Ngarrindjeri basket weaving

By Monica O’Wheel

On Sunday 7 August 2016, twenty six women met at Payneham Community Centre to learn Ngarrindjeri Basket Weaving from Vicki Hartman, a skilled and experienced Ngarrindjeri weaver and teacher.

We had pulled the reeds used in this weaving from Lochiel Park wetland and from Laretelare Park at Port Adelaide. Getting to know the reeds, Cyperus gymnocaulos and Cyperus vaginatus, was the first learning we shared. The reeds are identifiable by the new plants sprouting from the seed heads and the three prong cluster of leaflets at the top of the reed. We potted these seedlings on and distributed them to be grown in our backyards for further weaving.

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Containment – film screening

Containment is documentary by Peter Galison, Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University, and Robb Moss, Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. It looks at three critical contemporary radioactive sites where containment has become the central issue.

In view of the recent proposals to establish nuclear waste sites in South Australia this is a timely and important movie. It has not been widely promoted in Australia, but Adelaide has the rare chance of a screening:

 6pm Monday 19 September at the Capri Cinema, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood.


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Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel ‘Cycle’

In February 2015 SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel ‘Cycle’.  The title of’Cycle’ is misleading as the process is actually a chain leading to the final destination as nuclear waste.  This investigation is separate from the federal proposal for a national nuclear waste dump for Australia’s waste.

The Royal Commission handed down its final report in May 2016 recommending SA accept the world’s high level nuclear waste for final disposal for profit. Independent economic analysis throws into doubt the economics of the proposal. There is a very real risk that SA won’t make a profit and may end up either going into debt to dig the underground dump, or be left storing high level waste above ground near the coast indefinitely.


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Environment Day workshop at Thebarton Senior College

For World Environment Day on Wednesday 8 June 2016, Thebarton Senior College held a Sustainability Expo showing students’ entries in their Poster Competition, student recycling relays and stalls run by invited community groups.

Thebarton Senior College is for students aged mostly between 18 and 30 years, many of whom have recently arrived from overseas and are learning English, vocational skills and doing SACE.

Sustainable Communities SA ran a workshop teaching students about wicking beds made out of mostly recycled materials in polystyrene broccoli boxes.

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