Australia Sustainable Food, Environment, & Social Systems 2017

Blog site for the 2017 MSU study abroad program.

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June 5th Our Last Day in Sydney

Today we started our last day in Sydney off early at they Sydney Fish Market. We got a tour of a live auction selling thousands of species to retailers, whole salers, and small businesses. Throughout the market we got to see and learn about many weird unknown fish from all over Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. By running three Dutch auctions at once with impressive technology, the market sells massive quantities fast, meaning less food waste and fresher fish for buyers. In order to protect their business the quality control team at the fish market and the fisherman watch closely at fish populations and regulations around where, when, how, what size, and how many fish can be caught to ensure healthy sustainable populations. A portion of every sale goes to further research and ocean conservation.         After the market, we all had some free time where people took surf lessons, visited Bondi Beach, did the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, bought souvenirs, and explored more of the city. Since we board the flight home early tomorrow morning, at the end of the day we all met up for a delicious group dinner on Darling Harbor to celebrate the end of an amazing trip through Australia!


Kate Wigent and Chris Merchant

Madi Heath with our tour guide and a 5kg King Crab at the Sydney Fish Market

Group Photo after our delicious dinner in front of the Vivid light show at Darling Harbour


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May 16th Day 6


Today we were able to tour the Central Victoria Livestock Exchange (CVLX) facilities in Ballarat, the largest Livestock Auction in Victoria. Manager Jonathan Crilly took us though the open air auction yard so that we could watched a live Auction and Sheep sale. We saw how farmers sold sheep to supermarkets, butchers and even individuals. It was a cool experience to see the animals and the process up close.
Then we toured the Ballarat Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. In the Gold Museum we saw all the beautiful thing made with Australian gold and a special exhibit on “Doctor Blake’s Murder Mysteries,” a Australian Television Show filmed in Ballarat. In Sovereign Hill we learned about the story of the gold miners in Ballarat in 1851. The park had many interesting exhibits and activities. Students visited a variety of the exhibits like the Red Hill Mine Tour, gold pouring, candle making, bowling and gold panning where some were able to find real gold! 

We left for dinner and came back later in the night for the “Sound-and-Light Spectacular.” We watched a series of displays and live acting to tell the story of the 1954 Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat’s goldfields.

After the Sound and Light Spectacular, we went back to the Eastern Station Hotel for our last night in Ballarat. 

Kate Wigent and Alex Desautel