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Murray - Darling Basin
Plan - Update and Discussion Night
The draft Murray Darling Basin Plan is due to
be released sometime in the next few weeks - it will determine the future of
the Murray Darling Basin.
With pressure from the irrigation lobby escalating, there is a real risk that
the draft Plan will lead to disastrous outcomes for the environment and the
long term health of the rivers that so many communities rely on.
We are holding an information night next week to bring interested community
members together. We would love you to join us and discuss what we can do to
ensure the community is well equipped to respond to the draft Plan with a strong
and united voice.
As part of the evening we will also be staging a public art event in Smith St opposite
the Friends of the Earth Cafe. Recently the collective was in Albury for the
Students of Sustainability Conference and created a short film of photo
collages of people showing what they love about their river and what they want
for the future of the Murray-Darling
Basin. We'll be
projecting this short film in Smith
St accompanied by soundscapes from the Red Gum
See you there and spread the word!
Thurs July 21
Friends of the Earth Cafe
312 Smith St,
FoE's campaign against coal
seam gas (CSG)
At a recent climate campaign meeting we decided to set up a specific group
to concentrate on building our anti CSG campaign work.
Considerable areas of Victoria
are at risk - although as yet there is no CSG industry operating in the state.
If you would like to get active on this emerging issue, please come along:
the next meeting will be at FoE, Thurs 28 July
Further info: email@example.com
Introduction to ACE
Better active today than radioactive
Find out about current campaigns of Friends of the Earth's Anti-nuclear &
Clean Energy (ACE) collective - stopping Martin Ferguson dumping nuclear waste
on Muckaty Traditional Owners; supporting the Mirarr campaign to prevent the
Ranger uranium mine expansion; organising around the BHP Billiton Annual
General Meeting in November; supporting the Aboriginal-led Australian Nuclear
Free Alliance; promoting the expansion of renewable energy; and more!
Wednesday July 27
Friends of the Earth office, 312 Smith St, Collingwood
6.30pm - 8pm
Yummy free vege soup
Speakers: Tully and Kate from ACE; Dave Sweeney (ACF); Kirsten Blair (Gundjehmi
More info: Tully 0410 388 187, Kate 0402 007 081, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ACE meets each Wednesday, 6.30pm at the FoE office - 312 Smith St, Collingwood
Container Deposit Rally -
Time: 9.30am - 11.30am Monday July 18. (Melways Map: 1A G12)
Place: Queensbridge Square
- near Sandridge Bridge, Southbank
Speakers: Dave West - Boomerang Alliance,
Colleen Hartland MP - Victorian Greens
In opposition, the Baillieu Government supported moves to implement
Container Deposit Legislation in Victoria.
However now in the Government, the Baillieu Government has instead decided
to wait until the Federal Government finalises the Packaging Impacts
Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS).
This process could take years. Meanwhile beverage container waste issues,
including pollution continue to worsen. Container Deposit legislation would
mean that a 10c deposit is placed on all beverage containers, meaning
containers will not be thrown away as garbage but recycled.
has had such legislation for the past 30 years. Why not Victoria?
For More Information Call Anthony Amis 0425 841 564.
Youtube Beverage Container Pollution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmj4qONcQkM
CAN YOU HELP?
the Garden project
Bindarri launches the Garden project – Growing networks for good –
Collaborative IT Technical Assistance for NGO’s
In association with Doing Something Good, we will be working to build the
online communications systems with members, volunteers and other skilled
professionals. Building knowledge and skills into these organisations, their
members and supporters.
We have two areas of focus. The first is to implement the tech and the second
to train people how to use it.
Please signup to our email newsletter for updates, locations and dates & more
This project will be assisting Friends of the Earth to revamp our websites and
FOE Australia is building a shiny new
The national Friends of the Earth website is in need of a bit of rejuvenation.
The website collective has begun the process of revamping and rebuilding the
website to improve the way we interact with members and the public and to
provide a better tool for campaigners. The new website will be constructed
during July and August and we aim to have it up and running by September this
year. Stay tuned for updates and the official launch date.
Calling all tech heads and web geeks
Input from members is more than welcome. If you have any website building or
design skills and would like to help us create a shiny new FoE Australia
website email email@example.com
OTHER GROUPS EVENTS
We like to support the
initiatives of a wide range of groups and community organisations. Listing here
does not necessarily imply endorsement by FoE.
For a comprehensive list of climate action
events see The Victorian Climate Action Calendar (The VCAC) The VCAC is
intended to inform, educate and inspire. The VCAC covers events in Victoria and major
events elsewhere. Weekly updates are e-mailed out. To subscribe or to add an
event to the calendar e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Online updates are available at:
FUKUSHIMA - The Aftermath
Public Meeting: 7 pm Thursday 14th July
Location: Cricket Club, 435 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
Speaker: Rikiya Adachi (Greens Japan)
Rikiya is a long-time anti-nuclear activist and has been heavily involved in
the Fukushima campaign who will be able to convey to us his first-hand account
of the aftermath of this disaster. Sue Pennicuik MLC will also be
speaking on behalf of the Victorian Greens on this event.
The Cricket Club Hotel is located at the Albert Park end of Clarendon St. It can be reached by the
112 tram (West Preston – St Kilda) and is at
stop 103A. For queries contact Elliot Gingold 0418137067 or Meni Christofakis
Why Gender Matters in International aid and development
Vic State Committee of Oxfam is holding a forum
on Why Gender Matters in International aid and development. Tuesday 19th
July 6pm at Oxfam headquarters 132
Leicester Street Carlton.
Guest speakers Jo Crawford from the International Women's Development Agency
and Christine Gregory from Oxfam. RSVP to Mark Baker (email@example.com) or 1300 886 445
Rally: Call to action
against the new anti-swearing law
Sunday, July 17
State Parliament, cnr Spring & Bourke Sts, City.
Our freedom is being abused by the moronic new law that prohibits people from
swearing in public! This is bullshit! As a supposedly free country, we should
be able to say whatever we want!
Let's unite and rally against these stupid new laws and against everything that
inhibits our freedom!
For media enquiries, message us or ph 0400 493 120 or 0431 311 520.
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or if you are a business call 1800 008 292
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