The next Cafe Chew (August) will be devoted entirely to the subject of water.
It is a hot topic locally and will be nationally too with the Murray Darling Water Management Plan due in the next few weeks and the interest groups are lining up to stake their claims.
I have attached a couple of documents to help those who are interested become better informed so that our discussion can be more fruitful.
The federal budget has been proclaimed and the opposition has predictably poored scorn on it.
Mr. Rudd does not seem to have been given the bounce from it he may have hoped and he is still being roundly criticised for his abandoning of the government's proposes Emissions Trading Scheme. Having trumpeted so loudly that this was the great moral challenge of our time and then to have been so critical of the opposition for not embracing it - nay it was an act of political cowardice to do so, he then so glibly walked away from it himself.
An expression of unknown origins to me, but I have always liked it - "chewing the fat". It brings to mind satisfying dinners and satisfying conversations during and after, where consulting adults enjoyed the fruits of intercourse - stimulating intellectual intercourse that is.
Last Wednesday evening, BCCAN held function which might turn into a regular event.
The occasion had two guests to entertain us with presentations. Dr. Bruce Fell, a lecturer from the School of Communications at Charles Sturt University and Dr. Andrew Rawson, who also lectureres at Charles Sturt University, at the Orange Campus.
I have just recently finished reading a book about "recycling" in a general sense. The book's title, "The Same Ax, Twice" suggests an interesting conundrum. If the owner of an ax ( or axe) replaces the handle twice and the ax head once in his lifetime, is it the same ax?
Feeling a tad exhausted after just having pedalled in from Lithgow, against a stiffening breeze, a friendly face approaced the cafe where I was carbohydrate loading and liguid replenishing.
It was none other than Lis Bastian, who many will know from the various presentations she has given in Bathurst around the topic of Climate Change. Lis is a trainee of Al Gore and has worn out much shoe leather across the length and breadth of the Central West and beyond, imparting her passion and informing and cajoling us to make the effort to stem the tide of global warming.
I spent the weekend with my family at Kanangara-Boyd National Park. Apparently it had been planned to bulldoze a fair slap of what is now the park and establish a pine plantation there. At the last moment the conservation movement, won the day and convinced government that this site was a genuine wilderness area and needed preservation.