24 March 2012

Successful Launch of Walking West Hobart map 20 March

This week we publicly launched the new Walking West Hobart map in the new Phoenix meeting room at Goulburn St school.  All the "mappers" (the Sustainable Tranport group members who had created the map) were present, together with a number of residents and also children from Goulburn St school and Lansdowne Crescent school.   It was also great to have supporters from neighbouring sustainable living groups and Lissa from Sustainable Living Tasmania there too.  The Hobart City Council, who had funded the printing of the map, were represented by Aldermen Rob Valentine and Leo Foley.

Margaret eloquently welcomed everyone and outlined the reasons for the map and the origins of the idea.

Di gave more detail on some of the learnings of the mappers as the project evolved, the extensive walking we did, and most importantly, how much fun we had!   Rob Valentine officially launched the map obo the Lord Mayor.
Then Margaret distributed large bundles of the map to the children for use in classroom exercises.

Then it was time for devonshire tea, fruit and juice, and a buzz of conversations.   Southern Cross interviewed Margaret and we hope there was something in the Mercury the following day.  All in all, a very successful launch, hurrah!

Update from GAF 19 March

March Produce exchange
Apples, plums, lemons, greens, herbs, much conversation and three kinds of chocolate were traded in a well-supported March produce exchange. A highlight was the arrival of the "gournet gatherers" with a crate of jams, sauces and chutneys. If you have excess produce you'd like to donate, or know of any crops in public space that need harvesting, Amanda and Steven would like to hear from / trade with you: gourmetgatherer.blogspot.com

The next produce exchange will be on Saturday 14th April. If you'd like to volunteer to hold the space, bring a blanket, crowd-control, please contact Miriam or Annie. Is 4pm too late once the clocks have gone back?

Where to from here?
Miriam and Annie, after three and a half years, are both ready to lay down the day to day running of GAF. Would anyone - or two - like to volunteer for this role? Any ideas about future directions? Does GAF need to compost down, lie fallow, be pruned, have its roots manured, have a growth spurt? Tell Miriam or Annie what you think.