COLOURS OF THE COUNTRY
by Daniella Scotti
“A summer of flame” Sydney Morning Herald, February 7.
“Monster dust storms smother NSW towns” news.com.au, January 20.
“What has made the hail so bad over the past few days.” ABC News, January 22
Behind these headlines are people. Real people. Living with the all too real effects of climate change.
“Colours of the Country” introduces you to some of them, as it chronicles the journey of six UTS journalism students through the drought-fatigued NSW Central West.
An eight-hour commute. Bound for Dubbo.
Three hundred kilometres from Central Station.
Greeted by a land, parched – and a skyline, dusty.
Before arriving in Dubbo, we understood as journalism students the importance of listening to Indigenous perspectives. These voices are far too often omitted from the media landscape.
David Towney (R) is a proud Wiradjuri man. He discussed land-care techniques, such as firestick farming, and said that by adopting these “tried-and-true” methods we could work with nature, not against it. He put it eloquently when he said: “People think that Aboriginal culture, or the knowledge, has gone. It hasn’t gone, it’s just lain dormant in a lot of stories. And we see that as Aboriginal people. We know things are not lost… hopefully one day people wake up to that. And that’s just about a re-education.”