Geoff Davies is a Braidwood local with a passion for the environment and a firm commitment to interrogating and reforming our economic system. Geoff has published several books and writes on his blog ‘Better Nature’. Geoff’s work incorporates ecological, social and ethical realities, which dominant economic discourse ignores to our detriment.
Here Geoff reflects on a recent ‘Australian Story’ program which dealt with the sale of Tarwyn Park to an international coal mining corporation. Tarwyn Park will be familiar to some readers of the Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group blog as the home of the Andrews family, where Peter Andrews perfected his techniques for farming in accord with the ‘Natural Sequence’ of the Australian landscape.
[Published on Independent Australia 14 May]
I spend a lot of my days trawling the follies of our time. To avoid sinking into the mire of despair I need to keep a firm hold of love and hope and grandchildren. But every now and then something lands too heavily in my heart, and I can only grieve.
Tarwyn Park is the Hunter Valley property where Peter Andrews worked out how to get the water back into the ground, by reconstructing a degraded creek so it flows slowly and the water can soak across the valley. His work is revolutionising the way we live in the Australian landscape, restoring its original productivity and resilience in the face of our challenging climate. We learnt last Monday, May 4th, in the ABC’s Australian Story that Tarwyn Park has been, very reluctantly, sold so it can…
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