Samford Sustainable Business Precinct - News and Events

Posted 11.10.22, 12:00 am

The conversation around climate change has now shifted irreversibly one thinks from “if we need to do something’ to “how we do it.”
Of course many had ticked off the “if” questions decades ago and have been busily into the “how” for some time. The emphases on what to do may differ but the reduction of reliance on fossil fuels, the way we treat our natural habitat and the way we regenerate our earth and marine surfaces are at the core.
Many in Samford and elsewhere recognise that the natural environment is indeed the foundation for building a resilient economy and a safe, healthy and thriving community … sort of reflecting the insights of the people who were first here, our First People.
Well before the start of the 21st century the concept of a community owned recycle station came into reality in Samford. This was followed by the efforts of groups like the Samford Rotary Club, Pine Rivers Climate Action Network, Millen Farm, Samford Commons and Green Street that all raised the level of consciousness about climate change. And of course the Progress Association was born out of an environmental issue and has continued through its Sustainable Samford working group and other action projects to do plenty of “hows”.
The Rotary Club conducted public fora on the topic way before it became fashionable and Green Street and the Pine Rivers Climate Action Network ran the Samford Solar Neighbourhood and the Change our Bag Habits project years before other communities took up the challenge.
The Chamber of Commerce and the Community Bank have supported the Samford Sustainable Business Network and multiple actions by the dozens of businesses in the network. The list goes on with the Eco Corridor and Edible Gardens projects flying along and other groups such as the, Scouts and the Show Society doing their thing. (Apologies to those not mentioned.)
What may not be known is that virtually all these projects were initiated by individuals and groups as different to the tiers of government. (Though some government funds have been contributed once activities have started. )
And none of those people ever asked “if”, just simply got into the “how”, having understood the “why.”
If you know of other projects or would like to initiate such a project or would like some help with your own business please email [email protected] or call 0407 1901623

Posted 11.03.22, 3:36 am

Beautiful brekky on this Monday 14 December 2020 at Loop Farmers big barn - 7am to 9am - food, fun and a bit of Thinkery too.

Posted 09.12.20, 10:39 am

The Samford Chamber of Commerce and the Green Streets program are partnering to form Queensland’s first Green Street Sustainable Business Precinct.

The Precinct will be formed by businesses signing on to Green Street and registering as part of the Samford Green Street Business Precinct.

The Precinct is an ideal opportunity for businesses to not only become leaner and greener but also to market themselves to the ever-growing number of customers wanting to purchase goods and services from sustainable businesses.

Businesses in Samford would generate new customer bases, reduce business costs and generate stronger customer respect and loyalty. In time, the Precinct would develop more sustainable local economies and therefore more sustainable communities. Businesses will help to reduce carbon emissions and create a more sustainable planet.

Businesses will be provided with a recognisable sticker for their shopfront and website and will also be able to market their goods and services via the Green Street website on

A flyer promoting the Precinct and listing the participating businesses will be provided for each business and other community outlets.

The partnership enables the local Samford Chamber of Commerce to add its own value to the Precinct and a significant share of the membership fees will be shared with the Chamber to enable local activity to be stimulated.

The progress of businesses on their Green Street trip will be observable via the allocation of Green Street Ticks which represent their levels of workplace sustainability. However, the main emphasis is on businesses having a real go at becoming more sustainable, rather than comparing sustainability levels.

Businesses wishing to sign up should login to the ‘Workplace’ section of the Green Street website at and gain their Green Street Score and achieve their Green Street Icons. They can then join the Precinct which is accessible from 1 December 2010.

Contact: Howard Nielsen, Green Street Team [email protected]
Ph: 0407 190162

Posted 12.12.10, 12:37 pm

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