I’ll be hitting the road again soon, still talking… writing Rich Land, Wasteland has made this a full time follow-on occupation!
If the rains don’t intervene again, first I’ll be in beautiful—and wet—Dorrigo, so high up as to often be a cloudland. Then down to trendy and only slightly less wet Bellingen, at the feet of these spectacular mountains.
No, I’m not on holiday; I’m there as part of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.
No, they don’t have a coal or gas rush there—but they do have a gold and antimony rush (and whatever else they find in the process) and there’s plenty of reasons to be concerned about this. Unless you fancy a little arsenic in your waterways?
My Festival events are:
- Thursday 21st March, 7 pm
Dorrigo Community Hall,
Chaired by Jacqueline Williams, with myself and Paul Cleary (Minefield) speaking on Mining of course—but with the theme of ‘Just keep digging? – our resources rush, local and beyond.’
- Saturday 23rd March, 2.30-3.45 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall
Discussion chaired by George Negus on ‘Dangerous Activities: Mining and Nuclear Energy,’ with myself, Paul Cleary and Richard Broinowski.
Then I’m off to Melbourne again, just overnight, to Sandringham on Port Phillip Bay, to speak at a public event organised by the Bayside Climate Change Action Group.
- Tuesday, 26th March, 7.30 pm
Sandringham Uniting Church Hall,
21 Trentham Street
Next day I’m in Tasmania—details of that to follow.