Booster plan for coverage 21/05/2015


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I love to do this type of “local hero” story from time to time.

There is nothing like a community-minded individual who, having solved his own problem, wants nothing more than to help his community.

Added to this he shows no political motive in doing so. 

It is this kind of community spirit that made Australian towns work in the first place.

What if nobody thought this way any more, and we all end up existing as fee-paying clients of our governing bodies?

Not a happy thought.

[From The Great Southern Weekender, May 21 2015.

Belonging to Where I Am 25/5/2015

Stewart Scambler likes to talk about the quality of a rock in the landscape.

Photo via Stewart Scambler

Photo via Stewart Scambler

“There’s a rightness about its presence there, a quality of stillness that exists and a quality of discovering something new and previously unseen when you lift that rock,” he says.

This is my latest artist profile for Artsource newsletter, about potter Stewart Scambler. Please note it is now an entirely online publication.

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Urgent need for new housing, says MLA 14/5/2015


Back story: Albany is short of housing for its most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly.


From the Great Southern Weekender May 14 2015, p3.

The state government demolished an old block of flats on this site about a decade ago, while Labor was in power, and apparently it took some time for the City to publish its new precinct plan for the area.

I was concerned I was giving the local member a free kick til I double checked, and realised Council adopted that precinct plan 18 months ago.

The present government gave him the free kick, I just did the reporting. 

Meanwhile the region has more than 120 people on the emergency housing waiting list, and the state government is yet to commit to building anything on this land, which it owns.

The new state budget includes $560 million to house vulnerable people this year.

From the Great Southern Weekender May 14 2015, p3.

Modern transport options allow for more hunting time 1/5/2015

Australia’s desert Aborigines seem to have been making bread for at least 10,000 years.

Photo by Rusty Stewart.

Photo by Rusty Stewart.

However the archaeological record shows it only became a common practice about 2,000 years ago.

The latest research shows the key factor here was mobility.

People needing to stay in the same place for weeks at a time to preform ceremonies made bread because they did not have time to travel to new hunting grounds.

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