Essay: ‘A home among the peach trees’

I recently wrote an essay, ‘A home among the peach trees’ about refugee settlement in regional Australia and I wrote it for two reasons. One was because while I care and am vocal about the cruelty with which Australia treats refugees, especially those in offshore detention, I also believe not enough time is spent discussingContinue reading “Essay: ‘A home among the peach trees’”

SPC Ardmona isn’t just a factory

‘We could be about to see what happens to a town when it loses its identity. Shepparton is SPC Ardmona’ – Warwick Long, ABC Rural journalist, 30 January 2014 via Twitter. I am a graduate of Dookie Primary School No. 1527, where there was a grand total of five students in my grade. All up,Continue reading “SPC Ardmona isn’t just a factory”

Pedalling the paddocks: Dookie Rail Trail

Part of the trend to rejuvenate disused railway lines and making them into cycling tracks, the Dookie Rail Trail is short* but sweet. It is 4.8km long, but as a casual round trip, it is a nice couple of hours of cycling (or a bit longer if you prefer to walk) through paddocks in thisContinue reading “Pedalling the paddocks: Dookie Rail Trail”

Dookie waking

Having returned from New York last week, I’m having a few days in Dookie, in country Victoria, where I grew up. It is quiet, and with the wheat crops yet to turn golden just yet, it is very green and pretty. My jetlag also means that I am waking full of energy before 6am (whichContinue reading “Dookie waking”