Articles in Category: Environmental News

Benny Zable - "I lived to tell the tale" - Resurrection from the Flames

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Benny Zable -


(Ed: This part interview is an excerpt taken from Ian’s soon to be released free E-book- 'Children of the Big Scrub'...)

In April of this year, Benny Zable had an accident that could have ended a long career in the declaration of justice to all forms of life.

On the foreshore of Byron Bay, and high up on a ladder, I was helping erect a banner for the Angel’s tripod during the Bentley Anniversary. The pegs that supported the whole operation were left behind and I was impatient. The wind was swirling and down I came. It wasn’t pleasant. I’m so glad the Angel didn’t go up the tripod that day, but the accident has been traumatic on my body.



Enova - A New Way to Think About Energy

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Approximately 95% of residents in Clunes & surrounding areas a couple of years ago said they did not want to entertain the CSG industry here. It goes without saying then that they also do not want to invest in a company which invests in or directly mines Coal Seam Gas. However many of us do just that when we pay our electricity bill. Most of the big retailers of electricity in our region (Origin, AGL to name two) are directly involved in the CSG industry as most of us know. Up until recently there was no other option, that has changed though.

Enova, Australia's first community owned renewable energy retailing & installation business are a local company currently entering the market & invite us to be part of them. Their stated aims are to supply 100% renewable energy (wind or solar – not forest waste) to us, the consumers, from local sources using local employees, financed by local shareholders. 'Local' being residents living from the Tweed to the Clarence. Their constitution states that they must be at least 51% locally owned, they hope for much more.


New "Communities' Voice" Political Party Moves Forward

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The potential new Direct Democracy political party, Communities’ Voice, which is form- ing locally, has now found great headquarters upstairs at 88 Keen Street, Lismore, where we will conduct meetings and create a community space with local art and crafts on exhibition and for sale.

If you would like to be involved, become a member at $5 membership, and/or join our committee you are most welcome to drop in or contact me on 0421603253. We have a new Facebook page which will act as an initial voting point until we organise our regular online voting system, and our email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As we need to find 500 members to apply for registration of the party, please contact us if you are interested in supporting regular online voting on the important issues facing Australia.

Lydia Kindred 

Resources for Shark Surveillance and Research Welcome

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Resources for Shark Surveillance and Research Welcome


Greens Spokesperson on Marine Environment and Fisheries and Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed a commitment of $250,000 in funding for surveillance, research and public education to help the Ballina community respond to recent shark activity on the North Coast.

Ms Smith said, “The community has been calling for support and this new money will help us to learn more about local shark behaviour and ensure the public has the best information to help reduce the risk of future shark incidents.

“I have sought a briefing from the Government on the details of the proposal and would encourage the Minister to actively engage with the local Shark Mitigation Advisory Group to implement this program.



Latest on Medicinal Marijuana in Australia - Lucy Haslam

Latest on Medicinal Marijuana in Australia - Lucy Haslam


Dear Medicinal Cannabis Supporter

Last week I travelled to Canberra for the hand- ing down of the Senate Enquiry findings into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014. The outcome was mixed.

The Senate Committee unanimously recom- mended the Bill be adopted as law but there are amendments to be made and the Health Minister is not yet fully supportive.

It is clear to me that in this instance...the people need to lead the Government into doing what is right. The reality is that they are too slow for those that need help now. Planned clinical trials will be of benefit years from now and many, have in fact, already been completed overseas.



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