What a great feeling it is to open up our sustainable home to the public and receive so many visitors. How many, I hear you ask?
96 humans, 2 dogs, and 9 volunteers.
That makes 107 visitors in total! I got to meet quite a few readers of my blog, who I thoroughly enjoyed talking to. I also had a visit from some of the people I met at the ACF Community workshops down at Caroline Springs back in May/June. We even received and accepted five new members for the Melton Sustainable Living Group.
So here is an extract from the evaluation report I sent in to the national coordinators, so that you get a better idea of how the day ran.
"Volunteers - All the volunteers were members of the Melton Sustainable Living Group. I am glad we had so many, because at times we were stretched to the limit. One tour finished and another started! It is better to have too many volunteers than too little.
Coordination – The day ran very smoothly. Tours started dead on 10am and began small, but grew in size as the people started flowing in. Every volunteer had an assigned role and knew what part to play on the day. The last person walked out the gate at 4.02pm
Sponsorship – No local sponsorship was sought, and no national sponsors visited either.
Media ( local ) - I managed to get a story in the local news paper. Here is the link.
http://www.meltonweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/tips-on-sustainable-living-revealed/1928082.aspx We also had a brief interview on the local radio station which was broadcast on Sunday 5th September. I also turned it into a podcast for my blog (The Greening of Gavin). You can here the interview here. http://meltonsustainablelivinggroup.blogspot.com/2010/09/sustainable-house-day-2010-radio.html
Promotion ( local ) - We did a pamphlet drop around the neighbourhood a week before the event. Not many people mentioned that they heard about us from this method.
Signage – Laminated arrows were used at major intersections towards the house, and we made up some entrance and exit signage using the provided logo. It worked well, and most people found us alright.
Ancillary Events – None organised. There was not enough time or volunteers.
Administration – I must thank the National organisers for the great administration by prompting local organisers each week on what was outstanding. We managed to submit all paperwork on time (I hope)
Outcomes – It was a fun day, with lots of interested visitors. We also managed to gain 5 new members for the Melton Sustainable Living Group. This has doubled our numbers! We cannot wait until next years SHD 2011. Hope it is bigger and better and that we can convince more home owners in the district to get involved. The great thing was that this event was a first time for our shire."