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Predation and Culling

| At home, food, garden, nature

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern  When we first moved onto out rural property we were plagued by Sparrows. They nested in the roof, were noisy, messy and hostile to the native birds. We tried various measures to get rid of them, including building a Sparrow trap which caught nary a one. Then, over a period of time they …

Innovative Housing Forum

| community, energy, health, money matters, transport

By Cheryl Graham, Yackandandah The Yackandandah community is exploring how we can do housing in a radically better way. We want housing that is more affordable, much more energy efficient and builds a wonderfully connected community of residents of all ages and life stages. We want housing that caters for single people, families and the elders …

Why will the Basin plan always seem to be ‘flawed’

| climate change, community, nature

By Jonathon Howard, Albury The future of Murray Darling Basin is one of the most important environmental issues facing our Nation.  Yet a Plan for its future, which uses some of our best science, is often claimed to be flawed. Why is this so? Sustainability is not just about science, it is also about fairness and …

Tasteless Produce

| At home, community, food, garden, health

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery We are fortunate living in a country with so much variety of foodstuffs in the Supermarkets but we are unfortunate in being presented a tasteless product. When did you last see a bug, blemish or soil on fruit and vegetables in the Supermarket? Unless you grow your own or you shop at …

Say No to Flake

| At home, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Before Easter I wrote an article regarding the sustainability of our seafood, in particular, flake. Little did I expect the CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to reply and downplay the facts. When a little article in a local paper gets this kind of national attention our message …

Stop Adani film night

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Olivia Noto, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga If anyone tries to tell you that moving house days before Christmas with a teething baby is a good idea, they’re lying. But as it turned out, last year my family and I became the latest ‘tree changers’ to move from Melbourne to Wodonga, rejoicing in its fresh air, wide …

The Fix

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta A couple of years back I heard of something called Repair Café. Someone in Amsterdam had the idea to help people fix their broken goods and keep them from going to landfill. At the time I thought ‘What a great idea’.  I also thought ‘a lot of effort for little gain’ and …

Storage of Electricity

| climate change, community, energy

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Renewable energy is very popular, but it has a big drawback – its intermittency.  This raises the question of how to store electricity so that it is available when required. The obvious answer is batteries, but it is difficult to have sufficient batteries to supply energy for …

Sustainable Easter

| food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Can you believe it’s the end of March already?! Where has this year gone! As Easter is only a few days away I thought I would remind you of your sustainable seafood options for Good Friday (and any day of the year!) Now I know I may sound like a …

Sharing our Bounty!

| At home, community, food, garden, money matters

By  Sue Slater, Birallee Park Neighbourhood House Many of us plant a zucchini seedling in spring, only to find that we can harvest enough zucchinis to compete with major supermarket growers.  Or how about that lemon tree that reminds us of Nanna’s lemon meringue pie, or the pasta sauce that our Nona used to bottle using home-grown …