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Living a lie

| nature

By Jonathon Howard It’s a dark moonless night and a male moth is out searching the neighbourhood. Although its dark, the moth does not need his eyes for this search. He uses his antenna. He picks up a scent. It’s a girl. He immediately turns towards the scent and flies towards it. The scent gets …

Knitting Nannas for Renewables

| climate change

By Liz Hammond I’m retired, a grandmother, and I worry about our future on a warming planet. I’m a sometimes member of the local branch of climate action group Extinction Rebellion (XR) and for the past four years I’ve been a member of Albury Wodonga Knitting Nannas for Renewables. XR is a global environmental movement …

They don’t make them like they used to

| waste

By Alan Hewett How often have you taken something to be repaired and been told it’s cheaper to buy a replacement than fix it? We have an Australian made vacuum cleaner that is over fifty years old. Sure, it’s a bit heavy to drag around but it does its job, and it hasn’t broken down …

Generating electricity

| climate change, energy

By Bruce Key, member of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) It is common to hear wind turbines described as blots on the landscape.  In addition, solar farms are often criticised for taking up large areas of agricultural land, implying that the land is taken out of production.  These criticisms have some validity, but to …

Bats – worth the bother

| nature

 By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga The presence of bats tells much about the health of the environment. Where there are bats, there is bounty! Where there are microbats, there are plenty of insects. Microbats are primary predators of night-flying insects, using a sonar system of echolocation to navigate precisely and catch insects, all at …

When many small contributions add up to large change

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead Let’s deal with one of the more transparent fig leaves that our government uses to try to hide an appalling record on emissions reduction and effective climate action.  I mean that tired old chestnut trotted out by politicians to excuse their pathetic efforts – “but we only emit 1.2% of the world’s …

Step lightly into Spring

| fitness, nature

By Hannah Coates It’s getting almost impossible to find a car park out the front of my workplace. I think it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Recently, I’ve had to park my car and walk the last kilometre to my office. It’s a mere sliver of time, almost lost in the day. …

How things have changed

| climate change

By Libby Rouse Back in the 80’s I was fortunate to have winter holidays at Mt Buffalo Chalet. Run by Vic Rail, it was a quirky and wonderful place. Porters were there year on year, carrying bags, stoking fires, providing supper. The entertainment crew, always the same, would double as ski instructors. They organised games …

Greening our suburbs

| health, nature

By Jonathon Howard I have begun to wonder if property developers have the future of our region at heart. The economic incentive to reduce property setbacks and encourage gutter-to-gutter medium density housing appears to compromise our understanding of a traditional streetscape. Large, healthy street trees are one of the main differences between a suburb with …

Illegal wildlife trade

| nature

By Alan Hewett Our native wildlife is under threat from land clearing, feral animals and of course climate change. But there is a further danger, the illegal wildlife trade. This trade is estimated to be worth $24 billion worldwide, making it a very profitable criminal enterprise. Australia’s native reptiles and birds are particularly in demand. …