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With Our Own Eyes Eurobodalla

With Our Own Eyes Eurobodalla


A new digital project is sharing the climate changes locals are seeing in their own lives, and in Eurobodalla’s rivers, forests, ocean, and habitats.


The With Our Own Eyes Eurobodalla web blog launched online in April, sharing nature observations, stories, poetry, podcasts, science and art.


WOOEE hopes to widen an appreciation of the Nature Coast’s beauty and the importance of climate in our lives. The blog also casts its eyes over positive local climate solutions, reporting on inspiring projects emerging within Eurobodalla’s community.


“The WOOEE blogging project began life shortly after Black Summer, ” said project curator Magella Blinksell. “It has captured some of our community’s responses in art, poetry and personal accounts, but it has also widened into a chronicle of our community’s experiences during bushfire ‘recovery’, the pandemic and now into back-to-back La Nina as we seek to shape a safer future.”

“ This season we’re seeing climate-led flooding, not fires, and we’re feeling deeply for our northern neighbours.” Ms Blinksell said.

“ We’re all trying to make sense of, and respond to these new times. So often in history its creative expression - as well as science - that has helped to sign-post and to see positive ways forward.” Ms Blinksell said.

Art works by local printmaker Julie Mia Holmes, sculptures by bushfire survivor Nick Hopkins - and collages from Mogo visual artist Lee Honey are showcased on the blog.

Locals like Barb Lewis from Malua Bay have recorded their bushfire stories.

Rosedale teacher, Jenni Knight has shared prose and nature photography created during walks through Yuin Country after the fires.


Paintings by Trevor Hyde record both the beauty and absences observed within Eurobodalla’s forests.

Oil paintings by Jennifer Taylor from the series “… dear life” - exhibiting at Gallery Bodalla through to Sunday 1 May - also have a cameo on the blog. www.gallerybodalla.com.au


With Our Own Eyes Eurobodalla began life as a community art exhibition for River of Art in The Pantry’s shop front window on Moruya’s Vulcan street only six months after the fires, and just on the brink of the global pandemic.


“ It is so important that we preserve these important accounts of our journey, and that we continue to platform the artworks and creative projects that are now emerging in our community with such vigour.” she said.

“ It’s been so hopeful to see the passion for practical local climate solutions emerging in our community,” Ms Blinksell said, noting the success of The Repair Cafe, community heatwave havens, and locals’ enthusiasm for building a cooling micro-forest in Moruya.

“Along with an indigenous ranger youth traineeship program - which is pioneering the way in NSW - and projects that are exploring community solar batteries and micro grids, there’s so much that’s sprouting hope amidst despair, and offering great potential for care for nature and our community” she said. WOOEE will be adding and seeking new content in these ever changing times.

A digital slideshow - previewing some of the WOOEE's content is viewable at Moruya Books on Church street, along with a range of books that speaks to these times.

Updates on the With Our Own Eyes Eurobodalla web blog can be found at fb/withourowneyeseurobodalla Insta withourowneyeseuroodalla. The project is supported by local bushfire survivors and 350 Eurobdalla


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