The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) most recent reports puts the spotlight on the experiences of nearly 1 in 5 Australians living with a disability and the experiences and needs in education, health, social support and employment.
In 2000, a brand-new festival in a tiny town at the foothills of The Otways was launched. Attracting around 500 visitors in its first year, it was created to lift the spirits of locals and give city dwellers a chance to experience the heart and soul of country life.
Birregurra Festival and Art Show is not-for-profit volunteer run event and is the major source of fundraising for local community groups in Birregurra. The Festival occurs in the town’s main street, in Birregurra Park, in and around Birregurra Hall and in properties adjacent to the main street. The festival has grown from humble beginnings into an important date on the state’s calendar attracting over 15,000 people from around the state. Lauded for its affordability, it’s one of the few events in the state where families can enjoy a fun filled day out for little more than a gold coin donation each as the music program and many of the activities are free. Across the festival, local traders showcase their offerings and community groups such as the Primary School, Kindergarten, Football and Netball Club, Historic Society, Landcare, Lions Club, Tennis Club, Recreation Reserve and Men’s Motor Enthusiast group fundraise for their own activities.
On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of October this year, that same little volunteer run event, Birregurra Festival and Art Show, turns 20, with over 15,000 visitors expected to visit from all over the state of Victoria.
“Indigenous entrepreneurs, both individually and collectively, are providing everyday acts of leadership, from working with clients, communities and consumers, to creating new market opportunities and income streams. This October we celebrate all forms of leadership across the diverse Indigenous business sector in Australia, specifically, we will be promoting Indigenous entrepreneurs that engage with community; Indigenous entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in their industry; and Indigenous entrepreneurs who are also role models and ambassadors for their communities.”
Dr Michelle Evans, Program Director,
Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass Program
Wild Turkey has launchedthe Spirit of the Wild – a masterclass series that encourages Australians to unplug, get off the couch and reconnect with the outdoors.
Crafted by Wild Turkey, in collaboration with Chris and Cam Grant, the founders of Unyoked (an off-grid cabin movement) and sustainable Chef Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks and Rocker), Spirit of the Wild invites Australians to enjoy and appreciate an evening of real food, real craft and the real outdoors.
Spirit of the Wild will come to life via a series of on-premise events across the country starting in Sydney at the Terminus Hotel in Pyrmont.
Helping Aussies experience the ultimate antidote to modern life, attendees will also hear from Unyoked and how they’re pioneering the trend to make the wilderness accessible.
For those wanting to disconnect entirely from the distractions of the city, 20 tickets are available for an exclusive one-night-only camping event to be held in Glenworth Valley on 21 September.
Hosted by Wild Turkey, Unyoked and Darren Robertson – guests will enjoy real food with a menu curated by Darren Robertson served alongside specially curated drinks.
A quick scan around Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland sees an early start to Spring celebrations early with community gatherings and sustainable living themed art and product showcases and interactive dining experiences this weekend! Beginning this weekend audiences and visitors can view art that has been produced on reclaimed street posters, learn about organic gardening and learn more on how to live a chemical free lift, see motorbike stunts in a thrilling show, bull riding, sheep dog displays, sheep shearing demonstrations, woodchopping, a Ute Muster, FREE Circus Workshops and more!!!