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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 …

Why will the Basin plan always seem to be ‘flawed’

| climate change, community, nature

By Jonathon Howard, Albury The future of Murray Darling Basin is one of the most important environmental issues facing our Nation.  Yet a Plan for its future, which uses some of our best science, is often claimed to be flawed. Why is this so? Sustainability is not just about science, it is also about fairness and …

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 …

Stop Adani film night

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Olivia Noto, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga If anyone tries to tell you that moving house days before Christmas with a teething baby is a good idea, they’re lying. But as it turned out, last year my family and I became the latest ‘tree changers’ to move from Melbourne to Wodonga, rejoicing in its fresh air, wide …

The Fix

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta A couple of years back I heard of something called Repair Café. Someone in Amsterdam had the idea to help people fix their broken goods and keep them from going to landfill. At the time I thought ‘What a great idea’.  I also thought ‘a lot of effort for little gain’ and …

Sustainable Easter

| food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Can you believe it’s the end of March already?! Where has this year gone! As Easter is only a few days away I thought I would remind you of your sustainable seafood options for Good Friday (and any day of the year!) Now I know I may sound like a …

Peregrines & Needletails

| health, nature

By Stephen Routledge, Stanley The Ovens Fire Tower complex maintained and operated by DELWP includes the towers at Mt Hotham, Mt Porpunkah, Mt Stanley and the new tower at Mt Barambogie. Being employed up these towers during the fire season, one has the privilege of being closer to the clouds, having an amazing view over the …

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 …