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Food Waste

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Alan Hewett, Trust For Nature Covenanter In our family growing up we were expected to eat everything on our plates at meal times. The idea of wasting food was anathema. Today in our household I still feel guilty if I leave a morsel. Any food scraps are composted or fed to the chooks, nothing …

Presence for Christmas

| At home, community, health, waste

By Claire Greenhalgh, Director of the Sustainable Activity Centre We have seven chickens and love to give any spare eggs to friends and family. Often, we have more than we need in our humble home of four, so we gladly share. Frequently it’s done with an exchange of some other item while spending time with the recipient; …

Turtles in Trouble

| At home, community, nature, waste

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Long Necked Turtles (also called Eastern Snake Necked Turtles or ‘stinkers’, are often seen  crossing our wetland lined road.  In the absence of a Turtle Crossing Supervisor they are surely taking their lives in their little webbed feet.  Fortunately, on this quiet country road it is usually possible to stop a …

People Powered Economy: A Forum On Social Enterprise

| community, food, health, waste

By Dr Helen Masterman Smith, Charles Sturt University Local residents are leading the way on sustainable community development projects at The Commons in North Albury. Established in July this year by the Goodlife Community Co-operative, The Commons is run by residents who enjoy working with others to help people, animals and the earth. It’s a …

Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival 2016

| At home, At work, community, energy, food, garden, health, money matters, nature, waste

 By Amber Rodd,  Energy & Sustainability Officer, AlburyCity This year’s Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival is better than ever with a new, improved and extended format. Our month-long program covers all of November and includes more than fifty events, from workshops, talks and films through to markets, exhibits and tours. Green thumbs will love our …

Cycling Trips and Tips

| community, fitness, health, transport, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Repair Café Albury-Wodonga As you read this while munching your cornflakes, I’ll be on day two of a three day cycling holiday on the Great Victorian Rail Trail. It’s Australia’s longest continuous rail trail, running from Tallarook (just south of Seymour) to Mansfield, a total of 134km. I’ll be pumping the pedals with my …

Thrifty – A Sensible Life Choice

| At home, community, energy, food, health, money matters, waste

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery Being thrifty is not about being miserly. The dictionary defines thrifty as follows: Using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. With this in mind, I do believe it is a sensible approach for living life. From an early age I witnessed my parents struggling through hard times in a …

Eco-friendly Decluttering

| At home, health, money matters, waste

By Thea McCarthy, Wangaratta In my parents’ and grandparents’ time it was an era of austerity and there wasn’t much stuff around. The experience of scarcity, of material things being limited and valuable, is now largely history.  In our throw-away society we accumulate more because it usually costs less to buy a new item than it …

Food Swap

| At home, community, food, waste

By Sue Slater, Projects Manager, Birallee Park Neighbourhood House Inc Had a bumper crop? Don’t know what to do with your excess? Maybe the solution for you is Food Swap. The idea of a food swap or exchange is not new. Our ancestors bartered with produce, between families, between villagers and between villages. As towns …

Degradable plastic bags – be aware!

| community, health, nature, waste

 By John Lloyd, Benalla Sustainable Future Group Next time you accept a degradable plastic bag at a store, think again – you may be doing little to help the environment and adding dangerous microplastics to rivers and oceans, experts say. This warning has prompted a Senate committee to call for a public awareness campaign to …