Improve facilities for young people and volunteers

by Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre
The new outdoor kitchen in action!
The new outdoor kitchen in action!

Hello Wollangarra Supporters, 

it has been a while since the last Global Giving update and there is lots to report! The director and staff team have run many successful program during the first half of the year and inspired many young people from a wide range of backgrounds. There have also been lots of helpers coming up to work around the property and help with courses. 

This weekend is the Wood-chop weekend on the property where a large group of Wollangarra community members will work hard to stock up the Wood sheds for the long winter ahead.

The projects occurring around Wollangarra are many and varied!

The Outdoor Kitchen now has a fully functioning stove (also producing hot water), a cool room for food storage and a great wash up area. All of this wouldn't have been possible without generous donations. Soon the kitchen will be finished, but first it needs to be fitted out to meet commercial kitchen standards. 

Other projects include making a fully fox proof duck pen, buying/ sourcing more fruit trees and planting some more mini orchards around the property, organising revegetation work for the bottom flat paddock and coming up with a landscape  management plan for the property, which will be implemented with the aim of teaching young people about sustainable land and waterway management. All of these things will take time and money, therefore a donation, small or large would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank-you to those who have donated money or time to Wollangarra in the past few months and thank-you for taking the time to read this update. If you would like to speak with Wollangarra directly, please call 0351480492. 

Lastly, on the 25th of June there will be a fundraising event held in the Fitzroy Town Hall to raise money for Wollangarra. This event will be a bush-dance and starts from 7pm onwards. Call Gabi on 0421925154 for details. Hope to see you there! 

The beautiful homestead
The beautiful homestead


Hello everyone! 

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! 

Merry Christmas to everyone!


Hello Wollangarra supporters!

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!

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!


Hello lovely Wollangarra supporters!

 Woll has been a hive of activity over the past couple of months. Spring has well and truly sprung and a number of work parties and continual hard work by staff, directors and volunteers have left the place looking ship shape.

The outdoor kitchen project is coming along really well and in exciting news… the new wood-fired stove is set in place! It looks very shiny and well crafted and completely at home amongst its new brick and wood surrounds. Although still a work in progress, the building is filled with light and promises to be a pleasure to cook and spend time in!

 Many members of the community got to check out the progress at Wollangarra’s open day last weekend. The event was a huge success with folks coming from all around to enjoy the numerous activities – sheep shearing, Clydesdale rides, porridge eating competitions and much more! It is on weekends such as these that the power of the affection and faith many people have in Wollangarra and all that it stands for can be felt. As well as being a great catch up event for tried and true members of the community, there were many new faces at the event, which was fantastic to see!

 Courses have been running smoothly with very successful and busy holiday programs just passed. It looks to be a buzzing November ahead, of course nothing the awesome and well-practiced staff and directors can’t handle! For a full report on the latest goings on, and even an update on the latest Wollangarra bird life goings on, please follow the link to the most recent newsletter!

 As always, Wollangarra is incredibly grateful for any donations. With projects on the go left right and centre and many young people experiencing all that Wollangarra has to offer each week a little extra money is always extremely appreciated. Or if you would prefer to help out in person, give the staff a call and head up for a weekend or week, volunteers are the mortar that holds it all together! Plus swimming in the Macalister river this time of year is truly brilliant!

 Thanks for reading folks!



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Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre

Location: Licola, Victoria - Australia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gabrielle Bridge
Licola, VIC Australia

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