Late spring. Turning of the season.

Late spring, last light. The sky is pale but the colours haven’t leeched out of the land yet. The wind swirls through the trees, like a stick in muddy water, stirring languid but not yet hot air through the canopy. Last spring was wet and we had fields of chocolate lilies. This year is drier…

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…

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…

a community vision for Barkers Creek

Bringing people together to dream, champion, advise and sustainably manage the future of the Barkers Creek between the Botanic Gardens and Camp Reserve, Castlemaine You are invited to a creek side lunch to focus attention on the Creek.What would we like to see here in the creek’s riparian zone?People will have the opportunity to make…

Supporting the Hick-onomy

I love the story below about an un-named town where interesting, alternative and sustainable economic ventures are thriving and transforming the local culture. The landscape is completely different, but here in Central Victoria, we have the same thing happening: Castlemaine has such fresh energy and activity as people’s hopes and ideas turn into new ventures.…