Friday, January 17, 2020

Events events events!

Hello everyone, and if you follow the Gregorian calendar happy 2020!

Daylesford Repair Café

The first Repair Café for the year is this coming Sunday January 19 at the Victoria Park pavilion from 1pm - 4pm.

You can RSVP on the FB event here.

Last year an amazing one tonne was saved from going into landfill. How much can we save this year??

For the New Years Eve parade, Daylesford Repair Café joined forces with HRN and the Daylesford Community Food Gardeners. The flambouyant and gregarious float was a great success. Not only did we have the crowd joining in our Bob the Builder call and response Can we fix it? Yes we can! but we were the recipients of the Hepburn Wind best sustainability float award, which came with a cheque for $100, which will go towards more Repair Café tools. Well done to all who participated! A huge thank you to Cath Davies and Jeff Stewart for organising the parade, to Hepburn Wind for our prize, and to Kiara Clifton for this pic:

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Daylesford Culture Club

You are cordially invited to come and get your pickle on at:

Culture Club's annual Community Pickling Day 
Saturday February 1
9.30am - 12.30pm
Senior Citizen's Hall (rear Daylesford Town Hall)
We are hoping to once again partner with Edward + Fiona from Adsum Farmhouse but we are still waiting to hear if our gherkins will be ready in time. If they're not ready we will be devastated, but we will dill with it! And we can always reschedule our day to fit in with the growing season.

More details to come soon. Stay tuned!

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Hepburn Seed Savers

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Wild Fennel: Hepburn Herbal Group

We can't wait for the first Wild Fennel of 2020:

Saturday February 15
9.30am - 12.30pm
Senior Citizen's Hall (rear Daylesford Town Hall)

The workshop theme is lavender and will be presented by special guest Mara Ripani, who is also the talented photographer of these photos from the December Wild Fennel, where we honoured St John's Wort:

You can join the Wild Fennel FB group here.

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Make a human sign at Hepburn Wind

As part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Hepburn Z-NET, Hepburn Wind and Act on Climate Victoria are co-ordinating community members to make a human sign - demanding climate action.

The Hepburn Shire has an ambition to reach zero-net emissions by 2030 in order to play their part in keeping temperature rise below 1.5° degrees.

Community members and visitors will be meeting at Hepburn Wind to make a human sign highlighting the need for greater climate action and support for community led work.

It is vital you RSVP so that we can all be notified if the event is canceled due to weather, and so a plan can be made for an appropriately scaled outline for the human sign.

Gates open at 9.45am, human sign at 10.15am, finish at 11.15am.

The event will be canceled if there is any fire risk, high temperatures or storm warnings.

Proudly supported by Hepburn Z-NET and Hepburn Relocalisation Network.

RSVP essential
FB event here

If you have spare seats in your car or are looking for a lift, let's all share the carbon!
You can register your car or that you're looking for a lift here.

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Community campaign - Hepburn’s Local Law No. 2 review

Hundreds of concerned residents from across Hepburn shire, along with dozens of community organisations have issued an Open Letter to Hepburn Shire Council over the failure to engage in a proper community consultation process regarding overreaching Local Laws.

The letter calls for Hepburn Shire Council to form a working group with residents to redraft the law – General Local Law No.2: Community Amenity & Municipal Places (draft), and to take seriously the concerns raised in over 100 submissions the council has received on the matter.

To find out more, to view community submissions, to receive updates, and add your name to the open letter, visit:

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Local Lives Global Matters 2020 Convergence

Following on from the successful 2015 conference, Local Lives Global Matters 2020: A Convergence to focus on Insight and Action will be held over the last weekend in March from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th.

The world stands on a precipice and we are facing an extended period of challenge and change. Convergence 2020 is being organised to rekindle and extend the energy generated at the 2015 Local Lives Global Matters Conference. It will bring together Central Victorian communities in a transformative process to better meet the challenges ahead.

We are living in a world driven by greed, extraction and growth which has brought us to the brink of social, economic and environmental collapse. The Dja Dja Wurrung have borne the brunt of this damage. They also hold knowledge of how to nurture and sustain the land we live and work on.

Local Lives Global Matters 2020 is underpinned by a deep change approach rather than doing ‘more of the same’.  It’s time to make sense of the crises we face; to collaborate and connect; to take deeper, further and faster action; to build resilience and embed deep adaptation; to transform ourselves and our communities; and to support each other as we relinquish what we need to let go of and restore and create what will sustain us.

The Convergence 2020 organising group is calling for people, groups and organisations to attend and contribute. The following framework is designed to inspire and challenge us in our thinking:

Head What is the latest knowledge? How do we make sense of the crisis we face? What do we need to un-learn?

Heart What do we need to let go of or strengthen? What are we grieving and what are we thankful for?

Spirit What stories do we need to guide us? How do we more deeply connect to the land and each other?

Hands Where do I put my energies now and with whom? What can we restore and what do we need to create ?

Please contact:
John Terry for session proposal forms- Ph 0432 593 514,
Natalie Moxham 0448 372 466 or Laurel Freeland 0498 066 660 to discuss your contribution.

Closing date for session proposals is February 19.

Further information will be available soon on Localising Leanganook.

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Sunday January 19 - Daylesford Repair Café - Vic Park Pavilion
Sunday January 26 - Terra Nullius Breakfast - Outside Daylesford Town Hall
Saturday February 1 - Hepburn Seed Savers meet up - Glenlyon Town Hall
Saturday February 1 - Community Pickling Day - Daylesford Senior Citizen's Hall
Friday February 7 - Apis: natural beekeeping group - 6 Tierneys Lane Daylesford
Saturday February 8 - Daylesford Community Food Gardeners working bee - Albert St garden
Saturday February 15 - Wild Fennel lavender workshop - Daylesford Senior Citizen's Hall
Friday March 27 - Sunday 29 - Local Lives Global Matters 2020: a convergence to focus on insight and action - Castlemaine
Tuesday April 7 - Soap making workshop in Hepburn - More details to come soon


Friday, January 10, 2020

2020 Annual Terra Nullius breakfast

The 2019 breakfast

Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain, and the first Governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1770 and raised the Union Jack to signal the birth of the colony. The legal basis for this invasion of Aboriginal lands was called terra nullius which translates from the Latin as 'empty land' or 'no man's land'.

Stone and timber villages, swidden agriculture, elaborate aquacultures and diverse bioregional culture-making was trammelled and disappeared so as this imperialist legal term could be employed back in England. The use of the term was so obviously an opportunistic fabrication by the British state and yet the day, January 26, is still used as a day of national celebration in Australia. To redress this colossal deception, the annual Terra Nullius Breakfast was started in Daylesford in 2017, and was a first of its kind in Australia, joining the ever growing Change the Date and Invasion Day movements.

While the breakfast is an acknowledgement of the great lie of terra nullius, which this nation state is founded on, it is also a standing with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters who have more than survived the invasion and who are rebuilding their lives and their cultures after generations of oppression by the various Australian states. This is not a protest, it is an overdue acknowledgement of our history, a 'fessing up to what the state of Australia stands upon.

Please join us for the fourth annual Daylesford Terra Nullius breakfast:

Sunday, 26 January
9am - 11am
Outside the Daylesford Town Hall

Please bring a dish to share for breakfast, a thermos of tea or coffee, crockery and cutlery, and a sun hat. This is a waste free event so no single-use plastic please.

If you'd like to RSVP on the FB event you can do so here.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Introducing Apis: natural beekeeping group

Introducing Apis, the newest member of the HRN family - a free informal community group whose aim is to encourage people to learn more about European honey bees and how to care for them.

Natural beekeeping is a bee-first approach that prioritises the health of bees, allowing them to build natural honey comb. The result is happy, immune-robust bees and delicious raw honey that is harvested only when sufficient honey is available.

Rather than focussing on taking from the bees, natural beekeeping is equally about giving back, where bees are given the freedom to:

  • construct natural comb,
  • determine their own cell size, population mix, colony size, 
  • rear their own queens and drones, and
  • swarm

Are you as excited about this as we are?! To kick things off Apis is hosting a potluck dinner and short film night where we will decide where and how often we will meet, and what natural beekeeping methods we'd like to focus on.

The details of the dinner are:

Friday February 7
6.30pm – 9pm
6 Tierneys Lane, Daylesford
No need to RSVP, just come along

BYO dish to share for dinner (with as many local ingredients as possible) plus a plate & cutlery. Please note this is a waste free event so no single use plastic please.

You do not need to have any prior bee-keeping experience or knowledge. If you are thinking about keeping bees, or are simply fascinated by these magical, mythical creatures please come along.

Hope you can bee there!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

2019 repurposed

Please join us as we see out 2019 and welcome in a new decade.

HRN will be joining the Daylesford Community Food Gardeners and Daylesford Repair Café in the Daylesford NYE parade. 

In Hepburn Shire Council's proposed new Local Law No. 2, 2019 it is written:

4.7 Scavenging A person must not, without a permit search through or remove any articles of rubbish, recyclables or items from a Transfer Station or left for collection in a public place.

Council has also stated that no permits will be given, effectively enclosing a local tradition of salvaging that extends well beyond the environmental sector of the shire.

HRN explicitly rejects this proposal, and many of the other proposed paternalistic laws, and with all the other local sustainability groups is calling for Council to review this draft law and update it to be in line with local culture and the times we are living in: climate chaos, ecological breakdown, excess mass consumption, unprecedented waste and normalised pollution ideology.

The theme for our float was going to be Repair Café but in response to council's short-sightedness has been broadened to include the themes of upcycling, recycling, creative frugality, repairing, repurposing and SAVE THE DAYLESFORD TIP FROM BUREAUCRACY AND OH&S MADNESS. 

See this video for more context:

If you'd like to join us in the parade, please join us on Tuesday December 31 at 6pm outside the MS op shop on Duke Street.

Think work overalls, hammers, screwdrivers, frankenbikes, sewing machines, LED lights, bike trailers, spare parts and tool boxes.

Can we fix it? YES WE CAN!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Miso making, community listening, bagpipes, solstice and jars full of love

Hello microbial hosts,

As well as our Culture Club Jar Swap in December (see info re time change below), we are over the moon to announce that we will also be hosting a miso making workshop. Apologies for the late notice!

Monday December 9  
6pm - 9pm
Senior Citizen's (read Daylesford Town Hall)
$10 entry

We have special guest Rick Tanaka who's only in the country for one month coming to teach it. Some of you may have attended our 2018 miso making workshop that Rick also taught. Here are some of Mara Ripani's fabulous photos from that workshop:

Rick will be showing us the traditional method of Japanese miso making.

This is a watch and learn demonstration not a hands on workshop. If you are keen to go home and make your own miso, we have 15 take-home packs (biodynamic soy beans, koji (starter culture made in Melbourne) and pink lake salt).

The take-home packs are $50 and include the event entry fee.

If you would like one of the 15 take-home packs, please email us to secure your spot and so we can send you the payment details. Payment must be received prior to the workshop.

Workshop entry is $10 cash at the door and includes a bowl of miso soup. No need to book, just come along.

What a wonderful year of microbial mingling it's been. Thank you everyone!! Monday's miso-making will be the final Culture Club event for the yea. We are taking a break in January and will be back on Saturday February 1 with more gut-filling goodness.

URGENT REQUEST: We are desperately looking for someone to collect $15 kilos of koji from Prahran in Melbourne on Friday. Please let us know if you are able to do this for us. Many thanks!
UPDATE: Thank you Yael for offering to collect our koji!!

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Jar swap, time swap

Due to the Daylesford Highland Gathering street parade at 9.30am this Saturday, Culture Club's Jar Swap will now run from 10.30am - 12.30 instead.

How lovely: kilts, bagpipes, long socks and thriving gut bacteria.

See you then!

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December Wild Fennel

St Johns Wort is now up and flowering. So for our next Wild Fennel gathering we will be making St Johns Wort oil and balm and looking into the medicine of this sunloving plant.

Please bring a small jar (baby food size or smaller) to take some balm home. There will be box for offerings/small donations.
We'll use olive oil and beeswax in the balm.

Saturday 21st of December
9.30am -12.30pm
Senior Citizens Kitchen, Daylesford Town Hall

You might like to bring...
- some solstice celebration snacks or herb tea
- a notebook
- herbs, seedlings, seeds or homemade remedies, etc you would like to share or trade
- stories to share

This is a free gathering and everyone is welcome to attend.

FB event here.

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An outbreak of democracy

Thanks to the 150 residents from across the shire, the Mayor and councillors who joined the community-led meeting regarding proposed revisions to Local Laws #2 on Tuesday night. It was an inspiring demonstration of local democracy. Here is a video highlighting the key points. Submissions are still open until Friday 13 December, and we encourage people to attend the meeting on Monday 16 December at 6pm at the Daylesford Town Hall. 

There is a website being built that will host submissions and other relevant information to help people stay up-to-date with the Local Laws No. 2 info. You can join the mailing list by heading here:

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Urgent community meeting

Can you imagine a world where you can't forage for blackberries or pine mushrooms on public land? Where you are not allowed to scrounge at the tip for materials to repurpose? Can you imagine having to ask council for permission when you want to throw a birthday party at the pub? Or plant a tree on your nature strip?

After ten years, Hepburn Shire Council is making changes to some of its local laws about what can and can't be done on public land and in public places. While the laws are not too dissimilar to the ones made ten years ago, the new laws are more controlling and more suburban in flavour, and are completely at odds with the recent Climate Emergency declaration and the acceptance of the award winning Z-Net Plan, a 10-year masterplan for the Hepburn Shire to reach 100% renewable electricity supply, zero-net energy and zero-net emissions by 2029.

Representatives from the shire's sustainability groups: SHARE, Hepburn Relocalisation Network, Hepburn Z-NET, Daylesford Community Food Gardeners, Daylesford Repair Café, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, Localising Leanganook, Yandoit, Clydesdale and Franklinford Community Planning Group, Goathand Cooperative, and Hepburn Wind are hereby calling a community meeting.

The intention of this meeting is to make sure community members are informed about the proposed changes and how they will impact our lives. The purpose of this meeting is to talk constructively about a way forward in collaboration with council. The aim of the meeting is not to abuse or insult council as an institution of any of its employees.

If you are on FB, you can RSVP here.

Please have a read of the new proposed laws. If, like so many of us, you are feeling outraged by the proposed laws, you have until 5pm on Friday December 13 to send a submission to Hepburn Shire Council to let them know.

Submissions clearly marked ‘Local Law Submission’ should be addressed to:
Evan King CEO, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460 or by email to

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wait up 2019! A few more workshops before you go...

Daylesford Show

147 years and the Daylesford Agricultural Show is still going strong. This year, Show Society President Don Harvey is trying to bring a different perspective to the Show and is encouraging permies and new back to the landers to participate.

Daylesford Culture Club's Meg Ulman will have a table set up of various bubbly ferments with demonstrations happening throughout the day: 10am sauerkraut making, 11am summer vegetable pickling and 1pm wild-fermented sodas.

Edible and Medicinal Weeds forager and community gardener Patrick Jones will have a table displaying all the useful weeds he finds as he walks from his home in South West Daylesford to the showgrounds.

Daylesford XR will be performing their Sing for the Climate FLASH MOB song that they performed over the #nuptothecup weekend. They are meeting at 12.15pm at the Pavilion, at Victoria Park. Please wear bright colours and bring Climate Action signs eg Our House is on Fire or Watch and ACT. This is a non-disruptive, non-violent event. You can find the song is here and the lyrics here. Bring your friends!

XR Daylesford FLASH MOB at the Sunday market
More info about the Show here.

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Wild Fermented Sodas - November Culture Club Wrap Up

Thank you Jan and Helen for coming along to teach us how to make Water Kefir. For those of you who'd like to make it, here are Jan and Helen's instructions.

Thank you Mara Ripani for sharing your booch vinegar with us and for taking these photos that so beautifully capture the sharing of the day:

Just a reminder that the final Culture Club for the year is on Saturday December 7. Bring a jar of something fermented or preserved, take home a jar of something fermented or preserved. No need to RSVP just come along on the day in your Highland Gathering kilt.

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Wild Fennel

Thank you Rosie Cooper for gifting your experience and gentle wisdom to us each month. We love your Wild Fennel sessions so much and look fwd to each one with much excitement.

And thank you dear Brenna Quinlan for gifting us your illustrations of each session:

Click here for larger version

At the December Wild Fennel we will be celebrating the summer solstice, and making St Johns Wort balm. Please join us for this free workshop:

Saturday December 21
9.30am - 12.30pm
Senior Citizen's Hall (rear Daylesford Town Hall)

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Please come and join us as we see out this year and welcome the next. HRN will be joining the Daylesford Community Food Gardeners and Daylesford Repair Café in the Daylesford NYE parade. The theme for the float is Repair Café. Think work overalls, hammers, screwdrivers, frankenbikes, sewing machines, LED lights and tool boxes.

We are meeting on Tuesday December 31 at 6pm outside the MS op shop on Duke Street.

Can we fix it? YES WE CAN!

To end with, here is a photo by Peter Tyndall from the1982/83 Daylesford New Years Eve Parade - Save The Franklin campaign:

Daylesford Embroidered Banners (Margaret Leunig and our broad community)