It has been such a busy week, and I vaguely remember some of it. It does seem to have gone by so quickly. The weather has improved a lot, which has been great. We are seeing the sun a lot more, and while there is still more rain predicted, we can see signs that spring isn’t too far away.
The big thing I have been working on is a grant proposal. My local council, Banyule City Council often have grants available for people to apply for. I have put one in for an Environmental Sustainability Grant to produce a book on Banyule Flats.
I have spoken before about the area that I live in, and shown you so many photos, that I continue to take, and it is an amazing area, or space. We are only 13 or 15 kilometres from the city centre, yet if you drive around here you would think you were in a country town a long way from any city. Unfortunately this area is under threat, and the state government wants to put a freeway through the area. No one is really sure where, but Banyule Flats is an obvious place for it.
For the last few months I have been going into Banyule Flats and taking photos of it to show you. I thought if I could use this blog to help show the world, or whatever part of the world you are from of seeing what is around me, that I could help protect the area. I am still not sure exactly what I am hoping to achieve, but connecting with a larger audience can’t hurt. Doing books on particular areas is something else that I would like to do, and when I saw that grant applications were open, I thought it could be good to see if could apply for one.
My grant proposal is about the stewardship of this area, hopefully protecting it for future generation. However, if the freeway does go ahead, then it will also be a record of what we have lost, and what the local community, who have put a lot of work into the area, have also lost. I won’t find out for a couple of months if I have received it. It has been an interesting experience doing it, and something I might try to do again.
Warringal Conservation Society
Through my grant proposal I have also come into contact with the Warringal Conservation Society. A group of people who are concerned about the conservation of our local area. It has been wonderful to meet people who care so much about our environment. I have been out with a couple of members now, and I have learned so much more about the history of the area, and more so about what is there. It is weird how you can build a connection to a place and the stewardship of that area becomes so very important. I have my membership form filled out and hope to become a member myself soon.
Moving Days Around
I don’t have much more to say today, but there is something I wanted to discuss with you. The other day I asked for people to send me proposals for guest posting. The response was great, and I have quite a few lined up. One of the conditions I have is that people who guest post should also respond to the comments, it gives me a day off. Which can be great, but if I don’t have a guest blogger, and I do the post, then I can spend all day responding to comments. It is also the day I get MM ready, so the day can be a bit hectic. I would like more distance between the two, and was thinking of changing it, so that today’s post would become Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs, and Friday’s post would become the Up for Discussion posts. I wanted to hear what you thought about it though. I like to think you are all part of this, so let me know how you would feel about this change.
Just want to finish today by letting you know that the photos in today’s post have all been taken around Banyule Flats this year, at various times.