Central Victoria

Central Victoria, Australia

Central Victoria. Macedon Ranges, Kyneton, Cobaw, Heathcote ... places with long - for Australia! - and interesting histories ..

Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Joe Mortelliti's life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to 'see' the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Bleak weather, Blackwood Cemetery, central Victoria, Australia
Bleak weather, Blackwood Cemetery, central Victoria, Australia. Mist and rain roll across the ranges toward Blackwood. This historic town has many old interesting buildings.

For the first time I photographed a cemetery as I felt Blackwood Cemetery’s location on top of the hill, with it’s old headstones and ranges for a back drop was a fine combination. July 2004.

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Gooch's Lane, Macedon Ranges, central Victoria, Australia
Gooch's Lane, Macedon Ranges, central Victoria, Australia. The early morning light skims across the hills, picking up highlights on the power lines running along Gooch’s Lane at Pipers Creek.

Wind farms applications recently lodged are threatening to cover the ridge lines of this beautiful country area with turbines standing 32 metres high. August 2004.

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Rosebury Hill, Pipers Creek, near Kyneton, Macedon Ranges, central Victoria, Australia
Rosebury Hill, Pipers Creek, near Kyneton, Macedon Ranges, central Victoria, Australia. This hill is also earmarked for wind farm turbines, along with the ridge line beyond.

Local communities are being split, adjoining property owners to where turbine development is planned are concerned with noise, views and now property values falling up to 40%. Wind farms at Toora in South Gippsland confirm people walking away from homes due to noise, illness and falling property values. August 2004.

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I don't know whether this wind farm development has gone ahead since Joe wrote these words in 2004. I share his concerns that the visual and noise pollution of these taxpayer subsidised machines are bringing to some pristine areas of the world, for very questionable returns

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McHarg Range, near Heathcote, central Victoria, Australia
McHarg Range, near Heathcote, central Victoria, Australia. I met John Howard, a local farmer who lives on this property and is fighting to stop the ridge lines above him from being covered with turbines for a wind farm. Noise from turbines is a real issue for these people living near by and the industrialisation of these rural landscapes is vandalism. August 2004.

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Two lane Mia Mia bridge, Redesdale, central Victoria, Australia
Two lane Mia Mia bridge, Redesdale, central Victoria, Australia. Known as the Mia Mia Bridge. The road drops down steeply into a valley and this unusual bridge that is separated into two lanes. Built in 1867, though completed in 1868, it’s height is restricted to smaller vehicles as large trucks cannot fit under the steel arches. The river below has dried out due to many years of drought. February 2004.

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The Mia Mia Bridge is a wrought iron and timber structure with bluestone abutments, located over the Campaspe River near the town of Redesdale.

More info on the Mia Mia bridge at Wikipedia

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Flooded road near Maldon, central Victoria, Australia
Flooded road near Maldon, central Victoria, Australia. As the song 'My Country' puts it, Australia is a land of droughts and flooding rains, and has always been so.

Right now, in January 2016, less than 100 kilometres away near the Great Ocean Road, there are bushfires that have already destroyed the town of Wye River. There are bushfires in Western Australia and South Australia. But there are floods in Sydney and in Queensland.

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Rustic memorabilia Maldon, central Victoria, Australia
Rustic memorabilia Maldon, central Victoria, Australia. A fascinating study in monochrome.

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