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Sharing our Bounty!

| At home, community, food, garden, money matters

By  Sue Slater, Birallee Park Neighbourhood House Many of us plant a zucchini seedling in spring, only to find that we can harvest enough zucchinis to compete with major supermarket growers.  Or how about that lemon tree that reminds us of Nanna’s lemon meringue pie, or the pasta sauce that our Nona used to bottle using home-grown …

Who is a Grinch?

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Claire Coulson  Christmas is the most wasteful time of the year. It’s a well established fact, just ask a garbo. But raising the topic will quickly see you labelled the family Grinch, ‘tis the season to be jolly after all. Instead I try to let my actions do the talking. There are hundreds of ‘green …

Online Shopping

| At home, money matters, transport, waste

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and member of Wooragee Landcare Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?  Not long to go.  Will you go shopping in store or online? I don’t usually shop online as I like to see the item in its actual size and shape, but it seems that I am …

Eco-Building

| At home, energy, garden, money matters, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival event officer Are you building, renovating or wanting to live in a more energy efficient home? This weekend, there will be four free events to help you, including a tiny house experience, speed dates with a sustainable building designer, a workshop on sustainable house design and a …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Swap Shop

| At home, community, money matters, waste

By Carolyn Re, Albury If you yearn for a fun-filled shopping spree without spending cash or maxing out your credit card why not try setting up a free ‘swap shop’ at home? A group of my friends did this recently and it worked a treat. Like most people we had assorted items hanging around the house …

Adani and Westpac

| climate change, community, money matters, nature

By Tracey Esler  The earth is one big living, breathing, interconnected entity. The Great Barrier Reef is like the canary in the coalmine and it’s seriously ill. Our very own Westpac Bank may well put the final nail in the Reef’s coffin if they lend money for the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. …