Understanding Fire in our Landscape: A Community Conversation (2016)

Understanding Fire in our Landscape: A Community Conversation was  held on the weekend of the 12-13 November 2016, in Newstead, a town in Central Victoria.

The project was initiated by the Muckleford Forest Friends Group based on one of the priorities in the Newstead Community Plan.

This event was supported through the Mount Alexander Shire Council 2016 Community Grants Program, by Maldon & District Community Bank (a branch of Bendigo Bank) and the Norman Wettenhall Foundation.

Thanks to everyone who contributed time, energy and great ideas that helped bring our Community Conversation event together:

  • Sponsors – Mount Alexander Shire Community Grants, Maldon & District Community Bank (Bendigo Bank), Norman Wettenhall Foundation
  • MULGA (Maldon Urban Landcare Group) and Newstead 2021 for auspicing the funding
  • Presenters – Trent Nelson, Mick Bourke, Andrew Bennett, Joan Sartori, Sam Strong, Peter Skilbeck, Paul Bates, Tanya Loos, Alison Boak, Steve Pascoe, David Cheal, Doug Richardson, Eain McRae, Luke Ryan
  • Jinette de Gooijer for facilitating our last session
  • Photographers: Julie Hough, Julie Millowick, Christine Sayer, Marion Williams
  • Video recorder: Simon Beckett
  • Sound recorders – Andrew Skeoch and Sarah Koschak
  • Gordon Dowell, oral historian, recording stories of fire
  • Newstead Men’s Shed, Newstead Primary School, Newstead Community Garden for splendid catering
  • Julie Patey (Goughs Range Olives) and Frances Cincotta (Newstead Natives) for the gifts for our speakers
  • Bus drivers Barry Murfett and Ian Grenda
  • Wendy, our student helper
  • The organising team – Janet Barker, Bev Phillips, Alison Rowe, Geoff Park, Ian Grenda and Chris Johnston