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Tuesday, 20 September

18:06

Bank Australia one of major sponsors of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Bank Australia is one of major sponsors of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives

About Bank Australia

As a customer owned bank we see the business of banking a little differently. We believe that banking can create mutual prosperity - for our customers, the communities they live in, and the planet we all live on.

Being a 100% customer owned bank means we are able to put profits back into providing competitive rates and fees. Not having external shareholders means we are always looking to act in the long term best interest of our customers. We are also committed to keeping jobs in Australia and more than half of our staff live in regional towns such as Bendigo, Morwell and Moe – where we have a strong presence.

Our Community Investments

The Bank Australia Impact Fund distributes 4% of our after-tax profits to projects that create measurable outcomes in areas of interest for Bank Australia customers. Our cornerstone project is the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve - a 954 hectare property in Victoria's Wimmera region that provides a home for several endangered native species.

We are also supporting a range of smaller projects through our Small Investments initiative such as the following:  

  • Lara Secondary College – The funding will be used to send six students to a cultural immersion program in Arnhem Land
  • Bendigo Sustainability Group – The funding will be used to install community owned solar PV on Bendigo Archives Centre
  • Hindmarsh Landcare Network – The funding will be used to deliver a planting project in collaboration with a local disability services organisation in the Nhill region.

To read more about our commitments to people, planet and prosperity visit https://bankaust.com.au

14:59

Parrots fly into grand final South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

By Mitch Guy

Mercurial forward Chris Dunne slides for a chest mark in the Parrots’ preliminary final win. Dunne responded with four goals after a quiet semi-final. rg673816

Mercurial forward Chris Dunne slides for a chest mark in the Parrots’ preliminary final win. Dunne responded with four goals after a quiet semi-final. rg673816

Leongatha’s Pat McGrath holds onto a strong mark despite being crunched in Saturday’s preliminary final against Traralgon. McGrath played his best game of the season as the Parrots bounced back to book a spot in the grand final. rg663816

Leongatha’s Pat McGrath holds onto a strong mark despite being crunched in Saturday’s preliminary final against Traralgon. McGrath played his best game of the season as the
Parrots bounced back to book a spot in the grand final. rg663816

LEONGATHA has bounced back in fine fashion with a commanding 54-point win against Traralgon to book a spot in Gippsland League grand final.
In fine conditions at Traralgon on Saturday, the Parrots made a statement and put its mediocre semi-final performance against Maffra behind them with a four-quarter team effort.
Brenton Fitzgerald came into the Parrots’ side for Lochie Dumont, and the minor premiers looked focused from the opening bounce.
Dale Hoghton got his side away to a flying start when he slotted a set shot after a free kick and Leongatha forward Chris Dunne looked lively early after a quiet semi-final.
Traralgon hit back via Rohan Hildebrand but the Parrots remained on top in general play.
Two quick goals by Dunne had the Maroons on the back foot as quarter time approached.
The first came from a beautiful set shot, and the second saw the exciting forward run back with the flight of the ball, hold onto a chest mark and finish from a tight angle.
Traralgon’s Tim Johnston showed the Maroons were up for the challenge when he kicked a magic goal from close to the boundary, before fluent ball movement through the midfield by Hoghton saw Shem Hawking spot up Pat McGrath with a tidy pass and he made no mistake from long range to give the Parrots a 13-point buffer at the first break.
The Parrots started the second term with plenty of run, and Josh Hopkins looked set to finish a superb team play in the opening minutes, but crossed the goal line before his kick for a behind.
The speedster quickly made amends when he sent a wide...

Monday, 19 September

11:46

Bob Brown Foundation presents 5th Annual Environment Awards "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Media release 19 September 2016

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The Bob Brown Foundation is presenting its 5th annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.

These awards recognise environmental activists who have been prepared to ‘step off the footpath’ to defend the natural world, often at great personal, physical and legal risk.

The 2016 Environmentalist of the Year, with $5000 prize money, is Peter Owen, Director of The Wilderness Society South Australia. Over the past decade, Peter has been instrumental in the protection of large areas of land and seascape including the Nullarbor Plain, South Australia’s Offshore Islands, the Arkaroola Mountains, the Mawson Plateau and the declaration of the State’s 19 marine parks – Australia’s first representative marine park network outside of the Great Barrier Reef.

In January 2016 Peter spearheaded the formation of the Great Australian Bight Alliance, a platform for people and organisations to stand together against fossil fuel mining in the Bight and prevent a Gulf of Mexico scale oil spill which would decimate the marine environment from Western Australia to Tasmania and beyond.

“Peter Owen is in the front rank of ecological achievers world-wide.”

“Thanks to Peter’s tireless campaigning over more than a decade, vast swathes of South Australia’s unique landscapes, islands and marine environments have been protected.”

“This South Australian environmental champion is now determined to see the Great Australian Bight rid of the threat of fossil fuel mining. Peter is leading the campaign to drive BP, and other would-be environmental despoilers, out of the Bight’s wild and pristine waters once and for all”, Bob Brown said.


The 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year, with $2000 prize money, is Josh Creaser.

A 25 year-old born and bred Canberran, Josh is 350.org Australia's Frontline Projects Coordinator, working on national campaigns to stop the expansion of the coal and gas industry and support a rapid and fair transition to a fossil free energy system.

“The climate action movement is a powerhouse of young activists and Josh Creaser is one making a huge impact.”

“Josh has helped organise some of the most inspirational direct actions of the last few years, involving thousands of people in creative, peaceful protests against the coal and gas giants responsible for dangerous climate change”, Bob Brown said.

“Young, articulate and with a vision for a clean energy future backed by science and public opinion, campaigners like Josh must be a nightmare for the coal and gas industry”, Bob Brown said.


The 2016 Community Environment Prize, and $2000 prize money, goes to Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO).

GECO is a grass roots community group based in the small town of Goongerah in far East Gippsland, Victoria. GECO have been campaigning for protection of East Gippsland’s forests since 1993.

Using a variety of strategies including education, political lobbying, non-violent direct action, citizen science and forest monitoring, GECO have successfully protected a number of important forest habitats for a range of threatened species.

“Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) are local environmental heroes. Time after time, the authorities have failed to enforce their own laws designed to protect forests and their wildlife, and this brave band of activists have stepped in to ensure the law is upheld.”

“Thanks to GECO’s persistent and innovative campaigns, hundreds of hectares of habitat for threatened species like the Greater Glider and Long-footed potoroo have been saved from destruction.”

“Incredibly, GECO’s activists have....

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