Event Information

Reviving Neighbourhood Nature Play community forums were held at the following locations:

 

Cairns | Monday, 14 March 2016

Forum time:  6pm to 9pm
Registration opens 5.30pm

Venue:  Allen Aylett Room, Cazalys Stadium Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt QLD 4870

Cost:  FREE.   

Forum includes:

  • Presentations by David Bond and Tim Gill.
  • Facilitated community forum including the locals leading the way.

Connect with your community:  Cairns Facebook event page

Link to Cairns Forum event poster to share

Local Champion

 Kate Richards, Adventure Mumma - Adventure Mumma was borne out of a desire to show off Kate’s backyard to a Global Audience. Kate wanted to share her lifestyle and family adventures to others. In the meantime she discovered that many local families were following along for inspiration - looking for ideas on what to do around the region. So Kate decided to create a Facebook Group for local families to discover & share more & found it was literally an overnight success – 1300 families joined up in less than 2 weeks! Her desire is to get kids & families out more & is excited to learn that many others feel exactly the same way.

 

 Jess Fealy, Are We There Yet? - Jess is a busy mum of four young children, a farmer’s wife, a Chartered Accountant, the Group Leader at Mareeba Scout Group and the voice behind the keyboard on the Fealy Family blog, ‘Are We There Yet?’.  Jess and her family began their blog three years ago to document the tree change from their corporate lives in Brisbane to traveling around Australia in their camper.  Along the way they became mango, avocado, passionfruit and lime farmers in Mareeba, and that is where they are today, managing the family owned farm ‘Blue Sky Produce'.  The Fealy Family are very passionate about exploring and spending as much time as possible in the great Australian outdoors and in particular - Far North Queensland.  The farm is always overrun with extra kids; be they visiting cousins from the cities, neighbours or friends enjoying the freedom that a farm provides, and that is just the way the Fealy Family like it!   

Gold Coast | Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Two forums will run in the Gold Coast location

Session 1:  12.00pm - 3.00pm
Registration opens at 11.30am

Session 2:  6.00pm - 9.00pm
Registration opens at 5.30pm

  • Both sessions include presentations by David Bond and Tim Gill.
  • Facilitated community forum including the locals leading the way.
  • Screening of David Bond’s film ‘Project Wild Thing’.

It is anticipated that industry stakeholders may wish to attend the morning session as it is mainly targeted towards child and community related industries. The evening session may appeal to parents and educators. Of course anyone may attend either session.

Venue:  Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre
              833 Nerang Southport Road, Nerang

Cost:  FREE .

Connect with your community:  Gold Coast Facebook event page 

Link to Gold Coast Forum event poster to share

Local Champions - Session 1

 Kylie Moses, AAEE & greened - Kylie Moses completed her M.Ed. on teaching outdoors in school grounds and teaches Learning for Sustainability in Schools at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Kylie has two environmental education businesses; eARTh-ed and greenED: eARTh-ed.com.au is a collaboration with environmental artist Yanni Van Zijl and engages children with environmental art workshops. greenED.com.au offers sustainability-themed workshops for kids and environmental ed PD for community environmental groups and educators. Kylie also consults with education settings to collaboratively plan and develop green school grounds with children and local communities. Her most recent project is to develop a series of environmental workshops with local community groups for hands-on environmental action within Secondary Schools. As the Australian Association for Environmental Education QLD Convenor, Kylie is passionate about getting families, children and teachers outside and connected to their natural environment.  
 

 Sara Hicks, Lower Beechmont and Beechmont Communities - One spring day in a Gold Coast mountain park two mums were watching their kids quickly reject the council playground and run for the trees. This was quite normal. But that day the desire to support the children by creating an environment they craved to play in swelled from a deep yearning to an excited conversation to more than a year of dedicated community gatherings and collaboration. 'The two Sarah's', as they are locally known, soon realised it wasn't only the kids who needed a natural, adventurous, connecting space. What began with a sweaty letterbox drop is now a long term master plan for the Gold Coast's first community developed Natural Adventure Play Space.

Local Champions - Session 2

 Nigel Coates, Sparky Do Dah - Sparky Do Dah leads groups of children into a variety of natural habitats, with a range of nature-based games and activities to connect them to their surrounds. These inclusive experiences create a space of shared learning and discovery. Sparky's goal is for everyone to see their world through fresh eyes; be it their backyard, local park, or National Park. Sparky is an official Nature Play QLD Activity Provider, was a proud finalist in the 2015 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards and works extensively for City of Gold Coast.

 

 

 Sarah Browning & Sara Hicks, Lower Beechmont and Beechmont Communities - One spring day in a Gold Coast mountain park two mums were watching their kids quickly reject the council playground and run for the trees. This was quite normal. But that day the desire to support the children by creating an environment they craved to play in swelled from a deep yearning to an excited conversation to more than a year of dedicated community gatherings and collaboration. 'The two Sarah's', as they are locally known, soon realised it wasn't only the kids who needed a natural, adventurous, connecting space. What began with a sweaty letterbox drop is now a long term master plan for the Gold Coast's first community developed Natural Adventure Play Space.

Ipswich | Thursday, 17 March 2016

Two forums will run at the Ipswich location

Session 1:  1.00pm - 4.00pm
Registration opens at 12.30pm

Cost:  NOW FREE! 

Session 2:  6.00pm - 9.00pm
Registration opens at 5.30pm

Venue:  Studio 188 
             188 Brisbane St, Ipswich QLD 4305

Cost: FREE. 

Forum includes:

  • Presentations by David Bond and Tim Gill.
  • Facilitated community forum including the locals leading the way.
  • Session 2 includes a screening of David Bond’s film ‘Project Wild Thing’

Both events are similar and supported by Ipswich City Council, who are Partners of this event, with Session 2 including a screening of documentary, 'Project Wild Thing'.  

It is anticipated that industry stakeholders may wish to attend the first session as it is mainly targeted towards child and community related industries. The evening session may appeal to parents and educators. Of course anyone may attend either session.

Connect with your community:  Ipswich Facebook event page

Link to Ipswich Forum event poster to share

Locat Champions - Session 1

 Olivia Vollbrecht, Bindarra Daycare - Olivia Vollbrecht has been working with children since 2006. A humble practitioner with a huge passion. Olivia’s yearlong participation in an Action Research project in 2010 that focused on ‘Capacity Building through Risky Play,’ has led to an ongoing interest in researching current theories and practices. Olivia has worked as a practitioner in School Age Care, Family Day Care and is currently a Director for a beautiful community run Long Day Care in Ipswich. She uses her experience in the various sectors to explore different models of care to continue her research and support her desire to advocate for children and best outcomes. Olivia has presented at the Logan Council - Building Child Friendly Communities in 2011, QCAN Conference 2012 & 2016 as well as the Workforce Council - Celebrating Educators Conference 2013 & 2016.


 Tobias Volbert, 7 Senses - Tobias Volbert is a Landscape Architect and Open Space Planner with over 10 years’ experience from in Hanover, Germany.  In 2006 Tobias moved to Australia where he worked as a project manager for a sustainable buildings company in Brisbane, before beginning his current role as National Business Development Manager / Landscape Architects at Playscape Creations in 2011 and co-founded the 7 Senses Foundation in 2013. The Foundations vision is to create healthier and happier neighbourhoods and communities that include people of all abilities and wellness, and cultivate activity and play.

 

Local Champions - Session 2

 Alana Wahl, Leichardt Community Centre - Alana Wahl always loved climbing trees and playing in the rain but it wasn't until she had kids that she had a valid excuse to do it as an adult. She's coordinated a number of parent groups in Ipswich including 'Upschool' which evolved as a popular out and about activity group that took the idea nature-based play and truly ran with it. After a couple of years of intense fun, Alana got a 'real job' at the Leichhardt One Mile Community Centre where she now champions for the development of 0-5's activities in the community, working with parents, services and government agencies to help realise the vision of continuity of support and activities for parents from pregnancy to when their child starts school so no one has to go it alone.
 

 Olivia Vollbrecht, Bindarra Daycare will be attending both Sesson 1 and Session 2

 

 

 

 

Brisbane | Friday, 18 March 2016

Time:  9.30am - 12.30pm 

Registrations open 9am

Venue: State Library of QLD - Auditorium Room 1
             Cultural Precinct, Stanley Street
             South Bank

Forum includes:

  • Presentations by David Bond and Tim Gill.
  • Facilitated community forum including local champions, Lisa Briggs & Tobia Volbert leading the way.

Tickets:  $35.40 (inc GST & booking fee). 

Connect with your community:  Brisbane Facebook event page

Link to Brisbane event poster to share

Local Champions

  Lisa Briggs, Nature Babes - Lisa Briggs is a mother of 2 children and has been involved with the playgroup, 'Nature Babes at Benarrawa' since August 2014. The Nature Babes mission is to 'provide a space for families and community to connect; and for our children to build a life-long attachment to the environment, enjoying nature-based activities and free, unstructured, outdoor play.' Last year the group were awarded the prize for NATURE PLAY Excellence in Outdoor Play, at the Playgroup Queensland annual awards. The group is for families with children aged 0-5 and meets weekly within the Graceville Community Gardens, at the Benarrawa Community Development Association. 

 

 Tobias Volbert, 7 Senses - Tobias Volbert is a Landscape Architect and Open Space Planner with over 10 years’ experience from in Hanover, Germany.  In 2006 Tobias moved to Australia where he worked as a project manager for a sustainable buildings company in Brisbane, before beginning his current role as National Business Development Manager / Landscape Architects at Playscape Creations in 2011 and co-founded the 7 Senses Foundation in 2013. The Foundations vision is to create healthier and happier neighbourhoods and communities that include people of all abilities and wellness, and cultivate activity and play.

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