May 17, 2022

S4E16 The Youth Are Rising

Today I’ll be taking you along for the ride as my 14 year old Nephew Oliver and I head into Melbourne and take part in the student strike for climate that happened on the 25th of March. It was a global day of action so there were similar events not just ...

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May 10, 2022

S4 E15 Democracy For Dinner

Today we are going to be chatting with Castlemaine local Bryn Davies and a group he has been a part of called Democracy for Dinner. I thought it was a very pleasant sounding enterprise and an example of how we can, where ever we are, get together in a gr...

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April 26, 2022

S4 E14 A Library of Seeds

The Castlemaine Seed Library has been running for over five years with people 'borrowing' seeds to plant and grow food, and then 'returning' seeds once the plants have run their course.   In this episode Seed Library founder Grace McCaughy and coordin...

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April 13, 2022

S4E13 Futures with Alex Kelly and John Wiseman

I was lucky enough to have a wonderful conversation about possible climate futures, not through a lens of disaster and doom but gritty possibility, radical hope and extraordinary courage. Alex Kelly and John Wiseman joined me recently to talk about their...

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March 22, 2022

Podcast listeners, I haven’t forgotten you!

Hello podcast crew, I haven't forgotten you  even though there has been a bit of radio or podcast silence over the last month. This very short message is just to explain what has been going on and what is coming up soon. Hope all is well in your world! A...

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Feb. 8, 2022

S4E12 Water with Steven Healy from Coliban Water

Steve Healy is Executive General Manager of Climate and Population Adaptation at Coliban Water.  Climate change predictions for our region point to hotter and drier weather patterns and when it rains it is going to be more extreme, big dump kind of event...

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Jan. 26, 2022

S4E11 Getting to Know You with Kathryn Coff

Kathryn Coff is a committed community leader and she joins us to discuss race, privilege and power, which are themes that she lives with and grapples with every day of her life. She shares a beautiful way of getting to know people that opens us up so muc...

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Dec. 9, 2021

S4E10 Mildura Part 2: the Eco Village

Today’s episode is a series of interviews collected in Mildura at the local eco village.  We had heard they were having a working bee and thought we might get a sense of the site and what goes on there. Interestingly the site is managed by council, so I ...

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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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