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Desert Channels. The Impulse to Conserve launched

There were 17 contributors to "Desert Channels. The Impulse to Conserve" at the very successful launch at the Hugh Sawrey gallery, Stockmans Hall of Fame in Longreach, swelling the large crowd to 95-100 people. We sold 30 or so books on the night and did quite a few media releases for radio and newspaper. http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/09/27/3023188.htm

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/09/27/3023188.htm?site=westqld

and links from ABC Western Qld http://www.abc.net.au/westqld and http://www.abc.net.au/northwest

Tropical storms are still rolling around the Desert Channels and Simon and Christine Campbell were cut off by the raging Barcoo River! Nella and Mark Lithgow did make it through from Cravens Peak Reserve, as fortunately did Bruce and Maureen Scott from Windorah and Angus and Karen Emmott from Stonehenge, everyone's vehicles were well plastered with mud though! 10 of us went on and stayed at Noonbah, near Stonehenge with Karen and Angus Emmott on Saturday, to watch the grandfinal of course with pies and beer provided by Faye Alexander. Due to the road being closed, we changed plans and didn't stay with Simon and Christine at Blackall so 8 of us then descended on Maureen and Bruce Scott for the night at Moothadella, Windorah and were able to celebrate with Bob Morrish who joined us for the night also.

Dave Thompson's welcome to country at the SHOF was excellent and people thought the powerpoint he presented, including early, hauntingly damning Hansard records of politicians views of Aboriginal people and counter-visual evidence of long occupation of Country,  was powerfully informative. Bruce Scott's opening speech was moving and very much to the point revealing his great love of the Channel Country. He bestowed great honour on the contributors by comparing our quest to write about and make images of the Channel Country with the aims of the celebrated writings of Alice Duncan Kemp. I hope to send you all his text in due course. It was great to see the intercanges in the crowd during the night and a good mob of about 35 went onto dinner after. where the discussions continued.

The launch at the Rain on the Rangelands conference in Bourke on Monday night was also a big event, 230 participants were seated  right on the banks of the old wharf on Bourke and we were given a 20 minute time slot for our launch which put is in full spot light. Geoff Wise was enthusiastic and generous in his speech, I was able to introduce Chris Dickman as the NSW Scientist of the year and once Chris and I had recovered from the shock of talking to such a big crowd, were kept busy signing books for some time after the speeches and when I saw Melinda Chandler from CSIRO last,the following day, shortly after Guy Fitzhardinge's challenging keynote address, she was still selling. Half of the print run has been sold already, it seems, so don't delay your contributor discounted purchases too long into the future!

I'm sorry you couldn't all be there to celebrate this significant achievement but we hope to catch up with more of you at "The Big Wet" National Museum Forum on 22 October 12-2 pm, which will launch the book in another context.

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Desert Channels. The Impulse to Conserve. Book launch and Exhibition

You are invited to experience an exhibition of new art and writing about and by the people of the Desert Channels Country.Please join some of the 46 contributors at the launch by

Bruce Scott, Mayor of the Barcoo Shire.

Hugh Sawrey Gallery, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach, Queensland 6.00– 8.00 pm 24 September 2010 Event Free Please RSVP September 17 aldr.martin@bigpond.com

WEBSITE: http://environmentalhistory-au-nz.org/desert-channels/ To order: http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/21/pid/6406.htm

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Part 3; Bogged at Boolcoomatta

The third stage of our trip in April was to Bush Heritage Australia’s Boolcoomatta Reserve which lies about 100 kms west of Broken Hill in South Australia. www.bushheritage.org.au It is a jewel of a property in great condition and wonderful for watching birds, emus and euros. There was a large gathering of BHA staff, board members, volunteers and supporters for the weekend. As usual I slipped straight off outside or to the nearest hill to sketch when ever I could and spent two days out an historic copper mine site, painting another 6 panel work. Faye ducked off to the dump per usual and collected some old steel radial wire and fabricated 2 beautiful semi spherical vessel shapes over the visit.

Rain showers were moving across the vast chenopod landscape and once again I had to move canvases and sketches under cover and into the 4WD every time if got too damp. It was disconcerting to see the landscape so verdant and when I painted up at the mine, even the mullock heaps were tinged green from the copper and the red ochre soils were littered with many green mineral fragments lying around. This required quite a modification in my usual palette.

I largely completed a 6 panel work on paper, later finished in the studio.

I distinguished myself by getting well and truly bogged on the way to the mine site and had to use the personal satellite beacon, EPNRB, all visitors are required to use when not at the base and within an hour, two staff had arrived and pulled me out. I was mortified of course especially as all the rest of the group were waiting in vehicles to visit a site.

Anzac morning was freezing and clear and the more intrepid of the group climbed to the top of a hill where the last post was sounded apparently somewhat in advance but otherwise formalities were observed.

We drove back to NSW the day after Anzac day through tough mulga country around Cobar, stripped bare by a goat invasion, then struck locust swarms again as we headed further south. Our part of the world in central NSW looks much drier and the ground cover worse by far than most of the “desert” country we travelled though in South Australia, with the exception of Cobar. However the streets are being paved in gold there, well massive pavers of shiny polished granite in pink and black anyway, the minerals boom is rampant right through the outback it seems no matter where we travel.

Desert Lake, General, Art + Environment

Part 3; Bogged at Boolcoomatta

The third stage of our trip in April was to Bush Heritage Australia’s Boolcoomatta Reserve which lies about 100 kms west of Broken Hill in South Australia. www.bushheritage.org.au It is a jewel of a property in great condition and wonderful for watching birds, emus and euros. There was a large gathering of BHA staff, board members, volunteers and supporters for the weekend. As usual I slipped straight off outside or to the nearest hill to sketch when ever I could and spent two days out an historic copper mine site, painting another 6 panel work. Faye ducked off to the dump per usual and collected some old steel radial wire and fabricated 2 beautiful semi spherical vessel shapes over the visit.

Rain showers were moving across the vast chenopod landscape and once again I had to move canvases and sketches under cover and into the 4WD every time if got too damp. It was disconcerting to see the landscape so verdant and when I painted up at the mine, even the mullock heaps were tinged green from the copper and the red ochre soils were littered with many green mineral fragments lying around. This required quite a modification in my usual palette.

I largely completed a 6 panel work on paper, later finished in the studio.

I distinguished myself by getting well and truly bogged on the way to the mine site and had to use the personal satellite beacon, EPNRB, all visitors are required to use when not at the base and within an hour, two staff had arrived and pulled me out. I was mortified of course especially as all the rest of the group were waiting in vehicles to visit a site.

Anzac morning was freezing and clear and the more intrepid of the group climbed to the top of a hill where the last post was sounded apparently somewhat in advance but otherwise formalities were observed.

We drove back to NSW the day after Anzac day through tough mulga country around Cobar, stripped bare by a goat invasion, then struck locust swarms again as we headed further south. Our part of the world in central NSW looks much drier and the ground cover worse by far than most of the “desert” country we travelled though in South Australia, with the exception of Cobar. However the streets are being paved in gold there, well massive pavers of shiny polished granite in pink and black anyway, the minerals boom is rampant right through the outback it seems no matter where we travel.