#Bali goes ‘Clean and Green’, but hang on isn’t it supposed to be a green #paradise already?

In October, the Jakarta Post carried a story announcing Bali's commitment to go green. The “Bali Clean and Green” program, is to involve all levels of government in Bali, provincial, regency and city, with additional support from the private sector and local residents. So, Bali is to become Indonesia's first green province. But wait a … Continue reading #Bali goes ‘Clean and Green’, but hang on isn’t it supposed to be a green #paradise already?

Indonesia’s Unexpected Population Spike: Keluarga Berencana di mana

May 2010 saw the completion of a census in Indonesia. The results show cause for concern because they indicate a marked jump in the population. Based on the census data Indonesia's population was 237.6 million. This is 3.5 million more than previously forecast and represents a significant demographic spike. At this rate there are about … Continue reading Indonesia’s Unexpected Population Spike: Keluarga Berencana di mana

Floods in Australia: salinity our silent flood

Travelling away from home is apt to allow reflection on the real nature of home and so it was sitting in Ubud several days ago.  My view was over what was once an uninterrupted southward sweep of sawah, fringed on it's most distant margins by coconut palms. Such views are an accumulation of thousands of … Continue reading Floods in Australia: salinity our silent flood

#Indonesia: unexpected journeys of an accidental religious peddler

Arriving in Indonesia again wasn't as I'd expected. For starters, my luggage was brimming with religious artifacts of various sorts. More by accident than design,  several circumstances had arisen that might have led a customs officer to assume I wasn't a holiday maker but some sort of religious peddler. An old Indonesian friend, a Roman … Continue reading #Indonesia: unexpected journeys of an accidental religious peddler

New Year #2011 at #Coogee: more on the #coastal zone

Sydney’s coastal rock platforms are a sensitive indicator of coastal zone environmental health. Despite successive waves of settlers pillaging this zone over the past 220 years low tides often reveal startling environmental richness and diversity remaining just beyond the easy grasp of human predators. This summer solstice the full moon brought extremely low tides to … Continue reading New Year #2011 at #Coogee: more on the #coastal zone

#Trams: a short pictorial study by State Records #NSW

State Records NSW has a remarkable collection that’s been extensively digitised. Since one of the themes of this blog is trams, or light rail as the rather over engineered contemporary version of a Sydney tram is called, I’ve planned a series of posts on trams. Reproduction rights: State Records NSW Globally trams are on the … Continue reading #Trams: a short pictorial study by State Records #NSW

Sydney Urban Growth and Decline: Student observations

Earlier this year my students completed a field study around the Sydney Harbour foreshore from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay. This was part of a major unit of work within the syllabus topic: Issues in the Australian Environment. A description of my approach is found here. The project was supported by the SSC Leichhardt Geography … Continue reading Sydney Urban Growth and Decline: Student observations

#Swimming in Sewage: Australia’s Coastline, a few more comments

As an island continent, with a land mass of about 7,692,030 km² Australia has a vast coastline, off shore islands included it's about 59 736 kms Most Australians, some 85%, live within 50 kilometres of the coast. I grew up by the sea, about 3 minutes away. From an early age I was aware of … Continue reading #Swimming in Sewage: Australia’s Coastline, a few more comments

Gathering Images of #Urban zones in #Sydney for a #DERNSW Project

Preparing learning materials frequently involves issues of copyright particularly if the plan is to make them available beyond the classroom. In my experience most copyright holders, unless they're specifically trying to make a dollar out of education, are only too obliging when it comes to allowing use of their materials. Recently I was puzzling over … Continue reading Gathering Images of #Urban zones in #Sydney for a #DERNSW Project

#Indonesia and #Australia: perceptions of border security from the land that’s girt by sea

Now the election campaign has passed I'm still reflecting on why there was so little mention of Foreign Affairs. Quite extraordinary really, considering what's going on the in the world. Tension is still high in the Koreas; Iran moves further ahead in its nuclear development; Israel and the Palestinians are resuming talks, in the USA; … Continue reading #Indonesia and #Australia: perceptions of border security from the land that’s girt by sea