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RIG News – March 2015 out now – new format!

2015 March 25
by anthea

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RIG News – March 2015

RIG Network People:  Gianna Bonis-Profumo

RIG Network People – Interview: Marcelle Coakley

Community Resources & Research: a Tropical Permaculture Guidebook

Garden Stories – NSW: East Armidale Community Garden

Garden Stories – NSW: Grong Grong Earth Park

Garden Stories – NT: Bega Garnbirringu Sustainable Garden Workshop


Job Opp: Horticultural Apprentice – Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

2015 January 28
by anthea

The Sydney Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands are recruiting for a Horticultural Apprentice

Applications close Friday 13 Feb

From the Job Description….

“Horticultural Apprentice (Aboriginal)

Location: Sydney Gardens

Job Grade / Classification: Horticultural Apprentice

Employment Status: Temporary Full-time

Vacancy Ref: OEH 009-15

About us: The Office of Environment and Heritage leads policy and reform in environment regulation, sustainability, biodiversity and native vegetation, coastal protection, and Aboriginal cultural heritage. We manage 6.8 million hectares of national parks and reserves and the Heritage branch within OEH works with communities to identify important places and objects and provides guidance in looking after heritage items.

Area Intro: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust (RBG&DT) manages and conserves the horticulture of the living collections at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Domain, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Blue Mountain Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

Duties: The Horticultural Apprentice will assist with and be trained in the hands on horticultural development and maintenance of horticultural collections and displays within controlled environments and in ground. This includes nursery, plant production, pest and disease control, weeding, mowing, edging, record keeping, curation of collections, and the use and maintenance of associated plant and equipment.

The Horticultural Apprentice will undertake and complete formal academic training in the Horticulture, Parks and Gardens Trade Certificate III, , as required for qualification for a Certificate of Competency in terms of the NSW Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act…..”.To access the full Job Description and How to Apply CLICK HERE 

Tropical Permaculture Guidebook – please support!

2015 January 21
by anthea

Lachie McKenzie is a well known top end permaculturist and community gardener, and we are chuffed that he has been an Advisor to RIG Network from our early days.

Lachie is currently working with colleagues from Timor Leste to update and republish (free) the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook. It is a great, trusted resource and promises to be even better with the work that Lachie and colleagues are now investing in it to update, renew and republish it! SO…please contribute to the Crowd Funding appeal for the project!!!….

A little bit of context

The story of the project: The original 400 page Permaculture Guidebook from East Timor has been an outstanding success. First published in 2006 by Permatil and authored by Lachlan McKenzie and Ego Lemos, an updated version was produced in 2008 and three subsequent re-printings of the updated Tetum language versions.

The guidebook provides knowledge, techniques and skills that will reduce the severity of global climate change and provide adaptation and resilience knowledge and skills to those impacted the most by climate change and who are the least able to afford expensive solutions.

RIG News, December – online now

2014 December 15
by anthea

RIG News, December 2014 We wish everyone happy & safe holidays

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 In this edition:

  • FEATURE: News from the EduGrow Awards Ceremony
  • Training & enterprise
  • Community Greening NSW
  • Some Oz highlights from the year of Year of Family Farming
  • Network people
  • Summer reading ideas…

To read RIG News, visit the ‘Resources – RIG News’ page, or click here (high res) or here (low res).

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 If you would like to support Foodswell’s RIG Network, EduGrow & other programs this Christmas, you can make a donation via GiveNowDonations to Foodswell are tax deductible.



‘Termite Santa’ pictured above, courtesy Robyn Wing. He is on the Great Northern Highway between Wyndham & Halls Creek, has solar lights & a visitors book! 

Broome Master Treegrowers Course with Kim Courtenay

2014 November 25
by anthea

Register now! for Gubinge enrichment and other bush foods master tree growers course – Dec. 1-5!

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Medibank Community Grants – RIG Network NSW program

2014 November 25
by anthea

Support RIG Network – please VOTE for us, by December 5!

Foodswell has been shortlisted for a Medibank community Grant for our Remote Indigenous Gardens Network NSW program.

Grants will be awarded based on ‘votes’ via the Medibank voting site. So, we’d love you support….. Our proposal is to grow RIG Network news, events and activities in NSW.

TO VOTE please go to the NSW/ACT page on:  

Huge thanks to Mark Taylor from CuriousWorks for our YouTube clip!

RIG Network NSW Medibank project YouTube:


EduGrow Winners & Awards Ceremony

2014 November 25
by anthea

Every EduGrow school a winner – Congratulations! 

The EduGrow School Gardens Awards – Arnhem, Awards ceremony was held at Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku, on Thursday 13th Nov.

Huge thanks to everyone for participating, to our judges, ALPA VIPS, sponsors and supporters and Shepherdson College school and community for hosting the Awards Ceremony. A fun day, with garden tours, student films and the fabulous Cafe Shep to follow it all! 

Judging was tough this year ….The Judges awarded the Grand Prize to both Gawa Christian School and Shepherdson College!  $2000 each…

Also first in their categories were Nhulunbuy High School and Milyakburra School. All eight participating schools won cash prizes in their categories as well as one or more Special Theme Awards. So exciting to see so much great food, good learning and good times growing at Arnhem schools and in their gardens. Congrats everyone!

More details and highlights to come in December RIG News.  To read more about the Awards Ceremony and the winners click here and to learn more about Shepherdson College’s award winning gardening programme, vista their fantastic school blog at

A happy snap from the Awards day, below.

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EduGrow Awards Update

2014 November 5
by anthea

The EduGrow Awards entries are in and the judging is this Friday!

Congratulations to all schools who have participated – your entries are fantastic.

The winners will be announced at the EduGrow School Garden Awards Ceremony that is being held at Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku, on Thursday Nov 13, at 1:30pm.

If you’re interested in coming along, let me know!


Support RIG News – Donate to FoodSwell

2014 September 25
by anthea






Second IKS Forum, UTS, Oct. 2 & 3

2014 September 23
by anthea

Second Indigenous Knowledge Forum Media summary 17 September 2014


Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Haymarket Campus, Sydney

Dates: Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd October 2014 

Key Theme: Comparative Systems for Recognising and Protecting

Indigenous Knowledge and Culture

 At this Forum the outcomes of the project entitled, Recognising and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge associated with Natural Resource Management, will be delivered in a White Paper format to the Office of Environment and Heritage, New South Wales and be discussed.  This White Paper includes recommended legislation for protecting Indigenous Knowledge of Aboriginal Communities of NSW.

This Forum also brings together key speakers from around the globe representing nations with existing legal frameworks and nations in the midst of developing regimes for the protection of Indigenous knowledge and culture. IKF2 will facilitate dialogue and discussion, and information exchange bringing together government officials, decision makers, scholars, and especially Indigenous and local peoples’ representatives.

Papers to be presented at the Forum cover a range of related topics including:

  • developing local, national and regional frameworks recognising or protecting Indigenous or traditional knowledge and/or culture;
  • stakeholder experiences with existing policy or legal frameworks including Indigenous perspectives, business perspectives, education sector and government perspectives;
  • administration of such systems including establishing a competent authority; development and management of databases from grassroots to national and regional levels; funding arrangements; management of access and benefit sharing arrangements, etc.

Registration:  For further details please contact either:  Dr Ann Cahill      Or Professor Natalie Stoianoff, IKF Chair and Director, Intellectual Property Program Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney by email on