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Welcome to the admin site of the Hills Creative Alliance HCA
- we hope you find it useful,  any queries go to Contact Us or click here
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HCA was set up after the Storm in June 2021 which destroyed and damaged around 200 homes in the Mount Dandenong communities along the Tourist Road, as well as the damage of properties in communities around 'the mountain'.

Initially we had plans to engage creative artists, but this quickly expanded as HCA realised that support was needed for people affected by the storm, so we applied for funds and ran a range of activities in 2022 which included curating and running 'Reflections of the Storm' - a 4 month community art response hosted at Karwarra Gardens and Community Focus Friday sessions at Olinda Community House. 

The HCA 2022 Annual Report is here   (just on its way!)

We start 2023 with a range of exciting ideas to engage volunteers to help run a range of projects to help engage folks who may be feeling isolated because of the changes we have experienced in recent years,  - and some funding to get us started 

Click here to check out what these plans include (again just on the way!) 

Please contact us if you are interested in exploring the volunteering opportunities we are setting up. 

We are fortunate to be supported a range of organisations who have agreed to work with us to develop community opportunities:

The Heart Foundation are going to help us develop a 'Walking for Health' programme - we are looking for people interested in training as Walk Leaders. 

Volunteering Victoria are supporting us with advice and training to develop volunteer opportunities 

Local GP practices and chemists are discussing ways we can work together.

and the list goes on ....    more details to follow 

 

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The Hills Community Focus sessions
will be starting again in January 2023

Work will be starting on the Hills Community Focus 

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Monday 12th December at 7pm 
Annette Muir from DWLP

 ‘Helping our forests recover after the windstorm’

As a local resident and plant ecologist from the Department of the Environment, Annette will talk about the natural recovery of our forests after the windstorm, and how to get involved in the citizen science project she is leading to learn more.

Join Zoom Meeting at 7pm Monday evening

- it is the same link each week
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88112493436?pwd=eVZJWHo2OXpTZDFZSDFwTitTblIxUT09

Meeting ID: 881 1249 3436
Passcode: 972278

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Thanks to Dave Ferrier for updating us recently! 

Hills Creative Alliance:

What's On and What We Are Working On (updated 21 / 10 / 22) :

HCA Community Focus Friday / Storm Stories sessions restart in New Year 

St Michaels Church Hall is still open on Tuesdays 
with 'help yourself to groceries'
- every Tuesday from 1.00 - 4.00pm

'Community Focus Fridays' is a community led initiative,  initially called ’Storm Stories’, which has provided opportunities for folks affected by the June 2021 storm, to chat with friends over a cuppa and to tell their stories of the storm and the challenges they may still have.  

These weekly sessions started running at Olinda Community House on Friday's in April 2022, occasionally we move to Zoom if these are issues.

It has been suggested that to heal from trauma we need to tell our stories
over and over again to help us process and understand what happened and
move on ... and its also moving on to support the people who are still facing the challenges of rebuilding, moving on or coping with impact that Covid has had - this is a way to link with others and get some support. 

Also each week we have invited people who have been helping us after the storm, as well as local organisations / individuals with stories to tell. 

For more information and next speakers: click here 

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Other activities:

The HCA 'Reflections of the Storm': Community Art Exhibition 
- was on at Kawarra Gardens from 1.00 - 4.00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

'Reflections of the Storm': The Website
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 with creative arts: painting, poetry, writing, stories and photos - is under construction 

'Reflections of the Storm'The Book
- well the plans are for photos, stories of the storm and the times after with poetry and creative art to be included in a short book - on sale for tourists and a gigger 'coffee table' book for the community.

'Stories of the Storm' The Archive' 

Latest idea with HCA wrking with MD Historical Society and the State Archives to collect the stories and safely archive them fr reference and for future generations. 

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Happy Memories! 

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‘The Hills’  Regrowth and Renewal - Free Community Festival  Sunday 17th July 2022      11.00 – 5.00    at Kalorama Oval

Recognising the anniversary of the Healing Ceremony
led by Murrundindi after the storm last October

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Or call in any Tuesday at St Michael's Drop in sessions to have a chat .....

Come along if you can - or give us a call on 0412 970 050

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