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Weekly News Digest, Thursday 19th June 2008

Posted on 20 June 2008 by e-news

For more information call 5470 6978  

MASG News and Events

Winter drinks at the Theatre Royal, next Thursday, 26th June from 5:30pm until 7pm.  Hope to see you all there – in the small room to left of foyer!

Know of anyone who commutes to Ballarat?  If so, contact MASG member Vanessa on 0418 302 944 for car share possibilities.

MASG Volunteers needed in the office.  If you enjoy administration and meeting interesting people and have about 4 hours to spare on a Monday or Wednesday please give Jill a ring on 5470 6798 or email

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Events organized by other organizations

The Castlemaine Landcare Group have some planting days over the next few weeks so put these dates in your diary:
June 22nd: Preparation of planting sites for National Tree Day, Forest Creek.
July 6th:  Sowing of native grasslands in Happy Valley through hand broadcasting – a first for Castlemaine! This will be the culmination of the Enviro Fund Project.
July 20th:  Planting of eucalypts and wattles near the Happy Valley waterhole.
July 27th:  National Tree Day planting, Forest Creek (opposite  Castle Motel)
Further information: Robin at , 0408 706630 or 5470 6630

Eco-House: a co-housing project about to be built in Castlemaine.  Eco-House is a housing development of four homes on the fringe of Castlemaine, adjacent to state forests and recreational areas.  The houses are designed to be environmentally and socially sustainable – through the design of buildings and gardens, construction techniques, choice of materials, cooperative and socially cohesive living, and through close proximity to the community and infrastructure of Castlemaine.  For information: Karl Albrecht on 0439 101 241, or email  .

Climate Emergency Rally: is calling on all Victorians to help send a wake-up call to state and federal governments re our use of and reliance on fossil fuels.  Saturday 5th July.  Wear something red to symbolise emergency.  Further information at:

Ethical Investment Seminar. To be held in the Ray Bradfield Room on Wednesday 23rd July at 7:30pm. The aim is to provide the community with an opportunity to learn about Ethical Investment.  The keynote speaker for the night will be Peter Thompson from the Ethical Investment fund – UCA funds management (a Uniting Church organization) who will outline what the fund does and then answer any questions about the fund and ethical investment in general.  For further information check: UCA funds management

Energy Revolution: Green Peace and Environment Victoria are presenting a Public forum on Wednesday 25th June at the Swanston room at Melbourne town Hall at 6pm. This forum will discuss how we can make the transition from a coal power to a low carbon society.  RSVP by 23rd June to

Interesting Information and Links

Garnaut says climate change will probably beat us:  Economist Ross Garnaut thinks humanity will probably lose the fight against climate change.  The architect of Australia’s response to climate change said: “There is a chance … that Australia and the world will manage to develop a position that strikes a good balance between the costs of dangerous climate change and the costs of mitigation”.  The Age

Australian Permablitz is a group that focuses on bringing sustainable, edible gardens to the suburban neighbourhoods around Melbourne, using team effort to speed up the process.   

Transition Towns: concept started by Rob Hopkins in the UK.  Rob’s inspiring Transition Handbook available soon in Castlemaine.  Cost $27.  Email or call 0488 724 176. 

A realistic take on environmental
change in suburbia?

Green tips: Curtains save bills!

Now the nights are drawing in, draw your curtains. Close them when it gets dark and consider curtain lining to further reduce heat loss through windows – or get a second pair of curtains from an op shop to act as lining material. Pelmets save on heating by stopping the cold draught entering from the windows.  A folded cloth or towel across the top of the curtain rail can suffice if you don’t have pelmets.

Quote of the week:

These are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others”Groucho Marx

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