ACF's Raffle to Save the Reef was drawn 12.00 noon 4 June, 1999.
Thank you to those who participated in ACF's latest raffle. Your help is invaluable and strengthens our campaigning. The lucky prizewinners are:
1st Prize: 3-day guided walk in New Zealand Donated by Outdoor Travel, Air New Zealand and Abel Tasman National Park Enterprises Mr M McGrath, Manly Vale, NSW. Ticket No. 130343
2nd Prize: 4 nights in the Daintree Rainforest Donated by Daintree Wilderness Lodge Mr J Crawford, Carlton, Vic. Ticket No. 034684
3rd Prize: 3-day walk from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains Donated by Great Australian Walks Mr C Chin, Murrumbeena, Vic. Ticket No. 051151
4th prize: $1,046-worth of top quality gear from Kathmandu Donated by Kathmandu. Ms A McKenna, Inglewood, WA. Ticket No. 302583
Ticket Seller's Prize: 4 nights in a rustic mountain cabin in Lamington National Park Donated by Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Ms Y Clarke, Healsville, Vic.
ACF member Elisabeth Dark has an invitation for Sydney members.
In addition to being a member of ACF, I am also involved in the Society for Responsible Design, which is celebrating its 10th year of promoting environmental and social responsibility across all the design disciplines.
SRD has a regular evening talks program in Sydney which might be of interest to other ACF members. On 24 August the topic is `Furniture -- sustainable design challenges', covering ecodesign advances in Australia and internationally. In September is the launch of the `Ecospecifier' project, which is a new resource of ecologically responsible building materials available in Australia. Ring me for more information on Ph: (02) 9564 0721 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
So close yet so far
Chris Arnold of Darlington in Western Australia sent an email about the April Habitat cover.
Habitat readers who have flown across the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia would have experienced deja vu at the sight of your April edition cover, showing the `zoanthid in a semi-retracted state on a sponge'. The orange patches are reminiscent of exposed red sand where the spinifex has been burnt by fires ignited by dry storms. The spinifex, which after the wet season can be almost as green as in your picture, characteristically grows into circular forms identical to the zoanthids. Truly an amazing visual similarity between two settings of contrasting scale and environmental conditions.
Volunteering for conservation
Karen Dimmock from the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers has an offer for members.
ACF members are now eligible for a 10 per cent discount when volunteering on all ATCV projects. Normally the charge to participate in a project is $20 a day to cover travel to the project site, food and accommodation. ACF members would pay $18 a day, or $90 for a week. You can find out more about ATCV's practical projects by calling Ph: (03) 5333 1483 or Fax: (03) 5333 2166.
Planned giving appreciated
ACF's work has been supported by a number of bequests receive during the 1998-99 year. We wish to express our appreciation for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the following people in providing for ACF through their Wills, and convey our condolences to their family and friends.
Mrs Engla Dobree Mrs Alice van Zalen Dr Emily Stephenson Mr Richard Sylvan Miss Honor Wilson Ms Jillian Hudson Mr Leslie Anderson Mrs Inez Armitage Mr George Maud Ms Helen Drake Ms Christina Stead
This support of ACF will greatly help us campaign for a better environment, now and into the future.
For information on how you can assist ACF through your Will please contact Nola Wilmot, ACF Donor Liaison and Bequests Officer on Ph: 1800 332 510 or Ph: (03) 9926 6712.
ACF's 33rd AGM -- call for Agenda items
The thirty-third Annual Genera Meeting of the Australian Conservation Foundation will be held in Melbourne on Saturday 20 November 1999 at ACF's office at 340 Gore St, Fitzroy.
Under Rule 49.2 of the ACF Constitution, items can only be placed on the agenda by an ACF Councillor or by notice on writing signed by at least five ACF members. Agenda items for the AGM must reach ACF in Melbourne no later than 5.00 pm Thursday 16 September, marked to the attention of The Secretary, c/-Yvonne West, ACF, 340 Gore St, Fitzroy, 3065. Inquiries relating to the AGM can be directed to Yvonne on Ph: (03) 9926 6701.
ACF has launched a new membership program for young people aged 14 to 25. At only $25 per year Next Generation membership includes a quarterly newsletter, Revive, and will help young people become active and empowered through bimonthly ecopoli kits. Members will also b able to publish ideas and events on the ACF website, network with other young environmentalists and receive information about upcoming campaigns and techniques. For more information please call Kellee Nolan on Ph: (03) 9926 6702.
Plastic that saves the environment!
In the next few months ACF will offer our members the chance to take up a credit card that makes a financial contribution to ACF's conservation work every time it is used -- at no cost to the cardholder.
ACF has chosen American Express to be our credit card provider. As well as supporting ACF's campaigns, the card will offer our members attractive interest rates and conditions. You will be notified about the card by mail in the next month or so, however if you would prefer not to receive this mail please notify ACF's membership department, Ph: 1800 332 510 or (03) 9416 1166.
ACF grows 30%
ACF's ability to influence government and business is linked to the size of our membership. Put simply, the more members we have the more we influence governments to adopt environmentally sustainable policies.
Over the past twelve months, ACF's membership has grown by a wonderful 30 per cent. A significant portion of this can be attributed to ACF supporters who last August sent in the names of people they thought would be interested in becoming members.
Thanks to all who sent in names and to those who subsequently joined. You have played a part of one of the most successful membership drives in recent years.
Twelve months on we are asking members again to provide us with details of people who they think would be interested.
To help, please refer to the mailed with this issue of Habitat, or call the Membership department on freecall Ph: 1800 332 510.
ACF thanks the following members from around Australia who reached the milestones of 30, 25 and 20 years' membership in the months of June and July 1999. Your support remains as valued as ever.
30 years Ms R Amm, St Ives, NSW Mr W Keatley, Caulfield Sth, Vic Dr D Hogg, Weetangera, ACT Mr A Kerr, Vermont, Vic Dr R Lefroy, Mosman Park, WA Mr K Little, Ararat, Vic Mrs A Reeves, Broadway, NSW 25 years Mr & Mrs G Wallis, Fish Creek, Vic Mr C Miller, Glen Waverley, Vic Mrs C Schnitzerling, Red Hill, Qld Mr P McMahon, Isaacs, ACT Mr R Forbes, Peakhurst, NSW Mr S Comino, Aspley, Qld Mr S Morris, Berkeley, CA, USA Ms G Lamont, Hawthorn, Vic Mr G Van Munster, Kingston, NSW Mr D Stephensen, Bendigo, Vic Mrs A James, Canterbury, Vic Mr B Maley, Mount Hawthorn, WA Mrs H Brier, Fig Tree Pocket, Qld Miss A Forbes, Spring Gully, Vic Mr E Lawton, Mildura, Vic Mr A Hill, Birchgrove, NSW Dr M MacKenzie, Launceston, TAS Mr R Grieve, East Hawthorn, Vic Mr J Whitehouse, St Ives, NSW Mr A Walker, Surrey Hills, Vic Ms M Kelly, Northcote, Vic Mr D Brigden, Stanmore, NSW Dr M Maskrey, Taroona, Tas Mr K Graham, Swansea, NSW Mr K Adams, Swansea, NSW Mr M Cassidy, East Launceston, Tas Miss V Northey, Lithgow, NSW Mrs L Spriggs, Churchill, Vic Miss A Harwood, Waverley, NSW Miss L Gilmour, Neutral Bay, NSW Mr B Steer, Summertown, SA Miss F Arnott, Blackburn, Vic R English, Carlton North, Vic Mr D Williamson, Macmasters Beach, NSW Dr P Campbell, Kenmore, Qld Mr D Andrewartha, Heathpool, SA Mr L Lauder, East Fremantle, WA Miss L Maynardh, Lameroo, SA Dr C Magarey, Hawthorndene, SA Mrs J McLaughlin, Mona Vale, NSW 20 years Mr A Hassell, Redcliffs Vic Mr S Gye, Warrawee, NSW Mr D V Lightfoot, Hawthorn, Vic R & C Mitchell, Caringbah, NSW Mr A Correy, North Sydney. NSW Mr & Mrs D Renowden, Glen Waverley, Vic Mrs J Webster, Lennox Head, NSW Mrs N Hardie, Coombabah, Qld Dr J Straton, Mosman Park, WA Mrs A Penington, Kew, Vic Mr B Versey, Curtin, ACT Ms J Young, Chatswood, NSW Mr I D Robertson, Kambah, ACT Dr P Fraser, Mordialloc, Vic Mrs E Anselmi, Stawell, Vic Mr R Hayes, Newtown, NSW Mr P Burne & Ms C Herscovitch, Summer Hill, NSW Miss L Gibson, Oatley, NSW Mrs G Clarke, Balwyn, Vic Ms R Bilton, Artarmon, NSW Mr J Pederick, Fullarton, SA R Buck, Tame, NSW Dr R Nittim, McMahons Point, NSW Dr H G Williamson, Frankston, Vic Miss J Hunter, Hawthorn East, Vic Mr W Tagell, Kangaroo Island, SA Dr R Guard, Toowoomba, Qld Prof B Boer, University of Sydney Mr P Hope, Buninyong, Vic J & D Banyard, Floreat Park, WA Miss M Bear, Brighton, Vic Mr B Griffin, Holmesville, NSW Mrs S Saunders, Dungog, NSW Miss A Marshall, East St Kilda, Vic Mr M Hedley, Westgate, NSW Mr L Smith, Essendon, Vic Mr R Webster, Tamworth, NSW Mr B Grant, North Bondi, NSW Mr J & Mrs M Rayner, Emerald, Vic Mr A Ingram, Mylor, SA Ms MN McCammon, Spit Junction, NSW Mr W Chapman, Ocean Grove, Vic Mr J Haley, Randwick, NSW Mr R Stephens, Armidale, NSW Dr G Fitz-Gerald, East Ivanhoe, Vic Dr Leon Barmuta, South Hobart, Tas Mr R Powell, Wembley Downs, WAR O'Neil, Fremantle, WA Mrs M Mills, Dalkeith, WA Mrs J Dawson, North Box Hill, Vic Miss B Silk, Marangaroo, WA Ms J Star, Jarrahdale, WA Ms B Webster, Dorrigo. NSW
Government House in Canberra was the venue in June for the launch of ACF's Tela Papers by the Governor General, Sir William Deane.
The Tela Papers will be published over the next two years and are devoted exploring the relationships between the environment, economy and society, and the changes required to achieve ecological sustainability in the next century. A primary aim of the series is to influence decision-makers, opinion leaders and educators.
The first paper to be released is Health and the environment, which was jointly sponsored by ACF and the Australian Medical Association.
The next two papers deal with environmental and social justice, and future environmental policy needs. Education, politics, business, the media, trade unions, indigenous people and households are among the subjects of forthcoming editions.
To place your order ($10 each) contact ACF on Ph: (03) 9416 1166 or Fax: (03) 9416 0767.
Don't forget that for the latest comment and news according to ACF, you can simply look up the ACF website. Media releases, membership details, campaign reports and more can all be found at www.acfonline.org.au.
Year 2000 diaries
Next year's Wilderness and Desk Diaries and Calender will be available for sale by the end of August. Full of stunning images of Australia's landscapes and unique wildlife, the ACF diaries make a fabulous gift. Why not order now for Christmas?
To order or for information call Ph: (03) 9580 5599 or Fax: (03) 9587 3273.
Your stories for the millenium
This year's December issue of Habitat will be taking a look over the rise and into the next century, providing you with some food for thought over the summer period. ACF would like you to be part of that special issue.
We are inviting all members to write in with stories that celebrate their experience of the Australian environment. A selection of these wilt then be published in the December Habitat.
Your stories can be about looking ahead, imagining Australia in the century to come. Or they can look back -- perhaps to a moment of inspiration, a childhood discovery, taking part in a campaign, being alone in a new place, witnessing an event in nature, learning from others about their place -- anything.
Any length up to 500 words is acceptable, and the author must be a member of ACF (Earthkids can enter too). The closing date for entries is Friday 1 October.
Please send your story to Louise Ray, Habitat, ACF 340 Gore Street, Fitzroy, 3065 (we are unable to return posted stories), Fax: (03) 9416 0767 or email email@example.com.
Melbourne: 23 September
At the ACF Members' night, Alan Reid, President of the Gould League and radio commentator, will talk on the need for wildlife corridors, referring to experiences on his own farming property. Questions, discussion and Campaigns update. 6.00 -- 8.00 pm, 340 Gore St, Fitzroy, $4.00 members, $5.00 non-members (drinks and finger food provided). For information call Angela Ralph, Ph: (03) 9926 6700.3