I have been camped at Bimblebox Nature Refuge near Alpha in Queensland for the last two weeks, and likely the next 3-4, to help prepare for the site visit of the Queensland Land Court and associated legal and government teams.
The Bimblebox Alliance, of whose committee I am a member, is objecting to a coal mine project, which would include Bimblebox, as proposed by Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal.
As you can imagine, an 8000ha nature refuge in the Desert Uplands is hardly close to shops, so accommodation and catering for visitors is not easy, let alone for numbers.
Days are still hot here, and surprisingly humid. Nights are beautiful, stunningly starry, and cool enough to be a delight.
As I have no time to wander about, each day I pay attention in case the termite mounds I pass have changed positions. I feel like classing them as wildlife, albeit paused temporarily.
There are millions here.
Up early and to bed early, I see the low sunrises and higher sunsets.
One evening unseasonal rain threatened… and fell.
But soon after it cleared and a pale desert rainbow appeared: my first.
May it augur well for this court case to save this gentle woodland and all that call it home…