Can the Aussie Millennium Drought School California?

drought-02TNI have to admit to being a little biased here. I lived in Australia, mostly Melbourne, from 1972 though 1986 and found it to be a wonderful place. Not completely without problems, but in the big scheme of things, a place where we can learn some valuable lessons. Melbourne, a city of more than 4 million, had its act together.

In more recent times, southern Australia, and Melbourne in particular, has had to deal with the Millennium Drought, which lasted from 1995 through 2009. The last areas affected were not declared drought free until May of 2012. (more…)

Guest Post – Mean Streets of Melbourne

Entrance to Luna Park
Here’s a brief photo essay that I made on the Mean Streets of Melbourne.  All taken as a passenger in a fast moving car zipping through heavy traffic on a hot Saturday evening.  It covered the Melbourne suburbs of Elwood, where I lived in the late 1970’s, and St Kilda which is the suburb on the city side of Elwood.  In the 19th century St Kilda was a luxury beach side area of grand houses, many of which still stand today.