Recent events

FREE event for National Science Week
Saturday 11 August, 3–5pm
James Theatre Dungog

C.O.R.E! Community Owned Renewable Energy
Expert panel discussion with Q&A

Many communities around Australia are realising the opportunities of localised power generation and distribution to benefit their communities. CORE is a way for communities to come together to initiate, develop, operate, own and benefit from their own renewable energy projects.

A panel of experts has been invited to present to the community at the event: Jarra Hicks of Community Power Agency, David Marston of Energise Gloucester and Sandi Middleton of Enova Community Energy will explain what it is, why now and could it be part of Dungog’s energy future. MC for the event will be Christopher Saunders, General Manager of Renew Newcastle.

Community Power Agency define Community Owned Renewable Energy as being developed in response to the fundamental challenges of climate change, regional economic development, energy access and affordability. CORE presents an opportunity for communities across Australia, particularly in regional areas, to create a steady income stream to fund community development projects over the next 25+ years.

The panel will use examples of existing projects to discuss the concept, the environmental, social, economic, technological and political benefits that can result. We will explore the hurdles that may need to be overcome and share information on where additional help can be sourced should communities in the Dungog region wish to undertake such a project.

Some of the community benefits that have been attributed to CORE projects include • Local ownership and decision making • Community building and empowerment • Renewable energy education and training • Renewable energy industry development • Energy self sufficiency • Regional development and income diversification • Community assets • Local jobs • Shareholder income • Community income • GHG emissions reduction • Increase in environmental values and behaviour

Presented by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and Sustaining the Williams Valley inc. This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.


FREE event for National Science Week
Saturday 11 August, 7 pm
James Theatre Dungog

The BEST of SCINEMA: International Science Film Festival 2018 (M)

The film program is recommended for film and science lovers – featuring 9 International Award Winning films presented by the Science Channel and BBC Earth. Special guests at Scinema in Dungog: Meet Frank Oly and Tegan Nock who produced the Grassroots documentary, & Agronomist Guy Webb

Virtual humans (Spain) 6:00 mins This film is a technically stunning example of the power and versatility of supercomputers, helping us to see our body in ways we never have before.

The Secret To Making Better Decisions – Catalyst (Australia) 1:30 mins (excerpt only) To make the most abstract of mathematical concepts and logical reasoning both accessible and informative while still remaining humorous and relatable is an extraordinary effort.

Grassroots (Australia) 19:10 mins This story of farmers turned accidental activists is one you want to share with everyone
you know.

Astroturf (UK) 1:00 min This clever film takes the old adage ‘in space no one can hear you scream’ and turns it on its head.

Timelapse (Spain) 11:00 mins The Director has crafted a compelling, yet harrowing world in this imaginative portrayal of the future of work, a discussion we need to have now as a society… before the future arrives.

KCLOC (USA) 2:30 mins With exquisite animation this film manages to take something common to all of us that we don’t stop to think about into something fun, witty and nuanced.

iRONY (Australia) 8:00 mins An incredibly confronting and powerful discussion of technology, showing how emotive a science documentary can be. This film contains adult themes.

Planet Earth II – Grasslands (UK) 1:30 mins (excerpt only) Visually stunning, with writing to aspire to, BBC Earth and the stories they tell are truly one of the jewels of documentary making in the world. This wonderful effort is no exception.

The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World (Australia) 52:00 mins This film takes us on a wonderfully creative journey from the beginning of time to the present, revealing the hidden world of fungi with beautiful cinematography.

Presented by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and Australia’s Science Channel. This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.


FREE event for National Science Week
and Dungog Boomerang Bags 2nd Birthday
Sunday 12 August, 3 pm
James Theatre Dungog

BLUE the Film

“BLUE is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful. See this film and you will want to rise up with the waves.”
Greenpeace Australia

Our ocean has been the guardian of life on earth but half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. The tide has come for change. Now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.

There will be a Q&A panel with scientists/conservationists following the screening with drinks and nibblies provided. We invite all in the community to this free event as we celebrate working together for Reduce ReUse Recycle.

Presented by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and Dungog Boomerang Bags. This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.


FREE event for National Science Week
Friday 10 August, 6 pm
Hotel Beatty, East Gresford

Koalas in the Pub
Find out about our local Koalas – A talk with Q+A

Local ecologist John Simpson and Martin Fallding from the National Parks Association will be at the Hotel Beatty to talk about koalas, their upcoming koala survey and to answer your koala questions. Then stay on for the Gresford Community Dinner and meet some other locals! This will be an entertaining night at the Beatty. If staying for dinner give Bernie a ring on 49389451 to make catering easier.

FREE event for National Science Week
SAT 18 & SUN 19 Aug
Upper Allyn River area

Koala Count – Surveyors needed for Community Koala survey
You don’t need to be an expert learn from professional ecologists.

The survey is being conducted by the National Parks Association of NSW. The weekend provides an opportunity to visit and learn about this beautiful area, generate important scientific data and have fun in the bush. Come for one day or the whole weekend. Free camping at the Allyn River.

To register for the survey: John Simpson 0400 364 080 or Martin Fallding 6571 1208 before Mon 13 August.

Get the participant info and map.

Presented by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and National Parks Association of NSW, Hunter Region. This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.