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Wodonga Middle Years College sustainable gardening tour

| community, food, garden, health

By Helena Foster, School Community Gardener, Wodonga Middle Years College Felltimber Campus Back in the 70’s I read a memorable article in Grass Roots magazine by the late Neil Douglas, Australian artist, environmentalist and advocate for sustainable living, where he stressed the need for schools to run gardening as part of every child’s education. Prophetically, …

Albury Waste Management Centre tours

| community, waste

By Karen Brawn, Halve Waste How much do you know about where your waste goes? What happens to your mattresses, tyres, e-waste and polystyrene? Want to know how the landfill powers 1500 Albury homes or what a dirty MRF is? If you’re curious, Albury Waste Management Centre will be opening their gates and hosting tours …

Living Lightly at Festivals and Events

| community, waste

By Sharon Potocnik, Coordinator, Sustainable Activity Centre, Gateway Island As waste awareness grows, seeing the ground littered with plastic bottles and food wrappers when the crowds go home is becoming less acceptable to festival and event goers.  As an example, a local event provided red and yellow lidded bins which attendees dutifully used to separate their …

Renewable Energy

| community, energy

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) A modern economy needs a reliable supply of low-cost electricity. In Australia at present our electricity is expensive when compared to other countries.   This raises the question of whether renewable energy is more or less expensive than electricity produced by fossil fuels, predominantly coal. Renewable energy enthusiasts …

Repair Café Sewing Machine Maintenance Demos

| At home, community, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Repair Café coordinator Most of you probably sharpen your kitchen knives regularly and service your cars annually, but if you have a sewing machine do you maintain it regularly too? Feeling guilty? Never serviced your machine or don’t know how? Never fear, Repair Café is here.  We’re offering two free sewing machine …

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, …

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 …