Drought Crew helping farmers

August 1, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community, Environment

A series of videos created for the Glenelg Hopkins CMA that highlight the great work of the Glenelg Hopkins CMA Drought Crew. Funded through the Victorian Government, the Drought Employment Program provided financial support to those affected by drought. The Drought Crew provided hands-on support to farmers to improve the quality of waterways on their properties.

The Drought Crew program

From drought to flood

Fencing waterways

Drought Crew Partnerships

Glenelg Hopkins CMA Drought Crew: Partnerships from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.


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.