Media Activities


11/08 2017 Media release

M E D I A  R E L E A S E, Friday, 11th August, 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
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Community Forum: Our Regional Natural Resource Management Body - Condamine Alliance

Date:
Saturday 19th August 2017
Time:
1pm-4pm (subject to change)
Location:
Toowoomba City Library
(Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).
Fee:
Gold coin donation

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. would like to invite you to this month’s Community Forum featuring Condamine Alliance - our regional NRM (Natural Resource Management) Body.

The forum is being held at on Saturday 19 August, from 1pm to 4pm at the Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr of Herries and Victoria Streets). Entry is by gold coin donation.

Condamine Alliance was founded in 2002 as a not-for-profit organisation, who work alongside communities, councils, government and organisations like HOPE, to support over 29,000 square kilometres of land. Condamine Alliance work to protect and conserve water, land and wildlife for future generations.

Thumbnail of speaker - Jayne Thorpe
Jayne Thorpe

HOPE would like to invite anyone with an interest in conservation or environmental protection to attend the upcoming forum, in the hope that Condamine Alliance can shed some light on their organisation and hopefully engage some like-minded community members.

Ms Jayne Thorpe (pictured), General Manager - Growth from Condamine Alliance, will provide a more detailed overview of the organisation’s main objectives, current and proposed projects and events, and showcase some achievements awarded to Condamine Alliance for their outstanding work and accomplishments. Jayne will also be discussing the wide range of ways community members can get involved with implementing the new Natural Resource Management Plan, and providing input on how the job should be done.

From 2015-2016, Condamine Alliance managed to engage with 1,100 landholders and 50 different contractors, delivered and participated in more than 29 community events, and have partnered with 11 different landcare, community and Indigenous groups. Condamine Alliance are very focused on how to prioritise and measure their activities to ensure the funds entrusted to them provide the greatest benefit to the community.

HOPE and Condamine Alliance share similar ideologies and believe that a healthy environment translates into healthy communities, and encourage locals and people of the Condamine River Catchment Area to play an active role in managing their natural resources, now and for the future.

Condamine Alliance’s revised Natural Resource Management Plan encourages all stakeholders and community members across the catchment to work together to achieve a more sustainable future and to set a precedent for future generations to do the same.

The upcoming forum hosted by HOPE gives community members a chance to learn more about Condamine Alliance and how they can get involved.

Bookings are essential, contact HOPE via telephone on 4639 2135 or via email office@hopeaustralia.org.au to reserve your seat. The forum is being held at on Saturday 19 August, from 1pm to 4pm at the Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr of Herries and Victoria Streets). Entry is by gold coin donation.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135
Media officer: Emily Cadogan

Media enquiries:

Ms Jayne Thorpe, Condamine Alliance, t 4620 0137 | m 0427 131 625

Supported by:

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12/06 2017 Notice

EVENT NOTICE / DATE CLAIMER, Monday, 12 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
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Community Forum: Going Solar – On/Off Grid with Battery Storage - Saturday, 17 June 2017

Solar power; battery storage; on/off grid … how does it all work?

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. invites anyone who wants to learn more about the benefits of owning a solar PV system and about battery storage options, to attend a community forum on Saturday 17th June from 1-4pm at the Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Streets). Entry to forum is by gold coin donation.

President of HOPE, Mr Ondrus says it’s an opportunity for residents to learn more about renewable energy in the current ecological and economic environment.

Solar systems are not just for domestic premises - business owners, school representatives and community groups are encouraged to come along to learn about how solar might benefit their organisations.

Some advantages of solar include savings on electricity bills. Once a system is installed it costs virtually nothing to operate, saving you money on your power bills. Solar also benefits the environment by providing clean energy - for every 1kw of solar installed a tonne of C02 is saved every year.

ACDC Energy will outline the benefits of ‘going solar’, and of the options available for the purchase and installation of solar PV and battery storage systems. ACDC Energy will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. They will also offer expert advice for those looking for basic energy management through to people considering going completely off the grid.

Bookings are essential for this Going Solar forum on Saturday 17 June. To reserve your seat, contact HOPE by phone on 4639 2135 or email at office@hopeaustralia.org.au. Entry by gold coin donation.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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



02/06 2017 Media release

M E D I A  R E L E A S E, Thursday, 1 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!

Community Forum: Going Solar – On/Off Grid with Battery Storage - Saturday, 17 June 2017

The theme of this month’s community forum hosted by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is 'Going Solar – On/Off the Grid with Battery Storage'. The forum will be held on Saturday 17th June from 1-4pm at the Toowoomba City library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Streets).

HOPE invites anyone who wants to learn more about the benefits of owning a solar PV system and about battery storage options. Mr Ondrus, President of HOPE Inc. said it's an opportunity for residents to learn more about renewable energy in the current ecological and economic environment.

Solar systems are not just for domestic premises - business owners, school representatives and community groups are encouraged to come along to learn about how solar might benefit their organisations.

Some advantages of solar include savings on electricity bills. Once a system is installed it costs virtually nothing to operate, saving you money on your power bills. Solar also benefits the environment by providing clean energy - for every 1kw of solar installed a tonne of C02 is saved every year.

ACDC Energy will outline the benefits of ‘going solar’, and of the options available for the purchase and installation of solar PV and battery storage systems. ACDC Energy will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. They will also offer expert advice for those looking for basic energy management through to people considering going completely off the grid.

Bookings are essential. To reserve your seat, please contact HOPE to reserve your seat. Call the HOPE office on 4639 2135 or email at office@hopeaustralia.org.au. Entry by gold coin donation.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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

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Media Enquiries

Terry Davis, ACDC Energy, mob: 0438 007 764
Paul Lemming, ACDC Energy, mob: 0419 874 614

Speakers

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Terry Davis
Thumbnail of speaker - Paul lemming
Paul lemming


22/05 2017 Media release

M E D I A  R E L E A S E, Sunday, 21 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!

World Environment Day, 5th June 2017

Householder’s Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. (Australia) would like to invite everyone to join with them to celebrate World Environment Day on 5th June 2017. World Environment Day is the largest annual event promoting positive environmental action.

This year’s theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ – encourages us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and importance, and to protect the planet that we all share.

In our fast-paced, highly-connected society many of us have become increasingly disengaged with nature, forgetting that we depend on it for our very existence. Biodiversity provides us with the air that we breathe, water that we drink and the food that we eat. Despite this, our actions are pushing biodiversity and ecosystems to the edge. Current levels of consumption, combined with a predicted increase in global population to 9.7 billion by 2050 (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs), means we will be making ever increasing demands on our planet’s finite resources.

World Environment Day is about individual actions, combined into the collective power of billions of people, taking positive actions to help protect our planet. By being more thoughtful in our choices, doing more with less, minimising pollution and using renewable products, small changes can make a huge difference.

World Environment Day is an opportunity to connect with groups like HOPE Inc. to learn more about living in a more sustainable way. For more information check out HOPE Inc.’s webpage at (http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au).

World Environment Day is an initiative of the United Nations Environmental Program. Visit World Environment Day (http://worldenvironmentday.global/) for more information.


In Queensland, HOPE Inc., along with many other groups, will be attending the Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) at the Griffith University - Logan Campus on 28th May. LEAF is a fun, interactive and educational event that is designed to generate awareness about environmental issues, and through education, empower people to make a positive change. Further information about LEAF can be found here http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/environment-water-and-waste/environmental-programs/logan-eco-action-festival-leaf.

Yours sincerely,

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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



14/04 2017 Media release

M E D I A  R E L E A S E, Monday, 17 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!

Community Forum: The importance of our Heritage - Saturday, 22 April 2017

Maintaining Regional Heritage Values is the theme of this month’s community forum hosted by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. The forum is being held on Saturday 22 April, 1pm – 4pm at the Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).

The program features 4 speakers, each followed by a Q&A session. The speakers are:

  • Eleanor Cullen, a member of the National Trust of Australia (Qld) and a founding member of Toowoomba Regional Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee. Eleanor will give an overview of the National Trust and the role of the Heritage Advisory Committee.*
  • Peter Cullen will explain the use of tombstone tours, radio talks and research in identifying and promoting heritage values.*
  • Hugh Krenske, President of Friends of the Escarpment Parks (FEP) Toowoomba Inc. , will talk about efforts to preserve the 'Eagle’s Nest Swagmen’s Camp' (which was set-up during the Great Depression in the 1930’s).
  • Paul Herbert, Chairman of the Toowoomba Festival of Rail, explores the value of the railway and its precinct (all heritage listed) to the Darling Downs and Queensland.
  • *Eleanor and Peter will also speak on their involvement in the Toowoomba Open House project.

Heritage defines us as a community for it reminds us of what has gone before and what has shaped us, but more importantly as Machiavelli said 'who-ever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times'. No-where else is this apparent than in the current development of transport infrastructure in Toowoomba, including the Inland Railway said Mr Herbert.

Bookings for the community forum are essential. To reserve your seat, please RSVP by Friday 21 April to HOPE office by phone 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

Event: Community Forum: Heritage values and why they are important
Date: Saturday 22 April, 1pm – 4pm
Venue: Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).
Cost: Entry by gold coin donation
Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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

Media enquiries:

  • Eleanor & Peter Cullen , well-known and respected Heritage enthusiasts, ph 4639 1093
  • Hugh Krenske, Friends of the Escarpment Parks, mob: 0418 748 282
  • Paul Herbert, Chairman of Toowoomba’s Festival of Rail, mob: 0413 724 846

Speakers

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


02/04 2017 Media release

M E D I A  R E L E A S E, Monday, 3 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!

Open Day at Redwood Park, Toowoomba - Saturday 8 April 2017

As part of National Youth Week 2017, Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. and Friends of the Escarpment Parks (FEP) Toowoomba are holding an Open Day at Redwood Park, Toowoomba on Saturday, 8 April 2017.

Included in the open day activities, are 2 workshops on Nature Journaling, being led by Dr Paula Peeters, an ecologist, artist and writer based in Brisbane.

What is Nature Journaling?It is the process of drawing, writing, or creating a poem or song in response to nature. You get a chance to slow down, take in your beautiful surroundings and create your very own creative nature journal and art piece.

Places are available for 15-20 secondary students at each of the workshops.

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.

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.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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



30/03 2017 Media release

M E D I A  R E L E A S E, Thursday, 30 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!

Keep Australia Beautiful Welcomes Young Reporters for the Environment Australia

In 2017, Keep Australia Beautiful is extremely happy to launch a second Foundation for Environmental Education program, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE)!

What is YRE?

We’re glad you asked! Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) aims to empower young people (11-21y.o.) to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. We want to prove to young people that they can make a difference in the world and hopefully give them the motivation to continue to do so as adults.

YRE originated in France in 1990 before spreading through Europe and became international in 2007. Now there are 77,000 young reporters in 29 countries.

How does it work?

YRE uses a proven 4-step methodology:

Investigate a local issue following set criteria
Research solutions
Report a production: article, photograph or short film
Disseminate to educate

What’s happening with YRE in Australia?

We’re launching YRE in Australia with the Litter Less Campaign thanks to the Wrigley Company Foundation. The Litter Less Campaign aims to engage and educate young people on the issue of litter and encourage them to make positive choices. To start them off we are offering 10 NSW schools support to implement YRE and a $500 grant to run a Community Action Day to raise awareness of the impacts of litter in their neighbourhood. You can find out more about the grant in the opportunities section below.

Our school is not in NSW. Can we still be involved?

Yes! We welcome submissions from anywhere in Australia. All valid entries will be entered in the Australian competition and have a chance to be submitted to the international competition.

Find out more about the YRE Australia program on the KAB website http://kab.org.au/yre/ where you’ll find program resources including student and teacher resources and classroom activity sheets.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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



13/03 2017 Media release

M E D I A  R E L E A S E, Saturday, 11 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!

Registrations now open for Nature Journaling workshops

Want to learn more about our natural environment?

If your answer is yes and you are a secondary school aged youth, then why not register for one of two free Nature Journaling workshops being held on Saturday 8 April 2017.

What is Nature Journaling? It is the process of drawing, writing, or creating a poem or song in response to nature. You get a chance to slow down, take in your beautiful surroundings and create your very own creative nature journal and art piece.

Dr Paula Peters (PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will be coming to Redwood Park and running two workshops on Saturday April 8.

The workshops are being hosted by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. as part of the larger “Open Day at Redwood Park” event being hosted by Friends of the Escarpment Parks (FEP) Toowoomba.

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.”

Spaces are available for 15-20 secondary students at each of the workshops.

To be one of the lucky attendees simply answer in 25 words or less, why you love nature, and send through your response along with your contact details to HOPE Inc. via email at office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

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.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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

Background information

Photo & bio of Dr Paula Peeters

Paula Peeters is an ecologist, artist and writer based in Brisbane. After completing her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Monash University, Paula worked in Wildlife Conservation for 13 years, mostly for State Government environmental agencies in South Australia and Queensland. In recent years, Paula has become interested in combining art and science to celebrate nature, and promoting Nature Journaling as a way of improving the connection between people and nature. Paula’s illustrations have appeared in the colouring books Bimblebox Wonderland and Riverina Grassland Ramblings, and Ruth magazine, and have been commissioned by the University of Otago, Pollinator Link, the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, Murray Local Land Services, Land for Wildlife South East Queensland and the Ecological Society of Australia. Her writing has appeared in Australian Birdlife, Zoomorphic, Tasmanian Geographic and her blog Paperbark Writer. In 2016 Paula wrote, illustrated and self-published Make a Date with Nature: An introduction to nature journaling, and led nature journaling workshops for the Bulimba Creek Catchment Committee, Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, the Gympie Regional Gallery and the Woodford Folk Festival. Paula is currently working on a range of projects including a children’s picture book, and a work of fantasy fiction for young adults, with an ecological bent. You can see more of her work at www.paperbarkwriter.com.

Introduction to Nature Journaling - 2 hour workshop with Dr Paula Peeters

Nature journaling is the practice of drawing or writing in response to nature. This fun, relaxing practice helps you to connect more closely with nature, and results in the creation of your own unique nature journal. Both the practice and the end product are important.

The practice improves your recognition of different animal and plant species, and your understanding of where and how they live. Nature journaling calms your mind, and increases your attention to detail and appreciation of beauty. With time, it also improves your ability to observe, to draw and to write.

A journal allows you to capture the moment (a sunset, a view, a critter, a flower, a fungus…), and recall observations which would otherwise be forgotten. Nature journaling can be used to compile species sightings and other scientific observations that are of great value to citizen science projects. Your journal can also give you inspiration for other creative projects, such as writing, painting, textiles, music, other crafts… the opportunities are endless.

Nature-based learning is known to have great benefits for learning outcomes and personal wellbeing. Nature journaling has immediate relevance for subjects such as Biology, Geography, Art and English, but can also be used as a springboard to explore many other subjects. Lessons learnt in context, and in the outdoors, tend to be understood more thoroughly by the learners, and this understanding stays with the pupil long after the lesson.

I’m an ecologist, artist and writer who enjoys combining art and science to explore Australian nature. In this workshop, I’ll introduce the practice of nature journaling, and teach you some simple exercises to get you drawing and writing. I’ll introduce you to the ecology of the area, and talk about some of the plants and animals we’re likely to encounter. At the end of the session you will have started your very own nature journal, and have plenty of ideas to keep you inspired.

Each participant receives a print copy of my book Make a Date with Nature: An introduction to nature journaling. Electronic copies of this book are also available as a free download from my website -
http://www.paperbarkwriter.com/want-to-get-started-with-nature-journaling-this-little-guidebook-will-show-you-how/.



M E D I A  R E L E A S E, Friday, 10 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!

Planning well under way for Open Day at Redwood Park, Toowoomba - Saturday 8 April 2017

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 2hour 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.

A more detailed program for the Open Day at Redwood Park will be available closer to date.

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.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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


MEDIA RELEASE, Saturday, 4 February 2017

16/02 2017 Media release

Community Forum: “Gardening – the natural, organic way”, Saturday, 18 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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Want to learn how to grow healthy, nutritious food?

If your answer is yes, then you are welcome to come along to “Gardening – the natural, organic way” community forum being held on Saturday 18 February, 1pm – 4pm at the Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).

The forum hosted by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. features Mike Wells and Peter Macqueen from TAFE QLD South West (Horticulture) and Colin Johnson from Earthlife Pty Ltd.

The program for the afternoon features 3 speakers, each followed by a Q & A session

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  • Mike Wells will provide “an Introduction to Organic Gardening”
  • Peter Macqueen will talk about “Organic Pest Control - Non-toxic preparations for insect & disease control”
  • Colin Johnson will talk about “Healthy soils, healthy plants ... it’s that simple!”; and provide an overview of Earthlife ’s products

Bookings for the community forum are essential. To reserve your seat, please RSVP by 16 February to HOPE office by phone 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au.

  • Event: Community Forum: “Gardening – the natural, organic way”
  • Date: Saturday 18 February, 1pm – 4pm
  • Venue: Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba
  • Cost: Entry by gold coin donation
Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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

Media equiries

  • Mile Wells, TAFE QLD South West, ph: 07 4694 1562
  • Peter Macqueen, TAFE Qld South West, ph: 07 4694 1561, mob: 0438 863 645
  • Colin Johnson, Earthlife Pty Ltd, mob: 0456 003 625

Background information

Bio for Mike Wells

Mike Wells has turned a lifelong passion for all things plants into a 17year career as a horticulture teacher in Toowoomba for TAFE QLD Southwest.  Since 2013, he has also found time to write the weekly gardening page for the Toowoomba Chronicle.  His other horticultural exploits include various gardening segments on local radio, garden judging for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, and many garden club talks, where meeting with other gardeners is his greatest joy.

Mike is passionate about creating living soils, plant selection and garden design, and has particular interest in turning suburban backyards into productive areas to supplement a family’s food requirements.

In his spare time, Mike gardens at home (what else?) and sings tenor in his A Cappella quartet, “Left Field”.

Bio for Peter Macqueen

Peter is a horticulture teacher at TAFE Queensland South West, teaching in areas of plant protection, plant identification, gardening and nursery production. He has a keen interest in all plants, whether native, exotic or weedy and sharing their identity, cultivation or control. As plant / animal relationships are critical, and sometimes problematic, he has a passion for identifying and sharing invertebrate knowledge. He is involved in a number of environmental projects, and is keen to promote the adoption of a Tree Protection Policy for the Toowoomba Region.

Reaching for a commercial spray can is rarely an option for the organic gardener who finds damaging pests in the garden.The increasing numbers of home gardeners who embrace the use of non-toxic remedies can listen to an expert's advice at the next public meeting of HOPE Australia (Householders' Options to Protect the Environment) on Monday, 14 April.

Organic pest control is usually less expensive than alternative methods, but does need a more pro-active approach. Peter’s talk will include the identification of potential pests as well as the beneficial insects and organisms that can be found in the garden. He will also discuss sustainable methods of pest control and will finish with a Q&A session.

 
Bio for Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson is the Sales Representative for Earthlife Pty Ltd. He studied Cert III as well as a Diploma in Horticulture and has been actively working as a Horticultural Professional in the Nursery and Garden Industry in Queensland for the past 16 years. He has spent 12 of those years working in and managing Retail Garden Centres, and the other 4 years representing 2 major allied product suppliers to the horticultural industry. He was given the opportunity to represent Earthlife in August 2016 and took the position with alacrity. He is also a fanatical plant collector and passionate gardener, with 6 acres of Land for Wildlife property in the Gold Coast Hinterland, he has a strong belief that there has always been far too much over-thinking regarding the growing and raising of healthy plants.

Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants – It's That Easy!

The challenge we all face as gardeners is to grow what we want, or can, in the lifeless compacted soils that appear to be the norm. Nature has provided a perfect example of what we need with the healthiest and most fertile soils being both volcanic mineral based and humus rich soils. As gardeners, this is not what we are generally advised to achieve with our own soils. We are encouraged to add animal waste and/or chemical fertilisers. Nowhere in nature do plants grow naturally in concentrated manures, nor on the synthetic chemical compounds we commonly label as fertiliser. The challenge is to recreate a healthy volcanic-type, humus-rich soil for ourselves without trucking in loads of imported soils. This can be accomplished with the use of biologically enhanced volcanic-based rock minerals and biologically enhanced composted humates, improving soil structure, drainage, water-holding and creating a pool of nutrients for plants to take what they need to grow strong and healthy.

Humates, which are composed of various forms of carbon, are naturally occurring material that is very rich in humified organic matter and humic substances.
Humates are now recognized as the single most productive input in sustainable agriculture.

Bio for Colin Purnell

Colin Purnell is part owner and General Manager of Earthlife Pty Ltd. He grew up in Chinchilla, where they have poor, depleted soils. As a result of this he became passionate about improving soil health through remineralisation and subsequently improving food quality for people and livestock.

Bio for Earthlife

Earthlife started manufacturing microbial and rock mineral based products in 1996, after doing research into problems with poor quality soils and poor plant growth. The research indicated that Australian soils are very mineral depleted and also biological depleted. (Re: document 264. & Earth summit report 1992) “Rock minerals” is a generic term and in themselves are not water soluble, so it may take quite some time before you see soil or plant responses. Earthlife has developed technology and incorporated it with the combination of rock minerals and rare earths to remineralise soil structure and improve moisture and nutrient cycling systems. Earthlife rock minerals are suitable for all soil types and potting mediums.



11/01 2017 Notice

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

“IN BRIEF” Notice

Wanted: Used Postage Stamps

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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) invites residents and businesses to collect stamps from their incoming mail for reuse by local community groups.

Community groups take these stamps and re-sell them to raise funds for local and overseas missions work.

Mr Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE said we also welcome unwanted stamp album collections.

You can post a pack of used stamps to the HOPE (Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment) office, PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba, QLD 4350; or drop them off at 22 Vacy St, Toowoomba.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135; email office@hopeaustralia.org.au


08/01 2017 Media release

Media Release, 07 January 2017

A Busy Year Ahead for HOPE and our Environment

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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

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., ph 07 4639 2135

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02/01 2017 Media release

Media Release, 01 January 2017

New Year’s Green Resolutions

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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

A new year is beginning and a lot of us like to have “resolutions” to give us a focus or an aim, for the year ahead.

Frank Ondrus, President of Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc., is suggesting that 2017 resolutions include actions to help improve environmental concerns. HOPE’s motto is Think Globally, Act Locally, said Mr Ondrus. In our everyday actions, each of us can contribute to the betterment of the environment.

For example:

  • Be vigilant with electricity use – turn off unnecessary items including lights and electronic equipment when no one is using them
  •   Make a deliberate choice to walk, ride a bike or take public transport instead of driving your car every day
  • Establish routines in your household for the preferred disposal of recyclables, green-waste and rubbish.

These simple actions can become good habits and the collective benefit to the environment will be appreciable said Mr Ondrus.

These suggestions are grounded in HOPE’s Charter. Read more about HOPE and its Charter on the website at www.hopeaustralia.org.au .

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

View/download pdf

20/12 2016 Media release: Planet Ark

Make a list and save this Christmas

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Media release

Make a list and save this Christmas

It seems that Santa might have been on to something when he made a list and checked it twice.

With Australians spending over $1,079[i] at Christmas in recent years, some forward planning for meals and presents can lead to big savings.

On average, Australian households throw out 14% of weekly groceries worth about $1,100 each year[ii], and this is most pervasive at Christmas. Collectively that’s more than $10 billion of food every year, representing almost half of all municipal waste that goes to landfill.

Planning meals ahead of time and shopping accordingly, opening food as you need it and resisting the urge to over-cater will reduce this waste and the cost of festive celebrations. 

Planet Ark’s The 12 DOs of Christmas awareness campaign includes tips for reducing food waste and excess packaging, more environmentally friendly choices when buying gifts and recycling items like wrapping paper, foil, cartons, drink containers, plastic and cards as well as electronics and batteries.

At Christmas we spend more, eat more and party more than any other time of the year, so it’s no wonder that councils report dramatic waste spikes over the festive season and everyone’s credit card bills skyrocket, explains Ryan Collins, Recycling Programs Manager at Planet Ark. It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement and buy too much. When you throw food in the bin it’s pretty much like throwing money away. It also represents a waste of the water, fuel and resources it took to get the food from the paddock to your plate.

Meal planning, sticking to a list and buying presents in plenty of time avoids those last-minute panic buys, saving you money and lessening the environmental impact of Christmas.

This year we’re tipped to spend an average of $539[iii] on presents, up 28% on last year, many of which are unwanted. Taking someone shopping for their present, giving experiences, gift vouchers or donations are great ways of reducing the likelihood of a present sitting in a cupboard unused.

Electronic waste is also a big theme at Christmas as people receive new electronic items like mobiles, tablets and computers or and toys as gifts, which are often battery-heavy. As electronics include non-renewable and toxic materials, it’s important to make sure that old ones are re-homed or responsibly recycled.

Christmas is a great time of the year but it’s true that getting everyone together can result in an argument or two. Checking RecyclingNearYou or downloading the free recycling app is the best way to avoid arguments over what goes in the recycling! says Collins.

The interactive app draws data from the RecyclingNearYou site for every Australian council and allows users to easily search for information about how to recycle over 170 household items.

The RecycleSmart App and The 12 DOs of Christmas tips are available on recyclingnearyou.com.au, a comprehensive online household recycling directory on which the app is based. For more information call the Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712.

The recyclingnearyou.com.au website and hotline are supported by sponsors Bingo Bins, MobileMuster, TechCollect, Tetra Pak and ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’.

[i] ASIC MoneySmart https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/managing-your-money/budgeting/spending/australias-christmas-spending

[ii] RaboDirect Financial Health Barometer 2016, Food and Farming Report

[iii] Finder.com.au https://www.finder.com.au/press-release-nov-2016-record-xmas-aussies-to-spend-10-billion-on-gifts

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For more information, please contact Planet Ark’s media team:

Alicia Jooste 
Alicia@planetark.org | 02 8484 7202
 Laura Chalk 
laura@planetark.org | 02 8484 7204

http://www.facebook.com/IHeartRecycling

https://twitter.com/PlanetArk

https://instagram.com/ourplanetark/


30/11 2016 Media release

Media Release, 30 November 2016

Wanted – Old Corflute Signs

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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. is seeking the community’s support through the provision of old corflute signs that can be reused for their 2017 programs of events, projects and other activities..

So, if you have old promotional, advertising, event or election signs that you no longer need, please consider donating them to HOPE.

Please drop off the unwanted corflute signs to the HOPE office situated at 22 Vacy St, Newtown, Toowoomba..

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



07/11 2016 Media release

MEDIA RELEASE 7 November 2016

Appeal for plants to landscape miniature railway precinct at Highfields Pioneer Village

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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!
Photograph pf miniture railway

The Highfields Pioneer Village Museum and Park Inc. is seeking the community’s support through the donation of plants to landscape their soon-to-be-opened miniature railway precinct.

Plants sought include bromeliads, birds-nest ferns, native outdoor ferns, agapanthus, callistemon, cannas, clivia, gazanias, potted geraniums, lamb’s ears, lavenders, daisies, delphiniums, hydrangeas, catmint and lady’s mantle In fact, any old hardy plants you have in your garden and wish to part with or provide cuttings will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.

The pioneer village is a community based non-profit organization established in April 2000 to support, maintain and give voluntary assistance to a functioning pioneer village at Highfields, on the Eastern Darling Downs.

Mr Frank Ondrus, President of Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) and a long-time supporter of the village encourages the general public to see what plants and/or cuttings they can donate to this worthwhile appeal.

So, if you have something donate, please contact the Highfields Pioneer Village by phoning (07) 4696 6309 or email highfieldspioneervillage@hotmail.com or simply drop off the goods at the village located at 73 Wirraglen Rd, Highfields.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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

Media enquiries & photo opportunities:
Jody Dodds, Highfields Pioneer Village, ph (07) 4696 6309 or email highfieldspioneervillage@hotmail.com



20/10 2016 Media release: Sustainable Living Festival Australia

2017 Sustainable Living Festival!

Sustainable Living Festival logoMEDIA RELEASE

19 OCTOBER 2016

Planning has begun for the 2017 Sustainable Living Festival! The past 17 years has seen the Festival gain huge momentum, becoming Australia’s leading celebration with over 150,000 visits annually.

This Victoria-wide showcase has always partnered with groups and individuals from all walks of life who all want to spread the same message - of a sustainable lifestyle - by providing leading forums, workshops, art, talks, performances, films, exhibitions and much more.

In 2017, the impacts of our dangerous climate are all too apparent and the Festival is taking a bolder stance to amplify the message in new ways and to new audiences. Together, we have the potential to create a great transition. Next year is about building the critical community support we need to create a new narrative for our movement.

As the political storm over renewables continues to make headlines, it is highlighting how urgent it is to take action. Luke Taylor, Director of the Sustainable Living Festival for the last decade, has said We know we are living in a dangerous climate right now and a full scale and speed climate rescue is our only chance to protect the things we care about.

The climate emergency continues to threaten our ability to secure a sustainable world and we are asking our event partners some big questions. Questions such as what do we care about and what do we want to protect? What key parts of our society and economy need to rapidly transition and by when? And how can we form the biggest movement in history to make it happen?

Next year’s event will also see the unveiling of a new Online Festival. This will allow us to reach even more people through a digital platform that will make parts of the program internationally accessible. Everyone has their own climate story and their own talent in what they can do to help. The Online Festival will feature inspiring live discussions, eye-opening photography and videos from around the world, stimulating climate reading and a range of ways to get people more involved right from the comfort of their screens.

Our campaign will be partnered with the amazing photography of Benjamin Von Wong. Chasing epic storms, Benjamin is using his photography to strengthen the message of the impact of climate change and that it affects us all, regardless of who we are.

Event applications have already opened and there are some hugely exciting things coming up with the full program to be released in January 2017.

The Sustainable Living Festival 2017
4th to 26th of February in Victoria and Online | slf.org.au
Please contact Luke Taylor with media enquiries by emailing info@slf.org.auView/download pdf



03/10 2016 Media release: Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc (ASH)

Port Hinchinbrook Re-run as Hinchinbrook Harbour

‘Port Hinchinbrook’ re-run as ‘Hinchinbrook Harbour’:
 How will the GBRWHA fare this time?

The Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc (ASH) was incorporated in 1997 principally to ensure protection of the world heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island and Hinchinbrook Channel from adverse impacts arising from inappropriate development.

The first intention announced by the new owners of ‘Hinchinbrook Harbour’, the twice liquidated canal estate previously known as ‘Resort Village Cardwell’ (1980s -1993) and ‘Port Hinchinbrook’ (1994 -2012), is to prioritise dredging of the silted-up marina.

ASH spokesperson, Ms Moorhouse, said: We trust the new owners are aware of the highly sensitive natural environment of their acquisition; that Hinchinbrook Channel is home to seagrass-dependent dugongs, listed as vulnerable to extinction, which now need every care to survive; and that these dugongs and other marine animals of the Hinchinbrook Channel were important factors in having the Great Barrier Reef inscribed on the world heritage list.

These are also the reasons that dumping of dredge spoil into the Hinchinbrook Channel was formally refused in 2009; the acid marine mud is required to be stored ashore.

Perhaps the new owners are not aware that ‘Hinchinbrook Harbour’ sits on an old mangrove island in a shallow catchment; or that it has a highly mobile seabottom causing severe siltation (Queensland Government coastal engineering report 1977); or that the rapidity of silt infill has defeated past owners.

Documents show that the high cost of land disposal coupled with frequent dredging proved too much for Keith Williams. Ms Moorhouse said After covering around 60 ha south of Stoney Creek with 4-5 metres depth of acid mud, Keith Williams simply ran out of space.

‘Port Hinchinbrook’ residents however were kept guessing: anyone who cares to do the math on the disposal of 130,000 cubic meters at $30 per cm … will quickly realise that the cost is nearly four million dollars … we must ask … (again) why there is so much silt ... (PHC BAMLPAYERS ASSOCIATION Newsletter July 2008).

Ms Moorhouse said ASH is keen to hear from the new owners of ‘Hinchinbrook Harbour’ as to how they intend to prioritise protection of the sensitive biodiversity and remote wilderness values of Hinchinbrook Channel and Island.

CONTACT:
Margaret Moorhouse
0427 724 052
hinchinbrookforever@gmail.com

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



23/06 2016 Media release

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

New skills + More networks = Volunteering

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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) needs active volunteers – both local and remote (i.e. online) – to help us maintain our high levels of activity. It’s a win-win situation. Volunteering enhances your wellbeing and HOPE gains from your expertise.

You can assist with:

  • administration tasks
  • internet research
  • article writing
  • media and marketing activities

We are also seeking expert comment from academics and informed people to assist in critiquing government and industry reports.

On-ground helpers are also required to assist with staffing information displays, and helping out at events.

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

Much of the 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.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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



05/05 2016 Media release

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Community Forum - Laws to Protect the Environment, Friday 20 May 2016

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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

Are you interested in learning about the laws that protect our environment?

If your answer is yes, then come along to a community forum on "Exploring Earth Laws, Earth Democracy and the Rights of Nature" on Friday 20th May 2017, 7pm - 8.30pm at the Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).

Guest presenter, Dr Michelle Maloney, National Convenor of Australian Earth Laws Alliance, said Around the world, communities are responding to social, economic and environmental challenges by actively resisting destructive developments and working together to create desired positive change. But often our existing legal and governance systems don't help. So can we change the way our legal system works, to better support community aspirations and protect the environment?

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) was formed in 2012 by a group of lawyers who believe our legal and governance systems need systemic change, in order to build a more Earth-friendly future and nurture the Earth Community.

Join us for a fascinating evening of discussions. Dr Maloney will provide an introduction to Earth Laws or “Earth Jurisprudence” and facilitate a discussion about the rights of nature, community-based rights and collective strategies for reducing consumption. The seminar is aimed at deepening understanding and enabling ongoing support of individual and collective activity. For more information about Michelle, please visit her profile webpage - http://www.earthlaws.org.au/about-us/aela-team/michellemaloney/.

Seats are limited and entry is by gold coin donation,

To reserve your seat, please RSVP by 18 May to HOPE office by ph 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au

. Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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

Media enquiries:

Dr Michelle Maloney, National Convenor - Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Mob: 0419 497 596



21/04 2016 Media release

Media Release, 21 April 2016

Successful end to appeal for gardening tools and equipment

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
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!
Hand over of gardening equipment

A heartfelt thanks to the community for their generous response to HOPE’s recent appeal for gardening tools and equipment.

A large quantity of spades, shovels, forks, hoes, picks, rakes – as well as a new mower and second-hand whipper snippers and a hedge trimmer – were collected and handed over to Mrs Jackie Doyle of Warwick’s St Vincent de Paul’s Cornerstone low-cost accommodation project.

Mrs Doyle was full of gratitude to HOPE for organising the appeal and thanked the local community for their donations of tools and equipment.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

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


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06/04 2016 Media release: HSI | AMCS | IFAW | World Animal Protection

Call for end to involvement in the international shark fin trade

Australia could end its involvement in the international shark fin trade with one simple amendment

Wildlife protection organisations have asked the federal Trade Minister to end Australia's involvement in the global shark fin trade. According to legal advice received by the groups, such a regulation could pass easily through the parliament.

The international trade in shark fins is a significant sustainability issue, a prime cause of the global decline in shark populations and a major threat to the long-term survival of shark species. There are also significant animal welfare concerns with this trade. In many countries from which shark fin is exported, shark fisheries are largely unregulated meaning fins are removed at sea and the shark is dumped overboard to die.

Humane Society International (HSI), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), World Animal Protection and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) have asked Minister Steve Ciobo to place shark fins on the prohibited imports and exports list of Australia's Customs regulations.

Josh Coates, Fisheries and Sustainable Seafood Campaigner at ACMS said, Finning sharks is a significant driver in the global decrease in shark populations. We have an opportunity to show global leadership and set an example that would help other countries struggling to manage conservation and sustainable use of their marine environment. In 2015, Australia exported over 3,000kg of shark fin products and imported comparable weight from countries such as China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines. Considering even the largest shark fin may end up weighing just a few kilograms after drying and that fins make up only a very small percentage of the whole sharks weight, these figures indicate the vast numbers of sharks which are being killed for this international trade.

Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns at World Animal Protection said, Around the world it is common for sharks to be finned alive and their bodies discarded. There are rules against the cruel practice of finning at sea in Australia, but we should not import fins obtained through such cruelty overseas. Removing Australia from the international shark fin trade is the best way to ensure that we are not contributing to demand for these products.

Alexia Wellbelove, Senior Program Manager at HSI said, It is time for Australia to take a stand against this cruel and unsustainable practice. The Australian Government could act unilaterally to end Australia's international trade in shark fin products by a simple amendment to our Customs regulations. There is already precedent for this action, with the Australian Government having previously taken action to protect the threatened Antarctic and Patagonian Toothfish after concerns that it was being subject to illegal fishing by foreign vessels.

HSI, IFAW, World Animal Protection and AMCS urge the Australian Government to take action to end Australia's involvement in the international shark fin trade which only serves to feed international and domestic demand for shark fins.

Media Contacts

Alexia Wellbelove, Senior Program Manager, Humane Society International: 0415 954 600
Josh Coates, Fisheries and Sustainable Seafood Campaigner, Australian Marine Conservation Society: 0438 805 284
Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns, World Animal Protection: 0416 843 131



26/06 2016 - Media Release

MEDIA STATEMENT

Friday 25th March 2016

Introduction

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment Inc. (HOPE) aims to raise awareness of, and encourage active participation in waste minimization and the conservation of energy and resources. HOPE seeks to promote its charter through individuals, families, community groups and businesses who embrace the philosophy of HOPE and spread this philosophy of sustainable living to others.

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo

Whether you live in urban, rural or regional Australia, you too can lessen your impact on the global environment by adopting sustainable living practices at home, at work and at school. HOPE’s head office is located in Toowoomba, Queensland and has members and supporters throughout Australia. We hold face-to-face meetings four times a year, whilst keeping in regular contact by email and through our website.

THE HOPE CHARTER

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment Inc. (HOPE)encourages people to take responsibility for their relationship with the environment in their daily lives.

HOPE members and supporters have the following aims:

  • To use a little as possible of energy and resources.
  • To create minimal pollution, both directly and indirectly;
  • To prefer, in general, renewable to non-renewable, natural to manufactured, and local to imported; and
  • To support and promote ‘best practice’ natural resource management and landcare activities.

HOPE encourages people:

  • To view environmental problems in their local, economic and global context.
  • To use what is already there, making the most of existing resources, technology and community networks; and
  • to create, communicate and celebrate lifestyles which reduce consumption and improve quality of life.

While HOPE endorses individual action, it also encourages people to act together in their local community, and in society as a whole, to further these aims.

HOPE is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any political party.

Additional information

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment Inc. (HOPE) is involved in a variety of areas which promote sustainable living practices through Mutual Alliance / Partnerships program with other groups. This way, we can help other groups achieve their aims, whilst adhering to the philosophy of HOPE.

HOPE continues to work on activities and projects in its own right; as well as supporting pertinent campaigns which fit into HOPE’s charter.

Membership

Although membership is free, we do welcome financial donations (http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/annual-pledgedonation/).

We especially welcome members’ contribution of time, expertise and other resources to further our activities.

To become a member, simply complete and return the membership form on our website at http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au/membership/.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc.

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



22/02 2016 - Media Release

Clean Up Australia Day Events

It is time for Australia to clean up its act!

The annual Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday, March 6, and volunteers have been challenged to pick up a broom and do their part for the environment.

There are several ways people can be involved in the annual project. Volunteers can join an existing site, donate to Clean Up Australia or conduct a clean up at a site and on a date suitable to them.

To volunteer at an existing site, visit Clean Up Australia Day at http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/ to search for a location. Volunteers can register as an individual, community group, business or school. Registered volunteers will receive a free clean up kit, which includes bags, gloves, information and promotional material.

If you do not want to pick up your bag and gloves, there are three ways to donate to the cause. Businesses can register to become a supporter. The donation will be used to provide practical resources to help communities’ clean-up activities. Businesses can sponsor a specific clean-up site or donate directly to Clean Up Australia. The organisation does not receive government funding and relies on donations to fund its campaign.

There will be three chances to take part in this year’s event:

  • Business Clean Up Day is on Tuesday, March 1;
  • Schools Clean Up Day is on Friday, March 4; and
  • Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday, March 6.

Clean Up Australia Day was launched in 1990 when almost 300,000 people turned up at sites around the country. Since its launch, volunteers have contributed more than 27.2 million hours of their time to the cause and collected more than 288,650 tonnes of rubbish. The concept went global in 1993 and about 40 million people from 130 countries take part.

So why not play your part in helping to Clean Up Australia. Volunteer at http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc.

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

(Written by Simone Zenoni, HOPE media officer)

01/02 2016 - Media Release

HOPE appeals for gardening tools and equipment

An appeal for unwanted gardening tools and related equipment is being organised by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE).

Mr Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE said we has offered to help a regional welfare agency collect sufficient garden and lawn-care tools and equipment for up to 10 low-cost accommodation houses which they manage.

Common gardening tools such as spades and digging forks; and hand tools such as weeding folks would be welcome, said Mr Ondrus.

Donations of the above items can be left at 22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba; or contact the HOPE office on 4639 2135 to arrange collection from your premises.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc.

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


21/01 16 - Media Release

Wanted – Used Postage Stamps

Many people sustain the traditional custom of sending Christmas greetings cards, but few recipients are aware that the used postage stamps can prolong the spirit of giving after the festive season is over.

Throughout the coming year, please be mindful of collecting any stamps from any mail received – at home or at work!

All used stamps, or indeed un-wanted stamp albums, are used by some community groups as fund-raising for overseas missions.

You can post a pack of used stamps to the HOPE (Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment) office, PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba, QLD 4350; or drop them off at 22 Vacy St, Toowoomba … throughout 2016.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc.

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


21/01 2016

Imagine if we did nothing to secure our Aussie Food?

Landcare Australia

Support our Aussie farmers this Australia Day!

Fork to Farm SIGN UP OR DONATE

Host a BBQ this Australia Day and support our Aussie Farmers

Many Aussie farmers have faced real hardship these past few years. They face constant challenges including, extreme weather conditions and ever increasing natural disasters, leading to crop failure and loss of livestock. This impacts every single Australian. It affects food security and food supply, our water quality, and most importantly our health

How will a lack of local produce impact you and other Australians?

The impacts of poor food quality and low supply are many...

Impacts of low quality or poor food supply

This Australia Day, why not celebrate and host an Australia Day BBQ and help raise a few dollars to support our Aussie Farmers. All you have to do is:

  1. Invite your friends, family, neighbours or local group to your BBQ.
  2. Ask each person to donate something on the day, no matter how small.
  3. Take lots of photos and post to FB, Instagram or twitter #AusDayBBQ4Farmers
  4. Donate at www.fromfarmtofork.org.au or sign up your BBQ event on our website and create your own fundraising page.*

All funds raised go to Landcare Australia’s drought resilience fund to help our Aussie farmers be proactive and drought ready. Drought ready farmers ultimately reduce the impact of food quality and supply, which contributes to the health and well-being of every Australian.

This Australia Day, host an Aussie BBQ using local produce and help support Aussie Farmers.

* Sign up prior to the 26 January, and you’ll go in the draw to win a dozen bottles of great Aussie wines valued at $180, proudly provided by our supports the Wine Society.

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About Landcare Australia:- Landcare is a national network of thousands of locally-based community groups who care for the natural resources of our country.



19/01 2016

Just how accurate and up-to-date is Queensland’s mapping?

As well as addressing serious issues in NSW a Humane Society International (HSI) media release NSW Mapping Putting Battered Habitats at Risk. Begs the question 'Just how accurate and up-to-date is Queensland’s mapping?'

HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL

Media Release January 18, 2016

NSW Mapping Putting Battered Habitats at Risk

Humane Society International (HSI) is highly concerned about the implications for threatened wildlife habitats following the reported scale of inaccuracy of the mapping system set to underpin the new generation biodiversity law in New South Wales (Losing the Plot, Sydney Morning Herald, 16/01/16). With an independent study finding that the system was only 17% accurate at identifying plant communities and picked up just one of 13 occurrences of Weeping Myall shrubland – an endangered ecological community listed following an HSI nomination in 2003 - there is a near certain risk that remnants of already battered ecosystems will fail to be identified and therefore no longer receive their required consideration.

As the nominator of 25 ecological communities currently listed as threatened under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, one of the four pieces of legislation set to be replaced by the broader biodiversity law, HSI is particularly concerned that further degradation will push ecosystems across the state that are already recognised as being on the brink due to land clearing even closer to complete destruction.

Land clearing, be it for urban development or agricultural or mining purposes, is the primary reason these ecosystems have been assessed as requiring legislative protection in the first place. Cementing a mapping system shown to be hugely inaccurate into the legislation charged with their safeguarding is unacceptable and will do nothing but hasten their demise, said HSI Senior Program Manager Evan Quartermain.

Missing the chance to move to an improved mapping system is even more concerning given the Federal Government's ongoing efforts to devolve environmental powers to states and territories through a 'one-stop-shop'. If the state can't be trusted with protecting ecosystems listed on the schedules of its own legislation, it should not be handed responsibility for nationally and internationally significant environments protected under Commonwealth law.

Mr Quartermain concluded, We urge the New South Wales Government to walk away from the proposed mapping system. Having already invested heavily is not good enough reason to hold on to it, and it's time to cut losses before any new law is compromised by having such an inaccurate methodology entrenched.”

HSI continues to argue the position outlined in our submission to the NSW Biodiversity Legislation Review: that high quality remnants of Threatened Ecological Communities listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 should be designated 'red flag' areas off limits to all development. Strong action is required to reverse worrying levels of biodiversity loss in New South Wales.

About Us

HSI concentrates on the preservation of endangered animals and ecosystems and works to ensure quality of life for all animals, both domestic and wild. HSI is the largest animal protection not-for-profit organisation in the world, with over 12 million supporters globally and has been established in Australia since 1994.


05/06 15 - Media Release

Helping our backyard habitats

Most of us take a comfortable home for granted - yet some of the really helpful creatures that share our habitat are often made to feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome through unsustainable gardening practices. There are however some quite simple things all homeowners can do, to provide a welcoming environment for native animals, insects and birds that share our space.

Environmental organisations such as Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) and the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (http://fnpw.org.au/) are encouraging every household in 2016 to look for ways they can offer suitable accommodation for our native wildlife. Look to make this your goal for 2016!!

Things like frog ponds and nest boxes can be simple projects that can engage young family members in good environmental practices as well as providing comfortable accommodation for creatures that provide some benefits to our gardens.

Ladybirds and native birds help keep garden pests at bay; while butterflies and bees help pollination. So, keep these friendly characters on side by using only natural pesticides when absolutely necessary.

Marigold, parsley, coriander, dill, fennel, alfalfa, zucchini, melons and cucumbers are favoured attractions for ladybirds and are very useful culinary items as well.

HOPE President Frank Ondrus said these are just some of the many simple ways every householder can share their homes with friendly native wildlife.

Visit backyardbuddies.net.au for more information on creating friendly habitats for native animals.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc.

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

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(Written by Stewart Mulligan, HOPE media officer)



30/12 15 - Media Release

New Year’s Green Resolutions

Traditionally, the New Year brings plenty of resolutions to do things differently; however, many of these good intentions don't survive the summer.

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) has some good ideas easily turned into sustainable resolutions which make you feel good as well.

HOPE President Frank Ondrus said these tips are simple to implement yet can have lasting benefits for individuals, families and the community.

Mr Ondrus suggests adding the following actions to your resolution “to do” list:-

  1. Aim for a chemical-free household, using natural cleaning products and recipes (www.theshoppe.com.au)
  2. Commit to organic gardening (www.greenharvest.com.au)
  3. Conscientiously recycle paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, plastic containers and hazardous items (recyclingnearyou.com.au/)
  4. Use green waste from your garden in mulching, composting or worm-farming.
  5. Think about installing solar power
  6. Install a rainwater tank.
  7. Walk or ride a bike once a week on a journey you would normally drive.
  8. Support events such as Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Hour, Landcare Week and National Recycling Week (www.environment.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/events)
  9. Take part in Friends of the Escarpment Parks working bees to clean the Toowoomba escarpment of weeds and invasive plants (www.fep.org.au/fep-parkcare.php)
  10. Join a local conservation or environment group, Landcare or animal welfare group – e.g. contact the Darling Downs Environment Council (DDEC) – www.ddec.org.au.

HOPE runs a number of on-going appeals including:

  • collecting used postage stamps and unwanted stamp albums which are passed on to other groups for their fundraising efforts
  • collects un-wanted or pre-loved but useable items including gardening tools and equipment

Spring-cleaning for the environment might be a good slogan for our appeals, Mr Ondrus said.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc.

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

View/download pdf

(Written by Stewart Mulligan, HOPE media officer)



30/10 2015

Rally for action on climate change

Supporters of a serious approach to climate change will take to the streets of Australia's capital cities at the end of November to make a statement prior to the Paris Climate Summit.

The Brisbane People’s Climate March will be held at Queens Park, corner of Elizabeth and George streets in the CBD from 9:30am on Saturday 28th November with the goal of showing the strength, diversity and unity of those wanting a safe climate to protect Australia’s future.

The events are organised by an alliance of national Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and state and territory Conservation Councils, and will be held in all capital cities over the weekend of November 27-29.

The action is supported by Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE). The organisation's national president Mr Frank Ondrus encouraged residents throughout Australia to support this global initiative in some way.

If they can't make it to a capital city march, then I encourage them to do something in their local community,・he said.

On November 14, two weeks out from the marches, there will be a door knock by event supporters to talk with their neighbours about the impacts of climate change and why action is needed now to preserve Australia's future.

View news coverage of this event.


14/10 15 - Media Release

More time needed to consider new planning laws

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. calls on Minister for Planning, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to extend the consultation period for the government’s draft planning bills, saying the community has not had time to properly consider the proposed new laws.

The Deputy Premier released a package of three planning bills and five supporting documents on the 10 September for six-weeks consultation ending 23 October.

Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE said the consultation process run by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) has been inadequate and community awareness is extremely low about the proposed new planning laws.

Mr Ondrus said his organisation was keen for DILGP to hold a public consultation session in Toowoomba to give local and regional residents a chance to better understand the governments proposed planning changes.

'Our members are concerned with many aspects of the proposed planning laws and, like other community groups, we have not had enough time or information to properly respond to these proposed planning laws. The new framework stretches to over 1000 pages of complex planning law. If this government wants meaningful input from the community, then we need more time to review and consider the implications of the proposed changes or state planning laws'

HOPE Inc. calls on the Deputy Premier to extend consultation on the draft bills by at least four more weeks and to instruct DILGP to hold more consultation sessions around the state.

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc.

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

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14/10 2015

Fund-raising Appeal

National environment group Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc., which has its head-quarters in Toowoomba, is appealing for financial support from businesses and individuals to help continue its sustainability programs for the coming year.

Established in 1988, HOPE encourages citizens to embrace sustainable living practices at home, in the workplace, at school and on recreation. HOPE also looks at broader environmental issues that impact adversely on communities locally, state-wide and nationally.

HOPE, in partnership or association with key organisations, seeks to deliver on its charter of environmental stewardship through:

  • awareness raising campaigns via our website, newsletter and Facebook; as well as through the media
  • developing educational resources such as information sheets and Helpful Hints guides
  •  hosting community forums, workshops and other events

President Frank Ondrus said there are some exciting projects on the horizon including plans for a series of seven energy efficiency workshops; some community forums; and sustainability information sessions at marquee events around the region. “The projects will cost some $20,000 to organise and facilitate – funds which HOPE currently does not have!” Mr Ondrus said.

“We're inviting community members and businesses to help us run these programs by making a financial donation to HOPE.” Your donation will have a “double effect” – helping to run these programs, and helping the environment in a bigger way.”

Donations can be made online at www.hopeaustralia.org.au/<wbr></wbr>annual-pledgedonation or sent to HOPE Inc., PO Box 6118 – Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350.

Your generosity in donating funds to HOPE, a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, is greatly appreciated.

Regards,

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




28/09 2015

“State of the Park!” – Free Community Forum, Saturday 3rd October 2015


The future of our National Parks will come under the spotlight at the next community forum to be held by environmental group Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE).

The free community forum will be held on Saturday 3 October at the Dr Price Room, 6 Little St, Toowoomba starting at 4pm.

Guest speaker Paul Donatiu, Principal Advocate with the National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ), will talk about how National Parks protect our unique plants, animals and landscapes, along with some of the challenges these vital tracts of land are facing.

A highlight of the forum will be an outline of the pressure brought to bear on national parks in Queensland from early 2012 to late 2014 when they came under siege from numerous quarters and were asked to fulfil roles that they were never designed for.

Mr Donatiu brings extensive experience and knowledge to this subject from his background in architecture, psychology and environmental management. He has worked for WWF-Australia, Griffith University and Greening Australia and his Churchill Fellowship in 2010 took him to California, Europe and South Africa to study climate refuges for endangered species.

Mr Donatiu said that "National parks are the foundation of biodiversity conservation across Australia.  Only national parks and other conservation areas fully protect our unique plants, animals and landscapes, and enable threatened species to survive."

Everyone interested in preserving these unique habitats is welcome to attend.

For further information and/or to reserve your seat at the community forum on Saturday 3 October, please contact the HOPE office on ph: 07 4639 2135 or email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au .

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

Media enquiries:

Paul Donatiu, NPAQ, mob: 0428 670 878


11/09 2015

Youth Leading the World Congress

Student takes lead role at World Youth Congress


11/09 2015

HOPE’s many partnerships

As a national NGO with a broad environmental agenda, Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. believes in the value of partnering with other agencies to share expertise and resources, and in supporting one and others’ projects, campaigns and events.

HOPE is a member group, signatory or supporter of 13 State, national and international organizations concerned with a wide range of environmental issues. These include the promotion of sustainable development, plant and animal conservation, the reduction of pollution and waste, as well as fighting against poverty, toxic chemical use and much more. 

HOPE participates in numerous outreach activities involving the local community and beyond, such as setting up information displays at expos and festivals in Toowoomba and at University of Southern Queensland (USQ). HOPE also develops educational materials, ranging from information sheets, to booklets and guides.

In addition to supporting its partnerships and alliances, HOPE both endorses and actively participates in local and national campaigns, including Clean Up Australia Day, World Environment Day and Biodiversity Month.

We invite HOPE members, supporters and the wider community to support these alliances and events where possible. With more involvement, together, we can work towards keeping the earth a beautiful place!

Further information about HOPE’s partnerships, alliances and outreach activities can be found on the HOPE website. We seek to forge alliances with businesses and NGOs.

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

(Written by Marie-Jo Brion, HOPE volunteer)


07/09 15 - Media Release

Meeting of HOPE

Environmental group Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment Inc. (HOPE) will meet this Saturday, September 12, in the organisation's office at 22 Vacy Street Toowoomba starting at 10am. All members and people interested in helping the environment by “thinking globally and acting locally” are invited to attend. Morning tea will be provided. Please RSVP by phone 4639 2135, or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au by Friday to confirm attendance..

Regards,

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc.

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

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(Written by Stewart Mulligan, HOPE volunteer (Qld))



Sustainable Housing Day - Saturday 5th September 2015

Come and be a part of the action on national Sustainable House Day (SHD) - http://sustainablehouseday.<wbr></wbr>com/ , Saturday 5th of September!

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) is facilitating the Toowoomba activities for this nation-wide event, with a mixture of sustainable ‘Open House’ sites (homes and gardens, facilities) for residents to visit as well as a Community Forum featuring speakers on sustainable building design, renewable energy and landscaping.

HOPE welcomes your attendance at either or both aspects of the Toowoomba’s Sustainable House Day activities. This is your chance to see and hear first-hand about what’s possible and to be inspired to apply some of these measures at your place!

In the morning of Saturday 5 September, facilities open to the public include a sustainable house and gardens at 210 West Street, Toowoomba and Excel Solar’s Solar Farm 7SD located at lots 24-25 Croft Crescent, Toowoomba.

If you too would like to open your sustainable house/garden or business premises on the 5 September, please contact the HOPE office by Friday 21 August.

The afternoon component of Sustainable House Day is a community forum being held at the Dr Price Room, 6 Little St, Toowoomba, from 4pm to 6pm.

Speakers include Ms. Joanne Galea from the Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ), Mr Terry Davis from Excel Solar and Mr Jerry Coleby-Williams from Gardening Australia.

For further information and/or to register your interest in participating in Toowoomba’s Sustainable House Day event on Saturday 5 September, please contact the HOPE office on ph: 07 4639 2135 or email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au . Admission to both activities are FREE of charge!

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

(Written by Marie-Jo Brion, HOPE volunteer (Qld))




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18/05 2015

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