Launch of Billie Dolphin Picture Book by Tusk Books! @ Belconnen Library – Saturday, 19 August 2018

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When: 2-3pm, Saturday, 19 August 2018

Where:  Belconnen Library

Join author Nicole Godwin as she launches her latest picture book, ‘Billie’ at the Belconnen Library in Canberra.

In her search for the biggest wave in the ocean, Billie the dolphin saves new friends in dire circumstances as she encounters problems such as huge driftnets, ocean pollution, dolphins in captivity and even whaling.

This eye-opening story draws attention to the human-made perils for dolphins and other marine wildlife. It highlights the urgent need for us to act now to protect and conserve our oceans.

The book launch will include a book reading, some words from Nicole on her motivations for writing ‘Billie’, treats for the children, an opportunity to purchase your own copy of ‘Billie’ and have it signed, plus good cheer and company!

To give us a sense of numbers, please RSVP through this Facebook event or email

‘Billie’ is written by Nicole Godwin and Illustrated by Demelsa Haughton.

Thanks Libraries ACT for being part of the launch.

Get your Vegan Card for discounts galore (Local Vegan Business!)

Vegan Card is an Australia-wide discount card that is owned and run by one of our own, Tracey Lofthouse. It started in 2012 with the aim of helping vegans find small vegan-friendly businesses and get access to products more easily, and help vegan and ethical businesses grow and survive against the ‘big guys’. It wrapped up in 2015, and Tracey started it up again in 2016 with the same objectives. Vegan Card has close to 45 businesses all over Australia offering discounts from 5-25% on thousands of goods and services (you can find almost anything you need), and is adding to them all the time. There are plans afoot to expand overseas.

You may remember seeing the official re-launch at the Living Green Festival in 2016. Well, the Vegan Card has been back for almost a year already and the new financial year’s Card will be available for purchase very soon! Or you can buy one now for the remainder of 16/17 at a greatly-reduced price. The Card is available all-year around, so you can buy one anytime. The price decreases every month.

In Canberra you can use your Card at The Cruelty Free Shop, As Nature Intended and Dickson Health Foods, but Tracey is in discussions with several more businesses. There are currently 25 online businesses that can deliver to pretty much anyone in Australia, and local businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and various other towns and cities so you can use your Card when you travel. Like the Facebook page and keep your eye out for announcements as new businesses are added.

If you like supporting small and vegan businesses with the added bonus of getting discounts, check out the Facebook page and Website to see where you can use the Card, and how to obtain one.

If you are a vegan running your own business or know of a vegan business-owner who might be interested, please drop a line to, or message Tracey via the Facebook page.


Nutritional Yeast

What is it?

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is sold commercially as a food product. It is sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment.[1]

It is a significant source of some B-complex vitamins, and contains trace amounts of several other vitamins and minerals. Sometimes nutritional yeast is fortified with vitamin B12.

Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of cheese,[2] for example in mashed and fried potatoes, atop of “scrambled” tofu, or as a topping for popcorn.[3]

In Australia, it is sometimes sold as “savoury yeast flakes”. In New Zealand, it has long been known as Brufax. In the United States it is sometimes referred to as “hippie dust”, “nooch” or “yeshi”, an Ethiopian[clarification needed]name meaning “for a thousand”

Where do you get it?

In Canberra

You can buy it at almost any health food or vegan store. Such as the Cruelty-Free Shop, Braddon.

Unfortunately Nutritional Yeast isn’t often available in mainstream supermarkets such as Woolworths or Coles.



The Source Healthfoods

(Source: Facebook)

‘Ella’ (Picture Book) by local Vegan author, Nicole Godwin

A word from Tusk Books

We create children’s picture books that give a voice to those that yelp, roar, swing, moo, oink and trumpet.  Our first book, titled ‘Ella’ was launched on 28 August 2016 at the National Library of Australia as part of the Canberra Writer Festival. [Click here to find out more about the launch and watch the video!]  You can help teach kids about compassion and conservation through the captivating picture book featuring Ella the baby elephant who was taken from her mum and works the streets in the tourist industry.

Where can I find out more?

How do I buy it?

Spread the word!

Please ‘like’ the Tusk Books Facebook page and share it with your friends!

Gifts to support A Place of Peace Farm Animal Sanctuary


Original post by Billie Dean

Hey everyone, check out our Red Bubble store for your gift giving .. supporting the animals of A Place of Peace Farm Animal Sanctuary!!!! Thank you.. Tamsin has been hard at work making some very cool stuff which help spread the word of a better ,kinder, vegan world !!

Welcome to the Deep Peace Trust’s RedBubble!

Proceeds from sales go to a Place of Peace Animal Sanctuary.

A Place of Peace is one of Australia’s largest farm animal sanctuaries, with more than 400 happy residents now enjoying a forever home. For more information go to our website and like the Deep Peace Trust Facebook Page.

Feel free to post a photo of you with your product to our Facebook page!

Blessings and deep peace to you,
Bille, Andrew, Tamsin, and all the animals of a Place of Peace

30 Days of Spiritual Wildness (All proceeds to A Place of Peace Sanctuary)

30 Days of Spiritudal WildnessHowdy folks! Are you interested in a global challenge? We at the Deep Peace Trust have created the 30 Days of Spiritual Wildness as a fundraiser for our sanctuary, A Place of Peace! It’s online, and will help you get a deeper connection with animals and nature, learn a toolkit’s worth of good stuff to help you lift your frequency, and get up close and personal with the real you — plus much more. It 100% vegan, only eleven minutes per day, and all proceeds go to the care of the animals at A Place of Peace. Click to find out more, and if the 30-day challenge is not for you, but you’d like to help the animals anyway, please consider clicking the Donate button on our website. Thanks!

Field Roast Available @ Go Vita, Woden & The Cruelty-Free Shop, Braddon


Original Post by Haz Kaka

Pictured above is the Celebration Roast available at Go Vita, Woden and The Cruelty-Free Shop, more info about it over here

Remember to show your Vegan ACT membership card for a discount at Go Vita Woden, The Cruelty-Free Shop and these Canberra businesses:

Get your Vegan ACT membership here:

All Massel Stock Powder is Vegan! (Vegetable, Beef and Chicken Flavour)

All Massel Stock Powder is Vegan

Contributed by Laila

Click here to read other Vegan’s thoughts from the Vegan ACT facebook group.

From Massel:  Massel stock powders are gluten-free, vegan, and suitable for people with Coeliac Disease. They come in three delicious flavours, a classic vegetable blend, a vegan chicken style stock and a vegan beef style stock.

To find out more go to:

Available at all supermarkets

Book Review of Being Vegan by Joanne Stepaniak

Being Vegan by Joanne Stepaniak
Review by Francine Horne

I bought this book from one of our Animal Liberation jumble sales and after reading it I can’t believe someone gave it away!

Joanne answers questions throughout on vegan philosophy, relationships with family and friends, ethical practice, vegan practice and food.

It is so informative and has answered many questions I had although I have been vegan for 5 1/2 years.

It’s definitely a book I will keep referring to.

Find out more here:

Although this book is out of print you can still order it from various sources.  Here is a list of new and used copies:

Pashmak (Persian Fairy Floss) @ Deli Cravings, Belconnen Markets

Pariya Pashmak (Persian Fairy Floss)

Original post by Michelle

Found a couple of things at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets when I dared to venture beyond the treasure trove that is As Nature Intended.  At Deli Cravings there were two types of Persian Fairy Floss, Pistachio and Vanilla (not rosewater unfortunately it looked to contain carmine = aka cochineal and E120).

Tip:  Do not eat the fairy floss in clothing you care about.

Pariya:  Pashmak is a traditional handspun Persian sweet that’s similar to fairy floss.  Expert confectioners hand spin each batch of delicately sweet Pashmak into a fine weave of strands that simply melt in your mouth.

Arlingtons Rice and Tapioca Puddings @ Tom’s Superfruits, Belconnen Markets

Arlingtons Black Rice Pudding

Original post by Michelle

At Tom’s Superfruits Superstore there was this black rice pudding which I am now obsessing over.

Tip:  Warm the rice pudding up and do some rain-watching.

From Arlingtons: Arlingtons Tapioca and Black Rice puddings are simply delicious. A fresh modern twist on old fashioned puddings, just like Grandma Lil used to make. Made fresh with real fruit and coconut, the puddings are gluten free, dairy free, vegan friendly, and made from real ingredients. The fruit flavours are 97% fat free too! Served in a lunchbox friendly tub, they can be served cold as a refreshing treat, or gently warmed as a winter indulgence.

The other flavours in the range have also been spotted at Tom’s Superfruits:  • Coconut Tapioca • Mango Tapioca • Raspberry Tapioca • Passionfruit Tapioca • Banana Tapioca

Arlingtons Puddings

Check out this website to see their other Vegan goodies!