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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 …

Why will the Basin plan always seem to be ‘flawed’

| climate change, community, nature

By Jonathon Howard, Albury The future of Murray Darling Basin is one of the most important environmental issues facing our Nation.  Yet a Plan for its future, which uses some of our best science, is often claimed to be flawed. Why is this so? Sustainability is not just about science, it is also about fairness and …

Tasteless Produce

| At home, community, food, garden, health

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery We are fortunate living in a country with so much variety of foodstuffs in the Supermarkets but we are unfortunate in being presented a tasteless product. When did you last see a bug, blemish or soil on fruit and vegetables in the Supermarket? Unless you grow your own or you shop at …

Stop Adani film night

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Olivia Noto, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga If anyone tries to tell you that moving house days before Christmas with a teething baby is a good idea, they’re lying. But as it turned out, last year my family and I became the latest ‘tree changers’ to move from Melbourne to Wodonga, rejoicing in its fresh air, wide …

The Fix

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta A couple of years back I heard of something called Repair Café. Someone in Amsterdam had the idea to help people fix their broken goods and keep them from going to landfill. At the time I thought ‘What a great idea’.  I also thought ‘a lot of effort for little gain’ and …

Storage of Electricity

| climate change, community, energy

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Renewable energy is very popular, but it has a big drawback – its intermittency.  This raises the question of how to store electricity so that it is available when required. The obvious answer is batteries, but it is difficult to have sufficient batteries to supply energy for …

Sharing our Bounty!

| At home, community, food, garden, money matters

By  Sue Slater, Birallee Park Neighbourhood House Many of us plant a zucchini seedling in spring, only to find that we can harvest enough zucchinis to compete with major supermarket growers.  Or how about that lemon tree that reminds us of Nanna’s lemon meringue pie, or the pasta sauce that our Nona used to bottle using home-grown …

Food Excess From Your Garden

| community, food, garden

By Joan Jones,  Trust for Nature Covenanter   Many of us have had bumper crops of fruit and vegetables this year, but what to do with the excess? We’ve made jams, jellies, sauces, relishes and soups. We’ve bottled, dried, pickled and frozen to such an extent the freezer and pantry are full. We’ve loaded up friends and …

Why We Care About Adani

| climate change, community, nature

By Sally Hendy and Jan Hastings, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga The Adani Carmichael coal mine concerns us greatly, so we’re off to a queue-in at Sussan Ley’s office tomorrow and would love you to join us. We live in Albury, so why should we care about a mine in Queensland? We care because we live in a …

Is the End of the World Nigh?

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Alan Hewitt, Chiltern

Living Lightly articles give an insight into efforts at sustainable living and protecting and preserving our natural environment. They are often inspirational and reflect the mantra, ‘think global, act local’. The battle to save our planet begins in our own backyards but have the world’s problems simply …