Welcome All to GreenDrinks Southern NSW.
We're not trying to Cover all of Southeast NSW, (roughly the triangle from the Southern Highlands and the Illawarra to Eden across to Wagga, the Capital Region, Southern Tablelands and back to SW Sydney) but to be a point of contact and incubator for individuals wishing to start their own groups, but needing some encouragement and networking.
There are a lot of environmental types in all colours, creeds, shapes and sizes, uniformed and paid, NGOs, volunteers, or just madly enthusiastic, but also an increasing number of eco-entrepreneurs with the aim of doing good by doing business.
But even with occassional clusters of employment, opportunities, and groups in some places, environmental types often only know others in their own profession, trade, occupation, employment, friends or community groups, or for some loners, no one close at all.
So having talked with some friends including Enviro Engineer Jason Shepherd, Enviro Lawyer to be, Ed Mylonas, TAFE Teacher & Horticulturalist Andrew Cook and the late Renewable Energy constructor Rob MacGregor, and a stack of others over the years, I've kicked this off.
Living and working over a fair bit of Southern NSW, I know that we are all pretty scattered. So like rare fish in a deep ocean, we do not ofter bumb into people outside our immediate circiles. But the possibilities for research, education, communication, activism, employment, entrepreneurs, inventors, swarming of businesses and action groups, new careers, new business and new businesses, making new friends, even dating, mating and marriage, are endless and the outcomes potentially world-changing !
Once GD Southern NSW gets a key person or a couple of people in any of the larger towns or bioregions, prepared to set up and run their own Green Drinks, we would hope that the spin offs start happening in Alburn, Wagga, Junee, Bega, Eden, Nowra, Moruya, Batemans Bay, Nowra, Cooma, the Southern Highlands and Goulburn, and maybe even in Young, Cootamundra and Junee too (sorry if I've left out anyone).
But as a Green Drinks has not emerged in these areas, this is a digital version aimed at getting the face to face happening sooner rather than later, in as many places across the region.
There is another logic in the regional approach, as I know many of us travel across and out of our own catchments, council areas, districts, biomes and bioregions for work, activism, bird watching, fishing, installing renewable energy, environmental regulation, education, sales, contracting and consultancy work to name a few of the hundreds of reasons....
I've been incredibly busy, but just having this digital bookmark has worked, as I was contacted in early September with a willing organiser in Wollongong, so being a bit of a hypernetworker, I'll link her up with others that would be interested, until that nascent group gets up and running.
So please spread the word and the web address. We intend to also operate via Facebook and Twitter when time permits/
Contact: Danielle Marsden-Ballard at sacredearthworks [at] gmail.com or 0424 419869