Curator reveals small town’s most explosive hidden moment

An early act of environmental activism is being revisited to bring new perspectives to contemporary issues.

As independent curator and writer Dr Amanda Gardiner makes her routine commute to and from her regional hometown of Bunbury, WA, she is often filled with a mix of curiosity and dread.

This is because one of the first things all residents and visitors to the town may to notice on arrival is its huge permanent woodchip pile, which is placed, almost sculpture-like, near the side of the road.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).