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Our fortnightly Planetary Health Newsletter shares news about upcoming events, like our free Water Symposium on Friday 26 July, and stories from the Lower Mountains to Lithgow that are jam-packed with inspiration and a blueprint for the way forward.

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In this edition:

Katoomba Area Local News: Learning How To Upcycle Fashion with Sherlie McMillan

Mid Mountains Local News: Mid Mountains Repair Guide: Choosing Longevity in an Age of Disposability

Blackheath Area Local News: Charmaine Ledden-Lewis on Stories for a New World

Lower Mountains Local News: Busting The EV Myths: Community EV Showcase & Information Event Comes to Blaxland

Springwood Area Local News: Beyond the Yellow Bin: Surprising Things You Can Recycle – and How to Do it!

Lithgow Local News: The Gang Gang Farmers Market will Return in Spring!

#planetaryhealth #systemicchange #togetherwecan #solutions #constructivejournalism #watersymposium #hyperlocalnews
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The story of Lithgow Environment Group is a saga spanning nearly two decades of their heroic struggle against fire, local habitat destruction, weak government legislation and, in particular, irresponsible mining practices. Read more in Lithgow Area Local News (link in profile):

https://lithgowlocalnews.com/lithgow-environmental-group/
#heroes #environmentalwarriors #dedication #care #lithgow #stewards #habitatprotection #protectors #planetaryhealth
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Rainforest Aircon: Planting for Comfort & Climate

Bill Dixon has cultivated a rainforest garden on a ridge in South Springwood. He talks about how growing rainforest species can be an adaptive response to local climate conditions.

Read more in Springwood Area Local News (link in profile): https://springwoodlocalnews.com/rainforest-planting-for-comfort-and-climate/

#springwood #rainforestplants #rainforestaircon #plantingforclimatechange #microclimate #planetaryhealth #bushfire
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Using drones, the cliffs and hanging swamps of Blue Mountains National Park can be surveyed in a way previously impossible. In this story, Trent Forge from @nswnationalparks and drone pilot Richard Delaney search for the critically endangered `Fletcher`s Drumsticks`. Read more in Blackheath Area Local News (link in profile): https://blackheathnews.com/the-search-for-fletchers-drumsticks/

#drones #conservation #fletchersdrumsticks #endangered #biodiversity #blackheathnsw #bluemountainsnationalpark #planetaryhealth
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This lift sucks!

It`s great for people with mobility issues who can no longer negotiate stairs!

You can read more about it in our story: Underground and Off-grid in Middle Earth (link in profile)

"The principle operation of the pneumatic vacuum elevator is based on the ascending push generated by the difference between the atmospheric pressure on the top of the car and the atmospheric pressure under the car.
The depression (vacuum) required to lift the car is achieved by turbines operating as exhaust fans which are located at the top of the elevator, also known as the Suction Assembly.
In the event of a power failure, the cabin slowly descends to the ground floor, at which point the passenger is able to exit the cabin."

#accessbility #lifts #planetaryhealth
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Rain gardens are a brilliant way to manage water runoff. Recently @bluemountainscitycouncil teams and contractors collaborated with @sydneywater to create three different types of native rain gardens at Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre, showcasing how sustainability and beauty are the natural features of these innovative but simple water management solutions. Read more in Lower Mountains Local News (link in profile):
https://lowermtnslocalnews.com/glenbrook-rain-gardens/
#raingardens #stormwatermanagement #healthywaterways #watermanagement #planetaryhealth
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Greening Australia`s Cooling the Schools Project is planting 36,000 native trees and plants across Greater Sydney to tackle urban heat islands. Watch the full video on our YouTube channel and read our story in Mid Mountains Local News (links in profile) #coolingtheschools #planttrees #urbanheatisland #biodiversity #planetaryhealth ...

CALL OUT to the community: Does anyone have a spare sewing machine that they can donate or lend to the Planetary Health Centre? We`re providing free training to help build the skills in our community to meet the growing need for upcycling fashion to reduce textile waste, but there is so much interest in the program we need more sewing machines (and overlockers). Contact Lis on 0407 437 553 if you can help us out!

Our Skillshare Saturdays, on the first Saturday of the month, kick off this Saturday 6 July. Bookings here for Fashion Upcycling 9am-3pm: https://bit.ly/4bo2mAA (link in profile)

If you`re interested in joining our Planetary Health Bushcare Group from 1.30-4.30pm contact Karen Hising (Bushcare Officer) via email at khising@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or call the Bushcare Office on 4780 5623 during work hours.

#skillsharesaturdays #sewing #patternmaking #repairs #bushcare #socialenterprises #upcyclingfashion #togetherwecan #planetaryhealth
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