S4 E10 Mildura Part 2: The Eco Village

As mentioned in the recent episode The Mallee, the Murray and the Mayor, Mildura interests me on a several levels and the interview with the city officials you heard in that episode was a great overview of the region, the particular issues they face and what is being attempted from a policy and government perspective.Continue reading “S4 E10 Mildura Part 2: The Eco Village”

S4 E04 The Bioenergy Debate – Part 2 – Questions and Answers

Recorded at a recent town meeting this episode shares the Q&A session that followed the presentation by Deane Belfield of MASG   This is our second episode looking at the contentious bioenergy plant proposed for Castlemaine. (hear the presentation in our last episode) For many who are worried about climate change this kind of renewableContinue reading “S4 E04 The Bioenergy Debate – Part 2 – Questions and Answers”

S4 E03 The Bioenergy Debate – Part 1 – The Presentation

This episode is the first of two that looks at a contentious issue in Castlemaine at the moment, the proposed bioenergy plant. For many who are worried about climate change this kind of renewable energy project seems like a great idea, but those living at its doorstep have some serious reservations.  Allie starts the episodeContinue reading “S4 E03 The Bioenergy Debate – Part 1 – The Presentation”

S3 E17 Repair with Chris Hooper and Lucy Armstrong

This episode is all about repair. We talk about the value of it both financially and in terms of joy and satisfaction. The Castlemaine Repair Cafe has been running for about four years under the leadership of local woman Chris Hooper. We did an episode on the cafe in 2018 where we interviewed Chris, someContinue reading “S3 E17 Repair with Chris Hooper and Lucy Armstrong”

S2E10 Corona virus and human signs

In this episode we explore the global phenomenon of the coronavirus, or Covid-19, and what it means for the environment.  It touches on carbon emissions, pollution, waste management and personal choices about hand sanitiser and, of course, toilet paper!! Then we move on to a collection of interviews I recorded in late February at theContinue reading “S2E10 Corona virus and human signs”

S1E8 Chewton Primary School

Julie Holden is the principal of the Chewton Primary School.  Under her leadership the school has achieved a five star sustainability rating, the highest rating there is. Find out what she and her team and the students at Chewton Primary School have done to achieve this. This episode was created in 2018 as part ofContinue reading “S1E8 Chewton Primary School”

S1E7 Repair Cafe

At the time of this interview Chris Hooper had been running a monthly Repair Cafe in Castlemaine for over a year. In that time they saved over 600kg of waste from being thrown out; objects, clothing and mechanical items that can now live to see another day.  In this episode I speak to Chris aboutContinue reading “S1E7 Repair Cafe”

S1E4 Plastic Free July (part 2)

One month after recording episode one Allie, Mel and Rachel get together again and discuss how their Plastic Free July challenge went. Each of them found things that were easier then they thought and others that were harder… including, be warned, a discussion about plastic free periods. This episode was created in 2018 as partContinue reading “S1E4 Plastic Free July (part 2)”

S1E3 Boomerang Bags

Ginny is the force behind Boomerang Bags Castlemaine.  She and a group of dedicated volunteers have been following the Boomerang Bags model; sewing and offering upcycled cloth bags to the public of Castlemaine in the hopes of helping us all transition away from plastic bags and towards more sustainable options.  This episode was created inContinue reading “S1E3 Boomerang Bags”

S1E2 Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine

In this episode I speak to Lucy Young about her role at the HUB Foundation and their ongoing campaign to make Castlemaine a plastic bag free town. We talk about the ins and outs of running a campaign, the personal reasons behind working so hard for sustainability and what we can do to replace plasticContinue reading “S1E2 Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine”