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…

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…

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…

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…

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…