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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 …

Your Local Park

| community, garden, nature

  By Karen Stacey, President of Friends of Willow Park Living lightly is making the most of what we have and enjoying the beauty around us. One of the low cost, high benefit options available is to spend time in your local park. These urban green spaces are important for the health and wellbeing of the community. …

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 …

Premier’s Sustainability Awards

| climate change, community, health, nature

By Cath Newell Why should you enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards? Community garden project tells why. New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change. One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians can demonstrate …

Losing a Legend

| At home, community, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga On January 31st this year we lost one of the ocean’s greatest advocates and the sharks’ greatest hero. Rob Stewart grew up swimming and scuba diving. It blossomed to a love of the marine ecosystem, leading Stewart to study biology in school at the University of Western Ontario and …

Living Lightly in Albury Wodonga

| At home, fitness, health, nature

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) If there was ever a great place to live lightly it is north-east Victoria.  Because I live in Wodonga, this article will be based around Albury-Wodonga but similar comments could be made about other towns in our area. Aside from the normal sporting facilities that are …

The Time to Act Is Now

| At home, climate change, community, health, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability It’s not only the head of the Catholic Church who has recognised the invidious nature of human induced Climate Change, and has been prepared to speak out about it. As well as the Christian Churches, Islamic, Buddhist and many other religious groups have ‘Green Faith’ movements which are concerned about protecting …

A Convenient Choice to Make A Difference

| At home, energy, nature, waste

By Claire Greenhalgh, Sustainable Activity Centre Think about this number for a minute – 156.8 billion.  In this country, we have used and disposed of 156.8 billion plastic bags since 1977.  (That’s close to 429,000 every hour).  Amazing isn’t it? But the most amazing thing is how they are created and how long they last.  These 156.8 billion …

A Snake Tale

| At home, garden, nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare I had just been watering the vegies in case the predicted storm didn’t eventuate and I found a big red-bellied black snake caught up in the bird netting which I had put over my seedlings.  The wind had blown it off the bed and the snake was tangled up in it.  …