Why Your Vote Can Save More Than The Mary River

As an Executive Member of Queensland Conservation, I wholeheartedly support the Save the Mary campaign. I am deeply concerned that any government could consider building the Traveston Crossing dam for several reasons.

Polluter Pays?

A Dutch environmental consultancy has revealed that the coal industry is costing the international community $170 billion damage each year due to natural disasters caused by Global Warming. Warming is one disaster. Ocean acidification is another gift of fossil fuels. Rising carbon dioxide levels are increasing acidity in the oceans more than ten times faster…

Big Solutions Create Bigger Problems

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 somewhat different: as Oscar Wilde said “The cynic knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing”… The Traveston Dam proposal…

AEF Still Spells FAKE

Don Burke is a well known Australian celebrity who blends public relations with gardening. He’s made his name through commercial gardening shows selling product. Since the demise of Burke’s Backyard TV show, Burke’s started selling ideas, encouraging us to destroy our last native forests so the rich can get richer. “I think Gunns are desperate…

Is Duncan Street’s Nature Strip Now Safe?

Bayside residents have vowed to stop council plans to eliminate this nature strip. Subsequent media coverage by ABC Radio and Channel Ten TV on Tuesday 27th May 2008, it now appears that Brisbane City Council are willing to discuss ways to retain and improve this community asset! Here’s the original story

“Queensland Gardeners Too Dumb To Grow” – Minister

In a recent guide, ‘Waterwise Queensland: Gardening with greywater’*, published on 26th April 2008, Queensland minister for Natural Resources and Water, the Honourable Craig Wallace hopes to popularise grey water in home gardens. During the ongoing drought in SE Qld, home gardeners have grabbed their buckets and answered government calls to reduce their mains water…

Queensland Minister ‘Greys’ Grey Water

Here’s an open letter I wrote 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 media release was forwarded to me from the office of Queensland Conservation. I urge you to withdraw this publication before you mislead…

Chiquita Bananas Sued

Garden sustainably. Grow your own organic bananas – it reduces your ecological footprint. The Great Barrier Reef is choking on agricultural sediment, fertilisers and pesticides; Invest sustainably. Never do business with Chiquita – to keep their boots off the faces of others; Never do business with Chiquita. How sure are you that your superannuation isn’t…

Driving To The Grocery Store Brings Famine To Your Neighbour

Suddenly the UN, which has spent years warning world leaders that we would reach Peak Food early this century, are being listened to. The UN has accurately described how, where and who would be hit by famine. I recently wrote a piece in The Organic Gardener about this topic because home food gardeners have role…

Jerry’s ‘Bellis Garden’

The Gardening Australia expo, Brisbane, was a big success. Better plants, better displays and keen gardeners determined to succeed, whatever drought may bring. We were there too, mostly at ‘Jerry’s Bellis garden’ display. I’d like to say a big thank you to Expertise Events – to Gary, Dawn, Matt and Rudi – the team who…