Resilience funding work at Barragga Bay

WHAT IS AHEAD

As we write this Enews we have just gone into a 7 day lockdown across NSW. Four Winds continues to work on planning for our future events, including our Spring Youth Music Festival, Residencies and our Festival @ Easter, as well as planning to undertake the resilience work to protect our site against future bushfires. We will continue to update you on future performance plans as the COVID situation unfolds. In the meantime, we hope music will continue to lift your spirits in these challenging days. Keep an eye out for future events and another playlist very soon!

Bushfire Local Economy Recovery Funding (BLER)

As you may have seen in the media, Four Winds has been one of several local organisations to have been successful in receiving funding ($336, 000) for bushfire resilience capital works as part of the BLER package of $4.5Billion, co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments. One of the focuses of the fund is to strengthen community resilience and reduce the impact of future natural disasters.

Our Project Team (all volunteers & including our marvellous project managers from our previous build, Bill Caldicott & Bill Southwood) are already hard at work mapping out the changes taking place over the coming months. The main focus of the work is on disaster resilient improvements for our Barragga Bay performance site: sprinklers, solar panels and batteries on all four structures (Sound Shell, Pavilion, Greenroom and shed), and replacing the plastic water tanks. As well as this important step we are improving access to and from the site by widening and sealing Four Winds Road from the main road to our entry gate and will be installing an ambulant, lit path from the Sound Shell to the car park.

The full package of regeneration activity will see Four Winds reducing future disaster risk and protecting our outstanding and unique facilities. The impact of this and other BLER funding will be felt across the community for years to come – Four Winds is incredibly grateful to have been successful in our application along with many other neighbouring communities.

Language Lesson Four

Today’s Language Lesson is from Yuin Elder, Iris White. To coincide with the Southern Migration of Whales offshore in our region, she teaches us how to say “Muriyira” or Whale in Dhurga language.

FAR SOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

As part of the Far South Film Festival 2021, Four Winds Djinama Yilaga Choir are competition finalists and you will be able to view their Music Video “Bagan, Barra Barra, Mirriwarr, Land Sea Sky”, created as part of Four Winds work with the National Museum of Australia. This suite of music videos created by Cheryl Davison and directed by Andrew Robinson presents three original songs composed & performed by Djinama Yilaga, in collaboration with Lou Bennett. The songs are “Walawaani”, “Ganbi” and “Our Way”.

Keep an eye on their website (link below) to watch online.

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