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QandA with Tamara DiMattina on the New Joneses

“if it wanted to, the AFL could stop climate change”. Big call, but this CEO was referring to the power of the AFL to educate and drive positive change.

Tyre waste to screech to a halt in Toowoomba

Aside from the few tyres that are turned into park swings or are ground up for soccer ground surfaces, most tyres from Australian cars and trucks go to waste or are exported overseas to be turned into fuel.

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Farmers locking horns with climate change 

Farmers locking horns with climate change 

Farmers are starting to agitate for action on climate and they’re getting smarter and more innovative to cope with the challenges it presents. According to young award winning farmer, Anika Molesworth, expect to hear more from this sector. 

Alarm bells over the loss of the world’s lungs, in Brazil

Scientists are hitting the panic button over the recent election of new Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, because it means around two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest are now under the control of a far-right anti-environmental regime.

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How blockchain could boost pre-fab and green buildings

EXCLUSIVE: Blockchain might be the missing ingredient that prefabricated homes need to go mainstream. According to Aurecon’s fourth Buildings of the Future report, provided exclusively to The Fifth Estate, “leapfrog”…

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How to create a tribe of smart city thinkers

SMART CITIES: Connection, collaboration and the enabling power of technology to create better places for people were key out-takes from Australia’s first Smart Cities Week.

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Momentum Energy appoints Amy Childs as new MD

Amy Childs has been appointed managing director of Tasmanian-owned energy provider, Momentum Energy. Joining the company in 2016 as general manager sales and marketing, Ms Childs has been acting in…

Malcolm McDowall to head up Arcadis Australia Pacific

Malcolm McDowall to head up Arcadis Australia Pacific

Malcolm McDowall has been appointed Australia Pacific chief executive officer at Arcadis after 18 years with the design and consultancy firm. He replaces Greg Steele, who was recently appointed Asia Pacific group executive…

Our pick of the jobs & life after coal

Our pick of the jobs & life after coal

As Australia transitions out of coal and into clean energy it’s time to think of the future for the 8000 workers currently employed in Australia’s coal-fired power industry, plus the estimated 18,000 jobs dependent on the sector.

Australian Passive House Association: Chief Executive Officer

The Australian Passive House Association (APHA) seeks an enthusiastic candidate with excellent leadership and management skills and strong knowledge of Passive House Certification to perform a range of duties that will grow our organisation.

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NettZero: Sustainability Engineer

Due to an exciting growth period, NettZero now has an opportunity for an experienced Sustainability Engineer to join their busy team in Sydney on a full-time basis.

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Zero emissions manufacturing sector: we’re not dreaming

As the world grapples with the findings of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and its renewed emphasis of our need to rapidly decarbonise, talk will inevitably turn to the challenges of taking action and the merits of delaying the inevitable.

Lithium-ion and new frontiers in energy battery storage

Demand for lithium-ion battery storage is still strong despite the dangers – and expense – of its component parts. Fortunately, there is a growing stable of storage alternatives that could see our dependence on lithium-ion taper off.

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Consultancy giants boost sustainability teams

The big consultancy firms such as KPMG and EY are bolstering their sustainability teams to meet new demand in areas such as climate change risk, modern slavery, carbon farming and sustainable timber verification.

Farmers locking horns with climate change 

Farmers are starting to agitate for action on climate and they’re getting smarter and more innovative to cope with the challenges it presents. According to young award winning farmer, Anika Molesworth, expect to hear more from this sector. 

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Urban interests trump reason: Do we need an inquiry?

If recent troubling reports in The Fifth Estate and elsewhere on the state of urban planning and governance are to be believed, then a sector-wide inquiry sounds like a good idea. Mike Brown, for one, thinks it’s time to take a good hard look into the state of our urban affairs.

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How better planning can save Sydney’s music scene (and its mojo)

How better planning can save Sydney’s music scene (and its mojo)

Good planning and governance has the potential to breathe life back into Sydney’s music scene, writes James Hulme from independent think tank The Committee for Sydney. Sydney should consider dedicated music zones, he says, and think outside the box to keep neighbours of noisy venues happy.

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Street smarts are crucial to planning our cities  

The congestion from bikes, dockless bikes, scooters, e-scooters, e-bikes, EV-charging, and even people is making our kerb-side a battleground. We need to think smarter about how these increasing and competing channels can all access the veins of our city. Most roads are still designed for cars first.

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On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering

On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering

NEWS FROM THE FRONT DESK ISSUE NO 413–  UPDATED 9.28 PM: The prefab industry is strong despite Strongbuild falling into voluntary administration. But the industry has big challenges.

Strongbuild falls as Frasers Property pulls the pin on a major deal

Strongbuild falls as Frasers Property pulls the pin on a major deal

UPDATED 6:15 pm: Prefabrication and lightweight timber builder Strongbuild was placed into voluntary administration at 9 am on Thursday morning, after Frasers Australia pulled out of a contract just two weeks from commencement leaving a massive $6 million gap in expected earnings.

How blockchain could boost pre-fab and green buildings

EXCLUSIVE: Blockchain might be the missing ingredient that prefabricated homes need to go mainstream. According to Aurecon’s fourth Buildings of the Future report, provided exclusively to The Fifth Estate, “leapfrog”…

See More »

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On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering

On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering

NEWS FROM THE FRONT DESK ISSUE NO 413–  UPDATED 9.28 PM: The prefab industry is strong despite Strongbuild falling into voluntary administration. But the industry has big challenges.

Urban interests trump reason: Do we need an inquiry?

If recent troubling reports in The Fifth Estate and elsewhere on the state of urban planning and governance are to be believed, then a sector-wide inquiry sounds like a good idea. Mike Brown, for one, thinks it’s time to take a good hard look into the state of our urban affairs.

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How better planning can save Sydney’s music scene (and its mojo)

Good planning and governance has the potential to breathe life back into Sydney’s music scene, writes James Hulme from independent think tank The Committee for Sydney. Sydney should consider dedicated music zones, he says, and think outside the box to keep neighbours of noisy venues happy.

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Street smarts are crucial to planning our cities  

The congestion from bikes, dockless bikes, scooters, e-scooters, e-bikes, EV-charging, and even people is making our kerb-side a battleground. We need to think smarter about how these increasing and competing channels can all access the veins of our city. Most roads are still designed for cars first.

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Fiction: For the Greater Good

Carolita was hurrying down the path to her apartment when she was intercepted by her neighbour. “Oh! They’ve cut me off for the rest of the month! I went O-D…

Not just the petrolheads: we all waste energy slaves

Canberra-based science communicator Stuart McMillen regularly publishes non-fiction comics about social and environmental issues. We have previously featured his work on The Fifth Estate, including his comics Peak Oil, St…

Comic: Stuart McMillen on Energy Slaves

Cartoonist Stuart McMillen recently shared his comic Energy Slaves on The Fifth Estate, which looked at the human power needed to maintain our lifestyles. Now he has written a series of…

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Street smarts are crucial to planning our cities  

Street smarts are crucial to planning our cities  

The congestion from bikes, dockless bikes, scooters, e-scooters, e-bikes, EV-charging, and even people is making our kerb-side a battleground. We need to think smarter about how these increasing and competing channels can all access the veins of our city. Most roads are still designed for cars first.

QandA with Tamara DiMattina on the New Joneses

“if it wanted to, the AFL could stop climate change”. Big call, but this CEO was referring to the power of the AFL to educate and drive positive change.

Tyre waste to screech to a halt in Toowoomba

Aside from the few tyres that are turned into park swings or are ground up for soccer ground surfaces, most tyres from Australian cars and trucks go to waste or are exported overseas to be turned into fuel.

1
Farmers locking horns with climate change 

Farmers locking horns with climate change 

Farmers are starting to agitate for action on climate and they’re getting smarter and more innovative to cope with the challenges it presents. According to young award winning farmer, Anika Molesworth, expect to hear more from this sector. 

Alarm bells over the loss of the world’s lungs, in Brazil

Scientists are hitting the panic button over the recent election of new Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, because it means around two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest are now under the control of a far-right anti-environmental regime.

Jobs and Business News

Momentum Energy appoints Amy Childs as new MD

Amy Childs has been appointed managing director of Tasmanian-owned energy provider, Momentum Energy. Joining the company in 2016 as general manager sales and marketing, Ms Childs has been acting in…