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Words About Birds

| At home, garden, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Network If you are as lucky as I am, you can sit in your garden and hear twenty or more different native bird calls. Luckier still, and you may catch sight of them. Several species of Honeyeaters and an Eastern Spinebill are enjoying the camellias and japonicas. Currawongs craftily teach their …

Living Lightly with Ease

| At home, energy, waste

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Many people think that trying to tread lightly on the earth is too much trouble.  But it’s mostly easy and sometimes it returns immediate positive benefits.  Consider the following examples. Each morning I go for a walk on Federation hill where I look down on several flat-roofed …

Repair Café Sewing Machine Maintenance Demos

| At home, community, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Repair Café coordinator Most of you probably sharpen your kitchen knives regularly and service your cars annually, but if you have a sewing machine do you maintain it regularly too? Feeling guilty? Never serviced your machine or don’t know how? Never fear, Repair Café is here.  We’re offering two free sewing machine …

Sustainable House

| At home, energy

By Ted and Glenda Minty, Minty’s Binderee Grove House Living in a galvanized iron shack for 25 years with hot summers and brisk winters gives one time for reflection. Glenda and I realized it’s relatively easy to keep warm in winter as we have access to firewood, but keeping comfortable in summer, that’s a whole …

Thinking of Shade

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Jenny Indian, Stanley Despite the fact that you may currently be languishing in winter sun and actively seeking out those sunny spots out of the wind, now is the time to really think about summer shade – the why’s, the where’s and the what species. Over winter barerooted tree stock is available – it is much …

Being more Australian

| At home, community, garden

By Bruce Nulty, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network (WULN) The Society for Growing Australian Native plants had a strong influence in Alice Springs during the 20 years we lived there, before moving to Wodonga 17 years ago. I revisited Alice Springs early last year and was surprised to see grass in the Todd River but  disappointed to …

What is the Shark Fin Trade?

| At home, community, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga By now you would have noticed all my articles have one common theme – the Shark Fin Trade. You may wonder what this trade actually is, why I care about ending it and what it means for the sharks. As I have no intention of silencing my voice against the …

Predation and Culling

| At home, food, garden, nature

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern  When we first moved onto out rural property we were plagued by Sparrows. They nested in the roof, were noisy, messy and hostile to the native birds. We tried various measures to get rid of them, including building a Sparrow trap which caught nary a one. Then, over a period of time they …

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 …

Say No to Flake

| At home, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Before Easter I wrote an article regarding the sustainability of our seafood, in particular, flake. Little did I expect the CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to reply and downplay the facts. When a little article in a local paper gets this kind of national attention our message …