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Of termites and wind and divestment

Posted on 27 February 2014 by e-news

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This fortnight we’ll let you in on a few workshops to help you build your house, compost for your garden, a killer termite treatment for under your house and a better place for your money than the Big Four.

And of course, this week the NHMRC found what we suspected all along (because of the 19 earlier reviews and reports … )

Windfarms safe – NHMRC

Australia’s leading expert public health organisation, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), has found no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms cause ill health in humans.

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SamsungCompost field day

Learn how to undertake on-farm composting to improve crop yield and pasture productivity. This free field day includes soil specialist Declan McDonald (DEPI) discussing the compost making process, suitable components and potential benefits.

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Rural environmental leaders program

A sustainability leadership training program is coming to the Northern Rivers. Applications close Friday, 4 April, 2014. Are you passionate about making a change? Do you find yourself often frustrated by shortsighted policies or poor leadership in relation to environmental management? Here is an opportunity to increase your capacity as a change-maker and lead the way in creating a sustainable future.

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ArachnologyTermites and me in Castlemaine

In my sleep I heard the jaws of millions of tiny white insects eating the foundations of my house. In my waking hours, every silverfish scuttling for cover and every flying ant diving for a light bulb was a termite worker or queen. Was I completely paranoid?
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Grow what when … the planting guide

In central Victoria, April is the month to plant. We’re thinking about autumn and winter veggies and we’re over the sting of summer. Now may well be the time to come and buy one of our planting guides, Grow what when around Castlemaine. The guide includes a seasonal planting guide, methods to plant, making potting mixes, protecting plants from the weather and pests, and far more. At $20 the guides are a bargain. Throw in a wall chart for your toilet wall and it’s irresistible.

Available from the MASG office and the Hub Plot.


1fukush-1024x713Community power for Fukushima

From 31 January until 2 February, Embark spoke at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies-led third Japanese International Community Power Conference in Fukushima. Residents of the devastated Fukushima region are keen to take control of their energy supply and strengthen their community through community energy, and with a strongly committed nuclear-free Mayor, Fukushima prefecture has made the decision to become a 100% renewable energy region by 2040.

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Dean Lamb is conducting a strawbale workshop Labour Day long weekend. Email mobile ph number 0409434420.

james mud floorFloors:

Jayson Burhop and Janet Phillips are building a new home in Campbells Creek and have invited local clay and straw expert, James Henderson to run a one day workshop, demonstrating how to build an earthen floor.  Great fun for all ages. 2 Neates Rd, Campbells Creek, 15 March, 10am-3pm, $20/head (children free)

Contact Janet on 0400050399 or

The pallet house

This is such a neat idea we couldn’t resist it. The designers at I-Beam Design created the Pallet House Project because they were inspired by one simple, but unbelievable, fact: 84% of the world’s refugees could be housed with a year’s supply of recycled American pallets. Just based off of a year and a half year of pallet production in the US alone, 33 million refugees could live in a Pallet House. Read more




Download, print, sign and post to the address on the two petitions (Senate and House of Representatives) from the links below. When you Sign this National Petition against fracking and all unconventional gas mining it is like signing every anti-CSG/fracking Petition in Australia with just that one signature on each of “The Big Ban’s” two Federal Petitions (Senate and House of Reps).

It includes Australia’s “territorial seas” to stop the Industry going off-shore and damaging marine ecologies near our coast.

If you look at it this way you can see how invaluable your two signatures are via this national approach.

Please print and sign from the links below, sign and return.

House of Representatives



On 3 May, and Market Forces will hold Australia’s first ever national day of bank divestment action, where you and hundreds of bank customers can close your account and switch to a fossil free bank.

Our banks are funding a big problem. Since 2008, the “Big 4” – Westpac, Commonwealth, NAB and ANZ – have loaned almost $19 billion to new coal and gas projects in Australia. These projects threaten our land, water, health, the climate and precious ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef.

Now’s our chance to step up the fight to protect our communities, climate and environment from the fossil fuel industry. It’s time to show the big banks that fossil fuels are not only bad for the climate, environment and communities – they’re bad for business. If the banks won’t divest from fossil fuels, then we’ll divest from them.

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Tell Clive to stop dumping toxic wastewater into the reef  

A Queensland nickel refinery owned by Clive Palmer has been dumping toxic wastewater into the Great Barrier Reef — even though the refinery was forbidden from doing so. As if breaking the law weren’t enough, Palmer is refusing to remove the pipe that spews toxic water into the reef.

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Coal mine fire at Hazelwood

Coal mine fire at Hazelwood

Last word

“Can you taste it Bruce? Can you taste the filth, the dirt, the oily blackness of that fossil fuel in our mouth as you choke and gag and spit it out? Do you still hear his voice in your head urging you to eat? Eat, eat eat. Your mother’s cries. Do you hear them? You should be Bruce. Because I know that it’s never left you alone. Now you can eat what you want to eat. For me, for you, for all the others. Now you can consume to your heart’s content or your soul’s destruction, whichever comes first. So eat.”
– Irvine Welsh, Filth







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