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Originally published 08Jul2014

GOODBYE from me and HELLO to new Mullum group meeting tonight

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Newsletter 157

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8 July 2014

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GOODBYE ...

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I’ve hung up the activist hat; needing to focus on moving on into the next phase of my life. Thanks everyone for support and feedback over the last 5 ½ years, it’s been an amazing journey. 

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Mullumaction started in 2008 when Woolworths announced they were going to move to town.  We put up a good fight and learned a lot about localisation; support of the local economy.   We had a great rally in July that year with a colourful bannerful procession down the railway lines to the Woolworths site where we burned the “Big Box”.  The media were most supportive, The Sydney Morning Herald did a full page article and we were on ABC’s Four Corners.  Besides the local ABC, Bay FM and local TV, I spoke on Australia Talks and Bush Telegraph.  Even the Saturday Star gave us plenty of mileage, albeit in a less than amiable tone.  From our original Steering Committee, the Mullum Farmers Market was created.  At around the same time, the Mullum Community Gardens came into being. So we can thank Woolworths for our revolution into resilience.

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The next issue was CSG and the Mullumaction structure was a great support in getting Mullumbimby declared 95.5% Gasfield Free.  I’ve also had feedback that Mullum was well represented at Bentley.

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Thanks again to everyone for support in the campaigns and also for the fundraising events.  Names are too many to mention, with the exception of Robert Hart, Mullumaction webmanager.

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WELCOME !! to new

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MULLUM ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COLLECTIVE

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Who are having an inaugural PUBLIC MEETING at Mullum Community Gardens

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Saturday 19th July        9.30am – 1 pm

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Let’s keep the momentum from Bentley moving towards a totally sustainable clean energy community and an end to ALL invasive coal and gas mining in our land.

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The day will include small action group formation, NVDA training, spiritual ecology, creative and artistic actions, kids space with face painting, clean energy and sustainable living workshops, followed by yummy lunch, live music and mingling.

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There will also be a panel discussion with Q & A and live performances.  Guest speakers:  Jarmbi Githabul, Boudicca Cerese and Ruth Rosenhek (Lock the Gate), Annaliese Hordern & Guy Stewart (Rainbow Power Company), Satima Ornano (Earth Guardians) Katie Grub, and Luka Lesson (poet).

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FROM THE ORGANISERS:

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Our Public Meeting is less than two weeks away! The next couple of weeks will be a fun and busy time getting it all organised and we would love this to be a community effort. We are encouraging everyone to take on a bit of
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responsibility and get involved, to keep communications flowing, and to offer help in a way that feels right to you.  
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Please forward this flier to your networks, put it on facebook etc and speak about it with anyone and everyone. If you, or anyone dynamic and grounded you can think of, would like to be involved in organising, forward this email to them and come to ...  
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Our next meeting  -  Wednesday night at 5.30pm at Ella's house :  29 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Mullum end. Please RSVP by replying to this email, or phone Sandhya on 0401 643 337 or Ella on 0456 204 018
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So far this is the list of tasks and areas that need coordinating:
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Preparing and Serving Lunch & Chai  
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Preparing and Serving Snacks
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Kids Space
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Distributing posters, fliers and putting up signs
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A group of people who can circulate through the Saturday markets with fliers (on July 19)
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Someone to organise a story in the Echo & Pin this up section
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Bay FM interviews & community announcements
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Sound People for the Panel and live music
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General assistance with odd jobs on the day
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Someone to source info on the Hydro Electric power station
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Small action group to organise the petitions /letter writing booth
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Help set up the miniature rally
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We are visioning a really big and powerful event that catalyses a whole lot of inspiration, kinship and connection to keep this snowball rolling towards an activated and empowered community.

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HEART POLITICS – STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE

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Bentley Hall – Sun 20th July – 10-4pm

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https://www.facebook.com/events/892898364056944/

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QUOTE:  “I am talking of an invasion of our country, a taking over of land and a clearing out of people.  And I mean this literally”.  Sharyn Munro:  RICH LAND, WASTELAND: How coal is killing Australia.

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ANOTHER QUOTE:  Dharmakaya can express itself in just being.  Sometimes if we don’t do anything, we help more than if we do a lot.  We call that nonaction.  It’s like the calm person on a small boat in a storm.  That person does not have to do much, just to be himself and the situation can change.  That is also an aspect of Dharmakaya:  not talking, not teaching, just being.   Thich Nhat Hanh:  Being Peace.

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Are you confused?

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Cheers

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Deb

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GFFBS website: http://www.gasfieldfreebyronshire.org

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FB: Gasfield Free Byron Shire (put in the spaces)
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FB: #BentleyBlockade
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Local HQ:  http://www.gasfieldfreenorthernrivers.org/
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Coal Seam Gas News, Australia (wolfweb@gmail.com)
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GAG Kyogle (gagkyogle@gmail.com) very informative newsletter
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LOCK THE GATE ALLIANCE:  www.lockthegate.org.au - PLEASE JOIN!!

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www.mullumwifi.com (info on new electrical mediums/gadgets ie Smart Meters, NBN Towers, Wifi, EMRs etc.)

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