The Future that Definitely Happened
The Proceedings of LESMURDIE 2000 (1975-1983)
‘Without vision a people perish’ Proverbs 29:18
Let’s consider our future. It’s as inevitable as tomorrow. We all have our own and our family plans for the coming days. But as a community, do we have a sense of the changes to come? Do these changes have to be inevitable, or do we have the ability to shape them in favour of the future we would see as being more desirable?
Are we prepared for the changes to come and can we accept them without fear?
Have we a common vision to which we can steadily apply ourselves?
One community group in Western Australia gave these matters serious thought. They wanted to listen to well researched advice, they wanted to float their dreams, they wanted to imagine a good future for their families and for the next generation. A vision of Health – Safety – a Full Life – but most importantly, a vision of quality based on sustainability.
And so, over a period of eight years, 1975 – 83, the people of Lesmurdie held a series of meetings to which speakers of international repute were invited to discuss their mainstream interests and to suggest desirable options for the future. All that was asked of the audiences was that they open their minds to change – and that they consider carefully the influence they could actually bring to bear on shaping a sane and sustainable future for their community.
The Lesmurdie 2000 meetings charted an important period in the development of community awareness and attitudes. Their noted speakers give them great authority. To study these transcripts today shows how remarkably prophetic these meetings were and how they helped to set the course of history for our local and State-wide community.
If we don’t know where we’re going we could finish up somewhere else and not even know it.
Available as a 240 page transcript of the eight meetings or on 17 CDs taken from the original tapes.
A great forester revisits the many people who influenced the course of his long life
The world today is the richer by the many thousands of millions of trees planted as a direct result of the influence of one man – Richard St Barbe Baker.
Throughout his long life he wrote many books and articles on trees. He travelled widely wherever the need to save forests or plant trees was greatest. Neither did he shun any opportunity to talk to groups and individuals about our need to replant desert land, and to care for all indigenous forests and woodlands.
Then in his later years, encouraged by his wife Catriona, he wrote one last book. It’s about the people he met and whose influence assisted his journey through life.
In TALL TIMBER we see how St Barbe manoeuvred his way to get introductions to all those who would help plant trees, save native forests, and reclaim deserts to feed an increasingly hungry world. With the realities of climate change now affecting all our lives, wherever on this planet we live, the time is surely ripe for another St Barbe Baker to emerge and unite the whole world in the conquest of this agony.
We must plant for our lives because trees are Earth’s only climate stabilisers. And now TALL TIMBER is available as a talking book for the visually impaired.
Read by Jim Limerick for the Blind Institute in Perth this excellent 13-hour read is available on one MP3 disk for Aus$45. Or play it in the car on those long journeys.
The book and the MP3 disk are now both priced at Aus$45 each. Postage & Packaging extra.
Wildflowers from a Lesmurdie reserve
A photo collection that brought recognition to a tiny forest remnant
A flash of brilliant purple against the tired grey-green of the undergrowth caught my eye. A Violet Crumble wrapper no doubt! I went in to pick it up only to discover the brilliant display of Hovea ilicifolia. Perfect in form, a jewel in the undergrowth. Nature out to lure a passing pollinator! But today it had entrapped this passing by-catch…who had a camera! And thereby begins a whole four-year episode of recording and bringing to notice the amazing fecundity, and fleeting floral glory, of a tiny remnant of native Jarrah forest near my home in Lesmurdie. I went back there time and again sometimes twice a day, every season of the year, anxious not to miss one of nature’s treasures however fleeting its appearance.
The best picture of every flower is included in this collection. Petals display the patina of fine scales, stamens cast haloes of shimmering light, leaves with their pronounced veins and muted colour make the perfect foil. All these factors make wildflower portraiture an engrossing and pleasurable challenge. My aim was not so much to produce an exact botanical rendition of each flower as to capture that elusive factor; the beauty in the eye of the beholder
But the pictures are just incidental to the purpose of this exercise. Every flower in this collection was photographed on this tiny 0.27ha remnant of forest which 45 years ago was isolated from its primal surroundings by roads, car park, a primary school and suburban housing. 85 distinct species attest to the diversity and tenacity of Western Australia’s native flora, emerging in undisturbed soil beneath a canopy of mature trees, in such a small area.
In the four years it has taken to make this book, some flowers have appeared only once. Many last for such a brief period that it has been a challenge to be there when the conditions for a portrait quality picture were exactly right. Some flowers are so small that only when you get down to ground level do they become visible. But the quest has been well worth while; the outcome also.
So impressed was the local council in the revelation of these pictures that steps were taken to protect this ‘waste land’ and give it the recognition and protection it deserved. Pine bollards were set up all around the perimeter, gravel paths were put in, a contemplation seat set in the only spot where one could sit and contemplate the scene, and a gazebo with luncheon table placed on a bare rock outcrop.
Wildflowers from a Lesmurdie reserve is available only as a 60 page hard cover book 30 x 30cm, signed. Price $85 incl GST plus postage.