Monthly Archives: October 2012

Small–medium business Waste Assessments available FREE

Small–medium business Waste Assessments available FREE


 P:  03 5272 4879F:   03 5272 4855E: 
 Future Proofing Geelong
This may be of interest to those of you who are small–medium businesses interested in reducing your waste.
Future Proofing Geelong
Dear Colleagues,
As per attached flyer and information below we have a limited number of free Waste Assessments available.
This offer is across all of Victoria so local businesses need to act fast as we have limited numbers of audits available.
Businesses receive a free report detailing the findings from the assessment including cost saving, waste avoidance/minimisation recommendations.
Essentially we are seeking small to medium size businesses in the Accommodation, Food Services (restaurants & cafes etc) and Manufacturing industries to participate in a waste assessment and materials efficiency project. If the business generates approximately 240 litres of landfill waste per day and are willing to have a consultant conduct a waste assessment on site they will receive access to this as a free service.
Ideally, if you could please let your customers and contacts know about this offer ASAP I would be grateful.
FYI all the details are included in attached PDF and below email.
Or for further details please contact Liza Coventry on 8662 5147.
Thanks for your support.

James Gulli | Regional Account Manager | Membership Services |
VECCI – Geelong  | 20 Little Ryrie Street | Geelong VIC 3220 | |
D: 03 5227 7990 | T: 03 5227 7900 | M: 0419 754 775 | F: 03 5223 3958

Dear Member,VECCI is looking for SMEs in the Manufacturing and Accommodation and Food Services industries to participate in a waste assessment and materials efficiency project. If you generate approximately 240 litres of landfill waste per day and are willing to have a consultant conduct a waste assessment at your site, your business has the opportunity to access this free service.What does my business get from participating in this project?
Businesses that participate in this project will receive:
An on site waste and materials efficiency assessment conducted by a VECCI Sustainability Consultant.
A report detailing the findings from the assessment including cost saving, waste avoidance/minimisation recommendations.What’s involved in a waste assessment?
VECCI’s consultants will assess one day’s worth of collected landfill waste; weighing and measuring the predominant materials. They will also conduct an interview with an appropriate staff member to gather information on business operations and processes and key material inputs such as raw materials or fresh produce. The consultant will be on site for 3-4 hours.What does it cost to participate?
It doesn’t cost anything for your business to participate, this project is being funded by the state government through the Beyond Waste Fund. All we ask is for a short amount of your time.What we need from you
To participate, your business will need to:
Operate within the Manufacturing or Accommodation and Food Services industries.
Generate approximately 240 litres of landfill waste per day (this amount would equal approximately 1.5m3 per week).
Have an area on site where a VECCI consultant could conduct the waste assessment.
Be available to have the waste assessment undertaken at your site between:
12 November – 7 December 2012 or 7 – 31 January 2013.
To express your interest in this project or request more information, please contact VECCI Sustainability Services on 03 8662 5196 or email

Subject: Guy – Melbourne, let’s talk about the future (media release)

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Subject: Guy – Melbourne, let’s talk about the future (media release)

Subject: Guy - Melbourne, let’s talk about the future (media release)
Friday 26 October 2012
Melbourne, let’s talk about the future
Victorians are encouraged to have their say on metropolitan planning, during the next phase of community consultation, to develop a shared vision for greater Melbourne and Victoria.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy today launched a discussion paper Melbourne, let’s talk about the future to inform the development of the new Metropolitan Planning Strategy and to seek further public consultation into the development of the strategy.
“Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city, but we won’t remain that way through a business as usual approach. This is why the Victorian Coalition Government is reforming metropolitan planning and putting forward a long-term vision for our capital city,” Mr Guy said.
“In getting on with developing a new metropolitan planning strategy, which will guide the growth of Melbourne over the next forty years, there must be significant community consultation.
“The release of the first discussion paper will encourage Melburnians to again be a part of this process and will hopefully challenge the way we think about our state’s capital city and how it will grow in the future,”
Mr Guy said.
The discussion paper, developed by the expert Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Metropolitan Planning Strategy, canvasses a number of key issues that are expected to attract debate including:
· growing the central city as a 24-hour world city;
· delivering jobs and services to our outer suburbs;
· using our existing infrastructure more efficiently; and
· consideration of a permanent boundary around parts of the
metropolitan area.
“Melbourne has a history of integrated long-term strategic planning starting with the Hoddle Grid well over 150 years ago,” Mr Guy said.
“It is time to build on this foundation and engage with the community about how to shape a strategy that is visible, tangible and meets short, medium and long-term goals.
“We need to develop a strategy that drives productivity, secures Melbourne’s liveabilty and ensures Melbourne is a dynamic world class city.
“An understanding of what role Melbourne will play in Victoria and how Melbourne’s role will complement our regional centres will be critical,” Mr Guy said.
MAC has engaged in significant consultation with key stakeholders right across the Melbourne metropolitan area in the lead up to the development of the discussion paper.
Chair of the MAC, Professor Roz Hansen said that the discussion paper is designed to generate debate and engage with the community on the future of metropolitan Melbourne.
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of months of discussions and workshops with local councils, community groups and industry experts,”
Professor Hansen said.
“The logical next step is to open discussion up to the community and this paper does exactly that.”
The discussion paper has been developed around nine strategic principles to encourage debate and generate discussion that will ultimately drive the development of a Metropolitan Planning Strategy.
“It will be important that the new metropolitan planning strategy has a clear implementation plan that can be delivered by this and successive governments,” Professor Hansen said.
The discussion paper aligns with the Coalition Government’s major reform agenda including the delivery of major infrastructure projects such as the East-West Link and Melbourne Metro, the proposed planning zone reforms and a more efficient planning system.
“Today’s announcement is about developing a vision not only for land use planning but planning for employment, transport and infrastructure delivery,” Mr Guy said.
The strategy will take a long-term view of growth and change across Melbourne and its connectivity with regional Victoria, other Australian capital cities and globally.
“Developing a metropolitan planning strategy can only succeed if there is buy-in from all stakeholders, including local community,” Mr Guy said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting and facilitating community groups to participate in the debate about the new strategy’s content.
“We are committed to working with the community and drawing on a broad range of expertise in developing the metropolitan planning strategy,” Mr Guy said.
Comments on the discussion paper close Friday 1 March 2013. View the discussion paper at
Media contact: Rachel Obradovic 0400 916 830
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Seawater greenhouse – just add solar

 Seawater greenhouse – just add solar

By Sophie Vorrath -RenewEconomy on 19 April 2012

South Australia’s Port Augusta, with its abundant solar resource, has recently been pegged as the ideal location for the development of a concentrating solar thermal power plant – and understandably so.

But what about a 2000 square metre greenhouse? It would seem an unlikely match for hot, dry Port August, yet while the region’s CSP plant proposal remains just that, an enormous solar-powered greenhouse has indeed been built – and it’s producing a fine crop of tomatoes.
Behind the project is Sundrop Farms: a group of international scientists (and an investment banker) whose goal has been to devise a system of growing crops that doesn’t require a fresh water supply. How does it work? “It all begins with a 70 metre-long stretch of solar panels,” says Pru Adam’s on ABC Radio’s Landline: a series of concave mirrors which focus the sun’s energy onto a black tube that runs through the centre of the panels. The tube is filled with thermal oil, which is superheated up to 160°C, then pumped through the tube back to a little storage shed, where its heat is transferred to a water storage system. Some of this stored heat goes towards greenhouse temperature control, some to powering the facility, but most is used for desalination of the tidal bore water. When the heat goes to the thermal desal unit it meets up with relatively cold seawater and the temperature difference creates condensation.
“It’s pretty simple to understand,” said Reinier Wolterbeek, Sundrop’s project manager and head of technology development, in a 2010 television interview with Southern Cross News. “If you have a fresh water bottle from your refrigerator, and you put it in a room, then condensation forms on the sides. That’s more or less what we try to mimic over here; the cold sea water, from the ground, we put it through plastic tubes, we blow hot, very moist air against these plastic tubes, condensation forms on the tubes, we catch the condensation, and that’s actually the irrigation for the tomato crops.” The brine ends up in ponds and the salt can be extracted as a saleable by-product.
Sundrop Farms Solar Desalination
So, while this large-ish commercial-scale greenhouse (they’ve tested a smaller version in Oman), perched, as Adams describes it, “in the remains of flogged-out farmland,” really is an incongruous sight in Port Augusta, it’s there for good reason.
“We looked on a world map, and funnily enough, Port Augusta is the ideal place,” Wolterbeek told Southern Cross News. “It’s really close to the sea, so we have a lot of seawater available, and it’s very dry, which is good for the process of the technology.”
Philipp Saumweber, Sundrop’s managing director who is a former Goldman Sachs investment banker with an economics degree from Harvard, describes the project as unique. “Nobody has done what we’re doing before and to our knowledge nobody has done something even similar,” Saumweber told Landline. “What we think is so unique about our system is we’re not just addressing either an energy issue or a water issue, we’re really addressing both of those together to produce food from abundant resources and do that in a sustainable way.”
David Travers – CEO of the University College London’s Adelaide office, who became Sundrop’s chairman after being convinced of the merit of its technology – agrees. “Well it’s unique in the sense that it’s the only example we’re aware of in the world where there’s that complete integration of the collection of solar energy, the desalination of water, the production of energy sources from electricity through to heating and storage and then the growing of plants, in this case tomatoes and capsicums, in a greenhouse environment,” he told Landline. “It’s the totality of that system that makes it quite unique.”
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You Are Where You Eat: Re-Focusing Communities Around Markets

You Are Where You Eat: Re-Focusing Communities Around Markets; Will YOU support “Buy Bellarine”?

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The breathtaking central hall of Cleveland’s West Side Market, a major hub in the host city for this year’s International Public Markets Conference (Sept. 21-23) / Photo: PBS NewsHour via Flickr

Picture yourself at the supermarket, awash in fluorescent light. You’re trying to stock up for the next couple of weeks, since it’s a busy time of year. You grab some granola bars (and maybe even a box of pop tarts), some frozen dinners, a box of macaroni with one of those little packets of powdered cheese stuff. And oh, they’re running one of those promotions where you can get ten cans of soup for, like, a dollar each. Perfect! Dinner for the next two weeks. On the way to the register, you swing by the produce aisle to grab a bunch of bananas. Like many people these days, you’re trying to eat healthy, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
Now imagine that your neighborhood had a public market–the kind of place that’s easy to pop by on the way home from work to grab fresh food every couple of days. Before you reach the open-air shed, you’re surrounded by produce of every shape and color; you can smell oranges and basil from half a block away. As you follow your appetite through the maze of bins and barrels, you bump into your neighbors, and make plans to head downtown to the central market over the weekend to take a cooking class and pick up some less common ingredients. You may even make a day of it and check out the new weekly craft fair that takes place the next block over.

Up in Nova Scotia, where Davies and O’Neil have been working with the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Operations Manager Ewen Wallace notes the importance of his market (which does have its own permanent building) in the local community. “Throughout my involvement in this project and spending so much time face-to-face with the community at large” he says, “the thing that’s really hit home is that the people of Halifax really do consider this their market.”

Buy BellarineShoppers peruse the booths at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market / Photo: Nicole Bratt via Flickr

And while the market is truly a stalwart (they’ve never missed a Saturday in 262 years!), the role that it plays in the regional economy contributes greatly to the sense of community ownership, since most residents of Atlantic Canada are just a generation away from a farmer or fisherman. “At the end of World War II,” Wallace explains, “we had around 35,000 independent farms in Nova Scotia. Now we have around 3,800. This market is intended to serve as a hub from which money in the urban core is being channeled back into rural areas around the province. This is all tied to food security.”
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