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Plastic Free July

| At home, At work, community, waste

By Wendy Baker, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group Plastic Free July is an international initiative developed by a Perth council to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives. The challenge is to refuse single use plastic during July. Some of you may think it is too difficult to stop using plastic. It is. Plastic …

Premier’s Sustainability Awards

| climate change, community, health, nature

By Cath Newell Why should you enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards? Community garden project tells why. New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change. One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians can demonstrate …

Swap Shop

| At home, community, money matters, waste

By Carolyn Re, Albury If you yearn for a fun-filled shopping spree without spending cash or maxing out your credit card why not try setting up a free ‘swap shop’ at home? A group of my friends did this recently and it worked a treat. Like most people we had assorted items hanging around the house …

Losing a Legend

| At home, community, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga On January 31st this year we lost one of the ocean’s greatest advocates and the sharks’ greatest hero. Rob Stewart grew up swimming and scuba diving. It blossomed to a love of the marine ecosystem, leading Stewart to study biology in school at the University of Western Ontario and …

The Time to Act Is Now

| At home, climate change, community, health, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability It’s not only the head of the Catholic Church who has recognised the invidious nature of human induced Climate Change, and has been prepared to speak out about it. As well as the Christian Churches, Islamic, Buddhist and many other religious groups have ‘Green Faith’ movements which are concerned about protecting …

Adani and Westpac

| climate change, community, money matters, nature

By Tracey Esler  The earth is one big living, breathing, interconnected entity. The Great Barrier Reef is like the canary in the coalmine and it’s seriously ill. Our very own Westpac Bank may well put the final nail in the Reef’s coffin if they lend money for the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. …

“Bringing the Light”

| community, money matters, nature

By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta Stephanie Woollard is one of the most impressive young people I have met in my life. In August last year Stephanie invited me to a screening of the documentary ‘Bringing the Light’ which portrays the company ‘Seven Women’, and the impact the company has on many of the poorest women and men …

Volunteering

| community, health, waste

By Lizette Salmon,  Repair Café Albury-Wodonga coordinator It’s often said that volunteers are the lifeblood of an organisation. I disagree. At Albury-Wodonga’s Repair Café they’re the blood, the guts, the heart and the backbone. Our Repair Café opened in November 2015 and keeps getting better, thanks to an ever-growing team of dedicated helpers. At each session …

Climate as a Common Good

| At home, climate change, community, nature

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) and Wooragee Landcare While the Catholic Church has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons, the Pope has outlined a clear understanding of climate change in his Encyclical Letter “Laudato si” written in May 2015. In part of that letter the Pope quite rightly …

Where is my Tiny House?

| At home, community, energy, money matters

By Lubosh Hanuska, Organiser of Tiny Houses Albury Wodonga and President of SOAP House Design Inc. The Tiny House movement is now a global phenomenon. However, small dwellings are nothing new. Without embarking on the journey across the globe listing all the small homes people live in let’s be honest with ourselves, personally. Before you continue …