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From Coober Pedy to Buninyong – Anne meets Eggy

Anne Fatt-Giles who has just moved to Ballarat from Coober Pedy holding Eggy the four month old Barn Owl from Leigh Valley Sanctuary.


THE annual Smart Building and Living Expo in Buninyong held on Sunday was full of ideas and advice to make sustainable lifestyle and food choices. The event is part of Australia’s Sustainable Living Festival and aims to act on the principles reuse renew and recycle. Stallholders showcased sustainable building and lifestyle products and services for those planning to build or refit their home and for those interested in sustainable living. The BREAZE Energy Solutions stand attracted a number of visitors, especially the electric car, a 1992 Daihatsu Mira sedan, which Ian Uber was happy to show off.

“I’ve owned it for 18 years, it’s all electric,” he said. “The car used to belong to the SEC, the meter readers used to use it in Melbourne and I purchased it off them. I haven’t had to do anything to it, just keep it going.

“Electric cars are not new, they’ve been around a long time, and some of the first motor cars on the roads were electric cars, back in the early 1900s.” Mr Uber added he tallies up about 8,000 kilometres a year in the car, which runs off a 120 volts DC and there are 38 lithium ion batteries in it. “It takes about 6 hours to charge up – overnight and off-peak, so it’s not too expensive,” he said. Another popular attraction was the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary, which had brought along a number of raptors and had people enthralled.