Author Archives: John Englart

Electricity costs, the carbon tax and Turnbull’s ETS scare campaign

Emissions falling July 2012 to June2014 with carbon pricing

Emissions falling July 2012 to June2014 with carbon pricing

Australia’s carbon tax was in operation from July 2012 to June 2014. Two short years. It was effective in reducing Australia’s energy emissions, but it also added slightly to the residential supply cost of electricity, which people on low income were compensated for.

The residential supply cost in Melbourne for my energy retailer was 21.7c per kWh in 2011. It rose to a peak of 27.7c during the carbon tax before falling back to 25.7c at the end of 2015.

My electricity cost from the grid rose 35.76 per cent over the 5 year period from 2011 to 2015, despite a 12 per cent fall in my grid energy consumption. Most of the rise wasn’t due to the carbon tax. Details from my electricity account show that network charges rose 89.6 percent over the same period.
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Abbott/Turnbull Government record on environment and climate action

Environment Minister Greg Hunt achievements

Environment Minister Greg Hunt achievements

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that he will call a double dissolution election for Saturday July 2. Time to review the Abbott/Turnbull record on the environment.

Climate Action Moreland reports on a recent public opinion survey that 57 per cent of Australians think the Australian Government is not doing enough on climate change and want to see more climate action.

The Australian Conservation Foundation have prepared a list of the Good, The bad, and the inconclusive achievements of the Government with Environment Minister Greg Hunt. You be the judge:

The Abbott/Turnbull Government environmental record

We’ve examined the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s environmental record and found much more bad than good.

As the federal election draws nearer, it’s worth remembering the world we hand on to future generations is the result of decisions our elected representatives make today.
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May Food Swap, Shared Lunch and Working Bee

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We have decided to extend the time for May Food Swap, so that we can include a working bee in the garden. There are always bushes to prune, weeds to pull, seedlings to plant. Please bring some food to share if you can. Also extra garden tools would be a great help.

When: Saturday 14 May 10.30am to 2.30pm
Where: Outside Fawkner Community House, Jukes Road site.

Food Swap and Working Bee 10.30am to 12.30pm
Shared lunch 12.30pm to 1.00pm
Working Bee continuing 1.00pm – 2.30pm

So come and join us for some, or all of this event…. for a chat, to swap some garden produce, share some lunch, and lend a hand if this works for you.

On Mother’s Day, help Mother Earth with Habitat Heros in Fawkner

Tree planting August 2014

Tree planting August 2014


Merri Creek Management Committee and Friends of Merri Creek have another tree planting in Fawkner on Mother’s Day, Sunday 8 May, 2016

Everyone is invited to help out at this event:

On Mother’s Day, help Mother Earth by planting to add to the habitat along Merri Creek.

There’s also skin art for children and you can learn about local Aboriginal culture. Later, enjoy a free barbecue with vegetarian and Halal options.

When: Sunday, May 8 at 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: East end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melways Map 18 A2)

In the past these plantings of trees and native grasses have been enormously successful. Come along and meet your neighbours. Help restore the habitat and ensure wildlife diversity along the Merri Creek.

The importance of pollen pathways in Fawkner

Brian Bainbridge on Pollen Pathways at Fawkner Library

Brian Bainbridge on Pollen Pathways at Fawkner Library

Merri Creek Management Committee ecological planner Brian Bainbridge presented this talk at Fawkner Library using three plant species as examples of repairing pollen pathways to build plant and biodiversity resilience In Moreland’s urban parklands associated with Merri Creek.

“Did you know that endangered plants grow along the Merri Creek in Fawkner and Reservoir? That a rare Merri Creek lily’s sex life relies on a bee with a pitch perfect hum? Or that helping rare plants in a local parkland could help you grow better tomatoes? Learn about these fascinating facts and more in a presentation by Brian Bainbridge, Merri Creek Management Committee’s Ecological planner.” said the blurb on the Moreland Council website advertising the talk.
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Urban areas like Fawkner support endangered species

20160223-Lentini-study-endangered-species-MelbourneYes, we have endangered native species living among us in Fawkner. If you go for a walk along Merri Creek at Fawkner you might see the Matted-Flax Lilly (Dianella Amoena) which is an endangered species but reasonably common around the rocky escarpments along the Merri Creek.

New scientific research shows that 30 per cent of Australian endangered species are found within our capital city urban areas. Where we have settled and built our cities and houses has also been biodiversity hot spots. So many endangered species are still living in parkland and urban conservation areas in urban areas.
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Environmentality Febuary 5th 2016 – Interview with John Englart

Sustainable Fawkner member John Englart talks about attending the UN Climate Conference in Paris, the strengths and weaknesses of the Paris Agreement, and the inmportance of continued grassroots activity to pressure governments and businesses to step up action commensurate with the goals and framework set in Paris.

Environmentality on 98.9 North West FM

On the program today we spoke to Australian citizen journalist and climate activist John Englart about the Paris Climate Agreement!

On the show we analysed the Paris Agreement, discussed its strengths and weaknesses, spoke about Australia’s position on climate action, and John provided advice on where to go from here. Todays program is well worth a listen, if you missed the show you can listen to it here!

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John Englart recently attended the UN climate conference in Paris as an accredited NGO observer delegate for Climate Action Moreland, and as a climate advocate participating in, and observing civil society protests.

Read about John’s experience in Paris on his blog!: http://takvera.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/the-paris-moment-for-climate-justice.html..

This report that John wrote analysing the agreement for Climate Action Moreland is also very insightful and worth a read: http://climateactionmoreland.org/2016/02/03/the-paris-moment-and-beyond-john-englart-reports-back-to-climate-action-moreland/

The Agreement in Paris was undoubtably a historic moment, with 195 countries in attendance agreeing to reduce global…

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Some late August Fawkner events

It’s Craft Afternoon time again, this Saturday 22 August. Drop in any time between 12 and 3 and make some new crafty friends. Bring along something you are working on, an unfinished project, something you are stuck on, anything crafty! or make stars with us for the 1 Million Stars to End Violence project (we have lots of ribbon to share!)

Also this weekend, Merri Creek Management and Friends of Merri Creek are having a planting at the Creek near the Jukes Road end on Sunday 23 from 10.30 till 12. There will be a free BBQ (including Halal and vegetarian), walks, info about birds and plants. See attached flyer for more info.

And then on Sunday afternoon there is a celebration of the Tree of Faith project that artist Angela Stock has been doing with the community. It’s at the Fawkner Community House, 95 Major Road. Here is the info from her:

Just a reminder that we’re gathering to celebrate the completion of The Tree of Faith Project this Sunday 23 August. Please bring along some food to share and a cushion to sit on to watch the film (there will be chairs too).

So you can plan your afternoon, I’ll let you know that the festivities around the community art work will kick off from about 2.15pm including an appearance from the fabulous community choir “The Brunswick Rogues”.
The film screening of “Mary Meets Mohammad” will follow – running from 2.40pm – 4pm.

Planting event at end of Jukes Road

Tree planting August 2014

Tree planting August 2014


Merri Creek Management Committee and Friends of Merri Creek are holding a planting event at the end of Jukes Rd, near Merri Creek this weekend. Much of the creek vegetation has been assisted by regular plantings over the last 50 years to restore a semblance of native habitat along the creek corridor.

You are invited to join this ‘Habitat Heroes’ planting on Sunday 23rd August.

Planting, walks & free BBQ
including Vegetarian and Halal food
Sunday 23rd August,
10am-12.30pm
Eastern end of Jukes Rd Fawkner, (Melway 18 A2)

Featuring planting, Wurundjeri Elder Caring for Country presentation, guided bird watch, self-guided walks to learn about 10 top plants for providing habitat, and BBQ.

These planting events are a lot of fun to do together. Bring kids along to help too.

For enquiries phone Ray or Monica at MCMC on 9380 8199 or 0421 683 926 on the day.

The plantings are Funded by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the State Government’s Communities for Nature. Supported by Moreland City Council.

Bababi Djinanang planting Aug 2015 poster

May activity: Lots of things happening this weekend!

Sustainable Fawkner’s next Food Swap is this Saturday 9 May from 10.30 till 12.30 at Jukes Rd. If you have any spare garden produce or seedlings or just want to share a conversation and a cuppa, come along and meet new friends. Fawkner Community House, CB Smith Reserve, 79 Jukes Rd, Fawkner

Fawkner Men’s Shed
Fawkner Men’s Shed is coming soon! Learn about the project and find out how you can get involved!
Saturday 9th May, 3pm till 4pm
Fawkner Community House, 95 Major Road, Fawkner
Contact Fawkner Community House: Ph. 9357 4631 or Brian on 0458 938 945
See: Fawkner Community House: Men’s Shed to be established on Major Rd site (Moreland Leader 4 May 2015)

Planting Day on Merri Creek
Planting Day on Merri Creek this Sunday 10 May (Mothers Day) from 10 till 12.30 near Lorne and Sahara streets. Free BBQ (Halal and vegetarian options). See flyer for more details.
Download an A4 Poster: 20150515 Planting the Gap at Fawkner Poster

Tree planting August 2014

Tree planting August 2014

Women’s Morning Tea
Women’s Morning Tea is Thursday 14 May at the Fawkner Community House (95 Major Rd) from 10.30 till 12. Amina who organises it had the great idea of making it part of the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, which is a fundraiser for the Cancer Council. So come along to this extra special version of the Morning Tea!

Sustainable Fawkner meeting
Our next Sustainable Fawkner meeting will be Saturday 16 May from 4 till 7 at Jukes Rd. (Shared meal from about 6 -bring a plate of food to share). We have lots to talk about! We now have two gardens, with great ideas from the Open Day about what we can do with the Major Road garden, John’s upcoming trip to the Climate Change conference, ideas for workshops, etc…

Fawkner Organics Bulk Food Co-op
There is a Fawkner Organics Bulk Food Co-op starting. Let us know and we will pass your details on to the lovely Holly who is organising it. It will be based at the Fawkner Community House.

Fawkner Community House
Sustainable Fawkner
Fawkner Organics Bulk Food Co-op

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