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Cycling Trips and Tips

| community, fitness, health, transport, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Repair Café Albury-Wodonga As you read this while munching your cornflakes, I’ll be on day two of a three day cycling holiday on the Great Victorian Rail Trail. It’s Australia’s longest continuous rail trail, running from Tallarook (just south of Seymour) to Mansfield, a total of 134km. I’ll be pumping the pedals with my …

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 …

Eco-friendly Decluttering

| At home, health, money matters, waste

By Thea McCarthy, Wangaratta In my parents’ and grandparents’ time it was an era of austerity and there wasn’t much stuff around. The experience of scarcity, of material things being limited and valuable, is now largely history.  In our throw-away society we accumulate more because it usually costs less to buy a new item than it …

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 …

Degradable plastic bags – be aware!

| community, health, nature, waste

 By John Lloyd, Benalla Sustainable Future Group Next time you accept a degradable plastic bag at a store, think again – you may be doing little to help the environment and adding dangerous microplastics to rivers and oceans, experts say. This warning has prompted a Senate committee to call for a public awareness campaign to …

Autumn and winter

| At home, food, garden, health, nature

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery West For me this time of the year is the best. We are so fortunate having beautiful places like Beechworth, Mount Beauty and Bright that seem to come to life through the cool seasons. Out here at Gerogery West the vegetable gardens are thriving with winter greens, snow peas, beetroot, celery, potatoes …

Personal Sustainability – Start Here

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

By Alison Mitchell, Friend of Willow Park I’ll admit it – I’m a sustainability nerd.  You’ll find me either reading about sustainability issues from one of the many newsletters I subscribe to, learning how and practicing living lightly as much as possible, or working with my wonderful community to enhance our social and natural capital …

Get dirty!

| At home, garden, health, nature

By Melissa Kane, Eco friendly Mum In this gorgeous autumn weather I’m finding myself drawn outdoors, more specifically to my garden and the dirt within. What is so appealing about gardening? The return on my vegie patch is self evident reason for pride and joy, the bounty at the end of the growing period is so rewarding, …

Bone Broth – one of the most healing diet staples

| At home, food, health

By Thea McCarthy, Wangaratta A regrettable outcome of our rushed, throwaway lifestyle has been a decline in the use of meat stocks whereby bones are simmered for long periods of time.  Bone broth is a delicious and nutritious stock that cannot be recommended highly enough. The modern diet, with food grown in degraded soils and high amounts …

Good Friday Food

| At home, health, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Good Friday is just around the corner and with every Good Friday comes the family fish and chip order. This year make an ethical choice when it comes to your fish. Now I am not saying that you can’t eat fish with your chips, however, just take a …