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Sustainable House

| At home, energy

By Ted and Glenda Minty, Minty’s Binderee Grove House Living in a galvanized iron shack for 25 years with hot summers and brisk winters gives one time for reflection. Glenda and I realized it’s relatively easy to keep warm in winter as we have access to firewood, but keeping comfortable in summer, that’s a whole …

My Two Favourite Things in Life

| community, energy, fitness, food, health

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) and Wooragee Landcare “My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles.  They both move people forward without wasting anything.” – Peter Golkin, Public Information Officer at Arlington Public Library , USA. I love libraries.  Not only are they cool in summer and warm in winter, …

Fox Depredation on our Wildlife

| nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare Our First People, the Traditional Owners of our country, must have watched with horror at the Pandora’s Box that the European colonists loosed on their land with the introduction of foxes. I am sure that everyone in Victoria knows the cost to farmers from fox depredation but did you realise that …

Stop the Burning

| climate change, community, energy

By David Macilwain, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) While people may have different motivations for “living lightly”, most like to think that their little efforts and sacrifices will “make a difference”. We can all avoid wasting power, or re-use and recycle, and perhaps encourage others to do the same. That difference we hope to make …

Jawsome Encounters

| community, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga The media so often sensationalises negative shark-human encounters that the positive, heart-warming stories often go unheard. In fact 60% of all shark stories are portrayed in a negative light. This could be for a number of reasons, most likely the “jaws” mentality. The reality is that you have a higher …

We Need to Talk About Science

| community

By Janien Ferguson, Albury City Council What is going on in the world of science? Climate change, genetically modified food, windmills, vaccination…why do some issues in science become so contentious and how do we address each other’s concerns in a respectful way while communicating the facts and benefits of the science? We often hear about amazing breakthroughs …

Jobs and Growth – but for who?

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Olivia Noto, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga With another election not far away and by-elections happening left, right and centre, one must wonder what tedious mantra the leaders of the nation will take any opportunity to repeat. Anyone’s trained pet bird would’ve surely echoed last election’s ‘jobs and growth’ catchphrase the Turnbull Government loved spinning like a broken …

30 Fast Facts

| community, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Good morning ocean lovers and those who just enjoy learning something new every day! Today while you eat your breakfast and sip your coffee I am going to give you 30 fast facts, all relating to our oceans, enjoy! 90% of the global shark population has been destroyed The Great …

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 …