Mullum Mullum Festival AGM and Lecture

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[ 12 October , 2013; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ]
Notice of Annual General Meeting for the Mullum Mullum Festival.
Plans for the 2014 festival will be discussed. The meeting will be held at 5pm this Saturday 12 October, 2013, Yarran Dheran Information Centre, Mitcham. Mel 49 B6.

The Meeting will be preceded by a presentation by Paul Mahony titled ‘Omissions of emissions: Our environment, livestock and […]

Coal seam gas – public meeting

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[ 16 October , 2013; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ]
Coal seam gas – what is it and how does it affect the environment and communities?
Find out at a public meeting on October 16 held by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

Coal seam gas extraction involves unconventional techniques to extract gas from coal deposits that are otherwise difficult or impossible to exploit.

These new techniques and the […]

The Nurdle Hunters – Plastic pollution talk and survey

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[ 19 October , 2013; 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. ]

Since May 2013, a new wave of plastic pollution has been uncovered by Melbourne BayKeeper volunteers in the form of ‘nurdles’. Hundreds of these plastic pre-production pellets have been found regularly on St Kilda Beaches, and more recently, in streams flowing into the Bay.

EcoCentre Director and Port Phillip BayKeeper, Neil Blake, will give a talk about […]

Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Australia’s Role?

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[ 29 October , 2013; 2:00 pm to 5:15 pm. ]

Join the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria) for this upcoming Sustainability Leadership Seminar on Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Australia’s Role? Challenges and Opportunities to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 October in partnership with NAB and the University of Melbourne.

Held in support of the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, this seminar is part of […]

Premier’s Sustainability Award Winners 2013

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From the media release ‘Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre win Premier’s top sustainability award‘:
A project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre has won the top Premier’s Recognition Award in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 for introducing recycling to a community housing estate. The Ascot Vale Housing Estate […]

Cultivating Sustainability: Learn to engage people in sustainability

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[ 27 November , 2013; 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. ]

Cultivating Sustainability is a 1-day workshop which provides sustainability advocates with insights, models and tools to engage and inspire people for sustainable action. This workshop will assist you to

This workshop will assist you to:
Identify what people need in order to embrace sustainability
Target your efforts and resources to the points of most leverage
Incorporate psychological principles to […]

Fine Wine from Australia

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authority over them. Might be, you as well may be in the very same problem as Joseph but don’t stress due to the fact that God alone recognizes just what is good for you and also nobody could bring your future to you in addition to you on your own. Bear in mind, others do not see exactly what you view, hears just what you listen to, fantasize exactly what you have currently dreamedm of. They can not completely realise the vision as well as intends God has given you. Safeguard your possibility by picking thoroughly those with

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Water Environment Resources

1 Background Southeast of the Mekong Stream in Vietnam Delta Is an area of about 39,000 square kilometers of farmland, the primary crop is rice. Mid-90s of the 20th century, the delta’s farming outcome make up 30 % of Vietnam’s GDP over the country, and also the rice over the country’s rice exports total greater than 80 % of exports, exports of Vietnam to become the world’s bigger nations rice one. The mouth of the Mekong River Basin in the year could be much more bountiful rains, several components of the rice Nengchan 3 quarters of the year. However, in the lesser Mekong delta area is not the situation, where major water invasion farming land, minimizing the dry duration can be utilized fresh, as well as because the drain system behind, yet likewise very easy to form big floods, which makes farmers life harder, some farmers to end up being Vietnam’s bad, consuming water, salt water and acidic water is typically polluted. Vietnamese Mekong Delta Water Resources task aims to realize the change in agricultural manufacturing and also country poverty, improve, or re-construction of crucial water control infrastructure, agricultural land to prevent seawater intrusion, improved watering, drain, flood control and drinking water supply system, which calls for a detailed, incorporated actions to finish, in addition to the facilities, the delta’s water resource administration also includes various other material.



1996, the Vietnamese Federal government and also relevant companies to produce the development of the “water aspect”, stressed the water facilities on the importance of agriculture as well as country advancement in 1998, the new water law to set up a line of water based on water as well as framework for unified administration of sources, and bring a bunch of the Mekong Stream Delta task chances, Delta water job is just one of them.



2, Project Description Mekong Delta task execution in 1999-2007, the primary objective is to raise the region’s agricultural result, minimize rural destitution and also boost the living health conditions of farmers and the facility of the Mekong Delta Water Resources Advancement and Administration. Job has three parts: 1) enhance water facilities tasks, such as irrigation, flood control and salinity command, an area of 535,000 hectares, the main function is to produce simply in the past year or more products to attain productive farming areas of instability and planted a range of crops. 2) more than 280,000 rural consuming supply of water to farmers, through wells, water Pump And also piping systems to provide consuming water to rural neighborhoods and also to improve water hygiene in these locations, focusing on area demand-driven water system, neighborhood engagement in preparation and also implementation of water tasks, and aids. 3) to strengthen execution of the job provinces and the Mekong Delta water sources intending and also administration and also surveillance.



3, project results have the adhering to results of the project



Enhanced the Mekong Delta of fresh supply of water as well as fortifying of sea water invasion and also flood control, watering system 76 has been boosted, in order to develop a flood control diversion entrance 41 major as well as 125 sub-major flood diversion gates, excavation and also development of the canal greater than 1000 km, freshly developed 230 kilometers of dikes, to ensure that against the community from flooding.



Change the form of agricultural plant species as well as have high economic prefer plants and a multi-purpose plants, such as rice and shrimp. 2 seasons of rice cultivation to rice manufacturing from 1999 to 4.7 bunches each hectare to 5.3 lots per 2007 hectares of rice area of the fish and also shrimp aquaculture manufacturing improved to 3 times the original, more than 760,000 of the country populace via the building of small supply of water systems as well as point-derived water factors, have accessibility to risk-free drinking water. 35,000 family members for the construction of the water degree health and wellness facilities, construction in the job area, access to risk-free drinking water as well as basic water sanitation increased from 30 % in 1999 raised to 85 % in 2007, which contributes to boosting the lives of farmers degree, water sanitation and also Delta water top quality downstream.



Around 1.2 hectares of grown land of household farmers in the annual income of 631 U.S. dollars from 1999 to 2826 UNITED STATE dollars in 2007, improved income to allow farmers to pay back financings for water infrastructure financial investment as well as repayment of water taxes, water as well as crops, the household be combined with water supply, helps to lessen per capita water inputs, especially in remote rural areas.



Set up a stream container organizations, to promote the parties Teamwork Water preparation and water administration techniques.

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4, Revelation water resources management in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the successful dealing with informs us that:


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Water sources project planning should be flexible, to individuals or water sources management under the brand-new demands of the beneficiaries to make timely changes and analysis of recognition. The process of project execution, project preparing has been regularly modified, for example, the building and also procedure of flood entrances, saline and changes in cropping designs.



Task implementation will certainly raise the dispersion of duty and control of local government ability, drinking water and also water cleanliness in rural areas the main reason for success of the task application responsibility to the provincial country water formulation centers, by contract, the community as well as the establishment of water business get in touch with the water company to supply technical assistance.



Success of the project is additionally indivisible from neighborhood farmers and also organizations around the procedures as well as policies, specifically, allow the water project beneficiaries to take part in task preparing and application.



Future End of the job, must also be noted the facility as well as training capability of local maintenance and also procedure, as the task construction process abolished the previous irrigation water solutions, so the brand-new watering system operation and also upkeep of the greater expense, the Mekong Delta alone, the irrigation farmers to pay much less compared to the rise in income.



The seawall, flood entrances to more buy contributes to fixing the troubles induced by climate adjustment, for instance, much more intense dry spells, floods and also rising sea levels and so forth.



On farming, market, infotech, boosted financial investment in irrigation infrastructure to take full advantage of the impact.