November 27, 2014

Australia’s First Community-Owned Energy Retailer?

Lateline 26 November interviewed Alison Crook AO, spokesperson for a new NSW consortium, Northern Rivers Energy (NRE), which has won a $54,000 grant for a business plan and feasibility study for Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer. They have plans to […]
November 24, 2014

Political Donations COULD/SHOULD Be Reported Immediately

Monash Uni’s Dr Colleen Lewis says: “There is absolutely no reason why information about who donated to what party or candidate and how much they donated could not be posted on a public website in real time or within 24 […]
October 1, 2014

A Successful Community Investment In ‘Micro Hydro’

The UK’s Stockport Community Hydro is a successful example of community investment. In this case, an English community near Manchester has invested in a micro hydro project, something that could be replicated here in Australia. Financed By Crowd Sourcing The […]
September 28, 2014

A Community Kindness App: ‘Help Me Help You’

The Helpmehelpyou app is ‘a helping hand within arm’s reach’- a great idea, and free. The app allows carers, parents and sick people to stay in touch. It puts out a call to friends or family for help with a […]
September 27, 2014

Commending Community Action: Non-Muslims Supporting Muslims

Amid today’s plethora of media thoughts on terrorism in Australia and the world, The Saturday Age reports social researcher Hugh Mackay rejecting the view of some commentators that youth radicalisation here is something dark that we’ve been overlooking. He believes […]
September 26, 2014

Can Communities Combat ISIL Youth Radicalisation Via Social Media?

After the knife attack in Melbourne and the shooting of Numan Haider we are all asking just what causes the radicalisation of young people born and raised here in Australia.Young Muslims in England have started the #Notinmyname Twitter campaign and […]
September 11, 2014

Democracy? Ideology? Coalition Stance On The RET?

In this democracy of ours, clearly many of us think the RET is good. Recent PWF posts show that lots of people and community groups are doing something about a problem the world is facing. So, WHAT exactly is driving […]
August 24, 2014

Footy Club’s Award Winning Huddle For Students

The Huddle is the North Melbourne Football Club engaging and giving back to its community. Since 2010 in the wider North Melbourne community there has been an amazing combination of love of sport and direction/support in study, for students from […]
August 24, 2014

The ‘Air Car’ – Imagine Fuelling Up With Compressed Air?

I was amazed when I first heard about a ‘compressed air car‘, designed by an ex-Formula one engineer/environmentalist, and being developed by his company MDI in France, as well as by the large Indian carmaker, Tata Motors. NO petrol, and […]
August 24, 2014

Help Solar Citizens Skywrite A Message To Canberra?

The Solar Citizens organisation is planning a huge message in the sky over Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday (August 27). As I write they are about $1000.00 short of their $14,000 target. They say: “Tony Abbott and the government are […]
August 24, 2014

CORENA: Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia

Australians are a ‘can do’ people, especially it seems when it comes to doing something about energy. CORENA – Citizens’ Own Renewable Energy Network Australia – is but one example. What Beechworth Montessori School In Victoria’s North-east Is Doing After […]
August 15, 2014

A Green Electricity Guide: Courtesy of Greenpeace

A friend just emailed me the Greenpeace link to a Green Electricity Guide plus some info our electricity suppliers. Greenpeace asks: Is There Confusion About Where Our Power Comes From? “Electricity companies spend millions of dollars advertising a ‘clean and […]