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EO Milang & District Community Association Inc.
I have had a wonderful month of learning, attending two forums and a conference. What was especially interesting to me were the recurrent themes of ‘Resilient Communities,’ Environmental Sustainability’ and ‘Models for the Future’. Even more exciting was meeting up with local people from the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) region who were attending and presenting at the events.
The International Rural Network Forum was held in Whyalla from 24 – 26th September. Over 22 countries were represented and I was delighted to meet up with Clyde Rigney from Raukkan and Syd Sparrow from the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, University of South Australia who were presenting a paper on the Yuntuwarrun Learning Centre: Raukkan Community.
An outline of the presentation from the Forum Proceedings is below;
“Situated on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, Raukkan means ‘meeting place’. The Raukkan community has developed from a mission under the auspices of the ‘Friends of the Aborigines’ in 1859 to a strongly coherent community with effective governance structures and a shared vision (‘Imaginings’) for a self-sustaining future. The Raukkan community has an approximate population of about 160 people including about 70 young people between the ages of 12 and 20. The governance of the community has been administered by the Raukkan Community Council since 1982.
With the acquisition of the old Primary School and an adjoining house in Narrung in 2011, a five year business plan for a diverse facility to enhance the learning needs of the community has been established to include media and hospitality training centres, on-site accommodation, research facilities and a number of developmental projects in collaboration with the University of South Australia.
Central to the realization of the project are Ngarrindjeri perspectives of interconnectedness and relationships to land and waters (Ruwe) and the core principles that underpin the vision of the learning centre are predicated on the premise of health and wellbeing, holistic and integrated systems approaches and sustainable resource use.
The implementation of the Learning Centre presents a range of risks and challenges for partnerships of this nature. However, in today’s era of reduced government support and the desire for communities to create their own futures, organisations such as communities, university programs and NGOs need to develop long-term relationships based on shared “imaginings” which lead to co-created outcomes, and in so doing, move away from paternalistic notions of helping or ‘doing good’.”
Another contact I made at this Forum was with Andre and Lucy from Ecocentro Brazil who provided a workshop series on “Social Technologies” such as renewable energy, biological water treatments, natural building, organic food gardens, composting toilets, water harvesting and sustainable community design. Andre and Lucy are inspirational and have offered to run a hands on weekend workshop for the community at MOSHCC from 7th – 9th Dec. Advertising for the workshops is on Lakes Hub and MOSHCC websites. In the meantime have a look at the photos on their website for inspiration www.ecocentro.org
Over the course of the week I attended sessions including food security, building resilience through community ownership, climate change and sustainability, IT, social media and social networking in rural and remote locations, volunteering, civic engagement and resilience. I also met some wonderful people from other parts of the world and I learnt that water issues and care for the Murray is high on the agenda of the Whyalla regional communities. The Murray was mentioned in the Mayors welcome and also in a paper on sustainability. I also discovered this sign on the wall of the Port Lowly amenities block. Port Lowly is a small settlement in the Western upper Spencer Gulf and the community has been campaigning to protect the breeding grounds of the Giant Cuttlefish. (more…)
THE barrages at the mouth of the Murray River are an essential cornerstone of healthy, working rivers throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. To remove them would be a calamitous act of vandalism that would hurt every person, animal and plant that relies on healthy, working rivers across the basin.
by Kym McHugh, mayor of Alexandrina Council
The Lakes Hub – Meningie was officially opened on Saturday 27th November 2010 by the Coorong Council Mayor, Roger Strother. To view a press release by Hon. Paul Caica click on the link below. A follow up story and pictures will also be in the next Lakes Hub Weekly Bulletin.
At the Adult Learners Week Dinner the Milang Old School House Community Centre received the Award for Learning Program of the Year 2010 for the Lakes Ecoskill Network, a Conservation and Land Management Training Program. A Certificate, crystal award, $1000 cheque and $125 training voucher were presented to Karyn Bradford, Coordinator of MOSHCC, Carole Richardson Goolwa to Wellington LAP project officer and trainer and Jo McPhee course participant. Congratulations to all involved and particular thanks to Shirley Smith, project manager and Deb Walkley from TAFE SA who have developed such an innovative program.
For more information on the training program click on the following link