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Please bear with us over the coming months as the country deals with the COVID-19 crisis. We do not have access to our network of volunteers and like-minded people/organisations as many are either not working or do not have access to the Internet/computers. But we will bring you as much up-to-date information as we are able to.

HOPE Public Fund bank account now active and taking donations

I’m pleased to announced that the HOPE Public Fund bank account has been activated and is now taking donations.

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 donation, will considerably help us to achieve better financial viability.


Please visit our website at http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/donations/ to make your financial donation to the financial well-being of our organsiation.

04/01 2022

A snapshot of Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. (Australia)

Want to know more about HOPE Australia? Take a look at this snapshot.

A snapshot of HOPE Australia

01/01 2022

Happy New Year! Check out what we have in store for you in our January Bulletin

Out with the old, in with the new! It's a brand-new year and the perfect time for positive change. This month, our volunteer researchers bring you some fresh new articles with a focus on achieving better environmental outcomes through community action.

Grab a copy of our January Bulletin at the e-News Bulletins page .

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01/01 2022

Designing for the Future: Foreseeing climatic risk with model-based design

BIM technology is a modelling software where an accurate virtual model of a building is digitally constructed. Traditionally, BIM allows architects to predict potential construction hazards and prevent them by adjusting the design. This article suggests using BIM in the design and construction phase enables less wasteful construction and more sustainable operation and maintenance of the building.

** To read more, get a PDF copy of this article HERE

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28/12 2021

A Greener New Year

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) invites you and your family to think about building a greener future for all, by making a conscious decision to support the good works of environment, conservation, landcare and animal welfare groups in the region. This is an exciting opportunity for you and your family to build the future you want and a world that is still rich with life and beauty for future generations.

There are three levels in which your family can get involved - you can participate at any or all levels:

  • personal – at home, at work, at school, at recreation;
  • in a group – contribute time and energy; and
  • supporting environmental events.

Where to start?
Check out HOPE’s website at www.hopeaustralia.org.au for resources such as Interesting Websites, Information Sheets, Helpful Hints and Feature Articles (from both internal and external sources).

Have a look at the Planet Ark website, as it offers specific local solutions for almost every item that you may need to recycle or safely dispose of. Either enter a location or choose a product from the drop-down box to be taken straight to information about local sites. There are contact details of charities and ‘reuse’ centres, drop-off recycling facilities for items such as paper and cardboard, aluminium and steel cans, glass bottles and plastic containers. Collection points for hazardous items such as gas bottles, paints, asbestos, tyres, vehicle and appliance batteries and contaminated fuels are also listed. The Planet Ark website also has details about local council services and contacts, along with links to educational resources and publications. With this wealth of knowledge, you can begin your greener year by discovering what positive steps you can readily undertake.

Brush up on the responsibilities of pet owners. For example, by fitting a cat collar with two working bells and keeping your cat inside at night, pet owners help protect our native wildlife (many are only active at night). Why not go to this wonderful website: Responsible Pet Ownership | RSPCA Australia and see what else you can do around the home to promote and protect wildlife?

Mr Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE, asks “Why not join a local group and help them with some of their planned projects? For instance, the Friends of the Escarpment Parks have regular working bees at several sites along the Toowoomba escarpment and volunteers are always welcome.”

“Residents are also invited to support/promote/contribute to important environmental observances such as Clean Up Australia Day, World Environment Day, Landcare Week and National Recycling Week,” said Mr Ondrus. These events provide an excellent opportunity to gain extra knowledge on your special interests, meet like-minded people, make friends for life and of course, make a real contribution to protecting and maintaining our unique Australian backyard.

An Environmental Events calendar, listing international and Australian national events is available on request from HOPE by emailing office@hopeaustralia.org.au or phoning 07 4639 2135.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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

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02/12 2021

Check out our December Bulletin!

Welcome to December! This month, we feature a good cross-section of articles from our volunteer researchers and as always, we welcome your thoughts on these articles or any issues you would like to raise. Thank you for your continued interest and support. We look forward to bringing you more articles in the new year!

Grab a copy of our December Bulletin at the e-News Bulletins page .

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01/12 2021

International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2021

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In recognition of the United Nations International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2021, Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. wishes to acknowledge the valuable contribution that volunteers make to organisations and communities throughout Australia – starting with those who volunteer for HOPE.

Indeed, volunteers are an integral and essential part of thousands of organisations and communities throughout Australia. For instance, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria is almost totally reliant on volunteers – nearly 54,000 of them – to respond to emergencies in often extremely hazardous situations.

Of course, not all volunteers place their lives on the line, but that does not mean their contributions are any less worthy. Everyone has a part to play in helping their communities - be this by cooking sausages; undertaking a litter pick-up; being a volunteer driver to help someone get around; admin tasks … the list is endless.

In 2019, for example, Victorian volunteers donated over 500 million hours, with a value of $58.1 billion to the economy. These figures are replicated across Australia. Without this amazing contribution of ‘free’ time and effort, the cost to State economies would be enormous, and most of the services provided could not be done. Hence, the level of appreciation for the work done by volunteers!

Volunteers ask for nothing – but, a thank you is always welcome. Increasingly, the efforts of volunteers are rewarded by communities and various Government bodies; however, most volunteers don’t do it for recognition by receiving a medal or certificate. They do it because they want to!

So, on behalf of HOPE Inc., we would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all those in Australia and overseas who share their time and talents help others in their communities.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph. 07 4639 2135
Written by Jason Dingley, HOPE Media Officer (Vic)

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08/11 2021

World Fisheries Day, 21st November 2021

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The World Fisheries Day has been held annually on 21st November since 2015, and is celebrated by fisherfolk across the world.

Humans consume in excess of 100 million tons of fish annually and accounts for over 25% of the world’s dietary protein.

The vast majority of fisheries (both marine and inland) are small-scale, and employ tens of millions of people across low-income countries.

Overfishing has severely depleted fish stocks of many important fish (cod; haddock; sardines; tuna for example), resulting in many ecological and socio-economic changes: livelihoods are disrupted if fish stocks are depleted as well as far-reaching ecological changes to aquatic environments.

Aquatic pollution can severely affect the ability of fish to survive and breed, and has long-lasting impacts throughout the ecosystem. Humans who eat contaminated fish can become very ill or die – as, for example, during the Minamata mercury poisoning disaster in 1953. Discarded fishing equipment causes the deaths of untold numbers of animals.

Recently, concern has been raised about the presence of microplastics in aquatic environments and the accumulation of such particles in the bodies of aquatic organisms.

Destruction to mangroves and other coastal and inland habitats for development purposes both adversely affects fish stocks and leads to damage to shoreline areas from waves and tides

It is also important to note that it is not only fish that are ‘fished’: vast numbers of invertebrates (mussels; clams; crayfish; lobster; prawns; squid and octopi) are also caught for human consumption.

What can be done to reduce the impacts on fisheries? There are many actions that can be taken, including:

  1. Look for those food supplies that have been caught from sustainable fisheries. These will often be certified (for example, the Marine Stewardship Council certified foods).
  2. When purchasing items from farmed sources (e.g., farmed salmon; mussels; prawns), ensure these are from reputable companies (increasingly certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council).
  3. Encourage governments and fisherfolk to use sustainable fishing techniques.
  4. Choose items from local producers where possible.
  5. Lobby to restrict or ban developments in areas important for rearing young aquatic organisms (e.g., clearing mangrove areas).
  6. If fishing / collecting aquatic animals for consumption, only take what you can sensibly make use of.
  7. Obey any legal limits relating to size, quantity and time of collecting / fishing.
  8. Take all fishing gear with you when completing your fishing trips.
  9. When visiting aquatic habitats, take all your rubbish with you, and if you see rubbish lying around, pick it up and dispose of it responsibly.
  10. When swimming near aquatic animals, behave with care and avoid deliberate contact with them.
  11. Avoid using consumer products with microplastics inherent in them (sunscreens and skin-care products for instance).
  12. Choose better quality, longer lasting clothes that don’t pollute watercourses (and, thus, entering the food chain) with fibre fragments when washing.
  13. Where possible, talk to the fisherfolk about their work and livelihoods. This will lead to deeper understandings between the parties.
  14. Avoid disposing of harmful chemicals into drains and watercourses.
  15. Improved soil conservation techniques to reduce soil erosion and run-off into water systems.
  16. Report and help clean-up polluted urban waterways and river systems.

For further information about World Fisheries Day visit World Fisheries Day.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph. 07 4639 2135
Written by Jason Dingley, HOPE Media Officer (Vic)

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08/11 2021

That’s not a Plan. THIS is a PLAN!

How does the Federal LNP’s “Australia’s Long Term Emissions Reduction Plan” (1) to reach net zero CO2e emissions by 2050, which, by all appearances, was concocted in a weekend workshop and released five days before the COP 26 meeting (2), compare with a Plan which was years in the making? Which of these two Plans contains costed action items down to Council Area detail?

Rather than be expected to rely on a Plan produced by an incumbent, hitherto climate-denialist Government, could we find an independent, university-level analysis of exactly the steps and costs needed to reach net zero CO2e emissions by 2050?

Answers to these three questions can be found in Princeton University’s Final report “Net-Zero America” (3). We’ll call it “NZA”.

We also need to answer one other vital and wide-ranging question: “How will we apply the lessons learned from NZA to our local community, say Toowoomba?” Answers to this question will be also be provided in this article and in follow-up analyses.

(Researched and written by Rod Duncan, HOPE researcher QLD)

** Read more and get a PDF copy of this article HERE

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01/11 2021

Check out our November Bulletin!

Welcome to November! This month we observe National Recycling Week (8-14) and its also time for the UN Climate Change Conference COP 26 (1-12). Our volunteer researchers present insightful articles on the global political challenges holding back political action on Climate Change, as well as current projects which envision a healthier, greener future that you can support.

What are you waiting for? Grab a copy of our November Bulletin at the e-News Bulletins page .

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