One million urban trees planted in Melbourne’s west in one of the areas most affected by urban heat island effect

Now that the one millionth tree has been planted by Greening the West in Melbourne’s western suburbs, there are one million more ways for urbanites to connect with nature. Greening the West, an alliance of local councils, water utilities, business groups and local community groups received funding from the federal government to plant one million trees. The aim is…

‘An atmosphere you don’t get anywhere else’: Mount Gambier, the unexpected cultural haven in rural SA

When virtuoso multi-instrumentalist James Morrison decided to open a jazz academy, he knew exactly where it should be. Morrison has an association with Mount Gambier stretching back more than 30 years via the Generations in Jazz festival, which he supports with an annual scholarship. This year marks the fifth year for the James Morrison Academy of Music,…