Barrie Griffiths (1943 – 2016)

Barrie has been described as a “Pioneer and benefactor in the community settlement and green movements”. He was a life long activist, and an inspiration for many. He passed away in 2016. I wrote this reflection on his life recently. Although I hadn’t seen him in years, he had a profound influence on me and…

Summer or Drought?

My latest installment from Castlemaine. DECEMBER 2015 SUMMER OR DROUGHT? It’s summer and the fear has set in. Yes, fear about the fires but after a warm winter, dry spring, and a baking early summer I wonder if we’re wheeling back into a long drought. Friends in the Chewton forest are already buying water. The…

International Mountain Day 2015

December 11 is designated by the UN as International Mountain Day. Here’s a few facts from the UN: “Covering around 22 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They not only provide sustenance and wellbeing to 915 million mountain people around the world,…

the Mullum Mullum Festival

Sustained community action saved the Mullum Mullum Valley from a freeway going through the heart of this important stretch of bushland in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The Mullum Mullum Festival celebrates and showcases the beauty and importance of our native Australian bushland, highlights the importance of environmental protection and demonstrates what it will take…

Vale Ern Mainka

Many people will know the work of Ern Mainka. His photography was hugely popular amongst nature enthusiasts, and I must have seen his images in hundreds of places over the years. Apart from capturing our wild places so well, Ern played a significant role in raising awareness about the many threats posed to these places.…

Islands in the sky

I live in the Box Ironbark country of Central Victoria. We don’t have any mountains here, just nice rolling landscapes of hill and valley, and occasional plains. We do have some nice hills, that are just high enough to be different to the surrounding plains. The standout is Lanjanuc (Mt Alexander). It rises about 350…