26 episodes

Welcome to the Voices for Nature Podcast — Cocktails, Controversy and Conservation.

In this show, Chris Gambian and Jacqui Mumford talk to some great guests about some of the best stories of our movement.

Expect to be inspired, challenged and hopefully, entertained.

We’ve been the voice for nature for 65 years, and now you can hear that voice from the convenience of your favourite podcast player.

Voices For Nature Nature Conservation Council of NSW

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    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Welcome to the Voices for Nature Podcast — Cocktails, Controversy and Conservation.

In this show, Chris Gambian and Jacqui Mumford talk to some great guests about some of the best stories of our movement.

Expect to be inspired, challenged and hopefully, entertained.

We’ve been the voice for nature for 65 years, and now you can hear that voice from the convenience of your favourite podcast player.

    Cool Designs: How the government’s new design policy could affect your future

    Cool Designs: How the government’s new design policy could affect your future

    However, it's not just electricity generation that matters. Other sectors also have an important role to play in reducing emissions. This includes the built environment. Buildings are responsible for half of Australia’s emissions. Emissions from buildings come from energy use, gas use and emissions from the manufacture of building materials (what’s called embodied carbon).

    The quality of buildings and developments also determines how comfortable and healthy they are for people and how much they cost to run. Building all new developments and homes to withstand a hotter future is a crucial part of adapting to climate change.

    Proposed earlier this year, the Design and Place SEPP is an opportunity for the government to improve planning rules to achieve net zero emissions and make our urban environment’s better more sustainable places to live. Once the draft SEPP comes out for consultation later this month, we’ll be in touch about how to make your voice heard, so we can help get a strong Design and Place SEPP over the line - so make sure to listen to understand the issue.

    • 24 min
    Inside the bear pit: Our politicians talk nature. Episode 3: The crossbenchers pt. 2

    Inside the bear pit: Our politicians talk nature. Episode 3: The crossbenchers pt. 2

    When fighting for nature in parliament, how does the upper house differ from the lower? In our final crossbench episode of Inside the Bear Pit we chat to Cate Faehrmann of the Greens and independent Justin Field about their experiences in Upper House. Both Cate and Justin are close to our hearts as previous staff members of Nature Conservation council and we are very excited to have them here on the podcast. In this mini-series of the Voices for Nature Podcast, we have been speaking to politicians from across the political spectrum about their views surrounding nature, how environmental policy is formulated, how to effectively influence decision-makers, and the environmental politics of the current parliament.

    • 43 min
    Inside the bear pit: Our politicians talk nature. Episode 2: The crossbenchers pt. 1

    Inside the bear pit: Our politicians talk nature. Episode 2: The crossbenchers pt. 1

    How much do our views on nature differ between the terrace houses of inner Sydney and the big sky country of the Riverina? We talk with two crossbench MPs, Alex Greenwich representing inner Sydney, and Helen Dalton of the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party, representing Murray, a geographically giant electorate that takes in the south-west quarter of NSW. In this new mini-series of the Voices for Nature Podcast, we have been speaking to politicians from across the political spectrum about their views surrounding nature, how environmental policy is formulated, how to effectively influence decision-makers, and the environmental politics of the current parliament.

    • 42 min
    Riled up in Rylstone

    Riled up in Rylstone

    The latest scientific reports on climate change have spurred the United Nations to formally call for a rapid phase out of coal.

    Meanwhile, the NSW Government is conducting a consultation to issue new coal exploration licenses.

    The area it’s looking at near Rylstone is calculated to contain 910 million tonnes of coal. Yet, over the last decade we’ve seen a string of new coal mines rejected by the planning system, or withdrawing after sustained community opposition.

    Caroona, Shenhua, Bylong, Rocky Hill, Angus Place, Hume Coal, have all been stopped. Casting a shadow on this good news is the approval of massive expansions to existing coal mines that have quietly been approved.

    In this episode we talk to activists and campaigners who are on the ground fighting for the Rylstone area and look at what’s really happening with coal in NSW.

    • 33 min
    Voices for Nature Podcast: Climate Pricing

    Voices for Nature Podcast: Climate Pricing

    It’s been over seven years since Tony Abbott abolished Australia’s carbon price. Now the international community has indicated it will not tolerate Australia being a laggard on climate action and is set to implement carbon tariffs on imports to stop their own climate policies being undermined. With the next United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow this November, many nations are ratcheting up their ambition. Yet, the Australian government continues obstinate resistance despite broad public support for action on climate change.

    • 36 min
    The Voices for Nature Podcast: Tipping Point

    The Voices for Nature Podcast: Tipping Point

    Kosciuszko National Park is under threat from plans to let development rip! A new proposal, being pushed by Deputy Premier John Barilaro, would see thousands of new beds on the mountain, gas heated ‘thermal pools’ and helicopter transport to resorts in Kosciuszko National Park.

    The primary purpose of Kosciuszko National Park is to protect the unique and fragile alpine ecosystem, but proposed changes to the Plan of Management would allow huge development with a massive impact on the environment.

    To unpack this further we spoke to Gary Dunnett from the National Parks Association, author and academic Deirdre Slattery, and former Environment Minister Bob Debus.

    If you want to have your say on this 'Major plan', head to:

    https://npansw.org.au/2021/07/26/submission-guide-for-the-snowy-mountains-special-activation-precinct-and-the-amendment-to-the-kosciuszko-national-park-plan-of-management/

    Also, if you have the means and you want to support the NPA or the Colong Foundation their links are below.

    NPA: https://npansw.org.au/npa/donate/

    Colong Foundation: https://www.colongwilderness.org.au/donate

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Mount Evap ,

Great episodes

Thanks for doing these - good to hear what’s going on and what solutions are being put in place

Max Phillips 76 ,

Excellent deep dives into environmental, social and political issues in Australia

It’s great to have these in-depth discussions with well-informed guests on such important environmental and social issues.

robbiggs ,

Western Sydney heat wave entrapment

It’s great to see that there’s an attempt at the concept of mitigation against a body boiling heatwave. The so called ‘that’s a great question’ had responses equil to being slapped by scumo’s wet lettuce.
If you say seek refuge in a supermarket how many people will fit in? Your talking about people being slowly cooked as the ambient temp is unrelievingly above 38 deg C
The circumstances you describe are too close in time to pat a few people on the arm and say arghhh well let’s put that wet towel on your fan. Perhaps solar energy. Your talking about a survival crisis as if it’s an ice cream problem. I’d commend a read at least of EO Wilson with his half earth project and if brave Kim Stanley Robinson - start with 2312 then bite the tuff topic of now and The Ministry for the Future