Victoria’s Budj Bim to get World Heritage listing?

The pattern of Indigenous settlement in western Victoria has long upset the notion that Aboriginal people were purely nomadic people prior to European invasion. In the west of the state, the extensive fish traps and remnants of stone houses and the memory that people lived and farmed in defined areas highlights the fact that there…

Lake Bolac Eel festival, March 22

The 10th annual Bolac Eel festival is on this weekend, at Lake Bolac in western Victoria. Saturday March 22, 2014. The theme for the 10th Festival is ‘Return to Country.’┬áSaturday kicks off with the Forum at 11 am, followed by live music and a buskers stage, Twilight Celebration, workshops, displays, market stalls and plenty of…

Climate Change and drinking water in central and western Victoria

The issue of climate change impacts on local domestic water supplies has not yet been addressed by many climate campaigners. But as climate change impacts on water availability, it will increasingly also affect water quality. New research by Friends of the Earth is revealing some localised impacts in Victoria which could have national ramifications. Of…

Highway threatens rare native moth

The following comes from The Age newspaper, journalist: Adam Carey. The critically endangered golden sun moth will lose scarce remaining habitat when a highway in western Victoria is widened from two lanes to four. A state government environmental assessment of the planned Western Highway duplication between Beaufort and Ararat, west of Ballarat, found the road…

Yes 2 renewables

If you’re looking for a controversial issue in central and western Victoria, you could go no better than talking about wind farms. But whats going on behind the hype and angst? Are they actually making people sick? Who are the (often quite right wing) groups coming into the anti wind campaigns? Where are the projects…