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Sustainability Street News

The increasing level of community interest and involvement in sustainability has resulted in many activities and seminars being run by various bodies. Willoughby, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Mosman and Hunters Hill Councils have combined to present the following information
Sessions over the next few months, under the overall title of Living Environment Nights:

  • Tuesday 3 June at Lane Cove Civic, Centre, 48 Longueville Road from 7pm to 9pm: What lies beneath the lane Cove River? - presented by Simon Rowe (Ocean Watch Australia)

  • Wednesday 18 June at Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood at 7pm: Responsible Investment, presented by Louise O'Halloran (Responsible Investment Association of Australia)

  • Wednesday 30 July at Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood at 7:30pm: Handy Herbs, presented by Dr Karen Bridgman.

  • Thursday 4 September at Mosman Council Chambers, Spit and Military Roads at 6:30pm: Non-toxic living - Create a Healthier lifestyle . Wednesday 5 November at Lane Cove Club, 1 Birdwood Avenue, Lane Cove from 7pm to 9pm: Renewable Energy at Home.

  • Wednesday 5 November at Lane Cove Club, 1 Birdwood Avenue, Lane Cove from 7pm to 9pm: Renewable Energy at Home.

All the above are free, but require RSVP. Please see the brochure available from libraries and Council Offices, or contact me at for more details.

Willoughby Council has also arranged a bus tour to view the Eastern Creek bio-gas facility on Wednesday 28 May, departing WCC Reception at 8:30am. Willoughby Council sends about 50% of household waste collected to this facility, where it is used to generate green electricity. The tour is free but bookings are essential to 9777 7730 or, and note that long sleeves and flat shoes are essential wear.

On the topic of energy, government rebates and Renewable Energy Certificates may now apply to domestic photovoltaic solar power installations that can feed excess energy back into the power grid, making solar power much more affordable. I am researching this further, and can provide further information on request.

The state of the environment is obviously assuming greater importance to the community. The Australian Conservation Foundation has initiated a new climate change program called "Who on Earth Cares?"- see for details. Also, the Australian Marine Conservation Society has released a wallet-sized Sustainable Seafood Guide. These cost $9.95 and can be ordered on the Society's website at Lastly, the Australian National University has conducted a recent poll that reveals that the environment is the now most important current issue for the Australians surveyed; more than four times as many rated the environment of prime importance compared to a similar survey conducted in the 1990’s. It was also heartening to see the environment being one of the topics discussed at the 2020 summit.

Everybody in Artarmon and beyond is welcome to join in our sessions and projects. For more Information please contact me on email  or, 0432 809 005.

by Stuart Sexton

Courtesy of Gazette May 2008


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