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2014 September 25
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Second IKS Forum, UTS, Oct. 2 & 3

2014 September 23
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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

RIG News – September, online now!

2014 September 22
by anthea

Busy times and well into spring already,… RIG News – September is now online.

This is our 30th edition of RIG News since RIG Network kicked off in 2009. We’ve enjoyed learning from and sharing news about amazing people, places and projects over the past five years and, as ever, welcome your feedback, news & stories for future editions.

This edition includes:

  • Intro news  - EduGrow and community events, conference news and other updates from the RIGN/Foodswell team
  • Warm welcome to Lenore Dembski, FoodSwell Patron and Emily Gray, Shaun Fowler and Costa Georgiadis, Foodswell Ambassadors

       STORIES: Garden projects and enterprises growing good food, good connections… 

  • The BEST Food Garden, Inverell
  • St Paul’s Garden, Mao Island, Torres Strait
  • Enterprise: King Brown Technology producing premium compost at scale
  • Wicking beds ‘large and small’ in Central Australian settings: at Ulpanyali and at the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge Garden
  • Research: Bush foods field day and findings from WA

       COMING EVENTS: October

  • Fair Food Week across the country
  • World Food Day – visit UQ Bush Food Garden and tasting with Dale Chapman 
  • IKS Conference at UTS, Sydney
  • Putting Food on the Table: Food Security is Everyone’s Business, Sydney and more…

 To read September RIG News click here.  

(Read past editions –  Useful Resources, RIG News page)

Pictured below – snapshots, stories in pictures: A “Westpac Chick” at the BEST Community Garden, Inverell, Lizzie Pearce constructing a CAT design wicking bed at Ulpanyali and three different types of wicking beds that are part of the new garden created at the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge. Thanks everyone for sharing stories!

BEST Chook crop

Lizzie building up the bed sm

TCWR wicking bed variety

FreeRange Permaculture Course – November

2014 September 15
by anthea

Georgie Flyer PDC Nov 2014

Hill Top Farm Permaculture Course, Cooktown, October

2014 August 12
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Hill Top Permaculture flyer

Food Security Conference – Fair Food Week, Sydney

2014 July 30
by anthea

Right to food

NEW! Register now – PDC training, Alice Springs

2014 July 13
by anthea


Bush Tucker High Tea, Newcastle, Aug 3

2014 July 9
by anthea

High Tea (r)

Volunteer Opportunity with Deewin Kirim Aboriginal Corporation

2014 July 9
by anthea

Deewin Kirim Aboriginal Corporation (DKAC) seeks two volunteers – to commence August 18

DKAC is an Indigenous non-government organisation who works in the Wadeye region of the Northern Territory. DKAC currently seek two qualified volunteers to assist two remote communities to establish food gardens for the purpose of community food production. Volunteers are sought to work full time with DKAC communities for 3 months, commencing in August. The selected volunteers will be provided with travel costs, basic accommodation and food for the duration of their placement. 

The Traditional Owners of Emu Point and Woodycupuldiya have identified the development of food gardens as key goals in their aspirations for their communities. The gardens/community food systems will assist these communities to increase local employment rates, build food security through the wet season, and become more self-sufficient and less reliant on outside sources for food and income. The volunteer Food Production Systems Coordinators will bring in important skills and knowledge in the initial stages of the gardens, with a view to working with the community to see them run on independently.

To learn more and/or to submit an application responding to the selection criteria, please click on the link below. Applications due by July 28 2014. 

Volunteer Food Production Systems Coordinator – Description 

RIG News – June 2014, online now

2014 June 20
by anthea

BANNER RIG News June 2014

Welcome to RIG News, RIG Network’s quarterly newsletter. 

Ongoing drought, the recent budget and the yet to be released Forrest Review into Employment and Training are contributing to tough, uncertain times for many. 

In this edition, we lead with stories that highlight issues about living in and caring for ‘this land’ more holistically before moving on to stories that offer practical ideas and inspiration to help address food insecurity, promote good health, and help build strong communities and environments.

To read June RIG News CLICK HERE or go to the RIG News page to view it and past editions. 


  • John Woinarski and Peter Harrison’s article in The Conversation about Australia’s disappearing mammals
  • The Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia has been released, submissions due by August 8
  • Bruce Pascoe’s new book, Dark Emu. Black seeds: agriculture or accident?
  • Ngan’gi Plants and Animals, bicultural knowledge from the Daly River Region, NT launched
  • The EduGrow School Garden Awards Arnhem  are off and running!
  • Good Food Systems Tools! coming soon from the team at Menzies School of Health Research
  • Test your soil, so what you grow, feeds you well! news from a project in Cooktown and Laura
  • Permaculture training in the desert at Tjuntjuntjara Women’s Centre
  • Incredible Edible Broome well underway
  • Welcome! to our contributors from Tasmania


  • Celebrate and participate in NAIDOC Week, 6-13 July
  • Gimuy Fish Festival, celebrate culture, community and culinary delights, Cairns, July 27
  • International Horticultural Congress and the World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Brisbane, August 17-22
  • Putting Food on the Table: Food Security is Everyone’s Business – inaugural conference of the The Right to Food Coalition, Sydney, October 13-14 – abstracts close July 7
  • Northern Australia Food Futures Conference, Darwin, November 4-5
  • …and more 

Below: images from some of the stories featured in June RIG News…

The cover of Bruce Pascoe's new book, Dark Emu

The cover of Bruce Pascoe’s new book, Dark Emu

Alex McLean & ladies from the Tjuntjuntjara Women's Centre

Alex McLean & ladies from the Tjuntjuntjara Women’s Centre

Community members with the original painting that inspired the logo for Good Food Systems  project, led by Menzies School of Health research.  l

Community members with the original painting that inspired the Good Food Systems project logo