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Reducing Environmental Nasties

| At home, health, money matters, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Albury-Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival event officer No one likes polluted land or water, but how many of us do as much as we can to prevent it as well-loved local Luisa Pelizzari? Radio presenter Luisa is mindful of ‘invisible’ contaminants and avoids harmful chemicals in garden, cleaning and personal care products. “It …

Saving Energy

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

By Lizette Salmon, Sustainable Living Festival event officer So much of what we do is automatic – jump in the car, switch on the air-con, pop clothes in the drier, but such habits hit the hip-pocket and harm the environment. What if we hopped on a bike, flicked on a fan and hung out the washing …

Reducing Waste

| At home, nature, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Sustainable Living Festival event officer November marks the start of Albury-Wodonga’s popular Sustainable Living Festival, a month long calendar of events, including a free entry fair featuring a tiny house experience at Junction Square on Saturday, November 18. To celebrate this year’s festival, eight well-loved locals have agreed to share their living …

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, …