YOUth LEADing the world Nov 27th, 28th & 29th 2012

3 day Youth Leadership Congress where Youth explore local and global issues of sustainability, measure and understand their own eco-footprint and work on action plans to make change in their lives, schools and communities.

Congresses are held simultaneously, digitally linked across multiple australian and global location. YLTW is now in its 4th year set to run in 50 locations.

Wodonga is lucky enough to be a part of this fantastic opportunity for Youth to focus on global sustainability.  See the flyer  here for details on how to register for this fantastic opportunity being held at The Cube, Wodonga.

Sustainable Practice Skill Set – New Dates now set

If you are a VET Practionioner then this course is for you: 

Centre for Sustainable Skills at Wodonga TAFE have partnered with The National Centre for Sustainability (NCS) and project partners and are delighted to offer the opportunity for VET practitioners to complete the TAE Sustainable Practice Skill Set. As part of the implementation of the national Green Skills Agreement, the NCS Consortium partners (led by the University of Ballarat) will deliver this Skill Set nationally throughout 2012.

The aim of this professional development program is to expand the base of Australian VET practitioners from across the range of RTOs and industry areas, to develop skills and knowledge to support the delivery of  skills for sustainability in their VET training programs.

The Sustainable Practice Skill Set units to be completed are:

  • TAESUS501A – Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs
  • TAESUS502A – Identify and apply current sustainability education principles and practice to learning programs

For further information please click here

To register your place for this opportunity please contact Roz Heaven on 02 6055 6329 or email: sustainability@wodongatafe.edu.au         Places are filling fast, so book NOW!

National Food Plan

In 1825 Jean Anthèlme Brillat-Savarin wrote in his magnum opus, The Physiology of Taste, that “the destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they are fed.”

Assuming that to be so, you may well be interested in examining two documents that have the potential to alter the direction our ‘food focus’ takes in the foreseeable future.

 The National Food Plan (NFP) describes the framework Government strategy to meet the burgeoning demand for food production.  The NFP suggests that globally, the demand for food will have increased 77% by 2050 over today’s food production levels.  This document then goes on to explore the anticipated role Australia should have in exporting food (sometimes said to be the equivalent of exporting water concentrate).

If you are interested and can put aside the time, then visit the National Food Plan at the link provided below. 

http://www.daff.gov.au/nationalfoodplan/process-to-develop/green-paper/preparing-a-submission

In the interest of an alternate approach and debate, Gene Ethics have developed their ‘People’s Food Plan (PFP) – a democratic counterpoint to the NFP.’  This document can be read here

Sustainable Practice Skill Set

Centre for Sustainable Skills at Wodonga TAFE have partnered with The National Centre for Sustainability (NCS) and project partners and are delighted to offer the opportunity for VET practitioners to complete the TAE Sustainable Practice Skill Set. As part of the implementation of the national Green Skills Agreement, the NCS Consortium partners (led by the University of Ballarat) will deliver this Skill Set nationally throughout 2012.

The aim of this professional development program is to expand the base of Australian VET practitioners from across the range of RTOs and industry areas, to develop skills and knowledge to support the delivery of  skills for sustainability in their VET training programs.

The Sustainable Practice Skill Set units to be completed are:

  • TAESUS501A – Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs
  • TAESUS502A – Identify and apply current sustainability education principles and practice to learning programs

For further information please click here

To register your place for this opportunity please contact Roz Heaven on 02 6055 6329 or email: sustainability@wodongatafe.edu.au

National Ride2Work Day – October 17th, 2012

Bike Riding – the most efficient form of transport ever invented!            

Are you always planning to ride to work and yet can’t quite align everything!  Well maybe Ride2Work is just what you need…

On Wednesday 17 October 2012, thousands of folks across Australia will dust off their bikes and join the cycling craze! 

Ride-2-Work strives to support each of us to experiment with the wonderful benefits of riding;

  • Stress reduction;
  • Physical exercise;
  • Strong quads and calves;
  • Saving money; and
  • Reducing carbon emissions.

To confirm your action, please register your ride at the link below – and better still, why not be the coordinator at your workplace!  Register as a coordinator at the address below.

Register at:

https://ride2work.com.au/rtw/register/

The most efficient form of transport ever invented?  Visit:

http://www.ibike.org/encouragement/benefits.htm

2 Short Courses start next week

 Save water, save money!     –     Assess household water use CPPHSA4003A

Learn the skills you need to assess your household water use and develop ways to improve your water efficiency and save money. 

Dates:  2 sessions Tuesday 28th Aug & 4th Sep |  Time:  6pm to 9pm|  Cost:  $150 FFS

Smarter Homes – Top 10 Home hints for saving money NA12SHOME

Do you need to find ways to save money on your bills at home?  This custom designed course offers you the skills to interpret energy bills, improve the comfort of your homes and to reduce energy bills.  We will be sharing our ‘Top 10 Hints’ for saving money.  Come along and get personal advice from a household sustainability  expert.

 Dates: 1 session Thursday 30th Aug    | Time:  6pm – 9pm|   Cost: $50 FFS

Other session dates: 27th Sep, 1st Nov & 29th Nov

Call the Centre for Sustainable Skills on  02 6055 6669 to book your place now!   See the tab at the top of this page to see the other great courses we have on offer in the upcoming weeks

Wodonga environmental heroes in the running for National Landcare Award

Public encouraged to vote for Friends of Willow Park in People’s Choice Award

Local environmental heroes, Friends of Willow Park, are one of 88 finalists in the 2012 National Landcare Awards, which are taking place in Sydney on September 4th.

Friends of Willow Park was the winner of the Toshiba Community Group Award in the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards and as a result, joins seven other finalists in that category from across the country, all vying for top honours at the biennial celebration in Sydney.

Wodonga locals can join in the celebrations by going online and voting for their local hero in the 2012 People’s Choice Award.  Voting is open until 6pm (EST) on Tuesday, September 4th, and the winner will be announced at the 2012 National Landcare Awards gala dinner that night.

Friends of Willow Park Inc (FOWP) has been a strong advocate for community inclusive planning since its inception in 2006. It successfully initiated a partnership with the City of Wodonga to develop and implement a community-led Master Plan which will guide the future of Willow Park over the next 25 years. FOWP engages with a diverse range of partners and members of the community, including the City of Wodonga, schools and local residents. Through activities such as monthly gardening, water quality monitoring, guest speaker evenings and a newsletter, FOWP has protected and conserved the park and shared knowledge and skills.

“We are thrilled to be a finalist in the 2012 National Landcare Awards. We are very proud of our efforts to grow and nurture local stewardship for our park and its corridors, as this is the key ingredient to preserving and improving our local environment,” said Julie Hind.

CEO of Landcare Australia, Heather Campbell, believes the National Landcare Awards to be an excellent way of showcasing the breadth and diversity of the amazing work being undertaken by Landcarers across the country, from sustainable agriculture to coastal restoration projects and everything in between.

“The National Landcare Awards are about celebrating all aspects of grass-roots environmentalism, irrespective of geography, age or gender,” she said.

“Wodonga can be proud to be represented by Friends of Willow Park at this level, and I hope that locals will show their support by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”

To find out more about the finalists, get involved, and have your say by voting in the 2012 National Landcare Awards People’s Choice Category, please visit www.landcareonline.com.au/nationalawards