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Fan-tailed cuckoo

| nature

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability When winter moves to spring one of the birds that becomes increasingly visible locally is the Fan-tailed Cuckoo. This large slender cuckoo with its repeated, sad-sounding descending trill is one of the most distinctive sounds of the Australian bush. Adult Fan-tailed Cuckoo is easily …

Life. Be In It

| climate change, community

By Kirsten Coates A generation ago, our public service campaigns were about “Slip, Slop, Slap”, “Keep Australia Beautiful” and “Life. Be in it”. Looking back nostalgically at this time is like comfort food; simple, palatable and easy to digest. How much more difficult is it now to consume the messages about climate change, refugee crises …

Watching the river flow

| nature

By Jonathon Howard The river is important to most of us. We use its water for drinking, washing, growing food, and even for recreation.  No wonder determining how we share this resource is a key environmental challenge for the basin community. The NSW Parliament is currently conducting hearings into Floodplain Harvesting. While ‘floodplain harvesting’ might …

The value of a garden

| garden

By David Thurley The Roman philosopher Cicero once said “If you have a library and a garden you have everything you need.” Gardens mean so many things to different people and that may vary from time to time. Our native garden changes with the seasons as the various native trees and bushes flower and grow. …

Living a lie

| nature

By Jonathon Howard It’s a dark moonless night and a male moth is out searching the neighbourhood. Although its dark, the moth does not need his eyes for this search. He uses his antenna. He picks up a scent. It’s a girl. He immediately turns towards the scent and flies towards it. The scent gets …

Knitting Nannas for Renewables

| climate change

By Liz Hammond I’m retired, a grandmother, and I worry about our future on a warming planet. I’m a sometimes member of the local branch of climate action group Extinction Rebellion (XR) and for the past four years I’ve been a member of Albury Wodonga Knitting Nannas for Renewables. XR is a global environmental movement …

They don’t make them like they used to

| waste

By Alan Hewett How often have you taken something to be repaired and been told it’s cheaper to buy a replacement than fix it? We have an Australian made vacuum cleaner that is over fifty years old. Sure, it’s a bit heavy to drag around but it does its job, and it hasn’t broken down …

Generating electricity

| climate change, energy

By Bruce Key, member of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) It is common to hear wind turbines described as blots on the landscape.  In addition, solar farms are often criticised for taking up large areas of agricultural land, implying that the land is taken out of production.  These criticisms have some validity, but to …

Bats – worth the bother

| nature

 By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga The presence of bats tells much about the health of the environment. Where there are bats, there is bounty! Where there are microbats, there are plenty of insects. Microbats are primary predators of night-flying insects, using a sonar system of echolocation to navigate precisely and catch insects, all at …

When many small contributions add up to large change

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead Let’s deal with one of the more transparent fig leaves that our government uses to try to hide an appalling record on emissions reduction and effective climate action.  I mean that tired old chestnut trotted out by politicians to excuse their pathetic efforts – “but we only emit 1.2% of the world’s …