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Written by Jessica Nico, Cockburn Gazette

A SPECIALLY designed forest will pop up in Hamilton Hill this weekend.

Published on January 17, 2020.

We keep hearing it - this is the 'new norm' and those of us in the sustainability space have been warning about the 'new norm' for a long time and when it comes to fire and the threats you don't need to look far to see just how out of touch things are.

Take this subdivision near my sons old school in Success WA. Typical of many in WA and across Australia and it at first doesn't look that special (pretty boring photo actually) but here is the story behind it and why it could spell fire disaster.

There is alot of negative news out there and I have learnt one of the best ways to counter this is to live the life you had imagined and if it doesnt exist then passionately go out and create it.

One of our favourite quotes is from the one and only Oprah!

     “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Don't die with your music still inside you.

January 6th, 2020.

In the midst of the terrible news about Australia's bushfires it is worth remembering that we can help people and communities create truly resilient landscapes.

Confrontational? Perhaps, but if we look at the national obsession on 'bringing down power prices' we can see we are actually just trying to treat the symptoms!

People are struggling with big bill power bills to keep their houses cool, and we are ignoring the real underlying problem: that many homes and suburbs are just poorly planned and designed for Australian conditions, becoming little more than massive, sprawling 'heat sinks' that sit baking through the hot dry months.

Article from The West Australian - Katherine fleming, May 4th, 2018.

Chris Ferreira was sitting on the porch of his parents’ farmhouse, looking out over the land he brought back from the brink, when the phone rang. He put down the wire he was shaping into tree guards for the saplings he’d planted and went inside. When he came back, he said to his friend “I think I just got my first landcare job”.

Chris Ferreira, author of A Place in the Country, is leading a quiet revolution for premium quality food. He linked up organic farmer Justin Wolfgang and renowned chefs Tim Kershaw and Dale Tilbrook at their annual Gourmet Food Theatre in Perth City Farm's industrial warehouse style barn.

It seems to me know matter which way you look at it our cities, our suburbs and our communities are better off with the protection and planting of trees.

More and more research is showing us that trees can counter the dreaded 'heat island effect' by shading our sweltering hard surfaces from the full impacts of the relentless sun and they can also coax our kids outside.

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