Always a welcome change of energies, boarding the Big Red Cat for the ride across the bay to Straddie.
If I’ve been super caught up in the day-to-day stuff back at home, the transformation from ‘head down and get the job done’ to ‘ahhhh I know I’m going to have an incredible, beautiful, eye-filling immersion in Straddie’s natural awesomeness’ can seem more or less possible — but I’m deep down sure I’ll be reconnecting to nature.
Beautiful wintry sky – Island approaches
That’s what’s so important about Straddie – and why everyone ‘deep down’ has come to rely on this special place as a source of truth. A bumper sticker I saw coming over proclaimed something like “Stradbroke – Drama Island 2014” and I couldn’t say it better myself: January’s fires lasted over two weeks and ravaged over 16,200 hectares of land; there’s continued political wrangling over mining company Sibelco’s influence in the 2012 election; and Native Title holders’ ongoing efforts to maintain the strength of their hard won legal status (granted in 2011) all combine to make North Stradbroke Island a proving ground for environmental, social and cultural issues in Australia and around the globe.
Make no mistake about it — what happens here has great implications everywhere.
Quick shot from the car window – Signs of fire and regrowth since January
Nothing like a gum tree for awakening that sense of Nature’s deep intelligence.
I’m here because I wouldn’t miss Lines for the world, and also because of a generous grant from the Redland City Council. They’re very supportive of Lines in the Sand.
And for good reason — Lines offers a meeting of Settler and Indigenous cultures through creativity, conversation, expert information on topics like caring for country – traditional Quandamooka ways, as well as contemporary Scientific ways – and authentic gratitude for the opportunity to share this incredible place with its Traditional Owners.
Artists in residence work in the landscape along the Gorge Walk to form a dialogue with the land and with all who come to see and experience their ephemeral environmental art. Workshops offer families time to be in Nature and share the experience together.
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