by Anne Wharton
Many residents in the Unley Council area are concerned about the number of regulated and significant trees that are being removed. Indeed this seems to be happening in all of Adelaide’s suburbs.
Two huge river red gums back on to my property. The owners have recently applied for the second time to remove these significant trees. Their first application was refused by Unley Council in April 2016. The trees were given a good bill of health by the Council arborist and also an external arborist commissioned by the Council.
There is something so powerful about a well told story to move people in a way that reams of dry facts never will. On my travels last year I had the opportunity to attend a live session of The Moth in New York, where the audience members are also the story tellers. These live true story-sharing events draw in a wide cross section of the community and a similarly diverse range of stories.
It was for me a splendid example of how we all have stories to share and so can entertain each other without having to resort to mass produced, corporate-controlled forms of story telling. It gives power back to the common folk to share what is important to them. The sharing goes both ways. In a world were too many of us are isolated and disregarded, the story teller is empowered to share a part of their life to a receptive audience. It also enriches the audience by giving us a glimpse of another person’s experiences and in this way widens our view of the world. Continue reading
Pauline and Anne with another batch of Pauline’s seedlings.
The Unley community groups, in particular the Grow Grow Grow Your Own group, of Sustainable Communities SA have been working with their local council on the issue of food security for a while now. The group has been running gardening workshops to increase people’s skills in growing their own food and to create a community of skilled food growers in the Unley Council area. As an offshoot Pauline and Anne have been running a series of free propagation and seed raising workshops. Although each workshop takes a lot of time and effort to plan, both Pauline and Anne light up when they talk about them and the buzz they get from the sharing of knowledge with all the participants. Continue reading
Message from GetUp and Solar Citizens – the Homegrown Power Plan is on tour across Australia. First stop on the 100% Renewables Roadshow is Adelaide!
WHAT: Adelaide’s 100% Renewables Community Forum (free but limited seats!)
WHEN: Monday 31 October 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30 pm (doors open at 6pm)
WHERE: Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa St, Goodwood, Adelaide Continue reading