I'm interested in ideas on relocation in Australia to prepare for peak oil. Have done a trip to tassie, feel it's got smaller population base, hydro electricity, water, wilderness, furtile land etc.. Concerned by isolating ourselves when the ferry is so expensive now and it's not making a profit, it's going to become more isolated. Suppose the positive is it's harder for others to get there in times of turmoil... have included what I wrote in response to the ABC for corners Peak Oil show : Nice to see this topic being aired on the permie forum. I was first introduced to it at David Holmgreins opening talk for the Permaculture Convergence in Melbourne Last year. It's a life changing relelation, tp begin to comprehend the end of the "oil age" so to speak. Unlike the stone age, iron age, bronze age etc, we don't have something 'better' to move onto and with the size of the world population it's quite scary. My journey so far has led me to * https://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.com a great starting point and good regular source of relevant world news. * book "the long emergency" great all round sum up of the topic * a trip to tassie with the idea of moving. Living on 20 acres walking distance to a town of 20-30000 may sound a good start but when there are 3 million melbournians an hours drive or 6 hour run from my furtile little part of the world it scares me. I hope people can begin to look beyond the obvious cost of fuel. Nearly every thing we buy is packaged in oil (plastic) , has traveled by oil, been farmed and fertilised by oil and global trade is cheap based on oil. Oil has artificially keep prices and the value of things low, it is like many many man hours a litre and when a little of petrol is $1.50how can may hours compare. When we are faced with the true man hours cost of things life will be very different and that's just the start. We have lost our rail networks, the most efficient method of transporting large quantities of goods and people, so my husband says. We can import vegetables cheaper than we can grow them in our own town. ,... Any way another great article on relocation can be found on 'adaptiion' a web site mag by Paula Hay. It's also in the preparedness section of life after the oil crash. I'm interested in talking to people about preparing and relocation in australia may create a separate posting. Knowlege is power be empowered by it rather than feeling it's all to big. I read that there are 3 common reactions to Peak Oil Awareness 1) DENIAL technology and market forces will prevail. 2) DEPRESSION it's all too big and uncontrolable 3) ACTION, PREPAREDNESS, TELLING OTHERS(this last bit is tricky) as the ones you most care about and want to be acting on this may exhibit reaction 1 or 2.) I figure being a Permie gives us the advantage of having the mindset and beginnings of ideas for self and community preparedness. Good luck.