Category Archive: Drought

‘Bellis’ – A Model 21st Century Garden

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‘Bellis’, Brisbane’s award winning sustainable house and garden, is now seven years old. Last October this place won a national Save Water! Award in the Built Environment category. Since its inception, this 810… Continue reading

Queensland’s Flying Foxes Are Starving – Again

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Pictured: driven by famine, a black flying fox drinks nectar from my banana flowers before sunset Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld President, Louise Saunders, is alarmed by the large number of reports about… Continue reading

Sustainability Beyond Traveston Dam

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The Queensland government has been humiliated by the rejection of the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam on the Mary River. But in proposing the dam the government has also ignored key opportunities for sustainable,… Continue reading

Lood Mitigation For Southeast Queensland Starts Here

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Today Tamworth is cut into two by floodwaters from falls of over 150mm rain. Storms are predicted for southeast Queensland and the Northern Rivers of NSW, and southeast Queensland continues to mop up… Continue reading

Book Launch: ‘Love, Mary’ – A Thinking Person’s Christmas Gift

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The official Book Launch of ‘Love, Mary’ will be held in West End, Brisbane at ‘The Avid Reader’ bookshop on the 4th of December. I’ll be introducing the LNP’s David Gibson, MP for… Continue reading

Big Solutions Create Bigger Problems

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ABC news on line reports that the Queensland Premier believes that the proposed Traveston Crossing dam at the Mary River Valley is a cheap solution for SE Queensland’s water needs. The truth is… Continue reading

Sow Pigeon Peas For Native Bees

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Pigeon peas are a 21st century crop. Last spring I decided to grow my own dal. Protein-rich split peas are the main ingredient, also added to soups and stews, and these are dried… Continue reading

The First Day Of Crematoria

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The first koel of summer has called, the first mosquito has bitten and the first dust storm has sprinkled Brisbane red ochre. While I’m out there watering, counting every drop as it falls… Continue reading

Using Every Drop More Than Once

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The last thing we want is for any water to go down the drain. By mid-morning today, heavy showers filled our 21,000 litre rainwater tank. It’s starting to overflow into our network of… Continue reading

Autumn Harvest And Wild Weather

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We’ve just enjoyed a good picking of autumn crops from the garden On Friday I planted out the mangelwurzel seedlings in their final positions. We ate the tender, leafy thinnings which taste like… Continue reading

Climate Change Flora For Brisbane

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This stocktake was completed two days ago and it helps me answer some of your FAQ’s:

Queensland Minister ‘Greys’ Grey Water

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Here’s a letter I’ve sent to the Hon. Craig Wallace, Qld Minister for Water: Dear Minister, Re: Media Release – ‘Greywater guide gives green tips for Queensland Gardeners’, 26.4.08. A copy of your… Continue reading

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