Healthy & Environmentally Friendly Food and Shopping
In April 1997 Manly Food Co-op opened its doors to the Manly community. Keelah Lam was the driving force behind the idea. Along with a group of like-minded community members, the group obtained a development grant from the Manly Council, started a newsletter and the Manly Food Cooperative was launched. Twelve years down the track, the Co-op continues as a community-owned not-for-profit business providing organic, bulk, waste-free shopping as an alternative to mainstream supermarkets.
A Passive House in an Active Environment
As land becomes scarcer in our major and regional cities, lots with ideal solar access will become the exception rather than the norm. We must be able to design passive solarbuildings on these lots, to ensure they are naturally comfortable and have minimal negative environmental impacts. This project stands on a coastal site with less than ideal orientation, and which is flood affected - these characteristics combined to impose difficulties which required some unusual responses. But as time goes by, many of these design responses will become commonplace.
Friday, March 1
Nominate your Unsung Hero for the 2013 Eco Award
Do you know someone who is working hard to protect Manly’s unique natural environment?
“Now in its eigth year, the ‘Manly Environment Centre Eco Award’ is presented in recognition of contributions to the conservation of Manly’s environment,” said Manly Mayor Jean Hay.
“Nominations are sought on behalf of members of the community who have volunteered their time and efforts to benefit Manly’s diverse and valuable natural habitat."
The award is open to people from all walks of life. Nominees must be over 18 years of age.
The recipient of the award will receive an original artwork as well as public recognition for their work and achievements.
“Nominate your ‘Unsung Hero’ - an ordinary person doing extraordinary things,” said Cllr Hay.
The North Head Sewage Treatment Plant is surrounded by National Park and the largest area of bushland in Sydney Harbour, a large area of Threatened Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub borders the plant and a Threatened Population of Long-nosed Bandicoots is found in the grounds.
The indigenous vegetation communities originally associated with Manly lagoon and its tributaries have been heavily altered by urban development. There has been widespread introduction of ornamental exotic species such as Coral Trees which seasonally contribute very substantial amounts of leaf matter into the tributaries and the lagoon to the detriment of water quality. Weed infestations are common throughout the area, particularly where maintenance is less intensive, detracting from the water quality, habitat value and recreational amenity of the waterways.