The solace of creativity in times of crisis

At 5pm on Saturday 14 August, the State of New South Wales went into a COVID-19-responsive lockdown. The regional City of Dubbo and its local government area had already been under stay at home orders for three days on the back of growing active COVID cases; the region’s Indigenous population dangerously exposed. Sydney, our StateContinue reading “The solace of creativity in times of crisis”

The necessity of ‘awkward silence’

The vision of ecoPULSE is to create a safe space to talk, share, think and plan a future that’s inclusive of all of us, human and more-than-human. ecoPULSE has an ambitious mission – Exploring regional futures through enquiry, creativity + connections. Creativity is fed by enquiry and connections help extend the ideas and conversations that evolve fromContinue reading “The necessity of ‘awkward silence’”

The land that sustains us has more than one language (updated)

UPDATED 23 JUNE The English language dominates the world with its constantly evolving collection of words and phrases in the form of slang, hashtags, incoherent phrases complicated by jargon, acronyms and clichés, and words of the year shaped by world events and culture. It’s a universal language used by business, governments, tourism, international relations, entertainmentContinue reading “The land that sustains us has more than one language (updated)”

A tale of two rivers

The Galari/Lachlan River is the fourth-longest river in Australia. It flows through the lands of the Wiradyuri, Nari Nari and Yita Yita Nations starting on the Breadalbane Plains near Goulburn (696m above sea level), terminating at the Great Cumbung Swamp near Oxley on the Hay Plains (about 70m above sea level). The river is consideredContinue reading “A tale of two rivers”

Giving the Galari her voice

Just as Pulse of the Wetland was getting underway this year, I was given the news that my application for a 2020 residency with the CORRIDOR project (tCp) near Cowra was successful. It was March, and the world was in the midst of panicking about a pandemic; no one really knew what was ahead andContinue reading “Giving the Galari her voice”

Finding common ground

…it’s very pretty – one of the words that (with) landscapes we don’t use enough of… ERIC FISHER, FORMER MARSH GRAZIER, “Wilgara” Quambone Over the past six months of working on Pulse of the Wetland, I’ve been collecting stories from people who have a connection to the Marshes. It’s been a mix of identifying individualsContinue reading “Finding common ground”

eco-PULSE Project Updates

Pulse of the Wetland This project has been developed on the traditional lands of the Wayilwan Nation, whose connections to the wetlands known as Maliyanga Ngurra*/ the Macquarie Marshes, dates back thousands of years. March 2020: Silent Symphony: the “Burrima” baselineMay 2020: Marking timeMay 2020: The autumnal crescendoJune 2020: The things no one seesJuly 2020:Continue reading “eco-PULSE Project Updates”

Q&A with Of the Mosses’ Andrew Howe

I’ve been working collaboratively over the past 18 months with Andrew Howe (UK) on our Mosses and Marshes project, documenting my part of the project here. I share what I’ve been doing in a Q&A with Andrew on his website, Of the Mosses. READ IT HERE Read more about how Andrew is working on the raisedContinue reading “Q&A with Of the Mosses’ Andrew Howe”

Hidden sounds of the Marshes

When water returns to a wetland, you expect it to bring the sounds of life — insects, frogs and birds in full song, the trickle of water, wind in the treetops and shuffling through the reeds. You hear these things as soon as you step into the landscape. And so it was on my recentContinue reading “Hidden sounds of the Marshes”

Stories can shape the future

I’ve been telling and sharing people’s stories since my uni days of the late 1980s when I became a reporter, then editor, of the student newspaper. During my time as an ABC Radio Rural Reporter in the 1990s, I saw the radio connect people across a vast area of inland NSW; it was the storiesContinue reading “Stories can shape the future”