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In this issue:

  1. Collaborative consumption - why buy the drill when all you need is the hole?
  2. News from the SA community sector
  3. Meetings & conferences
  4. Featured organisation
  5. SAcommunity kitchen
  6. From the www
  7. Connecting Up Australia news
  8. Help us to keep your details up-to-date

Collaborative consumption - why buy the drill when all you need is the hole?


Have you heard of collaborative consumption? It's all about sharing things. Here's a definition

Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping reinvented through network technologies on a scale and in ways never possible before.

Social innovator and collaborative consumption advocate, Rachel Botsman, has written a book on this topic called What's mine is yours. She also speaks around the world to highlight examples of sharing and exchange between people and how it makes better use of resources and builds community. Watch this video to learn more about it.

Some of the things you can share include unused space, goods, skills, money, or services. Online platforms are helping people to get started. Here are some to look at: - clothes swapping events - borrow things from, or share things with your neighbour - it's Australian and it's free - share resources and get to know people in your local area - peer-to-peer car sharing - linking growers and people with land to share

If you know of other examples that are relevant to Australia, please let us know.

Collaborative consumption in the form of sharing things is happening in the South Australian community in lots of different ways - here are some examples:

Check out recent Twitter conversations on collaborative consumption and listen to recent ABC Radio National's Life Matters program, broadcast on Friday 25 March 2011.

News from the SA community sector

SA Health has opened a new Intermediate Care Centre in Noarlunga. It provides short stay residential and specialist therapeutic services for people with mental health and substance abuse problems. The centre is located at Alexander Kelly Dr, Noarlunga Centre 5168, tel. 8384 9222. Two further centres in east and west metropolitan locations are now under construction. Another new health facility, GP Plus Super Clinic Modbury, is providing General Practitioner and other health services at 77 Smart Road, Modbury. 

The Department of Environment & Natural Resources has launched its new website: The department's responsibilities include natural resources management (NRM), nature conservation, heritage conservation, coast and marine conservation and animal welfare.

International Workers Memorial Day - people who have lost a friend, colleague or family member through a workplace death are invited to attend an ecumenical service to commemorate International Workers Memorial Day in South Australia at 10.30am on Thursday 28 April 2011  at Pilgrim Church, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide.

Garage Sale Trail - join in the Australia-wide fun and have a garage sale on Sunday 10 April 2011. And why not help Keep Australia Beautiful by donating 10% of your proceeds?

The Royal District Nursing Service of SA Inc. has a new name and a new location. It is now called RDNS Your Health & Learning and is based at 1 Richmond Road, Keswick 5035, tel. 1300 364 264. RDNS is a community health and care provider with a history of over 100 years of service provision in South Australia.

Did you know that you can recycle light globes at any Mitre 10 store?

Community Heritage Grants -  the National Library of Australia's Community Heritage Grants program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artifacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs and audio visual material. Applications close on Friday 6 May 2011.

Hutt Street Centre Emerging Artists are holding an exhibition at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, UniSA City West campus, Hawke Building Level 3, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide from Wednesday 6 April to Wednesday 4 May 2011.

Meetings & conferences

Community Centres SA 2011 Conference Ticket to validation, innovation and inspiration will take place from 26- 27 May 2011 at City of Charles Sturt Town Hall. Fantastic speakers, learning and networking opportunities.

Come along to the Adelaide NetSquared Meetup Group at 4pm on 7 April 2011. This group is part of the worldwide NetSquared (Net2)/NetTuesday initiative by TechSoup Global and the local Adelaide group is supported by Connecting Up Australia. The topic of the meeting will follow the theme of the inaugural meeting Tech for Social good - making a positive social impact through technology.

DIRC Forum 10.30am – 12.30pm Thursday 7 April 2011 will address the topic Why would you want to be a Disability Support Worker? Please rsvp to or tel. 8236 0555. Disability Information and Resource Centre, 195 Gilles St Adelaide SA 5000.

Health Consumers Alliance SA is holding a conference on 14 April 2011 on the topic of Patient Centred Care: what do consumers want? Consumers and Carers at the Heart of Health Care.

Featured organisation

Hutt Street Centre logo

Connecting Up Australia staff members Katie and Ryan visited Hutt Street Centre to find out about the services that they offer. The centre runs a day drop in centre and a meal centre which is managed by Brenda and a team of dedicated volunteers. From providing meals and showers to organising recreational events and a safe, welcoming common room for watching television, reading and quiet chatting, Hutt Street Centre aims to provide homeless and vulnerable people with the basic social networks and support that most of us take for granted.

Read more about our visit to Hutt Street Centre.

SAcommunity kitchen

This month's recipe comes from Brenda at Hutt Street Centre


Hutt Street Centre


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 large carrot
  • Some butter (quantity to your liking)
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Sour cream


  1. Parboil potatoes, then transfer to a baking tray and put them into the oven to roast them
  2. Slice up the zucchini and the carrot in preparation for steaming
  3. Tenderise the chicken breast
  4. Heat the butter in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat
  5. While the chicken is cooking, transfer the zucchini and carrot into a steamer (if you don't have a steamer, a microwave will do, but the carrots will take longer than the zucchini)
  6. Cook chicken until well browned and almost cooked through, about 4-5 minutes on each side
  7. Let the chicken breasts rest for a few minutes then season with lemon pepper to taste
  8. Add a dollop of sour cream to each chicken breast
  9. Plate it all up, and buon appetito!

From the www - create customised buttons to help people use the web - have fun with this quick online game - what not to do in an email message! - organising the bookcase -  global directory of environmental and social justice organisations - organises links shared on Twitter and Facebook into a newspaper-style format

Connecting Up Australia news

A-Z Acronyms SA 2011 we have updated this free handy guide. If your acronym is not included, please let us know!

Check out the program and speakers for Connecting Up Conference Melbourne 1-3 June 2011. It's the nonprofit interactive event for learning and thinking strategically about how innovation and technology can improve your operations and outcomes.

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