Opals & sustainability in Dungog

All welcome to explore Opals on Friday 17 May from 6pm at the CWA Hall in Dungog.  Then later in the month, meet local entrepreneurs to learn how being sustainable is good for business.

The first Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub event in May will be a chance to find out how Australia’s National Gem is formed and what makes a good one with Psychologist turned opal miner and cutter Toby Solomon.

Toby will talk about her transition from the office to Grawin Opal Field where she and her partner owned several opal mines. Wielding a jack hammer, pick and shovel, and eventually learning how to cut and polish the elusive gemstone over 12 years, the two of them carved out a “beyond the Black Stump” life.

With slides and stories, she will briefly talk about the history, and then guide you through the different kinds of opals in the various fields of Australia, with a focus on the fields she mined in and knew best. Finally Toby will have several stones for you to view and talk about what makes an opal valuable. She will also answer questions you might have.

Sustainable Spotlight on Dungog

Later in May, community members are invited to the Sustainable Spotlight on Dungog on Sunday 26 May from 3pm at the James Theatre. This FREE event in association with Sustaining the Williams Valley Inc & Single Use Plastic Free Dungog will feature a series of short talks showcasing sustainable practices in businesses and community groups in our shire.

The event will comprise short, fast and punchy (‘Pecha Kucha’ style) talks from those who have sustainability as a core component of what they do.FREE drinks and nibbles will eb provided after the show!

Speakers & stalls will include: Tin Shed Brewery, HannanBuild, 4 Acre Farm, Wangat Lodge, Australian Sustainable Timbers, Fosterton Farm, Local Growers Market, The Magpie, Westwood Providores + others The final list of speakers & stall will be announced soon.

Event details

Events will be posted on the PAW Facebook page as they are finalised. Thanks to: Lovey’s Grocers, Stella Bistro, Boomerang Bags, Dungog Shire Council, Dungog Shire Community Centre. These events are supported by Inspiring Australia NSW.

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