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Castlemaine Climate Rally and Picnic 29 November 2015

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We would like to thank you for your support of last Sunday’s Climate Rally and Picnic in Victory Park.

It would not have happened without the energy you all contributed.  This was a zero waste, zero budget and entirely community driven event.  The following individuals and organisations generously supported with their time, expertise and resources:

The Hub Foundation, The Environment Shop, Julie Holden & Chewton Primary School, Jeanette McMahon & Winters Flat Primary School, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Castlemaine, Lions, Rotary, Friends of the Earth, Environment Victoria, People’s Climate Australia, Mount Alexander LETS, Connecting Country, Christine Hooper, Mark Carter, Jo Kaptein, Heather and Neil Barrett, Jim Austin, Rex Watts, MASG COM, Staff, and Volunteers, Uncle Rick Nelson and Alvin, DJ Poco Loco, Musos: Meg and Ethan Corson, Lilly Betts, and The Seducaphones, Artists: Eliza, Mark and Molly on activities, Ben and Jacinta, Mary, Alex and Andrea for preparing the delicious food, Speakers: Christine Henderson, Maree Edwards, Rosemary Glaisher, Susie Burke, Cam Walker, George Ryan, and our MC Dean Bridgfoot, Deane Belfield for the film compile, Ian Jones for bringing down his Nissan Leaf, Leonnie Van Eyk and Lisa Mills for their great pics, and a huge thanks to all the volunteers and young people who helped make it such a smooth and inspiring day.

We made a call to gather together and occupy Victory Park, in a way that allowed for families and children to participate and be represented in this powerful global movement.

There is a lot of interest in potential annual event, perhaps tied in with a Climate Rally, that brings together local groups, individuals, organisations, that are working hard to support a sustainable and safe future in our Shire.

It was a great way to capture an engaged audience, and encourage more participation in local initiatives.  MASG visited local schools, brainstorming and designing activities, and there are many exciting ideas that schools are excited to continue working with.

Coverage of rallies in the media throughout the weekend:

Do send in your pics or any links that we can include in the next e-news update:

We look forward to the next opportunity to come together.

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group Staff and Committee of Management
See more images from the day here

Castlemaine Climate Rally and Picnic, Victory Park, Sunday 29 Nov 2015


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MASG are gearing up to host a Castlemaine Climate Rally and Picnic on Sunday 29th November 10am – 2pm in Victory Park to align with a weekend of national and global climate actions and events, in the lead up to the Paris Climate Summit on Monday 30th November.

What to expect:

  • With help from students at Winters Flat school and Chewton Primary School we will be hosting a series of CLIMATE GAMES, which will involve a whole lot of fun – with an action focus. Get your team ready! (all ages welcome)
  • Powerful pictures campaign
  • Speakers include:
    Christine Henderson (Mayor Mount Alexander Shire), Susie Burke and Dean Bridgfoot (, Cam Walker (Friends of the Earth), Maree Edwards (ALP), George Ryan (Local Farmer and Mount Alexander Shire LETS), Rosemary Glaisher (Greens Federal Candidate for Bendigo)
  • Music, local food, stalls and more…

In the lead up to the event:

Banner Painting and Climate Games Preparation
Wednesday 25th November 4pm – 6pm.

We will be running a HUGE banner painting session in Vic Park on Wednesday 25th November.
Come and make your signs and help with one HUGE banner to be taken to the Melbourne Rally on Friday 27th November and to be on show in Vic Park on Sunday 29th November.

People’s Climate Rally Melbourne: Friday 27th November 5.30pm

For those that can make it, we will be traveling to the Melbourne Rally at the State Library on Friday 27th November – catching the 2.14pm train from Castlemaine Station. Armed with the HUGE banner created with the community, representing our community in the first of a series of actions across the country.

Meet: Castlemaine Station, Friday 27th November, 2.51pm
Wear: ‘Climate’ colours – Yellow, Gold, Orange.
Bring: Water, Signs, Banners, Your Rallying Voices.


Get involved:
If you would like to find out more about how to help, how to participate, or to have your group represented on the day please contact MASG on:
p: 03 5470 6978
or email:

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Thankyou to our event supporters The Hub Foundation and The Australian Conservation Foundation, Winters Flats Primary School, Chewton Primary School,, Friends of the Earth Australia, The Environment Shop.

‘As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, we, the people, will gather across Australia and march alongside people in hundreds of major cities around the world.’ Australian Conservation Foundation




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