Starting Turnstone Projects in September 2003 was a proud moment. I have been to unforgettable places and had the privilege to meet and work with generous people who welcomed me to their community. I have loved making connections, learning and giving back.
The opportunity to work on HEART, a 12 week pilot employment training program for Yolngu men and women from Homeland communities in north-east Arnhem Land was incredible. Working with families, the participants, Traditional Owners, Elders, employers and along the way, a growing number of supporters, was humbling, exciting and so very different.
Coming past the Blackall cattle yards readying for sale are the buildings and grounds of the Blackall Wool Scour. It is striking. It is simple, functional and elegant. It represents the opportunities and optimism of the wool industry over a century ago. Those who sought to realise this potential had at their core service and adding value to a developing industry as it was then.
When Canterbury Public School (CPS) in Sydney’s inner west introduced a small regular market to sell surplus vegies and encourage homemade or home-grown donations in early 2014 to make the garden more self sustaining, it unleashed so much more.
I had Googled the Tumut Broom Factory before arriving in town. Actually, without its own website, I had checked a few links and was convinced it would be there … and open. After all, it had been there since 1946. Arriving in town in the evening, my visit would have to wait til morning.
On a beautiful sunny morning in Tumut, there was plenty to see and do early on. With my work appointments a little way off, the adventure playground was a must for my three year old as were some of the walking trails and a visit to survey the town from the lookout. By now, the business day was getting underway and it was time for the Broom Factory. Read more