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02/07 2017

HOPE News – July 2017

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Good morning folks,

June was another busy and productive month for HOPE with the holding of 2 events.

Firstly, our quarterly Ordinary Meeting held on Saturday 10 June reviewed the past 3 months activities with major highlights being:

  • Written submissions made to 2 federal government discussion papers
  • Review and comment on 2 envNGO reports
  • Staging of 2 community forums (18/02 and 22/04)
  • Funding application to Nexus re “Supporting Peri-Urban Landholders with Wildlife Friendly Gardens and Landscape Connectivity”
  • Attended “National Sustainability in Business” conference in Brisbane (23-24/03)
  • Held National Youth Event on 8 April – focusing on “Youth Engagement in Landcare” and “Volunteering for the Environment”
  • Held information talk on Native Bees (20/05)

Also discussed at this meeting was our Frank Ondrus’ intention to retire as President at the end of the 2017-2018 term of office. Frank indicated that the committee, admin support staff and general membership would need to consider:

  • succession planning options – including possible recruitment from outside the organisation;
  • A Review and comment on 2 envNGO reports
  • HOPE’s mission statement; objectives and breadth of activities; and
  • Financial security – including more fund-raising measures such as the introduction of membership fees, sponsorship and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

If you would like to contribute to “The Future of HOPE” discussions and/or volunteer some of your time and talents to help manage the organisation, please contact the office by phoning 07 4639 2135 or send an email to office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

Our second event for June was the “Going Solar – On/Off Grid with Battery Storage” community forum held on 17 June. 20 people were on hand to hear from ACDC Energy (www.acdcenergy.com.au) representatives Terry Davis and Paul Lemming. If you live in the Toowoomba region and you are interested in ‘going solar’, let us know and will arrange another information session or two later in the year.

Finally, I hope to see you at our picnic social on Saturday 15 July. It’s an opportunity for you to meet some of the committee and admin support staff.

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135

Social Picnic, 15 July 2017

For our next HOPE Social, we’ll be visiting the Peacehaven Botanic Garden and Nursery at 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields on Saturday, 15 July. Join us at 11am for a tour of the native plants nursery; and a picnic afterwards in the park. Please byo chair and lunch.

Volunteers needed

More active volunteers – both local and remote (i.e. online) – are required to help us maintain our high levels of activity. Volunteers are needed to help with projects, events and display activities, as well as general admin duties and media/publications work. We invite members and supporters to step up and volunteer some time and talents to help share the workload. Current vacancies include Researchers, Media Officers and Publications Team members.

A fair portion of the above work would ideally be done by locals (i.e. in the Toowoomba area) because the HOPE office is in Toowoomba. However, quite a bit of the literature review, research, media and publications activity can be done via email. If you have a little bit of time to help us in any way, then contact the HOPE office on emailoffice@hopeaustralia.org.au or phone (07) 4639 2135.




05/06 2017

HOPE News – June 2017

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Another busy and productive month for HOPE with major highlights being:

10/05
Attended Alternative Technology Australia (ATA) Toowoomba meeting to explore options for a local Community Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) project
16/05
Attended a specially convened meeting to discuss the recognition and future preservation and/or heritage listing of Eagle’s Nest Depression Camp (located in Redwood Park, Toowoomba
20/05
HOPE and Southern Beekeepers Association (Toowoomba) jointly hosted a Talk on Native Bees. This followed by a picnic social at Hodgson Vale Lions Park
28/05
Miriam Sharp and I staffed a HOPE information display at the Logan Eco Act Festival held at Griffith University – Logan Campus, Meadowbrook

On the down side, we were advised that 2 of our project funding applications were unsuccessful. Fingers crossed, that the other grant applications fair better!

Our next quarterly Ordinary Meeting is on Saturday 10 June, commencing at 10am at the HOPE office, 22 Vacy St, Toowoomba. Your attendance is most welcome.

Lastly, our next Community Forum is on Saturday 17 June and features ACDC Energy who will present on Going Solar – ON/Off Grid with Battery Storage.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135




26/06 2017

HOPE News – May 2017

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Report on National Youth Week event – Open Day at Redwood Park, Toowoomba, 8 April 2017

On Saturday 8 April, HOPE and Friends of the Escarpment Parks (Toowoomba) jointly hosted an Open Day at Redwood Park, Toowoomba. Our theme for this FREE community event was “Youth Engagement in Landcare".

The weather was glorious, the site well-laid out and the 100+ visitors thoroughly enjoyed the program of activities provided – with keen interest the bird walk, information session on plants of the dry rainforest, basket weaving using exotic cats claw creeper and the Nature Journaling workshops. The free lunch-time bbq was also greatly appreciated. (A full report of the event will be available shortly on our website.)

Report on 2nd Community Forum – Maintaining Regional Heritage Values, Saturday 22 April 2017

“Maintaining Regional Heritage Values” was the theme of HOPE’s 2nd community forum held on Saturday 22 April at the Toowoomba City Library.

Eleanor Cullen, a member of the National Trust of Australia (Qld) and a founding member of Toowoomba Regional Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee gave an overview of the National Trust and the role of the Heritage Advisory Committee.

Peter Cullen spoke on the use of tombstone tours, radio talks and research in identifying and promoting heritage values.

Eleanor and Peter then jointly spoke on their involvement in the Toowoomba Open House project. Hugh Krenske, President of Friends of the Escarpment Parks (FEP) Toowoomba Inc., spoke on efforts to preserve the 'Eagle’s Nest Swagmen’s Camp' (which was set-up during the Great Depression in the 1930’s).

Finally, Paul Herbert, Chairman of the Toowoomba Festival of Rail, explored the value of the railway and its precinct (all heritage listed) to the Darling Downs and Queensland.

Photograph of Peter & Eleanor Cullen
Peter and Eleanor Cullen
Photograph of Hugh Krenske
Hugh Krenske
Photograph of Peter Herbert
Peter Herbert

ATTENTION


Your financial support sought

We invite members and supporters to consider making an annual financial contribution to help cover our operating costs of approximately $20,500 p.a.

Currently, our income is derived from project grants, fund-raising, corporate sponsorship and donations, but falls well short of our requirements.

Your financial support, by way of an annual pledge or donation, will considerably help us to achieve better financial viability.

http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/annual-pledgedonation/


Positons Vacant

Due to the recent departures of key committee and admin support staff, we are in urgent need of extra personnel to fill the following vacancies:

  • Secretary – is elected to the Management Committee for 12 months. The principal roles of the Secretary are to ensure that adequate Management Committee Papers are prepared and circulated prior to the Management Committee Meeting and that appropriate minutes are prepared which include the decisions and reasons for those decisions
  • Treasurer – will be elected to the Management Committee for a period of 12 months. The role of the Treasurer is to be responsible for the financial supervision of HOPE Inc. to allow the Committee to provide good governance. The Treasurer is responsible to regularly report on HOPE’s financial status to both the Committee and the HOPE Inc. members
  • Admin support – various tasks from helping with internet research, article writing, media support and staffing of information displays, etc. at community events
  • State Liaison Officers – to be responsible for promoting HOPE in their jurisdictions
  • Newsletter Team – to solicit and/or write articles – with the editor compiling the newsletter
  • Media Team – to prepare media releases, community service announcements, date claimers, etc.; and to assist with research and writing (feature) articles

So, if you have some spare time and talents to offer, please give the office a call on 07 4639 2135 or emailoffice@hopeaustralia.org.au




18/04 2017

Office News - April 2017

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Good morning folks,

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. and Friends of the Escarpment Parks (FEP) Toowoomba are working together to host an Open Day at Redwood Park, Toowoomba on Saturday, 8 April 2017.

This event is part of 2017 National Youth Week activities; and “this project is supported by Condamine Alliance, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.”

The day includes a program of short walks, information displays, a free lunch-time sausage sizzle and two x 2-hour Nature Journaling workshops delivered by Dr Paula Peeters.

The Nature Journaling workshops are free to attend, however expressions of interest in attending the open day; and registrations for the workshops are essential, to assist with logistics and catering arrangements.

We invite the general public and secondary school aged youth to attend the open day; with the hope that they will consider “volunteering for the environment” by joining one of the participating environment/conservation or Landcare groups present on the day or in the near future.

For any general enquiries about the open day, please contact Friends of the Escarpment Parks on mobile” 0418 748 282.

For enquiries and registration for either of the Nature Journaling workshops, please contact the HOPE office by phoning 4639 2135 or emailing office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135

A message to HOPE members and friends

As you are aware, HOPE is a national community-based not-for-profit environment organisation committed to providing Australians with information, advice and contacts to help them live more sustainably. We believe that if everyone does a little, it adds up to a lot!

HOPE’s principal aims are to minimize waste and to conserve energy and resources by:

  1. Raising awareness – letting the whole community know about the issues
  2. Education – giving people suggestions on how to tackle these issues
  3. Showing – providing practical information on how easily our aims can be achieved

Through the group’s staging of events, campaigns, media activities and participation in various community events, we are able to provide you with helpful information about green alternatives.

What can you do as a member or friend?

  1. Start making small changes at home to reduce your impact on the environment
  2. Share the information you learn with family, friends and your community
  3. Support HOPE events, if you live near by
  4. Support our member organisations’ events, if they are in your area

We are always in need of active volunteers!

HOPE does not receive administrative funding. We are reliant on sponsorship, donations, fund-raising and lots of in-kind support. If you can volunteer some of your time to HOPE, your efforts will be appreciated.

If you live locally, you can help us with events, with the running of the HOPE office, or even be on our committee!

HOPE produces a monthly newsletter, and welcomes contributions of articles covering environmental issues or green innovations that could be included in our publication. Our staff are volunteers with limited time available for research, so if you have a ‘pet’ topic that you have researched, and would like it promoted through HOPE’s member network, this is another great way to help.

If you would like to contact us for further information or to volunteer some time, please reply to office@hopeaustralia.org.au.




19/04 2017

Office News - March 2017

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Good morning folks,

What a busy, productive month it has been for us here at the office!

The planning, preparation and execution of our Ordinary Meeting (11/02), 1st Community Forum (18/2) and trip to Somerset Regional Gallery at Toogoolawah to view the Bimblebox art-science-nature Exhibition (22/2) were all pleasing. Individual reports on these activities are noted below.

On the downside, Sue Higgins, our Secretary/Treasurer, has resigned (effective 24/2). This leaves a big gap on our Management Committee. So, if you can help with either of these two vacant positions, please contact the office on 07 4639 2135 or by email to office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135

Volunteers needed

More active volunteers – both local and remote (i.e. online) – are required to help us maintain our high levels of activity. Volunteers are needed to help with projects, events and display activities, as well as general admin duties and media/publications work. We invite members and supporters to step up and volunteer some time and talents to help share the workload. Current vacancies include Secretary, Treasurer, Media Officers and Publication Team members.

Please contact the office on 07 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au to offer your assistance.

A fair portion of the above work would ideally be done by locals (i.e. in the Toowoomba area) because the HOPE office is in Toowoomba. However, quite a bit of the literature review, research, media and publications activity can be done via email. If you have a little bit of time to help us in any way, then contact the HOPE office on email office@hopeaustralia.org.au or phone (07) 4639 2135.

Report on Ordinary Meeting of 11 February 2017

Members attending Feb 11 meeting

Our quarterly Ordinary Meeting was held at the home of Frank and Mary Ondrus – which also hosts the HOPE office

The main agenda items of the meeting were grant applications; the Community Forum program and proposed social activities for the year.

Status of Grant applications

  • Unsuccessful:
    • Qld Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) for “new and replacement office computers and equipment”
    • Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Qld’s re: Queensland Women’s Week – “Acknowledging the Contribution of Women of the Darling Downs to the Environment” publication
  • Successful:
    • Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Qld re National Youth Week event – Open Day at Redwood Park, Toowoomba on Saturday 8 April 2017 –Theme: Volunteering for the Environment; with the sub-theme Youth Engagement in Landcare”
  • Submitted:
    • Application to federal Volunteer Grants Program to fund a workshop on Good Governance Practices for NGOs
    • Application to Qld Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) to fund a series of Going Solar Seminars
  • Pending:
    • Collaboration with Arts Council Toowoomba Inc on an Art-Science proposal as suggested by Andrew Nicholson (HOPE member)

Community Forum program

HOPE has organised a series of community forums to be held at the new Toowoomba City Library on the 3rd Saturday afternoon of the month (where available), from 1pm to 4pm.

DATE THEMES SPEAKER(S)
18 Feb
  1. An Introduction to Organic Gardening
  2. Organic Pest Control - Non-toxic preparations for insect & disease control
  3. Healthy soils, healthy plants ... it’s that simple!
  1. Mike Wells, TAFE Horticulture
  2. Peter Macqueen, TAFE Horticulture
  3. Colin Johnson, Earthlife Pty Ltd
22 Apr The Value of Heritage to Queensland (and the Darling Downs) Stephanie Keays and others
17 June Going Solar – On/Off Grid with Battery Storage To be confirmed
19 Aug An Overview of Condamine Alliance (NRM / Landcare) - beginnings, current achievements and future plans Various staff
21 Oct An afternoon with Jerry Coleby-Williams Jerry Coleby-Williams

Social activities

The committee has suggested that HOPE members and supporters get-together for either a lunch-time picnic social; and/or and a night-out, at the Toowoomba Repertory Theatre.

Proposed dates and venues for the picnic socials are:

  • 18 Mar, 12noon Queens Park, East Toowoomba (off Lindsay St)
  • 17 May, 12noon Highfields Pioneer Village & Museum, 73 Wirraglen Rd, Highfields
  • 15 July, 11am start Peacehaven Botanic Park & Nursery, 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields
  • 16 Sept, 12noon Japanese Gardens, USQ precinct (entrance of West St, Toowoomba)
  • 8 Nov, 12noon Laurel Bank Park, Herries St, Toowoomba

We would love to see you there! Please BYO picnic and chair.

Toowoomba Repertory Theatre 2017 program
Dates Title Author Genre
Feb 16 - Mar 4 Australia Day Jonathan Biggins Comedy
April 25 - May 13 The One Day of the Year Alan Seymour Drama
July 12 - 29 The Visitors Barney Norris Drama
Sept 18 - 23 Festival of One-Act Plays

Play Writing Competition Performances
TBA TBA
Nov 8 - 25 Don’t Dress for Dinner Marc Camoletti Comedy

We are keen to organise group bookings (of 10 or more people) to attend one or more of the Toowoomba Repertory Theatre productions scheduled for 2017.

The Repertory Theatre is located at 94 Margaret St, Toowoomba and tickets may be purchased from the booking office Friday – Sunday, 11am to 3pm.

Phone 07 4632 8058 or go to www.toowoombarepertorytheatre.com.au/html/box_office.html

Cost: Adults $22.00 | Concession $16.00
Ticket includes a light supper and a complementary pre-show wine.
Doors open from 7pm, curtain is at 7.30 pm sharp!


Wanted – Photocopy paper

HOPE has used up its current stock of photocopy paper and we are asking our members and supporters to donate a ream or two of A4 photocopy paper. Donations of paper can be left on the table in the carport at 22 Vacy St, Toowoomba.

Alternately, cash or cheque donations can be made online at www.hopeaustralia.org.au/annual-pledgedonation or posted to HOPE Inc., PO Box 6118 -Clifford Gardens Toowoomba QLD 4350.

Report on 1st Community Forum, 18 February 2017

Question from the floor - Community Forum, 18 February 2017

HOPE’s 1st community forum for 2017 entitled Gardening – the natural, organic way was held at the Toowoomba City Library on Saturday, 18 February 2017.

Fifty home gardeners were treated to a gardening master class at a community forum in Toowoomba on Saturday, 18 February. Forum convenors, Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. provided opportunities for audience participation through a question and answer session at the conclusion of each speaker's presentation.

TAFE horticulture teacher and newspaper garden columnist Mike Wells spoke first with an overview of organic gardening principles of working closely with nature and avoiding the use of harmful toxic chemicals. Mike explained the importance of developing healthy garden soils as a key ingredient for growing strong plants and for the creation of attractive and healthy gardens. The use of compost for the recycling of organic material for use in improving garden soil was recommended and mention was made of a growing number of certified organic fertilisers and soil improvers that are now available to gardeners. Regular observation of the garden was another important, AND pleasant task for the conscientious gardener to adopt, for detecting early signs of potential problems. It may be the appearance of weeds, some scale starting to take hold or a shrub that needs a trim. Early intervention will make it easier to get on top of the problem before it takes hold.

Peter McQueen, another experienced TAFE horticulturist and teacher took us on another interesting journey through the world of garden insects and other life forms, many of which are the gardeners’ friends; and play a crucial role in controlling the proliferation of pest species. Peter correctly pointed out that toxic pesticides that destroy pests also kill our beneficial helpers that feed on or parasitise the pests. Without the bees and other insects to pollinate our food and ornamental plants we would be in big trouble so the message is to protect the beneficial ladybirds, dragon flies, small predatory wasps and beetles, lacewings and myriad of other insects needed to maintain a natural balance; not to mention our friendly mantids, stick insects, spiders , lizards and frogs. So the message was clear - toxic insecticides and other harmful garden products do more harm than good. Let the buyer beware.

Copies of Mike & Peter’s powerpoint presentations will be available shortly on the HOPE website at www.hopeaustralia.org.au/resources/sundry-external.

The final community consultation session involved two representatives of the local firm Earthlife Pty Ltd, founder and general manager Colin Purcell and sales manager Colin Johnson. Earthlife produces a range of soil conditioners in the form of crushed rock minerals blended with beneficial microbe and fungal strains, enzymes and organic acids. Colin Johnson explained how their products remineralise soils, a process that greatly benefits Australian soils which generally mineral deficient. Johnson continued the theme that healthy soils produce healthy plants which are less prone to attack by insects that tend to focus on weaker plants. Johnson explained that he is himself a keen gardener and plantsman. His six acre garden consisted of compacted clay based soil which was remineralised prior to planting, a process which he claims was highly successful and made it unnecessary to add gypsum to the soil to counter its heavy clay nature. On questioning him after the meeting of his claim to successfully grow a range of Australian native plants, I was assured that his garden includes a range of Banksias and Grevilleas, many species of which do not favour clay based soils. For more information on Earthlife mineral products go to www.earthlife.com.au or free call 1800 819 003.

Mike Wells
Mike Wells
TAFE Horticulture
Peter Macqueen
Peter Macqueen
TAFE Horticulture
Colin Johnson
Colin Johnson
Sales – Earthlife P/L
Colin Purnell
Colin Purnell
Owner – Earthlife P/L

Report on Bimblebox art-science-nature Exhibition, Toogolawah

On Wednesday 22 February, a party of 4 HOPE members visited the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery in Toogoolawah to view the Bimblebox art-science-nature Exhibition.

Each of us came away with a huge appreciation of the artworks and the stories behind those works.

A worthwhile adventure – both the exhibition and the enjoyable drive, with sociable conversation.

The Condensery, Toogoolawah
The Condensery, Toogoolawah
Andrew and Frank sharing their thoughts on the exhibition.
Andrew and Frank sharing their thoughts on the exhibition.

For information on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge visit bimblebox.org

For more information about Bimblebox art-science-nature Exhibition visit www.bimbleboxexhibition.com




17/04 2017

Office News - February 2017

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Good afternoon folks,

Firstly, a big thanks to all of our members and supporters nationally for forwarding us lots of fantastic, interesting and useful information on a variety of environmental subjects. Please continue to send in this great material.

We are keen to add to our Alliance/Partnership program (www.hopeaustralia.org.au/about-us/partnershipsalliances-ngos), so if you aware of an envNGO doing great things – and their mission statement aligns with the HOPE Charter – please forward their contact details to us and we’ll do the rest. Queensland-wide, we encourage you to support the work of Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) www.queenslandconservation.org.au and Queensland Water and Land Carers (QWaLC) qwalc.org.au.

Of course, here in Toowoomba, we invite you to support us and our local colleagues by attending and or supporting our respective meetings, community events, campaigns and special projects. Please check the items below for further information on HOPE’s activities, etc

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135

Ordinary Meeting, 11 Feb 2017

This month’s activities include our quarterly Ordinary Meeting being held on Saturday 11 February at the HOPE Office, 22 Vacy St, Toowoomba, commencing at 10am sharp! Items of business include a summary of our grant applications; the 2017 Community Forum program; current and proposed special projects including National Youth Week (8 April 2017) and Creating Wildlife Habitats in YOUR Backyard workshop(s) (date(s) to be confirmed). If you are coming along to the meeting, please RSVP by Thursday 9 February to assist with seating and catering arrangements.

2017 Community Forum Program

Our first community forum for 2017, Organic Gardening – The Natural Way is on Saturday 18 February at the Toowoomba City Library (cnr of Herries & Victoria Sts, Toowoomba), from 1pm to 4pm. Guest speakers include Mike Wells and Peter Macqueen, lecturers at Toowoomba TAFE Horticulture; and Colin Johnson from Earthlife Pty Ltd. Mike will give an Introduction to Organic Gardening, Peter will speak on Organic Pest Control - Non-toxic preparations for insect & disease control and Colin will talk about Healthy soils, healthy plants ... it’s that simple!. Bookings are essential and entry is by gold coin donation. Please reserve your place at the forum by phoning the HOPE office on 07 4639 2135 or by email to office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

Draft 2017 Community Forum program

This year’s community forum program will be held at the new Toowoomba City Library, cnr of Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba.

DATE START TIME END TIME THEMES SPEAKER(S)
18 Feb 1pm 4pm
  1. An Introduction to Organic Gardening
  2. Organic Pest Control - Non-toxic preparations for insect & disease control
  3. Healthy soils, healthy plants ... it’s that simple!
  1. Mike Wells, TAFE Horticulture
  2. Peter Macqueen, TAFE Horticulture
  3. Colin Johnson, Earthlife Pty Ltd
22 Apr 1pm 4pm The Value of Heritage to Queensland (and the Darling Downs) Qld Heritage Council, Stephanie Keays and Gail Lipke
17 June 1pm 4pm Going Solar – On/Off Grid with Battery Storage Terry Davis & Michael Reiken, Excel Solar
19 Aug 1pm 4pm An Overview of Condamine Alliance (NRM / Landcare) - beginnings, current achievements and future plans Various staff
21 Oct 1pm 4pm An afternoon with Jerry Coleby-Williams Jerry Coleby-Williams, ABC Gardening Australia TV presenter and Patron of HOPE

2017 Social Program

The Office has proposed the following dates and venues for BYO picnic socials throughout 2017:

  • 18 Mar, 12noon Queens Park, East Toowoomba (off Lindsay St)
  • 17 May, 12noon Highfields Pioneer Village & Museum, 73 Wirraglen Rd, Highfields
  • 15 July, 11am start Peacehaven Botanic Park & Nursery, 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields
  • 16 Sept, 12noon Japanese Gardens, USQ precinct (entrance of West St, Toowoomba)
  • 8 Nov, 12noon Laurel Bank Park, Herries St, Toowoomba

Also, we are keen to organise group (10 or more) bookings to attend one or more of the Toowoomba Repertory www.toowoombarepertorytheatre.com.au (94 Margaret St, Toowoomba) productions scheduled for 2017.

The draft program of productions

Dates Title Author Genre
Feb 16 - Mar 4 Australia Day Jonathan Biggins Comedy
April 25 - May 13 The One Day of the Year Alan Seymour Drama
July 12 - 29 The Visitors Barney Norris Drama
Sept 18 - 23 Festival of One-Act Plays

Play Writing Competition Performances
TBA TBA
Nov 8 - 25 Don’t Dress for Dinner Marc Camoletti Comedy

HOPE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

Are you aware that HOPE Australia has several social media accounts? You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram and of course our website www.hopeaustralia.org.au.

Have you read our articles and thought that you would like to know more about that subject? Or maybe you have a question to ask but aren’t sure how to ask it? Would any of you be interested in HOPE Australia going ‘live’ on Facebook once a week where you could ask all of your questions? Let us know what you think.

The articles we promote through our Facebook account are articles we think will resonate with our members/followers/readers. They are about the environment and how we can make it better, about sustainable living and any tips and tricks we may have found and think our audience would be interested in. We have regular members who send us info and articles but are always looking for more.

On our Facebook page, we promote local events in the area. Whilst these aren’t created by HOPE Australia, we feel that promoting them through our social media will enable a wider audience to be aware of these activities.

Our Twitter feeds are about events happening in the next week or so, and about events or activities happening in the wider area.

Our Instagram account is generally focussed on interesting pictures/photos/images about the environment and animals.

Our Linked In page is managed by our President – Frank Ondrus.

We look forward to reading any articles/photos/ideas you send us.

Website
www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook
www.facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
Twitter
@HOPE_Australia - twitter.com/HOPE_Australia
Instagram
www.instagram.com/hope_australia_/
LinkedIn
www.linkedin.com/in/frank-ondrus-3b8aba102

Volunteers needed

More active volunteers – both local and remote (i.e. online) – are required to help us maintain our high levels of activity. Volunteers are needed to help with projects, events and display activities, as well as general admin duties and media/publications work. We invite members and supporters to step up and volunteer some time and talents to help share the workload. Current vacancies include Media Officers and Newsletter Editor.

Please contact the office on 07 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au to offer your assistance.

A fair portion of the above work would ideally be done by locals (i.e. in the Toowoomba area) because the HOPE office is in Toowoomba. However, quite a bit of the literature review, research, media and publications activity can be done via email. If you have a little bit of time to help us in any way, then contact the HOPE office on email office@hopeaustralia.org.au or phone (07) 4639 2135.

Your financial support sought

We invite members and supporters to consider making an annual financial contribution to help cover our operating costs of approximately $20,500 p.a.

Currently, our income is derived from project grants, fund-raising, corporate sponsorship and donations, but falls well short of our requirements.

Your financial support, by way of an annual pledge or donation, will considerably help us to achieve better financial viability.

Advertising Rates

HOPE is keen to raise some much-needed revenue through the introduction of paid advertising in our newsletter.

At this stage, we are offering business card sized adverts for $30 + $3 GST per edition; OR $300 + $30 GST for a full year.

If interested, please send your advert to office@hopeaustralia.org.auand your payment to HOPE Inc., PO Box 6118 – Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350.

(Direct debit banking details available on request.)

Ecological footprint - the impact of a person or community on the environment, expressed as the amount of land required to sustain their use of natural resources.

What’s your personal/family footprint?




17/04 2017

Office News - January 2017

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

MEDIA RELEASE

A Busy Year Ahead for HOPE and our Environment

2017 promises to be a HUGE year for Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. with activities planned at the national, Queensland and Toowoomba level.

Nationally, HOPE will be implementing a new marketing strategy to lift our profile and increase our membership.

We will also be looking to expand our range of alliance/partnership colleagues (http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/about-us/partnershipsalliances-ngos/ ) said Mr Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE.

National campaigns being supported by HOPE include Protect the (Environment) Laws that Protect the Places You Love Alliance (http://www.placesyoulove.org/ ) and GM-Free Australia Alliance - http://www.gmfreeaustralia.org.au/gm-freeze .

With HOPE’s headquarters located in Toowoomba, Queensland, we will be working closely with our many state-wide and local colleagues to support and promote their projects, campaigns and events – as well as heavily promoting our own undertakings.

Certainly, promoting 'Volunteering for the Environment ' – with the sub-theme of 'Youth Engagement in Landcare' is high on our agenda , said Mr. Ondrus.

Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) http://www.queenslandconservation.org.au/ campaigns being supported this year include Nature Protection and Climate Change.

HOPE will also be promoting Queensland Water and Land Carers' (QWaLC) http://qwalc.org.au/ Green Nomad program http://www.greennomads.com.au/

In Toowoomba, we are busily putting the finishing touches to:

  • A series of Community Forums (to be held in February, April, June, August and October)
  • Acknowledging the contribution that Darling Downs Women have made to the Environment (as part of Qld Women’s Week), 11 March 2017
  • Nature Journaling workshops (as part of National Youth Week), 8 April 2017

We are also investigating funding options to undertake 4 (local) landcare projects; a series of Going Solar information sessions; governance and administration training for community groups management committees and admin support staff; and several workshops.

For more information on HOPE, visit our website at www.hopeaustralia.org.au .

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135

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Volunteers needed

More active volunteers – both local and remote (i.e. online) – are required to help us maintain our high levels of activity. Volunteers are needed to help with projects, events and display activities, as well as general admin duties and media/publications work. We invite members and supporters to step up and volunteer some time and talents to help share the workload. Current vacancies include Facebook Administrator, Media Officer and Membership Officer.

Please contact the office on 07 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au to offer your assistance.

A fair portion of the above work would ideally be done by locals (i.e. in the Toowoomba area) because the HOPE office is in Toowoomba. However, quite a bit of the literature review, research, media and publications activity can be done via email. If you have a little bit of time to help us in any way, then contact the HOPE office on email office@hopeaustralia.org.au or phone (07) 4639 2135.

HOPE’s schedule of meetings, events and projects

The HOPE management team invites you to its Toowoomba schedule of committee meetings, community forums, special projects and other activities as listed below.

Members Meetings schedule:

11 Feb
Ordinary meeting
10 Jun
Ordinary meeting
9 Sept
Ordinary meeting
11 Nov
AGM for 2016-2017
1st Ordinary meeting for 2017-2018

✟ All committee meetings are held at the HOPE office, 22 Vacy St, Toowoomba

Community Forum program

This year’s community forum program will be held at the new Toowoomba City Library, cnr of Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba.

DATE START TIME END TIME THEMES SPEAKER(S)
18 Feb 1pm 4pm
  1. An Introduction to Organic Gardening
  2. Organic Pest Control - Non-toxic preparations for insect & disease control
  3. Healthy soils, healthy plants ... it’s that simple!
  1. Mike Wells, TAFE Horticulture
  2. Peter Macqueen, TAFE Horticulture
  3. Colin Johnson, Earthlife Pty Ltd
22 Apr 1pm 4pm The Value of Heritage to Queensland (and the Darling Downs) Qld Heritage Council, Stephanie Keays and Gail Lipke
17 June 1pm 4pm Going Solar – On/Off Grid with Battery Storage Terry Davis & Michael Reiken, Excel Solar
19 Aug 1pm 4pm An Overview of Condamine Alliance (NRM / Landcare) - beginnings, current achievements and future plans Various staff
21 Oct 1pm 4pm An afternoon with Jerry Coleby-Williams Jerry Coleby-Williams, ABC Gardening Australia TV presenter and Patron of HOPE

Special Projects

11 Mar
Qld Women’s Week - Launch of booklet acknowledging the contribution of Women on protecting our local environment
8 Apr
National Youth Week - Youth Engagement in Landcare – an Open Day at Redwood Park featuring information displays; short guided walks and talks; and 2 Nature Journaling workshops.

Attendance at local community events

20 Aug
Toowoomba Languages & Cultures Festival
23 Aug
U3A Seniors Expo

Your financial support sought

- www.hopeaustralia.org.au/annual-pledgedonation

We invite members and supporters to consider making an annual financial contribution to help cover our operating costs of approximately $20,500 p.a.

Currently, our income is derived from project grants, fund-raising, corporate sponsorship and donations, but falls well short of our requirements.

Your financial support, by way of an annual pledge or donation, will considerably help us to achieve better financial viability.

2017 Calendar of Environmental Events

2017 and beyond

2017 – International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2014-2024 – International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

January

15th - 19thWorld Future Energy Summit
26thAustralia DayTop

February

2ndWorld Wetlands Day
11ndInternational Day of Women & Girls in Science
28thBusiness Clean Up DayTop

March

3rdWorld Wildlife Day
3rdSchools Clean Up Day
5thClean Up Australia Day
5th - 11th National Ground Water Awareness Week
6th - 8thGreen Cities Conference
21stInternational Day of Forests
22ndWorld Water Day
23rdWorld Meteorological Day
25thEarth HourTop

April

18thWorld Heritage Day
16th - 21stNational Trust Heritage Festival
22ndEarth DayTop

May

1st - 7thWorld Parks Week
7th - 13thInternational Composting Awareness Week
8th - 14thNational Volunteer Week
10thWorld Migratory Bird Day
16th - 18thOZWater'17
22ndInternational Day for Biological Diversity
23rdWorld Turtle DayTop

June

5thWorld Environment Day
8thWorld Oceans Day
15thGlobal Wind Day
17thWorld Day to Combat DesertificationTop

July

11thWorld Population Day
28thSchools Tree Day
30thNational Tree DayTop

August

9thInternational Day for World Indigenous Peoples
12th - 20thNational Science Week
19thWorld Humanitarian Day
21st - 27thKeep Australia Beautiful WeekTop

September

1st - 30thNational Biodiversity Month
1stNational Wattle Day
4th - 10thSea Week
5th - 11thNational Landcare Week
7thNational Threatened Species Day
10thNational Bilby Day
11thSustainable House Day
16thInternational Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
17thBushcare’s Major Day Out – BMDO
22ndWorld Car-Free Day
28thWorld Maritime Day Top

October

2ndWorld Habitat Day
4th - 10thWorld Space Week
11th - 12thAll Energy 2017 conference
13thInternational Day for Disaster Reduction
15th - 21stNational Water Week
16thWorld Food Day
17thInternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18thNational Ride2Work Day
23rd - 29thBird Week
23rd - 29thAussie Backyard Bird Count
24thUnited Nations Day
27thWorld Day for Audiovisual HeritageTop

November

5thWorld Tsunami Awareness Day
6thNational Walk to Work Day
12th - 19thPollinator Week
13th - 19thNational Recycling Week
21stWorld Fisheries DayTop

December

5thInternational Volunteer Day
5thWorld Soil Day
11thInternational Mountain DayTop

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07/02 2017

Office News - December 2016

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Good morning folks,

The past few weeks have seen the holding of our 2016 Annual General Meeting (12 Nov), the first meeting of the new committee for 2016-2017 (again on 12 Nov) and a Christmas dinner and social at the Toowoomba City Golf Club (5 Dec).

The office has submitted funding applications to:

  • 2016 Volunteer Grants program (federal government) for a “governance” training workshop; and
  • PCYC Qld for a “Volunteering for the Environment” event during 2017 National Youth Week.

We are also investigating funding options to stage a series of Going Solar information sessions during 2017.

Please note that the HOPE office will be closed from Friday, 23 December 2016 and will reopen on Monday, 9 January 2017.

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135, office@hopeaustralia.org.au

HOPE President’s Report for 2015-2016

On balance, 2015-2016 was another successful year for HOPE – with the positive contribution of members, volunteers and supporters helping us to achieve most of our undertakings.

2015-2016 at times was quite frustrating – particularly due to unsuccessful grant applications and the departure of some admin support staff and volunteers. Overall though, we can be pleased with our performance.

Firstly, I’d like to thank the Management Committee and Admin Support Staff for their hard work throughout the year – especially Steve Cupitt, our Vice-President, who managed 2 landcare projects for us; Kerry Kruger for undertaking both roles of secretary and treasurer; and Dan Cannan for taking on the role of Website Administrator. We also welcomed Dr Anjan Kumer Dev Roy who has provided expert comment on a number of federal and state government discussion papers; Pelin Beklenoglu who is our delegate to the Queensland Wildlife Advisory Committee; and Sue Higgins who has assisted with special admin projects.

Secondly, to our 650+ members and friends, envNGOs, government agencies and businesses who shared their expertise and resources with us. A special thanks to local state and federal politicians who provided free photocopying throughout the year. Much appreciated.

On the financial side, we received a $5,000 private donation; a federal government grant of $1,056 to purchase 30 HOPE monogrammed polo shirts; and a donation of 4 tables and 6 chairs from Bunnings Warehouse (Toowoomba). Major capital items purchased were a compost tumbler (for demonstration purposes) and 2 gazeboes. The office undertook an extensive Corporate Sponsorship campaign to seek funds to help defray operating expenses. To date, we have received lots of in-kind support, but no actual $$$! In September 2016, it was agreed to initiate a ‘crowd funding’ campaign with OzCrowd. It’s early days, but we hope that this exercise will prove to be financially rewarding.

HOPE provided information and/or demonstration activities to the Ipswich Plant Expo (March), Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival and U3A Toowoomba Seniors Expo (both in August). Funds raised at these events covered the costs of attending.

As part of our outreach activities, HOPE initiated 2 community appeals – gardening tools and equipment for St. Vincent de Paul, Warwick; and books and magazines for the prison library at Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC), Gatton. Both appeals were well supported and recipients were grateful for items received.

In closing, I wish to thank the out-going committee for their efforts and wish the in-coming committee all the best.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., Friday, 11 November 2016

Office Bearers for 2016-2017 Executive Committee members, etc.

  • President - Frank Ondrus
  • Vice-President - Steve Cupitt
  • Secretary - Sue Higgins
  • Treasurer - Sue Higgins
  • Ordinary members who fulfil administration support roles as:
    • Office Manager - Frank Ondrus with support from Sue Higgins
    • Website Administrator - Dan Cannan
    • Membership Officer - Barry Miller
    • Social Media Administrator - Charmaine Turnbull

And, our Patron for 2016-2017 is Jerry Coleby-Williams (from ABC’s Gardening Australia program).




02/11 2016

Office News - November 2016

My focus during October was the preparation of reports, etc. for the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the 1st Ordinary Meeting of 2016-2017 being held on Saturday, 12 November 2016.

Members and supporters are invited to attend either or both of these meetings being held at the HOPE Office, 22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba.

The AGM starts at 10am sharp. Guest speaker Andrew Nicholson will a give a presentation entitled Linking research on environmental art advocacy to the community capacity building work of environment organisations such as HOPE.

Following the AGM, the 1st Ordinary Meeting of 2016-2017 will deal with our proposed program of community forums, workshops and projects for 2017. Also up for discussion will be what local/regional community events HOPE will be attending; and what environmental observance dates (such as Clean Up Australia Day and World habitat Day) we will endorse, promote and support.

Morning tea and lunch will be available. Please RSVP by 9 November to assist us with seating and catering arrangements.

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135, office@hopeaustralia.org.au

Office Hours

HOPE’s office is open every Monday from 9am to 5pm; with the library resources, available at the same time. Other times can be arranged through the office.

HOPE’s Pledge facility

We invite members and supporters to consider making an annual financial contribution to help cover our operating costs of approximately $20,500 p.a.

Currently, our income is derived from project grants, fund-raising, corporate sponsorship and donations, but falls well short of our requirements.

Your financial support, by way of an annual pledge or donation, will considerably help us to achieve better financial viability.

http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/annual-pledgedonation/




01/10 2016

Office News - October 2016

This month’s office report focuses on matters raised at the September Ordinary Meeting.

HOPE’s major ongoing activities include pursuing corporate sponsorship, seeking grant opportunities, establishing new alliances/partnerships and increasing our national membership. So, if you have any leads or suggestions as to who we can approach regarding these matters, please contact the office by phone on 07 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

Also, our AGM (Annual General Meeting) is scheduled for Saturday 12 November. Your input to, and assistance in managing the HOPE operations is most welcome. More active support on the Executive Committee and in Admin Support is encouraged.

Current vacancies exist on our Media, Publications and Newsletter Teams. So, if you have some spare time and talents to offer, please contact the office at your earliest convenience.

reports from Anjan, Sue & Steve; other highlights

Lastly, the issue of membership fees has been raised. Personally, I’d be happy to continue with free membership. What do you think? Would you be prepared to pay annual subscription? Or, would those of you who can contribute financially be willing to make a donation at http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/annual-pledgedonation/

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135, office@hopeaustralia.org.au

Office Hours

HOPE’s office is open every Monday from 9am to 5pm; with the library resources available at the same time. Other times can be arranged through the office.

Letter to the Editor

Dear HOPE,

ASH (Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook) has always tackled nature conservation as if it is fundamentally essential. We learned to stand firm on principles while continuing to work with unsatisfactory possibilities.

In recent years I've heard conservation activists speak privately of their despair, expressing fear that the big earth systems may have already passed the point of no return; at the local level, council decisions have led to special natural places being opportunistically developed or isolated or manicured into parkland, the natural coast disappearing under concrete, with no real-life respect for how native wildlife would cope with an increasingly dysfunctional landscape.

In Queensland some of us were shocked to hear representatives of the Queensland Premier's Department, at the end of the Bligh Government, and again at the start of the Newman Government, explicitly trash the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment (IGAE), its central principle Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Precautionary Principle (PP). The present government has chosen to apply ESD and PP in only SOME parts of SOME Queensland legislation. This seems hugely symbolic of the direction of government intentions. The moving feast of mapping and clearing and offsets regulations hides what the Queensland landscape will look like in 10 years' time. The only clarity established under the Newman philosophy was that the boundary between naturally-vegetated land and land doomed for clearing would move only one way, i.e. towards clearing.

Meanwhile, no-one wants to talk about dugongs, a major value of the GBRWHA. When commercial hunting stopped in 1962 there were some 62,000 dugongs left along the Queensland coast. During the 1990's long campaign mounted by Friends of Hinchinbrook and ASH and NQCC, there were still around 4,000 dugongs in "our" (Southern GBR) population. The most recent survey (2011) found only 537 (give-or-take 223) dugongs, this population described as "declining" - despite all our efforts, Dugong Protection Zones (1998), EPBC Act (1999), statutory zoning of the GBRMP (2003), and listing of dugongs in Queensland as vulnerable (2000). The Commonwealth Department of Environment website warns us not to run over dugongs in boats; but it's really all about habitat loss and degradation. Remember Gladstone Harbour?

Often conservationists can only hope that future generations will welcome and expand on the remnants left by present governments. Often we cannot have the satisfaction of knowing that our seemingly head-against-brick-wall efforts are having effect. We just have to persist, anyway, even when it looks hopeless.

So it is a welcome change to hear from a writer who thinks that the world of people with power might be changing direction - see link (http://biographic.com/posts/sto/no-lost-cause). The article comes to us from TESS (Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science) via HOPE (Householders' Options to Protect the Environment).

Margaret J Moorhouse
Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc.
PO Box 2457, Townsville QLD 4810
hinchinbrookforever@gmail.com, mob: 0427 724 052




29/09 2016

Office News Report - September 2016

The month of August flew by quickly with work on a funding application to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (Qld) for new and replacement computer and office equipment and furniture; as well as attendance at the Toowoomba Languages & Cultures Festival (14 Aug) and U3A Toowoomba’s Seniors Expo (17 Aug).

A fairly full agenda of business items has been set for our quarterly Ordinary Meeting being held on Saturday 10 September 2016 at the home of Frank & Mary Ondrus, 22 Vacy St, ToowoombaToowoomba. The meeting starts at 10am sharp – so if you’re coming along, please RSVP by phoning 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au to assist with seating and catering arrangements.

Reminder notice – The office is open Monday mornings from 9am - 1pm, with a cuppa at 10am. So, if you’re in the neighbourhood, please drop in for a social and to hear the latest news on HOPE.

Finally, our AGM (Annual General Meeting) is scheduled for Saturday 12 November 2016. Some of our committee and admin support volunteers have indicated that they will be stepping down. Therefore, it is your opportunity to step up for one of these positions and help administer our great organisation.

Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135, office@hopeaustralia.org.au

Report on Toowoomba Languages & Cultures Festival, 14 Aug 2016

The event was well managed with a good layout of entertainment stages, information marquees, market stalls (we were at site M15), food & drink and rest/shade areas. The weather was glorious and a large crowd was in attendance. We gave away lots of literature; had many solid enquiries; and made $190 in donations

Thanks to our volunteers - Guy Muller, Mary Ondrus, Anjan Kumer Dev Roy, Steve Gribble, Wayne Ole and Joy van der Wyk – who helped with set up, staffing and pack up.

Report on U3A Seniors Expo, 17 August 2016

Another well-run event by U3A Toowoomba. Congratulations to the many U3A members who helped set-up the various Expo areas. The HOPE site was in the main foyer (opposite the café & dining area) - so Expo visitors had to walk past us to get to the main hall. This meant that I was busy from the ‘get go’ handing out literature, fielding enquiries, (telling jokes) and raising funds for our group. All in all, it was a great day. I’ve already pencilled next year’s event in our diary.




21/08 2016

Office News Report - August 2016

Another topsy-turvy and busy month or so for the HOPE office with:

  • the cancellation of the Logan Eco Action Festival (5/6) due to very wet weather → several cartons of Green Harvest Organic Catalogues were subsequently distributed to libraries and other community facilities throughout the Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) area;
  • the receipt of $1,056 grant from the Federal Government to purchase 30 volunteer shirts;
  • issued an internal e: appeal for office stationery;
  • the rescheduling of our quarterly Ordinary Meeting from 11 June to 15 June as most of the executive and admin support staff were initially unavailable due to sickness, work and/or family commitments;
  • a major "thinning out" of non-essential library resources → with the bulk of the reference books and magazines donated to the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre prison library;
  • knock back of our application for new and replacement office computers, furniture and equipment → a fresh application to be submitted by 31 August;
  • purchased MS Office 2016 ($265) and a D-Link modem ($88) from Officeworks (Toowoomba);
  • engaged Neil Sciffer, Computer Troubleshooting (Toowoomba) to sort out the Telstra Bigpond internet connection, install the modem and reconfigure Outlook to properly receive/send emails from Telstra (fondrus@bidpond.net.au) and 1300WebPro (office@hopeaustralia.org.au) – our website host.
  • submitted several funding applications to undertake Landcare and Renewable Energy projects

And, we’ve also been busy preparing for the Toowoomba Languages & Cultures Festival (14 Aug), USQ’s National Student Volunteer Week (10 Aug) and U3A Seniors Expo (17 Aug).

Donation of plants required for Toowoomba Languages & Cultures Festival (TLCF)

HOPE has had an environmental information display at the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival every year since the event’s inception. In recent years, we have had to pay a site fee and this year’s fee is $100. We propose to offset this cost by selling pot plants to festival visitors. We therefore ask for your support through the donation of a pot plant or two for sale at the event. Please drop off plants to the HOPE office at 22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba by 12 August at the latest - as the TLCF event is on Sunday, 14 August at Queens Park, Toowoomba.

Books & magazines appeal

The Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC), located in Gatton, is seeking donations of reading material for their library. HOPE has offered to assist SQCC by asking our members and supporters to donate novels, reference books, Australian/National Geographic magazines, Health and Lifestyle books/magazines, Reader’s Digest and Gardening/Horticulture book/magazines. If you can assist with this appeal, please drop off your unwanted books & magazines to the HOPE office at 22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba.

We need help

We desperately need more ACTIVE members and volunteers to maintain our level of activity. So, if you have some spare time and talents to offer, please contact the HOPE office. Frank Ondrus, Office Manager – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135, office@hopeaustralia.org.au

Report on HOPE’s display at Toowoomba Camelia Show and Garden Expo, 16-17 July 2016

Image of HOPE information stall and Camelia Show
HOPE member Steve Gribble with keen visitors

In spite of the un-appealing wintery weather over the weekend, crowd attendance was good – with many folk visiting our information display. A good amount of ‘gardening’ literature was taken; and the enquiry level was pleasing.

Thanks to Donna Hay (one of the event coordinating team) for providing us with a free indoor site. Thanks to Green Harvest for providing 4 books on "Growing easy herbs: for beauty, fragrance and flavour" by Penny Woodward.

And lastly, thanks to Steve Gribble and Mary Ondrus for helping to staff the display over the weekend. Much appreciated.


What does HOPE do?

I am often asked what does Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) actually do? The short answer is LOTS!! Let me explain.

HOPE is a national community based not-for-profit environment organisation promoting sustainable living practices as per our Charter.

As we are un-funded, the management committee has pursued a policy of forming strategic partnerships/alliances with organisations at the local, state and national levels (http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/about-us/partnershipsalliances-ngos/) so as to access their expertise and resources – as well as to cooperate on key issues such as protecting the EPBC Act and the introduction of State-based Container Deposit Schemes.

We also have formed several business alliances (http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/about-us/partnerships-businesses/) to assist us in furthering HOPE’s aims.

On the administration front, the office spends a lot of time:

  • promoting HOPE and its activities;
  • pursuing corporate sponsorship;
  • membership recruitment; and
  • investigating grant opportunities for equipment and projects.

List of current funding applications pending:

  • GCBF – Project funding to host 6 or 7 Energy Efficiency/Going Solar seminars
  • Cannon Australia – for a donation of a new camera and cam recorder
  • Australian Ethical Investments – Project funding to stage 3 workshops on Creating Wildlife Habitats on Your Property
  • Toowoomba Regional Council – Project funding to stage an extra 3 workshops on Creating Wildlife Habitats on Your Property
  • GCBF – Funding application for new and replacement office computers and furniture; and other display equipment

Locally, that is – in Toowoomba where our head office is located, we undertake a variety of outreach activities such as providing information displays for community events; holding community forums on a variety of subjects; attending NGO and government meetings; and making submissions on relevant environmental issues.

State-wide (Qld), we continue to support our colleagues in the environment sector - principally through our membership with Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) and Queensland Water and Land Carers (QWaLC). HOPE has made submissions to the Queensland State Government’s discussion papers:

  • Advancing Climate Action in Queensland
  • Qld Renewable Energy Expert Panel
  • QPC re Solar Feed-in Tariff Pricing Inquiry

We are also currently reviewing the following Queensland State Government documents:

  • Qld Weed and Pest Strategy
  • Qld Biosecurity Act 2014

Nationally, our priority interests are in supporting the work of the Places You Love Alliance and Lock the Gate Alliance. Other national issues of interest to HOPE are:

  • Developing a national food plan in conjunction with strong policies to protect strategic cropping land vs the overwhelming spread and impact of coal mining and CSG mining on our communities, agriculture and environment; and
  • Rehabilitation of abandoned mines.

Internationally, we have several partnerships who supply us with information on issues such curbing the spread of nuclear weapon; and the elimination of 'persistent organic pollutants'.

In conclusion, we need your help to maintain this high level of activity. So, please contact the HOPE office to volunteer some of your time.

We also need your financial support to help cover our annual operating costs of approximately $20,500. Currently, our income is derived from project grants, fund-raising, corporate sponsorship and donations, but falls well short of our requirements. Your financial support, by way of an annual pledge or donation, will considerably help us to achieve better financial viability. Please send your donation to the HOPE office or pledge online at http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/annual-pledgedonation/.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135




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