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Holiday snappers put beauty spots at risk

| nature

By Alan Hewett How many photographs did you take on your last holiday?  Did you share them on the multitude of platforms that now exist? More importantly, where were you positioned when you took those photographs? Were you perched precariously on a cliff? Did you scramble up a tree or tramp through a protected area, perhaps …

Climate crisis makes solar the right choice

| climate change, energy

By Graham Parton In October the 2019 NSW Local Councils Conference debated the question of whether or not they should declare a climate emergency. The “No” case was championed by former Liberal MP Phillip Ruddock, now the Mayor of Hornsby Council, who said he didn’t like “vague statements”. He was joined by Greater Hume Shire …

Planting for a warming world

| Living Lightly

By Lizette Salmon, Gardens for Wildlife Albury-Wodonga Project Officer As we head into uncertain seasons, what should we be thinking about when planting into our parks and gardens? Does our changing climate mean we need to think differently about retaining and improving biodiversity, and how should we do that? This year Parklands Albury-Wodonga’s Annual General …

Youth call for climate action

| climate change

By Eli Davern There is this misconception that young people are oblivious to what’s going on around them, but what I saw on Friday, September 20 at the School Strike 4 Climate, I think we are proving them wrong. Because I believe that as young people it is our moral duty and obligation, to ourselves …

Fallen trees are homes, not hazards

| At home, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard Isn’t it funny how once you notice something, it has flow-on effects? I live on small farm and a dead tree had fallen across my boundary fence some months ago. While I fixed the fence to prevent my sheep escaping, I’d left the rest of the tree lying there as it was …

Repair Cafe’s ‘most popular’ listing

| community, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Coordinator Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga If Time can publicise its 100 most influential people, Cleo its 50 eligible bachelors and Forbes its rich list, we think it’s time for Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga to publish its 10 ‘most popular’. On the eve of our fourth birthday we’re revealing everything from our most popular item …

REDcycle your plastic

| waste

By Joy Grinham Recently the Border Mail reported on the collection of REDcycle plastics, naming a Lavington supermarket as having the lowest collection rate of recyclable plastics in the state. Three Wodonga supermarkets were in the top third, and the Albury store recycled 693kg of soft plastics. Shoppers were commended for being part of reducing …

A tale of two grapefruit

| At home, community, food

By Graham Parton Recently as an aspiring ethical shopper I faced a choice between two grapefruits on sale at the local food co-op. This is a magnet for the locals who want to support local growers and buy food that is not from “factory farms.” The first grapefruit was from a local farm and was …

Character attacks fail to silence climate voices

| climate change, community, nature

By Alan Hewett It seems ironic that while the Australian Prime Minister was in Washington being wined and dined by a man who thinks that climate change is a Chinese invention, Greta Thunberg was in New York at the centre of a global protest against government inaction to address the problem. Greta’s single-minded protest galvanised …

Students head call for climate leadership

| climate change, community

By Lauren Salathiel Recycled cardboard placards aloft, more than 2000 concerned residents of Albury and the region joined millions of others around the globe to call for proactive climate policy change at Friday’s Climate Strike. Uniformed school students walked out of school to lead the gathering, a gesture symbolic of the fact that they will …