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Melbourne - Community Calling for the Great Forest National Park

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM
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 one or two hours on Thursday 27April from 10:00am - 4:00pm 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.

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.


Sunshine Coast - Community Organising Training (April 2017)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 08:30 AM · 21 rsvps
Hinterland Business Centre Maleny in Maleny , Australia

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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 Calling for the Great Forest National Park

Tuesday, May 02, 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 2 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.

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.


Community Engagement in Belgrave

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Belgrave 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.

Monbulk is an electorate of importance for the GFNP campaign so we are taking a trip out to Belgrave to chat to the locals on our 'pop-up stall' and asking them to call or meet with their local MP, James Merlino, about the GFNP. This is a trip to complement an MP meeting that locals recently had with Merlino.

The Ethical Paper street team have also been busy and now is a good time to go back and ask the businesses that signed the pledge to put a GFNP placard or sticker in their window. 

We will be meeting at Belgrave Station at 1.30pm - it will be a fun day - come join us! RSVP below. 

 


Sydney Campaigns Night May 2017

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 28 rsvps
Wilderness Society, Sydney in Surry Hills, Australia

Wilderness Society supporters are invited to attend our May Sydney Campaigns Information Night on the 3rd of May 2017.

At this special event, you will be given a deep insight into the Wilderness Society's 'GSC Free NSW' campaign and the chance to give feedback and be part of the decision making on Sydney's campaign priorities over the next three years.

You’ll be getting the insider information and strategy at a level only shared behind closed doors with trusted supporters. We want to make sure our movement is truly grassroots so your opinion and feedback is a crucial part of the campaign design process.

Food and drink will be provided on the night.

Don't miss this special event!

For more information contact: lauren.frost@wilderness.org.au or on 0450 605 713 


Launceston 2 Day Community Organising Training, May 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 09:00 AM · 5 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, May 6th 2017, 9.00am to 4.30pm and Sunday, May 7th, 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

 

 


Warburton Forest Tour - May

Saturday, May 06, 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, 6 May 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.


Perth - Community Organising Training May 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 09:30 AM · 24 rsvps
City West Lotteries house in West Perth, Australia

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

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Saturday May 6 9.30am to 5pm & Sunday May 7 9am to 4pm
City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi Street,
West Perth
RSVP BELOW

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. 

This two day 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 

Is this training right for me?

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!   

We’re looking to transform the ways in which society connects and respects our natural environment. This program is a huge 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.

BYO Lunch, Tea, Coffees and snacks provided.

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. Water town is across the road from the training venue, with plenty of lunch options to choose from.

With the election settled and a new state government, it's an exciting and important time ahead and we're looking forward to winning our campaigns together with you!

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.

For more information on what it means to volunteer with us please do not hesitate to contact us on 9420 7255 or email marcel.teschendorff@wilderness.org.au


Tassie Citizen Science, Masked Owl Habitat Surveys 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 09:00 AM · 8 rsvps
Out the back of St Helens in Falmouth, Australia

Tassie Citizen Science - Ground Truthing the forest homes of our threatened species

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Do you want to help protect the habitat of the masked owl, swift parrot, spotted tail quoll and other threatened species living in the forests of the east coast of Tasmania?  If you do, please join our team of  volunteer citizen scientists and survey these threatened forests. You will  volunteer with a group of like minded people in some of the most beautiful forests on the planet and at the same time help protect the homes of the threatened animals that rely on them for their existence.

Our first “Ground Truthing” survey activity will take place close to the Douglas Apsley National Park this April. 27th Register your interest now and RSVP to the event below.

What: Citizen Science - Masked Owl Habitat Survey

When: Thursday April 27

Where: East Coast forests near Douglas Apsley National Park

Register: email liz.johnstone@wilderness.org.au and rsvp below.

 

 


Melbourne - Volunteer Welcome Night

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 1 rsvp
Wilderness Society Office in Melbourne, Australia

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our work and are crucial to our campaign success!

To get you started on your journey with volunteering at the Wilderness Society we would like to invite you to this 2.5 hour induction training session. All are welcome. 

We will cover:

  • Background of TWS and our campaigns 
  • The theory and frameworks of community organising

We look forward to seeing you at this session. 

Welcome to the team!

 


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