Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Freeloader at Art on the GreenWay

detail of Freeloader in the GreenWay 

Unfortunately it's the end of the Art on the GreenWay show of 6 temporary environmental art works presented by Leichhardt Council and supported by NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded by the waste levy, as part of the annual event LOST. A fab initiative supporting local artists who provide an innovative approach in questioning our ways with waste through a new view along the GreenWay, at the Iron Cove end.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Backyard Wind Tree

The wind turbine for your backyard: 26ft 'Wind Tree' uses tiny silent blades to generate electricity from light breezes

  • The 'Wind Tree' uses tiny blades housed in the 'leaves' that turn in breezes

  • A French firm is installing the first model at  Place de la Concorde in Paris

  • 'Aeroleaves' generate electricity in wind speeds as low as 4.5mph (7km/h)

  • This can provide enough power to supply 15 street lamps or one electrical car for 10,168 miles (1,360km) over the course of a year

Read more:

Friday, March 4, 2016

Art on the GreenWay

detail of Freeloader in the GreenWay
Wonderfully for the second year, Leichhardt Council has offered artists interested in Environmental Art a chance to win funds to create a temporary artwork for installation in the GreenWay.  

Art on the GreenWay is a featured event of LOST, Leichhardt Open Studio Trail 2016  - see No. 34 on the LOST map

Works will be on show from Wednesday 9 to Sunday 20 March 2016

Friday, December 18, 2015

Cities support a greater number of threatened species than non-urban areas

Investigators looked at the distributions of 1,643 protected species in Australia, and counted up the number of these species that occurred in square-kilometer units across the continent. By comparing the cells found in cities with those located in non-urban areas, the researchers explored the relative importance of cities for conserving nationally-protected species.
All cities in Australia contained protected species, and 30% of the species listed as protected in Australia inhabited urban environments. Cities consistently supported a greater number of protected species than other areas.
The findings highlight the opportunities that cities present for tackling biodiversity loss.
"Our results show that to tackle species extinction we can no longer afford to ignore the places where most of us live and work," said Dr. Christopher Ives, co-lead author of the Global Ecology and Biogeography study. "In Australia, every city has a role to play in safeguarding the country's most threatened biodiversity."

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Backyard Bird Count

Over 42,000 nature-loving Australians counted over 1,000,000 birds for the second annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

The Top 10 most common bird species in Australia remain unchanged from last year, with the Rainbow Lorikeet once again taking out the number one spot. 

Check out the website for more details and to download the species results for Australia and your state:

Sunday, September 6, 2015

National Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in 1936. 

This National Threatened Species Day, BirdLife Australia turns its attention to five of our most endangered woodland birds to highlight the fragility of our wonderful birdlife and the ongoing need to protect them. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gardening news...

The Ashfield Community Gardeners are proud to announce the launch of our brand 
new website at 

If you would like to try community gardening in Ashfield Council locale, please come along to one of our working bees at the times listed below.

  • Summer Hill Eora Garden: 9:30am on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month
  • Haberfield Community Garden: 9:30am on the fourth Saturday of the month
  • Ashfield Park Community Garden: 9:00am on the first and third Saturday of the month

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Castor Oil Plant

Ricinus communis
image from Wikipedia

Tall shrub to 3m high common in waste areas. The stems
are red tinged and the leaves are large and lobed, with
suppressed veins. The sap is white. Native to Africa. Often found along railway lines.
Flowers: Reddish green, flowers in summer.
Fruit/Seed: Green to black spiny fruit capsule occuring
in autumn. Seeds are speckled and bean-like.
Dispersal: Seed explosion from capsule, water.
Special Note: Seeds are highly toxic to humans and animals.

words and above image are from IWEG's bandicoot bush care newsletter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bird Week 20 - 26 Oct

White faced heron  visted my backyard this morning.. first time I have seen one at home! I am a little excited and it happens to be bird week where Bird Australia wants You to get involve in bird conservation.  "this year we invite you to take part in our new Aussie Backyard Bird Count. It’s easy and it’s fun, so hit the website to get a free app with a built-in field guide so you can get started."   I just did my count!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gunyah AIR

At Gunyah artist-in-residence in North Cove Arms, near Port Stephens, there is plenty of space for quiet reflection and wildlife inspiration. I have recently returned, and wanted to share this link and great picture looking out from the studio. Hello

Monday, September 15, 2014

IWEG via weebly

The new website  for IWEG looks good and where I found this fab picture of some cuties - baby bandicoots 

next working bee will be 
September 21 – Waratah Mills 
(enter via the Davis St Car Park of Waratah Mills)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

tomorrow's IWEG working bee cancelled

Anredera cordifolia pic from

Next planting day: September 21 – Waratah Mills (enter via the Davis St Car Park)

Another weed often found in inner west gardens and bush care sites

Anredera cordifolia commonly known as the Madeira vine or mignonette vine, is a South American species of ornamental succulent vine of the family Basellaceae. The combination of fleshy leaves and thick aerial tubers makes this a very heavy vine. It smothers trees and other vegetation it grows on and can easily break branches and bring down entire trees on its own.

A. cordifolia is an evergreen climber that grow from fleshy rhizomes. It has bright green, heart-shaped, fleshy shiny leaves 4–13 cm long. Wart-like tubers are produced on aerial stems and are a key to identifying the plant. It produces masses of small fragrant, cream flowers on dependent racemes, which may be up to 30 cm (12 in) in length. The plant spreads via the tubers, which detach very easily

A. cordifolia can reproduce through the proliferation of tubers and also from rhizome fragments that may be broken off. Although this species has both male and female flowers they rarely reproduce sexually and produce seed. This species often spreads through its own vegetative growth, but can easily be transported by human activities. If fragments end up in waterways, they are easily transported to new locations in this manner.

sourced from IWEG Jo Blackman and wikipedia

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Today is Good News for Whales

Above are details from Cat Bailey's hanging nylon bag installation please see and read more here 

Lets hope today's historic ruling by the International Court of Justice ends Japan's murdering of whales (and thanks to the 2010 Rudd government for this campaign).

"Japan had justified the slaughter of more than 10,000 whales in the Southern Ocean in the past 25 years on the grounds that it was done for scientific purposes, even though it sold them on commercially."  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MINING: gouging the country

Articulate project space  December 1  at   2 - 4 pm

for the launch of the latest Artlink issue 

and the last day of LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND

The world is hungry for minerals and fuel. Is Australia's preparedness to gouge its (sacred) earth any different to that of any other country? The land's value in spiritual as well as economic terms has led to some of the most debated legislation of contemporary times – from Australian Aboriginal ownership and land rights to mining, coal seam gas extraction, the value of the land; who owns it; who has the rights to use it; to sell it; to exploit it; to act as custodian of it. Initially defined as "Terra Nullius" this country is now recognised as an ancient, mineral-rich continent of hotly contested territories.

This issue digs deep into the seen and unseen impact of big mining and its greed for the rapid and ruthless exploitation of fossil fuels. It comes at a turning point for the community in relation to climate change. With the carbon level in the air now reaching 400 ppm, coal mining can never be ‘clean’ or sustainable;, an urgent global public campaign to keep coal in the ground is growing.
Artists, artists' alliances and arts writers join with environmentalists to raise consciousness about the dangers of mining operations on farmlands, rivers, in remote areas, deserts, and coastal areas, as well as in the depth of the oceans.
• Ken Mulvaney writes on the ancient rock art being damaged by proximity to mining operations on the Burrup Peninsula.
• The tension around funding for arts, science and community enterprise from mining companies which commonly exploit the prestige of arts projects to varnish their image. Arts patronage is used as a wedge to buy off the potential community opposition and the custodial burden is getting heavier for Indigenous land holders in many regions.
• During the mining boom has support to the arts from mining companies been minimal relative to their profits?
Artists include Fiona Hall, Cai Quo-Qiang, Craig Walsh, Jan Senbergs, John Gollings, Ah Xian, and Raymond Arnold. 
Writers include Daniel Thomas, Sam Cook, David Hansen, Michael Taussig, Judith Blackall, and Jane Deeth.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Williams River Valley Artists' Project presents

LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND will show the work of artists Neil Berecry Brown, Sue Callanan, Juliet Fowler Smith, Noelene Lucas, Christine McMillan, Ian Milliss, Margaret Roberts, Toni Warburton and David Watson, made in protest against the fossil-fuel industries and their role in the growing crisis of global warming.

at Articulate project space
16 Nov to 1 Dec

 Williams River Valley Artists' Project 's newspaper The Stuttering Frog #2 will be launched at the opening. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bird Week

image from BirdLife Australia's newsletter

Celebrate Bird Week 19 - 25 October, see more at Birdlife

and Ornitho-logical exhibition and residency runs until 26th