Posts Tagged ‘New South Wales’

Habitat Association’s Margaret O’Toole’s Art Exhibition

At the Gallery Cafe Surry Hills one of the inner Sydney suburban townships, Margaret O’Toole exhibited several water-colour paintings.

The exhibition was on  the 5th of October 2012 and was a fantastic display of her art.

Pictured below is Pearl Williams, Curator of the exhibition.

Curator of Habitat Art Exhibition

Pearl Williams

 

“Galah” a Margaret O’Toole Watercolour 2012

The Galah or Cacatua roseicapilla, is a very common bird throughout Australia. It is an elegant bird standing between 34 and 38 cm tall. With a soft pink breast and grey wings the colour of ash, they can often be seen to changing colour when traveling together in flight.

Their natural habitat is grassland, woodland, scrubland and farmland. However, it is not common to see these birds in urban areas and even in the City. They are a nomadic species, but will not go too far from water.

Galah

Margaret has depicted her Galah in the woodlands. New South Wales has large expanses of woodlands, both east and west of the Great Divide.

On the Central Coast where Margaret lives, Galahs are a fairly common sight, especially in the spring. Often they are seen on grass reserves near the estuaries and lakes foraging for grass seeds in spring’s golden sunlight.

Comments by David Holland

Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla), female, looking ...

Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla), female, looking out from nesting hollow, Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visions of Inner Sydney New Series

Pearl Shell Roof Darling Harbour

The Weekly Dozen is a grouping of 12 photos to be presented on the Visions of Sydney Habitat Association’s project site each week.

This is the first week of this new series called “Buildings and Spaces”.

Also last week Visions of Sydney had a new pilot of this series called Autumn in Inner Sydney.

Both these new series can be found on Visions of Inner Sydney.

Link to site: Buildings and Spaces

Buff Point from a distance – by Margaret O’Toole

Another watercolour from our member artist Margaret O’Toole.

This painting is of the sleepy Central Coast locality of Buff Point. The painting is of a view looking across Budgewoi Lake from the Toukley Bridge. Normally with this view one wouldn’t pick up the diversity of colour Margaret has found in this depiction of the landscape across the lake.

The northern part of the Central Coast in New South Wales is a beautiful and restful place with several saltwater lakes, although shallow, provide good vistas and excellent boating in sheltered waters.

I remember one still morning taking my own boat across from the far shore in the painting, south past the bridge and to the opening of the Wyong River, twice the distance again from Buff Point to the Bridge. On this morning the water was like glass and the boat was on the plane breaking the stillness of the water as it glided southward.

 

By David Holland

Looking towards Buff Point from Toukley Bridge

Transport for NSW Long Term Master Plan – Submission on Discussion Paper

As an advocate for both adaptive thinking and the Environment the Habitat Association for Arts and Environment has included the latest publication by one of its members, David Holland, on transport planning for New South Wales.

For those who are surfing the web from outside of Australia, New South Wales is arguably the most populous State in Australia and has a large economy in Australian terms.

This means that transport planning in New South Wales (NSW) is pivotal to the future success of that economy and the we being of the residents and workers of the State.

We may even go as far as to say that without a solid strategy for the future and new co-operation between the various transport agencies, NSW is poised to produce more transport bottleneck which will affect the states future prosperity. The submission outline three themes that Mr. Holland feels are important for the way forward. They are sustainability, security and reliability.

The submission not only looks at very practical aspects of providing a sustainable public transport system, but also sustainable ways to operate transport systems into the future. This is highlighted in the approach related to handling freight. The submission proposes a logical but revolutional way to handle freight service between regions and between other Australian States.

The use of renewable energy in the rail system is touched on as a way for the State to meet renewable energy targets.

The Central Coast of NSW is referred to in much of the submission. David believes that regional Australia is often left out of detailed transport planning processes because of the assumption that all commuting, as has been traditionally the case, is flowing to and from the Sydney metropolitan areas. With the slow but steady improvement of job opportunities in the regions, more and more commuting is being done intra-regionally. This means that public transport services should not only accommodate this trend but transport planning should drive this trend, providing appropriate infrastructure to give greater opportunity for regional investment in the growing regional economic powerhouses of the Illawarra, the Central Coast, the far west of Sydney around Penrith and the Blue Mountains, and the south west of Sydney around Campbelltown.

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Eastern Rosella by Margaret Ellem

Yet another artwork by one of our Habitat artists,

Mararet Ellem (O’Toole) has painted a lifelike watercolour of the Eastern Rosella.

The Eastern Rosella is often seen in the Sydney regions of New South Wales Australia.

You can see these birds foregoing in trees in this area. Margaret probably found this one near her home on the Central Coast of NSW.

The Habitat Association announcing a new project to the world. Visions of Inner Sydney.

This project has been in the background for many years. It is a collection of photographs of the inner suburbs of Sydney.

Dr. Ray Rauscher has been conducting this study one day a week over many years. While research is still being done, and the full understanding of what is actually happening in a social and aesthetic sense in the inner city is not apparent through the photographic study, some trends are starting to be seen.

 

The study at present is in a stage of categorising and familiarisation of similar aspects of the changes and adaptations of this urban environment in the single largest and oldest city in Australia.

Below is a taste of the kind of photograph that is part of the study material.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now go to the Habitat Association for Arts and Environment dedicated site for the project of “Visions of Inner Sydney”

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