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Managing for Flood, Fire and Famine in the Blink of an Eye

It’s never a dull moment running a local government. In the last two weeks, I have dealt with flooding, commenced preparing for the expected increase in bushfires this coming summer and attended Western Australia’s (WA) premier agricultural event. Community resilience is increasingly important on the back of an ever changing natural environment: there is increased […]

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What A Beautiful World (IGY) – Donald Fagan

One of my favourite bands is Steely Dan. Founding member Donald Fagan had a hit with IGY or what is also known as What A Beautiful World (from the Nightfly Album, which is considered one of pop music’s sneakiest masterpieces). Some say it’s a satirical take on the future of the world proposed by scientists […]

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Hard Lockdown One Day, Raging Bushfire the Next

When I got up this morning (3:30AM), there was the strong smell of smoke. I thought nothing further of it, other than it was quite a bit stronger than usual when there is a fire. Afterall, we have lived in rural and remote Australia, where it is quite common for bushfires to be literally on […]

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