Concrete block with a style of its own!

Concrete block with a style of its own!

Around the back of the rear of a Brisbane Street shopping centre in Launceston CBD there is a concrete block building that was perhaps built in the 70’s. Buildings of this era were notoriously bland but this one has this panel that looks like concrete blocks stripped of their centre and turned on end. First thoughts cunjered up the possibility that the architect was creating a visual joke because of a personal disike of concrete blocks or perhaps he liked the idea of an Art Deco bracelet design to break up the monotony of a concrete block. Whatever it was its different to anything else in the vicinity.

A Nesting Australian Black Swan at the Tamar wetlands


Cygnus atratus, the Australian Black Swan nesting at the Tamar Wetlands. This iconic Australian bird can weigh up to nine kilograms live up to forty years and lays up to nine eggs in one season which take between 35 and 40 days to hatch. This nest is over a metre in diameter and is sited about a metre above the high tide level. With the rain over the last few days I am concerned that one metre might not be enough!

A Great Egret and Swan at the Tamar Wetlands, Riverside

A great Egret and swan at the Tamar Wetlands Centre in Riverside

Amidst the winter storms the clouds broke up and it was time to get out for a walk around the Tamar wetlands. I have been hoping to sight a some of the Native Egrets and Herons for a while. After walking for an hour or so we were rewarded with this Great Egret and an Australian Swan that decided to move on as we arrived…