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Next Building Workshop

Rebuilding with Steel Forum

Wednesday 28th October 7.00 – 9.00pm

Arthur’s Creek Mechanics Institute Hall.

906 Arthurs Creek Road, Arthurs Creek

Rebuilding with steel products can be of benefit in our area as steel is strong, termite proof, and non combustible.

The ninth co-operative venture between the Strathewen and St Andrews Rebuilding groups will be a forum for people who are thinking about rebuilding with light steel products including cladding, frames, and tanks and who are looking for information and advice regarding light steel products.

Presentations will include:

· Bluescope Steel. Bluescope will present on their products and their suitability for use in rebuilding in rural and fire prone areas. They will present on items including roofing, tanks, and cladding, and rainwater collection.

· Steel Frame Solutions. Mr. John Shayler will present on steel framed dwellings. He will cover what steel framed homes are and how they are made, and how they are suited for bushfire prone areas.

The forum will consist of a short presentation from each presenter with question time after, and then the opportunity to speak in small round table groups with presenters.

A range of questions will be answered with particular attention paid to:

· Products for use in rural areas and bushfire prone areas

If there’s something you want to know which isn’t on the list simply include these questions with your RSVP and we will endeavour to provide the information you need. Let your neighbors know and please let us know how many are coming so we can cater.

Supper is provided afterwards which provides a chance to speak with other residents going through the same process.

Please RSVP (so we can arrange catering) to

Callum Donoghue cmdonoghue@activ8.net.au 0414 932 051

or Karl Apted apted@activ8.net.au 0418 350 345

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Next Building Workshop – Planning and Building Approvals

Planning & Building Approvals Forum

Wednesday 16th September 7.00 – 9.00pm

Arthurs Creek Mechanic’s Institute Hall.

906 Arthurs Creek Road, Arthurs Creek

Rebuilding is not simply a matter of selecting a location and then building, various forms of approval need to be obtained. The most important approvals required are planning approval and building approval.

There are new requirements regarding the planning approval process for fire affected residents. There are also new requirements for construction in bushfire prone areas.

The sixth co-operative venture between the Strathewen and St Andrews Rebuilding groups will be a forum for people who are thinking about rebuilding and who are looking for information and advice regarding planning and building approvals processes.

Presentations will include:

· Nillumbik Shire Council Planning Department: Planning Department will be giving a presentation on what the new planning approval process is and how it works.

· Nillumbik Shire Council Building Department: Building Department will be giving a presentation on what the BAL assessments are and how they affect your building.

· Building Commission: Mr. John Shaw (Manager of Technical Research Services) will give a presentation on what the Bushfire Attack Level is and how it affects construction materials. John will also discuss fire bunkers.

The forum will consist of a short presentation from each presenter with question time after, and then the opportunity to speak in small round table groups with presenters.

A range of questions will be answered with particular attention paid to:

· Bushfire Attack Levels. What they are and how they affect design

If there’s something you want to know which isn’t on the list, simply include these questions with your RSVP and we will endeavour to provide the information you need.

Let your neighbors know, and please let us know how many are coming so we can cater.

Supper is provided afterwards which provides a chance to speak with other residents going through the same process.

Please RSVP (so we can arrange catering) to

Callum Donoghue cmdonoghue@activ8.net.au 0414 932 051

or

Karl Apted apted@activ8.net.au 0418350345

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Energy Efficiency Workshop

Energy Efficiency Workshop Postponed to

Sunday 13th September 2.00 – 4.00pm

St. Andrews Community Hall.

Proctor St (and Burns St) St. Andrews

Most of the houses destroyed in the fires were older than 10 years and were not constructed to the 5 Star Energy Efficiency requirements as required by the building act. All new homes will need to be energy efficient.

What can you do with building design and choice of materials to make your new residence energy efficient?

The fifth co-operative venture between the Strathewen and St Andrews Rebuilding groups will be a forum for people who are thinking about rebuilding and who are looking for information and advice regarding constructing buildings for energy efficiency.

Presentations will include:

· Sustainability Victoria. Paul Patronni of Sustainability Victoria will provide a presentation on how to make your house energy efficient.

· Energy Rating. An energy rater (who rates houses to comply with 5 star requirements using computer programs such as First Rate) will also provide comment on how to design houses for higher ratings (5 stars plus).

The forum will consist of a short presentation from each presenter with question time after, and then the opportunity to speak in small round table groups with presenters.

A range of questions will be answered with particular attention paid to:

· Construction of residences for energy efficiency and meeting 5 Star Energy requirements.

If there’s something you want to know which isn’t on the list simply include these questions with your RSVP and we will endeavour to provide the information you need. Let your neighbours know and please let us know how many are coming so we can cater.

Afternoon tea is provided afterwards which provides a chance to speak with other residents going through the same process.

Please RSVP (so we can arrange catering) to

Callum Donoghue cmdonoghue@activ8.net.au 0414 932 051

or

Karl Apted apted@activ8.net.au 0418350345

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Building Materials Forum

Building Materials Forum

Sunday 23rd August 2.00 – 4.00pm

Arthur’s Creek Mechanic’s Institute Hall

The extent of damage caused by the fires in February was enormous, and new building regulations were quickly adopted relating to the use of bushfire resistant materials in fire prone areas.

The regulations primarily relate to assessing residential dwellings for a Bushfire Attack Level and then constructing them of materials to suit.

The fourth co-operative venture between the Strathewen and St Andrews Rebuilding groups will be a forum for people who are thinking about rebuilding and who are looking for information and advice regarding construction materials and their suitability in bushfire prone areas.

Suppliers of various types of materials will present information on their products. Presentations will include:

· Nillumbik Mud Brick Association. The association will present information on earth brick wall construction.

· AMCER Earth Wall Technologies. Rob Freeland, a local supplier of pressed earth bricks will present on Earth Walls and his submission to the Bushfires Royal Commission.

· Boral Bricks. Boral will present information on their clay fired brick products.

· Boral Concrete Products. Boral will present information on their concrete block and paving products.

· Paul Ryan from Timbercrete will present information on their range of products. – http://www.timbercrete.com.au/index.htm

The forum will consist of a short presentation from each presenter with question time after, and then the opportunity to speak in small round table groups with presenters.

A range of questions will be answered with particular attention paid to:

· Suitability of construction products for use in Bushfire Prone Areas

If there’s something you want to know which isn’t on the list simply include these questions with your RSVP and we will endeavour to provide the information you need. Let your neighbors know and please let us know how many are coming so we can cater.

Afternoon tea is provided afterwards which provides a chance to speak with other residents going through the same process.

RSVP to Callum Donoghue cmdonoghue@activ8.net.au 0414 932 051 or Karl Apted 0418350345 apted@activ8.net.au

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Update on St Andrews and Strathewen Building groups.

The PLANNING Workshop scheduled for Wednesday 19 August 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Andrews Hall, has been postponed.

Alternative details and arrangements are to be confirmed in coming weeks.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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