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DIARY NOTE: Sydney’s first underground bin system cleans up

DIARY NOTE: underground waste solution

WHAT: An innovative, state-of –the-art waste system with underground communal chutes has been installed in Darlinghurst.

The new system in Royston Street replaces an unsightly, cluttered bin bay with new recycling and waste chutes linking to an underground storage system.

Underground waste systems have been used in other cities around the world and are proven to be an effective means of managing waste in high density areas with limited bin space.

WHO: Lord Mayor Clover Moore
City’s Director Operations, Garry Harding

WHEN: midday on Monday 11 August, 2014

WHERE: Royston Street, Darlinghurst

Media contact: Claire Thompson 0408 414 376

 

 

Adani is a coal company with a record of environmental destruction across the world: destroying conservation areas, bribing government officials, and blatantly ignoring environmental regulations. Now they want Australians to trust them with the world’s largest coal export facility on the Great Barrier Reef coastline.

So when GetUp members made a video explaining Adani’s history, it went viral online and was noticed by potential investors across the world.

Then, suddenly, it disappeared.

It looks like an individual who has a business relationship with Adani set up a fake website, uploaded our video, and launched a copyright action claiming our video as their own. That means the video has been taken down just days after Adani announced it was looking for banks to fund their project.

We can’t be silenced now. It’s time to fight back. We’re urgently working with lawyers and YouTube, and we’re confident the video will be back online soon. But that’s not enough. The message is obviously working – so let’s supercharge it.

If enough of us chip in, we can make sure every investor, banker or politician who researches Adani sees the video and learns that this company should not be trusted to operate on our Great Barrier Reef.

http://www.getup.org.au/silenced

Here’s what we know about this video incident:

  • A copyright complaint was lodged to YouTube by someone from an obscure website. The website is mostly empty, containing only random pieces of content.
  • The website has uploaded an exact copy of our Adani video through a different video provider, back-dated the video to last year, and claimed it as their own.
  • The person who uploaded the content and lodged the copyright claim has a very distinctive name, which also happens to be the name of someone who works for an Indian insurance company.
  • This same insurance company also happens to be a close business partner with none other than Adani.

Doesn’t look good, does it?

The video puts the spotlight on Adani’s frightening track record. It highlights Adani’s documented history of theft, bribery and corruption. It implores investors not to help Adani construct the biggest coal mine in Australia, build the world’s biggest coal port on the Reef coastline, or traffic coal through the Great Barrier Reef on thousands of ships.

The video had been seen by tens of thousands, including many of Adani’s potential investors. Online platform Upworthy picked up the video, giving it truly global exposure.

Just days after it was released, the Courier Mail wrote a piece titled “India’s Ministry of Environment found Adani violated environmental conditions but company expected to be allowed Queensland mine”2.

And now, at the most critical moment for Adani’s plans to industrialise our Reef, the video has been removed.

This is our chance to show we will not be silenced by anyone. That our voices, together, are bigger than whoever is trying to hide the truth.

If enough of us chip in, we can make sure that every time someone searches for Adani online, the first thing they find is our video – a clear explanation of their history of bribery and environmental breaches. http://www.getup.org.au/silenced

Click here to get involved.

 

 

Community backs bid to bypass big supermarkets
An ambitious project designed to connect shoppers directly with farmers and to support independent retailers and wholesalers aims to crowd fund $100,000 to launch in Australia.
The Open Food Network, an online marketplace that makes it easier to find, buy, and sell local sustainable food, received startup funding from VicHealth via its Seed Challenge program, to conduct early trials.More than 170 individuals passionate about an alternative to the supermarkets giants have already donated $15,000 towards the cause.

The Open Food Network is a bias-free, not-for-profit website which connects farmers with distribution hubs and customers, to make affordable fresh food accessible to all Australians.

The website will be further developed, with the organisers currently crowd-funding to launch the open beta version across Australia by the end of the year.

Open Food Network co-founder Kirsten Larsen said the food supply system has major issues.

“The Open Food Network has been designed in response to major problems in our food system, including too much power wielded by just a few players,” Ms Larsen said.

“The supermarkets and other ‘big guys’ are offering a raw deal and little bargaining power to both farmers and end customers.

“Proudly not-for-profit, the money we raise will go to development of this important resource for producers and independent food businesses fighting to provide an alternative to the supermarket duopoly.”

Following successful trials in Australia, the Open Food Network is building a strong following overseas, with demand for use of the system from food hubs in the UK, USA, Canada and India. A UK trial, with Europe’s largest local food network, the Fife Diet, launches next week.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the idea of using technology to open the doors to fresh and affordable food for all is the way of the future.

“Digital technology has opened our world up to more options. We don’t have to rely on big corporations to source our food for us any longer. By connecting consumers with the growers, and supporting local businesses, it’s better for the environment, our community and our farmers,” Ms Rechter said.

“We would love to see this idea grow to reach all Australians and we know it will make a big difference.”

Local farmer Shona Crawford of Vegie Bunch, from Pearcedale in Melbourne’s South East, is involved with a trial of the network in Victoria.

“We are always looking for new ways to get our food to businesses and the community around us, but it is time-consuming and bitsy. The trial is opening up possibilities and we’re excited about what it could mean for small farmers like us,” Ms Crawford said.

The Open Food Network has small trials currently in operation in Mildura, Gippsland and South East Melbourne. Go to www.openfoodnetwork.org.au for details.

Help them to launch in Australia: http://startsomegood.com/openfoodnetwork

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