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02 ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
20 VISUAL ARTS CLASSES
26 THE FIXATION
27 THE VILLAGE PROJECTS
28 GENERAL WORKSHOPS
30 WALKS & WANDERS
31 MINDFUL MOTION
32 CRAFTY BAR
37 ARTISAN CAMP
42 CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
47 FRIDAY 4 MAY
48 SATURDAY 5 MAY
50 SUNDAY 6 MAY
56 FESTIVAL MAP
When we started this event more than two decades ago, we called it ‘The
10,001 Tree Planting Weekend’. Everyone asked what the ‘one’ was for.
Our little piece of cattle country wasn’t like it was when Europeans invaded,
rather, it was rainforest – some argued ‘wet’, some ‘dry’. Back then, our
advice from the Department was to plant eucalyptus, because they would
deliver shade for our campers faster. Eucs, we learned, would grow faster
- but they would also be a fire hazard, a widow-making hazard and most
weren’t terribly shady. Standard wisdom was that it’d take 25 years to get
rainforest trees to canopy.
Enter Jack Mitchell, an old man who said he had devised a method to grow
a canopy of endemic rainforest species in seven years – and that was all we
needed to hear. He had spent a lifetime experimenting all over SE Qld. One
of his strategies was to water the seedlings in, let the strong ones survive the
droughts and end up with beautiful healthy specimens.
When we found out that 90% of the original rainforest of SE Qld was gone,
we became missionaries with a new cause. Being broke was a blessing,
because to get the trees in the ground, a community was created and
that built our event. Our plan was to devise a way to get the trees in, get
hundreds of people en masse planting them, and be cost neutral. In our
first year, in they went, all 10,000 of them. This event was born. At the end
of that first year, the last tree planted, ‘the one’, was planted by a migrant
community who planted their national tree. It would be a celebration. The
Bengali Community planted their fig near the Duck AKA The Larrikin or The
Grove. It’s now the favourite climbing tree of hundreds of folks of all ages
during our events.
We learned that the ‘one’ tree was the most important, because it made the
connection for us that the solution to our environmental problems is likely
more cultural than scientific. If we are to solve the issues our planet, it’s we
who have to change. Early on, we also contended that tree planting was
more about preserving humanity than saving the world, later learning that
we were all co-dependant.
Unwittingly, we’d joined thousands of other communities around the world
celebrating their environment and repairing the damage caused by cultures
gone somewhat astray. Our own cultural celebration uncovered deeply
embedded lore – that we’re all deeply connected; dependant on each other
and to each tree. If we humans became servants of the trees, rather than
trying to be rulers, we just might discover a way through.
For us, in that first year, it was about making our little piece of land magic,
and thanks to the trees, it’s become about honouring our lore and repairing
On behalf of our Woodfordian Citizens, welcome to The Planting – plant,
seed, grow ideas.
Bill Hauritz AM
The traditional Custodians for
Woodfordia are members of the
Jinibara Nation. The Jinibara people
are comprised of the descendants
of Fanny Mason, known as
Jowalmel, who was born in the
1840s at Woodford and Johnny
McKenzie, known as Wangiramu
born in 1826 near Kilcoy.
PMB 2 Woodford Qld 4514
P: 07 5496 1066 F: 07 5496 3196
The Planting is organised by
Woodfordia Inc., a community
based non-profit organisation
whose objective is to foster the folk
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BioQuesting - Engaging with Nature
An amateur naturalist with a strong passion for helping
people see life from a new perspective, David Haynes is a co-
founder of QuestaGame, an Australian mobile game bringing
people back to nature.
SAT The Grove 10:30AM
Join Woodfordia's BioQuest! Contribute to Woodfordia’s
Citizen-Science - Biodiversity Research Initiative. Photograph
Woodfordia’s creatures and submit your pics into the free
mobile app – QuestaGame (https://questagame.com/home)
via the Woodfordia Clan. Have your submissions identified
by biologists, score points, gold and equipment for your
efforts. Follow these simple instructions:
1. Download free QuestaGame from App Store/Google Play
2. Open menu (top left icon) and selects 'Clans'
3. Scroll down to 'Woodfordia'
4. Click on 'Woodfordia' and hit 'Request Invite'
5. In ~24 hours you will receive an invitation to join
6. Follow steps 2-4 and hit 'Join'
7. 'Woodfordia' is now in 'My Clans'
8. Start submitting your finds
SAT The Grove 10:30AM (TALK) 11:10PM (FIELD TRIP)
SAT Meet at Forest Woodfordia 4:30PM (BIOQUEST)
SUN Meet at Forest Woodfordia 7:30AM 5:00PM
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