Citizens getting involved in waterways and our future

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In The Sustainable Hour on 9 November 2016 we talk with State Waterwatch Coordinator Deirdre Murphy (left) and State EstuaryWatch Coordinator Rose Herben about the two citizen science programs and their new websites.

And we talk with Tom O’Connor about the Committee for Bellarine and their Future Forum on Saturday 12 November 2016. More info below.



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Matthew Cookes’s call to action

Published on youtube.com on 3 November 2016

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Solidarity action and rally: We stand with standing rock
14 November 2016 at 9:15pm, Cosy Corner, The Esplanade, Torquay


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“Far too often we overlook the natural elements we are blessed with – air, land, and water – and forget that we are the custodians with a duty to care and to nurture nature.”
Tom O’Connor

Tom O’Connor: We owe it to our kids to get engaged

Tom O’Connor came to the Sustainable Studio on 9 November 2016 to talk about the Committee for Bellarine and a three-hour Future Forum which they organise on Saturday 12 November at the Potato Shed in Drysdale.

Tom spoke with great enthusiasm about the importance of council and community working together to chart a new course for Geelong and District:

“This is about bringing the community into Council, and the Council into the community – where we are all working together. Change will come providing we make the effort – make the effort to get engaged. When we become credible as an engaged community, we are going to get the results we are looking for. We owe to the kids – the little preppies – we owe to them to get engaged. Show them what meaningful engagement can be.”
Tom O’Connor


The event is very much a part of the innovative ‘Our Future’ Geelong process which you can read more about on www.geelongaustralia.com.au/ourfuture


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» Listen to The Sustainable Hour no 145 – a full hour’s radio about Council’s Our Future program: Celebration of our circular future – and a three-year-old’s birthday




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Naomi Klein at the Great Barrier Reef – what have we left for our children?

» Video

» Naomi Klein: Climate change is intergenerational theft. That’s why my son is part of this story




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Water in the news

Healthy Rivers – clippings from Environment Victoria’s daily news wrap which provides a summary of freely available online content and news

» Stock and Land:
Basin socio-economic effect recognised: Glyde
Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) chief executive Phillip Glyde has acknowledged there has been significant socio-economic disruption, from the implementation of the Basin plan.

» Country News:
Basin plan study ‘disappointing’
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan has provided the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District, irrigators and all our communities with a unique opportunity to replace the majority of our ageing irrigation infrastructure.

» ABC:
Frog breeding frenzy as River Murray flows inundate SA’s Riverland
Frogs are making the most of the River Murray’s high water flows into South Australia’s Riverland region.

» Herald Sun:
Adelaide took 80 per cent of its water from the River Murray this year despite heavy rains
South Australia has made no dent in its reliance on the River Murray, with more than 80 per cent of Adelaide’s water sourced from the river in the past year.

» ABC:
Why you should care about Australia’s mangroves
The importance of trees is taught to us at a young age — they filter the air we breathe by converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. But how important are mangroves? Just like their land-locked relatives, mangroves filter the air, but their importance to the environment goes beyond that.



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World Water Action day

The first ever World Water Action day has taken place at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22, showcasing solutions for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. » See video



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Protecting waterways in the Corangamite Region

Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced on 11 November 2016:

“The Andrews Labor Government is helping landholders protect and restore creeks and rivers in the Corangamite catchment thanks to more than $1 million in funding.

Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced 37 landholders would receive $1.4 million from the Corangamite CMA to push ahead with projects on more than 470 hectares of land.

The funding will go towards key restoration and enhancement works – including fencing of riparian areas, pest plant and animal management and revegetation using indigenous plant species.

“This is about helping local landholders protect rivers, threatened fish habitat, wetlands, native vegetation and water supply in the Corangamite catchment,” said Minister for Water Lisa Neville.

“It’s a partnership between landholders, Landcare groups, the local CMA and the Government to keep our local communities thriving and our waterways healthy.”

Priority waterways will be targeted as part of the Corangamite Waterway Strategy. Funding will also help protect rivers and wetlands in the Woady, Lismore, Stony Rises and Murdeduke landscape zone.

More than 100 landholders have expressed interest in projects on 132 sites. One successful landholder will complete restoration works on approximately 13 kilometres of waterways with the support of the Corangamite CMA.

This will secure the upper catchment of a priority waterway in the Barwon Basin and is located immediately upstream of an important population of the nationally-threatened Dwarf Galaxias – safeguarding the long term survival of this species in the region.

Water for Victoria – the state water plan – encourages water authorities to work with local communities on improving riparian environments and maximise the shared benefits of our waterways.

» Source: www.premier.vic.gov.au


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» The Conversation – 8 November 2016:
Planning for a rainy day: there’s still lots to learn about Australia’s flood patterns





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Recycling


Cleaning up confusion for National Recycling Week

A new report titled ‘So You Think You Can Recycle?’ released for National Recycling Week shows that Australians are keen recyclers but most of us are still making mistakes.

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Get involved in Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week 2016 and find out how good a recycler you are!

» www.recyclingweek.planetark.org

» Download the report ‘So You Think You Can Recycle?’


Not just recycle – regenerate!

“To simply design for sustainability is no longer enough; we need to design for regeneration. Collectively, as a species, we already have done too much damage to simply aim for sustainability — what William McDonough calls “100 percent less bad.”

We have to undo the damage done over centuries — in some cases over millennia. We have to regenerate healthy ecosystems functions everywhere. To be able to do this well, we have to become good at designing as nature.”
Daniel Christian Wahl

» Read more on www.biomimicry.org

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Small steps create change

Penny Whitehouse wrote:

“Here’s what I’ve changed since having this on my fridge.

I always (not just sometimes) use my reusable shopping bags each week.
I no longer use bin liners and instead just dump the rubbish straight in the bin.
I’ve swapped plastic lunch bags with brown paper bags.
I’ve revamped my worm farm and am using it again.
I pick up more rubbish when I’m out and about.
I’m still not buying water bottles (although I haven’t since that post).
I’m being more conscious of and reducing the amount of plastic packaging that comes with food.
I’m buying more local produce from our market food stalls.

It’s taken me a month to make all these changes. These changes may be small but when I think about how all of those add up, in a year, in 10 years, the difference will be huge!”

» www.mothernatured.com




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Acknowledgement

We at The Sustainable Hour would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are broadcasting, the Wathaurong People, and pay our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

The traditional owners lived in harmony with the environment and with the climate for hundreds of generations. It is not clear – yet – that as European settlers we have demonstrated that we can live in harmony for hundreds of generations, but it is clear that we can learn from the indigenous, traditional owners of this land.

When we talk about the future, it means extending our respect to those children not yet born, the generations of the future – remembering the old saying that…



The decisions currently being made around Australia to ignore climate change are being made by those who won’t be around by the time the worst effects hit home. How utterly disgusting, disrespectful and unfair is that?




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