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About Values … (and Glass)

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta If you are a Baby Boomer or older you may remember the times before recycling. Drinks came in bottles, bottles came in wooden crates, which went back into the crate when empty. Crates full of empty bottles were returned to the shop where you were given a refund or a deduction for …

Community Energy Project

| climate change, community, energy, money matters

By Cam Klose, Community Engagement for the community energy retailer project. At a national level, climate change and energy policy is mired in a political quagmire. Rather than working to solve the greatest challenge facing our country and the world, leading politicians are more interested in scoring cheap political points. A community energy initiative is currently …

Thinking of Shade

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Jenny Indian, Stanley Despite the fact that you may currently be languishing in winter sun and actively seeking out those sunny spots out of the wind, now is the time to really think about summer shade – the why’s, the where’s and the what species. Over winter barerooted tree stock is available – it is much …

Being more Australian

| At home, community, garden

By Bruce Nulty, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network (WULN) The Society for Growing Australian Native plants had a strong influence in Alice Springs during the 20 years we lived there, before moving to Wodonga 17 years ago. I revisited Alice Springs early last year and was surprised to see grass in the Todd River but  disappointed to …

Science versus Tribalism

| climate change, community

By Lauriston Muirhead, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Fossil evidence and observation of modern primates indicate that humans and our ancestors have lived in family groups or tribes for millions of years.  The greatest punishment was always to be excluded by your tribe. Group living is better than individual living in almost every way – …

Healthy Soils

| climate change, community, food, money matters

By Jill Coghlan, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) There’s a real change happening on the land today as innovative farmers and graziers understand the importance of healthy soils.  They understand that sequestering carbon in soils is a means of achieving healthy soils, crops and pastures.  A great bonus to this is that carbon in soils …

Mass protests gave Holland its cycle paths

| climate change, community, health, money matters, transport

By Lizette Salmon, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga and Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) One of the highlights of travelling Europe in my twenties was a bike ride across The Netherlands, the country with the world’s largest number of cyclists and best bike paths. I assumed it had always been king of cycling. Not so, I discovered …

What is the Shark Fin Trade?

| At home, community, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga By now you would have noticed all my articles have one common theme – the Shark Fin Trade. You may wonder what this trade actually is, why I care about ending it and what it means for the sharks. As I have no intention of silencing my voice against the …

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 …