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Community Call: Recharge Kuranda Hub ending soon?

Posted by Sjoerd Aardema on November 9, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey everyone!

 

We can dance around the subject for maybe another week or two, maybe and maybe not. We've kept believing all this while and we are sure something constructive and substantial will shake loose.

As we are very open to ideas/suggestions we hope to find solutions, that's why we're emailing you.

 

Recharge Kuranda as the Transition Towns Community Hub for FNQ has powered for over 2,5 years now. Perfectly chosen and situated in the Original markets bringing to the community by the community workshops, a real free community space, weekly supply of the REALFOOD market, community baking facility, LETS trading days, a hub for Permaculture, Seedsaving, Movies that Matter, community gardening, you know the list is very long and is all based on the Transition Towns initiative we kicked off with in july 2011. We think back of the kickstarting of the Fluoride Free Kuranda campaign in the hub that now has had serious repercussions in the whole of QLD and the hosting of the Fluoride free Kuranda festival that received nation wide attention. It's always been a funky hub, grassroots, uncoventional, different, pro active, Transition Based, New Economy exploring and proudly have we only ever been community supported.

 

Transition Model Successful.

It's been you, the community, that has always paid the rent on the Hub and more! you may not have known this. However, 20% of RealFoods revenue of fruit and veg sales gets donated to the Recharge Kuranda Community fund in exchange for using the community space. From our community fund the Hub then pays the rent and has been able to finance beyond that all the improvements, community garden resources, community event promotion, wall murals, cob oven materials, paint, media hub station, other community project support (Global Elder gathering, Permaculture workshops, Fluoride Free Kuranda & Regeneration festivals and more).

 

Finding our way into new ways of doing things (transitioning to a new model) has been interesting to say the least, enjoyable most times and certainly has offered us all an opportunity to expand our horizons of what is possible and that things are possible (fluoride halt).

 

We have run the Hub with volunteers all along, the last five months the Pachamama Family from Pachamama House has kept the Hub thriving: weekly gratitude cafe style pizzas by donation, fresh made organic sourdough breads while running the RealFood Markets Fri- Sat-Sun. This situation is changing - Fast-. The (s)low season is coming with no new homebase in Kuranda for the Pachamama RealFood woofers sustaining the hub for realfood market purposes seems un-viable.

 

(Financial) reality check - is this sustainable?

Many may have heard the famous Hub saying :" It's really good that we're not trying to be a business here." it's because it has always been about community, "raising social capital", transition, helping micro community business start, we succeeded at all this mostly through having meaningful community needs based events, workshops and the weekly community RealFood market days. See we all have to eat, so RealFood Network was and is the perfect match on that community level however something is not feeling good.

 

Look we are not into maths and logic or whether having the hub and realfood makes "sense", we feel our way through these things and we give them time and in the meantime we keep doing what we do. To be short about our math study**, it simply is not going to work any longer. So.

 

It's likely that from many angles the Hub has to transform itself into a new expression, relocate, close, renew, be taken on/ over by us the community in a different way.

 

We know "we" have to do all the things better in promotion, advertisment, management, stocking, maintanance, innovation, looks, etc etc etc etc etc but who is we?

 

The Hub & RealFood is about the community taking responsibility for its food, its spaces and supporting what it cares for. The hub is trading RealFood Friday and Saturday 9-4.

 

Come in for a chat about possible solutions that mainly hinge on consistent people power at present.

 

So, where to from here?

 

That's up to all of us and it only takes a few to reignite the next expression of Recharge Kuranda.

 

 

Let's start a conversation.

 

CHEERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recharge Kuranda

Transition Community Center for FNQ

Community Based office for the Sustainability Alliance

Hub for Monthly Kuranda LETS trade Days and Weekly fresh RealFood

Markets

Free Community Workshop and Meeting Place

 

Contact:

P: 0488552671

M:[email protected]

W:http://www.rechargekuranda.webs.com

 

Recharge Kuranda Acknoledgement of Support:

 

We wish to extend a warmfelt Thankyou to all those beautiful people who have been involved in the development and building up of Recharge Kuranda as a Transition Town Community Centre for the FNQ Region. We wish to acknowledge those who have contributed many hours of their time and energy to the development of the "Hub". Without all your work, all your dedicated time and energy we would not be where we are today and it is because of your contributions in co creating a Transition Town Template for our region and the value and promises that this holds for the wider region and our local future that we got as far as where we are today. Utilzing our Local Community Supported Agricultural Network as the backbone of this Community based Innitiative has been a wonderful journey and despite the many challenges that we encountered along the way we know that we will continue to build on the foundation that was laid out over the last year. Thanks for being the foundation layers, the pillar holders, the mortar bringers, the bricks layers, the supporting beams guarders, the floor managers, gardens developers, dreamweavers, creative design artists, marketing pioneers, space holders, Public relations developers, painters, weeders, sweepers, dusters, flyerers, facebook friends, community soup kitchen attendees, workshop contributors, Permaculture teachers, Biodynamic lecturers, inspirators and clear dialogue facilitators. The list is long and lovely. Thank you all.

 

 

 

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**The Math Study

the reality is that over 3 days of Fresh RealFood trading the hub has made only $90- on an average week for the past 5 months. (which is 10$ short of the rent on the Hub)

This means that the Kuranda community comes and buys around $450,- worth of RealFood over three days. (20% of 450 = 90)

that's $150,- a day of which 20% is "rent" and 60% is cost to farmers and logistics.

it's not looking good,

actually : 450 - 90 = 360 - 216 (60% cost) = 144,- over 3 days, not including cost to have food available to sustain volunteers and woofers.

with two or three people running the place.

THIS SATURDAY - Together Festival - Celebrating a Fluoride Free Kuranda

Posted by [email protected] on December 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


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to ensure that not only our regional community knows about the BIG WIN that has been achieved we are hosting an auspicious festival to celebrate the legislative outcome that is for the whole of Queensland, we have drafted another Queensland Wide letter that was sent to all Councils offices, all Members of Parliament, all Councillors and Mayors of our neighboring Councils, the Premier, the Governor General and the Governor of Queensland, again including all media contacts and well over 2000 members of our wider region transition network contacts. This LETTER is ATTACHED and is for free distribution and forwarding.

 

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The Tablelands Against Fluoridation and Recharge Kuranda invite you to celebrate:

 

FLUORIDE FREE KURANDA

 

. festival

Kuranda Original Markets

7/13 Therwine Street Kuranda

Saturday 15 December 2012

 

from 9 am

 

Public Address and acknowledgement of our Local Governments’ support & efforts: 12 noon

 

 

CELEBRATING A FLUORIDE FREE COMMUNITY

*Bring your musical instruments

*Make music *Laugh *Dance *Eat *Enjoy *

(Alcohol free event)

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PROGRAM of CELEBRATIONS of our Waters:

 

The Together Festival is based in and around the Original Markets, the market place offer the perfect ambiance for a great day of community Celebration and activities.

In between the listed talks/ announcements there will be music and live entertainment. PLS REMEMBER: This is a FREE HUGS event and likely you will be receiving hugs or asked to be hugged. Take no offense, it's celebration time:) and you are free to give hugs to as many as you can hug.

 

9:00 - 10:00 - Walk in and set up of Special Water Activities in the Kuranda Community Peace Gardens.

 

10:00 -Official opening and welcome. Live Music, entertainment and LETS Trading event - (community based currency trading) + whole markets opening.

Serving Local WATERmelons and community sharing plates in the Community Soup Kitchen.

 

11:00 - Welcoming of the officially invited: You the community, the Mayor, Councillors and Members of Parliament reps and the media.

 

12:00 - Formal Address and Acknowledgement: Our way to officially recognize those people strongly involved in the Fluoride Free Kuranda movement.

we will of course be having an official community toasting ceremony with Clean clear drinking water + a squeeze of Organic Limes.

 

13:00 - Music by: Koahlition our Local musical Heroes know how to make a gathering in to a celebration, uplifting music, and spirited songs from their New CD!

 

14:00 - Celebrate onwards: Play, music, dance, CLEAN CLEAR WATER activities, Mini Golf, have lunch, bring lunch, support the Markets,

 

16:00 - Festival Closing.

 

 

PEOPLE THIS IS REAL! TOGETHER WE WON, now how about the Rest of Queensland?

 

To ensure this becomes a recognized call out we have drafted another Queensland Wide letter that was sent to all Councils offices, all Members of Parliament, all Councillors and Mayors of our neighboring Councils, the Premier, the Governor General and the Governor of Queensland, again including all media contacts and well over 2000 members of our wider region transition network contacts. This LETTER is ATTACHED

 

Yes, it will be a day to shine as a community and that community appropriately and formally expressing their acknowledgement and appreciation of the efforts and strong will of our Local Government. We say that our community is proud of knowing that the legislative change achieved is for all community across the State.

 

We know that you too are now seeing the significance of acknowledging this fact and achievement publicly and we encourage you strongly to take up your role in your community to now start engaging you Local Councillors. THE DOORS ARE OPEN.

Thank you for your time and correspondence,

 

Sjoerd Aardema

 

> Thanks for sharing with your networks. this cause needs support from all corners.

FORMAL INVITATION: Saturday 15th December, Celebrating the Determination of a Fluoride Free Kuranda community

Posted by [email protected] on December 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

12 December 2012

 

BARRON RIVER ELECTORATE OFFICE

Unit 7, Stanton Place, Captain Cook Highway

PO Box 1014, Smithfield Qld 4878

 

 

Dear Honourable Members of Government,

 

 

To: Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) Mayor Rosa Lee Long , TRC Council CEO Ian Church

all Tablelands Regioinal Council Councilors

Members of Queensland Parliament Michael Trout and Shane Knuth

To: Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC Governor of the State of Queensland

All Commonwealth Parliament Queensland Senators and Members of the House of Representatives,

Honourable Premier Campbell Newman

To: Cairns Regional Council (CRC) Mayor Bob Manning and all Cairns Regional Council Councilors

Cassowarry Coast Regional Council Mayor Bill Shanon, all C.Coast Regional Council Councilors

Cook Shire Council Mayor Peter Scott and all Cook Shire Council Councilors

cc: All Queensland Government Council Offices,

All local Far North, Tablelands and Cairns Regional Media contacts

bcc: 1833 People from our Tablelands Regional community,

75 Local Community Interest Groups, 13 Queensland wide Community Interest Groups,

local Businesses, community media networks and their Patrons

Advance Copy via E-mail; hard copy to follow in the post addressed to Michael Trout and Shane Knuth as Members of Parliament for our Region.

 

FORMAL INVITATION: Saturday 15th December, Celebrating the Determination of a Fluoride Free Kuranda community

 

To the Honourable Senators, Premier, Governor-General, State Governor, Members of Parliament, Council Mayors and respectable Councillors,

On behalf of our Tablelands community we write to you today to inform you of the official meeting and celebration that will take place on the 15th of December, 2012 in Kuranda, in regards to the recent amendments made to the Water Fluoridation Act 2008 legislation. As all Government representatives, citizens, community groups, community media networks and local media receiving this letter are officially invited to this meeting, we believe that this will be an important public event for the State of Queensland, her Government and her Local Government representation.

 

Since the recent legislative change has taken immediate effect, our local Council has decided to rightfully lead by example. We as a Regional Community representation group thus feel it now is our responsibility and obligation to ensure that proper public acknowledgement and appropriate honor is given to all Government Representatives that were instrumental and responsible for ensuring that the WILL OF THE PEOPLE of Kuranda was acted upon as per the MANDATE they delivered.

Our Peoples MANDATE process started the 3rd of June 2011 in Kuranda and was delivered on July 24th 2012 in Kuranda to Local State Parliament Member Michael Trout. Supported and witnessed by our local Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Rosa Lee Long, Councilor Jenny Jensen and respected leaders in our community, our local MP took the process of the MANDATE further.

We are pleased that our Local MP’s, Michael Trout and Shane Knuth, in the knowledge of written electorate support have whole heartedly agreed to exercise their Legal Function as a Member of Parliament, which is TO FREELY ADVISE the Queen in the government of the Country, according to the clearly expressed will of the people, on any matter or thing. This Legal Function is to legislate the will expressed by the people and we wish to thank them for honoring their Duty of Care and that of their Parliament.

We, the people, see the recent amendments made to the Fluoridation Act 2008 as a direct result of the People of Kuranda MANDATE delivery. We have made a condensed video report so you can watch the story of what happened.

We all are aware that as per Australian Constitutional Law the system of Parliament is to make laws for the people, with the clear implication that those laws will reflect the WILL of the people. On the subject matter of those laws, we have, as per those legal implications, a lawful duty and obligation to keep our Members and Senators fully informed about what our WILL is upon any issue or matter that comes before them in their Houses of Parliament, or that should come before them.

We see that all this has come to pass in the Process of our Peoples MANDATE and we wish to ensure that proper and official recognition is given to our Government for fulfilling her role in this important regional community issue and making the fluoridation of our domestic water service a local matter again.

We wholeheartedly encourage all members of Government included in this letter to raise this issue within their own Council and Legislative District. Informed consent has long been promoted as a standard in all health related policies, regulations, charters and legislation across Australia. The process of halting fluoridation in any Council is simple, the financial savings for each Council a great incentive. The opportunity is here now for all Councils across Queensland to lead the way in the engagement process with their constituents on this issue and in that follow through on the process that has already been legislated.

As a Regional Community representation Group for Far North Queensland we see that the 15th of December Fluoride Free celebrations will become a Queensland wide community calling. Our neighboring Councils (Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council and the Cook Shire) are being engaged on this issue as we speak. Alongside all this 31 MP’s in Parliament already want fluoride out of the Queensland water and a recent public opinion poll by the Australian’ newspaper made clear that 59,84% of the people state that fluoride should be removed from Queensland water.

In all openness we now properly place before you these matters and we trust that you shall honestly, impartially, and searchingly examine these matters with unbiased judgment, and vote according to your conscience and your sense of legal responsibility. Above all we welcome you, of course, to come and celebrate with us on the 15th, either physically or in spirit.

 

Be sure to know that we are in great support of your work and ongoing efforts to serve the People of the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland as a whole. We admire the work that goes into the governance you provide us with.

We are available for communications with you on the issues expressed in this letter with you at any time convenient to your schedule [email protected] – 0488552671 -

Have an inspired day,

Sjoerd Aardema

 

Project Leader: Recharge Kuranda Transition Town Community Center

Campaign Representative: Fluoride Free Kuranda Campaign

Steering group Member: Tablelands Against Fluoridation Group

Project Coordinator: Transition Far North Queensland Network

E: [email protected]

M: 04 88552671

 

 

Hannah Wattel (Coco Nut Mama)

Campaign Leader and Founder: Tablelands Against Fluoridation Group

Campaign Representative & Mandate coordinator: Fluoride Free Kuranda Campaign

Steering Committee Member: Kuranda and Tablelands Community Activist Network (CAN)

E: [email protected]

M: 04 05064488

 

 

Legal: This Letter is written under the Creative Commons Legal Code (CC BY-SA 3.0) and is approved for Free Cultural Works.

 

 

Attached: Official Copy of Official invitation Letter, Official Community Announcement flyer, below Community Groups reference list and signatories:*

 

Friends of the Earth Kuranda (FOE), Sarah Isaacs

Kuranda Coffee Republic, Michael & Belinda and their Patrons

Kuranda Conservation, Jax Bergersen

Recharge Kuranda Community Transition Centre, Sjoerd Aardema

Kuranda & Tablelands Community Action Network (CAN), Kim Stedman

Tablelands Against Fluoridation, Hannah Wattel

Transition FNQ Network, Scott White

Permaculture Cairns, Janet Millington

Permaculture Kuranda, Robert Virginie

RealFood Network, Chris Gloor

Atherton Tablelands Home Ed Network & Support (ATHENS), Belinda Moore

Enviro Care, Cathy Retter

Kuranda Sprouts Seedsavers, Jill and Rick

Eradicate Ecocide Campaign Action Network, Polly Higgins

L.E.T.S Kuranda, Twiggy Bently

Chemical Free Treeplanting Group Koah, Lisa

Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream Symposium, facilitators group FNQ, Roland Smith

Cairns Coconut Culture, Alexander Gall, Christian Luck

Ballintaggart, Bood Hickson

Para Pachamama Spiritual Centre, Melissa Schulz

Frog Decline Reversal Project (FDR), Deborah Pergolotti

Tablelands Lightworkers’ Circle, Clive Walters

Mums & Dads Playgroup Kuranda

Kuranda Homeschool Group, Lisa Hart

Kuranda Community Peace Gardens, Matthew Marsh

Cairns and District Beekeepers Association, Trish Green

Co-creating a Fluoride-Free Queensland, John Ackland, Atherton

Malanda Drum Circle, Clive Walters

Propa Earth Biodynamic Consultancies, Wayne Rankine

Kuranda Coffee Republic, Owners Michael & Belinda , Staff and Patrons

The Herbal Gypsy, Malanda, Owners Jenny & Gary, Staff and Patrons

Bamboo Solutions FNQ, Rob Swain Jules Hartmann

Malanda Drumming Circle, Clive Walters

Yungaburra Drumming Circle, Elizabeth Moldenhauer

Kuranda Drumming Circle, Coco Nut Mama

Alternative Technology Association, Daryl Douglas

Whole Foods Up North Co-Op, Henny Beckert

Malanda Spiritual Awareness Group

Movies That Matter, Malanda - Scott White

Homeschoolers, Hayley Buchanen

Prevention is Cure, Emma Lodge

Kuranda Community Hub Bread Club, Roland Smith

My Habitat Products, Malanda, Carmel Pacey

Just Gorgeous, Jill and Luke Melody

 

FNQ Conscious Media Network

 

the Far North Transition Alliance

 

Tablelands CAFE

Kuranda Men shed

World in Transition

Getup.org

Avaaz.org

 

* this reference list is still growing and is likely to increase significantly as more groups are still signing on. More info: www.rechargekuranda.org

 

Supporters of Transition FNQ Network Regional Vision for the enhancement of environmental sustainability, collaborative resilient community, social prosperity and spiritual fulfillment

 


 

DRAFT: Official invitation: 15th of Dec. Celebrating a Fluoride Free Kuranda Together.

Posted by Para PachaMama on December 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

12 December 2012

 

To: Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) Mayor Rosa Lee Long , TRC Council CEO Ian Church

all Tablelands Regioinal Council Councilors, Members of Queensland Parliament Michael Trout and Shane Knuth

To: Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

All Commonwealth Parliament Queensland Senators and Members of the House of Representatives,

Honourable Premier Campbell Newman

To: Cairns Regional Council (CRC) Mayor Bob Manning and all Cairns Regional Council Councilors

Cassowarry Coast Regional Council Mayor Bill Shanon, all C.Coast Regional Council Councilors

Cook Shire Council Mayor Peter Scott and all Cook Shire Council Councilors

cc: All Queensland Government Council Offices,

All local Far North, Tablelands and Cairns Regional Media contacts

bcc: 1833 People from our Tablelands Regional community,

75 Local Community Interest Groups, 13 Queensland wide Community Interest Groups,

local Businesses, community media networks and their Patrons

 

Advance Copy via E-mail; hard copy to follow in the post addressed to Michael Trout and Shane Knuth as Members of Parliament for our Region.

 

 

OFFICIAL INVITATION: Saturday 15th December, Celebrating a Fluoride Free Kuranda community Determination meeting.

 

 

 

Honourable Senators, Premier, Governor-General, Members of Parliament, Council Mayors and respectable Councillors,

 

On behalf our Tablelands community we write to you today to inform you of the official meeting and celebration that will take place on the 15th of December, 2012 in Kuranda, in regards to the recent amendments made to the Water Fluoridation Act 2008 legislation. As all Government representatives, citizens, community groups, community media networks and local media receiving this letter are officially invited to this meeting, we believe that this will be an important public event for the State of Queensland, her Government and her Local Government representation.

 

Since the recent legislative change has taken immediate effect, our local Council has decided to rightfully lead by example. We as a Regional Community representation group thus feel it now is our responsibility and obligation to ensure that proper public acknowledgement and appropriate honor is given to all Government Representatives that were instrumental and responsible for ensuring that the WILL OF THE PEOPLE of Kuranda was acted upon as per the MANDATE they delivered.

 

Our Peoples MANDATE process started the 3rd of June 2011 in Kuranda and was delivered on July 24th 2012 in Kuranda to Local State Parliament Member Michael Trout. Supported and witnessed by our local Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Rosa Lee Long, Councilor Jenny Jensen and respected leaders in our community, our local MP took the process of the MANDATE further.

 

We are pleased that our Local MP’s, Michael Trout and Shane Knuth, in the knowledge of written electorate support have whole heartedly agreed to exercise their Legal Function as a Member of Parliament, which is TO FREELY ADVISE the Queen in the government of the Country, according to the clearly expressed will of the people, on any matter or thing. This Legal Function is to legislate the will expressed by the people and we wish to thank them for honoring their Duty of Care and that of their Parliament. We, the people, see the recent amendments made to the Fluoridation Act 2008 as a direct result of a Peoples of Kuranda MANDATE delivery. We made a condensed video report so you can watch the story of what happened.

 

We all are aware that per Australian Constitutional Law the system of Parliament is to make laws for the people, with the clear implication that those laws will reflect the WILL of the people. On the subject matter of those laws, we have, as per those legal implications, a lawful duty and obligation to keep our Members and Senators fully informed about what our WILL is upon any issue or matter that comes before them in their Houses of Parliament, or that should come before them.

 

We see that all this has come to pass in the Process of our Peoples MANDATE and we wish to ensure that proper and official recognition is given to our Government for fulfilling her role in this important regional community issue and make fluoridation of our domestic water service a local matter again.

 

We wholeheartedly encourage all members of Government included in this letter to raise this issue within their own Council District. Informed consent has long been a standard in all health related policies, regulations, charters and legislation across Australia. The process of halting fluoridation in any Council is simple, the financial savings for each Council a great incentive. The opportunity is here now for all Councils across Queensland to lead the way in the engagement process with their constituents on this issue and in that follow through on the process that is already been legislated.

 

 

As a Regional Community representation Group for Far North Queensland we see that the 15th of December Fluoride Free celebrations will become a Queensland wide community calling. Our neighboring Councils (Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council and the Cook Shire) are being engaged on this issue as we speak. Alongside all this 31 MP’s in Parliament already want fluoride out of the Queensland water and a recent public opinion poll by 'the Australian’ newspaper made clear that 58,77% of the people state that fluoride should be removed from Queensland water.

 

 

In all openness we now properly place before you these matters and we trust that you shall honestly, impartially, and searchingly examine these matters with unbiased judgment, and vote according to your conscience and your sense of legal responsibility. Above all we welcome you, of course, to come and celebrate with us on the 15th, either physically or in spirit.

 

 

Be sure to know that we are in great support of your work and ongoing efforts to serve the People of the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland as a whole. We admire the work that goes into the governance you provide us with.

 

 

We are available for communications on the issues expressed in this letter with you at any time convenient to your schedule [email protected] – 0488552671 -

 

Have an inspired day,

 

Sjoerd Aardema

Project Leader: Recharge Kuranda Transition Town Community Center

Campaign Representative: Fluoride Free Kuranda Campaign

Steering group Member: Tablelands Against Fluoridation Group

Project Coordinator: Transition Far North Queensland Network

E: [email protected]

M: 04 88552671

 

Hannah Wattel (Coco Nut Mama)

Campaign Leader and Founder: Tablelands Against Fluoridation Group

Campaign Representative & Mandate coordinator: Fluoride Free Kuranda Campaign

Steering Committee Member: Kuranda and Tablelands Community Activist Network (CAN)

E: [email protected]

M: 04 05064488

 

Attached: Community Groups reference list and signatories:*

 

Friends of the Earth Kuranda (FOE), Sarah Isaacs

Kuranda Conservation, Jax Bergersen

Recharge Kuranda Community Transition Centre, Sjoerd Aardema

Kuranda & Tablelands Community Action Network (CAN), Kim Stedman

Tablelands Against Fluoridation, Hannah Wattel

Transition FNQ Network, Scott White

Permaculture Cairns, Janet Millington

Permaculture Kuranda, Robert Virginie

RealFood Network, Chris Gloor

Atherton Tablelands Home Ed Network & Support (ATHENS), Belinda Moore

Enviro Care, Cathy Retter

Kuranda Sprouts Seedsavers, Jill and Rick

Eradicate Ecocide Campaign Action Network, Polly Higgins

L.E.T.S Kuranda, Twiggy Bently

Chemical Free Treeplanting Group Koah, Lisa

Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream Symposium, facilitators group FNQ, Roland Smith

Cairns Coconut Culture, Alexander Gall, Christian Luck

Ballintaggart, Bood Hickson

Para Pachamama Spiritual Centre, Melissa Schulz

Frog Decline Reversal Project (FDR), Deborah Pergolotti

Tablelands Lightworkers’ Circle, Clive Walters

Mums & Dads Playgroup Kuranda

Kuranda Homeschool Group, Lisa Hart

Kuranda Community Peace Gardens, Matthew Marsh

Cairns and District Beekeepers Association, Trish Green

Co-creating a Fluoride-Free Queensland, John Ackland, Atherton

Malanda Drum Circle, Clive Walters

Propa Earth Biodynamic Consultancies, Wayne Rankine

Kuranda Coffee Republic, Owners Michael & Belinda , Staff and Patrons

The Herbal Gypsy, Malanda, Owners Jenny & Gary, Staff and Patrons

Bamboo Solutions FNQ, Rob Swain Jules Hartmann

Malanda Drumming Circle, Clive Walters

Yungaburra Drumming Circle, Elizabeth Moldenhauer

Kuranda Drumming Circle, Coco Nut Mama

Alternative Technology Association, Daryl Douglas

Whole Foods Up North Co-Op, Henny Beckert

Malanda Spiritual Awareness Group

Movies That Matter, Malanda - Scott White

Homeschoolers, Hayley Buchanen

Prevention is Cure, Emma Lodge

Kuranda Community Hub Bread Club, Roland Smith

My Habitat Products, Malanda, Carmel Pacey

Just Gorgeous, Jill and Luke Melody

 

FNQ Conscious Media Network

 

the Far North Transition Alliance

 

Tablelands CAFE

Kuranda Men shed

World in Transition

 

* this reference list is still growing and is likely to increase significantly as more groups are still signing on. More info: www.rechargekuranda.org

Fluoride Free Kuranda Festival 15th December 2012

Posted by Sjoerd Aardema on December 6, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

 

9:00am until 4:00pm

 

Original Rainforest Markets Kuranda

 

YOU, YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS are invited to join and make happen the Celebration of our shared community success!

 

We are dreaming up an amazing day and hope you will bring your gifts to it.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

 

 

- Local Musicians that will play at the different music spaces,

- Kids activities people, face painters, balloon benders :) basket weavers and more.

- friendship bringing, plate sharing, energy support, helping hands in building and helping organize the overall day.

 

This is a Together Festival by and for our amazing community that TOGETHER with the strong support of active lobby groups like Tablelands Against Fluoridation, Community Action Network, Kuranda Conservation and Friends of the Earth Kuranda helped to ensure that our Council knew it was fully supported, that our local MP's were given our Peoples Mandate.

 

FOR WHO?

Everyone, especially families and children. We are inviting all TRC Councillors, the Mayor and the local MP's Shane and Micheal and his whole team, we're calling out all LOCAL MEDIA (it has already been noted in the papers, but we want TV, Radio and more to come and document a community celebrating Together their success on such a huge topic) We also wish to honor and acknowledge all the different key people of the community and the different community groups.

 

WHERE ?

the whole Original Markets will be alive with music, families, dance, play, drums, art and play. Come to the Original Markets, Community Peace Gardens, Sweet leaf, Recharge Kuranda, the whole original village.

 

WHEN?

Saturday the 15th of December

(the New National Day of Resillient Connected Community this year celebrating a Fluoride Free Kuranda)

 

WHAT TO BRING?

We need soem people commiting to some goodness being brought in. RealFoods is sponsoring fresh fruits, Sweet leaf is chipping in as are many other places in the market.

 

MORE BRAINSTORMING FOR MORE GOODNESS?

YES< put your dreaming caps on and bring more goodness and creativitry to this festival. Fudraise, get sponsorsship from local business. Before we know it after the weekend we'll have flyers and posters up (with help of course)

 

Think Everything Community. How about a community Garage Sale, community drumming, fresh food sharing in the community soup kitchen and more and more.

 

SPREAD THE WORD - the dreamers of this festival say:

 

SEE YOU THERE

 

Successfully Funded: Yarrabah Elder Gathering Crowdfunder

Posted by Sjoerd Aardema on December 3, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

THANK YOU, Thank you Thank you! Your financial support to the Yarrabah Permaculture Crowdfunder became a success! So here is some news and more gratitude for making it possible for us to do all the work we did without it costing us more then our physical energy!

 

From the We the Trees Site:

 

WOW! We did it… the cause got completed and the Permaculture project out at Yarrabah was a huge success it made the Gathering the gathering and so an enormous hands up to all those actively involved in the sourcing of the materials, trucking the materials, shipping, carting, building measuring, digging, cutting, brushing, easing, flexing, coping, tracking, coordinating, expertising and more and more of many skills were used in the whole process of building the Project the way we did.

 

MANY SEEDS WERE SOWN!

 

many seeds were indeed sown and Permaculture is a word now know in the community of Yarrabah, certainly all the elders know about it and more projects are on the dream line for 2013. We are actively connected with the PBC of Yarrabah and are furthering conversations on different levels about next years projects, community help, garden expansions etc etc.

 

REALLY , this cause caused a whole ripple of great nature and the effects of your contributions will be known for a long while into the future!

 

SO THANK YOU FOR DONATING/ SUPPORTING and GIVING to this CAUSE!

 

More updates to come in early 2013 as we will further the dream seeds that were planted during the Elder Gathering. We hope you will be part of the dreaming now and then.

 

 

Blessings,

 

Permaculture Crew Members of the Yarrabah Elder Gathering

 

World's indigenous leaders converge on Yarrabah for Cairns eclipse

Bianca Keegan

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

© The Cairns Post

 

Eyes on the eclipse: Elder Bob Patterson says he is honoured to share his land and stories with more than 120 indigenous leaders who will converge on a Yarrabah beach to mark next week's solar eclipse. Picture: STEWART McLEAN.

ELDER Bob Patterson says he is honoured to share his land and his stories with more than 120 indigenous leaders who will converge on a Yarrabah beach to mark the eclipse.

The Australia-first will see indigenous leaders from the Pacific Islands, North and South America, Japan and the Philippines camp at Wungu Beach from Saturday for a five-day global elders gathering.

 

The invitation-only event is historic, says Gurubuna clan elder Uncle Bob, who is from one of three clans in the Gungandji tribe who came together in a bid to restore indigenous culture for the younger generation.

 

"I feel honoured because today we have a lot of problems in the world and the government can't fix most of it," he said.

 

"I believe it is up to us, the people of the nations, to help restore what we had before."

 

There will be four forums at the gathering, addressing issues for elders, young leaders, men's business and women's business, Uncle Bob said. "There will be dancers and we will have all the elements, fire and water, and I'll be telling my story that is relevant to the eclipse."

 

The indigenous leaders will camp in tents made from bamboo and tarps, which are being set up by Rare Earth Foundation members who are facilitating the summit.

 

"This has never happened before. It is a great promotion for Yarrabah.

 

"My goal is to pass on the message to people of the world that we've got to make changes and we've got to do it now.

 

"At this gathering we need to get all the questions and answers together."

 

The invitation-only event is not open to the public but is expected to draw more than 600 people next Wednesday for the eclipse.

 

Chairman for the Prescribed Body Corporate committee Ricco Noble said land rights, support groups and closing the gap would be on the agenda.

 

Rare Earth founder Meleuka Morton-Masterman said around 25 volunteers had travelled from interstate and internationally to help with the event.

 

She said a film crew would be recording the eclipse event, forum and indigenous stories to create a digital message stick.

 

"It's time to come together to celebrate all of our positive wins and take a moment to remember where we have come from."


 

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Deeper Causes affected through your energy:

 

because of your generosity and believing in our cause much more than just accommodation was build we actually managed to provide the overall infrastructure for this Gathering to be held in full and with that so much more deeper, cultural, spiritual work was enabled. For this we thank you also, because it is what we do on the ground that enables the experiences and exchanges to take place in the way they did.

 

Without the financial support we would have not be able to come away from Yarrabah and feel so UPLIFTED and INSPIRED.

 

FUTURE PLANS - YARRABAH CONTINUED -

 

Because of our many involvements in so many differently projects, groups, networks, relationships and so on, (in short Permaculture in Nature) we are dreaming up a whole new multi faceted educational sharing platform that encompasses all aspects of the Recharge Kuranda Community Transition hub AND makes that MOBILE. Yes, on four wheels.

 

It's been dreamseeded at the Gathering and furthered in so many peoples dream visions. To have a bus, a caravan of Permaculture Crew travelling, sharing, planting, blitzing, showcasing, bringing and inspiring communities LIKE Yarrabah to reconnect, restore, re grow, re activate, Re charge their connection to Food, gardens, seeds, needs and want from a Permaculture dreaming way.

 

SO WHAT ARE YOU ALL TALKING ABOUT?

We have often referred amongst friends and family to the Realfood Train that travels from farmers gates to community market places, bringing the foods and philosophy (if you wish) of buying local, eating local, growing local and organic and the plethora of benefits that shoot off from that once we actively support this. That train is already running, every week. We want to collaborate with these guys and jump on the back of this train/ truck of integral high impact community food delivery service AND while travelling with them to these market places we share Permaculture teachings, share and activate the plant gardens, share the message of seed saving, inspire and advocate for important community causes and in a NUTshell : Create a community based and operated "Biodynamic Permaculture Seed sharing Media RealFood Tourbus" that travels on a weekly bases to Yarrabah (and all other existing RFN serviced communities) to bring fresh food, real skills and inspiration in a model that is integral financially viable and having the potential to make a REAL difference!

 

What do you think? is this NUTS or what.. well you helped us dreaming this far because of your believing in us and what we wished to do for Yarrabah, we eventually got to this stage.

 

I am sure we will talk wildly about it in a few months. We are planning to Transition, permaculture and Realfood knowingness further and thus do our share to bring into being the New Earth.

 

Connected, grateful and inspired!

 

Thank you for believing in us all!

 

 

Cheers from us all!

CAUSE ACTIVATED: HELP FUND PERMACULTURE AT YARRABAH

Posted by Para PachaMama on October 9, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)



Great news everyone on www.wethetrees.com we have finally launched our Permaculture fundraiser project for the global elders gathering at Yarrabah. May we ask of you to please offer some time to get the word out there about the cause to your personal and global networks. If you go to the site above you will find our cause to source all info from. May we encourage and count on you to write a personal note to your connections about the importance of this cause becoming successfully funded. Ensure to copy and paste the URL link to the cause page in the email you send out. We trust that through our collective efforts and personal stories to our connections this cause can and will be funded. We thank you for taking the time to write something from you to your connections of course you can copy and paste as much as you feel is needed. Pls spread this on social media as personal as possible as far and wide as this calling may travel. Last. pls fw this text to your friends who can appreciate this calling and bring energy to the cause. Thanks so much Everyone:)

The Gunggandji Elders are calling us to respond and work together. Permaculture systems are already being developed and deployed; will you step up and help us achieve our modest practical project, in order to assist the Gungganji Council of Elders achieve their powerful vision?

GO SEE THE CAUSE AT: http://www.wethetrees.com/projects/43-global-elder-gathering-project-permaculture-in-yarrabah

Nature Connection - a weekend intensive by Koa Windsong

Posted by Sjoerd Aardema on October 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Koa has spent the last 40 years on a quest for authentic freedom. Imprisoned in Mexico in his 20's the experience gave him time to think long and hard about how he wanted to spend his life and he came to the conclusion that all humanity was being farmed for money and that personal freedom was a goal worth striving for . He decided that he wanted to tread another path and has spent his time doing just that using the skills taught to him by his Lakota Grandmother he has taken his life in a direction very few ever go. His message and knowledge on what you can eat and how to conduct yourself in the Australian bush will be life saving and valuable to anyone who watches his dvd's. With the current push globally to inflict highly toxic and dangerous untried untested flu vaccines on the entire human population, knowing you can go bush armed with practical life saving knowledge is a real fear crusher, His Dvd's contain information on common easily identified plants that can be eaten with none or little preparation and can be found all over Australia especially the Eastern seaboard from Victoria to Northern Queensland and west of the Great Divide. Also included is sound advice on a water management, Fire management ,Shelter, snake bite, weaving , rope making and a whole host of other practical information designed to keep you safe in the wilds of the Australian Bush. Give yourself more information and options in these uncertain times and arm yourself with sound practical advice designed to give you an insight into personal authentic freedom

Koa Windsong is guiding another weekend intensive on Nature Connection. This is a LETS offering weekend. Koa Windsong TBCE0293

 

Feel free to post on anyones wall or group. This is a magnificent course and Koa is an amazing teacher.

 

Message from Koa Windsong: Most of us have been up rooted fom the Earth and feel disconnected the natural environment.

 

My intention with this two day intensive course is to help each student put their roots back into the earth so deep you will realise the sky is your roof, the earth is your floor and everything we need to survive and flourish is always within arms reach.

 

Covering - Water, fire, shelter, bushtucker, first aid and much more...

 

Contact - [email protected]

Where - Kuranda Area (FNQ)

When: October 13th and 14th (second weekend in October)

Cost - $ 375.00 (50% Bartels 50% cash available)

 

Mobile - 0406814440


 

A call of the Wild: Bush Tucker: the way back home

By Koa Windsong

Published Thursday, 20 September 2007, viewed 609 times

 

 

See also A Call of The Wild, published in Kindred, issue 22, June 07

 

Naturalist Koa Windsong says bush lore is a way to help children feel connected to their world.

 

Why is it so important to help our children to connect with nature? This question says a lot about our current human society. Have we gone so far from the natural world that we as parents have to contemplate such a question? Maybe first we should ask what kind of person do we want to support our children to grow up to be?

 

Like most parents you probably would like your child to grow into a creative, respectful, compassionate, happy and healthy human. I’m sure you are already making choices every day to facilitate that dream. Like choosing cotton over plastic, real foods over junk foods, we intuitively know natural is better for our children. It is hardwired into us and every living thing to live in balance with nature. In fact, it’s not only the children that need to connect with nature but all of us.

 

So how do we help our children to interact with the natural world and not be consumed by the virtual reality of the digital age? Take the initiative and interact with nature. Grow a garden. No room? Then grow a sprout garden. My family had a ‘family patch’ and each child had their own patch. People would ask me, ‘How did you get all of your children to love vegetables?’ When a child prepares the soil, plants the seed, weeds and waters, they experience the miracle of life. Then when they harvest with heart and hands they are thrilled to eat it!

 

My grandmother taught me the whole earth is a garden and I passed that knowledge to my children. They learned all the wild foods and medicines and how to harvest them respectfully. This gave them incredible confidence in the bush. The child that has an intimate relation to nature will grow into a happy, healthy, self-empowered human.

 

Bush tucker is Australian terminology for the huge variety of herbs, spices, mushrooms, fruits, flowers, vegetables, animals, birds, reptiles and insects that are native to the country.

The Aborigines have been eating bush tucker for 50,000 years. It is said that in colonial times the pioneering white settlers who learned about local foods from Aborigines and utilised this knowledge fared much better than others who did not. But to many white people the plants are still a mystery. Becoming knowledgeable about the tasty foods available from the earth and in the wild gives children an important sense of belonging to the whole.

 

A special note from Koa — never eat anything in the wild unless you are sure it is edible. Also, when in the bush, use a long walking stick (parents: making a walking stick together is a great activity). Not only does it help support you over uneven terrain, it frightens snakes away. Snakes cannot hear, but feel the vibration of walking and rustling. If you thud the stick down in front of you as you walk, any snakes in the area will quickly move off.


PERMACULTURE PROJECT FOR ELDERS GATHERING

Posted by Sjoerd Aardema on September 12, 2012 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

A dedicated mixed crew of Permaculture Kuranda, Cairns, Townsville and the JCU Permaculture Society members have taken on a request to assist the Traditional Owners and indigenous community of Yarrabah to design, develop and build according to Permaculture Principles the infrastructure and accommodation structures for all the people attending the elder gathering in November of 2012 on Wungu Beach, Yarrabah, Far North Queensland, Australia

 

On November the 15th a Solar Eclipse is taking place over Far North Queensland. the Council of Elders of Yarrabah have called for a gathering of elders and are asking the global and local community to assist them to bring this gathering into full expression.

 

We are honoured to be asked to bring Permaculture to the Yarrabah community for this event and we call on you to help us offset the cost logistics, sourcing of materials and equipemnt that is involved in this unique project.

PROJECT - PLANS - EXCHANGE

Together with the Yarrabah Community we:

- Build Bamboo Accommodation. We will build all required shelter structures from locally sourced Bamboo and recycle add banners. Our ground crew attended a 2 day training weekend with "Bamboo Solutions" teachers Rob and Jules, to get ourselves skilled up and ready to share the learned skills with the community. (see photos)

 

- Beach front restoration. We aim to re vegetate with locally propagated native bush and beach plant species the beach front of the gathering site. This is coastal restoration project that we will do together with the Yarrabah community.

 

- Site design, infrastructure and bush food gardens:

= We work together with the organizers to design the gathering site so it its use is most efficient, cost is reduced and functionality maximized.

 

= Compost toilets, solar showers. it is all on the list of Bamboo Building projects for this event. Many hands make light work but there will be cost involved that's why we call on you to help us reduce the costs that we will encounter.

 

= The Council of Elders wants to get the younger generation involved again in food growing, knowing their bush foods and want to use permaculture design and techniques to work best in their coastal environment. We say: that is amazing! Let's grow a community based bush foods and native foods garden from permaculture principles and make it so that its use and growth is continued after the gathering.

 

FREE ENERGY - CROWD SOURCING - SUPPORT

This is a free energy event, where everyone is donating their time and energy to ensure this gathering can take place. We aim to source as many materials, tools and needs from the local crowd but we need support beyond that.

 

The international community can help by offsetting the cost involved in this unique project. We are calling out for financial or in kind support to cover logistics, sourcing of materials and equipment. Our dedicated Permaculture FNQ Crew will work for free and while integrating Permaculture principles into this gathering.

 

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TAKING PERMACULTURE FURTHER IN FNQ.

 

Cheers!

 

Donna, Lisa, Toneille, Robert, Sjoerd, Blake, Leon, Rob and Jules, Roland, Victor, Shane and Kylie, Brock, Allistar, Sarah Jane, Fren and the Council of Elders from Yarrabah.

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DRUM UP SUCCESSFUL - 3 TRC TOWNS HEARD

Posted by Sjoerd Aardema on July 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This was more than we expected", across the Tablelands 3 Townships' parks were Occupied by peaceful members of our broader community. together with their Councilors, MP's and Mayor we all came together to "change the Dream." Now we do not only have openness and support on behalf of our TRC and MP's to forge forward as a connected community, we have proven that our VOICE is STRONG and our MANDATE is heard: Undo Fluoridation in our Waters, it is un ethical, un constitutional and least important yet significant to some un economical.

WE DRUMMED, WE VOICED, WE WERE SUPPORTED BY COUNCIL AND LOCAL M.P'S.

READ THE NEWS, IT SPREAD FAR AND WIDE. OUR NEXT STEP: MANDATE DELIVERY TO M.P's

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/06/26/225491_local-news.html


NEXT ONE: http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/07/02/226441_local-news.html
front page news!! beautiful photo... as you read thru the article tho '150 major health organisations around the world endorsing water flouridation' and then a link to the Ada for their version of the facts.... so 'journalist' liam parsons [email protected] a rupert murdoch newslimited newspaper (newslimited alright!) needs a follow up email so that at least he gets the opportunity to see how many councils, countries and major health organisations have banned fluoride.



NEXT ONE: http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/07/03/226485_local-news.html



NEXT ONE: http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/06/08/222811_local-news.html



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