Posts Tagged ‘Seeking’

Waste and Resource Recovery Policy: Open for comment

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 1st, 2012

From the Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy

The Victorian Coalition Government is asking Victorians to help shape the future of waste minimization efforts, ensuring less material goes to landfill and increasing recycling rates.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith [has] unveiled the Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy for community comment. The policy is designed to help transform the state’s waste management system by setting a long term vision for waste management and resource recovery in Victoria, along with a range of actions to be undertaken over the next 10 years.

“While Victorians are recycling more than ever before, the state?s increased population and the growth in discarded consumer items has seen annual waste generation grow from eight million tonnes in 2000 to around 12.1 million tonnes in 2011,” Mr Smith said. “We want to prevent more waste going into landfill so the environment doesn?t keep paying the price for our consumption.” Mr Smith said based on evidence over the past decade, Victoria’s growing population rate and waste generation trends could, if not tackled, see a 45 per cent increase in waste generation over the next 10 years.

“The priority now is to put in place strong and positive measures to reduce waste and increase recycling,” Mr Smith said. “We must do more to focus our recycling and resource recovery efforts on the materials where there is a strong market demand. “We don’t just want to keep material out of landfill, we want to make sure that something productive is done with it so that it doesn’t become waste in the first place. A strong market based operation will help us achieve that goal,” Mr Smith said. “Our draft policy represents an opportunity to drive further significant and positive environmental reform and demonstrates that we will be doing things differently.

Comments are invited until 23 November 2012.


Sustainable Living Festival 2013: Call for events

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 17th, 2012

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL  Call for Event Applications 2013


Men And Women Of Victoria, Be A Part Of Australia’s Largest Sustainable Living Festival, 9-24 Feb 2013.

It’s The Biggest Push For Sustainability Of Our Time.


Join The State Wide Festival And Boost Your Profile Through The Festival’s Promotions & Networks.





Wanted: CERES Aquaponics Farmer

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 17th, 2012


Do you have what it takes to run a small hi-tec urban farm as a professional farmer growing high value crops and selling them direct to niche markets and through a veggie box system? We’re looking for a super motivated and entrepreneurial urban farmer to run our Aquaponic Food Hub system as part of our Food Hubs urban farming research project. This is a contract position – we are looking for a farmer who will run our established system (produces 400-700 vegetable units/week), keeping the profit in exchange for pushing the system’s productive potential and helping us document what yields are possible. The position is supported with training and mentorship.

Download the Position Description: Aquaponics Farmer PD July 2012 or go to the job description on the CERES site.

Earthwatch Annual Appeal 2012

Posted in Seeking by earthwatch on June 8th, 2012

Earthwatch Annual Appeal 2012

Earthwatch Institute is an international not-for-profit environmental organisation which brings science and people together to promote understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
In partnership with scientists, business, government and philanthropic organisations Earthwatch engages a broad range of people in environmental scientific research expeditions in over 50 countries.
According to the CSIRO, Australia has just experienced the hottest decade on record. The climate change science is compelling, but the impact on Australia’s unique flora and fauna remains largely unknown. Earthwatch has developed two new climate change research projects, aimed at building their knowledge and tackling this unparalleled challenge.

The challenge

The rainforests of Northern Queensland’s World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics are home to endangered species such as the northern bettong, mahogany glider, spotted tail quoll and southern cassowary. The cassowary is the only animal that can distribute the seeds of more than 70 species of trees, whose fruit is too large for any other forest dwelling animal to eat and relocate. If land temperatures increase as predicted, only 11% of their habitat will remain, leaving them exposed to further environmental threats. Prof. Stephen Williams and Earthwatch volunteers, require funding to expand this research on the vulnerability of rainforest species and their potential for adapting to climate change.

Coastal mangrove forests are among the richest, most diverse and most vulnerable landscapes on Earth. Mangroves shield coastlines from storms and cyclones, help prevent shoreline erosion, filter pollutants and are nurseries for manta rays, sharks and turtles. They support over 50% of the world’s fisheries and store vast amounts of greenhouse gases. Yet, mangroves are being destroyed at four times the rate of land forests. Working in the Daintree, Dr Norm Duke and volunteers want to set a baseline for assessing the health of unprotected mangroves around the world. Their work will make the case for mangroves to be included in United Nations initiatives to price the carbon stored in different ecosystems and thereby facilitate their protection.

Make a donation today, make a difference

Financial support is vital for Earthwatch to continue funding scientists to carry out critical, conservation research, assisted by our extraordinary volunteers. Your generosity and commitment to helping scientists provide the evidence needed to conserve these remarkable ecosystems is greatly appreciated. Please take the time to donate by visiting or phoning Earthwatch on 03 9682 6828

Every dollar really does count.

Comments sought: Climate Change Green Paper

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 8th, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar.  Email Monique Decortis on decortis@ to join the list.


On the 3 June the Victorian Government released a Climate Change Green Paper for public comment. Feedback from individuals and organisations on the ideas put forward in the Green Paper will be critical to the Victorian Government’s task of developing a comprehensive new climate change strategy for Victoria.  A series of public forums will be held.  Read the rest of this entry »

Have Your Say on Melbourne’s Growth Plans

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on June 22nd, 2009

Information provided by the Climate Action Calendar.  Email Monique Decortis on decortis@ to join the mailing list.


Photo: ccdoh1 via Flickr

The Victorian Government has entered into an agreement to undertake a strategic assessment of the proposed expansion of Melbourne’s Urban Growth boundary under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The Government has released a draft report on a Strategic Impact Assessment for this program of proposals.

The Victorian Government is seeking comment on the draft report and each of the individual proposals.

Comments due 17 July.

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Australian Conservation Foundation: Voluntary Legal Advisor

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on June 22nd, 2009

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has been a strong and effective voice for the environment for over 40 years and is committed to inspiring people to achieve a healthy environment for all Australians.

ACF logo

We are seeking an experienced lawyer to work on a part-time, voluntary basis with our Legal Advisor on a wide range of commercial and environmental legal challenges. This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and dedicated individual who is keen to contribute to an inspiring and influential environment leader. If you want to collaborate with others who share your vision we want to hear from you.

Visit the site for more information.

Calls for Expression of Interest to Display Artwork

Posted in Events, Seeking by Ferne Edwards on April 30th, 2009

The Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009 and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) are looking for artists to display their environmentally-themed art work at the upcoming Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, Thursday 20 May 2009. The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are events held approx. every 6 weeks that feature a variety of speakers who provide three minute glimpses of what they are doing to create a sustainable Melbourne. The talks are diverse in their perspective, topics and approaches whilst also balancing well-known leaders with fresh, local talent. The upcoming Sustainable Cities Round Table on Energy will take place from 6-8pm, Thursday 20 May, at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, State Library of Victoria.
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Media release: Melbourne Social Forum

Posted in Events by ChrisChinchilla on March 27th, 2009

Here’s the media release for the Melbourne Social Forum, we’re still on the look out for stalls, workshops et…


The world is changing rapidly, with major crises such as Climate Change and The Global Financial Meltdown polarising in peoples minds the need for action. The time for discussion and talk is long over, realistic and practical ideas are needed now to help us all through our daily lives.

In the Hot House is a weekend festival that aims to do just that, bringing together diverse areas of Melbournes community to lead discussion, engagement and (most importantly) action. To create and promote ideas that attendees can take home and put into effect immediately, making a real difference to their lives and the lives of those around them. Read the rest of this entry »

Seeking Keen green volunteers for Community Centre makeover

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on March 6th, 2009

Please find a message below from Darebin’s Sustainability News. It discusses how Darebin Council is seeking assistants to convert the Jika Jika Community Centre into an EcoLiving demonstration centre. This sounds like a great idea – mixing social with environmental interests and reinvigorating community ownership of local centres. Why doesn’t this happen in each Council? If you’d like to comment on this idea please do so below this post.

Free training in home energy and water conservation is on offer in 2009 to volunteers who help turn Jika Jika Community Centre in Northcote into an EcoLiving demonstration centre.  Jika Jika is looking  for local community volunteers to help plan the green makeover of the Centre. No special skills are required, just interest and enthusiasm.  Training for the volunteers will be provided by experts from Moreland Energy Foundation. The free training course starts in early 2009. People interested in volunteering can register now.

To register your interest in volunteering or for more information contact:
Jika Jika Community Centre
Corner Plant and Union Sts, Northcote
T  9482 5100