Entries by Adam Blakester

Kelly Smitham rejoins Starfish Board

Starfish’s Board are pleased to announce Kelly Smitham’s return ~ which was approved late last year at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. Kelly was one of the founding directors of Starfish (2012), however needed to resign to pursue a significant career opportunity in Western Australia. Kelly is passionate about seeing rural areas thriving ~ with […]

Community Regeneration offers hope to small communities in 2016

After more than 15 years of personal research, development and trial, Bob Neville’s quest for a sustainable process for social, economic and environmental regeneration of small communities is now becoming a reality through what he calls the “Community Gold” Program ~ a key part of Community Regeneration collaboration with Starfish. Program MODELS are currently being […]

Carbon dioxide options for commercial greenhouses

Starfish Associate Ian Gesch has been selected as the lead article for the current edition of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. The changing landscape of fossil fuels presents increasing business risks for Australian domestic industrial and commercial energy consumers. Rising costs and uncertain supply of natural gas and the existing high price of Liquid Petroleum Gas […]

Starfish completes workshop series for UNE student organisations

Starfish has successfully completed the research, design and delivery of a series of workshops to strengthen UNE student organisations. The overall purpose of the series was to enable office-bearers to create more dynamic, resilient, and enjoyable clubs, groups and societies ~ which in turn aimed to further enrich the student experience and amenity at UNE. The […]

Green Glasshouses research project completed

Starfish’s newest Associate, Ian Gesch, has successfully completed the ‘Green Glasshouses’ (Sustainable Environment Management for Commercial Greenhouses) research project. The purpose of this research was to inform horticulturists who are currently reliant upon LPG for glasshouse heating about options for renewable and sustainable energy resources. The renewable sources considered include solar PV, Concentrated Solar Thermal, […]

Starfish going global as it welcomes Ruy Anaya de la Rosa

Starfish is pleased to welcome Dr Ruy Anaya de la Rosa as Project Director for our global Biochar for Sustainable Soils (B4SS) initiative. Ruy is passionate about the potential of biochar to improve soil fertility and sustainability. Ruy’s experience includes biochar, carbon markets, life cycle analysis and the uptake of appropriate technology in less developed […]

Welcome Bob Neville & Community Regeneration

Starfish is pleased to welcome Bob Neville as our newest Associate. Bob is one of Australia’s longest serving Economic Development Practitioners and is passionate about small communities and the micro-economy. Bob has identified, tested and documented a Natural Science for Small Community Regeneration ~ resulting in the Community Gold Program which supports community and economic […]

Renewables for ALL

Renewables for All is a new initiative working to develop government policies which can increase the access to clean energy for segments of the community who currently face barriers to do so, particularly: Low to moderate income households Renters Apartment dwellers, and People who live in shaded or heritage listed buildings. The project is focused […]

Living & Working Sustainability

Starfish Associate and Executive Director, Adam Blakester, in the 2014 Sustainable Homes Tour. The Blakester’s home ~ named ‘Tumblegum’ ~ is at Invergowrie in the New England High Country and is also Starfish’s primary work location. This video highlights the excellent digital media work of Iain Mackay from Sustainable Living Armidale (SLA). SLA have coordinated […]