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Campus News : CONNECT:UOW July 2012
JULY 2012 CONNECT :UOW 13 CONNECT: BOOKS WOLLONGONG'S NATIVE TREES REVISITED The horticulturalist who led the transformation of the University of Wollongong's campus into the beautiful bushland setting it is today -- then wrote a book about what he learned along the way about the region's native trees -- has released an updated version of his book. Leon Fuller's Wollongong's Native Trees has been the definitive reference book on the region's rich and diverse native trees since it was first published in 1980 and reprinted in 1982. Thirty years later, the 2012 edition has a completely revised a updated text, includi information about 25 additional species and contributions from other experts. It also has more than 700 new colour photos, taken by Byron McGregor- Cawthorne. At 440 pages it also has 110 more pages than the earlier editions. Leon started his journey of discovery about Wollongong's native trees in 1975, appointed Landscape Supervisor at the newly independent UOW. He was given the task of transforming the bare, featureless campus into and ng 5 r 0e when he was BEACH TABOOS LAID BARE You'd be shocked if you were banned from swimming in the ocean, but this was the reality for NSW bathers between 1830 and 1903 when the State government forbade ocean swimming in public view between 6am and 8pm. The bathing ban is just one of the taboos explored by UOW social geographer Associate Professor Gordon Waitt and co- author Christine Metusela from the University of NSW in their new book Tourism and Australian Beach Cultures: Revealing Bodies. The book gives an insight into the political and cultural processes which transformed Australian beaches and beach culture between the early 19th and 20th centuries. Case studies from Illawarra beaches are used to great effect It is well known that the beat of blues festivals can buoy regional economies, and a new book looks at the long-term implications of music festivals for regional areas. UOW geographer Professor Chris Gibson and University of Sydney academic Professor John Connell have launched their book Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia (published by Ashgate). "With population decline, ageing and uncertainty around the future of rural Australia many places are putting on festivals as one means to bring tourists in, bring their communities together or have fun," said Professor Gibson, who has spent 10 years researching the subject. Professor Gibson secured an Australian Research Council grant to properly document the festival phenomenon in regional Australia. "We were interested in the stories around regional towns, and some of the more interesting, peculiar and controversial examples of festivals," Professor Gibson said. The book looks at music festivals like Splendour in the Grass and the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Byron Bay, which Professor Gibson said have been embroiled in environmental and social conflicts for the region. He said Splendour in the Grass particularly had strained community relations, being forced to relocate to Woodford in Queensland for some years as locals rallied against noisy, drunk festivalgoers and general "youth deviance". MC Professor Chris Gibson and his book, Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia which is published by Ashgate. a native bushland reflecting the original lush forests of the Illawarra Coastal Plain. Leon and his team made countless trips into the Illawarra Escarpment bushland, identifying trees and gathering seeds that were propagated and planted on the campus. They planted thousands of trees in the six years Leon worked at the University. The knowledge Leon gained formed the basis for the original book designed to help others identify the region's native species. Leon has spent countless hours in the forest with Byron McGregor-Cawthorne over the past 18 months working on the updated version, locating the different species and re-photographing them. The book is available through the UniShop. NH as the authors examine the changing beach cultures of the nation through the emergence of swimming and surfing clubs among the middle class, changing understandings of race, masculinity, healthy bodies and the implications of transport such as the train and car. Reviewer Graeme Turner from the University of Queensland describes it as "an original, sophisticated and revealing history of the 'geographical imagery' of the Australian beach, which carefully maps the cultural and spatial politics which helped to shape the bodies displayed on it." The book is published by Channel View Publications in print and e-book versions. Visit www.channelviewpublications.wordpress.com JB FESTIVAL RESEARCH FINDS ITS GROOVE