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Climate Change Café
Our next Climate Change Café will focus on farm water
management and will feature guest speaker, Rob Fenton,
by video link. Rob is based at the Natonal Environment
Centre in Albury and is an expert in water management,
permaculture and organic farming. Discussion over dinner
will be facilitated by Benita Kelsall.
Where: The Cofee Collectve, Wonthaggi
When: 25 November from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $30 per person (includes dinner)
RSVP: 5662 9200 to pay by credit card
Details: Agriculture Climate Resilience Project on
Facebook or Twiter @agclimateadapt
Did you know there are 18 key measures that can be
addressed to improve the drought resistance of a farm?
Learn an assessment method to help determine whether a
paddock is likely to have a high, moderate or low resistance
to dry conditions. Leading NZ Agronomist, Graham Shepherd,
will share his expertise during this workshop.
Friday 27 November
Outtrim Hall, Outtrim
Field discussion at the Vagg farm
(Leongatha South) in the afternoon
10.00am - 3.00pm (lunch provided)
Jill Vella 0408 208 350 or go to:
More information via Southern Gippsland
Agricultural Climate Resilience Project page on Facebook
Marching to the climate change drum
BASS Coast Shire councillors
have supported a request from lo -
cal community group Groundswell
Bass Coast, to become a partner to
"The People's Climate March" to be
held in Melbourne on Friday, No -
Groundswell Bass Coast is a
community group organising and
promoting activities to motivate
politicians to discard fossil fuel
power, replacing it with zero car-
bon energy sources, with the ut-
Councillors at the most recent
shire meeting were told that the
purpose of the November 27 march
is "to unite to champion issues of
climate change, for renewable en-
ergy and jobs in the transition to a
clean economy... and be motivated
to care for people and protect na-
Councillors resolved, led by Cr
Neil Rankine, to become a partner
as requested, at a cost of $700 plus
council officers' time.
Council is now required to:
• Be involved in the key promo -
tion and organising activities in the
lead up to the march
• Work with and build relation-
ships with a diverse range of organ-
sations and partners in the local
governemnt sector and beyond
• Communicate and encourage
conversations with the Bass Coast
Shire community, using local and
• And be listed as a partner on
the People's website and promo-
Greg Hunt is pictured with "citizen scientist" John Gemmill from the Clean
Citizen scientists to help
monitor marine pollution
FISHERS and surfers will become
citizen scientists in a major new sci-
ence project to monitor the impact
of sewage on Australia's marine bio-
diversity and ecosystems.
Together with researchers, recre-
ational water users will contribute
to a National Outfall Database, to be
developed in consultation with the
states and Northern Territory.
Funded with $400,000 from the
Australian Government, water us-
ers will collect samples to supple-
ment monitoring of outfall flows
and gauge pollutant concentrations.
The research will form the basis
of a national collaboration between
communities, scientists, water au-
thorities and government agencies
with the aim of working together
to reduce the pollution load on our
The project will be led by the
Wonthaggi-based Clean Ocean
Foundation as part of research by
the Marine Biodiversity Hub under
the National Environmental Science
Clean Ocean Foundation's John
Gemmill welcomed today's an-
"Since achieving our crucial goal
of the upgrade of the Eastern Treat-
ment Plant that discharged at Gun-
namatta, Clean Ocean Foundation
has been steadfastly focussing on
addressing outfalls from a nation-
al approach, because our oceans
know no borders," he said.
"Clean Ocean Foundation is
thrilled that the value of a National
Outfall Database (NOD) has been
recognised by the Federal Govern-
ment and honoured to be asked to
deliver the NOD. It is a very impor-
tant step in the cleaning up of Aus-
The Marine Biodiversity Hub,
funded with $23.88 million from
the National Environmental Science
Programme, is conducting research
in Australia's temperate marine wa-
ters to help manage and protect our
coastal and marine environments.
The hub's research will inform
measures to protect coastal and
marine species and ecosystems.
The National Environmental Sci-
ence Programme focuses on col-
laborative, practical and applied
research that informs on-ground
The Australian Government is
committed to integrating science
into decision-making in good envi-
Newhaven Primary School children from grades two to five rode to school as part of VicRoads' Walk/
Ride to School Day. Pictured with school principal Andrew Strickland are Zack, Jai, Memphis, Claudia,
Lani, Jacqui and Ruby. Children who actively travel to school together in groups will arrive into the
classroom in a better frame of mind, researchers say.
The active way to school
RESEARCH reveals a big de-
cline in children walking or rid-
ing to school in metropolitan Mel-
A similar decline has been re-
ported for regional areas.
Last Tuesday, Newhaven Primary
School celebrated the warmer weath-
er by encouraging a more active
mode of transport for our local chil-
dren with a Walk/Ride to School Day.
Sian Conn is contracted by the
Bass Coast Shire Council to fa-
cilitate the road safety awareness
campaign, now in its second year.
"I'm happy to say that due to
the success of the Safe to School
Program last year, we received
funding to run the program with
another three Bass Coast Primary
Schools," she said.
Funding is provided by the Vic-
torian Community Road Safety
Partnership Program through
As with last year's program
each of the schools conducted the
Walk/Ride to School Day during
Community Safety Month.
Newhaven Primary kicked off the
campaign with Local Laws Rangers
and Victoria Police out and about
talking to children and parents
about good road safety practices.
Part of the program included a
survey of parents.
"The results showed the travel
habit of parents was typically a
car ride to school," Ms Conn said.
"Reasons included stranger
danger concerns, the lack of foot-
paths providing a safe route to
school, the travel habits to a par-
ent's workplace, and the distance
of their house from the school.
"Children who live less than
2km away from the school tend to
travel more actively to school.
“With the warmer weather kids
have started to meet up with their
mates at a designated spot to
travel to school together," school
principal Andrew Strickland said.
"Cyclists can use a well-defined
bike track from Cape Woolamai.
"Research has shown children
who actively travel to school to-
gether in groups will arrive into
the classroom in a better frame of
mind for learning," Ms Conn said.
Terms one and four are the per-
fect opportunity to get out on the
fresh air and enjoy the country
route to school.
This year the event is supported
by local business Total Work Wear
The schools that participated
this year are Newhaven Prima-
ry School, Wonthaggi Primary
School and Wonthaggi North Pri-
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