Earlier today a fabulous launch was held by Friends of Canadian Corridor to support the development of the forest as a state park to both protect and share this fabulous place we have that starts here in Ballarat East. More background here: http://ballarateast.net/launch-of-the-canadian-multi-use-forest-park/
Thanks to Martin Hale who was on hand to witness and has shared his images with us. Martin is a visual artist and writes a blog here: http://martinhale007.wordpress.com/ He has a specific interest in all things maps, heritage and Ballarat, with a special place in his heart for the East!
Traditional Smoking Ceremony to greet visitors to Country. Image by Martin Hale.
Huge mob. Image by Martin Hale.
The three colours of Country. I chose ochre the local Ballarat colour of celebration to decorate my hand after the traditional smoking ceremony. Judith chose to use all three. Image by Martin Hale.
Bob Hartmann gives the ecological sermon from the stump about to start on the boundary between forest and destruction. Image by Martin Hale.
Imagining the islands of biodiversity being joined up once again. Image by Martin Hale.
Children planting native trees to help start the regeneration process on its way. Image by Martin Hale.
Thanks to everyone for attending, and thank you all for your support. Together we are strong!