Dec 23, 2013

Wollangarra update

New paving and more wall building
New paving and more wall building

We have held several successful events since the last update, including the Garden Work Party, Open Day/Bush Dance and the Spring Work Party.

Progress continues to tick along on the kitchen. Like most things at Wollangarra, it's fairly slow going as we try to squeeze in work between running programs. Recently we have been working on paving the verandah, building more sleeper walls, pouring floor footings and relocating the wash up area.

This year we have salvaged a lot of materials from old buildings that we have demolished in the area. All of the materials we bring in are carted up the little walking track and then sent across the river on our flying fox. It's pretty hard yakka, and helping with a project like this certainly gives young people an appreciation of just how rewarding a hard day's work can be.

Everyone who works on the project is a volunteer. When you donate to Wollangarra you know that your hard earned dollars are going straight towards purchasing stuff that we really need, and keeping our course fees affordable in the process.

Thank you to Jorge Flores-Perez, Clement Cureau, Alistair Macrae, Simon John, Meredith Ure, Milda Prusinsk, April Pittman, Andrew Kougl, Nicole Carson and Lina Ekesater for your generous donations this year.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and we hope to see you at our annual Fruit Bottling weekend on January 18-19.

More walls going up
More walls going up
The old mixer after a hard day's work
The old mixer after a hard day's work

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Sep 2, 2013

Wollangarra update

New gates from second hand materials
New gates from second hand materials

Check out the photos of the progress we've made on the kitchen and other projects around Wollangarra since the last update.

All of the external walls are up in the store room section of the kitchen, the roof is on and the old washup area and skillion roof have been demolished.

In other projects, we have installed a beautiful new set of gates between the paddocks, courtesy of the Stratford Men's Shed.

The Stage 3 program ran a work party at the nearby Burgoyne's Hut where a new rainwater tank was installed, fruit trees planted and general maintenance on the hut carried out.

A great deal of work has been done since the bushfires on our network of local walking tracks, clearing fallen trees and cutting back scrub. These tracks are vital to Wollangarra during winter when the high country is largely inaccessible due to snow. 

If you've never been to Wollangarra before, Open Weekend on October 5-6 is a great opportunity to come and check the place out.

The following community weekends are also coming up and we'd love to see you there:

Garden Party: September 14-15 - Preparing the garden for spring and working on the kitchen.

Spring Work Party: November 16-17 - Working on the kitchen, preparing for bushfire season and jobs around the flat.

Demolition of the old washup area and skillion
Demolition of the old washup area and skillion
Exterior store walls completed
Exterior store walls completed
Kitchen garden bed
Kitchen garden bed
Working on the local track
Working on the local track
Burgoyne's Hut
Burgoyne's Hut

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Jun 3, 2013

Wollangarra update

Things have been busy at Wollangarra since the fires earlier in the year.

We held a rescheduled Fruit Bottling weekend, attracting a great crowd of supporters to fill the larder with preserved fruit, jams and chutneys for another year.

In early May we held a Bush Skills workshop in Cheshunt, where Wollangarra staff and Stage III program participants learnt traditional bush crafts including splitting slabs, splitting roof shingles, squaring a log with the broad axe and using the shave horse and draw knife. Several items of bush furniture were produced on the weekend to auction off at events during the year.

Stage III Trivia night on 11th May was a great success with $1,800 raised and an entertaining night had by all. 

Autumn Work Party was also held last month, with some more progress made on the sleeper walls of the new kitchen store room. We hope to make the Autumn and Spring work parties an annual fixture to help us keep on top of jobs around the flat.

Next weekend is our annual Wood Chop and we are expecting over 100 people to be in attendance to help us split all of the wood we'll need for the year ahead.

The Hop inner city bush dance is coming up on Saturday 29th June at the Fitzroy Town Hall. This year we are pre-selling tickets online at mittagundiwollangarra.eventbrite.com.au/

Wollangarra is now recruiting a Stage III Program Facilitator to begin in July. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is passionate about empowering young people in areas of leadership, conservation and sustainability. For more information head to wollangarra.org.au/employment

Thanks for your ongoing support and we hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.

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