Surfers partner with conservation

July 14, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community, Environment, Indigenous

In 2016, Corangamite CMA formed a new partnership with Surfing Victoria with the aim of encouraging surfers involvement in conservation. They established a number of new initiatives to encourage the involvement of the surfing community in environmental projects.
 By working together Surfing Victoria and Corangamite CMA can reach their common goals and values of increasing local participation in both surfing and natural resource management.

One of the projects implemented is the CCMA’s direct sponsorship of the Junior Category of the 2017 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles. Thereby, improving Indigenous youth connection and recognition.

Corangamite CMA presents the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.

The CCMA support a number of community environmental groups along the coast. If you’re involved in conservation then check with the CCMA what funding opportunities might be available to you. If you’re not involved in conservation but realise after watching this that you should be, then it might be a good idea to join your Landcare or Coastcare action group.

Tarerer Music Festival

March 13, 2016 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Indigenous

Tarerer Showcase from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.

First Ladies was engaged to film and edit the Tarerer “Come Back To The Land” Showcase Concert at the Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool as part of the Aus Music Festival Warrnambool 2015.

Featuring legendary Aboriginal singer-songwriter and ARIA award winner Archie Roach who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of his epic album Charcoal Lane. Archie Roach is awarded Aus Music Festival – Warrnambool ‘Artist of the Year’ at Tarerer.  Presented by his niece Tracy Roach and Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria)

The Tarerer Festival is an Indigenous and multi-cultural celebration, an invitation to gather together in the spirit of the “meeting of the clans” in the region from which Tarerer takes its name. It is a showcase of Indigenous and non-Indigenous music, film, arts, dance and cultural activities. It remains a focus for enhancing the region’s cultural identity, history and environmental significance, promoting harmony and exchange through the celebration of culture and country.

Click here to view more Tarerer Festival music clips. A DVD of the three hour concert is available through the Tarerer Committee.

Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project

November 7, 2013 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community, Indigenous

I have wanted to visit Lake Condah in south west Victoria for quite a few years now and this year I had the chance to both film it and learn about the landscape first-hand from Ben Church, Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project Field Officer.

Ben Church, Micko Bell (Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project Admin) and Lenny Cooper (Glenelg Hopkins CMA Indigenous Community Coordinator) are three local men that were interviewed for the Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project video. This video explores the importance of the literature review to the Gunditjmara people and the Project Team. The aim of the video is to show funding organisations and the community the success and importance of their project.

The Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project has compiled a literature of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (IEK). This information has been used to produce a range of publications including a “Field Guide to Cultural Features on the Budj Bim Landscape” and “Plants on Budj Bim” which can be downloaded from the Gunditj Mirring Website,

After I completed this project, I was asked if I could give some video training to the Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project team. We did a two-day intensive using video production equipment belong to the team. Ben and Micko are currently making a documentary about the Kooyang, I cannot wait to see it!