Episodes

Nov. 23, 2021

REPEAT: Adani Coal Mine

This episode was recorded and first released in May 2020. This is an updated version with a new intro. The interview remains exactly the same. In this episode we speak with a family of activists and we take a closer look at what is going on with the Adan...

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Nov. 16, 2021

S4E09 COP26 with Cam Walker

The climate related news media has been saturated over the last few weeks in reactions, reflections and commentary about COP26. For a show about grassroots climate action it has been hard to know what to say about it all. Enter Cam Walker, who you might ...

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Nov. 2, 2021

S4E08 Mildura Part 1: The Mallee, the Murray and the Mayor

Following on from our last episode with Rob Law we head up to Mildura, over 400km to the north of Castlemaine. My interest in Mildura has been growing lately. It is a regional city sitting right on the mighty Murray River, and at the heart of a region ca...

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Oct. 19, 2021

S4 E07 Charging the Regions with Rob Law

Rob Law, Executive Officer of the CVGA – or the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance – joins us to talk about alliances and collaborations between local councils, its not as boring as it sounds, I promise. After years of careful and persistent efforts t...

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Oct. 5, 2021

S4 E06 Healthy Soil with Dr Jess Drake

'Don't treat your soil like dirt' is a motto today's guest Dr Jess Drake lives by. Soil scientist and science educator Jess tells us how soil plays a vital part in healthy ecosystems, carbon sequestration and life itself.

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Sept. 21, 2021

S4 E05 Cycling Together

Recorded at a live, online book launch of Trace Balla’s latest creation Cycling Together. Trace is a multi award winning author, illustrator and creates the most beautiful graphic novellas, including Rivertime, Rockhopping and the Thank you Dish. This is...

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Sept. 8, 2021

S4 E04 The Bioenergy Debate - Part 2 - Questions and Answers

Recorded at a recent town meeting this episode shares the Q&A session that followed the presentation by Deane Belfield of MASG  This is our second episode looking at the contentious bioenergy plant proposed for Castlemaine. (hear the presentation in our ...

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Aug. 31, 2021

S4 E03 The Bioenergy Debate - Part 1 - The Presentation

This episode is the first of two that looks at a contentious issue in Castlemaine at the moment, the proposed bioenergy plant. For many who are worried about climate change this kind of renewable energy project seems like a great idea, but those living a...

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Aug. 17, 2021

S4 E02 Human Health and Climate

This episode looks at the implications for human health as the climate changes. Vanora Mulvenna joins us from the DHHS (the Victorian State government's Department of Health and Human Services) to discuss how our state government is already planning for ...

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July 28, 2021

S4 E01 What is Saltgrass?

What is saltgrass?  This show was named after a real plant and we wanted to know more about it... but it actually isn't very well known.  In this episode we chat with Karl Just, local ecologist, who is one of the few people we were able to find who knows...

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June 3, 2021

S3 E23 School Strikes: Fund our Future

The final episode for Season 3 has a plethora of voices all asking for the same thing: fund our future, not gas. The Australian School Strike for Climate crew have struck again.  Just before our state was locked down due to another covid outbreak thousan...

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May 18, 2021

S3 E22 Full Circle with Scott Ludlam and Alex Kelly

Alex Kelly interviews Scott Ludlam about his new book 'Full Circle - a search for the world that comes next'   For full episode details and links click here

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May 6, 2021

S3 E21 Hear Here

Hear Here is a sound art project that featured in the recent Castlemaine State Festival. In this episode we speak with the two artists who created Hear Here - Dan Koop and Daniele Constance.   Read full episode notes and find links to things discussed he...

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April 20, 2021

S3 E20 GrAiNZ

This episode continues on the theme of bread! We hear from bakers from across Australia who have joined the GrAiNZ movement, a loose collection of sourdough bakers who want to create a new, more sustainable grains economy.   See full episode description ...

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April 6, 2021

S3 E19 Redbeard Bakery with John Reid

This episode takes a look at a local bakery and how it can be an example of everything we want to achieve in terms of community building, supporting local food systems and taking care of the planet. Find out more at https://saltgrasspodcast.com/2021/04/0...

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March 16, 2021

S3 E18 Cape Grim with Jessie Boylan

Jessie Boylan is a PhD candidate at RMIT's School of Art.  She has work in the upcoming Castlemaine State Festival called The Smallest Measure. Her thesis and upcoming art instillation has taken her out to the wilds of a remote outpost at the edge of Tas...

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March 1, 2021

S3 E17 Repair

In this episode we re-visit Chris Hooper, who has been running the Castlemaine Repair Cafe for over four years.  We also chat with Lucy Armstrong about the joy and meaning of repairing clothes.   https://saltgrasspodcast.com/2021/03/02/s3-e17-repair-with...

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Feb. 15, 2021

S3 E16 Degrowth

In this episode we explore the alternative economic concept of Degrowth with Anitra Nelson and Terry Leahy.  It is a growing movement across the world and has at it's heart sustainability and ways we can live in balance with the planet. Find out more and...

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Jan. 31, 2021

S3 E15 Second Hand Electric Vehicles with Anton Vikstrom

In today’s episode we are talking with Anton Vikstrom co-founder of the Good Car Company.  These guys are helping the electric car (or EV) transition happen in Australia by facilitating bulk buy purchases of second hand vehicles from Japan. Find out why ...

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Jan. 17, 2021

S3 E14 Endgame

In today’s episode we hear from a couple of fellow sound producers who are making a podcast called Endgame. They too are exploring the journey this local community is undertaking towards a more sustainable future – with a focus on the transition to zero ...

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Jan. 17, 2021

A (cautious) 2021 New Years message

A quick little message from Allie for the New Year.  Some reflections on the year that has been and some thoughts and ideas for Saltgrass in 2021. We've been going since this time last year and look forward to another year of sharing our community's clim...

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Dec. 14, 2020

S3 E13 Ecology and the Economy with Warwick Smith

In this episode we hear from Warwick Smith, a Castlemaine Local, about his dual careers as an ecologist and an economist. (You might remember him from the Student Strike Episode earlier this season) He is fascinating to talk to, I think, because so ofte...

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Nov. 30, 2020

S3 E12 Talking About Climate with Rebecca Huntley

If you find talking about climate change difficult, you are not alone! A complex and contentious topic that often makes people anxious and overwhelmed… of course it is hard to talk about. Yet that is exactly what we must do if we are going to make sure e...

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Nov. 19, 2020

S3 E11 Djab Wurrung Allies and Supporters

In this episode I have two interviews for you.  One with Gabe Lillington, the young man who was up the tree when the last show was recorded.  He spent two nights and three days up in what is called the grandfather tree to successfully halt works until le...

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