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Peta Hurley-Hill

Castlemaine, Australia

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This tree is in ,what used to be the floor of our local res.It used to be a dare for the local boys to see who could swim out to the trees!For my whole life and the life of my parents and grand parents these trees have been submerged.But now in my childrens life time ,thanks to global warming there is just scrub.I wonder what we have left for our future generations?I added this work quite a while ago but thought I would add something to the discription.When this pic was taken(about 2 years ago) no one realized that the rain wouldn’t have come by now.Most of the trees you see here have fallen over now and there was a scrub fire in what used to be the massive lake bed.We have been on stage 4 water restrictions for 4 years now with no sign of letting up.We(as did many of our neighbours)alway grew most of our own vegetables,the ground is now so hard and plants just burn off so it is no longer viable.Trees that are several hundreds of years old and have survived many droughts before are now dead,the landscape is grey ,not even brown anymore,it has been weeks since it last rained and when it does it isn’t enough to penetrate the ground.We keep hearing how it is ok because the state government has "managed"to keep Melbourne from state 4,at the same time being told “all Victorians” need to do more to save water and then hearing how Melbourne has used well over it’s water target for the week! They have built a pipe line that takes water from an over stretched river to where it was used to irrigate farms to …you guessed it Melbourne,they are also getting a desalination plant.It seems that our state capital is all that matters and the rest of the state is expendable.Where I live used to be called Australia’s food bowl,now it is just a dust bowl.My family moved here,many years ago,yet now my husband and I are concidering moving our family up to coastal N.S.W as it is still green there.As I watch my home disappear before my eyes ,I have no answers,I actually think it is too late for this part of the country but for all those people who still deny that global warming is a threat ,walk a mile in our shoes.It’s time the world got on board and took this seriously.It is my neighbourhood today tomorrow it will be yours.

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