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Monday, 19 September

18:12

Reminder: Launch of FOBIF Eucalyptus ID book on 24 September Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests

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Next Saturday (24th September) the new FOBIF publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched by Geoff Park in the Castlemaine Library foyer at 10.30. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.

The book is a community project that has been two years in the making. See our earlier post to find out more.

For a preview of the book, have a look at the double page spreads below on Grey Box Eucalyptus Microcarpa. Click on each one to enlarge.

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14:48

Brilliant walk despite the weather Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests

Our September FOBIF walk was led by local environmentalists, Elaine Bayes and Damien Cook, in the Chewton area off Dingo Park Road. Although the weather didn’t look promising, the rain held off and walkers enjoyed slowly wending their way through masses of Early Nancies and other flowering plants. The damp conditions made the fungi, moss and lichen look especially colourful.

Among the highlights was finding at least a dozen orchid species including several Castlemaine Spider-orchids Caladenia clavescens. Orchid expert, Geoff Neville, was able to give a detailed account of the pollination of these orchids.

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Two Castlemaine Spider-orchids discovered during the walk.

Ant nests Map lichen Early Nancies Plains froglets Aboriginal well Bracket fungi

Photos are by Win Jodell and Bronwyn Silver.

Thanks to Elaine and Damien for once again leading a terrific walk and sharing their extensive knowledge of plant life and the environmental history of this area of our Box-Ironbark forests.

The last walk for the year will be led by Alex Panelli in the Fryers Ranges.

11:43

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This November, Victoria’s peak policy advocacy body representing ethnic and multicultural communities and organisations across Victoria - The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, along with the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council - is excited to be hosting The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria  -  Intergenerational Perspectives Conference in the historic town of Ballarat, the fastest growing regional city in Victoria.

For over 40 years, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has been the link between multicultural communities, government and the wider community. It is the Voice of Multicultural Victoria and the peak policy advocacy body for ethnic and multicultural organisations, proudly advocating for culturally diverse communities, government and the wider community.

ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said: “The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria and generational transition, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future. The aim of the Conference is for ECCV, individuals and organizations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.”

Pre-Conference Events on Thursday November 10 will include:  Diverse, Delicious, Nutritious – A cooking demo and lunch of multicultural tasters and workshop on the benefits of multicultural “tucker” for a diverse and ageing population. Afternoon Mayoral Reception, and evening Pre-Conference Dinner - ★Guest Speaker Peter Khalil, MP for Wills and former SBS manager.

Confirmed Facilitators, keynote and guest speakers will include:

★The Hon. Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs  ★ Helen Kapalos VMC  ★Peter van Vliet  Department of Immigration and Border Protection ★Colleen Hartland Victorian Green MP ★  Carmel Guerra  Centre for Multicultural Youth ★ Aleem Ali  Welcoming Cities, ★Amy Hubbard  Capire Consulting Group, ★Anthea Hancocks  Scanlon Foundation ★Dr Gabriel Garcia Ochoa & Professor Susanna Scarparo  Monash University, Bachelor of Global Studies ★ Nyok Gor South Sudan Australia Peace Initiative ★ Professor Andrew Markus Monash University ★Jessica Williamson  Migration Lawyer ★ Mark Karlovic Sovereign Hill Museums Assoc. ★ Tasmeen Chopra Cultural Curator, Author ★ Kelly Talagan Code Club Australia ★ George Fong Lateral Plains ★ Nivy Balachandran Juris Doctor  ★ Jenny Taing Vanguard ★ Lorraine Ngwenya Useful Link (subject to change &  more to be announced … )

Hosted by James Liotta Actor and Entertainer - and also featuring entertainment and inspirational speakers throughout the day - this promises to be the multicultural event of the year!

MORE INFORMATION and REGISTRATION DETAILS

The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference

Mercure Convention Centre, Ballarat

11 November 2016

PROGRAM at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2On0UnlI7aqZFo5WWY0bXRQQk0  (*subject to change)

Conference Registrations are NOW OPEN!

-          Private and Public Sector:  $150 / person

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11:32

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

THE NEXT GENERATION OF MULTICULTURAL VICTORIA - INTERGENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.

CONFERENCE

WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

  • Private & Public Sector: $150
  • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
  • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.

PRE-CONFERENCE DINNER

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector

REGISTRATIONS: here 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM: here

Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at conference@eccv.org.au or call (03) 9349 4122. 

Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

All Conference enquiries to Toula at conference@eccv.org.au or (03) 9349 4122

 

 

10:43

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

THE NEXT GENERATION OF MULTICULTURAL VICTORIA - INTERGENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.

CONFERENCE

WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

  • Private & Public Sector: $150
  • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
  • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.

PRE-CONFERENCE DINNER

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector

REGISTRATIONS: here 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM: here

Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at conference@eccv.org.au or call (03) 9349 4122. 

Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

All Conference enquiries to Toula at conference@eccv.org.au or (03) 9349 4122

 

 

 


09:19

Building a home of earth Natural Newstead

It promises to be a bumper season for swallows and martins. Small colonies of Fairy Martins are building (or refurbishing) their wonderful adobe nests throughout the district, collecting mud pellets from roadside puddles. Locally they prefer to attach their nests to artificial structures, such as bridges and culverts, but will happily use eroded gullies as well. Tree Martins on the other hand, favour tree hollows – I expect to see them in good numbers on local wetlands over coming weeks.

Fairy Martin @ Joyce's Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

Fairy Martin @ Joyce’s Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

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This image shows off the chestnut crown and streaked throat makings of the Fairy Martin

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A precision aerialist!

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My favourite martin …


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Sunday, 18 September

23:28

Maldon Folk Festival - An Introduction "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Maldon Folk Festival is an annual family-friendly folk festival in Maldon, Victoria (near Bendigo) - a long weekend of quality family entertainment to suit all age groups and tastes. The festival hosts an abundance of music, dance and theatre, such as Folk Irish Ceilidh bush gospel and blues music, dance, musical theatre, poetry, interactive workshops, song-writing competitions, and are complemented by various activities around the Maldon township. COME ALONG TO THE 2009 FESTIVAL. Visit the website below for more details or to book. maldonfolkfestival DOT com Maldon Folk Festival on MySpace: myspace DOT com/maldonfolkfestival Video produced by GoldfieldStories

09:39

The grass is singing Natural Newstead

On the corner of the lake road at Joyce’s Creek there is a small patch of Common Reed Phragmites australis. It is only when the lake is full that the plants become inundated and early last week that looked pretty unlikely. Things can change quickly as locals have witnessed in recent days.

Arriving for a visit on Friday afternoon I was greeted by a cacophony of sound – mainly from the dozen or so Australian Reed-warblers calling from deep in the reeds. This species is damn hard to photograph and I’ll return soon to see if one might perch nicely for me!

It’s extraordinary how such a small patch of habitat can come to life when conditions are right.

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Australian Reed-warbler, Joyce’s Creek, 16th September 2016

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Female Superb Fairy-wren

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Male Superb Fairy-wren

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New Holland Honeyeater


08:39

READING NOTES FOR NOVEL "FAMILY SKELETON" bluelotus




FAMILY SKELETON     by   CARMEL BIRD
READING NOTES


ABOUT THE NOVEL
Told from the perspective of the observant and sometimes cynical skeleton in the closet, this novel of manners takes the reader into the emotional depths of the lives of a family of funeral directors in a wealthy Melbourne suburb. The patriarch is a charming and amusing philanderer, his wife is a virtuous philanthropist, his mistress is treated as a member of the family. But the sins of the past are about to surface, with catastrophic results. Dark and hilarious, dramatic and moving, Family Skeleton has been compared to the novels of Fay Weldon, Penelope Fitzgerald, Muriel Spark and Anne Tyler.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carmel Bird has always been in love with the music of language, the rhythms of speech, the possibilities of fiction. She has written thirty books, including nine other novels and six collections of short fiction.

COMMENTS
‘An intensely un-put-down-able novel with a rare pitch perfect ending. What a rich, delicious, suspenseful, witty, sinister, joyous confabulation, wow!’
JAN OWEN
‘Carmel Bird is a literary artist to her fingertips. She writes prose that has the precision of poetry, and that uncanny quality poetry has of making the inner life speak.’
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Saturday, 17 September

12:35

Inundation and elation Natural Newstead

It promises to be a season for the ages.

A sodden landscape is recharging the wetlands of the plains (stay tuned) and to see the Loddon in flood is awe-inspiring.

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The Loddon River @ Newstead, 14th September 2016 … 9am

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The river at noon

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The confluence of the Muckleford Creek and Loddon River at 9am.


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Friday, 09 September

18:55

ROCKIN’ FOR WEST PAPUA: Global Peace Concerts Announced "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Rockin for West Papua

“We stand for the arts,

we stand for first nations people

and we stand for West Papua.”

#musicisaweapon


Rockin’ For West Papua gigs are being organised around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Perth, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Lismore, Newcastle and Arnhem Land with more shows to be announced in all corners of the globe.

CONFIRMED DATES:

Friday 30 September – Sydney AUS: Waywards @ Bank Hotel, Newtown featuring Blackbreaks, The MisMade, The Black Turtles, MC Thorn

Saturday 1 October – Newcastle AUS: The Vault featuring Once Remained, Skinpin, Steinbrenner, The Grounds

Saturday 1 October – Edinburgh UK: Henry’s Cellar Bar featuring Rise Kagona, Samba Sene & Diwan Seneglese, Nawakyipo, Mariam El Sadr & more

Friday 7 October – Lismore AUS: Lismore City Hall Studio featuring Blakboi, The Humans Of Lismore, Atomic Monkey Chunks & Punks For West Papua doco screening

Saturday 8 October – Gold Coast AUS: Currumbin Creek Tavern featuring The Poor, Wartooth, Paging Jimi

Saturday 8 October – Brisbane AUS: Chardons Corner Hotel featuring Kold Creature, Monster Fodder, System Trashed, Kaosphere, Alice Lost Her Way, Locus Give It All

Saturday 8 October – Darwin AUS: The Chippo, 2 stages featuring Clever Monkey, Dave Garnham, Gored Matador, Acid City, Pole Top Rescue, Lungbuster, Ben Evolent, Brother Phoenix, Joy Greer

Saturday 8 October – Gauteng SOUTH AFRICA: Wunderbar @ German Club featuring Slash Dogs, Made For Broadway, Slippery When Wet, Chilean cuisine, Film Screenings

Sunday 9 October – Melbourne AUS: Bendigo Hotel featuring Liquor Snatch, Indigo Rising, DevilsMonkey, Mystic Trio, DJ LAPKAT, Long Holiday, Native Rain, New Age, Elf Tranzporter, MC Izzy Brown, West Papuan String Band and dancers

Saturday 29 October – Perth AUS: Railway Hotel, Fremantle featuring Yob Mob, The U-Nites reggae band plus DJ General Justice & Jah Wisdom Sound System, Potato Stars, Mental Pretzel, Fuzion

Facebook Event Page

MORE GLOBAL CONCERTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Following the noise made and the funds raised by the ‘Punks For West Papua’ movement and documentary, more rockin’ artists are coming together for several weeks from September 30 to show the strength of music and help raise funds to assist the plight of the West Papuans, presented by global music & cultural movement Rize Of The Morning Star.

Leader of the ULMWP Benny Wenda said Indonesia have tanks and guns. West Papuans only have guitars. Music is the only weapon we need for freedom.”

Whilst West Papuan music is outlawed by the Indonesian Military, Rockin’ For West Papua & Rize Of The Morning Star are inviting musicians, artists and anybody who wants to make a stand, to show their colours in the month of October by organising gigs, exhibitions, festivals or any social gathering or display of support to let Indonesia, USA, Australian and UK governments know that we are standing for West Papua.

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ROCKIN’ FOR WEST PAPUA: Global Peace Concerts Announced "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Rockin for West Papua

“We stand for the arts,

we stand for first nations people

and we stand for West Papua.”

#musicisaweapon


Rockin’ For West Papua gigs are being organised around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Perth, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Lismore, Newcastle and Arnhem Land with more shows to be announced in all corners of the globe.

CONFIRMED DATES:

Friday 30 September – Sydney AUS: Waywards @ Bank Hotel, Newtown featuring Blackbreaks, The MisMade, The Black Turtles, MC Thorn

Saturday 1 October – Newcastle AUS: The Vault featuring Once Remained, Skinpin, Steinbrenner, The Grounds

Saturday 1 October – Edinburgh UK: Henry’s Cellar Bar featuring Rise Kagona, Samba Sene & Diwan Seneglese, Nawakyipo, Mariam El Sadr & more

Friday 7 October – Lismore AUS: Lismore City Hall Studio featuring Blakboi, The Humans Of Lismore, Atomic Monkey Chunks & Punks For West Papua doco screening

Saturday 8 October – Gold Coast AUS: Currumbin Creek Tavern featuring The Poor, Wartooth, Paging Jimi

Saturday 8 October – Brisbane AUS: Chardons Corner Hotel featuring Kold Creature, Monster Fodder, System Trashed, Kaosphere, Alice Lost Her Way, Locus Give It All

Saturday 8 October – Darwin AUS: The Chippo, 2 stages featuring Clever Monkey, Dave Garnham, Gored Matador, Acid City, Pole Top Rescue, Lungbuster, Ben Evolent, Brother Phoenix, Joy Greer

Saturday 8 October – Gauteng SOUTH AFRICA: Wunderbar @ German Club featuring Slash Dogs, Made For Broadway, Slippery When Wet, Chilean cuisine, Film Screenings

Sunday 9 October – Melbourne AUS: Bendigo Hotel featuring Liquor Snatch, Indigo Rising, DevilsMonkey, Mystic Trio, DJ LAPKAT, Long Holiday, Native Rain, New Age, Elf Tranzporter, MC Izzy Brown, West Papuan String Band and dancers

Saturday 29 October – Perth AUS: Railway Hotel, Fremantle featuring Yob Mob, The U-Nites reggae band plus DJ General Justice & Jah Wisdom Sound System, Potato Stars, Mental Pretzel, Fuzion

Facebook Event Page

MORE GLOBAL CONCERTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Following the noise made and the funds raised by the ‘Punks For West Papua’ movement and documentary, more rockin’ artists are coming together for several weeks from September 30 to show the strength of music and help raise funds to assist the plight of the West Papuans, presented by global music & cultural movement Rize Of The Morning Star.

Leader of the ULMWP Benny Wenda said Indonesia have tanks and guns. West Papuans only have guitars. Music is the only weapon we need for freedom.”

Whilst West Papuan music is outlawed by the Indonesian Military, Rockin’ For West Papua & Rize Of The Morning Star are inviting musicians, artists and anybody who wants to make a stand, to show their colours in the month of October by organising gigs, exhibitions, festivals or any social gathering or display of support to let Indonesia, USA, Australian and UK governments know that we are standing for West Papua.

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Wednesday, 07 September

17:19

Melbourne Fringe Festival show by member of CaribVic community "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

I AM SUPERMARKET

The show where the customer is NOT always right

Get your complaints written and receipts ready for refund because this Fringe, two average checkout chics present to you the comedy show I AM SUPERMARKET. Ballarat Acting Graduates from Federation University Arts Academy, Jacqui Essing and Casey Binks, bring to you the quirky supermarket world from the other side of the conveyor belt – a place where the checkout chic is always right. Be prepared… the smiling checkout chic is not so nice anymore.

I AM SUPERMARKET featuring Jacqui Essing and Casey Binks, plays as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival at the Metanoia Mechanics Institute, Studio, Brunswick from 14th September.

Three years of whinging about working in a supermarket has fuelled Essing to put her angers, amusements and annoyances to paper, with the product being I AM SUPERMARKET.

When a stereotypical supermarket worker is instructed to say “good thanks”,“my pleasure”, “have a lovely day” and smile on repeat, one would assume that the any person would go insane… and one would be absolutely, positively correct with those assumptions! I AM SUPERMARKET proves to you that the checkout chic is in fact a human too (wow, how shocking is that?!), and not the robot who you often ignore when doing the grocery shopping.

From the rude customer on their phone, to the not-so-clever shoplifters, from the customer who needs to shower, to the child who cracks a tantrum, I AM SUPERMARKET will re-introduce you to all of the stereotypes you love to hate when trying to get through the weekly shop.

Follow the hashtag #IAMSUPERMARKET on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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