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Will the real Melchizedek please step forward

This book takes you through a journey of the ancient patriarchs of the Bible and how they became acquainted with God.

It is an exercise in taking the Bible scriptures as literal truth, gleaning subtleties from the original Hebrew texts through the Strong’s concordance and building a picture of life in those times.

It brings to light probable details of the early characters of the Bible and presents arguments that show the importance man has in God’s plan for the earth that is not immediately evident in today’s perspective of the scriptures. It shows the importance of starting at the beginning of the story about God and his plan for man. This story gives an insight into how God is to bring about the fullness of Jesus as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. It gives insights into the evidences found in the scriptures of life of 

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Habitat Town Planning Forum

Biobanking has had mixed success after being legislated in 2007. Originally designed to stop the remaining natural bushland environments in New South Wales being cleared and destroyed it has been slow to be taken up by both land holders and developers.

The legislation was designed to encourage land owners to set aside farmland for biodiversity preservation and at the same time allow higher intensity developments such as housing and commercial uses of land ensure compensation for destroying natural environment be compensated by offsetting the bio-charactorisics that are destroyed by these developments and facilitate the transferring of these assets to other locations through a theoretical process called biobanking.

This is done by a credit system where land owners put a variety of biodiversity credits on the market. The developers of high intensity and high profit developments, buy these credits and satisfy the destroyed natural environments.

Unfortunately one apple does not equal…

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Cranes – Long Life and Happiness by Margaret O’Toole

The crane is depicted as a symbol of Long Life and Happiness.

Margaret Ellem (nee O’Toole) has depicted the crane in this pen and watercolour painting.

She has depicted the cranes in this painting as Long Life and happiness.

Long Life and Happiness

We recommend that you have a peek at Margaret’s work on our Habitat Centre for the Arts Site.

Habitat Centre for Arts

Margaret is a foundation member of the Habitat Association for arts and environment, vice president and arts director for the organisation.

My name is Margaret Ellem and I have only been seriously painting for the last four years. I had dabbled in painting a few times in the earlier years of my life, but not had any formal lessons. Now I’m currently undergoing watercolour painting classes on a Wednesday morning with Margaret Towler,a porcelain painter and watercolourist at Buff Point near where I live.  My latest few paintings, e.g The Hydrangeas and the Buff Point trees and some of my Sydney paintings are watercolours, and my Venice canal painting is an oil painting. My Tasmanian Devil painting is an acrylic and The Sumatran Tiger is done with pastels. I really enjoy painting and in a few months time I’m having an exhibition at The Gallery Cafe in Devonshire Street in

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Habitat Town Planning Forum

First published under the School of Environment and Life Sciences, Faulty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle,  Ourimbah Campus, NSW, Australia, 13th June 2010

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This paper outlines the author’s research to date on incorporating ecologically sustainable development (ESD) based urban planning within the aims of Local Government Precinct Committees. The paper explores the history of Precinct Committees, particularly the role of place management as a foundation for precinct committees. The structure and operation of Precinct Committees within the Greater Metropolitan Region (GMR) of Sydney/Central Coast/Lower Hunter/Illawarra in the State of New South Wales (NSW) is examined. Planning tools such as NSW New Planning System and Agenda 21 (UN 1993) are examined for their relevance to ESD based planning at the precinct level. The Lakes Precinct (Wyong Shire)…

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New Office for Habitat Association

We are up and running. Our new office in Warnervale on the Central Coast of New South Wales Australia has taken a while to set up, but now we have a home.We are situated in the Old Warnervale Public School site along with the Air League.

As part of our activities to help the arts, we have also helped four artisans to set up studios in two of the older class rooms on the site.These artisans product fine art, crafts and lead lighting.

Warnervale today is a quiet leafy location on a quiet road, however both the State government and the Local council have committee to building a new town from scratch only 1 kilometer to the north. The name of this new town is to be Warnervale and will have a new railway station, shopping centre, library and other civic buildings.

Our location will in time be central to the activities of this new town but for now it is close to the present quiet railway station of Warnervale and a quaint homestead style cafe shop.

Now with an office we are hoping to have more volunteers to help us with the work of supporting the arts and mentoring authors.

Renewable energy initiatives budgeted by the Gillard government

With an informative reply from the director of the co-ordination and renewable energy branch of the Department of Climate Change and Renewable Energy Efficiency we learn that over $5 billion dollars have been set aside for research and business development for the development of renewable energy initiatives in Australia through the Gillard governments within the Clean Energy Initiative to be administered by the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy.

The flagship of this enterprising funding is the Solar flagship program which will fund one solar voltaic renewable energy project and one solar thermal energy generation project. The funds allocated to this is $1.5 billion.

In addition the government’s  Clean Energy Initiative is drawing together $560 million under the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) to encourage development of project research efforts that can be implemented into viable product to produce electrical renewable power for Australia’s future energy needs.

ACRE is promoting not only renewable energy generators by innovative storage systems similar to the Ammonia Energy Storage system of Wizard Power.

Another $100 million dollars as part of the ACRE initiatives is allocated under the Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund to help support private investment in critical early stage investments for the development of emerging renewable technologies.

The last program mentioned in the reply letter, but probably at least the most important is the building of supporting infrastructure for the emerging renewable energy industry in Australia. Without extensive government investment in this crucial area of infrastructure, few projects remain viable away from the existing electricity grid. Private investment is unlikely to provide capital for this type of visionary but risky type of venture. With $1 billion invested by the federal government under the Connecting Renewables program and a commitment to see the project finished, operational and utilised by the renewable energy industry, the government is committed to build new electricity connections over the next ten years to remote areas where higher levels of solar, wind and other renewable energy supplies are available.

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Habitat Association major subject list for articles and papers

  1. Urban Planning
  2. Architecture
  3. Renewable Energy
  4. Climate Change
  5. Transport Planning
  6. Natural environmental interfaces with humanity
  7. Art
  8. The Arts
  9. Inventions

Hello world!

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The Habitat Association was formed primarily to promote and encourage excellence in design and aesthetics of the surrounding environment. That is the places where we live and the environments wherever human kind find they inhabit.

In the latter part of 2010 a group of Environmental and Town Planners, original thinkers and artists combined to form a group.

The group was incorporated in New South Wales Australia and called the Habitat Association for the Arts and the Environment (HAAE). The group has an interest in the environs of humanity that takes in the Arts, culture and a range of applied sciences including urban and regional planning, architecture and landscape.

Our current members have a wide interest in the Arts, urban planning, architecture, social planning and the interaction of the natural environment with the human environment. It is a small group at present with members qualified in Urban Planning, Civil Engineering and Environmental Management. Members are plugged into community activism related to Urban Planning, the environment, Transport and even Fire Management.

The human environment is a varied environment. This is mostly because humanity adapts to natural environments readily to accommodate the human form and the human nature. This adaption tends to reform the surrounding environment, which we call human habitation. Personal taste tends to dictate the metamorphosis of the environment from a natural state a human environment. However these personal preferences in the modern world have been enhanced and perfected by specialized disciplines that study the human preferences for environmental change.

The Habitat Association for Arts and Environment is interested in the application of these disciplines and their excellence in which each discipline is carried out. These disciplines form two broad groups. The Arts Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Sculptures, Photography Applied Sciences Architecture, Town and Urban Planning, Building designs, Landscape architecture, Engineering Design, Environmental Management, Interior Design, Inventing, Ergonomic design, Social sciences This is a huge area of interest, but the Association is interested in expanding knowledge bases related to the amenity of the built environment, how society interacts with the built environment and how human habitation effects the natural environment.

The Association is interested in fostering its membership to write and communicate about these subjects, publish ideas related to these subjects under the auspices of the organisation and have gallery exhibitions related aesthetic materials such as paintings, sculptures, crafts and new inventions and designs.

The Association is interested in encouraging members to think about and write about appropriate urban planning issues and policy development for the future of the environment in which we live. Our hope is to help mentor interested persons to excel in a range of human environmental fields by adaptive thinking in subjects and through disciplines that relate to the sciences as well as social interactions. To name one example we have members who have written on future planning issues and social aspects of planning for the effects climate change. This subject is becoming a pressing subject on the future wellbeing of human habitation.

As a group we are interested in developing new ideas and ways to approach problems related to our human environments. Our aim is to mentor and publish in the arts & environment and encourage adaptive thinking as it relates to the human habitat.