CALENDAR AND EVENTS
Members at the Half-Yearly Gathering congratulate Robin Conboy (centre) on being awarded an OAM in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours
Environment Group visit to Robe
On Friday October 1 the Environment Group travelled to Robe to visit the Humpalicious Camel Farm and Transmutation Recycling Shop. Despite a drizzly start in Mount Gambier the weather was fine at Robe. We joined other tourists at the camel farm just north of Robe and all up there were about 30 people. We met at the ticket office before making our way to the dairy, stopping off to look at the non milkers on the way. All up they have about 50 camels with about eight currently being milked. Wild camels only produce about two litres of milk but the domesticated ones have been developed to produce up to six litres. The camels are milked once a day and left with enough milk to feed their calves. As the camel manure from contented camels is solid balls the milking area is a lot cleaner then cow dairies so does not need the large volumes of water for cleaning. The milk from the farm is used to produce camel milk, freeze-dried milk powder and camel milk gelato. The camel milk is beneficial to many with health conditions that do not tolerate cow milk. We were able to taste the camel milk, which is whiter than cows milk. It tastes like non-fat milk and does not leave a fatty after taste. The farm runs off grid using wind and solar power.
Following the camel farm we visited Transmutation recycling shop. This shop has developed a process to repurpose milk tags into plates and bowls. They are also developing a product made from polystyrene that will meet foodsafe standards. Other recycled products from groups here and overseas are also sold in the shop. Both of these are small ventures starting up and running in an environmentally sustainable way. It shows what we can do if we make an effort.
Kevin Mott, Environment Group
More than 40 members attended the 2021 Half-Yearly Gathering in the Senior Citizens' Hall on July 2.
The guest speaker was new Mount Gambier City Council CEO Sarah Philpott. It was her first public engagement in her new role.
She fielded questions about the provision of a hard waste service, city bus routes, library funding and future accommodation for U3A.
Secretary Rosemary Carter
Vice President Trish Wolinski
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