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Plastic? Fantastic? Fifty and Five

Recently I was asked to speak about Plastic Free July. My specific brief was to talk about 50 bits of plastic I can live without and five bits of plastic I cannot. I thought I would share my speech . . . Lots of fives . . . and funnily enough this will be the […]

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The answer – from a six year old

You know some days every good sustainability crusader wonders if it is all worth it. Deep down we kind of get that the human species will die off eventually. What is the point of all the work, the behaviour change programs, the rallies and petitions? And some days I draw a weird sort of  comfort from […]

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Machinations on the Mundabidi (by Tim)

You know that saying, chalk and cheese?  It’s pretty evocative eh?  One smooth and creamy, slipping down your throat with a tasty tang, the other dry, crunchy and tasteless.  You can almost feel the spit drying up in your mouth. Let’s try another word association ‘Mountain biking’ and ‘kids’.  Does it do the same thing […]

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Son of Norman – By Tim

For an aspiring urban peasant, the chicken – nature’s ultimate permaculturist – is a must‑have item.  You can fit a chook or two in almost any back yard, they eat your scraps and weeds, and in return give you; eggs, manure, pest eradication, companionship and perhaps best of all their gentle clucking voices give a […]

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Sleepless Nights When the Kids Leave Home

At 5.00 o’clock Sunday morning two weeks ago you would have found me fast asleep (probably snoring like a trooper) and dreaming pleasant dreams of urban self-sufficiency after a big Saturday in the garden topped off by a trip to Jarrahdale to pick up our two pet goats, Sunday and Kirsch.   Suddenly my peaceful […]

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Everything Bikes

Thursday July 14th Moore and Moore Cafe 6.15 ride for 7pm This should be a fabulous night and a great celebration of everything bikes! Start your night with an early dinner at the Upmarkets (Old Shangai Food Hall) and then meet the Freo Bug crew at 6.15pm  for a ride to Moore and Moore. Make sure […]

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Musing With My Mouth Full

Musing With My Mouth Full   Tim Darby.   January 2011 As I sit down to write this I’m chewing on a delicious slice of sourdough bread, still warm having been pulled from the oven just minutes ago. Mmmmm, so am I going to talk about sourdough and recipes?  Well yes ….and, then again, no, not really. […]

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Hulbert Street in Federal Parliament

OK so it is highly unlikely that anyone was listening but this is what Melissa Parke said about us on October 21st in Federal Parliament! Melissa is our local Federal Labor Member of Parliament. During the Fiesta she pledged to turn off all her power points when not in use and to promote National Vegetarianism […]

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The “Official” Post Fiesta Report

The goals of the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta are to : 1) Celebrate Sustainable Living in Hulbert Street and to 2) Inspire others to take on sustainable actions  So How did we go?From Colin Ashton Graham (our official evaluator!) The Fiesta was a success on a number of levels: About 5,500 people attended and over […]

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Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta 2010

By Tim Darby How do you feel about sequels?  As an avid reader, when I find that a book I’ve enjoyed has a second book to follow, I get really excited. I start day dreaming about long winter evenings reading, wrapped in a cocoon of warm fluffy doonas and steamy hot chocolate being transported to […]

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