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William Smith Pavillion, Lismore Showgrounds
11am - 4pm

Inspired by our theme this year the REGEN EXPO 21 will showcase the work of some of our inspirational regional businesses and organisations. People who think outside the square and are all about innovation, regeneration and sustainable practices.

Proudly sponsored by Summerland Credit Union.

ECOTEAM

Ecoteam is a division of parent company Ecotechnology Australia Pty Ltd, based in Lismore in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. We are a friendly and professional team of 10 people. Our staff are both office and field based. We are university qualified and world leaders in constructed wetland technology. 

Ecoteam has built its reputation by applying sound scientific principles to environmental challenges and delivering best practice solutions. Ecoteam acts as a facilitator between clients and regulators and operates ethically and with integrity.

‘Ecotechnology’ is a term to describe the production of ecologically-sustainable systems which take their inspiration from nature and result in healthy environmental solutions for our land and water. Ecotechnology provides benefits for both people and the environment.

Our vision is to work as a team to create true wealth by nurturing the environment and inspiring community. We will do this by: 

  • Actively works with people, communities and organisations to inspire positive change;

  • Considers economic, social, environmental and spiritual values;

  • Has uncompromising scruple/ethics and chooses to only work with ethical people communities and organisations;

  • Innovates and implements appropriate and sustainable technologies;

  • Advocates reconciliation through our Reconciliation Action Plan;

  • Will always remain solution oriented;

  • Works in the present and thinks in the future.

SUMMERLAND CREDIT UNION

Summerland Credit Union has a strong commitment to environmental and social sustainability.  As a member of the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program, a position they have held since 2008, they have been recognised for their achievements in this space becoming Bronze Partners in 2011; Silver Partners in 2013 and Gold Partners in 2019. They are the first financial institution in NSW to be awarded Gold Partnership, in recognition of their outstanding environmental achievements and leadership in sustainability.

Summerland's four sustainability goals are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a set of 17 goals set out by the UN to transform the world by 2032. These goals are: 

  1. Gender Equality

  2. Decent Work & Economic Growth

  3. Sustainable Cities & Communities

  4. Climate Action

Summerland does not have any direct investments or any loans to fossil fuel or CSG mining industries, or investments in weapons, tobacco or gambling. Their profits don’t go to external shareholders, they go back to customers through fairer fees, high quality products, services and investment in the local community. That means money is being used for good by an organisation that cares as much about the environment, the community and an ethical banking industry as you do.

Find out about their sustainability journey at the Regen Expo with Donna Kildea, Chief Risk Officer, at 1.30pm in the William Smith Pavillion.

METRO GREENS - URBAN FARMING

Sean Spencer has been involved in community building and youth projects across Australia for over 20 years. Sean has been focusing on using Media and technology to allow youth to express themselves and tell their stories. Sean currently works at the Clubhouse with Social Futures in Lismore; teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths based workshops to teens across the Northern Rivers area. 

Over the past three years, Sean has been researching and putting that research into practice about sustainability, Urban homesteading, sustainable living, urban farming and retrofitting and retro-suburbia, to be more sustainable and reduce our footprint and to learn to become more resilient. Sean believes that a balance between technology and sustainability and a synergy between the two is imperative for our future as a race. 

Sean and his wife Emma have transformed their urban house into a little urban farm in Lismore and have been growing an amazing amount of food from a typical suburban back yard block. We have been using the practices of urban farming and urban homesteading and have learned so much in such a short period of time. 

We are dedicated to sustainability, and teaching sustainable growing practises to the wider community. Sean will show you some of what they learned, their inspirations and tricks of trade in the hope that others will be inspired to give it a go too. 

SUBPOD

Subpod is a below ground compost system that uses worms and microbes to turn food waste into fertile soil allowing us to grow nutritious food. Born and bred in the Northern Rivers, Subpod now ships world wide inspiring people to compost easily on location.

Compost worms live in Subpod like they would in nature. Underground, they compost in the dark, protected from harsh weather conditions and direct sunlight. Fresh air circulates through Subpod via the ventilation panels, which helps aerobic (odourless) microbes speed up the composting process.

As the worms and microbes breed, they explore the soil, taking particles of compost with them and boosting fertility through the garden bed.

Soil is an insulator, it protects the worms in hot weather and gives them a cool place to escape to. When it's cold, the soil traps heat in Subpod and keeps the worms active during winter – so you can compost all year round.

Come and see how Subpod works in our stall with the Subpod Grow Bundle on display. We will be doing a 30 minutes presentation on stage at 2 pm and a workshop at 3pm to show you how it works!

TAFE NSW

“TAFE NSW is the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia. Each year, more than 430,000 students enrol in our courses and training. We aim to skill the workforce for the future through high quality, personalised education and training. We provide an extensive range of courses and qualifications to suit everyone from school leavers to career changers and businesses. We offer courses and short courses with qualifications from certificates to Diploma and Advanced Diploma level and provide a range of study options from full-time to part-time study, online or face-to-face. TAFE NSW has a great reputation for industry and business partnerships. These connections ensure our students get the highest level of practical training, meaning we can provide a high quality, job-ready workforce. We are constantly adapting our courses and facilities to suit local community and industry needs.”

RAINBOW POWER COMPANY

We at the Rainbow Power Company are employed in an industry with a primary objective of turning the tide away from environmental destruction and towards environmental harmony. We frequently hear businesses claim that they hold environmental concerns above all else, but often this attitude is taken in order to increase sales and may only be a public relations façade. We are proud to have been a major protagonist of the increased use of renewable energy both in Australia and in overseas countries. Our unparalleled commitment to education, demonstration and innovation provides Australia with a display that receives thousands of visitors a year. The company's dedicated and experienced workforce, well equipped factory and comprehensive range of products and services have provided us with a strong foundation on which we intend to continue to grow

SUN & EARTH Natural Zinc

We manufacture our natural sunscreen in the heart of the northern rivers Lismore. Made from all natural and organic ingredients. Our stall is a bright fun scene with a happy team

PIECE TOGETHER PRODUCTIONS

In 2020 Jill McCall established Piece Together Productions, to create 35 short films for the NSW secondary school curriculum. The films showcase eleven enterprises who have developed innovative solutions to serious environmental challenges. From practitioners in regenerative agriculture to a world-first carbon capture and utilisation technology, Jill hopes that the solutions featured will inspire students to see the role and potential of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to shape a positive future. Jill is keen for these stories to be shared with a wider audience and will be showing the films at regen expo 21