I’ve gotten a bit obsessed with these community notice boards. The SHOPPER cards that folks from the community can fill out are really interesting. Especially once they use pictures and highlighters. These boards aren’t new to me. I’ve seen them in grocery stores in the United States and I remember them in the grocery in the town where I grew up. There’s even something similar at the local market I go to but it is less official and less systematic. I originally spotted them on our way up to Bogong Village as we hung fliers for the Listening Walk that I will be leading as a way to engage the community. I began wondering if this board system could be another way of reaching out to the community. So I quickly filled out a card and posted it. I grabbed a couple extra because I wanted to be better prepared next time I came down the mountain.
I designed my own card to resemble theirs but included my own messaging. It’s a request for birdsong impressions. In Bogong Village the birdsong is wonderful. It’s rich with character, dense and persistent throughout the day. The village however is a temporary community left over from the when the hydro-electric scheme was being built and in the early days of it running. There’s a dam that has created a lake and around the lake are a series of cabins that can be rented throughout the year. The dam and the recreational water way are evidence of attempts at controlling nature and the idea of imitating birdsong seemed like an interesting way to investigate the sounds of that intersection. The lake asks questions of “nature” and “real” while this intervention poses a similar request.