Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Opening of the St Peters Community Recycling Centre

Joined Clr Byrne (the Mayor) and Clr Iskander, Council and EPA Officers at the opening of the St Peters Comunity Recycling Centre this morning.

Ofcourse I took  along my own bucket of items for recyling and now have the honour of being the first depositer of batteries and light globes - as it happens an incandescent, a fluoro and some LEDs.

This is the second Inner West Council Recycling Centre, the other is at Leichhardt.

Community Recycling Centres

Residents can drop off their household problem waste at two Community Recycling Centres in the Inner West.

Community Recycling Centre in Leichhardt 

Address: 50 - 54 Moore Street, Leichhardt
Opening Hours: Wednesday 7:00am – 1:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:45am to 11:30am, 1:00pm to 3:45pm

Community Recycling Centre in St Peters 

Address: 15-17 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters (entry at rear, through Bolton Street) Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8:00am – 1:00pm

For more information about what you can drop off and what happens to these things after you deposit them see https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling/tricky-waste-items/recycling-centres/community-recycling-centres

The Community Recycling Centres are set up to help transport hazardous waste safely to where it can be processed properly.

The items the Centre accepts are everyday items which have come to the end of their life in our homes and delivering them to the Recycling Centre is the start of the process to recycle the materials they are made off.

The centre accepts items which should not be put in garbage bins to end up in landfill including Computers and TVs; Gas bottles; Fire extinguishers; Paints; Fluorescent globes and tubes; Car and household batteries; Motor and cooking oil and Smoke detectors.

Platform for collecting Lead Car Batteries

Monday, June 24, 2019

A regular weekend at the Annandale Community Centre

Playing the Saw with a Cello Bow
Made it to the Loaded Dog Folk Club on Saturday night and the Open Inner West Cullinary Tales with Saida on Sunday morning in the back hall.

Learned how to chop parsley, mint, spring onions and tomato finely and which burghul to use and how to soak it for tabouleh.

Then best of all, we got to sit down and eat what we had helped prepare.
The final touch - Pomegranate Sauce
On Saturday night, there was also an 18th Birthday in the upstairs hall and on Sunday morning there was a young crew making a film.

The Community Centre has such great popular spaces with lots of activities throughout the week and venues to hire for your event.

History of the Centre and activities (some may be out of date) at https://www.ramin.com.au/annandale/anc.html

Information about current activities and hiring the venue is at https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/explore/venues-for-hire/community-centres/annandale-community-centre

Friday, June 21, 2019

ALGA NGA 2019 - Awards and Networking

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Kalaidescope Mentoring City of Stirling

ALGA NGA 2019 - Recycling Challenges, Organics Processing, Recycling Tyres & Solar

need markets for recyclates
The National Waste Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) attended the Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly in Canberra to promote a shared approach to build a resilient resource recovery sector and a circular economy.... https://www.nwric.com.au/industry-and-local-government-stand-together-to-save-our-recycling-and-create-a-circular-economy/

Need markets for recyclates.

The multi-million dollar facility is the centrepiece of the Council’s new greener 3-bin waste management system, which will reduce the amount of waste going into landfill by as much as one third by facilitating the recycling of food refuse.

Food and green waste will be recycled at the new facility and transformed into high-quality compost products for reuse on parks, grounds and sporting fields... https://www.lakemac.com.au/news/2018/07/19/innovative-remondis-facility-brings-new-era-of-recycling-to-lake-macquarie

Awaba landfill expansion

Work has started at Awaba to expand Council’s only landfill because at current filling rates, the facility will be full within three years. The expansion project will increase landfill space of the site by two-and-a-half-million tonnes and extend the lifespan of the facility by an estimated 20 years.
The expansion involves:

  • the construction of two additional excavated landfill cells
  • the continual placement of waste over the active landfill area
  • the construction of a pipeline between the facility and Hunter Water Corporation's Waste Water Pump Station at Rathmines for leachate disposal
The existing onsite facilities will also be upgraded as part of the project with:

  • a new weighbridge
  • recycling centre and amenities building
  • a waste transfer station to aid efficiency and limit vehicle traffic at the tip face
A Biodiversity Offest Strategy was developed to comply with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 approval of the Awaba Waste Management Facility.... https://www.lakemac.com.au/waste/awaba-management-facility/infrastructure

Permeable and Non-permeable alternative to Bitumen...on the Tyre Stewardship stall at ALGA Conference - more uses for recycled tyres at https://www.tyrestewardship.org.au/tsa-knowledge/recycled-tyre-uses

Alice Springs Mayor
Alice Springs Town Council was the lead proponent in the Alice Solar City project that ran from 2008 to 2013.  In that time the program administered $40M of grant funding, providing a $100M economic boost to the town and a total of 700 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems were installed on homes and businesses... http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/council/solar-energy-council

Thursday, June 20, 2019

ALGA NGA 2019 - First Languages Australia

First Languages Australia  

‘The living voices of our past giving strength to our future.’

First Languages Australia is working toward a future where Aboriginal language communities and Torres Strait Islander language communities have full command of their languages and can use them as much as they wish to.

First Languages Australia was founded in 2013 to support the achievement of the above goal.

The organisation's role can be summarised through three key functions:

  • Communicate
  • Advocate
  • Educate.

Listen to Robert McLellan from First Languages Australia on the importance of Aboriginal languages 20/06/2019 on Radio Skid Row

ALGA NGA 2019 - AURIN Data & Mapping

Another of the Stalls at the ALGA Trade Show was the AURIN Stand.

"AURIN data includes:

Percentage of Population who volunteer through an organisation (2016)

Access Map on AURIN


 Population Density (2016)

Access the Interactive Map at AURIN


 Access to Public Transport (2014 data)

Interact with Map at AURIN

Access to Shopping (2014 data)
Interact with Map at AURIN

Tech Central Camperdown Health - walking and cycling

Tech Central Camperdown Health is going to have to do a lot better when it comes to walking and cycling. Grose St, Camperdown, Tech Central ...