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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 22 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 23, 2008 27 ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact Water-wise school FIVE Dock Public School was awarded one of 200 BlueScope rainwater tanks as part of last year's Tank a Day Challenge and is now encouraged to take part in the Community Tankover Program. BlueScope will provide 10 Community Tankovers to community groups across Australia to the value of $30,000 each. Each Community Tankover will be tailored to the successful community group. For example, it may be used to install a rainwater tank at a sports clubhouse, or help install a rainwater irrigation system for a community garden or park. Visit www.tankaday.com.au We waste by the bucket-load AUSTRALIANS use, on average, the equivalent of 22 buckets of water every day. A new campaign from Australia's water conservation labelling program is challenging the nation to save one million buckets of water. Smart Approved WaterMark's ''Every Bucket Counts'' campaign was officially launched as part of National Water Week this week. People can make a pledge online and can use the Every Bucket Counts calculators to determine how much water they can easily save. The company will donate $2 for every pledge to WaterAid Australia to help programs in countries where drinking water is harder to find. For details visit www.smartwatermark.org Water Week works STRATHFIELD and Ashfield councils are holding National Water Week displays until October 25 in library branches. Residents can also regis- ter for a free Do-It-Yourself Water Saving Kit at the libraries or on the Sydney Water website. The kits contain flow regulators for taps and showers that use water more ef- ficiently. A kit can save about 16,000 litres of water a year, which can reduce a household's water and energy bills by up to $50 a year. Pacific's concern for climate justice THE Australian Catholic University at Strathfield will host a public forum on Saturday from 9am-5pm to address human rights and climate justice concerns of the Pacific nations. The forum, Pacific Calling for Climate Justice, will open with indigenous representatives from Australia and the Pacific. This will be followed by a discussion. Recommendations from the forum will be taken to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poland later this year. Visit www.acu.edu.au What we are doing: A solar breakthrough to reduce carbon emission AFTER landing Australia's most prestigious business award this month, a Silverwater company has secured a lucrative deal in the United States that reduces carbon emissions. Machine Automation and Robotics was crowned the 2008 Telstra Australian Business of the Year two weeks ago. The company has developed new technology for a US solar energy company which helped MAR beat US competitors to the contract. ''From initial scoping to final delivery, MAR's solar industry assembly system has involved a range of deliverables including technology, new ideas, innovative concepts, key alliances and a unique product design,'' MAR managing director Clyde Campbell said. The assembly system includes automation and the installation of 14 robots for the manufacturing process. ''MAR designed the technology to automate the manufacturing and distribution centre of Ausra Inc, a solar thermal power technology developer whose proprietary technology significantly reduces the cost of a solar thermal power plant and is capable of significantly reducing the global carbon emissions normally associated with electricity generation," Mr Campbell said. ''The brief was to design, develop and implement the automation and build of the solar collector and steam generation system -- the key component of the solar power system.'' Mr Campbell said MAR's work satisfied the client's requirements, and those of several solar companies using alternative types of reflectors and mirrors. ''The key to the success of the solar industry assembly system was the separation of the reflector welding system and the mirror handling system,'' he said. ''The requirements of each system were addressed independently before being re-integrated to complete the assembly. ''Traditional methods of attaching and mounting were replaced with new welding technologies never before used in the solar industry,'' he said. 2170834i iww wk17 MAGL0704_IWW_V2 AGL TodayTM -- interest free terms available. p y home now. Visit the air conditioning experts. It's going to be a long, hot, sticky, summer. SAVE up to $100 on a new air conditioning system when you accept a new AGL Advantage® Energy Plan.* *Conditions apply. See in store for details. AGL Energy Shop Auburn Harvey Norman Centre Level 1, 250 Parramatta Rd, Auburn. Or call 132 245.
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