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Letterboxing for the Great Forest National Park

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 35 rsvps
Various locations in Melbourne, Australia

We want the Great Forest National Park to be announced this term of government and time is ticking. State Government are deliberating over this right now and they are listening to the Victorian public to gauge the support and inform the decision.

We are going to letterbox the whole electorate of Brunswick!

Did you hear that the state MP in Brunswick Jane Garrett has said she supports unsustainable native forest logging for the ailing Heyfield sawmill?! But where does she stand on the environment?

The Heyfield sawmill uses wood from endangered forests - forests that should be protected from logging. Jane Garrett is backing 230 jobs in native forest logging, but where does she stand on the 760+ new jobs in the Great Forest National Park?

Take part in this letterboxing blitz! Even if you can only give an hour or two, we need as many people as possible to help deliver these flyers and the message they carry. Your volunteer efforts will help activate people in the area, question the local members position and ultimately help create the Great Forest National Park!

RSVP below and we will be in touch to arrange getting you the flyers.


Brisbane - Community Organising Training (May 2017)

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 08:30 AM · 18 rsvps

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Volunteers and members of The Wilderness Society, or supporters committed to getting more involved, are invited to attend our free 2-day Community Organising training course.

This course will teach you the fundamentals of community organising including theory and frameworks, relational organising skills, using personal narrative, cutting an issue and making a plan, as well as core organising skills including running effective house parties.

See the full agenda here.

This program is offered to those currently volunteering (or are seeking to volunteer) free of charge. Spaces are strictly limited so make sure you RSVP as soon as possible or get in touch if you need any further information.

Please ensure you let us know if you have any dietary requirements, mobility issues or anything else we need to take into consideration.

 


Melbourne - Community Organising Training

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 08:45 AM · 19 rsvps
Kathleen Syme Centre in Melbourne, Australia

We are excited to offer our new Community Organising Training course - Movement for Life -  to Wilderness Society volunteers and supporters. 

When was the last time you did something bold and different in the pursuit of growth and learning? Do you care about nature protection and do you have a yearning to be more effective in this space? Yes? Then this is for you!   

Our community organising program is all about immersing yourself in an incredible learning and development experience so that collectively we can better protect, promote and restore Wilderness across Australia.  

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This two day introductory course will give you experience and skills in:

  • The theory and frameworks of community organising
  • Relational organising skills
  • Leadership and facilitation
  • Communications for change (telling your personal narrative)
  • Campaign planning
  • Activating your local community
  • Building grassroots teams & volunteer management 

This training will set you up well for hitting the ground running in 2017. We have an exciting year ahead and we are looking forward to winning our campaign together with you!

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This course is free. Please ensure you let us know if you have mobility issues or anything else we need to take into consideration. 

Saturday 27 May, 9am to 5pm and Sunday 28 Ma7, 9am to 3.30pm 

See you there!


Sutherland Wilderness House Party

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 02:00 PM · 37 rsvps
Gunnamatta Park

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You are invited to our Wilderness Society House Party!

We are a group of Wilderness Society volunteers from the Sutherland Shire who share a love for our unique Australian environment. We are very lucky that the Sutherland Shire is home to many beautiful natural areas and coastline, and know that the people who live here feel a strong connection to their local area.

We are hosting this event to bring like-minded people together to share our thoughts and socialise. Our hope is to form a local volunteer group in the Sutherland Shire to help generate action, but we are also excited to connect with people from the area to give some local perspectives on the environment. 

When: 2pm, Saturday 27 May

Where: 

We will provide drinks and snacks and an alternative venue will be organised in the event of wet weather.

Please RSVP below by Thursday 25th May. We look forward to seeing you there!


Melbourne - Community Calling for the Great Forest National Park

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 05:00 PM
The Wilderness Society office in Melbourne, Australia

Right now, the State Government is looking closely at the Great forest National Park and a decision on the fate of the forests is imminent! The campaign needs you now more than ever. 

Feel free to join us for a couple of hours from 5 - 7pm on Tuesday 30 May to contact Wilderness Society supporters who live in electorates of key MPs, and invite them to call or meet with their MP about the GFNP.

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We're at a crucial point in the campaign and drawing on all elements to encourage our decision makers to create the Great Forest National Park in the Central Highlands, and the Emerald Link in East Gippsland. 

If you haven't participated in a community calling session before, this is an excellent opportunity to come and learn about the power of creating change through conversation, meet some of the team, and empower people to act. We'll provide full training and support.

We're aiming to push the Park over the line, and every conversation counts.

Can the industry’s current situation really be the fault of one tiny possum?
No, it can’t. For logging industry and unions to point the finger at a critically endangered species is mistaken at best, disingenuous at worst.

Why is the Great Forest National Park the better way forward?
Because it will save a species from extinction and create 760 new full-time jobs. The best solution for the long-term is to protect Victoria’s Mountain Ash forests in the Great Forest National Park.

What do Victorians think about the Great Forest National Park?
Well, 93% of Victorians want these forests protected for wildlife, tourism and recreation, and for a safe climate—and, in regional Victoria, support for industry reform is strong.

Can the government protect the possum and support workers?
Victorians want solutions that protect the environment and put industry on a truly sustainable footing, including to secure regional jobs - both in the industry and in the other significant sectors of tourism and agriculture.

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Adelaide - New Volunteer Welcome Night - May

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 2 rsvps
The Wilderness Society Office in Adelaide, Australia

 

Handshakes don’t save the environment. People do.

That’s why we’ve created Movement For Life community organising program.

If you'd like to help us protect our precious wild places here in SA while meeting like-minded people along the way, then we'd love for you to join us at this information evening.

You'll get the chance to meet fellow nature lovers from your local community, build connections and start on a journey to help nature thrive.

Want to help secure our wild places and a safe climate for the future?

Come along and find out how you can be a part of Movement For Life, whether it's attending our training, holding your own community events or volunteering in our campaign centre. 

There are lots of different opportunities, so come along to see what you can do. 

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Sydney North Meet Your MP Workshop

Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 19 rsvps
Dougherty Centre - Craft Room in Chatswood, Australia

You’re invited to a free Effective Meetings With Your MP workshop to be held in Chatswood on Thursday night 1 June 2017.

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At the Wilderness Society we believe that it is important for a community to be better equipped to engage in the political process and have strong relationships with their local decision makers. We are therefore very excited to invite you to attend our free one-off training workshop: How to Effectively Meet With Your MP.

Meeting with your local member of parliament (MP) can be a great way to engage them in a particular issue. It is also a great way to establish, build and maintain a relationship. MPs need to know the “mood” of their community and you can be a valuable asset to them, just as they can become a valuable asset to you. Having an established relationship with your MP is really helpful when an issue arises that you and your local community feel particularly passionate about.

In this two-hour workshop you will join other members of your community to learn how to have meetings with your MP that actually make a difference.

We will cover everything from how to secure a meeting, how to prepare, what to take with you, what to say in the meeting and, following the meeting, how to have a productive debrief and follow up on commitments made.

We invite all North Shore residents, and those in surrounding suburbs, to come along and take advantage of this free workshop, which will equip you with all that you need to successfully engage your MP. You do not need to be a member or supporter of the Wilderness Society to attend.

 


Launceston 2 Day Community Organising Training, May 2017

Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 09:00 AM · 6 rsvps
Launceston Campaign Centre in Launceston, Australia

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We are excited to offer our Community Organising "Movement for Life" 2 day training course to Wilderness Society volunteers and supporters on Saturday, June 3 2017, 9.00am to 4.30pm and Sunday, June 4, 9.00am to 3.30pm. The training will take place at our Launceston Campaign Centre, 174 Charles Street, Launceston

When was the last time you did something bold and different in the pursuit of personal and community engagement and learning?  Do you care about our island home, its natural beauty and our climate?  Do you want protection for the places you love?  Do you yearn to be more effective in this space?  Yes?

Then this is for you!  Our community organising program "Movement for Life" is all about immersing yourself in an incredible learning and development experience so that collectively we can better protect, promote and restore natural and wild places across Tasmania and Australia.

This two day introductory course will give you experience and skills in:

  • The theory and frameworks of community organising
  • Relational organising skills
  • Communications for change (telling your personal narrative)
  • Campaign planning
  • Activating your local community

This program is available for anyone currently volunteering (or interested in volunteering) with the Wilderness Society Tas.

Catering will be provided on both days. 

Please ensure you let us know via email if you have any dietary requirements, mobility needs or anything else you think we need to take into consideration.   

Is this training right for me? 

We’re looking to transform the ways in which society connects and respects our natural environment and we’re looking for like-minded people to join us.

This program is a first step in discovering what we can do collectively. It’ll equip you with the skills, know-how, mentoring and connections you need to have an impact in your local community.

What is expected of me?

This program is offered to those currently volunteering (or are seeking to volunteer) free of charge. Please bring your enthusiasm, ideas, an open mind, an open heart and your passion for the power of people to make change.

For more information on what it means to volunteer with us please do not hesitate to contact us on 0400 957 994 or email ruth.groom@wilderness.org.au

Places are strictly limited so please RSVP as soon as you are able to secure your spot.

Liz and Ruth, Tasmanian Community Organisers

 

 


Toolangi Forest Tour - June

Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 09:00 AM
The Wilderness Society Office in West Melbourne, Australia

Join The Wilderness Society campaigners and visit the majestic forests of Central Highlands with a splendid spring tour of the areas to be in included in the Great Forest National Park.

Escape the daily grind of the city and discover some of the many special pockets the Central Highlands has to offer. Join us for a stroll along forest walkways, be soothed by the sounds of the forest and stand in awe as we look up at the tallest flowering plant in the world—the Mountain Ash.

This is a chance to connect, rejuvenate and be inspired by the majestic forests that exist just over an hour away from Melbourne’s city centre.

When: Saturday, 3 June 2017 Time: 8:45am for a 9am departure (expected return 6:30-7:00pm)

Address: Tour bus departs from 355 King Street, West Melbourne 3003

Cost: Suggested $40 contribution to cover costs RSVP:

Book now! Come and be guided though the ecology of the area, the logging threats faced by the region and the campaign to protect it by creating the Great Forest National Park. Experience these forests in the most intimate way possible and join the campaign to create the Great Forest National Park!

FILL IN THIS FORM TO BOOK YOUR SPOT.


SA Community Organising Leadership Training

Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 02:30 PM · 2 rsvps
TWS SA Campaign Centre in Adelaide, Australia

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The Wilderness Society (SA) is a running a free Community Organising leadership training over 4 half day sessions in June and July.

The sessions will run from 2:30pm until 5:30pm on June  8, 15, 29 and July 6. Attendance at each session is required in order to complete the training. 


The program will be built around some core modules including:
- Core community organising skills (Overview, Relational organising best practices, Making an effective Ask, Recruiting and
   retaining volunteers, building effective teams)

- Leadership and Adult learning styles (Leadership and learning styles)

- Making an effective plan (Choosing an issue and making a plan + exercise)

- The power of story (Using personal narrative)  

If you would like to apply to attend the training, please fill in this linked application form
and RSVP to this event.

Applications are due on 1st June.


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