Feed By: 3MDR
Subtitle: Mountain District Radio
Summary: Broadcasting from the Dandenong Ranges just out of Melbourne, 3MDR presents a wide variety of talk and music shows.
Contact Email: office@3mdr.com
Web Site: http://www.3mdr.com
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Title: SaveTheLocusts
Author: Robert Gearon, Ian Allan, and Darren Wallace
Summary: Eastern Australia is about to be subjected to a plague of locusts. Eris O'Brien runs a sheep and cropping farm in central Victoria, as well as a website called www.savethelocust.com. He believes that the Victorian government's management of the locust plague is ill-considered. He closely observed the last plague and on his farm the effects were minimal – his pastures recovered quickly and wildlife adapted to feast and famine food regimes did much to reduce the severity of the plague's impact. Eris questions the wisdom of spending millions of dollars on spraying locusts, particularly because the sprays will directly and indirectly kill many of the locust's natural predators. Next time around, the natural controls might be absent. Podcast… 0 – 9.54: Meander – community managers of the Menzies Creek trail 9.54 – 29.42: SaveTheLocusts.com 29.42 – 36.37: StringyBark festival 36.45 – 42.18: Chat
Published: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 1:45 PM
Duration: 41:55
Download: SustainabilityShow-SaveTheLocusts.mp3
Title: Sustainability show - Public transport advocacy
Author: Ian Allan, Darren Wallace, Robert Gearon
Summary: Councillor Mick Van de Vreede represents Rowville and Lysterfield, suburbs in Melbourne's east. Cr Van de Vreede is also Chair of Knox Council’s Public Transport Consultative Committee and "Get On Board" is the committee's Public Transport Advocacy Campaign. Typical of many of Melbourne's peripheral suburbs, Rowville and Lysterfield are poorly supported by public transport. When development began in the 1970s heavy rail was planned, but it has not eventuated. The present State Labor government promised a feasibility study into the project prior to the last State election, but the study has not eventuated. Instead Labor now says it has no plans to instigate a feasibility study and points the bus services it has introduced. Councillor Van de Vreede's committee commissioned a pre-feasibility study in 2004 and the study found that rail could be commissioned mostly within the bounds of land already owned by government. The project would have the measurable benefit of moving 2350 passengers per hour who would otherwise be using cars. But there are harder-to-measure Community Wellness benefits that would result. Families devoting less time and money to vehicle based commuting are likely to have more disposable income to spend on needs such as housing and family well being. As Rowville and Lysterfield continues to develop and a bubble of young people get a car, the situation is destined to get more pressing. The "Get On Board" campaign seems to have hit a community nerve at a very opportune time. With a November State election and the emergence of the Greens as a viable third political party in the recent federal election, the stage is set for interesting times. Podcast… 0 – 7.45: Chat 7.45 – 35.25: Public transport advocacy, and community wellness and affordable housing 35.25 – 38.43: Bees Chat http://www.cpod.org.au/page.php?id=245
Published: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 1:20 PM
Duration: 38:43
Download: SustainabilityShow-PublicTransportAdvocacy.mp3
Title: Bees
Author: Ian Allan, Robert Gearon, Darren Wallace
Summary: Linton Briggs – Bees and food security Linton Briggs is a Queen Bee breeder from Glenrowan. His job is akin to that of a cattle, sheep or horse stud operator, except for bees. Australian native bees do not produce commercial quantities of honey so all Australia's honey bees originate in Europe. Because European honey bees evolved with food crops of the old world they are closely linked to food security. Bees are thought to be worth around $4-5b of Australian agriculture. These valuable insects are subject to a number of stresses, any number of which, individually or in combination might be linked to colony collapse disorder, a phenomena where the worker bees for a hive suddenly die off. This phenomenon has not yet occurred in Australia but there is a risk that it will in the future. Possible causes are… • The Varroa mite, a bee parasite that is endemic in every continent except Australia. It is only a matter of time before it arrives here. • Agricultural pesticides and chemicals • Mobile phones • Climate change. Rather than directly killing bees, the impact of these is more likely to be via weakening the bee's resistance to disease. Ben Berchill – Broadcaster: Bees in the media Ben Berchill is a breakfast broadcaster on Melbourne community radio station 3RRR. He is responsible for compiling news bulletins. A couple of months ago he noticed that there were lots of stories about bees, particularly on the BBC. He began reading them out as novelty items, but after an email from an apiarist he started treating the topic more seriously. Two of many bulletins he has compiled are that… • Urban bees produce better flavoured honey than rural bees, presumably because they have a greater variety of flowers to visit. • A beekeeper in Europe sprinkles icing sugar on his colonies to rid them of the Varroa mite. He believes the bees preen each other of the icing sugar and in the process also preen the mites away. Podcast… 0 – 6.58: chat 6.58 – 28.15: Bees and food security 28.15 – 36.45: Bees in the media 36.45 – 42.18: Chat http://www.cpod.org.au/page.php?id=245
Published: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 3:51 PM
Duration: 42:11
Download: SustainabilityShow-Bees.mp3
Title: Creature House Nature Books
Author: Ian Allan, Lee Fuller, Darren Wallace
Summary: General chat • Gunns ceases tree harvesting from old growth forests in Tasmania. • Taking Photo Voltaics to the White House. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2010/09/update_jimmy_carter_solar_pane.html • Sustainable House Day. www.shmeco.com Creature House Nature Books This is a fantastic story about a young couple with a love of nature seeking to share this love through the Creature House Nature Book shop that they’ve just opened in Olinda. Brett Pemberton and his partner Hayley hope to educate and inspire with books, nature-kits and in-store adventure. Their shop is one with a difference. Hayley is trained in wildlife rehabilitation and they have government permission for in-shop wildlife enclosures. They want to give children and adults the opportunity for face to face contact with animals without having to go to a zoo. If people have a better understanding of nature then they might also have a vested interest in its preservation. If a customer walks away with an understanding of that then Brett and Hayley reckon they’ve done their job. See the web site at www.creaturehouse.com.au General chat • Local news, transport, weeds, clean food advertising trend Podcast… • 0-13.05 General chat • 13.05 – 31.19 Creature House Nature Books • 32.19 – 43.32 General chat http://www.cpod.org.au/page.php?id=245
Published: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 3:56 PM
Duration: 43:32
Download: SustainabilityShow-CreatureHouseBookshop.mp3
Title: WWOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
Author: Ian Allan, Darren Wallace, Robert Gearon
Summary: Emma Joely is an artist, 3MDR presenter and former WWOOFer. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is an international organization that links volunteers with organic farm hosts. Volunteers swap around half a day of work for board and lodging on an organic farm, but more importantly for the opportunity to learn about organic farming. Emma has spent time on three farms and all her experiences are positive. She speaks of generous hosts, meeting kindred spirits, and becoming aware of the cycle of alive and the need to respect food. Emma's experiences are echoed many times over on the feedback page of WWOOF Australia site (www.wwoof.com.au). Podcast… 0-11.13 General chat 11.13 – 32.19 WWOOFing with Emma 32.19 – 42.12 General chat
Published: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 4:29 PM
Duration: 42:12
Download: SustainabilityShow-WWOOFing.mp3
Title: Peak Phosphorus
Author: Ian Allan, Robert Gearon, Leef Fuller, Darren Wallace and Chris Alenson
Summary: Chris Alenson is from Australia's National Centre for Sustainability and his particular interest is sustainable agriculture. He visited the studio to talk to us about Peak Phosphorus. Phosphorus is a key component of fertilizers and so is crucial to world food supplies. There are not many places in the world that have phosphorus deposits and in less than 50 years we're likely to run out of it. If we continue along our present path, future generations might find themselves faced with food and national security threats. The good news is that phosphorus cycles in natural systems and many of the serious problems can be avoided by making changes to our waste streams.
Published: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 1:33 PM
Duration: 42:44
Download: SustainabilityShow-PeakPhosphorus.mp3
Title: General chat
Author: Ian Allan and Lee Fuller
Summary: Gulf of Mexico oil spill, climate change, election issues, local issues. Interviewee canceled at the last minute.
Published: Mon, 2 Aug 2010 2:05 PM
Duration: 32:33
Download: SustainabilityShow-GeneralChat.mp3
Title: Election time - Greens Party
Author: Ian Allan, Lee Fuller and Robert Gearon
Subtitle: www.3mdr.com
Summary: Jim Reiher is the Greens candidate for the seat of Latrobe. There is a need for more targeted local services such as transport, weed control and so forth. The electorate (including business) are changing in a way that they demand greener goods and services. For example, some companies now refuse to buy wood chips produced from old-growth forests. Australia's preferential electoral system lets you vote for a minor party and give your preference to a major party. You get to register a protest vote and the party that gets your primary vote earns $2.31 for it. This is an important source of income for a party like the Greens who don’t take donations from the corporate world. The Greens didn’t support the CPRS for different reasons than the coalition. The coalition believed it would be too hard on industry, but the Greens thought it was too weak. The proposed CPRS would have prevented future governments from increasing targets without a huge impost on taxpayers. The Greens would support an amended version of the proposed CPRS. Australia can afford to take a lead in climate change action – other nations are already ahead of us. Although Australians produce less than 2% of global carbon emissions, we export much carbon in the form of coal and are amongst the greatest per-capita carbon emitters in the world. Refugees represent around 7% of our annual immigration intake. The Greens refugee policy is to adopt the UN recommendation that a country's refugee intake should be 0.1% of its population. For Australia, this would mean an increase from around 14,000 to around 21,000 refugees each year (Australia's annual immigration intake is between 200,000 and 300,000 people). At the 33.59 mark on the podcast, Jim gives a lengthy reasoning for the Greens refugee policy. If you were to listen to only one section of the podcast, this should be it. Podcast… 0-13.41 Chat 13.41 – 40.07 Interview 40.07 – 43.30 Chat
Published: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 2:15 PM
Duration: 0:00
Download: SustainabilityShow-GreensParty.mp3
Title: The Conscious Cook
Author: Ian Allan, Lee Fuller, Robert Gearon
Summary: Giselle Wilkinson has always felt empathy with the earth. When she was young she wrote poetry that drew comparisons between deforestation and hair-pulling. For some time, Giselle had been searching for a way to take the sustainability message to a more mainstream audience and decided that food would be a good vehicle for that. In writing The Conscious Cook she discovered that oil was even more critical to our food supply than she realized – its used for transport, pesticides, fertilizer and packaging. This realization meant that our food supply chain was even more fragile than she first thought. The Conscious Cook honours the Italian slow food movement which is about taking the time to appreciate your local wild and cultivated foods. Giselle is also involved in the Transition Towns movement. It is pushing for a major restructure of our consumer society within a decade. Important links… www.t10.net.au www.transitiontown.com.au www.storyofstuff.org Podcast… 0-10.51 Chat 10.51 – 28.39 Interview 28.39 – 39.10 Annie Leonard – The story of bottled water 39.10 - 42.19 Chat
Published: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 2:54 PM
Duration: 42:19
Download: 20100719_22Stereo64.mp3
Title: Replace the Hazelwood Coal Powerstation
Author: Ian Allan and Lee Fuller
Summary: Victoria McKenzie-McHarg runs the Replace Hazelwood campaign for Environment Victoria. Hazelwood is an old brown coal fired power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, and the dirtiest power station in the industrialized world. A recent Environment Victoria report demonstrates that Victoria's alternative power generation projects with planning approval in conjunction with efficiency efforts, are sufficient to allow the closure of Hazelwood by 2012 without impacting on the state's power generating capability. The public are annoyed that climate change abatement efforts are being made by householders, but the government is not doing its bit. The State Government's recent proposal to compensate Hazelwood's owners for its part closure sits well with Environment Victoria. They would prefer direct compensation for the purpose of shutting Hazelwood down to compensation that would allow them to keep running under an emissions trading scheme. Government needs to help communities transition into a non-coal economy. Overall, energy efficiency projects equate to increased employment. For more information go to www.replacehazelwood.org.au. Podcast… 0-12.35 Chat 12.35-32.18 Interview 32.18-42.31 Chat
Published: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:38 PM
Duration: 42:31
Download: 20100712_22Stereo64.mp3
Title: Birds Australia and sustainability chat
Author: Ian Allan, Lee Fuller and Darren Wallace
Summary: Sam Vine is Conservation Manager for Birds Australia, a bird advocacy, conservation and research organization. Birds aren't faring so well in Australia and many common species of birds are in decline. The biggest threat is loss of habitat followed by loss of water flows, and consequent drop in nectar availability. Once a species becomes critically endangered they also become vulnerable to events such as drought. On a positive note, many bird species are benefiting from the new habitat created when people plant native trees and shrubs. The Birds Australia web site has information on bird calls, plants that encourage birds, and much more. For more information go to www.birdsaustralia.com.au 0-12.03 Chat 12.03-31.43 Interview 31.43-45.03 Chat
Published: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 10:23 PM
Duration: 45:03
Download: 20100705_22Stereo64bps.mp3
Title: Population, Ethical Shopping and Van with a Plan
Author: Ian Allan, Darren Wallace and Lee Fuller
Summary: Nick Ray and his business partner Clint have written The Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping, an inexpensive pocket-book to help people make informed ethical shopping decisions. Clint and Nick both saw the Your Dollar Your Vote – Who Did You Vote For Today? slogan on a t-shirt at an event nearly a decade ago and the discussion it sparked between them was a meeting of minds. It is a significant slogan in the Australian context because 80% of our supermarkets are owned by two retailers. So far Nick and Clint have sold 50,000 copies of their guide, have launched a website www.ethical.org.au, have an iPhone app, and run workshops and supermarket tours. Ethical shopping can be overwhelming if tackled all at once, so Nick's advice is to use the guide to inform one shopping choice each time you grocery shop. Over a year, that adds up. The best shopping choices are usually the ones that involve local goods and Nick recommends having a dialog with the producers of the food you eat. Food co-ops where local home-gardeners share and swap their produce are another option. More information about the The Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping can be found at www.ethical.org.au Start thru 11mins 45sec Population discussion 11mins 46sec thru 32mins 20sec: Ethical shopping interview 32mins 20sec thru 43mins 36sec: Van With a Plan
Published: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 2:56 PM
Duration: 43:36
Download: 20100628_22Stereo64bps.mp3
Title: Wetlands and general talk
Author: Ian Allan, Darren Wallace and Lee Fuller
Subtitle: Sustainability Show 21/06/2010
Summary: Today we spoke to David Ryan about Melbourne Water's constructed wetlands. Melbourne Water uses wetlands to treat stormwater by settling solids in suspension and using plants to remove nutrients such as nitrogen. Nitrogen is of great concern because at high concentrations it can cause algal blooms which in turn impacts on the fish and animals that use the waterways. Many wetlands have been funded by Melbourne Water, but many also have been funded by land developers. Householders can make a contribution too. Melbourne Water has a 10,000 RainGarden project where householders can install their own small stormwater buffering systems. The aim of these is to prevent large pollution laden storm flows from entering local water courses. We also talked about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and Barack Obama's Oval Office address possibly signalling a tipping point in government policies on energy, the Orange Bellied Parrott, and the hazards of mineshafts to wildlife.
Published: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:24 PM
Duration: 42:58
Download: 20100321.mp3
Title: Sailing to Antarctica
Author: Ian Allan
Subtitle: Interview with a professional adventurer about his experience of Antarctica
Summary: In 2001, John Kelsall boarded a boat called Taluka in Chile, sailed around Cape Horn and then on to Antarctica. John will talk to us about his impressions of Antarctica's ice, birdlife, wildlife and landscape. What is it like to see an iceberg roll, to tie up a boat where there is nothing to tie to, and to survive on a sailboat in a cold climate for a month at a time. Originally planned to be an ice climbing and nature adventure, John's trip changed pace altogether when a fellow adventurer fell down a crevasse.
Published: Sun, 6 Jun 2010 7:05 PM
Duration: 13:22
Download: AntarcticaShowInterview.mp3