The forests of the Strathbogie Ranges have a long history of timber harvesting. In the early years of the 20th century several mills were at work in the forest and supported small townships of forests workers and their families. However, that all changed with the advent of mechanised, industrial logging in the 1960's. Since then, logging has been the preserve of big machines and very few people. And once big machines were part of the logging business, wood-chipping was the next logical, industrial step. Starting in the 1980's and steadily gaining momentum, wood-chipping, not saw-logs, has been driving native forest logging in Victoria.
There’s something special about big, mossy boulders, rugged gorges and rocky escarpments. Rocky habitat comes in many varieties: isolated boulders, tors and boulder-heaps, rock domes and smaller scattered rocks on the ground surface. And these different rocky habitats can occur in association with different vegetation types and landscapes; near creek-lines, at the bottom of steep slopes, on ridges and peaks. Regardless of where they occur, they are important habitats for many different plants and animals that have become specialized at surviving in this environment.
A recurring theme across our events has been engaging with school children to create artworks based around the themes of our events.
This is a collection of the various artworks by local kids across the shire.