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Acknowledgement of CountryFriends of the Box Ironbark Forests would like to acknowledge the elders of the Dja Dja Wurrung community and their forebears as the traditional owners of Country in the Mount Alexander Region. We recognise that the Dja Dja Wurrung people have been custodians of this land for many centuries and have performed age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal on their land. We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.
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Indigenous history shouldn’t just be the archaeology of a society frozen in the past: it should open up ‘glorious’ prospects: of a time when indigenous people will be accepted as leaders in this community. This is the view expressed by … Continue reading
At a ceremony in Melbourne last week senior Jaara elder Uncle Brien Nelson was included in the Victorian Aboriginal honour roll. For many years Uncle Brien has been one of this community’s most distinguished cultural leaders. In 2009 he was … Continue reading
Guess what? Long unburnt box ironbark environments are more likely to recover from drought stress than ones which have been recently burned! This is one of the findings of the ‘Either side of the Big Wet’ research project, the gloomy … Continue reading
A disappointing feature of the ARI gathering was the disconnect between the findings and any possible management implications. Several questions aiming to find a practical response to the research were batted away. It’s very obvious that there are in fact … Continue reading
The photo below shows two out of the three ponds created in Victoria Gully Castlemaine, by the Victoria Gully group. The ponds are designed to take runoff from nearby streets, and are to be planted with rushes and tussock grasses … Continue reading
So, what’s going on with our River Red Gums? We noted last year how lots of them were looking pretty dire, and this year is, if anything, worse: whole roadsides and paddocks in this region and beyond are looking pretty … Continue reading
While we’re on the subject of encouraging good bird habitat, readers may be interested in these two events: First, you can do your bit for the pardalote! Earth to pardalote is a workshop on how to create win-win gardens for people … Continue reading
It seems there’s a niche market for whom there’s nothing quite so enticing as sitting in your $85,000 4WD on a remote beach somewhere, enjoying the sight of your own tyre marks and muttering ecstatically, ‘How pristine is that?’ It’s … Continue reading
FOBIF has received an answer from the RACV to its letter about an article in RoyalAuto magazine promoting the irresponsible—and idiotic— practice of driving on beaches (see below). We complained that the article should have been corrected online, as the … Continue reading