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.

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

Enrol NOW for Sustainability Courses at Wodonga TAFE – Semester 2

Enrol Now

Enrol Now

The Centre for Sustainable Skills at Wodonga TAFE are taking enrolments for our successful and popular Diploma of Sustainability and Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment.  We are also taking expressions of interest for our NEW training package MSS11 and the following courses: 

  • Sustainable Operations: Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations, Diploma of Sustainable Operations & Vocational Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Operations
  • Environmental Monitoring & Technology: Certificate IV in Environmental Technology & Diploma of Environmental Monitoring & Technology
  • Environmental Management: Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management

The Diploma of Sustainability is offered as a “dual diploma” meaning that if you are currently enrolled in a Diploma or above qualification or you already have this qualification you will receive a full Diploma of Sustainabiilty at the completion of our course. Apply NOW and secure your place in this innovative training, which will advance your career.

The Diploma of Sustainability is delivered in three modes to suit your circumstances:

  1. Tuesday Evening commences 17th July – 4 Dec 2012, 6pm-9pm.
  2. Virtual classroom/Online Weekly commences 18th July – 28th Nov 2012, 7pm-8pm.
  3. Friday Fortnightly commences 20th July – 13th Nov 2012, 9am-4pm.

The Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment is currently delivered in a classroom environment:

  1. Friday Fortnightly commences 27th July – 14th Dec 2012, 9am-4.30pm.

Places are filling fast, so contact us now to secure your place in one of our courses.  Please email: or phone: 02 6055 6669

Yackandandah Folk Festival – Renewables Workshop Power

Yackandandah Folk Festival – Renewables Workshop Power without fossil fuel – a presentation by Beyond Zero Emissions,

 When: Saturday 24th March, 9.00 -11.00 am, (amended times)

Where: Yackandandah Primary School

What:  Beyond Zero Emissions is coming to Yackandandah during the folk festival! They have developed a thoroughly comprehensive plan to produce power by sustainable means using existing technologies to satisfy all Australia’s needs. This, they demonstrate, can be achieved within ten years at a cost of around 3% of GDP. Included in their mix of energy sources is the Gemasolar 24hr base load generator like that being built in Spain. Please come along and support this green initiative. We are aiming to influence a wide range of people , so please try to bring along a friend who ordinarily doesn’t take much interest in clean energy. This will be a very interesting and informative event. Further details from Robin Rhodes on 02 6027 1182 or 0417 326144

Sustainability Guru to visit Centre for Sustainable Skills

Sustainability Victoria and Wodonga TAFE – Centre for Sustainable Skills 

Would like to invite you to an evening with Guru, Jimmy Brannigan ESD Consulting Ltd  UK

Introducing NetPositive “a tool to increase your bottom line”.

Opening Opportunities

Guru, Jimmy Brannigan, is based in the UK and is the founding director of ESD Consulting Ltd.  Jimmy has worked on sustainability issues and in the environmental sector for over 20 years. 

He has helped a wide range of private and public sector organisations to integrate environmental and social considerations into business models and activities to increase their bottom line.

NetPositive – an approach to sustainability which gives an equal weighting to positive and negative impacts. When all negative and positive impacts of an organisation are taken together the overall, or net, result is positive.

Most sustainability actions have up to now been focused on the negatives reducing waste, transport, carbon. But we believe there’s enormous value in also focusing on the positives. Leading businesses are taking on the challenge of demonstrating their NetPositive impact and we are keen to work with others who would like to take this forward.  The NetPositive approach will help you not only reduce your negative impacts, but capitalise on your positive ones.

 Date:        Thursday 1St March –  6pm to 9pm

Venue:      TAFEspace – 158 Lawrence Street Wodonga    Refreshments provided

RSVP:        Tuesday 28th February to 

Contact:    Jennifer Klippel Ph: 02 6055 6334 or  Email