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Weekly News Digest – Wednesday 23rd April

Posted on 23 April 2008 by e-news

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MASG News and Events

Australian Poetry Festival – thank you to the MASG member who donated the award for the most outstanding poem on the issue on climate change. The prize winning poem will be announced during the Meet the Poets session on Friday 25th April, from 1.45 until 2.45pm in the Market building, Mostyn Street. All MASG members are welcome to come and have a drink while you meet and mingle with the poets.

Free bike hire: Can you spare some time during the Poetry Festival to help with bike hire? All you need do is be at MASG between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 26th April and Sunday 27th April; help people select a bike and helmet that suits them, ensure that they know how to ride a bike and use the brakes etc., and log the bike in and out. A good book will come in handy! Email if you’re able to help.

Solar display home – building underway this week, with the slab poured on 21 April.

The Wind Park Open Day was a great success. Over 100 people visited the Phee Broadway Theatre last Saturday to learn more about the project and ask questions. The atmosphere was very positive, with 100% of feedback sheets completed registering support for the community owned wind park concept. To continue engaging the community in this project, we intend to organise information stands at various events and run tours to a wind farm in Ararat. If you would like to be part of the team developing this important initiative or would like further information, please contact Jayson on 5470 6978 or email

Retail Development on the corner of Forest and Wheeler Streets. Lets Make It Sustainable! MASG member, Doug Falconer, requests that MASG members scrutinise the planning application for the proposed retail development on Forest / Wheeler Streets. If you can help or wish to add your input into the public comments for the planning application contact Doug on 5472 5300 or

Detox your home! Mount Alexander Shire Council is having a free household chemical disposal service on Saturday 10th May. Drop off unwanted aerosol cans, insect spray, paint cans, weed killer etc at the Landfill site, Sluicers Rd, Vic Roads 628 C9. For further information, pick up a leaflet at the MASG office or contact Council on: 5471 1700

MASG media watch:
“Love’s Harvest – Raspberries”. SBS Wednesday 23 April at 8pm – Inside Australia. Final part of series looking at organic farming and set locally in Yandoit.

Interesting Events, Information and Links

Forum on Climate Change: Sunday 27 April at 5.00 – 6.30pm, Castlemaine Uniting Church in Lyttleton St, Castlemaine. Come along and hear Tito Tapungao talk about his experience of living in Tuvalu with the effects of global warming and how the Uniting Church is responding. Enquiries: Rev. Gordon Bannon 5470 6007

Garnaut Interim Report: This is an important time to support Prof Garnaut’s efforts. Please take five minutes to respond, by contacting Jane Morton or Wendy French on

Remember Your Bag Campaign working group: expressions of interest to participate in a Calder Regional Waste Management Group. Rather than “plastic bag free” campaign they are planning a “remember your bag” campaign: most people have their own bags, they just forget them. Kerrie Tomkins: , 5427 3803 / 0419 106 461

Legislating for sustainable housing: You’ll need broadband, and go about 15 minutes into the program

Energy Transformed: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation. This 600+ page Online Textbook provides FREE access to a comprehensive education and training package that brings together the knowledge of how countries, specifically Australia can achieve deep cuts.

Africa:Increase Agricultural Productivity While Reducing the Environmental Footprint‘.

Conference on World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy – June 3 to 5, 2008 + IAASTD – Agriculture – The Need for Change

2020 Conference: Link to wrap up talks.
And a further interesting link to a summiteers report on the Climate Change discussions.

Quote of the week:

An old Scottish proverb says: “Never fear the wind if your haystack is tied down.”

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