We as The Sanctuary and the Mallacoota community in general have recieved great support at from Rachel and Rachael from Save The Children Australia in making sure the voices of children, young people and families are heard and amplified.

It is important to us all that we have our say in how our community recovers after the Bushfire and Covid 19, while still focussing on the disadvantes we face living rural and far away from the city centres where many decisions about our lives are made.

Save the Children Australia (SCA) has been working with a range of partner organisations (EGSC, Headspace, Engage & Grow, Gippsland Lakes Complete Health, Victoria Police, YACVic) to engage and work with communities, young people, children and families in East Gippsland, focusing on understanding their needs in recovery and ensuring that spaces are provided and the voices of children and young people are heard. We have connected with 417 children and young people and around 67 parents parents/carers and 101 other adults across a number of communities.  

SCA East Gippsland site has been provided with the M.Y Van (Mobile Youth Van) since the bushfires. The M.Y Van which has a wide range of activities and technology which helps to facilitate and engage in conversations with young people and children.  This resource has been used to provide a series of pop up play spaces, activities and events across East Gippsland since January as outlined below. A mobile outreach resource is something that has been raised over many years since the discontinuation of the Little Green Frog.

We started jamming at the Sanctuary Drop In on instruments donated / lent to us by Padma Newsome and Mallacoota P-12.

Then we got some gigs at the Mudbrick Sunday Sessions and the Community Party at the Golf Club.

Stay tuned for more music – on Radio 3MGB 101.7fm during iso time and emerging recordings. When we’re allowed to gather again, we’ll have a big party / gig / rave!

When we contacted Two Sheds Workshop to ask if they might help us learn how to build habitat boxes to help our bush babies have somewhere to stay after the fires, they jumped at the chance and came straight to Mallacoota from Bega to run two caprentry workshops.

With funds raised by Jo and Tess with a GoFundMe page, wood cut by SMP Custom Joinery in Keysborough (and delivered by Frank the volunteer tradie), a lot of hard volunteer work and energy went into getting this up and running!

It was a fantastic day with over 20 people making more than 25 individual boxes!

We were donated another 70 beautiful boxes from Ringwood Men’s Shed (thank you Maryanne for storing them!) and then Covid happened!! And our plans to distribute and set them all up were delayed.

But in April, Bryce Watts Parker came back to town with another bunch donated by La Trobe Uni and put on a competition to win $50 and a copy of “What Would Happen Do You Suppose?’ – a fantastic kid’s book about the consequences of marine plastics by Julie Parker. Entries close end of April so send in your pics of your boxes set up ready for a furry or featherd family to make a home! Or let us know if you want one delivered (either flat packed to build yourself of ready made and ready to decorate)