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Ploughing a new future thanks to GCBF

posted 26 Feb 2010, 01:44 by Chris Gibbings   [ updated 28 Feb 2010, 20:46 by Kestrel Maher ]

We have just received a huge boost in our efforts to enthuse local growers about sustainable agriculture.

Our dream of teaching and promoting eco-agriculture is becoming a reality, thanks to a $33,000 grant from the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund. 

The grant has enabled us to purchase a new tractor and accessories.

The Sustainable Living Association Inc was formed to support holistic sustainability as a model of living for the future.

We are partnering with other environmental and community organisations to model and teach sustainable agriculture at the Bellbunya Sustainable Community and Eco-Conference Centre in Belli Park.

This tractor will be an invaluable aid to us and will save our volunteers thousands of man hours.

As a fertile area with high rainfall, agriculture is a major activity of the hinterland for a variety of small-scale and lifestyle farmers. 

Sustainable Living Association Inc aims to build the knowledge, desire and skill base of local growers to grow healthy food in sustainable ways.  We support and run sustainability workshops from Bellbunya, and are currently working with the community to develop sustainable land use plans for the Centre.

Association for Sustainable Communities Inc spokesperson Chris Gibbings was thrilled with the tractor.  “This tractor will be a huge support for us at Bellbunya to regenerate and care for the land, fence animals away from Belli Creek, increase biodiversity, and model permaculture food forests,” he said.

 “We are always open to new partnerships and projects that build more sustainable futures.”

“We welcome groups to use Bellbunya as a base for workshops and conferences and actively promote holistically sustaining, relocalised communities.”

 To use the centre or find out more about the sustainable agriculture project visit

We acknowledge with appreciation the invaluable support of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for providing $33,000 to purchase a tractor and accessories.