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Weekend at Andi's [Feb. 20th, 2011|05:30 pm]
Such a nice weekend in the country. Birdsong, mist, and nice smells outdoors. Jigsaw puzzles, lying around reading, and great chats indoors.

Andi is a lotus eater like me. Came here 25 years ago from Canada and didn't look back. She's had this place, 70 km north of downtown, for 15 years - living there sometimes, renting it sometimes and keeping it for the weekend sometimes, like now. It is right at the epicentre of where there were the most deaths in the bushfires 2 years ago. Miraculously, her wood house survived, while her neighbours on either side lost their homes. We drove along the road that was closed for a few months after the fires - the Scouts had gone to an adventure camp that is just now rebuilding, the trees were regenerating around their blackened stumps. All hopeful and somehow Australian - this landscape that is constantly undergoing creative destruction. But the disturbing thing were the thousands of new houses - Whittlesea is slated for 60,000 homes in the next 20 years. Right about where 40 plus people burned to death 2 years ago.

It is so depressing teaching planning here sometimes.

[User Picture]From: kassto
2011-02-20 08:36 am (UTC)
Do people have really short memories, or something??
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[User Picture]From: caraway_
2011-02-21 10:29 am (UTC)
Optimistic? Also, are developers greedy?
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[User Picture]From: suze2000
2011-02-20 12:48 pm (UTC)

Mind you, with those kind of numbers, there obviously won't be the same kind of scrub and trees that would have fed the fires so perhaps they will be protected by their sheer numbers.

I love the way native trees regenerate after fires. First the layer of fuzzy green around the trunk and the surviving limbs. Then the filling out of the tree branches and after a few years, if the trunk wasn't still black, you might not even know it had been burnt. :)
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[User Picture]From: caraway_
2011-02-21 10:34 am (UTC)
Whittlesea is expected to double in population -141,382 people by 2030. And it is only 1 of 5 growth area municipalities - there is also Hume, Melton (which will grow by more people), Wyndham, and Casey-Cardinia.

Those fires moved pretty darn fast from bush to suburb.

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