Significant site handed to traditional owners

A great bit of news. This story comes from the Bendigo Advertiser. OWNERSHIP of one of Victoria’s most significant Indigenous sites was handed to the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation on Friday. The 46 hectare Mount Barker property, at Harcourt North, contains rock formations and a scarred tree describing a critical part of the Dreaming…

as the river goes by

The following intro blurb to the site As the River Goes By is from Ben Courtice: Two rivers meet in a valley between the ranges and the plains. Bacchus Marsh is the modern name of the valley. The ranges to the west are bounded by the abrupt escarpment of the Rowsley Fault, dissected by the…

Forest mining licence angers community

Many in the central Victorian community fought long and hard against a proposed gold mine in the Wombat Forest. This approval for substantial sampling in the forest is a worrying development. The following article comes from The Courier newspaper (Journalist is Emma-Jane Schenk). For additional information check the Wombat Forest Care website. The approval of…

Walking Slowly Downhill

This is a lovely project. Domenico de Clario intends to walk the entire length of the Murray River. This is timed as part of the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, a “uniquely experiential program of contemporary interdisciplinary art, developed through site-specific residencies in the inland Mildura region of Australia”.   Domenico de Clario (Italy/Aus) will walk the…

Let’s Act for the Yarra

A new report highlights the problems facing the Yarra River and calls for a Yarra River Protection Act to address them. Summary The report, Let’s Act for the Yarra, co-produced by Environmental Justice Australia and the Yarra Riverkeepers Association, finds that the key problems faced by the river include poor water quality, overdevelopment of the…

Tall Trees and Tributaries

Scenes on the Yarra is a series of 7 site-specific performance workshops that end with community celebrated performance. The projects are planned along the length of the river from the headwaters to the sea. Tall Trees and Tributaries Sunday 19th April 4.30pm Free Event All Ages Federation Square & Birrarung Marr Tall Trees and Tributaries brought…

Doug Ralph

Many people will have heard the sad news that Dough Ralph, well known and much loved conservationist about town passed away suddenly on February 24. I would mostly see Doug at the Wesley Hill market on a Saturday morning. He was such a cheerful man and I’d usually spot his face beaming through the crowd.…