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…

Local Lives, Global Matters

16 – 18 October, 2015 One of the reasons humanity faces so many ecological problems is because so many of us have forgotten about Place. Increasingly, humans who can afford to do so are living consumer lifestyles that draw resources from a globally connected market of production and consumption. Local production and manufacturing is allowed…

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…

Waterway Reflections

A unique environmental arts project involving artists, historians, scientists, and indigenous knowledge keepers. Celebrate Healesville’s waterways with us.   Sat November 15, 4.30 – 6.30 pm Be led on a walk and experience interwoven stories, living sculptures, and creative installations as we follow the trail of the Platypus habitat. Free all ages event. The trail…

Mullum Mullum Festival

The Mullum Mullum festival is a great, and long lived, community celebration of this catchment in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The 15th Mullum Mullum Festival is on 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 April 2013, with the official  Opening Day Festivities on Sunday 21 April 2013 For details of walks, talks, presentation and the…

One Planet Living

 One Planet Australia is a recent arrival to the realm of sustainability here in Australia, having set up office in late 2012. There is strong resonance with bioregional principles. The following is an introduction to the 10 principles of the One Planet model. For further info, please check their website. If everyone in the world…

on walking

I recently heard a great Radio National program featuring English travel writer Robert Macfarlane. His new book The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot is the third in a trilogy about “landscape and the human heart”. As mentioned on RN, “in it, Robert Macfarlane travels the ancient walking tracks of Britain” and he spoke of…