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DISPOSABLE: Can becoming self-sustainable bring happiness?

Sick and tired of living a wasteful life in Melbourne, Ben Symon gave it all up to move to the countryside. In Murroon he harvests his own food, builds his own furniture, and even brews his own beer. Jess Malcolm, Sherry Liu, and Ying Liu created this report. 

This report was created for the Science Gallery Melbourne’s DISPOSABLE exhibition, with support from All The Best radio. (Photo: Jess Malcolm)

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THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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