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Fair Share: Country & City in Australia

Posted in Opinion, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on June 15th, 2011

Image: MargaretNapier via flickr CC

For many decades Australia was the country that rode on the sheep’s back. No more – now we are a country of mining and services. In the new Wheeler Centre Quarterly Essay, one of Australia’s most original and respected political thinkers, Judith Brett, looks at what this has meant for the country and the city in our politics and culture. What will be the fate of rural and regional Australia in an era of economic rationalisation, water cutbacks, climate change, droughts and flooding rain? Does urban Australia care for or understand the country anymore?

The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM, Thursday 16 June 2011

Free event; recommended to make a booking.

FarmGAS Calculator Launched

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on September 4th, 2009

Source: Cleanfood, the Future Climate newsletter

Image: Hannam Vale

The Australian Farm Institute has launched its FarmGAS Calculator.

The Calculator is an online application which enables farmers to model both the financial and greenhouse gas outputs of farm activities and the implications of changes in enterprises. The FarmGAS Calculator is available free online for anyone to access. The FarmGAS Calculator includes individual calculators for the major livestock and cropping enterprises, and any combination of these enterprises can be added to create an individual farm business. Farmers can come back to the calculator at any time to update or change their production data, or complete the process in stages.  The Calculator applies the same methodology that is used by the Department of Climate Change in the estimation of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Accounts; and provides reports on the annual amount of methane and nitrous oxide emitted by each enterprise expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e). Read the rest of this entry »

Collingwood Children’s Farm – Bringing the Country to the City

Posted in Models, RDAG by Virginia on May 5th, 2009

The Collingwood Children’s Farm is a not-for-profit community resource providing country experiences for city people. It was established in 1979 when a community committee, with support from the former Collingwood City Council, leased a small area of the convent for a Children’s Farm.

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The Committee hoped children living in an urban environment, often without backyards, could learn to care for animals and nature and also have fun outdoors. Local schools and other groups helped with fencing, gardening and animal care. Members of the Greek Elderly Citizens and the Turkish Welfare Group helped clear weeds and carve out the community plots.

Since the 1980s, state and local governments have funded some of the Farm’s costs. State and Federal Labour governments supported the successful bid for a much larger area of land. Now the Collingwood Children’s Farm Committee of Management manages this Crown land site. Service clubs and philanthropic trusts help, but always the largest part of our operational costs comes from entry fees, donations and through the work of volunteers.

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.