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Why We Care About Adani

| climate change, community, nature

By Sally Hendy and Jan Hastings, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga The Adani Carmichael coal mine concerns us greatly, so we’re off to a queue-in at Sussan Ley’s office tomorrow and would love you to join us. We live in Albury, so why should we care about a mine in Queensland? We care because we live in a …

What’s that Jewel Flying Around in Your Garden?

| garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard, Albury Sometimes the small things that surround us can be fascinating. Cuckoo wasps are those remarkable iridescent blue-green jewels you see hovering slowly around your house looking for wasp nests.  Although about the size of a fly, these wasps live a bold and vibrant lifestyle. You see, cuckoo wasps are ‘parastoids’. That is, they …

Is the End of the World Nigh?

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Alan Hewitt, Chiltern

Living Lightly articles give an insight into efforts at sustainable living and protecting and preserving our natural environment. They are often inspirational and reflect the mantra, ‘think global, act local’. The battle to save our planet begins in our own backyards but have the world’s problems simply …

Food For Thought

| community, food, garden, nature

By Lauriston Muirhead, Albury Wodonga Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Food Recipe Seed Sunlight Water Soil Air Mix above ingredients gently together in the correct proportions (follow specific instructions on seed packets) in a comfortable place for several weeks.  When ready, harvest, prepare, serve and eat. This old favourite recipe for life has been passed down from …

Nuclear Not The Answer

| climate change, energy, health, nature

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern ‘Anything but renewables’ seems to be the mantra of the moment. If the continual use of coal for power generation isn’t enough there are calls for a nuclear power industry to be developed. Proponents argue that nuclear power emits low greenhouse emissions and can provide continuous base load power. A nuclear industry …

Summer Plant Survival

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Charlie Robinson, Beechworth Keeping plants alive throughout the hot Summer months can be a challenge for most people, particularly if they live on larger properties.  But it shouldn’t be if you follow these tried and proven steps.  We live on ten acres and we ensure that every plant receives adequate water , even at the …

No Longer Plenty More Fish in the Sea

| At home, food, nature, waste

By Francesca Ciantar I’m on the seafood diet; I see food, and I eat it – Homer Simpson Perched on an island as we are, both Indigenous Australians and European settlers alike have historically enjoyed the fruits of the sea. Furthermore, as a nation of people who enjoy a summer Christmas as opposed to a …

Fascination with shark encounters

| food, health, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Whenever I begin a new job my Mum always says to me, “Tess try not to talk about sharks for at least the first week” and every time I try and fail miserably! I can usually stretch it out to day 2 and then it begins; “did you know flake …

Seeing our landscape with a personal view

| At home, garden, health, nature

By Stephen Routledge, Stanley As a child, I was the youngest of four boys, born in the 1950s, into an Essex farming family. I grew up on an East Anglian arable farm with 20ft of topsoil that had been farmed eons before the Romans arrived in Britain in 54 BC. This rolling, wooded landscape, steeped with …

Our Native Garden Nursery Tour

| community, garden, nature

By Corinne and Jill Dawson for Our Native Garden Nursery Our Native Garden is a not-for-profit, volunteer run native plant nursery dedicated to developing balanced ecosystems. As part of the Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival, Our Native Garden Nursery will be hosting a free tour on Sunday 26 November from 11.00am to 12.30pm, where you …