May 6, 2021

S3 E21 Hear Here

Hear Here is a sound art project that featured in the recent Castlemaine State Festival. In this episode we speak with the two artists who created Hear Here - Dan Koop and Daniele Constance.


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April 20, 2021

S3 E20 GrAiNZ

This episode continues on the theme of bread! We hear from bakers from across Australia who have joined the GrAiNZ movement, a loose collection of sourdough bakers who want to create a new, more sustainable grains economy.


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This episode takes a look at a local bakery and how it can be an example of everything we want to achieve in terms of community building, supporting local food systems and taking care of the planet.

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Jessie Boylan is a PhD candidate at RMIT's School of Art.  She has work in the upcoming Castlemaine State Festival called The Smallest Measure. Her thesis and upcoming art instillation has taken her out to the wilds of a remote outpost at the edge of Tasmania... to a place called Cape Grim where there is a science lab that tests the air coming in off the ocean there. Without land or human habitation for hundreds of kilometres, the air blowing in off the ocean to cape grim is considered the best air in the world to get base measurements of our atmosphere, including carbon and other green house gasses.  This data is vital in our understanding of global warming.  How does an artist depict the science of climate change? Listen to this episode to find out. 

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March 2, 2021

S3 E17 Repair

In this episode we re-visit Chris Hooper, who has been running the Castlemaine Repair Cafe for over four years.  We also chat with Lucy Armstrong about the joy and meaning of repairing clothes.

February 15, 2021

S3 E16 Degrowth

In this episode we explore the alternative economic concept of Degrowth with Anitra Nelson and Terry Leahy.  It is a growing movement across the world and has at it's heart sustainability and ways we can live in balance with the planet.

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In today’s episode we are talking with Anton Vikstrom co-founder of the Good Car Company.  These guys are helping the electric car (or EV) transition happen in Australia by facilitating bulk buy purchases of second hand vehicles from Japan. Find out why getting a second hand EV makes good sense for the environment and for you!


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January 18, 2021

S3 E14 Endgame

In today’s episode we hear from a couple of fellow sound producers who are making a podcast called Endgame. They too are exploring the journey this local community is undertaking towards a more sustainable future – with a focus on the transition to zero net emissions – or the local z-net movementKyla Brettle, Rob Law and I are all involved in that process, in various ways – which has been going on for over a year. It is wonderful to hear another approach to this topic, and Kyla and Rob artfully weave together lovely moments and insightful conversations to tell the story of this process.

A quick little message from Allie for the New Year. 

Some reflections on the year that has been and some thoughts and ideas for Saltgrass in 2021.

We've been going since this time last year and look forward to another year of sharing our community's climate journey with you. Stay tuned.... 

In this episode we hear from Warwick Smith, a Castlemaine Local, about his dual careers as an ecologist and an economist. (You might remember him from the Student Strike Episode earlier this season) He is fascinating to talk to, I think, because so often we are presented with the idea that these two things are in competition with each other. According to Warwick this does not have to be the case. Today we are exploring how Warwick came to be both an ecologist and an economist, we also delve into how the economy came to be the way it is now and how that relates to our way of living and our way of treating our environment, our planet.

Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.

The piece by Warwick has contributed to our local Zero Net Emissions Transition Movement about how our community could utilise alternative economics. 
The Price of Capitalism paper Warwaick did with GetUp!
There are more publications and videos by Warwick linked through his LinkedIn profile.
He is on Twitter as @RecoEco
He is a founding member of The Castlemaine Institute

If you find talking about climate change difficult, you are not alone! A complex and contentious topic that often makes people anxious and overwhelmed… of course it is hard to talk about. Yet that is exactly what we must do if we are going to make sure everyone is paying attention to this critical issue. In this episode we talk with Rebecca Huntley about her new book ‘How to Talk About Climate Change in a way that makes a difference’. We explore why talking about climate change can be so difficult and what we can do to navigate it. 

Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.

In this episode I have two interviews for you.  One with Gabe Lillington, the young man who was up the tree when the last show was recorded.  He spent two nights and three days up in what is called the grandfather tree to successfully halt works until legal processes mandated a stop work reprise – until the 19th of November – which is this week. The other interview is with a woman who goes by the name of Spring Blossom. Both are Castlemaine residents and both have been visiting and living at the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy camp on and off over the last few years. We discuss what the action a couple of weeks ago was like for them and what it means to them to be an indigenous ally in times like this.

Though we are discussing action happening on Djab Wurrung land, both of these interviews were recoded back on Jarra country. I would like to pay respects to elders past, present and emerging as the struggles of being a traditional custodian of these occupied lands has not gone away.


Photo used in this image is by Warepul.

This week we chat to the people who have been protesting the controversial Western Highway upgrade near Ararat. The Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy has been existing amongst the contested trees for three years and this week one of the significant trees was cut down and others were at great risk. Protesters scrambled into action – some scaled trees and tied themselves in and others supported from the ground and started legal processes. In this episode we speak with the leader of the protest movement Zellanach Djab Mara and others who have been involved in the protest.

This episode of Saltgrass was recorded on Djab Wurrung country and produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.



The Djab Wurrung Facebook group

Go to this facebook group to join in on the benefit gig on the 7th of November.


News related to this weeks action:

ABC coverage

SMH coverage


Alternate perspective from Ruben Berg


Illustration for this episode by Trace Balla

October 6, 2020

S3E9 Solar Bulk Buys

In this episode we chat with Jo Kaptein, manager of MASH (More Australian Solar Homes) They are a not for profit project that is organising bulks buys of solar panels right through central and northern Victoria.  We discuss why rooftop solar is so important, the history of the project and what gets in the way of people getting solar on their roof. 




CVGA - MASH's parent organisation

The HUB Foundation - MASH's initiators


Victorian Solar Rebates

Australian Solar Rebates

Today we chat with Madeline Hudson about waste free cooking.  She is about to run a zero waste cooking course through the Castlemaine Community House and has been running the community lunch for four years. Those locals to Castlemaine may have seen her performing as Lilly Pilly Green in the Zucchini Clan… But people may not know that she comes from a background of frontline direct action and forest blockades.  Madz talks about it all today, with a few songs thrown in for fun!

Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.





Madz spent her 20s protesting deforestation in Gippsland with a group called Geco

She then moved on to work with Friends of the Earth Melbourne with ACE and did a radio show called Radio Active at 3CR

The music in this episode is all by the Zucchini Clan

We played the songs 'seasons' and 'water'.



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