‘I love the philosophy behind permaculture. You work with nature, instead of against it. I've done a permaculture design for my place that I'm slowly implementing. The dream is to create a little food forest that we can wander through barefoot and forage for dinner.
‘My dad comes from an Italian migrant family. Each year, the family gets together in Melbourne and makes a big batch of tomato pasta sauce for the year ahead. I took it for granted for a long time, but I have recently realised how important it is to maintain these aspects of our culture.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's inquiry into retail electricity supply and pricing provides the community with a timely opportunity to assess whether these markets are performing in the way policy makers had hoped.
In this paper, Dr Ron Ben-David reflects on the role of community consultation and engagement in informing councils’ planning processes and, where required, councils’ applications to the commission for a higher rate cap.