November Is National Asbestos Awareness Month 2014

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asbestosweekNOvember is national Asbestos Awareness Month.

In the lead-up to Asbestos Awareness Day (Friday 28 NOvember) all Australians especially homeowners, renovators tradies and handymen need to Get to kNOw Asbestos this NOvember by visiting and take the 20 Point Asbestos Safety Check to learn how to protect themselves and families from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres.

Is public transport too important to be left to politicians?

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publictransportRMIT University will host a public transport debate next week to honour the life of Associate Professor Paul Mees OAM and his contribution to local and international urban transport and planning.

774 ABC Melbourne radio host Jon Faine will be master of ceremonies at the free event on Tuesday, 14 October, as debaters ponder the question: Is public transport planning too important to be left to politicians?

Marine and beach littering project tops Premier's Sustainability Awards

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svpremierswinners14The Port Phillip EcoCentre has won the state's top honour in the Premier's Sustainability Awards - the Premier's Recognition Award - for its program 'Life Support for the Bay'.

Stan Krpan, CEO of Sustainability Victoria, describes the Port Phillip EcoCentre as a 'marvellous role model, highlighting the power of community involvement and relationship building.'

Recycling of beauty product packaging now available

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terracycleRecycling personal beauty product pumps, tubes or face wipes is no longer an obstacle with the introduction of an Australian first, eco-responsible program Cleaner Packaging Brigade® by innovative recycling pioneers TerraCycle.

Australians are now able to collect their hand wash pumps, body wash pumps, beauty product pumps, beauty product tubes and face wipes at home or in the workplace.

Australia's fairest brands announced

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fairtradenewslogoLeading Australian brands and retailers have today been recognised with 2014 Fairtrade Awards for their significant commitment to helping create a better future for farmers, their families and communities in developing countries.

Now in their second year, the Fairtrade Awards recognise businesses that have helped grow Fairtrade in Australia. Australian consumers voted for their favourite Fairtrade products and cafes, and an independent judging panel consisting of representatives from NAB, Salvation Army and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries awarded prizes to two retailers.

Government report finds reef-harming farm pollution “largely ungoverned”

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wwfGovernment report finds reef-harming farm pollution “largely ungoverned”

An independent report commissioned by the Federal Government has highlighted that one of the key causes of the decline of the Great Barrier Reef - agricultural pollution - is “largely ungoverned”. WWF-Australia spokesperson Sean Hoobin said:

“While voluntary industry schemes and government incentives are supporting willing farmers to reduce pollution, these programs rarely reach the producers with the worst pollution practices.

“Industry, government and the wider community need to draw a line in the sand on what is acceptable agricultural practice and regulate minimum standards,” he said

Transitions Film Festival returns to Adelaide on 24 October

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transitionsadelaidenewsThe Transitions Film Festival returns to Adelaide this spring with another inspiring program of world-changing documentaries. The festival launches on 24th October with A Taste of Change, an evening of film, music and food, and runs through November, at the Mercury Cinema.

The films in this year's Transitions Film Festival highlight the power, commitment and fortitude of individuals pushing themselves, against the odds, to create change; Musicwood tracks the most famous guitar-makers in the world on a jungle quest to save the acoustic guitar; The Connection spotlights the pioneers of the medicine revolution as they strive to put the mind-body connection at the center of the way we heal ourselves, and Project Wild Thing follows a man on a mission to 'sell' nature to children.

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