I have lived in East Gippsland for over 40 years and since 1982 in an owner built brick house which has been powered by wind and solar energy. I have spent the last 20 years as a bookseller although I have worked previously as a labourer, prospector and teacher in the Ensay and Swifts Creek districts. I am now retired to Bairnsdale.
Whilst working as a bookseller I ran small retail outlets in Swifts Creek and Ensay as well as selling by mail order and on the net. Since 2007 I have been planting trees on two small blocks of previously cleared land in Ensay to offset the carbon produced by my small business and my family. Although the retail business was sold in 2010 the planting has continued on a grander scale with over 800 trees planted in 2012 – by myself and the local landcare group – and further 8 acres has been seeded with local species by Greening Australia.
Over the years I have been involved in various organizations such as the Councils of both Swifts Creek High and Ensay Primary schools. I have also served on the Ensay Football Club and Social Club Committees, was Captain Coach of the team twice during the 70s and 80s, and was treasurer of the Tambo Film Society for many years. Currently I am a member of the Friends of the Library, U3A, East Gippsland Historical Society, Ensay CFA. Swifts Creek/Ensay Landcare Group, the Gippsland Environment Group, the Alternative Technology Association, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.
I have been researching and writing on local and regional history since 1973. My books and essays are on Aboriginal history, the history of the Victorian Coal Miners Association and place names of Gippsland and the Victorian high country. More recently I have been writing essays on the land boom in Melbourne and its connections with coal capital in South Gippsland.
I am now writing short essays on climate change in Gippsland and standing for office as a ‘climate emergency independent’ whenever the opportunity arises.
Urgent action is required at all levels of government to adopt a wide range of policies that mitigate global warming by reducing our waste and output of greenhouse gases and that adapt to the consequences of the warming we are experiencing now and further warming predicted in the future.