''I've knocked the brick wall down; this is going through, this is done, full stop.'' Prime Minister Julia Gillard, 10 July 2011. The good news is that the modest carbon price announced yesterday will neither impoverish Australians nor bankrupt our economy. The bad news is that the modest carbon pr
A combination of Ballarat weather, a hectic schedule, cheap flights, and an unused Lonely Planet guidebook for Borneo led me to visiting the island of Borneo recently on a whim. Read about my experience in two parts which will be published over the coming week.
Global Warming, Risk & Governance Global warming is about risk and uncertainty. Many factors probably contribute to it, including natural variability. However, it is beyond reasonable doubt that the world is warming and that human carbon emissions are a major contributor. The risks of destab
For someone who describes themselves as being an average student whilst at school, Romain Marteau is without a doubt one of the most successful people I know. "Be keen to learn and take every opportunity offered, I wouldn't be here if I hadn't".
The reality of what feels like weeks of grey drizzle that creeps in under even the best gators, sodden gloves and mud smeared jeans has been a lot less bracing than those summer visions. Yet, this year I have finally fulfilled that goal - of being a winter gardener. No, it's not glamorous- no crunch
The second in the Portrait Series Upstairs at the Gallery featured composer and master performer of the sheng Wang Zheng-Ting with Adam Simmons. The Portrait Series are four concerts organised by Adam Simmons in which he plays with different guest performers. It is part of the Upstairs at the Galler
In what appears to be an act of petty political recrimination, the new Victorian Coalition Government has slashed its funding for Environment Victoria, the state's leading independent environment group (not to be confused with Victoria's Environment Protection Authority, a statutory body). The recen
Well well well. Winter is upon us now. If you hadn't noticed, there are mushrooms popping up all over the place. Although Autumn is a better time for mushrooming, they are still in season in Winter. Don't know what to look for out in the wild? Never mind, the store bought mushrooms are reliably safe
Hello. I think we need to talk. It's about television. You see...you know that TV show you like?
Public art is not new to this city. Ballarat has a significant collection, many examples of which you can see throughout Sturt Street. These primarily demonstrate our famous heritage from the goldrush era. It is time, don't you think, to ensure that while we appreciate where we have come from, it is
A billboard seeking to recruit a new generation of young drinkers in Ballarat breached the industry advertising code and has now been removed. The Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) Complaints Panel determined that the advertising campaign encouraged under-age drinking and used models under t
Recorded in photos, a fun night including music, performances, art, food and passionate speakers. Kaleidoscope celebrated the 17 different cultures we have living in Ballarat.
Ballarat City Council looks set to gain while litterers lose in a surprising twist that sees litterers, not packaging companies, pay for litter advertising.
eARTh (Earth Art) Exhibit in support of the Creswick Railway Workshops Association
...and Horse-trading in Human Meat. Now Australia is engaged in the open bribery of foreign governments and paying a premium for preferential treatment for the elite class of refugee we are trafficking to Malaysia, who are worthier than their brethren and won't be subjected to recreational flogging
Independent Distillers are looking to recruit a new generation of drinkers with a billboard targeting young people in Ballarat. Picturing three young men who appear to be just over 18 drinking on the streets, the 'Three Kings' advertisements are the latest attempt from Independent Distillers to rec
Walnuts. If you know what you are looking for you can forage for them now and get a feed for free. Otherwise, they are in season and at the lowest shop price they will be over the year. And making great use of this seasonal feast is a delicious pasta dish that does not involve tomatoes! This is so e
Anthropogenic climate change is real, but even if you don't agree, putting a price on carbon makes good economic sense. David Donovan talks carbon economics.
Just over three years ago now I arrived fresh from my six by eight meter city patch of yellowing grass and dog-mangled flowers to a rural heaven on an acre and a bit in the Central Highlands. Initially I felt as though a hitherto unknown fairy godmother had waved her sparkly wand and procured for me
TBI columnist Jon Stanger embedded himself with Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) volunteers as they doorknocked Ballarat households seeking residents' views on renewable energy. Jon talked with BREAZE spokesperson and volunteer Maggie Towers about the campaign and how she