Geelong’s Mosque.

People of Geelong, we are all invited to attend the Open Day tomorrow at Geelong’s Mosque to stand in solidarity and unity with our friends, the local Muslim community. Already well-wishers are leaving flowers and posting notes of support and love at the Mosque. The Mosque, 45 Bostock Ave. Manifold Heights, will be open tomorrow from 10-4pm. There will be a special memorial service to honour the lives lost in Christchurch from about 12.30-2pm. PLEASE SHARE! All Welcome!


Shaykh Mohammad Ramzan told me “The horrific event that unfolded yesterday in Christchurch, New Zealand is clearly a dark moment not only for the Muslims and people of New Zealand but also for people here in Australia and especially the Muslim community of Australia.

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Geelong School Strike March 15th.

Over 1,000 concerned eco-warriors, young and old, turned out in #Geelong this morning urging for more action on climate change. The group, led by Kardinia students Laura Kelly, Noemi Walton and Jude Corbet, were vocal and determined. They met at 9am outside Richard Marles Office. Marles addressed the groups to shouts of “Stop Adani!” and “you need to do more!”

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They marched, placards waving, to City Hall, accompanied by drumming and chanting by the Junk Yard Band from Geelong Sustainability. Here students addressed the passionate crowd. They spoke of hope and the need for continued pressure. Many went on to join the Melbourne #schoolstrike4future #gretathunberg inspired #fridaysforfuture It’s fantastic to hear that Greta has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Check out her new TED Talk. She reported an hour ago: 2,052 towns in 123 countries on all continents including Antarctica were involved in this global #climatestrike. #whateverittakes

Photo: Phil Hines Photography. More photos  and Instagram @humansingeelong

Your Choice Our Future, Kareem.

“I’m stoked to be appointed as the Australian representative for the UN, and I plan to speak to over 15,000 young people around the country to gauge their concerns.  But I am also excited about being on the Your Choice Our Future Geelong panel discussion with such an impressive group of young change-makers.  I think Geelong is an important regional centre and what our youth think here is relevant to the rest of the country.  I think that the discussions we have will have a ripple effect and hopefully impact on other youth in the area.” Kareem El-Ansary tells us.

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This should be a fantastic event that will stimulate discussion and public discourse around issues of identity, social isolation, racism and fear as well as social inclusion, youth empowerment and leadership.

The Panel Discussion is the final aspect of the Your Choice Our Future youth project, run by FAIR. It’s a public forum, styled on ABC’s Q and A program, hosted by Hamish Macdonald (from The Project), which will be held at the Geelong Regional Library 11am on Thursday 21 March 2019 which is Harmony Day.

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Fight for the Bight.

“An Army of Thousands. On March the 3rd, 2019 it was estimated that over two thousand people gathered at Torquay Beach from all parts of the Great Ocean Road and beyond. These included surfers, leaders, eco warriors, artists, photographers, mothers, fathers, children, brothers, sisters, friends and cousins. Not one turns their back on their homeland. Why? Fight for the Bight!” implores Photographer and Humans in Geelong team member, Mollie Vaughan. We find out more from Fight for the Bight.

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“Norwegian company Equinor is planning to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. We want Equinor to back off. The Bight is no place for risky deep-water drilling. You probably remember images of BP’s Deep water Horizon explosion in the US. It was an environmental disaster, spewing millions of litres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.”

“If we don’t stop Equinor, this could happen in the Great Australian Bight. In November, the ABC revealed a leaked internal report, prepared by Equinor, that showed an oil spill in the Bight could reach as far as Sydney’s beaches, and completely encircle Tasmania.” Follow Fight for the Bight and Damien Cole to find out about their next action scheduled for March 24th at St Kilda Beach, Melbourne.

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Global Climate Strike.

“We, the students of Geelong, invite you to come along and continue to fight for our future on the global Climate Strike day, March 15th, 9am outside of Richard Marles’ office! 17A Yarra St. Geelong, 3220. We will be learning about climate change, making posters and discussing solutions to the climate crisis.

“This event is open to people of all ages, not just youth, and we encourage anybody who is concerned about climate change to attend. There is power in numbers and we need to show that we are powerful and united on this issue!

“Hope to see you there!”

The #schoolstrike in Melbourne is also March 15th from midday outside the Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring St. Melbourne, 3002. All invited! #schoolstrike4climate #FridaysForFuture

Greta Thunberg who founded the #schoolstrike4climate has her first TED talk just out.

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Aayushree, Study Geelong.

Have you ever laid in bed at night, unable to sleep due to noise outside? Well for international student and Study Geelong Ambassador, Aayushree, she had the opposite experience when she first arrived in Geelong! Coming from Kathmandu, noise at night wasn’t the issue, it was the quietness that made Aayushree originally feel uncomfortable. But now she loves it!

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Aayushree arrived in Australia last July to study a Masters of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Deakin University. She chose to study in Australia for two reasons.

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Geelong Veterinarian was a Pioneer of Veterinary Acupuncture in Australia.

 DR ULRIKE WURTH, BVSc, DIP AC, CVA (IVAS) 1950 – 2018. “With the death of Dr Ulrike Wurth late last year, the veterinary profession has lost an exceptional leader in the field of veterinary acupuncture.”  From “The Age” (online obituary published 22.2.16)

Ulrike was a highly regarded Geelong Veterinary Surgeon and an unassuming leader, educator and mentor in the field of veterinary acupuncture. She has left an abiding legacy through her dedication to her profession, her community contributions, and her love of life, friends and family. She was a fighter for just causes, healer, guide and friend who could inspire and lead others in the right direction and almost always with a warm and loving smile.

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Ulrike founded the Highton Veterinary Clinic almost 40 years ago. A student of Ulrike’s, Dr. Susanna Gamage writes, “She was an inspiration to us all, not just professionally but because of who she was.”

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