August 2017 Newsletter


Guarding the Galilee #StopAdani North Sydney is screening this film as well as Al Gore’s new film  ‘An Inconvenient Seque’l at Hoyts Chatswood, Westfield on Wednesday 6 September at 6pm. Enquiries to

Sustainable house day Sunday 17 September. You can visit sustainable houses and talk to their owners.  Lineup includes biogas and native bees in Newington, a recycled semi in Chatswood and passive solar in Leichhardt. Go go to

Ryde Council Sustainability Talks Ryde Council, in conjunction with Macquarie University is running a series of talks by leaders in their fields to discuss what is happening across policy, private industry and research to tackle Sydney’s increasing development in a sustainable way. The first one will be on transport, followed by Green and Public Spaces and Natural and Cultural Heritage. For information  and bookings go to

Ryde Council Spring Garden Competition Entries are now open for the 2017 Spring Garden competition and close 31 August. Entry is free.  For information on categories and to enter phone 9952 8222 or go to

Wildflower walk The Ryde Flora and Fauna Preservation Society will have walks through the Field of Mars Reserve on Sunday 13 August from 2.30 – 4pm. Walks are of moderate difficulty.  To find out more and to book either phone 9879 6067 and leave a message or email the Society on

Extensive listing of What’s On If you want to know about a very wide range events all around Sydney, we suggest you have a look this month (or any month) at


We’re on Facebook! It has taken us some time to decide to have a Facebook page.  If that’s your thing, find and like us and leave some comments at

Moocooboola.We had a stall last weekend and our theme this year was the Carmichael Mine.  We encouraged people to write to their Federal MP voicing their concerns.  We had 23 people write to John Alexander, 11 to Trent Zimmerman and one each to Anthony Albanese, Julian Leeser and Craig Laundy giving a total of 37.

In the last  month we have done the following on your behalf:

Submission opposing Treasury Discussion Paper on Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities (ie Federal government wanting to make environmental advocacy NGO’s lose their tax deductibility status if they don’t do environmental rehabilitation work using donated money)

Written to John Alexander challenging his defence of Carmichael Mine

Written to Anthony Roberts challenging his defence of NSW land clearing laws


Carmichael Mine The water gets murker as to the transparency of the whole approval process. These two articles may be of interest and

We encourage you to contact your local federal MP either by phoning or emailing and let them know of your concerns about the mine.
John Alexander: Phone 9869 4288, email
Trent Zimmerman: Phone 9929 9822, email
Josh Frydenberg (Federal Environment Minister); Phone (03) 9882 3677

Greening Sydney Sign the petition asking the NSW Premier to protect and enhance Sydney’s green spaces.

Super funds and climate risk management   Market Forces has released a report showing 82 of Australia’s largest super funds are not providing sufficient evidence they are considering climate risk. Contact your fund and ask them why they are not.

Marine sanctuaries Despite the thousands of submissions and the evidence of scientists, the Federal government has proposed to more than halve the size of our marine sanctuaries. Sign the petition to voice your concern about this backward step, making it the ONLY government in the world to do so.

Murray Darling Rorting No doubt you saw or heard about the rorting of the system by some cotton farmers to rob this vital river system of water affecting not just agriculture further down river but also townships and habitats like Menindee Lakes.  Sign the petition asking the Premier for action.

You can also sign a petition asking for a Senate inquiry into the water theft.–2/murray-darling/save-the-murray-darling

Battery Storage The Total Environment Centre (TEC) has just completed a report for the NSW Government that looks at all aspects of battery storage.


This ones good for zero waste swaps and reusables! They have everything under the sun. They also send out DIY recipes for skincare and environmental tips in their newsletter.
These guys have ethically made/fair trade items including clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts. Good variety of things and you can select your value priorities as well.
Baptis World Aid Ethical fashion guide. There is also an electronics guide, though it doesn’t come out as frequently.
Good On You
This app rates clothing brands for their ethics – best checked in conjunction with the Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide as sometimes they vary on their info for the same company. You can also send in information on brands if there is any missing eg Macpac got a D on the Ethical Fashion Report but it wasn’t documented in Good On You.
Shop Ethical
Rates brands on ethical production, including household cleaning products! They cover pretty much every product category you can think of. You can also select your values again and get info on what industry certifications protect that area eg. Palm oil and sustainable palm oil, animal testing and the humane cosmetics standard, etc.