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Monday, August 26, 2013
Govt strategies make boring reading - but to make change one has to begin at the beginning, as the King said in Alice in Wonderland
Here is the Waste Strategy for Ballarat, the city where I live. I know it looks boring but what I would like to know is - do you think it does the trick? Does it help people to REALLY know how and what to recycle?
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Dear Waste Wielders,
Sometimes it would be great to have a jet aircraft or time machine at one's beck and call. And if I had some marvellous free transport near at hand, I would be off to New York City for this event. Food, food waste, composting etc are topics of great interest to me.
It appears that a star-studded cast has been assembled for this foodtank event.
I live in Ballarat - and I would love to have such an event with speakers of this calibre speaking here. Locally, if such an event were to take place in Ballarat, we might have some speakers to touch on the topics of the waste associated with the destruction of fruit trees because the processor won't give producers contracts; the waste if low supermarket prices drive dairy farmers from their farms or into other forms of food production.
There are three things that keeps us alive - clean air, clean water, fresh food. While we are working to alert the world to Climate Change and renewable energy, we ignore at our peril this trinity of basics. Included in this short list are the background issues - good, sound, productive soil; regulation of any interference or possible interference with the cleanliness and freshness of our air, water and food; the maintenance of fair livelihoods.
So can we have a big think and discussion about this?
Blessings from Miss Eagle ~~~
A very special evening discussion bringing together the New York City food movement for food waste awareness week. Hosted by Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
Sept 19th 5:30PM to 7:30PM EST
The Snapple Theater, 1627 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019
and many more to be announced soon!
Drinks and light snacks included!
$25 donation. Limited tickets available, purchase now.
If you have any questions, please call 202-590-1037 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I know that many parts of the east coast of Australia have been too darn wet this year and for a while. Places like Bundaberg in Queensland are still suffering dreadfully from the effects of flood. Victoria is no longer either in flood nor is it experiencing drought. Vic only came out of a twelve year drought a couple of years ago. The people of Victoria learned not to waste water - even those living in Melbourne. While things are not as bad they were, there are indicators that we have drifted away somewhat from our water thrift. The comments below from Danielle Nierenberg will, I hope, serve to remind us about water waste as we come up to UN World Water Day on 22 March.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Not exactly the sort of architecture you would see or want at Mt Evelyn
but you get the drift of what is possible.
An Australian-first initiative that encourages residents to use more of their stormwater runoff at home is being proposed for parts of Mount Evelyn.
The two year pilot, developed by Yarra Ranges Council and Melbourne Water, aims to dramatically reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and pollution entering the Little Stringybark Creek..
Yarra Ranges Council has proposed an Environmental Significance Overlay to apply to new developments in the Little Stringybark Creek catchment which create additional hard surfaces, such as roofs or paving, that are greater than 10 square metres.
Planning approval will be conditional on the proponents finding options to capture and treat more of their stormwater runoff onsite.
The pilot program will encourage residents to capture their stormwater at home and use it to flush their toilets, water their gardens and for other non-drinking purposes around the home. It is a practical example of how Integrated Water Cycle Management can be tailored to suit the needs of local communities.
Throughout the trial, all stormwater capture and treatment systems will be awarded a stormwater retention score. Calculated by Melbourne Water, the score will be based on the ability to treat and capture stormwater on site, with a minimum score needed for new developments to proceed.
Treatment options such as raingardens or rainwater tanks that go beyond the minimum requirements may be eligible for partial or full reimbursement by Melbourne Water. Households may also be eligible for Victorian Government rebates through the Living Victoria Water Rebate Program.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Minister for Water, the Honourable Peter Walsh, MLA, has officially opened the $77 million biosolids thermal drying facility at the Black Rock environmental precinct in Connewarre. The ribbon-cutting completed a project that has been more than 10 years in the making.
Every day of the year, the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant treats around 50 million litres of domestic and commercial sewage from the greater Geelong region and creates almost 140 tonnes of biosolids. Biosolids are nutrient-rich and make valuable fertiliser, but must be first dried and turned into pellets.
The biosolids drying facility was built by the Plenary Group and will be operated by the Water Infrastructure Group. The $77 million project was delivered within the Partnerships Victoria framework, an initiative of the Victorian Government.
officially open the biosolids drying facility.