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Wangaratta Sustainability Workshops Success

| At home, At work, community, garden, nature, waste

By Jasen Smith, Wangaratta Library Recently in March Wangaratta Library held the program ‘March into Sustainability’, a series of workshops focused on sustainability and gardening. This program ran in conjunction with the Wangaratta Sustainability Network. Workshops covered various topics from worm farms, beekeeping, wicking beds and sustainability for busy people. Each of the events were well attended with …

Winter Delights

| At home, garden, health, nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare For 65 years of my life I lived in tropical North Queensland and, while I loved living there, I was always sick with infected sinuses.  I have been living in Woolshed Valley, N.E. Victoria, now for 5 years and my health has improved immensely.  In that time I haven’t had one …

The Environment

| At home, community, health, nature

By Glenn Wilson, Tallangatta Valley Environmental protection laws have been enacted into legislation to protect ‘the environment’.  I say ‘the environment’ as opposed to ‘our environment’ even though it is our environment, but it is also the environment of all living things on this our Earth.   It is with all life, and indeed the life of …

Golden Yak Award

| At home, community, energy, nature, waste

By Kim McConchie, Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) Committee member Chris Horton & Karen Dods were awarded a Golden Yak by TRY (Totally Renewable Yackandandah) during the Earth Hour festival event, for their commitment to sustainability and renewable energy. You’d think a tornado taking out 300 trees might be a bit of a setback, but for Chris …

Spiders, wasps and other creatures – friend or foe?

| At home, garden, nature

By David Thurley, Albury If we are to believe the advertisements we see so frequently on TV, we are besieged by bacteria and insects that pose an immediate threat to our safety and that of our children.  We are told that every surface in the house is covered with bacteria (which is true) and that they …

A Plastic Ocean – starts here in our towns

| At home, At work, community, money matters, nature, waste

By Nicki Munro, Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability Did you know that just 8.7 plastic checkout bags contain enough embodied petroleum energy to drive a car 1 kilometre? Or that by 2050 plastic items could outnumber fish in the ocean? Australians are the second highest producers of waste per person (after the US), with each …

Plastic Free July: More Ideas

| At home, community, waste

By Ann Brain, Wangaratta Sustainability Network Thank you to Wendy Baker for her suggested ways of avoiding single-use plastics (Living Lightly 21/6/17). Plastic Free July is a great way to get ideas and get motivated to reduce plastic in our everyday lives. The challenge is to avoid all single-use plastics or the top four; supermarket bags, …

Repair Cafe’s 1,000th item

| At home, community, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Coordinator Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga Speech pathology student Vanessa has been invited to an 18th birthday. The night before the party she opens her wardrobe, contemplating an outfit. A pretty floral dress catches her eye. But what’s this? It has a split seam. Vanessa doesn’t own a sewing machine. She’s been shown how …

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 …

Living with Batteries

| At home, climate change, energy, money matters, waste

By David Macilwain, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) When people ‘who already had electricity’ began putting solar panels on their roofs, we off-gridders were a bit sceptical. These people weren’t used to skimping a bit to save power, or even at all, and weren’t about to give up on all those juice-guzzling devices we never had. …