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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 27 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 28, 2008 25 ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact Producing water from air Envirosource, an international company dedicated to finding innovative solutions to Australia's water crisis, has developed a cost-effective way to produce pure drinking water from air. Eco-friendly gardening Sustainable, waterwise and organic gardening will be hot topics on the agenda at the Gardening Australia Expo at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park from August 29-31. Green leader to visit Sydney Corporate sustainability pioneer Ray Anderson, a key environmental adviser to the Clinton administration, will be in Sydney on September 3 and 4 to speak on a range of environmental topics. Native tree planting MobileMuster, the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry, in partnership with Landcare Australia, have pledged to plant 100,000 native trees for mobile phones handed in for recycling between May 2 and June 5 (World Environment Day). Sustainable Office Challenge Ethical Investor has teamed up with Change2 to create the Sustainable Office Challenge to see how much carbon emissions you can save around your office. Sustainability Awards THE winners of Canada Bay Coun- cil's second annual Sustainability Awards will be announced on Monday night at Dedes Restaurant, Sydney Rowing Club, Abbotsford. The awards recognise the contri- bution of Canada Bay's businesses, community organisations and indi- viduals in creating a more sustainable city. This year there are also categories recognising heritage and cultural contributions to Canada Bay, as well as a child-friendly business award. Over 80 local organisations and individuals have been nominated for an award. Play areas refurbished BURWOOD Council is upgrading children's play areas in the local government area. Five parks have have had shade covers erected in playgrounds over the past year and have had woodchips removed and replaced with hi-tech rubber softball matting. The improved play areas are at Henley Park, Enfield; Martin Reserve, Croydon Park; Jackson Park, Croydon Park; Sanders Re- serve, Burwood; and Blair Park, Croydon. What we are doing: School fete a model of environment care RUNNING a school fete is no small task, and the parents at Drummoyne Public School have set themselves a couple of very high hurdles this year. They aim to raise enough money from the fete on Sunday to fund the next stage of the school's playground development -- and to do it all in an environmentally-friendly way. Everything at this year's fete is being done in a way to minimise the impact on the environment. From the flyers (100 per cent recycled) to the Plastic Bag Monster to banish plastic from the school's grounds, the parents are determined to reinforce the message to their children that it is possible to have a good time while caring for their environment. P&C president Elaine Dyson said the fete was an ideal chance for the community to recycle unwanted goods. Thousands of clothes, toys and books are being collected for sale on the day. The home-made cake stall will be joined by home- grown produce, proving that inner-city gardens can produce the best fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Mrs Dyson said the fete was part of the school's program to replace its worn-out asphalt playground with a more environmentally-friendly environment. Traffic congestion worries residents CANADA Bay residents love their parks and natural environment, but worry about traffic congestion. That's according to a recent community consultation carried out by Canada Bay Council for its FuturesPlan20-- a strategic vision for the area for the next 20 years. Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said the council consulted with over 1000 people. ''It was fantastic to see so many members of the community come along to a consultation day or send in the survey and make the most of the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of Canada Bay,'' he said. Some of the themes identified by residents include the importance of caring for Canada Bay's natural environment and maintaining a balance of buildings and green open spaces. Residents also feel strongly about maintaining a connected community with a village feel and having access to a healthy lifestyle. Challenges include overcoming traffic congestion and managing change in an environment of conflicting demands. The comprehensive plan is available by contacting the council's customer services centre on 9911 6555 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Community comments and feedback are welcome. The exhibition period ends at close of business Monday, October 6.
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