Archive for March, 2009

How’s it? Just quick note, we’ve made it across the desert and into the west. Had a minor breakdown in sunny Salmon Gums, but got it sussed and sorted in Esperence, making some new friends along the way. In Albany at the moment, and should reach Perth by Wednesday.

Coming up on Up Your Jumper!

– More on the happenings in Adelaide

– Tales from the desert and beyond



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Hot off the presses the first installment of Up Your Jumper! Had a few technical issues but they’re sorted, so we’re off and rolling.

side-view-rammed-earthTo begin the journey, I headed to my home town of Albury, to check out the Charles Sturt University’s Thurgoona campus. The campus was established with sustainable design and building practices strongly in the for front, and has a number of buildings and intiatives onsite, that act as living, studying and working trials. Think rammed earth, composting toilets, and wetlands. All at a living, fuctioning university. Check out a write up of CSU’s Thurgoona campus here

I’m currently travelling across the Nullabor from Adelaide towards Perth, here’s a snap from the road. The Big Galah, they’re not wrong…


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G’day and welcome to ‘Up Your Jumper’! Why the name? Well this blog, journey, experience is going to be a bit of everything, so hence the saying.

Now you may have stumbled upon this from a whole range of reasons. I may have approached you for a chat about an interesting project your working on. Maybe I’ve been chatting with you somewhere about the plans for the semester and rambled on about this trip. Maybe you’ve stumbled in off the wide and tangled road of the internet.

However you’ve ended up here, welcome.

The gist of all of this can be found here. But in a nutshell I am embarking on a study tour of Australia this semester. I will be investigating projects to do with Sustainable Design and Living, Renewable Energy and Water. I have no set route around Australia, but my intial trajectory is westward, Adelaide and then onto Perth.

Bear with me through this birthing time. Still got to get the right feel for the blog, but it’ll come together over the next week.

On the horizon and soon to appear on ‘Up Your Jumper’

* A case study on the Thurgoona Campus of Charles Sturt University. Slots into the sustainable design/living chunk. Think mudbrick houses, grey water recycling and composting toilets. All at a studying, working, living university.

* Your Sister’s Wardrobe is expanding into Adelaide! Well its not quite that big, would be sizeable wardrobe from here to Adelaide, about 1000km long. No the clothing exchange, fashion recycling phenomenon that has been growing in Melbourne, has sprouted in Adelaide. I’m going  to look into how this has panned out so far.

* Also in Adelaide, Hydrogen buses.  Are they real? Apparently they’ve been around in Perth for a good 5 years. But I’ll be in Adelaide, so I’ll hopefully be looking into Adelaide’s alternative public transport. They’ve even got a solar powered bus as well.

So that’s what is on the horizon, hit that RSS and stay tuned…

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