Category Archives: Environment

Melbourne Councils Initiate Climate Action

Local Government is again leading the way in Climate Action. Three Councils in metropolitan Melbourne have declared a Climate Emergency; Darebin, Moreland and Yarra City Councils. Darebin and Moreland have also come out against the Adani coal mine in the … Continue reading

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Power Plays

  Recently the energy debate in Australia has embraced two concepts that, up until now were pushed onto the fringes by politicians and media alike.  In one week our PM is talking about battery storage and pumped hydro, with media … Continue reading

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Water and Power

Who would think we are in the driest state of the driest country? I just received my latest bi-monthly Water Corp bill, and they clearly think we are not using enough of the precious stuff. My water consumption charges are … Continue reading

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Synergy Natural Power Rip Off

When I first signed up for Synergy’s Natural Power their webpage advised Synergy guaranteed that for every unit of Natural Power purchased at least one unit of renewable energy would by supplied to the grid (SWIS).  The motivation for me … Continue reading

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The Failing Growth Economy

Western Governments around the world are in panic because global growth has stalled.  Some have introduced negative interest rates to try and stimulate people to spend more. We live on a finite planet that simply cannot accommodate any more growth, … Continue reading

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COP 21-A Genuine Triumph & Total Fantasy

Last month I attended a Curtin University lecture on the Paris Climate Talks (COP21), presented by practicing lawyers, authors and principles of Eco Carbon PTY Ltd, David Hodgkinson and Rebeca Johnston. It was interesting to hear their take on the … Continue reading

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Green Swing Development

Today some Council colleagues and I visited The Green Swing. This is a group dwelling with two modest family homes and two apartments, built in a sustainable manner developed by two families. Their intention was to have a 2-story home … Continue reading

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