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.…

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…

a chance to help protect the Bogong High Plains

Hawkweeds are a highly invasive pest plant species which can cause major environmental damage in alpine and sub-alpine areas of Australia if not eradicated early. Native to Europe, Hawkweeds have recently become naturalised on mainland Australia. Hawkweeds spread quickly via runners and roots, forming dense mats inhibiting and outcompeting native vegetation. For several years, Parks…