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The Goulburn Group: putting ideas into action for a sustainable future

The Goulburn Group (TGG) is a not for profit community group committed to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in the Goulburn Region.

TGG is a think tank and action group, with a research-based approach to its activities. If you would like to know  more about the group, go to the ‘About TGG’ page or click on this link.

TGG’s action agenda is project- and partnership-oriented to achieve real results. To find out more about our projects, go to the ‘Projects’ page in our site or click on this link.

Take a tour around our site and contact us if you are interested in playing a part. We welcome new members who share our values and objectives, and would like to contribute to our work.

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Urs Walterlin steps down as president of The Goulburn Group

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Photo: David Cole

Urs Walterlin is stepping down as president of The Goulburn Group (TGG) after nine years.

TGG has been successful in instigating many local ventures including the Goulburn Solar Farm (CE4G), Goulburn Free Wi Fi, the Goulburn Wetlands, the Tesla charging stations and devising the ‘Goulburn Australia’ brand.

Mr Walterlin said he was proud of the group’s record, but was stepping down to focus more on his work as a foreign correspondent and to spend more time with his family.

“No one in TGG is being paid. We do it because it is important,” he said. “We have earned respect because we deliver outcomes. We don’t just talk.

“TGG consists of people who are committed to this community. Despite this, there is a big disconnect between who we are and what we are doing. People don’t seem to really know us.”

He said the TGG had 26 members, but many supporters behind the scenes.

“We have had the image of being a bunch of lefties and greenies, which is not true. We basically formed in response to climate change, which is the biggest challenge facing humanity as well as a massive business opportunity. We are more of a business group than anything else,” he said.

He said doing your bit for the environment started at home. “Don’t waste food; build a compost heap; have a few chooks; insulate your house; and recycle whatever you can. These basic things save you money and help save the environment,” he said.

“I came here 25 years ago as a correspondent. I wanted to stay for about five years, but when we had kids, we stayed. I am staying here, I am just stepping back. I want to do more work in Asia and have more time for my family.”

TGG elected a new board at a meeting on September 10, with Mhari Fraser elected as the new president. Mr Walterlin is now TGG patron.

(This report appeared in the Goulburn Post on 14 September 2014 and is published with permission of the newspaper.)

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