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Once again I return to my hometown of Melbourne where things are all the same but very different each visit. Melbourne is a great town adorned with lashings of culture and a mostly pleasant climate that bamboozles and keeps the inhabitants guessing as to what to wear each day.
I found myself wandering about the city on a blustery eve with a small but very full rucksack. In the bag were my laptop, a camera, one earless toy Mickey mouse from my childhood, a pretty pearl shell, an umbrella, an Antarctic vest, a sarong and some clove cigarettes. There was also an art magazine, a Swiss army knife and a pair of socks. What more does one need? Then I was off to Sydney.
A few characters I have not seen for some time appeared at my Greenice exhibition opening which ended up to be a night out on the town and over the next few days there were visits to friends, food treats, cups of tea, art and even a short ferry trip.
Back to Melbourne involved a fair amount of frantic go go go activity which burnt both Carolina and I out so it was a fine plan to fly north to the Broome studio.
Time to work. I always feel comfortable and invigorated by the intense sunshine and colors of this remote town. One weekend we went out to James Price Point on a camping trip. This site is where the long and ongoing gas debate has been fought. Recently the West Australian Supreme Court ruled unlawful and invalid a number of the state's decisions to grant approval to the gas hub. The Chief Justice Wayne Martin issued damning rulings on three of the Environmental Protection Authority's approvals. The reason: major financial conflicts of interest. The Chief Justice said the majority of the board members had a financial interest in the matter but were still allowed to be involved in the approval process! Awful greed exposed and luckily this remote pristine region is saved … until the next battle.