Rot and decay

It’s still spring and so I should be thinking about new life and Nature’s fecundity and so on, but our recent warmer weather has also reminded me that in the midst of life is … well, you know what. This pile of cuttings in the Council pen in Richardson Park looks like it belongs on a 1980s Smiths LP cover.


The blooms were perfect. It was as though an evil Super Villain had gone around town, determined to make everyone unhappy by stealing all the best flowers. Mwa ha ha!

The lads in the creek seem to have finished squirting their goo under the concrete. The science behind the process is completely beyond me but I assume that the goo somehow retards the flow of toxins into the water table. Good luck, I say. The warm weather has really got things moving in the gasworks and it’ll take a lot of goo to stop that.


How big is the gasworks site? I’d say it’s about 10 hectares or so. That’s about 10 hectares of subterranean bituminous gunk with a life of its own, spreading at about 1 centimetre a day.



4 Responses to Rot and decay

  1. ruthcotton says:

    It’s horrifying to think of what’s really growing under there.

    • Mark MacLean says:

      It is, Ruth. The fracking debate has triggered a lot of discussion about the inter-connectedness of our underground water systems, but they’ve been taking a hammering in urban settings for decades.

  2. ruthcotton says:

    Mark, nice things are happening for Cottage Creek. Another drain (wo)man at

    • Mark MacLean says:

      Thanks for the link, Ruth. It really is great to see people beginning to reclaim our urban waterways.

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