable Living Armidale are encouraged to get involved in this process to direct the future of our [...]

SLA Autumn Festival Float #33

[ Saturday, 16 Mar; 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. ] Everyone is invited to walk with the SLA float in the Autumn Festival Parade. It is Float number 33, assembly point ‘C’. We are just behind the floats for the Waldorf School and Southern New England Landcare. Colourful whirligig signs have already been painted for each action group, so we need people to carry them. Please send [...]

Community Garden meeting

community garden

[ Sunday, 10 Mar; 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Hi to all of you who are interested in our garden, just a reminder that our next meeting will be held at 2pm next Sunday, at the garden – an opportunity to discuss what’s been happening, and what we want to plan for. Also an opportunity to sticky-beak around the abundance of things growing now, and to [...]

Home Grown Garden Tour


[ Saturday, 2 Mar; Sunday, 3 Mar; ]   ALF’s 5th Home Grown Garden Tour is on again on the 2-3 March! Come along and be inspired by all the wonderful gardens in this year’s tour. 9 of the 10 gardens are new this year so even if you’ve been before, you’ll find something to inspire! Buy a booklet for entry to the gardens from [...]

Sustainable Building Blitzes in Armidale


Are you interested in learning about the building process? How to renovate/build sustainably with a small budget (and keep council happy!)? Developing new (old) skills? Sharing an afternoon with like-minded people? Getting your hands dirty? Contributing to your community? Having fun? Or perhaps you have some building-related skills or ideas you would like to share … Then [...]

Next Shared Meal Fri 10 Aug


[ Friday, 10 Aug; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] All members of the SLA Community, their family and friends are warmly invited to join the monthly shared meal hosted by Community/Heart & Soul on the 2nd Friday of the month. Our next meal will be at Cathie’s this Friday (10th) from 6-ish. Children welcome. For privacy reasons, we don’t post addresses on the website. Please [...]

Next Shared Meal Friday 13th

[ Friday, 13 Jul; 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] For all members of the SLA Community and friends, our regular shared meal falls on Friday 13th this month. Bring or wear something in line with this theme if you wish to share a meal, good company and ideas for sustainable living. We are holding the meals in family homes during winter. This week it’s at [...]

Changed Venue for Shared Meal 8 Jun

[ Friday, 8 Jun; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Hosting SLA Community’s monthly shared meal at a family home was so successful in May that we’ve decided to continue the meals at members’ homes, rather than Kent House. This month’s meal will be hosted by Joy Bowles who lives near Armidale High. (Joy is the woman building the labyrinth at NERAM.) If you need directions, [...]

Shared Meal 11 May: Family-friendly venue & start time

[ Friday, 11 May; 5:00 pm to 9:01 pm. ] This month’s shared meal will be a family-friendly one at Cathie’s home, which is only 2 blocks away from Kent House – nice and central, with plenty of space for kids and adults alike to relax. We suggest you bring finger or fork food and drinks to share, rather than food you need to sit at a table to [...]

Earth Hour 2012

[ Saturday, 31 Mar; 8:30 pm; ] Earth Hour is on Saturday 31st March at 8.30pm. You can check what’s happening around the world on the official website or check out Facebook and Twitter. The idea is that you turn off all your electricity, just for that hour, as a token of your support for change to protect our planet. It started in Sydney, [...]

Sustainable Housing books in Library

The town library has kindly purchased the following books on sustainable intentional communities at the request of SLA Community’s sub-group, Village: Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities Ecovillage at Ithaca “I was very excited to read the description of the City of Ithaca in America, as it sounds so similar to Armidale”, reports Cathie Lamont, the convenor of Village. [...]

SLA Community Meal 10 Feb

[ Friday, 13 Jan; 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The next shared meal will be on Fri 10 February at Kent House. Anyone interested in sustainability is welcome to attend these meals that are held on the 2nd Friday of every month. The kitchen opens at 6.30, and we usually eat at about 7. It’s very informal – a good chance to [...]

After the “Great Neighborhood” Film

There was quite a crowd at the “Designing a Great Neighborhood” film shown at this month’s Progressive Cinema. 37 people attended the evening (and not all of them familiar faces!), with about 15 remaining for the discussion afterwards. Cathie Lamont introduced the film and gave a brief overview of the story of SLA Village [...]

SLA Community Meal


[ Friday, 11 Nov; 6:30 pm; Friday, 9 Dec; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] The next shared “Community” meal will be on 9 December at Kent House. The kitchen opens at 6.30, and we usually sit down to eat at about 7. Bring some food or drink to share, children, friends and of course wonderful company … . Hope to see you there.