Carbon Price

The carbon price has been implemented and misinformation is flying thick and fast. Consumer advocate CHOICE, the Australian Council of Social Service and The Climate Institute have teamed up to look at the cost of living impacts of the carbon price. Using the online calculator on the website - – households can to weigh up their own costs, the financial support they will receive from the government and the potential savings they can make from energy efficiency measures.

If you're older and wiser

or just wiser, check out Council on the Ageing, Green Sages project

We can do it

Environment Victoria have released a report showing a 54% reduction in Victoria's emissions is possible by 2020. View the report at

Learn to preserve food

Preserving the future - preserving skills for a sustainable future by Stawell's Helga Saunders email -

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Keep organic matter out of landfill

Composting food and garden waste at home helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Organic waste from our rubbish bins breaks down anaerobically and produces methane, 25 times worse for the climate than CO2. It also contributes to groundwater contamination by freeing up and mixing with heavy metals from other waste during decomposition.

Start a worm farm

The Worm Lady can help. Phone Julie Leithhead on 5352 3516 or email at

Buy Locally Produced

Stawell Farmers Market - last Sunday of each month, Stawell Showgrounds, Patrick St. Time: 9am-1pm.

Ararat Trash and Treasure Market and Farmers Market - second Sunday in the month, on the highway across from McDonalds.

Reuse and Recycle

Join Ararat Freecycle and give or take unwanted goods for free.

Join the Facebook group Ararat and Surroundings Buy, Sell and Swap

Know what you can and can't recycle. Check out the site recycling near you to find out what you can include in the kerbside collection and what else you can drop off at the tip for recycling.

Recycle E-Waste by taking it to Ararat Transfer Station. Components are all re-used or recycled within Australia by PGM Refiners.

Recycle Batteries and CFL light globes at Mitre 10, Ararat. Don't bin them as they contain mercury that can be reclaimed rather than contaminate soil and groundwater.