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CDEP Regional Initiatives and Peer Learning Fund – RIPL, Round 3

Building CDEP capacity and peer support to grow healthy food and healthy communities

Ph 1: Collaborative CDEP Peer Workshop – Cairns, April 18-20 2012

Workshop venue: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Pierpoint Road, Cairns

DAY ONE – Wednesday 18th April
8:30 – 9:00 Registration – Tea and coffee
9:00 Welcome: Suzanah Kuzio, CEO Community Enterprises Australia (CEA)

Welcome to Country:

Seith Fourmile, Traditional Owner Elder of Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji (Cairns Region)

Building the Network: Strong People, Strong Projects – Workshop aims & objectives

  • Suzanah Kuzio, CEO Community Enterprises Australia.
  • Anthea Fawcett, Founder, Remote Indigenous Gardens Network, Workshop Facilitator.

  • The Group – Welcome & Introductions
  • Why we’re here, where we’re going over the next three days & into Phase 2 of the program
  • Short presentation: Drivers – Healthy food & communities, Sustainability & Strong Projects
  • Building on your knowledge: Your requests from the Questionnaires & further thoughts – Discussion
10:30-11:00 Morning tea
What’s Underway – CDEP ‘Food’ Case Studies & Stories, What works, What doesn’tShort talks and presentations - facilitated panel discussion by CDEP and other people involved with garden, farm, nursery and food projects. Participants will be encouraged talk about their projects. Speakers include:

  • Sean Gillen, Business Development Manager (Horticulture), Balkanu CY Development Corporation
  • Clare Richards, Healthy Communities Coordinator, Cook Shire Council (cooking program)
  • CEA’s Healthy Tucker Program, Central Australia, Suzanah Kuzio
  • CDEP and other garden/farm projects from around the RIG Network, Anthea Fawcett
  • Attending CDEP’s include: Cherbourg, Palm Island, Hope Vale, Coen, Woorabinda, Lockhart River, Coen, Napranum, Wujal Wujal, Groote Eylandt, Wadeye, Coonamble

Followed by facilitated Q&A about strategies to address common challenges, eg:

  • Key relationships – Land & people, Building participation, Store relationships
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30 Strong Measures – Getting Real About Outcomes, the ‘what’ & the ‘why’  - Anthea

Sustainable projects need strong measures and benchmarks to sell and tell their story and to help build robust project business plans with their communities, partners and investors. This session will explore how to develop quantitative and qualitative measures for CDEP farm, garden, nursery, and ‘food’ projects. It will look at how to develop measures for a range of different project objectives:

  • Commercial measures
  • Community development measures
  • CDEP outcomes

Introductory presentation followed by Q&A and group break out sessions to discuss different measures.

3:00-3:30 Afternoon tea
3:30 – 5:00 What to Grow, Where and How?

This session will address technical and other issues for different scale farm, garden and nursery projects that CDEPs are involved in – from large to small, commercial to self provisioning, employment creation to healing and participation. Horticultural and health experts will share thoughts about what is best to grow where and ‘how to’ tips from different perspectives:  bush foods, bush regeneration and for caring for country, to larger scale mainstream sustainable agribusiness techniques. Useful resources and contacts information.

Short talks, followed by facilitated Q&As and discussion with expert speakers that include:

  • Clare Richards, Healthy Communities Coordinator and author of Tropical Cuisine
  • Sean Gillen, Business Development Manager (Horticulture), Balkanu
  • Seith Fourmile, Abriculture Project, Cairns
  • Tim McGrath, Senior Project Officer, Extension, DEEDI
  • Roger Goebel, Consultant, Tropical Crops & Bees
  • Tabatha Saunders, Nursery Horticulturist
DAY TWO – Thursday 19th April
8:30 – 9:00 Tea and coffee
9:00 Social Enterprise & Micro Enterprise – Business Pathways for CDEP Projects?

This session will provide information about social enterprise and related micro-enterprise opportunities that can help succession planning of CDEP projects for sustainability and will include case studies.

Presenters include:

  • Anthea Fawcett, What is a Social Enterprise and what activities do they conduct? How can social enterprises provide a hub for local micro-enterprise? What funding avenues are there for Indigenous Social Enterprise?
  • Case Study: Mike Sweeney, General Manager, Djarragun Enterprises, Indigenous Social Enterprise: Construction and Landscaping and Maintenance

Presentations followed by Q&As.

9:45 Project Planning & Financial Support for your Projects

This session will provide information about financial products and services that can assist Indigenous projects and enterprises. We’ll hear from Westpac, and share information about the Commonwealth Bank supported Social Enterprise Hub and new Social Enterprise funds that may be able to help and what information they need from you to invest in your projects.


  • Julie Miller, Local Business Banker, Indigenous Capital Assistance Scheme, Westpac
  • The Commonwealth Bank’s Social Enterprise Hub; Foresters Community Finance, Social Enterprise Finance Australia, Anthea Fawcett
  • Q&As.
10:30-11:00 Morning tea
11:00 Out of The Box – Community Development and Potential Project Partners

Strong projects are often ‘linked up’ projects that involve a number of partners and that have strong connections with community members and organisations. This session will look at community development processes and a range of different types of projects and programs that illustrate different options for CDEPs to strengthen links and build partnerships.


  • Noel Gertz, Senior Community Liaison Officer, Kagara Mining
  • Kirby Murtha, Apunipima Community Nutritionist, QLD Health Project Officer
  • Janet Millington – School and Community Gardens for Learning

Followed by facilitated Q&A – community development links and opportunities in your community.

12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30 Break Out Session: Go for It! Farms, Markets, Healthy Food Hubs & Business

This session will provide participants with the opportunity to work in groups to brainstorm their projects, their future plans for them and to identify opportunities and challenges that they would like to work on or to have addressed in phase two of the program.

Group work and reporting back.

3:00-3:30 Afternoon Tea
3:30 – 5:00 Wrap Up and Where to From Here?

Reporting back and sum up from the two days, group discussion about outstanding ideas, information and resource links people would like.

Taking the Network forward – communication options, Select site study tour, reporting back small meetings and other suggestions from the group.

Workshop at Shangri-La concludes – Day 3, Friday, is the field trip – see next page.

Please note the above program may be subject to small changes.

8:30 Meet at 8:30 at the hotel lobby for the field trip in and around Cairns – Southern Cross Atrium Apartments, Water Street Cairns.

We plan to have a bus, so bring your bags with you if you need to leave during the day or at the end of the field trip to catch your flight home.

9:00 The itinerary for the day:

  • Visit to the Cairns Botanic Gardens.  (Edge Hill, off Greenslopes St).
  • Rusty’s Market – Cairns regional produce market, where we will meet and speak with the Manager of Rusty’s Market and have the chance to speak with stall holders and have a coffee. (44 Spence Street, Cairns).
  • On to the Flexible Learning Centre, to meet and talk with Manager Tom O’Donnell. The Centre has a very effective permaculture garden and provides training/engagement with troubled and disadvantaged youth. Lunch in the Centre’s garden. (Clarke Street, Manunda, Cairns).
  • Our final destination is Djarragun Enterprises, Construction and Landscaping and Maintenance where we’ll meet and talk with Vicky Luppi, Operations Manager, and crew participants. (124-128B Anderson Street, Cairns, behind Elders RE).

We’ll finish up around 3:00pm.

3:00 pm Field Trip Concludes – Safe trip home!


  • Suzanah Kuzio, CEA ph: 07 4050 0102
  • Cassie Auda, queries re accommodation & logistics, CEA ph: 07 4050 0103
  • Anthea Fawcett, RIG Network, queries re program, mob: 0419 478856

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