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Talking to the animals

| nature

By Jonathon Howard Doctor Doolittle was a hero in my younger years. His ability to talk to the animals was a gift I wish I had. Only when I got older did I realise that his song in the movie was actually right: we can all “grunt, squeak, and squawk with the animals and they …

Live lightly and save money

| At home, energy, money matters

By Bruce Key, member of Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH)  For some people, the phrase living lightly implies a spartan existence and additional costs.  This need not be so. Take for instance the obvious example of solar panels. The payback period is only a few years and thereafter you save money on your electricity …

A tale for our times

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead On the planet Erath, there lived a dragon. Over hundreds of millions of years it sometimes slept and sometimes caused death and destruction.   Many different things made the dragon angry or sleepy.  When the dragon had been sleeping for a long time, people were able to plant their crops and raise …

Learning from each other is the best way

| community, nature

By Sue Brunskill, Wooragee Landcare On a perfect autumn afternoon recently, more than 40 people came together to share and learn about cultural burning on a property in Wooragee. This was the final scheduled burn on this current project but hopefully the practice will continue in this region. Cultural burning projects have been happening in …

Community web supporting environment

| health, nature

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga Ever since the Albury Wodonga Corporation gifted environmental lands to the community in the 1990’s, local people have demonstrated the value of that gift. Individuals young and old, University and TAFE students seeking to apply their knowledge, school classes from pre-school to U3A, local businesses large and small and community …

A Dam Good Idea

| At home, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard I’ve built a series of ‘leaky weirs’ on my property. A leaky weir is a structure designed to slow water flow, filter the water through the vegetation, and reconnect the water to the surrounding floodplain. People might be familiar with these structures if they have seen Peter Andrew’s ‘Natural Sequence Farming’ on …

It’s a Dog’s Life

| At home, nature

By Alan Hewett Since the Covid lockdowns and restrictions dog ownership has increased to such an extent that there is now a shortage of pooches and people are prepared to pay thousands for one. Dogs are loveable of course, (unless you have one next door barking incessantly.) For over eleven thousand years humankind has established …

Helping species movement as the climate changes

| climate change, nature

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga By 2050, the climate in Albury-Wodonga is predicted to be more like that of Forbes in NSW, with fewer frosts and more heat waves, days of 40°C twice as common and heat waves lasting longer. We can expect intense storms in summer dumping more summer rainfall, but less rain in …

Making compost

| food, garden, waste

By Charles Robinson Autumn is compost-making time and I love it.  About twelve years ago I planted an extensive deciduous forest comprising English Oaks, Liquidamber, Claret and Golden Ash, Tulip Trees, Ginko Biloba, Red Oaks and Pin Oaks. These trees have many benefits but, best of all, they provide masses of leaves for the compost. …

Why We Don’t Need Electric Cars but Need Less Cars

| energy, transport

By James G Sloan Some people think electric cars are a partial answer to climate change. They are not. We need fewer cars not different cars. Air quality is not the only problem. Moving to all-electric cars, to the extent they replace existing petrol cars, is positive but inadequate. Our urban road system will have …