Linux Conference Ballarat 2012

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Linux Conference Ballarat 2012

The linux conference (open source software) is held yearly at various locations around Australia. This year the conference was held in Ballarat. Being green focused, Sae-Ra from the group contacted Fifteen Trees to discuss options about how to run the conference with a small footprint. As a result, delegates, when registering for the conference, had a ‘tick’ the box option to buy a tree for planting in the local area. One hundred and twenty two people decided to take up this option and as a result, 122 trees were planted in the Ballarat district across 3 locations. The Vanderbeeks and Zoutendijk families each planted out 60 native trees and the remaining 2 (fruit) trees were planted at Creswick North Primary School.

Below are some of the comments and photos taken by the 3 groups.

“Living on the Goldfields of Central Victoria requires an ongoing commitment to re-planting and restoring the native flora post the big land clearing efforts of gold seekers more than 100 years ago. Thanks to Fifteen Trees, our native re-establishment plan has been given a boost with 60 native trees.. This will help build the native flora for more birds and other native animals. It is already a popular site for animals and, thanks to a nice rainy autumn season, all 60 plants are thriving. We would like to thank the nursery and Fifteen Trees for supporting our initiative and for the very high quality seedlings”. C. Vanderbeek

Photo by Jill Karena.

“We are eternally grateful to those who make these trees available for us – apart from about six old gums and two younger ones there were no other trees on our property. We now have close to a thousand trees at various stages of growth from seven years to six months .Thank you ever so much”.  G & G Zoutendijk

Youngest grandchild gets involved in tree planting.

Thank you to the organisers of the linux-conf – and of course thank you to the delegates who chipped in $5.00 each to have a tree planted on their behalf.

Slainte – Colleen

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  1. Gloria and Gerard Zoutendijk April 26, 2012 at 1:33 am

    A very big thank you to the organizers of the Linux Conference and people who attended and provided funds making it possible to obtain our sixty trees. They are all doing well despite some very hot dry periods.
    It is great to see our nine grandchildren all taking such an interest in the trees.

    Gloria and |Gerard

  2. Kathy Reid April 26, 2012 at 4:52 am

    As a colleague of Sae Ra’s on the Core Team, I’d like to strongly re-iterate how valuable we found the services offered by 15 Trees in our quest to make as sustainable as possible. For a nominal fee which was an incredibly small percentage of overall registration costs, conference delegates were able to opt-in to carbon offsetting their attendance. I’d strongly recommend this service to other conference and event organisers who wish to implement environmentally aware and sustainable measures into their business practices.

    Thanks again and kind regards,
    Kathy Reid

  3. Sae Ra Germaine May 2, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I approached Colleen about a year ago as an idea that we had for our conference that was held in Ballarat. I wasn’t sure if it was possible and I wasn’t sure if it was easily done.

    Thank you so much for making this possible for our conference, it was very well received. I’m hoping that a lot of conferences take up this option in the future, it’s all so easy and painless to do, I don’t see why it’s not just a standard option at all conferences. I’m sure we will get there at some stage.

    Warm Regards

    Sae Ra Germaine

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