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A show about the environment, the climate crisis and what everyday folk are doing about it. Based from a small town in regional Victoria, Australia. On Jarra Country. Find out more at saltgrasspodcast.com
Nov 22, 2021
REPEAT: Adani Coal Mine
This episode was recorded and first released in May 2020. This is an updated version with a new intro. The interview remains exactly the same. In this episode we speak with a family of activists and we take a closer look at what is going on with the Adani Coal mine. A hotly contested mine that is still in construction in Queensland. Long term residents of Castlemaine Ben and Jacynta have spent a lifetime living with the earth in mind, from building a sustainable house to participating in protests and activism. Ben travelled on the Adani convoy a couple of years ago, as lead by renowned greens leader and activist, Bob Brown. Ben is a visual artist and is known locally as something of an agitator, often providing cheeky and provocative takes on the current political issues. Jacynta has studied a masters in social ecology, trained in facilitation and participated in the transition towns movement. At the time of recording Rilka, their daughter, was heavily involved in the activist groups trying to disrupt the Adani coal mine from going ahead. The reason I have chosen this one to replay right now is that Jacynta has, in the last week, moved from being the proud parent of an activist to taking action herself. LINKS: The Traditional Owners in the Galillee Basin where the Adani mine is happening and what they have been doing to stop the mine. Protest groups mentioned in the show: * Blockade Australia * FLAC – Frontline Action on Coal * Stop Adani * Galilee Rising * Extinction Rebellion * Galilee Blockade * FOE * Climate for Change * Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA) * Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) * Knitting Nanas
Nov 15, 2021
S4E09 COP26 with Cam Walker
The climate related news media has been saturated over the last few weeks in reactions, reflections and commentary about COP26. For a show about grassroots climate action it has been hard to know what to say about it all. Enter Cam Walker, who you might remember from a past episode about Friends of the Earth, he has just released an article with reflections about COP26 and what it means for Australia. So I popped over to his place to have a chat about what the hell it's all about. Links: * This is the article Cam wrote that inspired this episode * The COP26 website * Info about COP26 from Australia's Climate Council * Australia wins ‘colossal fossil’ award * Info about Aussie political donations and the fossil fuel industry and the Big Deal series on ABC
Nov 2, 2021
S4E08 Mildura Part 1: The Mallee, the Murray and the Mayor
Following on from our last episode with Rob Law we head up to Mildura, over 400km to the north of Castlemaine. My interest in Mildura has been growing lately. It is a regional city sitting right on the mighty Murray River, and at the heart of a region called the Mallee. I have been up to Mildura twice this year and have collected interviews each time. Why Mildura? According to climate projections my town may have a climate more like Mildura’s within decades. I’d also heard about the huge solar farms going in up there and was curious about these developments. This interview was conducted in March 2021, with Mildura’s mayor, Jason Modica and councillor for environment and sustainability Jodi Reynolds. We talk about the environmental and social issues specific to the region, with water and solar power obviously up the top of the list. Find links and more at saltgrasspodcast.com
Oct 19, 2021
S4 E07 Charging the Regions with Rob Law
Rob Law, Executive Officer of the CVGA – or the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance – joins us to talk about alliances and collaborations between local councils, its not as boring as it sounds, I promise. After years of careful and persistent efforts the CVGA has been instrumental in helping numerous councils in Victoria come together and commit to 10 years worth of renewable energy AND install electric vehicle charging stations to connect small towns to the ever increasing cohort of EV drivers. Find out more at saltgrasspodcast.com
Oct 5, 2021
S4 E06 Healthy Soil with Dr Jess Drake
'Don't treat your soil like dirt' is a motto today's guest Dr Jess Drake lives by. Soil scientist and science educator Jess tells us how soil plays a vital part in healthy ecosystems, carbon sequestration and life itself.
Sep 21, 2021
S4 E05 Cycling Together
Recorded at a live, online book launch of Trace Balla’s latest creation Cycling Together. Trace is a multi award winning author, illustrator and creates the most beautiful graphic novellas, including Rivertime, Rockhopping and the Thank you Dish. This is a beautiful book with a very important message. Trace has created this book to support the work her brother Mark Balla is doing in India to help girls stay in school with his charity Operation Toilets. We are joined today by both Trace and Mark. We are also joined by Jane Bennett, menstrual educator and agent of cultural change around how women and girls think and feel about their monthly cycle. The event happened on Sat 18th September 2021. LINKS: How to get the book: https://traceballa.com/cyclingtogether Trace Balla website: https://traceballa.com Mark Balla: TED talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3xr13xFfto Toilet Warrior: https://www.toiletwarrior.net/ Operation Toilets: https://www.operationtoilets.org.au/ Jane Bennett: Chalice Foundation: https://chalicefoundation.org/ Celebration Day For Girls: https://celebrationdayforgirls.com/ Topics we’ve discussed: Drawdown – educating girls: https://drawdown.org/solutions/health-and-education United Nations goals: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/
Sep 8, 2021
S4 E04 The Bioenergy Debate - Part 2 - Questions and Answers
Recorded at a recent town meeting this episode shares the Q&A session that followed the presentation by Deane Belfield of MASG This is our second episode looking at the contentious bioenergy plant proposed for Castlemaine. (hear the presentation in our last episode) For many who are worried about climate change this kind of renewable energy project seems like a great idea, but those living at its doorstep have some serious reservations. Find out more about the proposed project at bioenergy.net.au
1 hr 4 min
Aug 31, 2021
S4 E03 The Bioenergy Debate - Part 1 - The Presentation
This episode is the first of two that looks at a contentious issue in Castlemaine at the moment, the proposed bioenergy plant. For many who are worried about climate change this kind of renewable energy project seems like a great idea, but those living at its doorstep have some serious reservations. Allie starts the episode by providing a bit of context and then we hear a presentation given by Deane Belfield at a town meeting. Deane is explains as much as he can about the proposed bioenergy facility. Next week we will hear the Q&A session that happened after Deane's presentation and also hear from people as they left the hall to see what they thought about it all. Find out more about the proposed project at bioenergy.net.au
Aug 17, 2021
S4 E02 Human Health and Climate
This episode looks at the implications for human health as the climate changes. Vanora Mulvenna joins us from the DHHS (the Victorian State government's Department of Health and Human Services) to discuss how our state government is already planning for the possible health impacts of climate change. Before the interview Allie takes some time to reflect on the latest IPCC report and celebrates Saltgrass being a finalist in the Jackson Wild Awards. Fellow finalists are The Hopecast, by Jane Goodall and a National geographic project called The Guardians of the River.
Jul 28, 2021
S4 E01 What is Saltgrass?
What is saltgrass? This show was named after a real plant and we wanted to know more about it... but it actually isn't very well known. In this episode we chat with Karl Just, local ecologist, who is one of the few people we were able to find who knows about the plant. We discuss its properties, both biological and metaphorical. We also discuss a rare species he has been involved in monitoring and protecting for some time now, the Eltham Copper Butterfly, as mention in our episode Caring for Country
Jun 3, 2021
S3 E23 School Strikes: Fund our Future
The final episode for Season 3 has a plethora of voices all asking for the same thing: fund our future, not gas. The Australian School Strike for Climate crew have struck again. Just before our state was locked down due to another covid outbreak thousands of students walked out of school and gathered in major cities and country towns. Allie went to the train station early in the morning to chat with some of those travelling into Melbourne for the strike and also recorded the support rally that happened in Castlemaine later that day. For links and more information click here
May 18, 2021
S3 E22 Full Circle with Scott Ludlam and Alex Kelly
Alex Kelly interviews Scott Ludlam about his new book 'Full Circle - a search for the world that comes next' For full episode details and links click here
1 hr 3 min
May 5, 2021
S3 E21 Hear Here
Hear Here is a sound art project that featured in the recent Castlemaine State Festival. In this episode we speak with the two artists who created Hear Here - Dan Koop and Daniele Constance. Read full episode notes and find links to things discussed here.
Apr 20, 2021
S3 E20 GrAiNZ
This episode continues on the theme of bread! We hear from bakers from across Australia who have joined the GrAiNZ movement, a loose collection of sourdough bakers who want to create a new, more sustainable grains economy. See full episode description at saltgrasspodcast.com
Apr 6, 2021
S3 E19 Redbeard Bakery with John Reid
This episode takes a look at a local bakery and how it can be an example of everything we want to achieve in terms of community building, supporting local food systems and taking care of the planet. Find out more at https://saltgrasspodcast.com/2021/04/06/s3-e19-redbeard-bakery-with-john-reid/
Mar 15, 2021
S3 E18 Cape Grim with Jessie Boylan
Jessie Boylan is a PhD candidate at RMIT's School of Art. She has work in the upcoming Castlemaine State Festival called The Smallest Measure. Her thesis and upcoming art instillation has taken her out to the wilds of a remote outpost at the edge of Tasmania... to a place called Cape Grim where there is a science lab that tests the air coming in off the ocean there. Without land or human habitation for hundreds of kilometres, the air blowing in off the ocean to cape grim is considered the best air in the world to get base measurements of our atmosphere, including carbon and other green house gasses. This data is vital in our understanding of global warming. How does an artist depict the science of climate change? Listen to this episode to find out. See Saltgrasspodcast.com for more information.
Mar 1, 2021
S3 E17 Repair
In this episode we re-visit Chris Hooper, who has been running the Castlemaine Repair Cafe for over four years. We also chat with Lucy Armstrong about the joy and meaning of repairing clothes. https://saltgrasspodcast.com/2021/03/02/s3-e17-repair-with-chris-hooper-and-lucy-armstrong/
Feb 14, 2021
S3 E16 Degrowth
In this episode we explore the alternative economic concept of Degrowth with Anitra Nelson and Terry Leahy. It is a growing movement across the world and has at it's heart sustainability and ways we can live in balance with the planet. Find out more and see the links and resources at saltgrasspodcast.com
Jan 31, 2021
S3 E15 Second Hand Electric Vehicles with Anton Vikstrom
In today’s episode we are talking with Anton Vikstrom co-founder of the Good Car Company. These guys are helping the electric car (or EV) transition happen in Australia by facilitating bulk buy purchases of second hand vehicles from Japan. Find out why getting a second hand EV makes good sense for the environment and for you! Read full episode description at saltgrasspodcast.com
Jan 17, 2021
S3 E14 Endgame
In today’s episode we hear from a couple of fellow sound producers who are making a podcast called Endgame. They too are exploring the journey this local community is undertaking towards a more sustainable future – with a focus on the transition to zero net emissions – or the local z-net movement. Kyla Brettle, Rob Law and I are all involved in that process, in various ways – which has been going on for over a year. It is wonderful to hear another approach to this topic, and Kyla and Rob artfully weave together lovely moments and insightful conversations to tell the story of this process.
Jan 17, 2021
A (cautious) 2021 New Years message
A quick little message from Allie for the New Year. Some reflections on the year that has been and some thoughts and ideas for Saltgrass in 2021. We've been going since this time last year and look forward to another year of sharing our community's climate journey with you. Stay tuned....
Dec 13, 2020
S3 E13 Ecology and the Economy with Warwick Smith
In this episode we hear from Warwick Smith, a Castlemaine Local, about his dual careers as an ecologist and an economist. (You might remember him from the Student Strike Episode earlier this season) He is fascinating to talk to, I think, because so often we are presented with the idea that these two things are in competition with each other. According to Warwick this does not have to be the case. Today we are exploring how Warwick came to be both an ecologist and an economist, we also delve into how the economy came to be the way it is now and how that relates to our way of living and our way of treating our environment, our planet. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Links: The piece by Warwick has contributed to our local Zero Net Emissions Transition Movement about how our community could utilise alternative economics. The Price of Capitalism paper Warwaick did with GetUp!…
Nov 30, 2020
S3 E12 Talking About Climate with Rebecca Huntley
If you find talking about climate change difficult, you are not alone! A complex and contentious topic that often makes people anxious and overwhelmed… of course it is hard to talk about. Yet that is exactly what we must do if we are going to make sure everyone is paying attention to this critical issue. In this episode we talk with Rebecca Huntley about her new book ‘How to Talk About Climate Change in a way that makes a difference’. We explore why talking about climate change can be so difficult and what we can do to navigate it. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Nov 19, 2020
S3 E11 Djab Wurrung Allies and Supporters
In this episode I have two interviews for you. One with Gabe Lillington, the young man who was up the tree when the last show was recorded. He spent two nights and three days up in what is called the grandfather tree to successfully halt works until legal processes mandated a stop work reprise – until the 19th of November – which is this week. The other interview is with a woman who goes by the name of Spring Blossom. Both are Castlemaine residents and both have been visiting and living at the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy camp on and off over the last few years. We discuss what the action a couple of weeks ago was like for them and what it means to them to be an indigenous ally in times like this. Though we are discussing action happening on Djab Wurrung land, both of these interviews were recoded back on Jarra country. I would like to pay respects to elders past, present and emerging as the struggles of being a traditional custodian of these occupied lands has not gon…
Oct 30, 2020
S3 E10 Djab Wurrung Sacred Trees
This week we chat to the people who have been protesting the controversial Western Highway upgrade near Ararat. The Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy has been existing amongst the contested trees for three years and this week one of the significant trees was cut down and others were at great risk. Protesters scrambled into action – some scaled trees and tied themselves in and others supported from the ground and started legal processes. In this episode we speak with the leader of the protest movement Zellanach Djab Mara and others who have been involved in the protest. This episode of Saltgrass was recorded on Djab Wurrung country and produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Links: The Djab Wurrung Facebook group Go to this facebook group to join in on the benefit gig on the 7th of November. News related to this weeks action: ABC coverage SMH coverage Alternate perspective from…
Oct 5, 2020
S3E9 Solar Bulk Buys
In this episode we chat with Jo Kaptein, manager of MASH (More Australian Solar Homes) They are a not for profit project that is organising bulks buys of solar panels right through central and northern Victoria. We discuss why rooftop solar is so important, the history of the project and what gets in the way of people getting solar on their roof. Links: MASH CVGA - MASH's parent organisation The HUB Foundation - MASH's initiators Victorian Solar Rebates Australian Solar Rebates
Oct 1, 2020
S3 E8 Zero Waste Food with Madeline Hudson
Today we chat with Madeline Hudson about waste free cooking. She is about to run a zero waste cooking course through the Castlemaine Community House and has been running the community lunch for four years. Those locals to Castlemaine may have seen her performing as Lilly Pilly Green in the Zucchini Clan… But people may not know that she comes from a background of frontline direct action and forest blockades. Madz talks about it all today, with a few songs thrown in for fun! Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Links: Madz spent her 20s protesting deforestation in Gippsland with a group called Geco She then moved on to work with Friends of the Earth Melbourne with ACE and did a radio show called Radio Active at 3CR The music in this episode is all by the Zucchini Clan We played the songs 'seasons' and 'water'.
Sep 21, 2020
S3 E7 Student Strikers and Gas
Today's episode is all about the proposed gas lead recovery for Australia and what our young people are doing to try and stop it. Firstly we will hear from Warwick Smith, an ecologist and economist, who lays out exactly why the gas lead recovery is a nonsense. Then we have two young people who have been involved in the school strike for climate movement. They have created an event for Castlemaine that is in coordination with actions across Australia to protest the gas lead recovery. I talk to them about activism, and how the school strike movement has changed their lives. Then we throw back to an interview I did last season with Cam Walker. He works at environmental organisation Friends of the Earth and I thought what he said in that interview back in May is pertinent right now, on this issue. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Links and resources: Student strike for Cl…
Sep 13, 2020
S3 E6 Making Change with Natalie Moxham
In this episode we speak with Natalie Moxham, a Castlemaine resident of over 10 years. She was a driving force in the Castlemaine Commons you tube series, which was created recently to look at how our community was managing the various factors playing out in this time of pandemic. She has traveled the world and worked in many vulnerable communities, helping people create change… which is what we all know is needed, but can be so hard to make happen. She calls herself a change maker and movement builder, listen to find out what she has to say about how communities can change. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Jaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Links: Natalie's website: Leanganook Yarn Check out the You Tube series Castlemaine Commons Mentions in the show: Find out more about the Mabo case here Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth I couldn't find the exact you tube clip we discussed but George Monbiot i…
Sep 6, 2020
S3 E5 Caring for Country
In this episode I speak with two Dja Dja Wurrung men about what they are doing to connect people to country and in doing that help protect it. Harley Douglas is project manager on a project called Walking Together. It is a four year project looking at two sites. They are doing surveys of the flora and fauna in the parks, introducing cultural learning points and also asking for community input about these two parks. Uncle Rick Nelson has been taking high school boys out bush to connect to them and strengthen community and also strengthen their understanding of this place and the culture that connects them to it. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Jaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Links: Some information about the Walking Together project: From Connecting Country From Parks Victoria Djandak Dja Dja Wurrung clans aboriginal corporation About the Eltham Copper Butterfly https://connectingcountry.org.au/…
Aug 30, 2020
S3 E4 Ethical Apparel with Ilka White
In this episode I am speaking with Ilka White, an artist and textiles worker who has been investigating ways to make wearing clothing more sustainable. We talk about fast fashion and its antidote - the fibreshed movement - and everything in between. Basically, what considerations come into play when you want to choose clothing ethically. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Resources and links: Ilka White's homepage for her art, classes and textiles projects Fibreshed movement's home in California Fibreshed Melbourne Look for a Fibreshed group near you, they are all over the world! Have a listen to a previous episode about conscious clothing with Wonderpants maker Kathryn McAllister and textiles up-cycler Linnet Good. Hear Ilka talk about her art practice in this episode about art and sustainability.
Aug 22, 2020
S3 E3 Pandemics and permaculture
In this episode we are talking about masks, refugees and permaculture…. How are those things related? Well, in several ways it turns out. We have three guests: Ginny Thomas has been working with refugee and immigrant women through an organisation called Sisterworks and they have been making washable, re-usable, cloth masks. Virginia Solomon has also been making masks, but this time as a fundraiser for Permaculture Australia, she talks to us about masks, waste and permaculture. Then finally Ian Lillington has been a leader in and educator of permaculture here in Central Victoria for over a decade and he talks to us about how the permaculture movement has had an impact in our region and also finds ways that masks and mask wearing in times of pandemic are related to the principles of permaculture. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Jaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Resources and Links: Masks as pollution:…
Aug 16, 2020
S3 E2 E-bikes with Sue Tomkinson
In this episode we explore e-bikes. What are they? What are they like to ride? What are some of the drawbacks? And why you should give them a go before you buy one. Allie chats with Sue Tomkinson, who has toured the would on bike and has transitioned to e-bikes in the last few years. She has run classes on e-bikes to help people understand all of the above. We also hear from Lucy Young and Euan Williamson who are e-bike users, about their experience. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Jaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Links: Sue's website for Victorian trails: Some points on the environmental impact of e-bikes Note: As long as you recycle the battery at the end of it’s life, it is one of the cleanest, least damaging ways to move around.
Aug 11, 2020
S3 E1 Aunty Julie McHale
The is the first episode of season 3 of Saltgrass: Turning the Goldfields Green. In this episode Allie speaks with local aboriginal Elder Aunty Julie McHale. They discuss her life and what it is about an aboriginal perspective that changes everything about how you treat the environment. A fundamental shift in perspective that may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Links: Castlemaine's aboriginal cultural centre, Nalderun: https://nalderun.net.au/ Murnong Mummas catering service https://nalderun.net.au/murnong-mammas-2/ Milpirri - Winds of Change, as mentioned by Aunty Julie http://peoplepictures.com.au/
Aug 10, 2020
S2 E31 Dja Dja Wurrung Radio - Gold Rush times with Vic Say
This episode is a collection of interviews with Uncle Rick and Vic Say about the gold rush era and what was really happening with the Dja Dja Wurrung at that time. Stories of human connection and mutual respect and help shine a different light on a time that has been characterised as one of greed and destruction on so many levels. This is part 7 of a series called Dja Dja Wurrung Radio made by Uncle Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly. It was made possible by a community grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council and was created for MAINfm to be aired as short 5-10 minute segments in 2015 and 2016. For ease of listening we have edited them together and have linked episodes by theme rather than representing the order they were originally broadcast in. The series was shortlisted for the 2016 Reconciliation Victoria Community Hart Awards.
Aug 10, 2020
S2 E30 Dja Dja Wurrung Radio - Meet the locals
In this episode we have a collection of interviews with some local folk who each have a connection with the Dja Dja Wurrung. Alvan Briggs talks about didgeridoos, Sarah Moore talks about rapping and Lisa Musket talks about local plants and how to cook with them. This is part 6 of a series called Dja Dja Wurrung Radio made by Uncle Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly. It was made possible by a community grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council and was created for MAINfm to be aired as short 5-10 minute segments in 2015 and 2016. For ease of listening we have edited them together and have linked episodes by theme rather than representing the order they were originally broadcast in. The series was shortlisted for the 2016 Reconciliation Victoria Community Hart Awards.
Aug 10, 2020
S2 E29 Dja Dja Wurrung Radio - Precolonial life with Bill Davies
In this episode we have collated all of the episodes that involved Bill Davies, a local man who has taken an interest in researching and exploring the remnants of pre-colonial life here in Central Victoria. Topics include scar trees, trade routes, oven mounds, quartz scatter and water wells. This is part 5 of a series called Dja Dja Wurrung Radio made by Uncle Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly. It was made possible by a community grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council and was created for MAINfm to be aired as short 5-10 minute segments in 2015 and 2016. For ease of listening we have edited them together and have linked episodes by theme rather than representing the order they were originally broadcast in. The series was shortlisted for the 2016 Reconciliation Victoria Community Hart Awards.
Aug 10, 2020
S2 E28 Dja Dja Wurrung Radio - colonisation and its aftermath
This episode of Dja Dja Wurrung Radio is a compilation of three episodes. The first is an interview with Historian Marguritte Stephens, discussing historical records that reveal tiny glimpses of what life was like as Central Victoria was being colonised. Then Uncle Rick and Allie discuss Sorry Day and what it means. Finally a recording of Aunty Julie McHale's speech at International Women's Day with reflection on Reconciliation and what women's business involves. This is part 4 of a series called Dja Dja Wurrung Radio made by Uncle Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly. It was made possible by a community grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council and was created for MAINfm to be aired as short 5-10 minute segments in 2015 and 2016. For ease of listening we have edited them together and have linked episodes by theme rather than representing the order they were originally broadcast in. The series was shortlisted for the 2016 Reconciliation Victoria Community Hart Awards.
Aug 9, 2020
S2 E27 Dja Dja Wurrung Radio - Ulumbarra
This is part 3 of a 2015 series called Dja Dja Wurrung Radio featuring musical artists who performed in the stage show 'Ulumbarra'. The show was a soulful, uplifting and educational look at the history of the Dja Dja Wurrung. This is part 3 of a 2015 series called Dja Dja Wurrung Radio made by Uncle Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly. This series was made possible by a community grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council and was created for MAINfm to be aired as short 5-10 minute segments. For ease of listening we have edited them together and have linked episodes by theme rather than representing the order they were originally broadcast in. The series was shortlisted for the 2016 Reconciliation Victoria Community Hart Awards.
Aug 9, 2020
S2 E26 Dja Dja Wurrung Radio - Meeting Place
This episode is a collection of three interviews featuring children from the Meeting Place. This is part 2 of a 2015 series called Dja Dja Wurrung Radio made by Uncle Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly. This series was made possible by a community grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council and was created for MAINfm to be aired as short 5-10 minute segments. For ease of listening we have edited them together and have linked episodes by theme rather than representing the order they were originally broadcast in. The series was shortlisted for the 2016 Reconciliation Victoria Community Hart Awards.
Aug 9, 2020
S2 E25 Dja Dja Wurring Radio Uncle Rick
This episode is a collection of four interviews that are about Uncle Rick and his activities as elder and Dja Dja Wurrung representative. This is part 1 of a 2015 series called Dja Dja Wurrung Radio made by Uncle Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly. This series was made possible by a community grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council and was created for MAINfm to be aired as short 5-10 minute segments. For ease of listening we have edited them together and have linked episodes by theme rather than representing the order they were originally broadcast in. The series was shortlisted for the 2016 Reconciliation Victoria Community Hart Awards.
Jul 7, 2020
S2 E24 Regenerative Agriculture
In this episode we explore the emerging practice of regenerative agriculture, perhaps one of the best ways to drawdown carbon out of our atmosphere and help reduce the impacts of climate change. Under the leadership of Deane Belfield, the Mount Alexander Regenerative Agriculture Group has been running a program for local farmers to learn about the techniques involved in regenerative agriculture and help them implement them and test them. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Related links: More about the Mount Alexander Regenerative Agriculture Group: As mentioned by Deane regarding the degradation of Australian soils after white colonisation: Bruce Pasco Ted Talk about his book Dark Emu Bill Gammage on his book The Great Estate A book on regenerative agriculture mentioned by Deane: Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy Some regenerative agriculture organisations: * https://…
Jun 28, 2020
S2 E23 Conscious Clothing
In this episode we speak with several clothing creators about how they do it ethically and with the planet in mind. Ellen Doyle joins regular host Alison Hanly to discuss issues around fast fashion and the textiles industries. We also have interviews with Linnet Good talks about upcycling, that is, how she makes beautiful clothing out of second hand fabric, table cloths and sheets and Kathryn McAllister tells us about her brand of ethical undies, called Wonderpants. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. Links: Fast Fashion: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/fast-fashion-environmental-impact-pollution-emissions-waste-water-2019-10?r=US&IR=T https://www.sustainyourstyle.org/old-environmental-impacts Importance of organics: https://saltgrass.podbean.com/e/mount-alexander-fruit-garden/ Ethical Undies with Kathryn McAllister: www.wonderpants.com.au Upcycling: Linnet’s facebook page:…
Jun 16, 2020
S2 E22 Neighbourhood Houses and Climate
In this episode we joined by Amy Atkinson and Kerrily Jennings as we explore how Neighbourhood Houses can use their position in a community to help educate community members about sustainability and climate related topics. But more than that, how can organisations like this lead their communities in action around mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging. LINKS Castlemaine Community House Maldon Neighbourhood Center If you are in Victoria find your local neighbourhood house Recycling Terracycle * Recycle Pens * Coffee Capsules * Dental Products
Jun 9, 2020
S2 E21 What is Z-NET?
In this episode I speak with Taryn Lane (from Hepburn Wind and Hepburn Znet) and Terry White (from MASG) about a new plan to get us to zero net emissions in our little regional shire as quickly as possible. It is a huge collaborative effort with the Shire Council, MASG, Sustainability Vic, and many other groups. Join us as we unpack what Z-NET even means and how it may be achieved in a community like ours. Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Jun 2, 2020
S2 E20 The environmental cost of our digital world with Maikel Linke
In this episode I speak with Maikel Linke about the impact of our digital lives on the planet. Mikael livesin Newstead, just 10 minutes out of Castlemaine. He runs a not for profit email service that makes your emailing as green as it can be. We talk about what the physical requirements of our digital world really are, what cost they have for the environment and what choices we, the consumers, have. Then at the end of episode I explore how and why e-waste needs to be recycled. Links: Maikel's not for profit environmentally friendly email service: https://www.ethicalmail.org.au/ Maikel also works for the Open Food Network, who help farmers and producers sell their produce online: https://about.openfoodnetwork.org.au/ A great info-graphic created to help explain what impact the internet has on the climate: https://climatecare.org/infographic-the-carbon-footprint-of-the-internet/ An organisation that helps you research how to make your web presence green, and to check if the sit…
May 26, 2020
S2 E19 Cam Walker and Friends of the Earth (FoE)
In this episode we speak with Cam Walker who has been working at Friends of the Earth (FoE) for 30 years and has been an activist for even longer than that. If you want someone who really understands the push and pull, the nuance and dynamics of running a long term campaign for the environment Cam is your guy. Today I talk to him about Friends of the Earth, his life, what he sees as important in regional communities like central Victoria and what is the most important thing you can do today to help keep our government on track in this time of Covid 19 management and recovery. Links: To learn more about Friends of the Earth and their campaigns check out their websites: FoE Melbourne FoE International If you want to hear more from Cam he has a blog called The Mountain Journal If you are inspired to write to your local or federal politicians about the need to keep our post Covid 19 economic stimulus clean and green go to: Prime Minister Find your local minister or a particular one…
May 12, 2020
S2 E18 Deep Ecology and Non Violent Direct Action
In this episode I speak with Castlemaine local, Kerry Calcraft, who spent her twenties protesting logging in Western Australia at Giblett forest. We discuss the training she got in Deep Ecology and Non Violent Direct Action and how that has impacted her life since then... including how it helps her during this Covid-19 pandemic and into the future as the climate emergency increases. We also have a recycling tips segment at the end of the episode. Links: Non Violent Direct Action: How the Stanford University King Institute describes Martin Luther King’s journey to nonviolent direct action: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/nonviolence The Commons Social Change Library is a rich resource for further reading on Non-violent Direct Action: https://commonslibrary.org/nonviolent-direct-action-nvda-start-here/ Deep Ecology: About Arne Naess, the originator of Deep Ecology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arne_N%C3%A6ss An interesting article about Deep Ecology and Arne…
May 5, 2020
S2 E17 Adani Coal Mine and its protesters
In this episode I speak with a family of activists about the Adani coal mine and why it is being protested. Ben Laycock, Jacynta Walsh and their daughter Rilka Laycock-Walsh have each participated in different ways; Ben joined last year's Adani convoy as lead by Bob Brown, Rilka has been protesting Adani with non violent direct action and all three have led a life of environmental activism. LINKS: Information about the Traditional Owners in the Galillee Basin where the Adani mine is happening and what they have been doing to stop the mine: https://wanganjagalingou.com.au/our-fight/ About the Adani coal mine: https://www.stopadani.com/why_stop_adani https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-26/what-we-know-about-adanis-carmichael-coal-mine-project/11049938 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmichael_coal_mine https://www.adaniaustralia.com/ Protest groups mentioned in the show - each name below is a link, so click away to find out more: * FLAC – Frontline Action on Coal * Stop A…
Apr 27, 2020
S2 E16 Natural Funerals
In this episode we speak with a funeral director and an artist about how we can exit this world with as little harm as possible. Libby Moloney from Natural Grace Funerals in Woodend talks about how she got into the industry of natural funerals and what is really possible in terms of our choices when it is time to return to the earth. Then Helen Bodicomb talks to us about her fully biodegradable artwork which is also her future funeral shroud. The image for this weeks show is of Helen's artwork 'Shroud' created in 2019. Links: Libby Moloney's funeral company Natural Grace: https://naturalgrace.com.au/ Natural Death Advocacy Network Dying to Know Day by the Groundswell Project 15 Trees Project Egg shaped pod burial idea Mushroom burial suit Helen Bodicomb, artist https://helenbodycomb.com/ https://helenbodycomb.com/portfolio/shroud/
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Apr 21, 2020
S2 E15 Deb Taylor - The Long Ride
In this episode I speak with Deb Taylor about her sustainable business choices and her bike ride across the Nullarbor Plain. A six week journey across one of the most iconic Australian landscapes. She rode approximately 2,468 km from Port Lincoln in South Australia, to Busselton in Western Australia. I wanted to know why she wanted to do it and what it was like for her. From the practicalities of making a trip like that to the meaning of what it is to be a successful human being... join us. Links: Nullarbor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullarbor_Plain Use Things: https://www.usethings.com.au/ La Spotiva running shoes: https://www.lasportiva.com/en/one-percent-for-the-planet https://www.lasportiva.com/in-love-with-nature Post Resante: https://community.auspost.com.au/s/article/Im-a-visitor-or-tourist-in-Australia-without-a-fixed-address-Can-I-have-an-item-delivered-Post-Restante-or-to-care-of-a-post-office?language=en_AU
Apr 14, 2020
S2 E14 In the Beginning - Nappies
In today's show we have three interviews with people doing sustainable babies in very different ways. Firstly Joan Webster tells us how it was back in the day when you boiled a copper to wash all your clothes, including the cloth nappies (diapers). Then I speak to new parents Alex and Mark, about using washable nappies these days... finally I have a chat with Nickie and Miles about how they raised their daughter nappy free! If you LOVE poo... listen to Episode 2 where we talk about sustainable ways to manage your dog's poo. And Episode 10 'coronavirus and Human Signs' where we looked at what to use when there is no toilet paper to be found. Stay tuned for future episodes about composting loos and how to do it right at festivals! Some fast facts about nappies: "Although disposable diapers need to be exposed to oxygen and sunlight to decompose, they do not degrade well in a landfill. What's more, disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. The millions of tons of untreated w…
Apr 6, 2020
S2 E13 Food Security - Local Food and Farmers Markets
In today’s episode I am talking to Chris Hain and Mel Willard about Food Security. Chris is the President of the Victorian Farmers Market Association and market manager at both Bendigo and Castlemaine markets. Mel is one half of Gung Hoe growers, with her partner in crime Sas Allardice. Gung Hoe Growers is the vegetable growing arm of the Harcourt Organic Farming Cooperative. I spoke to these guys in depth in 2018 in episode six of season one, it is one of my favourite episodes of that season, so I recommend you also listen to that: https://saltgrass.podbean.com/e/gung-hoe-growers/ Food security as a topic has been on the cards in terms of climate change since people first started thinking about it... but it has come up, as so many climate change related topics have, during this time of the corona virus with people panic buying seedlings, seeds and potting mix. Links: Victorian Farmers Market Association https://www.vfma.org.au/ Castlemaine Farmers Market http://castlemainefar…
Mar 30, 2020
S2 E12 Peter Yates and Deep Adaptation
In today's episode we talk with Peter Yates, who you might remember from episode seven when we spoke to him and his son Rory about their documentary When the River Runs Dry. Today we listen to an interview I did with Peter several months ago, back when the bushfires were the main topic and we had never heard of the coronavirus... remember that? In this interview we begin our chat by talking about his life up to this point, a life that includes working with World Vision, travelling Australia with a young family in a gypsy wagon pulled by camels and working with indigenous rangers in land management. Later in the episode we unpack the ideas involved in Deep Adaptation which is a concept Peter had been thinking about and discussing with others. It is a topic made famous by Jem Bendell who published an academic paper in 2018 entitled Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy. Links: Deep Adaptation: https://www.dumbofeather.com/articles/embracing-deep-adaptation/ https://w…
Mar 24, 2020
S2 E11 Author Illustrators: Trace Balla and J M Rodier... and the virus v the environment (update)
In this episode we chat with two local author/illustrators. Trace Balla is a Castlemaine local and much beloved author/illustrator who has produced multiple comic style books about young people learning about and thus learning to love nature. Her latest creation 'Landing with Wings' has just been released by Allen & Unwin. J. M. Rodier is a Kyneton local and has just published her first book called 'Lanuola'. It is a whimsical and fantastical short novel for tweens with occasional illustrations all about the real problem of crown of thorn starfish in our reefs. Coronavirus and the environment updates: I'm really sorry to say it but some good news is fake news: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/03/coronavirus-pandemic-fake-animal-viral-social-media-posts/ Also, if it ain't toilet paper then bin it or compost it but whatever you do, DON'T FLUSH IT: https://www.coliban.com.au/coliban-water-calls-community-assistance-prevent-sewer-blockages Trace Balla: http://traceb…
Mar 18, 2020
S2 E10 Coronavirus and Human Signs
In this episode we explore the global phenomenon of the coronavirus, or Covid-19, and what it means for the environment. It touches on carbon emissions, pollution, waste management and personal choices about hand sanitiser and, of course, toilet paper!! Then we move on to a collection of interviews I recorded in late February at the Hepburn Wind Farm as we all gathered to create a human sign to communicate the need for our govt to set targets that keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. Links: Soap and coronavirus: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/12/science-soap-kills-coronavirus-alcohol-based-disinfectants https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/24339/can-soap-get-dirty Toilet paper alternatives: (she is super excited to share with you - but don't be afraid, she runs through some good options) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD7iixnlhHw Hygene advice from a Nona: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey08XMOisiw How to use a tabo with Mikey Bustos: https://www.yout…
Mar 13, 2020
S2 E9 Upwelling - Art and Climate Change
This week we spoke with Ilka White (artist), Dale Cox (artist) and Brodie Ellis (curator and artist). They are all involved in an exhibition about the climate crisis at Lot 19 Castlemaine called Upwelling. Our conversation explores the concept of the show and how it was brought together by Brodie and the works made by Ilka and Dale, before moving on to look at what part art has to play in communicating about the Climate Crisis. "This exhibition brings ancient and new knowledge, ideas, and actions to the surface of the climate change struggle. Science from a deeper understanding of the natural world will direct our survival plan for the future we are creating today." Zoe Amor, Alvin Briggs, Dale Cox, Punctum Inc, Cameron Robbins with Maison Lapalus, Gretel Taylor & Leonie Van Eyk, Ilka White, John Wolseley Curated by Brodie Ellis & Mark Anstey. The gorgeous song in this episode - suggested by Ilka - is from a project called The Lost Words Spell Songs - who kindly gave us permission…
Mar 5, 2020
S2 E8 Coping with Climate Change
Dr Susie Burke (psychologist) and Kerrily Jennings (Community House) join us to discuss the controversy surrounding the council funded workshops at Castlemaine Community House. It surround a series of three workshops run by Susie which are all looking at how we humans are responding to climate change... see links below. The conversation ranges far and wide, with discussions on how parents can talk to kids about climate change, how different people cope with the emotions raised by the prospect of climate change and the role of civic engagement and personal responsibility. Links: The Courses at Community House: https://www.cch.org.au/coping-with-climate-change/ https://www.cch.org.au/deep-adaptation-to-climate-change/ https://www.cch.org.au/talking-with-children-about-climate-change/
Feb 26, 2020
S2 E7 When the River Runs Dry
In this episode, we discuss the documentary film 'When the River Runs Dry' made by a father son team from Maldon. Only just released and already honoured with multiple awards, this film explores the 2019 mass fish kill event in the Darling River. In the first half of the episode we get a review of the film from Andrew Skeoch and Nathan Johnson, both locals deeply interested in nature. Andrew is a nature sound collector and Nathan is a conservationist. Then in the second half of the episode we discuss the film and the issues it raises with the filmmakers Peter Yates and Rory McLeod. Trailer for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUG1EGs0guQ Rory McLeod's website: https://rorymcleodfilm.weebly.com/ Andrew Skeoch (one of our reviewers) is a professional nature sound recordist: https://www.listeningearth.com.au/LE/index.php
Feb 21, 2020
S2 E6 Protest Part 2
In this episode we catch up with Eliza Tree. She spoke to us in Episode 4 about the People's Climate Assembly gathering in Canberra that week. In this episode we hear about what happened up there and how it all went. She also gives us an insight into the Climate Emergency Summit she attended last weekend in Melbourne. In among all of that we catch a glimpse of the whimsy of author and illustrator Trace Bella's morning routine, foraging for her breakfast. Note that the song was played in full during radio broadcast, but due to licencing issues cannot be played in full for the podcast. Links: https://www.climateemergencysummit.org/ https://www.facebook.com/peoples.climate.assembly/ Guests: https://www.elizatree.com/ http://traceballa.yolasite.com/
Feb 11, 2020
S2 E5 Terry White
This is a get to know you episode with local climate activist and community change agent Terry White. Hear about his story from being a kid wandering the wilds and developing a love of nature to what he is doing now to help push us and our local council towards change.
Feb 4, 2020
S2 E4 Protest
In this episode we discuss protest. This week a contingent of locals took a road trip to Canberra to rally outside of parliament and a Castlemaine rally took place in support of the Canberra crew. I wanted to know what they were protesting about and whether they really thought it would change anyone's mind. links: The Totnes Extinction Rebellion Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUt1ELCXwgM
Jan 26, 2020
S2 E3 Transition Towns
In this episode, we start with what the frik is going on with recycling in this region! Then move on to Transition Towns... what are they? how can that be applied here? and what comes next? I am joined by Mary Blain from MASG and Ian Lillington Premaculturalist, both of whom have been fans of the Transition Towns concept for over ten years! Read more about the global movement that is Transition Towns here: https://transitioninitiative.org/ Find out the latest about Mount Alexander Shires recycling crisis here: https://www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=2552
Jan 19, 2020
S2 E2 Compost, dog poo and recycling
In this episode we speak to Bill Grant who is a self confessed compost nerd and whose job it is to know all about waste. We discuss why it is so important to keep organic waste out of landfill and what is REALLY going on with recycling. We also delve into the controversial world of dog poo... if it stinks, we've covered it in this episode. Links mentioned in the episode below: Nasa https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/from-smoke-going-round-the-world-to-aerosol-levels-nasa-observes-australias-bushfires Compost instructions https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-your-home/Waste-and-recycling/Food-and-garden-waste/Compost Faye White https://www.faywhitemusic.com/ Recycle your shoes asga.com.au/sos
Jan 12, 2020
S2 E1 Drawdown and Fire Safety
The first episode in a new series. Allie introduces us to the new series and puts it in the context of the devastating fires that have been out of control across much of Australia this season. We start with Deane Belfield, talking about the book Drawdown and how it can help us all avoid climate catastrophe. Then we are joined by Joan Webster OAM discussing bushfire safety. Books mentioned: Drawdown - edited by Paul Hawkins This and other books mentioned that are by him can be seen at: http://www.paulhawken.com/write The Complete Bushfire Safety Book by Joan Webster Essential Bushfire Safety Tips by Joan Webster Recycling: https://www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/WasteFacilities https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Services/General-Waste-Recycling-and-Organics/Landfills-and-Transfer-Stations/Eaglehawk-Landfill https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/
Dec 9, 2019
S1 E4 Plastic Free July Part 2
Recorded in 2018, this episode of An Environment for Change sees Allie, Mel and Rachel gather again at the end of their month of plastic free living. They share stories and tips and things they have learnt over the month of July. They reveal what worked and what didn't work, where they met success and where they had to compromise.
Dec 9, 2019
S1 E1 Plastic Free July Part 1
Three women chatting about plastic free July. They are committing to varying levels of plastic free living and in this first episode discuss their thoughts before starting.
Dec 9, 2019
S1 E8 Chewton Primary School
In this episode of An Environment For Change we spoke to Julie Holden, principal of the Chewton Primary School. Under her leadership the school has achieved a five star sustainability rating, the highest rating there is. Find out what she and her team and the students at Chewton Primary School have done to achieve this.
Aug 25, 2018
S1 E7 Castlemaine Repair Cafe
In this episode of An Environment for Change I speak with Chris Hooper about the Castlemaine Repair Cafe. She has been running a monthly Repair Cafe in Castlemaine for over a year and they have saved over 600kg of waste from being thrown out; objects, clothing and mechanical items that can now live to see another day. I speak to Chris about how it all started, how it works and where it is going. I also spoke to some of her repair volunteers, who talk about what it is like to be a repairer, why they do it and some of the things they have been asked to repair.
Aug 12, 2018
S1 E6 Gung Hoe Growers
A laughter filled chat about very serious issues; the importance of small scale diverse farming providing for local markets. Sas and Mel have been farming veggies on their patch of land in Harcourt, subletting from the Mount Alexander Fruit Gardens, for several years. In that time they have doubled thier size and then doubled again, all the while learning and sharing with their local community.
Aug 12, 2018
S1 E5 Mount Alexander Fruit Garden
In this episode I speak to Katie, who has been running the organic orchard Mount Alexander Fruit Garden for over 20 years with her partner Hugh, and Ant, who is set to start running the orchard as Katie and Hue retire. The conversation ranges over topics from the hidden benefits of organic farming to the exciting new ways young farmers like Ant are starting to organise.
Aug 12, 2018
S1 E3 Boomerang Bags Castlemaine
In this episode of An Environment for Change I speak with Ginny, the force behind Boomerang Bags Castlemaine. She and a group of dedicated volunteers have been following the Boomerang Bags model; sewing and offering upcycled cloth bags to the public of Castlemaine in the hopes of helping us all transition away from plastic bags and towards more sustainable options.
Aug 10, 2018
S1 E2 Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine with Lucy Young
In this episode I speak to Lucy Young about her ongoing campaign to make Castlemaine a plastic bag free town. We talk about the ins and outs of running a campaign, the personal reasons behind working so hard for sustainability and what we can do to replace plastic bags in our lives. This is the second episode of eight in a series about sustainability in Central Victoria. Brought to you by MAINfm and the Mount Alexander Shire Council and created by Alison Hanly.