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Letterboxing for the Great Forest National Park

Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 177 rsvps

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.

Melbourne - Community Calling for the Great Forest National Park

Tuesday, June 27, 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 27 June 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.


The Bentley Effect - Newtown film screening

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $20.00 AUD · 20 rsvps
Newtown Dendy

Don't miss this special screening of the award-winning film The Bentley Effect.

Filmed over five years, The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free. This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest from a committed community can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness. It celebrates the non-violent ‘Eureka Stockade’ of our time and chronicles one of the fastest growing social movements we have ever witnessed.

The Wilderness Society's Inner West volunteer team will be putting on this special screening at the Dendy Cinema in Newtown on Tuesday 27th of June at 6:30 pm.

Please click the 'purchase tickets' link below to secure your tickets now! Tickets are $20 for adult tickets and $15 for concession. 

Tickets and selling fast and there are limited seats. All proceeds after costs will go to The Bentley Effect.

Adelaide - New Volunteer Welcome Night - June

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 11 rsvps
The Wilderness Society Office in Adelaide, Australia


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 wilderness lovers from your local community, build connections and start on a journey to help wilderness 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. 

RSVP essential
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Letterboxing gathering in the pub - finishing it off!

Sunday, July 02, 2017 at 11:00 AM · 1 rsvp
Retreat Hotel in Melbourne, Australia

What do letterboxes, pub food and trees and have in common?...nothing, but we've decided to bring them together anyway! 



We are getting close to letterboxing all 30,000 houses in Brunswick. At this event we will be finishing off the remaining areas that have not been letterboxed and then coming back for a meal together in the pub. More info on the letterboxing campaign here


So here's the plan:

  • Meet at the Retreat Hotel at 11am (in the back section), meet the team and get a brief update on the Great Forest National Park
  • Pick up a bundle and a map with a location and go blitz that area  
  • If you want come back to the pub between 12 and 1 to have some food and a drink together. 


RSVP below. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jaymee, Ben, Tria, Arti, Laura

Brisbane - Metro North Wilderness Society Team Launch

Sunday, July 02, 2017 at 01:30 PM · 5 rsvps
New Farm Park in Brisbane , Australia

Come along to our team launch in the park! We are a newly formed community group and are taking this opportunity to introduce ourselves to the community and enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the park. There will be fun activities for the kids, afternoon tea and speeches from some of our members. We are excited to meet you and hear about what you think is important. We will tell you what we are all about and welcome the input and ideas of the community.

The Wilderness Society Victoria - Ethical Paper Info and Training Night

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 6 rsvps



Shifting consumer choice is one of the most powerful acts individuals can take. 

Come to this fun and information-filled evening where you will learn about The Wilderness Society's Ethical Paper campaign, through which we encourage businesses not to purchase Reflex office paper, until it is no longer sourced from Victoria's native forests.

You'll meet other volunteers, hear from some of the team about the work we do, and have the opportunity to get involved in 2017.


Our beautiful forests in Victoria continue to be logged at a rate of nearly 3, 500 hectares annually – that’s an area more than 4 times the size of the MCG every single day!

Logged forests are then mostly pulped for cheap paper products – including Reflex, the flagship brand of Japanese-owned paper company, Australian Paper.
Australian Paper is the largest buyer of wood from Victoria’s publicly-owned native forests.

It doesn’t make economic sense for the Victorian Government to subsidise the unprofitable logging of native forests for paper pulp. Instead of using our precious native forests, companies like Australian Paper should make use of existing plantations and recycled pulp for paper manufacturing.


IMAGE: The Thomson Reservoir and a recently burnt clearfell, Matlock Plateau | Martin Stringer Photography



The Ethical Paper Street Team:

Join our diverse team, with members all across the greater Melbourne area, working in teams to approach businesses about their paper choice and invite them to sign the pledge to use only ethically sourced paper. It's an effective and empowering way to educate the community and directly contribute to the campaign that will help protect our native forests from destruction.


So far, over 2200 businesses and organisations around Australia have signed the Ethical Paper Pledge, vowing not to purchase Reflex office paper until it is no longer sourced from our precious and vulnerable native forests. 

We provide full training and support, ongoing training and coaching, and would love you to join the team this year. RSVP below to get involved!




Eastside team meeting

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 at 05:30 PM
The Wilderness Society in Surry Hills, Australia


We are a volunteer group of Wilderness Society supporters in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney who are passionate about the environment. We are looking to connect with like minded people who want to work together to protect nature in our local area, across Sydney and be part of a growing movement across Australia who will stand together to demand real environmental change from our decision makers.

Join us for our next meeting to find out more about us, share your ideas and passions and help shape the direction of the team!

Melbourne - Community Organising Training

Saturday, July 08, 2017 at 08:45 AM · 22 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.  


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 the rest of 2017 - it's shaping up to be an exciting year and we are looking forward to winning our campaign together with you!


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 8th July, 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9th July, 9am to 3.30pm 

See you there!

Sydney and Queensland Movement for Life webinar July 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Dial in from the comfort of your own home! Log in details to be provided closer to the date

We are holding our first ever joint webinar for volunteers in Sydney and Queensland who are part of our Community Organising program, Movement for Life. The webinar is open to anyone who is a current member of their local volunteer team or people who have completed our two day community organising training. 

We will be discussing specific topics around how to make your organising more effective and sharing ideas and inspirations between teams so we can learn from each other and become a stronger movement. 

You will be able to log in to the webinar from your computer at home and we will send out details of how to log in closer to the date. Looking forward to talking to you then!

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