Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flood responses SES

Penny was on her way to Burringuarrah when she was told the roads were flooded and she couldn't continue.

As our SES role is responding to floods, we usually cheak the roads for people that are often trapped due to the closure of roads after they have started their journey.

We welcomed Penny to come with us, As she could not be convinced as to why she couldn't continue, after all it was dry in Meekatharra.

However please take note if the shire & main roads close the roads, then there is a reason and people will be fined if found driving on them.

so you will see Penny accomplishing her 2nd water crossing, she was so excited when she reached the other side, the first crossing we walked her through while she drove, so she could gain confidence.

you'll see Rick as he demonstrates how to walk through the water first to cheak for safety, it was way to high to continue. We set up breafast on the side of the road and then returned to Meekatharra.

Once Penny experienced the water herself, she then understood why she couldn't continue her trip by road and it took some weeks before the water subsided. A plane was organised for her & her children to fly to Burrguarrah. We made a life long friend that day. : )
As she travelled from Burringurrah to Meekatharra often she had to use her water crossing experience many times and was grateful to have had this oppertunity.

The other portion of the clip was a truck delivering furniture who had driven passed the turn off to it's destination , into the floods and got bogged.

Rick & Paul went out to the truck & organised a grader that was in the area to help free them.

The first part of the video shows the truck recovery.

Never under estimate the outback. enjoy this clip

Friday, January 30, 2009

Greening the Desert

I came across a site that focuses on permaculture & havesting water
there are some great videos on the projects created.

ie: food forests that become no dig gardens :), gardens that defend themselves from pests and above all a healing enviroment on many levels. I am sure that you would find something there that interests you.

Do yourself a favour and be inspired by Geoff & Nadia Lawson who are making a difference to the world in practical ways that you yourself can impliment

have a great day

whats been happening

Once I had a vision of what could lift Meekatharra, I drafted an outline of my plan, then spoke to locals of the various projects and generated interest from what they wanted and their ideas.
I looked at the various funding structures and set about to encourage what was already in place.
what has stopped me is that people get interested and fall away. To overcome that fear.

I believed I had to start with myself and my part of Meekatharra.
I started my healing business up as well as I invite different services to town and promote their arrival.
We currently have bueaticans visit once a month from Perth, who service Cue & Mt Magnet on the way. Great for both men, woman and the youth.
we do require a hairdresser : )

There is a child playgroup started by a local group and we now have a hardware where we can purchase plants and irrigation supplies. the Blue light discos have restarted by Police and their have been attempts to address the issues of "children after dark"

I have 3 projects in mind.
the first being a healing park, a place where local artists create features, musicans can come and play their tunes all amongest an enviroment that is growing plants, that sooth, heal & feed.

there are a couple of areas around town that will be ideal. my next step other than more research is to survey the town of what others want or what they want to contribute.

Personally I am creating a healing garden in my back yard.
we have 3 emus that were little babies left without parents, & two large dogs.
The emus need a watering hole to bath in and I have noticed the marked difference in the soil since we have created this.
They wake up, do their exercises, then come to the back door to let me know that they are ready to eat. I feed them and fill their watering hole and so we have 3 content emus.

Added to this I brought a birdhouse which I filled with wild bird seed and I also hung a block of seed in a tree. it took a while but every day I get a moderate variety of birds that come and feed and drink. we also place 2 bird baths.

Next I need to create plants that provide more shade than whats there already.

so yes the focus is still on healing Meekatharra and these are only a few things that I can comment on at present.

Have a good day