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Sustainability

Fifth Annual Shearwater Festival

  The fifth annual shearwater festival moved to Cowes today with a parade up Thompson Avenue which included five wonderful huge rubbish puppets made with five local schools and supervised by SF artist-in-residence Camille Monet. The puppets were carried by willing adults and children, and the parade included drummers and even dog-walkers, including BCSC councillor…

Award Winning Penguins Plus viewing platform

From the Phillip Island Nature Parks today: “The award-winning Penguins Plus viewing platform has continued on its winning way as it received the Award for Excellence in Tourism at the 2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards, held at the National Arboretum Canberra yesterday. In awarding this honour, the jury noted the beautiful detail of this viewing…

Red Wattle Birds by Lisa Schonberg

It’s the time of the year when birds and insects do their best to feed on the nectar and pollen of flowering plants, thereby fertilising many plants. Here is a red Wattle bird (named because of the red ‘wattles’ on each side of its face) feeding on a native plant then coming up with pollen…

Reef off Cowes by Lisa & Alia Schonberg

Lisa and Alia have been snorkeling again – this time over reefs off Cowes. Here is a selection of what they found: a wide variety of sea algae, urchins, cunjevoys, a healthy bank of seagrass and an expansive bed of mussels. Thanks for giving us landlubbers a glimpse of our beautiful underwater world Lisa and…

Draft Natural Environment Sustainability Strategy

From the Bass Coast Shire Council website comes important news of the just released Draft Natural Environment Sustainability Strategy. The strategy can be found here: http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/…/2015_10_28_Final_re-draft… “The draft Natural Environment Sustainability Strategy (PDF 3.8MB) is Council’s commitment to preserve, protect, restore and enhance the natural environment across Bass Coast for the next 10 years. This plan…

Join the Green Army! Is this for you?

The Federal Government is now looking for Green Army participants for Bass Coast Shire projects. You may know someone who is interested.   Here is the information: Connecting people with our environment Join the Green Army! Is this for you? Are you aged between 17 and 24, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and would…

Seagrass -Flickr- Sanc0067 NOAA Photo Library

Seagrass helps protect natural ‘carbon sinks’, study finds

    Seagrass is recovering in Western Port after being largely smothered during the 1980s. New research shows how valuable the seagrass is in capturing carbon. The last thing Western Port needs is dredging to reactivate smothering particles in the water column.   Read the ABC article about it here: http://www.abc.net.au/…/greenhouse-gases-linked-to-…/6086896

black swans at Rhyll, Lisa Schonberg

Draft Regional Coastal plans are now online for public comment

  Draft Regional Coastal plans are now online for public comment. Here is the information about them: Chair Victorian Coastal 10 February 2015 Dear Coastal Stakeholders, We are writing to invite you to help shape the future of Victoria’s coast and contribute to three new Regional Coastal Plans. The three Regional Coastal Boards have developed…

World fossil fuel use, carbon emissions & CCS

World fossil fuel use, carbon emissions & CCS

If you have friends who are climate sceptics and can’t be bothered reading the facts, here’s a very short film that might give them a different perspective on carbon emissions: http://www.carbonvisuals.com/blog/wbcsd… Read more at the Carbon Visuals Blog:

Community-owned Renewable Energy

www.basscoastpost.com has news on a whole range of community issues in Bass Coast. You can subscribe to receive their regular updates and check out their community diary.   This week they have a feature on community-owned renewable energy. Here’s a section, with info on a forthcoming “community energy forum”. What a great idea! It would be…