July 30, 2018
Plastic strawberry punnet

Berry Punnets From Timber Offcuts. Waste Free ‘Circularity’

Not easy, getting rid of plastic packaging for fruit and veg, or meat! Allen Short is doing his bit in making more than 3,000 punnets from timber offcuts for his neighbour who grows strawberries near Daylesford in Victoria. Plastic Is […]
July 17, 2018
Man drinking camel milk

The Australian Camel Milk Industry To Meet Global Demand?

Back in June 2006, given the large numbers of wild camels in Australia and the purported health benefits of camel milk, PWF asked: “Any Entrepreneurs Interested In Camel Milk?” The idea of rounding up and milking camels was daunting, but […]
June 19, 2018
Beechworth Post Office

Cultural Authenticity, Beechworth Post Office, Disabled Access…

The historic post office in popular Victorian goldfields tourism destination, Beechworth, is once again facing controversy. Although it had a reprieve in 2006 due to community dissent, it is now scheduled to move from its (nearly) 150 year old location. […]
September 9, 2016
Young Henrys Pingala Solar Community Project

Community Solar Co-op Shares Snapped Up At Young Henrys

Shares in a community-based solar co-op in Sydney sold out in minutes last month. A Non-Profit group of ‘energy citizens’ called Pingala is behind a community solar farm, on the roof of Young Henry’s Brewery in Sydney’s inner west. An […]
December 4, 2014

The Descendants Of Noah – Animal Grief Counselling

Recently I received a letter from Gabrielle Davey, introducing herself as a qualified Health Counsellor and Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner and, most importantly, as a lover of animals – our fur children, as she calls them. After a double loss earlier this […]
September 25, 2014

Company On The Long Haul From UK To Australia?

Monica Meehan, UK resident, has emailed us saying: “I am a widow in my late sixties and hope to fly to Australia next year, probably October, to visit my son and his family.The problem is, I have never flown such […]
August 8, 2014

Transition Towns 2006-14: The Power Of Just Doing Stuff

Back in 2007 PWF was fascinated by the small Queensland town of Maleny’s relocalisation/Transition Town efforts and in 2014 it’s interesting to see the ‘big ideas’ expressed in ‘The Power Of Just Doing Stuff’ by Rob Hopkins, founder of the […]
June 25, 2014

Circa Australia Travel Companion…? A Common Desire.

Many older Aussies are looking for travel companions. Nowadays when they contact PWF I suggest they check out the various touring caravan, motorhome, campervan clubs, as over the years I note some reticence about online contact. Some Clubs/Websites to Check […]
June 24, 2014

Mixed Dozen: DIY…Enjoy Some Local Fun And Self-Help

Nearly two years ago PWF wrote about a new concept in neighbourliness ‘Mixed Dozen’…a contribution to the growing interest in connecting locally. Connecting with people. Connecting with food. Connecting with our environment. Connecting with philanthropic tendencies. And, doing this in […]
May 25, 2014

Independent Public Schools In WA….Co-Ops In The UK

It seems WA parents are voting with their feet in support of Independent Public Schools, where principals have their own budget and can hire and fire teachers. The ABC’s 7.30 gives a run down here. This type of school autonomy […]
May 24, 2014

Free Workshops, UK Expert: Employee-Owned Social Care

There will be three free, 2 hour workshops – 9.00 – 11.30, June 11, 12, 13 – in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – with a visiting UK expert in employee-owned social care, Dr Guy Turnbull. Guy has been involved in […]
May 19, 2014

The States, Income Tax And A Line Of Accountability

As the public reaction to Coaltion the budget continues the voice of Professor Kenneth Wiltshire, reported in The Australian, 16 May, stood out. Re: the current States vs Canberra stoush, he says the States should reclaim income tax powers with […]