2009 Victorian Bushfires Commemoration and Community
At ECOSS we wanted to host a place whereby community could acknowledge that we live in a bushfire prone area and pay respects to those affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. We have done this by looking at ways to host introspective space, and practical skills for Bushfire Safe Building techniques and preparedness.
Tom Neil hosted a Bushfire Safe Building Workshop on Saturday 30th March, beginning with a talk at ECOSS, including a Fire Safe Building Presentation and guest speakers from CFA, and continuing on to Site Tours in the Valley of Bush-Fire Safe buildings. This was a very interesting day, well presented and ran well.
We have been developing a memorial at ECOSS by Community members using Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley and Relab. Vickie Basdeo- (RELAB), has run 3 creative sessions at: PEACE FARM tomato festival, 7 Sisters Festival, and Ecotopia. These sessions focussed on creating ephemeral art with the 2009 Bushfires in mind, gathering pieces purposefully designed together with Lucy Pierce’s clay artwork for the final memorial space opening which will be at the Ngulu Festival on 26th May at ECOSS.
ECOSS is committed to keeping the conversation going about the current and past state of affairs of our Indigenous Custodians on who’s land we stand and reside. Whilst we understand the issues associated with Reconciliation Day, we are taking the opportunity to create public events whereby the community can come together, honour and show respect for our Indigenous brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, children and elders both past and present.
Together with Cire Services, we bring you-
- Welcome to Country by local Wurundjeri Elder- Aunty Kim Wandin.
- Wayapa Wuurrk- Earth Mindfulness Meditation- how to connect to country whether you’re indigenous or not. This special process is led by local indigenous woman Michelle Atwell.
- Bush Food Display, by Peter Lorback, who has very extensive knowledge on Bush Foods.
- Botanical Eco Dyed Prayer Flag decorating by Vickie Basdeo of Peace Farm. These will hang as an annual prayer for all indigenous people.
- Kids ochre body painting- for earthy fun for the kids.
- Live Music by Muz & Aladdin and Friends
- Native BBQ includes; wallaby, kangaroo and emu sausages and for the vegetarian/vegans- ECOSS home grown organic pumpkin soup and more.
As this is a community event, please feel free to volunteer, offer an appropriate activity, or performance.
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Stallholder Application and information: Stall Application form ECOTOPIA 2018 Ecotopia stall info 2018A Massive thankyou to our sponsors Yarra Ranges Council, Upper Yarra Community Enterprise, Multi Cultural Victoria and Cire Services. They have enabled us to start planning another amazing and free event : Ecotopia themed Celebrating Cultural Diversity.This year…
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School Holiday Lantern Making Workshops – River of Light Winter Festival Create your own beautiful lantern for the River of Light Winter Festival in Warburton on 29th July 2017! School Holiday Lantern Making Workshops for children age 7+ Tuesday July 4th – 11:00am – 2pm Sunday July 9th – 11:00am – 2pm Sunday July 16th – 11:00am – 2pm Hosted at The Coop, Yarra Valley ECOSS, 711 Old Warburton Road, Wesburn 3797. Cost: $5 each (includes all materials for lantern) Lunch Available BYO Parent/Guardian Phoebe Lines – 0434 633 599 firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Watson – 0423 140 689 email@example.com