Five events that help change the world

Five separate events linked by the social justice heart of the Church will be held in the next few weeks.

These events put on by various groups in our community give us an opportunity to step into the social justice space, be informed and provides us with tools to change the world.

Topics include sustainable environment, NAIDOC, modern slavery and climate change.

RetroSuburbia‎Ecosuburbia - 'Aussie Street' with David Holmgren

Date: Saturday 22nd June

Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm

Location: Newcastle Town Hall

Join us for local multi-media event, ‘Aussie Street’ featuring permaculture co-originator, David Holmgren, author of RetroSuburbia; the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future.
Aussie Street’ cleverly brings Holmgren’s RetroSuburbia ideas into our everyday lives, using 100+ photos and water coloured illustrations and practical concepts from his exciting new book.
Come along to be part of Holmgren’s remarkably insightful, thought provoking vision for a resilient and life enhancing sustainable future. Part of Newcastle's Ecosuburbia Fair Share Event delivered in collaboration with Newcastle Libraries, Hunter Permaculture and Purple Pear Farm.

Free event. Bookings essential.

Politics in the Pub June: labour, modern slavery and trafficking

Date: Tuesday 25th June

Time: 6.15 - 8.15pm

Location: Stage and Hunter Hotel Maitland Rd Mayfield

The topic for our event in June is modern slavery, human trafficking and labour rights. We will be joined by Dr Tim Connor from the University of Newcastle and Professor Vijaya Nagarajan from Macquarie University. Please join us at the Stag and Hunter Hotel in Mayfield on Tuesday June 25. The event will start at 6:30pm, but we recommend arriving by 6:15pm so you can get a good seat. We look forward to see you there for a beer and discussion!


Break Free Climate Action Training

Date: Saturday 29th June

Time: 9.30 - 5.30

Location: to be announced

There's no time to stand on the sidelines anymore. This is a moment where we need to band together to declare a climate emergency and resist the inaction from coal-loving politicians.

The training will help you to skill-up and get out into your community to make some noise. You will leave this training with a plan for your very own activity to protect the climate in your community.

We’re going to need every bit of that power for the fight ahead. It’s time to organise, the action is only starting.

No ‘activism experience’ necessary! Whether you've just signed your first petition or have been organising in your community for years, we would love to have you here.
It is an all ages event - if you are under 18 or want/need to bring children with you please let us know just send us an email after you RSVP!

Lunch provided: Let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

Please wear comfortable clothing as we will be somewhat active.

Newcastle NAIDOC Community Day

Date: Monday 8th July

Time: 9.30am

Location: Civic Park Newcastle

Celebrating the start of NAIDOC Week with the Newcastle community

‘Voice, Treaty, Truth!’

Celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made – and continue to make to within our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

9:30AM Civic Park - Flag Raising + March

A formal flag raising to officially mark the opening of the 2018 NAIDOC Week celebrations across Newcastle, followed by a march onward to our day of celebrations.

10:30AM – 2:30PM - Newcastle Foreshore Celebrations

Community festival with market stalls, food, kids amusements, music & entertainment.

Westlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day

Date: Tuesday 9th July

Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm

Location: Toronto Foreshore, Victory Pde, Toronto

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.

Each year, there is a different focus city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. The focus city, National NAIDOC Poster Competition and the NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee.

Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.



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Brooke is Content Officer for the Communications Team in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle