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Living Lightly articles

Living Lightly is a collection of local stories about sustainable living.
The column commenced in 2012 and until 2023 was published in the Border Mail newspaper each week.

The content is community sourced – groups, organisations and individuals have written and contributed each of these informative and entertaining articles – all overseen by a local volunteer coordinator.
We are currently considering a monthly schedule for articles, stay tuned as we explore this option.

Here you can browse and search previous articles or subscribe to receive an email each time an article is published.

The Living Lightly coordinator is always keen to receive articles! Use the link below to find out how you can submit an article for the column.

With a big thank you to all the Living Lightly authors for contributing to this wonderful collection of articles.


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Swamp Wallaby

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability In this week’s Living Lightly we are featuring a marsupial, the Swamp Wallaby.  They are solitary, nocturnal animals that

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Eastern Rosella

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability One of our most commonly seen and widespread parrots is the Eastern Rosella, and it is arguably one of

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Planting tips and tricks

By Jonathon Howard It is great time to be getting things into the ground. Especially local natives because they create a garden that not only survives but thrives. But planting is not as simple

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Laughing Kookaburra

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability The raucous cackle of the Laughing Kookaburra is an essential feature of our region’s dawn chorus and is instantly

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Environmental Problem Shifting

By Alan Hewett A recent article by comedian Rowan Atkinson, (a.k.a. ‘Mr Bean’), has caused some controversy. Although he has owned an electric vehicle (EV) for nine years he claims

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Yellow box

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability Yellow Box is a native tree that grows locally and is highly valued for both its attractive form and

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The population problem

By Alan Hewett In 1968 Paul and Anne Erlich published a book called ‘The Population Bomb.’ It predicted that over- population would place huge stresses on the environment and cause

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Olive Legless Lizard

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability There are several species of legless lizards found throughout this region, perhaps the most commonly encountered being the Olive

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