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Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival 2016

| At home, At work, community, energy, food, garden, health, money matters, nature, waste

 By Amber Rodd,  Energy & Sustainability Officer, AlburyCity This year’s Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival is better than ever with a new, improved and extended format. Our month-long program covers all of November and includes more than fifty events, from workshops, talks and films through to markets, exhibits and tours. Green thumbs will love our …

Thrifty – A Sensible Life Choice

| At home, community, energy, food, health, money matters, waste

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery Being thrifty is not about being miserly. The dictionary defines thrifty as follows: Using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. With this in mind, I do believe it is a sensible approach for living life. From an early age I witnessed my parents struggling through hard times in a …

Generating Electricity

| climate change, community, energy, money matters

 By Bruce Key, Member of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH)     There is some good news and some bad news.  First the bad news.  During the next several decades most of the electricity generating infrastructure using coal as a fuel will need to be replaced.  The reasons are obsolescence, air pollution and CO2 emissions. Now …

Cooking Under Pressure

| At home, energy, food, health, money matters

By Leanne Murphy, Beechworth        I’m a recent convert to the wonders of pressure cooking, and wanted to share the benefits of this efficient way to cook all manner of meals, from steaming vegetables through to cooking hearty stews. We’ve had our pressure cooker for a couple of years now, and I love it.  When I first broached …

Winter is coming

| At home, energy, money matters

By Melissa Kane, Eco friendly Mum … And I’m not talking about A Game of Thrones, but like our favourite Throners it is time to prepare to do battle (with winter around your home). I would like to share a couple of life hacks with you to make winter more bearable. My favourite is the …

Getting Around Cities

| At home, At work, energy, fitness, transport

By Sue Brunskill, Teacher, National Environment Centre, and member of Wooragee Landcare I have just had a weekend in Melbourne and my friend and I hired a bike- $45 each for two days hire including helmet and bike chain. We left from the city and rode out to Williamstown on great bike paths along the …

Taking the Local Harvest Challenge

| At home, community, energy, food, garden, waste

By Karen Retra, Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga I’m taking the Local Harvest Challenge, a national initiative encouraging people to make mindful food choices for a week (localharvest.org.au). Not because I’m usually into food challenges, nor because I’ve got all the answers, but because it’s a great excuse to re-examine where my food comes from. And whether my …

Planned Obsolescence

| community, energy, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Coordinator, Repair Café Albury-Wodonga Planned obsolescence is now a crime in France. Marvellous, isn’t it? Since August 2015, company directors face a two-year prison sentence and significant fine if they use techniques that deliberately reduce the lifespan of products. This legislation was introduced to protect consumers from such practices, reduce the volume …

Atmosphere of Hope

| climate change, community, energy

By Melissa Kane, Eco-friendly mum An atmosphere of hope is certainly how I felt after listening to Tim Flannery speak at the Write Around the Murray festival recently. Tim discussed his new book of the same title. I highly recommend reading his book or listening to the podcast at http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/09/30/4322635.htm. I am a keen sustainability …

Rethink your reuse and recycling

| At home, At work, energy, food, waste

By Zara Barlow, age 14, Albury As a society we throw away way too many things. Australians produce over eighteen million tonnes of waste every year. On average each Australian discards 330 kilograms of paper, 552 aluminium cans, 118 kilograms of plastic, 74 kilograms metals, 414 kilograms food and 206 glass bottles and jars. So much …