From the Jeeralang Range, the Eel Hole Creek has trickled into the Hazelwood Pondage. Maybe - there was a time when kids knew about briquettes, tadpoles, purple blackberries, and billy-carts. The open cut mines, electricity stations, and paper mills have ripped the Valley apart. What’s the different between demolition, ruins, heritage, and regeneration? The local and diaspora should say the most.
Selling electricity, Luke knocks at the front door. He wants to enter my home. I say, "No." He insists, "the price is right." I have no answer, yet still send him away. I'm left thinking how electricity relies on ample water supply. The water is becoming scarce and in deep trouble. Edward Hopkins
Is atonement possible without the fanfare? How can the grief of bereavement be balanced? Who is deceiving us? Are we deceiving ourselves? Clive and I have teamed up as entrants to the Boggy Creek Fishing Competition. Our quest is the legendary Black Blue Nose Bream known to bend the rod...EDWARD HOPKINS
The image of the author, on the way home, aged 70 five years after first being posted as the inaugural SOLD THE DUMMY visual essay. The images and text are intended to sway the mind of visitors. Peter Lyssiotis
Professor Stephen Gray, Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation at Victoria University, recently wrote that Melbourne's desalination plant would play a vital role in providing water in a drying climate. Maybe? It's so easy to sell a technology solution to dummies. Rather than a wasteful consumption of desalinated water, it's better to promote a sustainable water use culture. Max Thomas
How could it be that the lush island State of Tasmania, known as the home of the Green movement in Australia and for its abundant hydro electricity, has been sucked dry and must now resort to polluting alternative energy?
No water, no fish. Who is killing the fish? Even despite the looming disaster of climate change, the availability of fresh water is in crisis everywhere. Why? Edward Hopkins
The biggest change in modern sport is that everyone now wants to play defence. My mum showed me how its done. Edward Hopkins
The Hopkins family travelled to the nearby Lake Gutherie in a metallic gold Valiant V8 to watch the speedboat races featuring Hoodoo driven by local hero, Harvey Gunn. I saw something leaping between heaven and earth. Edward Hopkins
The lyrics, "Dear landlord, Please don’t put a price upon my soul," has stayed with me ever since I first heard them sung by Bob Dylan. At this later stage, I can sense the words merging even more with my own lengthy journey. Music has always held sway within the souls of people. Sport has also found its way into the souls of people, nowadays more than ever. Why sport matters (and matters to me) begins in concepts of homeland and fair play. Edward Hopkins