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Jaara history: a way to the future?

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

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New honour for Jaara elder Uncle Brien Nelson

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

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Is it all the way downhill from here?

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

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OK, we have some facts: what do we do with them?

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

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Frogs wanted

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

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Red Gums: good news vs bad news

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

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And on the subject of lerps, pardalotes and others…

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

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It costs a bit to be a beach basher

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

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RACV and off road driving: an answer

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

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Dear RACV

FOBIF has written to the RACV asking for clarification on its view of 4WD practices, in particular the practice of driving along beaches and other off road places [see our post]. In connection with the article we complained about in … Continue reading

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