Russell Thomas – MEM Course Day 5

The challenges of running a city in the middle of a World Heritage area are never clearer than when looking at various aspects of waste management.  Traditionally waste has been dealt with by digging a hole and filling it up with landfill – as is the case in most local council areas.  However, the practicalities…

Russell Thomas – MEM Course Day 4

Nature Deficit Disorder is a condition that is occurring more commonly, where people for a variety of reasons have not connected with nature – they prefer the feel of a computer key board to the feel of a tree for example.  There are a number of reasons for this – basically increased urban living and…

Russell Thomas – MEM Course Day 3

A visit to Yellowmundee Park Ranger Paul Glass and Aboriginal Co‑Management liaison officer Dennis Barker were kind enough to present a case study where a small trial of cultural burning has been used as part of a weed control programme. Figure 1 – Park Ranger Paul Glass discussing Aboriginal Co‑Management and cultural burning Figure 2…

Russell Thomas – MEM Course Day 2

The Blue Mountains World Heritage area is unique – declared a world heritage area due to the large number (>100) species of eucalypt found in the area.  However, there are a number of threats to the park, including: Bush‑fires Over development (there is a city of 80,000 people right in the middle of the park)…

Russell Thomas – MEM Course Day 1

From my review of the course pre‑readings, I had developed a view that there seems to be a definite issue with lack of funding as applied to both the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and protected areas generally worldwide.  Given my background in heavy industry, a perceived lack of funding is a common complaint from…