Collaboration …or not

September 9, 2016

Cooperative Medical Clinic Success And National Expansion

The Canberra Times reports that the National Health Co-op, founded six years ago as Canberra’s West Belconnen Health Cooperative, now has seven medical clinics across the ACT, with another about to open in Higgins and then Yass. 33,000 patients have […]
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 […]
August 30, 2016

Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge & Bush Festival 16-18 Sept

The word is spreading about this year’s Lower Lakes Stockmans Challenge and Bush Festival running over the 16th – 18th September in Strathalbyn, 55 kms SE of Adelaide. Chloe Pearce is working hard as Promotions Coordinator – keen for the […]
August 28, 2016

This Farm Needs A Farmer…Community Project Kyneton Vic

‘This Farm Needs A Farmer’ is a fledgling community project getting off the ground in central Victoria. It brings together tree-changers with little or no on-farm experience and retired farmers who appreciate the friendship that grows as well the pleasure […]
August 10, 2016

Opportunity To Buy Into A Co-Living Property In Sydney

Debbie Petlueng has contacted PWF about an opportunity to buy into a modern, co-living space in Erskineville, inner west Sydney. This three level terrace, currently shared by three mature women, has operated successfully for three years but one owner is […]
August 4, 2016

Why DON’T Policymakers LISTEN To Aboriginal Advice?

“Take an Aboriginal-designed program and allow Aboriginal people to deliver it to their people. They know what is needed. Work alongside Government but let us drive it!” We have heard this advice time and time again….but it NEVER happens! Yes, […]
July 1, 2016

Policies That Face Reality? A Coherent Vision For Our Future?

“At the core of a robust democracy is the integrity and transparency of its institutions. Elections do not a democracy make, but they are a fundamental institution that we disrespect at our peril. It is incumbent upon us to demand […]
June 21, 2016

Participatory Democracy, Transition Towns And ‘The Major Parties’

Around 10 years ago, people who care about their grandkids’ Australia, started collaborating locally so towns would become sustainable and resilient – re-localising and transition towns were the terms used. Many Australian towns have joined the transition network and Yackandandah, […]
May 11, 2016

Empty Houses, Affordability. Addressing A Complex Problem

QUESTION: On the complex topics of housing affordability, homelessness and housing supply why doesn’t Government spend more time investigating the fact of so many empty houses? In February this year a local Melbourne newspaper reported more than 3000 vacant homes […]
May 9, 2016

Permaculture Property For 2-3 Families To Share? An Intentional Community?

Maureen Corbett from Hepburn Springs, central Victoria, wants to contact people likely to be interested in her 2.25 acre permaculture property ‘Birrith Birrith’, possibly a group looking for land to set up an intentional community. She really doesn’t want the […]
April 7, 2016

School Students Tutoring – A Successful Template For Others?

Did you see the Wednesday night Lateline story about Friday Night School in Richmond, inner Melbourne? Private school kids help refugee kids with homework…it’s been twenty years now AND 200 kids turn up to help! Pleasure In Helping Everyone, students […]
March 12, 2016

An Evening Harmony Day Celebration In Wangaratta

Harmony Day on 21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity, and hopefully our inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone, the central message being ‘everyone belongs’. Lots of places run events and Wangaratta, in Victoria’s lovely north-east, will run […]