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March 2020

“I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. If we will only allow that, as we progress, we remain unsure, we will leave opportunities for alternatives. We will not become enthusiastic for the fact, the knowledge, the absolute truth of the day, but remain always uncertain … In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar.”

Richard P. Feynman- (https://integrallife.com/inhabit-your-uncertainty)

This March e-news is brief as many activities and events have been cancelled or postponed due to corona virus, including the Local Lives Global Matters Convergence 2020.

Outdoor community food markets remain open for the time being including Wesley Hill, Daylesford Sunday market and Castlemaine weekly farmers market. In addition there are several outdoor, arms-length and on line events worth thinking about. These include:

  • A local Arms-Length Yarn Up at Castlemaine- building community networks & support;
  • Trace Balla’s Book LaunchLanding with Wings
  • Arts Open Exhibitions in Mt Alexander Shire, including at Lot 19;
  • Walking Together Project– Balak Kalik Manya
  • Going Local – Hope in  a Time of Crisis–  webinar
  • Writing for Reconciliation Project 2020
  • Food for Thought- Some reading and listening

Local Lives Global Matters Convergence postponed & an Arms Length Yarn Up- building community networks

Convergence 2020

Given current circumstances with COVID-19, the Local Loves Global Matters Convergence has been postponed until Spring.

However we are planning an Arm’s Length Yarn Up to talk about ways to build community networks and support during this unprecedented time of social distancing and isolation.

What: An Arms Length Yarn Up- Building community networks and support

When: Saturday March 25th, 1.00pm

Where: Botanical Gardens, Castlemaine, along side Tea Rooms

We encourage people to come along to Trace Balla’s book launch from 11am on Saturday the 28th at the Botanic Gardens Tea Rooms – this is still happening, but has been moved outside!
And then please stick around or come along for an Arms Length Yarn Up from 1pm to talk about building community networks and support, and share ideas and resources for how to look after each other over the coming weeks and months.

If you are unable or unwilling to come to a face to face gathering even at arms length, we are hoping to include a virtual component via zoom. Please email Emma via emma.king4@gmail.com if you’d like to join us virtually and she will let you know if and how this is happening.

We will be in touch again as the situation regarding meetings unfolds.

Landing with Wings book launch -Trace Balla

Where:  An outdoor event alongside Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Tea Rooms, 2 Walker Street
When: Saturday 28th March from 11am

For more information: traceballa@yahoo.com

Come along to the launch of Trace Balla’s latest book — Landing With Wings — set right here on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Trace is the creator of Rivertime and Rockhopping, The Thank You Dish and Shine.

Now here’s a story “rich in country and family, deep in care for our future” Bruce Pascoe. “I feel like I’ve made a new friend through Trace’s exquisitely accessible drawings and gentle prose”, Alison Lester.11am book signing and sales- cash only

11.30 Welcome to Country with Uncle Rick Nelson, followed by talks and behind the scene slide show. Frances Cincotta of Newstead Natives nursery will speak. Then linger for a picnic — Cycle-safe Mount Alexander will be there with juice bike and info about local rides and activities. Have a go on the kids tandem bikes, or sit under a tree reading your new book!

Walking Together – Balak Kalik Manya project

The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation have issued the first exciting edition of a newsletter update for the latest happenings within the Walking Together – Balak Kalik Manya Project. It’s great to hear about their recent cultural and ecological survey work in Kalimna Park, right next to the town of Castlemaine .

The Walking Together- Balak Kalik Manya Project is a four-year project committed to writing site-specific management plans for two sites within Dja Dja Wurrung Country: Kalimna Park in Castlemaine and Wildflower Drive in Bendigo. Both sites have been selected because of their proximity to growing townships and the increasing pressures of urbanisation slowly encroaching closer and closer to these park boundaries. The project is focusing on how we can increase community connection with nature, improve visitation rates and encourage healthy use of these sites, all while maintaining and improving biodiversity. The project will promote Djaara employment and assist in Djaara reconnecting with traditional practices of land management.

To read the newsletter – click here

For further information, please contact:
Harley Douglas
Dhelkunya Dja Project Officer – Djandak
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
Phone: 03 5444 2888
Email: harley.douglas@djadjawurrung.com.au

For more information on the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, please visit their website – click here

Thanks to Connecting Country for providing this information.

GRAND PLANS: Harley Douglas in Strathdale bushland the Dja Dja Wurrung are about to take a key role managing for the future. Picture: TOM O'CALLAGHAN

Harley Douglas in Strathdale bushland the Dja Dja Wurrung are about to take a key role managing for the future. Photo: Tom O’Callaghan Bendigo Advertiser

Arts Open Castlemaine Exhibition: Upwelling

Where: Lot 19 Castlemaine, Mcshanag Drive (off Langslow Street),

Exhibition Hours: 5-22 March.  Fri-Sun 10am-5pm

This exhibition brings ancient and new knowledge, ideas, and actions to the surface of the climate change struggle. Science from a deeper understanding of the natural world will direct our survival plan for the future we are creating today.

Exhibiting artists:

Zoe Amor,  Alvin Briggs, Dale Cox, Punctum Inc., Cameron Robbins with Maison Lapalus, Gretel Taylor & Leonie Van Eyk, Ilka White, John Wolseley (image provided)

CORONA VIRUS statement from Lot 19

lest culture suffers… when small things become large…

lot19 will still function as a safe haven for our resident artists, with studio life continuing, each studio capable of supporting self-isolation.

our wonderful gallery will still function in a limited fashion, with no openings. we will support our artists with their exhibitions with an increased online presence, and still urge you to attend the gallery. we will maintain a no-touch social distance policy, reduce numbers inside to 5 at a time, and will maintain soaps and signage supporting individual isolation. please don’t attend with symptoms or after contact with anyone with symptoms… typically fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, malaise …

lot19 is here to support artists of all types. we feel strongly that artists play a vital role in our lives and are concerned that a total shutdown will contribute to the already huge distress and pressure many people will be feeling. by remaining open in such a way mitigate risks but maintain a cultural existence through this tough time.

stay safe, kind, diligent and strong!

Going Local: Hope in a Time of CrisisInteractive on line webinar

Stuck inside due to coronavirus? Feeling overwhelmed by the state of the world? Join Local Futures and the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) this weekend for an interactive online webinar exploring far-reaching visions for systemic change.

When: Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
9:30am-3:00pm (Sydney, Australia time)

Visit the event page at localfutures.org for more details.

Reserve your spot today

This webinar will bring together pioneering thinkers and activists from the worldwide localization and ‘new economy’ movements, including Charles Eisenstein, Damon Gameau, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Dr. Michelle Maloney, Mandy Nolan, Aidan Ricketts, and Ella Noah Bancroft.

We will explore the interlinkages between the crises humanity faces, and we’ll tackle some of the biggest questions confronting us today, including: What is the most strategic path towards fundamental economic change? What is working around the world? What does localisation really mean, and what would a healthy localised future look like? And we will talk about big-picture activism and grassroots community-building initiatives as promising next steps to build a brighter future.

This event will be hosted on zoom. A link will be emailed to you after ticket purchase.

We will also send a resource package to all registrants after the webinar, including access to several pre-recorded talks and a guide, ‘Steps to Localise for the Byron Shire’, which can be adapted for any community around the world.

We’re also planning to hold plenty more online events in the coming months, to get our message of change out as widely as possible, and to keep planting the seeds of a better world.

Writing for Reconciliation Project


You are invited to support the Nalderun Upper Loddon Writing for Reconciliation Project. Winners to be announced during Reconciliation Week 2020.

There are six categories: Primary School (Aboriginal)

Primary School (other Australian)

Secondary School (Aboriginal)

Secondary School (other Australian)

Adult (Aboriginal)

Adult (other Australian)

The Theme for Reconciliation Week this year is IN THIS TOGETHER

Your writing may take any form but must be less than 1000 words.

All entries must be delivered to Castlemaine Community House Friday 24th April.

Want more information or inspiration? You are welcome to attend an Information and Workshop Evening at Castlemaine Community House on Tuesday 24th March at 7pm. At this workshop we will explore the Theme, the Components of Writing, create your plan and munch on some lovely bush tucker inspired food supplied by Murnong Mummas.

**Bookings are essential for this Workshop and should be made through Castlemaine Community House (03) 5472 4842 or reception@cch.org.au

Enquiries: Kerin 0438 571 137 kerinb@y7mail.com

Tony 0447 900 616 coolibaz1951@live.com

Aunty Julie 0427 742410 jmchale57@outlook.com

Food for Thought


Inhabit: Your Uncertainty

Right to Repair Article


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