Transition Hobsons Bay and Hobsons Bay City Council presents

Homegrown Social & Eco-entrepreneurs

Spend the morning with some of Hobsons Bay’s inspiring environmental entrepreneurs as they share their experiences and also hear from a local social enterprise. A Q&A session will follow the presentations and include all presenters. After lunch we'll workshop the potential for more locals to progress their social or environmental enterprise ideas.

This event is designed to bring entrepreneurs, investors, and other change makers into the same room to learn from each other, form new relationships and to begin working together on new enterprises for our community. What kind of enterprises? Social, sustainable, regenerative, resilient – new businesses that create meaningful livelihoods and contribute to the community in positive ways.

Our speakers include:

  • Christian Groves will talk about the challenges he has faced with his backyard project, the ValveCosy - a device that helps hot water systems stay warm and save energy. Christian will share what he has learned with his eco enterprise, from the design stage through to manufacturing in Australia.
  • Gavin Mountjoy will present an overview of Westgate Community Wind, which proposed the installation of Melbourne’s first community-owned wind turbine installed on the north side of the Westgate Bridge, using the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise™ model.
  • Faith Symons and Emma McGregor from Reuse It Baby Market will share Emma’s personal motivation for starting up the market in 2009, how Faith has developed the concept since she took over the reins in 2011 and what they have learned about running this kind of enterprise.
  • Tom Bevan from UCAN Cafes, operating at Williamstown and Altona North libraries, will give us an overview of Yooralla's experience in setting up and running a social enterprise that provides award wage employment and training for young people with disability.

Transition Hobsons Bay and Hobsons Bay City Council are partnering to host this event.

Entry is a gold coin donation or bring a plate to share. Lunch will be provided. More information email

Sunday, 9 February 2014
10AM - 3PM
Williamstown Town Hall

104 Ferguson St
Williamstown, VIC 3016
donation or plate to share
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