The Planning Institute of Australia sets up new course starting Oct 2017 to provide background to the history and heritage of dry stone walls, where they are found, when they were built, by whom and why, and then looks at recent research and assessments that focus on their management in the context of rapidly expanding suburban development.
Wyndham releases policy guidelines for dry stone walls, Feb 2017. Permits must be sought to demolish, remove or alter a dry stone wall within the Heritage Overlay and retention and conservation is encouraged. See here for the full document.
Rugged men build rugged walls in a rugged landscape, The Guardian 7 November 2016The Chevin, Otley, West Yorkshire Dry stone walls intrigue because there is a hint of the impossible about them. They stand as if by sleight of hand, artificial but organic. [more]
Melton City Council won the Best Planning Ideas – Large Project category at the Planning Institute of Australia’s Planning Excellence Awards on Friday 4 Nov 2016. [more]
Tim the Yowie Man on origins of mysterious stone walls criss-crossing the Monaro, Canberra Times 9 Jul 2016 [more]
Art plots lie of land at stadium, The West Australian 1 June 2016. A snaking wall that plunges into a whirlpool of stones is the first major outdoor artwork at the $1.4 billion Perth Stadium. British land-artist Chris Drury and two stone masons took three weeks to build the 190m-long The Wandering from 460 tonnes of Toodyay and Donnybrook stone under the $2 million Percent for Art Scheme for the Burswood stadium and sport precinct. [more]
Patience is the key to stone walling – Alistair Tune works in a profession that dates back millennia. 23 Jan 2016 Sydney Morning Herald.
If maintained, a wall will last many lifetimes as opposed to a post and wire fence. They have endured many bushfires and even proven to be a significant firebreak. [more]
Bruce Munday in conversation with Richard Fidler on ABC radio 22 July 2015 on the publication of Those dry-stone walls: stories from South Australia’s stone age [more]
No stone unturned, ABC Landline 17 May 2015 featuring Wally Carmine, Bruce Munday, Alistair Tune and Jim Holdsworth
A feature of many farming properties across southern Australia are dry-stone walls. Constructed mostly during the middle of the 19th century, they were initially built to clear land and to define boundaries. But Prue Adams reports our dry-stone construction culture goes back a long way – even before European settlement.