A workshop group discussion at one of the Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow events
Renew Fest has teamed up with Resilient Byron to present The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow – a series of events designed to inspire, inform and mobilise a resilience and regeneration movement for local community organisations, regenerative businesses and local residents.
Together, they are supporting the growth of the resilience and regeneration movement in the Byron Shire and broader Northern Rivers, by helping communities identify what they need individually and collectively to prepare for disasters and upgrade our environmental, economic and social systems to ensure a thriving future.
Thanks to a NRCF Recovery and Resilience Grant, the team have been running these free, town hall events across Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads and Bangalow this year. There are still limited tickets available for two further Roadshows to be held in Ballina on the 27th March and Federal on the 17th April. Tickets are free, but registration is essential via www.renewfest.org.au/roadshow.
At each event, a local ‘big thinker’ has shared aspects of their life story as well as one concrete idea that they believe will help create resilience and regeneration. Through a guided workshop process, participants then have the opportunity to share their own ideas before working together to figure out what we, as communities, organisations and changemakers, need to make the Byron region a blueprint for local and regional positive change. All the ideas generated will be showcased and further workshopped at Renew Fest in May 2021.
Many concrete ideas have been suggested: ways for sharing backyards in rural and urban plots for cooperative gardens and food production; doing an energy audit in your neighbourhood to work out who has what alternative power supplies for emergencies (eg solar, battery storage); and creating neighbourhood communication networks through phone trees.
“It has been so heartening to experience how incredibly engaged everyone at the Roadshow events has been. We welcome and celebrate their eagerness and willingness to do ongoing work on the actions needed for a more resilient and regenerative community,” said Renew Fest Director Ella Rose Goninan.
If you couldn’t make it to one of these events, you can read and listen to a range of media stories and podcasts featuring special guests of the Roadshow:
The Echo feature series answering the question: what will make local communities more resilient?
- Catherine Ingram: What if the trucks stop coming
- Many Nolan: Resilience and Diversity needed, not perpetual growth
- Richard Jones: The time of a New Renaissance
- Zara Noruzi: Lessons on resilience, regeneration from Iran
- James Perrin: Resilience through biodiversity and awareness
Podcasts with The Overview Effect (interviewed live at the Roadshow by James Perrin)
- with Zara Noruzi (ex-political prisoner from Iran, activist, surfer)
- with Jean Renouf (firefighter, ex international community aid worker, chair of Resilient Byron)