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Improve facilities for young people and volunteers

by Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Improve facilities for young people and volunteers
Woll Family
Woll Family

Nestled in a beautiful, mountainous part of rural Victoria, we couldn’t be in a better spot for prolonged isolation. We have ample projects to keep us busy (including fixing fencing, painting roofs and signs, amping up garden productivity, renovating a chicken coop and hopefully building some composting toilets) … But, even being in a beautiful place with a heap of jobs to while away the time, things can be hard! We all committed to a year of helping young people learn and grow in the high country of Victoria, and now we’re glorified caretakers instead of Outdoor Leaders – we feel incredibly fortunate, but that loss of a sense of purpose has been a struggle from time to time.

To keep up morale, we’ve been baking beautiful breads and desserts (sourdough loaves and caramel puddings are favourites at present), experimenting with making drinks out of stinging nettle, spinning wool into yarn, laboriously rolling out gorgeous ravioli and hosting fun events to keep our little, slightly wonky family invigorated and full of love.  One of our events we’ve come to love is Trivia Tuesdays, where the host rotates each week. What started as a simple five rounds with ten questions each has evolved into nights where participants are asked to act out bowerbird courtship displays, draw portraits of that week’s host, read out Dutch stories where we’re graded on pronunciation and all other sorts of crazy spontaneity!

We’re crossing all our fingers and toes that we can open our doors to community and young people sooner rather than later. In the meantime, we’ll keep doing what we do best – making a tough situation into a fun adventure.

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With Summer fast approaching it means another successful year at Woll is coming to an end.

Firstly, we would all love to share our great appreciation for Clare and Jay who have finished up as directors at Woll. Their enthusiasm and passion for Woll went above and beyond and will both be sadly missed. So, on behalf of everyone we thank you and wish you all the best. The question now is, ‘who’s coming next?’. Tristan worked at Woll in 2016 and is coming back to direct for the November to January period which we are all very excited for! 

Thank you also to all who came to the Garden Party over the weekend! We got lots done in the wonderful weather: we planted 150+ native plants to revegetate the river bank and woodlot, we pulled out lots of weeds, we planted globe artichokes, nasturtiums, borage, cabbages and many other seedlings into garden beds and we propagated summer vegies. Spring is a busy and beautiful time in the garden!
We appreciate all the help over the weekend. It means that young people can connect with where their food comes from, and we can enjoy tasty, fresh and local produce.
Stay tuned for more garden updates this Spring...

Our 30th Anniversary has come and gone and with the generosity from all friends and family of Wollangarra, we managed to raise much needed funds to be able to continue our work in allowing kids to learn to connect back to the land. There are lots of little projects going on at Wollangarra all the time, relating to building, maintenance and keeping our courses running smoothly, which rely on donations from our supporters. We really appreciate any contribution! All donations are tax deductible!

Thanks for reading and hopefully see you up at Wollangarra soon!

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The Bush Dance 2019
The Bush Dance 2019

Hello everyone! 


We have had another busy few months - Wollangarra's staff, directors and helpers have been flat out running lots of fantastic Stage One programs for first time Wollangarra goers. 

A massive thank you to everyone who rallied up for the WoodChop weekend. The staff and directors were very appreciative for all the help in crafting, splitting and stacking of wood just in time for the wintery weeks ahead! 

We also had our fantastic stage II's spend a week of their school holidays making a track upstream from Woll that forms part of our new local walk. The track looks amazing and it is no wonder because they worked bloody hard all week. Thanks stage II's, you rock!

We are in need of Woll volunteers! you need to be over 18 and have your working with children check, some outdoor experience would be grand and be able to get yourself out to Woll. Here are the following dates, choose one which will suit, then call the homestead to book it in. 51480492

August: 2-7, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
September: 2-6, 16-20, 23-27
September 29 - October 4
October: 14-18, 21-25
October 28 - November 1
November: 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
December 10-14, 15-20

Wollangarra is also seeking one or two people to fill the position of Director/s from end of September 2019. Our current Directors and their family (Clare, Jay and Elliot) have done such a wonderful job directing Wollangarra for the previous two years, but it is time for them to move onto their next big adventure.
Check out the link below for the position description, and refer anyone who might be the next Wollangarra Directors.

http://wollangarra.org.au/direct-wollangarra/

The Highlight of June was the annual City Bush Dance! There was great dancing, plenty of food, drink and excellent company all led by the lovely Briagalong Bush Band! It was a great chance for Wollangarra and Mittagundi supporters to mingle and fundraise together so that more young people can have the Woll/ Mitta experience. We can't wait for next years event!

One last piece of news, the annual Stage III Trivia Night was last night and was a huge success! It was a fun competitive night full of general knowledge and general Wollangarra-ness. It is always a great night helping to support our young Stage III’s in Melbourne in order for them to continue to fund their own stage III programs.


Remember, all donations made within Australia are tax deductible :) 

We hope you are enjoying the Wintry weather!

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A belated welcome to our 2019 staff team! Head over to the website to get to know them. Welcome Fiora, Jen, Catherine, Annabelle and Josh!

Our upcoming events include the Wood Chop from June the 7th-9th and 'The Hop' AKA The City Bushdance on June 28th (Melbourne)!

Early April we said goodbye to our FIRST group! And seiuosly, the year started with a BANG! This crew helped us move over 300 bricks demolish a hybrid toilet, the she-wee and he-wee!! What a week!

Also our Stage 3 visited The Crossing Land. They road tripped up from Woll to spend some time building toilets and exploring the coast!

Stage 2 is shaping up to be a goodin'. We're going to be based on the flat for a few nights, doing a few day projects, a night out on hike and so much fun! July Stage 2 bookings will open April 29!

Our next event is the wood Chop! Please join us at this striking even! We'll have a smashing time, cart, splitting and stacking! Chop, chop, call the homestaead to RSVP 51480492

And finally, our most recent vist was from the Stage 2's in early April. They spent a week of their school holidays making a track upstream from Woll that forms part of our new local walk. The track looks amzing and it is no wonder because they worked bloddy hard all week. Thanks Stage 2's, you rock!!

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Fruit Bottling Weekend!
Fruit Bottling Weekend!

Hello Wollangarra supporters, 

Another busy year has come and pass! The Open Day in October was a success. It was a great weekend to introduce friends and family to Wollangarra, and to meet some new faces. Thanks to all who came along and who helped make the weekend run so successfully. 

More recently, we have just had our fruit bottling weekend and it was a smash! The hot weather on Friday reached scorching limits however that was not enough to deter our many supporters away for what was a fun ‘jam’ packed weekend of preserving fruits, singing around the campfire and of course, hours spent swimming at the river! Thank you to all who were involved in making the weekend amazing

It was also an emotional weekend where we farewelled our hard dedicated 2018 staff leaders and made a warm exciting welcome to our new 2019 staff. All in all it was another successful handover!

In other news, the outdoor kitchen project is up and running and almost complete, which includes new steel bins to keep the food safe and edible. Any donation made through GlobalGiving would be greatly appreciated, and will go towards maintaining these projects so that our young people have the best experience and allows them to 'meet the mountains'.

Wollangarra has lots of courses booked in for 2019 - including a few groups from schools who haven't been to Woll before! It will be an action packed year so if you can spare some time to go and volunteer on a program, the staff would love to have you

 

Thank -you for your ongoing support and for more info check out our website!

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Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre

Location: Licola, Victoria - Australia
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Gabrielle Bridge
Licola, VIC Australia

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