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Connecting to this country

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A practical one day a week (Tuesdays) course that enables participants to develop more meaningful connection to the Victorian Central Goldfields on Dja Dja Country.

Participants will learn indigenous world views and nature connection, along with applied skills in land management, ecological restoration, plant weed and animal identification, regenerative living, carbon reduction, resilience and food systems. 

Presented in collaboration by five local organisations including: Castlemaine Commons, Connecting Country, Nalderun Aboriginal Education, Castlemaine Institute and the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre.

The 8 weeks will cover a mix of visits to country, information, introductions and skills including:

·       Introduction day at Leanganook
·       Landcare - Connecting Country 
·       Climate and Resilience Friends of the Earth & Castlemaine Institute
Reading local landscapes: the layers of geology, ecology and landuse - Castlemaine Institute
·       Living Simply
·       Local food systems
·       Tour with Aboriginal Elder, Nalderun Aboriginal Education Organisation
·       Bush walk overnight - morning bird chorus and closing

Tuesdays – Term 2 Starting 3rd May for 8 weeks, 9am to 3pm.
$750 Full / $550 Concession / $350 Subsistence.

Information sessions – 26th April
Maldon 2pm
Castlemaine 6pm

Contact Maldon Neighbourhood Centre for registration,  or 5475 2093.

Contact Natalie Moxham and 0448 372 466 to discuss further.

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Cooking together

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Getting on-line and staying connected

If you'd like to improve your skills on-line, then check out this site for easy to understand computer lessons:
Maldon Neighbourhood Centre is happy to help you - join our sessions on Thursday from 9.30 - 11am for one-on-one help and learn from others.

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Chainsaw workshops 

Learn safe chainsaw use with an experienced female instructor.
Women strongly encouraged to take part! You'll take wood home for your own use. 
Saturday  19 March or 25 June, 10am to 3pm, $40/$25 Conc. Book via email or 5475 2093. 

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Learn Woodwork
Learn woodworking skills at the Maldon Men's Shed under the guidance of experienced Men's Shed members, in the company of other locals.
Simple Woodwork (Part 1): Make your own Adirondak chair in just 4 weeks. Learn simple woodwork skills like wood preparation, cutting and measuring. Materials included.
Option 1 starts 8 February. Option 2 starts 26 April.
Venue: Maldon Men’s Shed
Tuesdays • Feb 8 to March 1 or Apr 26 to May 17 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • $60/$45 conc. 

Woodwork Projects (Part 2): Bring your own project ideas to fruition with support from experienced Men’s Shed members.
This 4-week course is suitable for learners who have completed an Adirondak Chair or equivalent. Materials NOT included.

Option 1 starts 15 March. Option 2 starts 31 May.
Venue: Maldon Men’s Shed
Tuesdays • March 15 to Apr 5 or May 31 to June 21 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • $60/$45 conc. 

Bookings: 54752093 or

Shaping our history together

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Shaping our history together, a narrative to stop racism is a series of workshops, including a day out on Country, to share our past history since colonisation, talk about ways to reduce racism in our communities and finding ways forward to a more inclusive and resilient future. 

The 9 sessions will be run by Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and other Dja Dja Wurrung representatives, along with Emmanuelle Dubuc who is founder of Mirawara Outdoor Experiences Inc. Through our weekly sessions, we will discover Indigenous culture, especially Dja Dja Wurrung culture and talk about our common history since colonization. We will celebrate the end of term with a field trip on the cultural landscape of the Dja Dja Wurrung people: Mt Dharrengower (Mt Tarrengower).

This project comes as response to the Statement from the Heart, where Traditional Owners across the country, are seeking a Makarrata Commission to supervise the agreement making process between government and First Nations and truth-telling about their history (Statement from the Heart, 2017).  There cannot be reconciliation without acknowledging the continuing impact of colonisation on First Nation Peoples.

The sessions will be held weekly for 9 weeks, starting on Thursday 17th February 6.30 and finishing at 8 pm at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre.

Participants will have a reading packet available and specific readings will be selected weekly to engage in deep discussions during class time. You can register your interest at the Maldon Neighboorhood Centre.

Cost: $200 full price and $180 concession. Register interest: 54752093 or

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