The year at Wollangarra is starting to wrap up! The final courses are being run and young people and supporters are gearing up to farewell the wonderful staff of 2015 and greet the 2016 crew! But that doesn't mean things are slowing down! Young people have been working hard, not to mention the staff who have been spending much needed time around the property making sure that all those second hand buildings are remaining solid! The garden is producing bountiful amounts of veg and the fruit is ripening on the trees. If you are free in January, come up for the Fruit bottling weekend where we turn all that delicious fruit and garden produce into delectable james and chutneys (see the Wollangarra website or Facebook page for more details).
As we reach the end of another year, it is esciting to look back and see all the good that has come out of Wollangarra over the past 12 months. Due to wonderful leadership by Dan Abikair, hard work and committment by the staff and loads of help from volunteers and young people Wollangarra is in a fantastic place, and is set to offer many more young people a brilliant and life changing experience next year.
Please consider donating to Wollangarra before the year is out. As you all know Wollangarra has always been, and will always be not for profit. What Wollangarra offers to young people is impossible to put a monotory label on though Wollangarra does need to be continually supported by the wider community to keep on offering such special experiences. Also estra funds are especially needed for a few building fixer-uppers and items for preparation for the fire season.
Thank-you for reading this update, but remember the best way to get a proper update is to come and visit! Have a look on the website for future event dates, but also feel free to call Wollangarra and arrange a time to come and have a visit!
Things are trundling along as well as ever at Wollangarra. The sheep, the chickens and the garden are happy, surviving the odd blanket of white frost over the property! Courses have been running marvelously and non stop - with hikes for young people taking place in the lower hills around Wollangarra. At the moment the staff are enjoying an extremely well deserved two week break, before heading back for more courses.
Wollangarra hosted a 'Wood Chop' weekend in June, where supporters spent two days working hard to stock up the wood sheds for another year. It was a very sucessful weekend with young people around before and afterwards working on numerous projects and the wood shed left brimming.
Another fundraising event, 'The City Bushdance' was held on the 26th of June, where around 400 supporters of Wollangarra and its sister organisation Mittagundi gathered to dance and help raise money for the the two organisations. The night was a definite success - and a big thank-you to all who came along and had a go at the heel and toe! Wollangarra and Mittagundi will greatly appreciate the funds.
The staff are continuing to offer enriching courses and influence the lives of the many young people who cross over the flying fox into Woll. Justin, who has been living at Wollangarra for a year and has done brilliant work for the community has finished up his time and his position will be taken by a new staff member in a couple of weeks.
There will be a garden party weekend on the 12th of September which would be a lovely chance to come and spend some time on the property and hang out with the staff and other Wollangarra friends and to help prepare the garden for a productive spring and summer! Hope to see you there!
We are still working on the construction of the outdoor kitchen - see the photo of the great progress below! And we now have a beautiful set of gates, put up by our young volunteers. As always, extra help through donations is vital to Wollangarra's operation, and any support is received with extreme gratitude. A big thank-you to those of you who donated in the lat couple of months and to all of you for your continued interest in the goings on at Wollangarra!
Feb 11, 2015
By Gabrielle Bridge - Project Leader
Hello wonderful Wollangarra supporters!
Another year has well and truly begun up at Woll, with a new staff team learning the ropes and settling into their beautiful new home. The garden is bountiful and the sheep, chickens and goat are all happy with the early summer rains keeping things green. The year has already kicked off with stage one and two courses and a stage three 'flat week' course is happening soon.
Wollangarra's first community event of the year, the fruit-bottling weekend was also a great success. The kitchen building got its first full trial run at this weekend, where members of the Wollangarra community gathered to bottle up as many of the orchard fruits as possible, as well as turning them into delicious jams and chutneys that will feed hungry young people for years to come! It was wonderful to see some familiar and some new faces up to help and we were all very excited to welcome the new staff team. They are a great bunch who have made a brilliant decision in signing up to work at Woll for the year! Make sure you get up to visit and meet them some time soon!
Many of you have donated to Wollangarra in the last few months, which is fantastic! As always most of our resources go into running courses and extra donations are vital for helping us move along with exciting projects around the Wollangarra homestead. So a heartfelt thank-you to those people, your money is going a long way - if you want to see for yourself come up to Wollangarra for the next work party and check out the outdoor kitchen! It is looking beautiful, surrounded by the beginnings of a handmade post and rail fence and some young fruit trees.
Of course the outdoor kitchen is still a bit of a way from being a fully functioning kitchen and has a fair few finishing touches to be added! There is also talk of re- designing the Wollangarra garden to make it even more productive and user friendly, and of course there is always the need to do repairs on buildings and gear that needs patching up. Thank-you once again for supporting Wollangarra, and make sure you come up and say hello if you have some free time up your sleeve and feel like taking a trip across a river on a flying fox!