STAWELL – After almost eleven years without one, Stawell’s Church of Christ has a new pastor. Barrie J Rowland-Hornblow has come out of retirement two days a week to service the Stawell community and build up the congregation from a loyal 20.
I saw Qaba’s attractive bottles in the window of a local hairdressing salon. Looking at the website on returning home, I saw these hair care products were developed by a hairdresser and are made locally, in Brunswick Victoria, from certified organic ingredients.
Queensland farmers are discovering the dark side of coal seam gas mining while Victorian farmers in Gippsland, whose land is being eyed by gas companies, have won an extended moratorium on the practice.
Many commercial liquid hand soaps dry my skin and the unnatural fragrances can be overpowering. Evidence is also mounting to suggest the use of anti-bacterial cleaning products is adding to the prevalence of super bugs, and may actually be harmful to the long-term health of your family. (Post update Feb 2014: Watch this video) The
I attended a presentation today by an urban designer, Jon Shinkfield, who used the term ‘imagineering’ to describe what he is doing by entering international urban design competitions. His sustainable residential developments incorporate water harvesting for cooling and food production, carbon neutral energy generation, public transport and a focus on community building – walking, cycling
I prefer a bar of soap in the shower to a body wash, but it can be very difficult to find soap that does not contain palm oil. I first discovered olive oil and goats milk soap at a local Sunday market. It is fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin, which is good for my
Households are directly responsible for one fifth of Australian greenhouse gas emissions, with approximately 50 per cent of household emissions coming from electricity supply. Therefore, if enough people take measures to reduce their electricity usage and ‘green’ their supply, it will make a significant difference. Tips for reducing electricity usage – turn lights, air-conditioners
A 2010 United Nations report into the environmental impacts of consumption and production urges a dietary shift away from animal-based proteins towards more vegetable-based foods. Ernst von Weizsaecker, co-chair of the UN International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, says “rising affluence is triggering a shift in diets towards meat and dairy products. Livestock now
Research conducted by The Australia Institute in 2009 found that Australians throw out $5.2 billion worth of food every year. Worldwide, 1.3 billion tones of food are lost or wasted, according to a recent study. This is at a time when people living in the Horn of Africa are again facing famine. An article in
“On the one hand, economic growth has over centuries led to a steadily improving standard of living, better levels of health and ever-increasing life spans. On the other hand, this very affluence is the reason that both our bodies and the planet have gone into a downward spiral, manifested