regional & global links


The Secret Life of the Grey Plover

Listen to Richard Fidler interview Andrew Darby on ABC Radio National Conversations podcast. Andrew Darby is a writer who recently became fascinated by the life of a dovish migratory bird called the Grey Plover and traced their marathon journey back to their breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle.


Each year thousands of these birds fly heroic distances, non-stop from the Gulf of St Vincent in South Australia to the mudflats off the Chinese coast near Shanghai. From there they fly up to the Arctic Circle. But until recently, the exact location of their breeding ground at the top of the planet was a mystery.

This is a great story about the man and the birds beautifully unraveled by the amazing interviewer Richard Fidler.



The 'Thrivability' Consultant

Michelle Holliday's work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on a view of organizations and communities as dynamic, self-organizing living systems. She is focused on understanding that we can create the fertile conditions for life to thrive at every level – for individuals, for organizations as living ecosystems, for customers, community and biosphere. Speaker, author, creative strategist - she is coming from a biophilic design source. View her lectures, slides  etc @


The Biomimicry Institute

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.

The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.

Explore the Biomimicry Institute site for inspiration from the global network.

East Gippsland Art Gallery Regional Australia

Small & Vibrant


Housed in the original shire building of 1868 (celebrated in this Gordon Bain work entitled "Art Beast By River")the gallery is a vital aspect of our regional tourism economy. Run by a dynamic trio of arts professionals, it kicks well above its weight by supporting local artists and indigenous culture, engaging the community, young people and artists in interpreting and  promoting the distinct natural beauty of the region and its wildlife.  Glass Artists Crystal Stubbs is Director assisted by Photographer and media artist, Lisa Roberts and super administrator Sonia Grieve.


Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC)

Respect & Recognition

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) represents Traditional Owners from the Brataualung, Brayakaulung, Brabralung, Krauatungalung and Tatungalung family clans, who were recognised in the Native Title Consent Determination, made under the new Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, the first such agreement under that Act. GLAWAC co-manages the Bataluk Trails

MAD Architects

China/USA - Japan

Design + Nature + Community


MAD’s “Tunnel of Light”, the restoration of the Kyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Nigata prefecture, is an artistic transformation that demonstrates how art and nature can come together to reinvigorate a community. Each one of the installations, forms a poetic space where visitors can transcend the role of observer, and become an active participant – allowing individuals to place themselves in nature in unexpected ways.”


(Thomas) Doxiadis+


Heritage & Conservation

Leading Greek Landscape Architect Thomas Doxiadis heads up the Athens based practice which taps into the naturalness of the Greek landscape: its ruins, textures, rocks, plants, trees, villages, goats and bucolic sounds.


He leads a team of landscape architects with a passion for design, and a deep belief in the need for humanity to reconnect with nature.

doxiadis+ has delivered high quality projects of different scales and types, ranging from national environmental policy, master-planning and landscape architecture and interior design.

Hanna Kay Murrurundi NSW Regional Australia

Sense of Place

Hanna Kay makes sense of landscape and place. She has lived in Europe, Israel, New York and Australia. She draws from Mother Nature in her search for meaning, equilibrium and a sense of place. At the heart of her expansive career as an artist, writer and linguist there are core themes of inquiry - dislocation, exile, heritage and migration...Watch this vimeo by Leslie Wand for inspiration