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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

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