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With every problem comes surprise and delight

We have spent five nights camped at the very beautiful Colac Colac Caravan Park awaiting parts to fix Patrick’s wheel. We have practiced free-range parenting, the art of patience and some wild food gathering, bringing us more delicious loquats,


This lovely mama went straight back in the Nariel Creek from where we clutched her. It is now ‘closed season’ for Murray spiny freshwater crayfish (Euastacus armatus).

Over our short stay we have got to know nearby Corryong by riding into town for supplies.

We’ve also got to know a little about the horse thief Jack Riley, romanticised with ample hyperbole as the good-boy-hero Man from Snowy River, buried in the town. Thanks for the history lesson Warwick!

We have been touched by people’s generosity. Phil, our host at the caravan park, organised the wheel to be couriered to the Albury bikeshop, made numerous phone calls on the progress of the repair and kept us in good humour when it looked like a much longer wait than first thought. Thanks Phil!

Our friendly neighbours in the park loaned us their bike so we could all go on local expeditions. Thanks John and Jenny!

And these lovely women who we met in Corryong, gathered up their freshest garden produce including a dozen eggs and brought them out to us at Clack Clack. Thanks Nina, Eden and Jum!

Your food was a blessing. By living out of our own garden, food swaps, community gardens, food co-ops and by foraging and hunting we haven’t had to shop in supermarkets for nearly seven years. On this trip, with much less access to local food, we are finding out first-hand just how impoverished the industrial-corporate food industry is. At home we would avoid any food grown in another state, on the road we’re struggling to find bought food made in Australia. It was great to be able to cook up local garden frittatas for the neighbours on our last night.

There is just nothing like real food that has come from loved earth. Until science is freed from the economic imperatives of industry, people are going to be kept in the dark about how innutrituous, health-degrading and ecologically damaging our modern food supply really is. The annual increases in pharmaceutical medicine is proof enough that much modern food is woeful deception dressed up by PR firms.

For our children’s sake, isn’t it time we put our resources back in our own hands?

Key Audit Findings

We found our first bubbler of the day near the corner of Lonsdale and Spencer streets at 8.35am.

We found that to make sure we didn’t miss any of the bubblers in the chaos of the city we had to slow right down.

We found the entire contents of somebody’s home out in the street. What a lucky country we live in that so much waste goes unwanted.

We found our friend Brett who joined us on our audit. We found him at the lovely Kinfolk café, which is staffed by volunteers and whose profits go to a selection of different charities.

We found that although we only drink rain water at home, we loved drinking a toast to all the working bubblers we came across.

We found that after a while we even started acting like water bubblers.

We found that we started seeing bubblers even when there weren’t any.

We found a few over-zealous bubblers.

We found lots of important reasons to carry out our audit.

We found wheelchair accessible bubblers,

dog accessible bubblers

and bee accessible bubblers.

We found the wasteful remains of the winning entry in the 2011 Melbourne Urban Prize for sculpture.

We found bubblers being repaired.
We found bubblers from great heights.

We found some very brave people at the Occupy Melbourne protest; people willing to stand up to the corporate greed that is killing our planet.

We found some great examples of people growing their own food.

We found people will go to great lengths to get a drink of water.

Overall what we found was very positive compared with Patrick’s findings from four years ago.

We found 46 bubblers in the CBD region, 19 more than last time.
We found 39 working bubblers, 21 more than last time.
When we enquired at the City of Melbourne council offices we were told that on average there are 788,000 people who use the city every day, 77,400 more than last time.
We found 1 working bubbler per 20,205 people whereas last time it was 1 working bubbler per 40,000 people.
Congratulations are in order for the City of Melbourne. It’s fantastic to see that they have started to take the issue of bottled water pollution seriously. We encourage them to continue their great work by providing even more water bubblers for the people of Melbourne who are concerned about drinking just and free water.
And lastly we found that walking over 15km auditing Melbourne’s bubblers sure did make us sleepy.