Sustainabilty In Tuross

Welcome to the Tuross Sustainability page. This page will hopefully
provide you with links to local initiatives and resources that might assist you in your
quest for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Please take a moment to look at our Sustainability in Tuross Video:

the Sustainable Tuross video
(Our Community entry to the ESC Sustainable Digital media Contest)

if you wish to download a pdf copy of the video you can find it here (Warning: file size is 3.9mb.. but it is worth it ...)

So what can we do locally ???


- Calculate our carbon footprint by using an online calculator

Try out the Country Energy Efficiency Calculator and read these Energy efficiency tips

- Investigate replacing electric hot water services with a solar hotwater system or heat pump system and apply for a rebate to do so from Local or Federal Government - more info here and here

Learn more about energy ratings
Everyone has a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Choosing an energy efficient appliance is one way to do this while saving money.

- Investigate changing over old lightbulbs and shower heads for free - more info here

Maybe even think about a wind energy option such as Daylesford, Victoria has done




Eurobodalla Council is offering incentives to water customers to purchase and install various water saving devices, including rainwater tanks and washing machines - More information here.

Research house annual water use

Everything you need to know about rainwater tanks



* Say no to plastic bags an estimated 50-80 million bags end up in our environment as rubbish each year. ....visit Planet Ark or CleanUp for more info on plastic bags

o http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/services/waste/

* Compost
o http://www.resource.nsw.gov.au/data/Easy_Guides/EngCompost2005126.pdf

* Worm farms
o http://www.planetkids.biz/documents/How_to_Build_Your_Own_Worm_Farm.pdf

* Recycling
o http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/services/waste/
o http://www.livingthing.net.au/
o http://www.planetark.com/index.cfm

* getting rid of other Stuff:



In the Garden:

- Establish a vegetable garden so that we can more effectively recycle kitchen waste, paper and garden waste - subscribe to a free online garden magazine

- Establish a Community Garden such as the very sucessful Hawthorn Community Gardens or follow the model put forward by the Australian Community Network

Low water gardening – examples and ideas:
Introduce Native Plants
The Garden of Eden
Some Low Water garden case studies

Tuross is working on establishing its own Community garden

Read more at this link


In the Lake:

practice safe and sustainable fishing in our waterways




- consider Car Pooling and look at free sites such as Oz Car Pool

Walk or Ride our bikes to the shops - explore the Tuross cycleway


Non-toxic Cleaning:

Waste avoidance/minimisation is not just about volume, but about toxicity too. Advertising makes
us believe that chemical cleaning products are safe but do we really understand their effects
on our health?

Do we really need a different chemical cleaning agent for each job?

The following websites allow you to explore some alternative cleaning methods that are not only
cheaper but have less impact on our health and our environment. For more info click here and here


... more:

Eurobodalla Council also provides a collection of FAQs & Brochures on-line here

Check out what other locals are doing at the Clean Energy for Eternity website


Growth Is the Problem By Chris Hedges

Survival will be determined by localities. Communities will have to create collectives to grow their own food and provide for their security, education, financial systems and self-governance, efforts that Heinberg suspects will “be discouraged and perhaps criminalized by those in authority.”

This process of decentralization will, he said, become “the signal economic and social trend of the 21st century.” It will be, in effect, a repudiation of classic economic models such as free enterprise versus the planned economy or Keynesian stimulus versus austerity. The reconfiguration will arise not through ideologies, but through the necessities of survival forced on the poor and former members of the working and middle class who have joined the poor.

This will inevitably create conflicts as decentralization weakens the power of the elites and the corporate state.

Joseph Tainter, an archeologist, in his book “The Collapse of Complex Societies” provides a useful blueprint for how such societies unravel. All of history’s major 24 civilizations have collapsed and the patterns are strikingly similar, he writes.

The difference this time around is that we will unravel as a planet. Tainter notes that as societies become more complex they inevitably invest greater and greater amounts of diminishing resources in expanding systems of complexity. This proves to be fatal.

“More complex societies are costlier to maintain than simpler ones and require higher support levels per capita,” Tainter writes. The investments required to maintain an overly complex system become too costly, and these investments yield declining returns.

The elites, in a desperate effort to maintain their own levels of consumption and preserve the system that empowers them, through repression and austerity measures squeeze the masses harder and harder until the edifice collapses. This collapse leaves behind decentralized, autonomous pockets of human communities.

Heinberg says this is our fate. The quality of our lives will depend on the quality of our communities. If communal structures are strong we will be able to endure. If they are weak we will succumb to the bleakness. It is important that these structures be set in place before the onset of the crisis, he says.

This means starting to “know your neighbors.” It means setting up food banks and farmers’ markets. It means establishing a local currency, carpooling, creating clothing exchanges, establishing cooperative housing, growing gardens, raising chickens and buying local. It is the matrix of neighbors, family and friends, Heinberg says, that will provide “our refuge and our opportunity to build anew.”

“The inevitable decline in resources to support societal complexity will generate a centrifugal force,” Heinberg said. “It will break up existing economic and governmental power structures. It will unleash a battle for diminishing resources. This battle will see conflicts erupt between nations and within nations.

Localism will soon be our fate. It will also be our strategy for survival. Learning practical skills, becoming more self-sufficient, forming bonds of trust with our neighbors will determine the quality of our lives and the lives of our children.”

To see long excerpts from Richard Heinberg’s “The End of Growth” and Joseph Tainter’s “The Collapse of Complex Societies,” click here and here.


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