Thurs 17th –
Sun 20th May 2018

Newcastle Australia

Set in the beautiful and edgy steel and coal town turned activism hub of Newcastle, this festival now in its second year, will provide a unique conversation around justice, climate change, spirituality, music and art. This conversation seeks to find ways to work for the common good, where diverse communities reclaim the future in hopeful and creative ways.

Thurs 17th –
Sun 20th May 2018

Newcastle Australia

Thurs 17th – Sun 20th May 2018 Newcastle Australia

Saretta Fielding

Saretta Fielding

Saretta Fielding is a well known Aboriginal artist “My artworks are connected to country in style and design through the use of a sand based medium. The highly textured pieces embody the age old sandstone engraved artworks created by our ancestors and add a whole new dimension to the works.” Saretta is passionate about sharing … Read more

Tebeio Tamaton

Tebeio Tamaton

Tebeio Tamaton is from Kiribati, and is studying for his Masters in Food Science at UNSW, and is involved in the Pacific Calling Partnership of the Edmund Rice Centre

Lucinda Neave

Lucinda Neave is completing her diploma in Child Care and early education. Being a keen drama student and pianist since she was 5 years old, she is a much experienced and valued member of The Authentic Child team. Lucinda is a drama tutor with The Authentic Child (mental health workshops for preschool/primary aged children) and … Read more

Jane Tonks

Jane Tonks gave life to her passion with backyard veggies 8 years ago upon inheriting her grandfather’s vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Home grown tomatoes, mangoes and avocados were particular favourites from her patch, a colourful backyard feast! Jane’s backyard veggie obsession has led her to pursue horticultural studies, while writing a food, wine and … Read more

Garry Derkenne

Garry Derkenne was a founding member of the Sydney Hills Interfaith Dialogue Group. In 2014 he co-chaired the Sydney Alliance Bridging Sydney Assembly which saw more than 1000 people representing the diversity of Sydney at the Sydney Town Hall put affordable housing back onto the political agenda. With the Sydney Alliance he has developed the … Read more

Lawrie Hallinan

Lawrie Hallinan is a Social Worker by training and a community gardener in the making – little did he realise that would also involve letterbox drops, submission writing, and social activities.

Mark Toohey

Mark Toohey is a visionary who spotted a vacant concrete slab behind the Tighes Hill Church and saw that it could be a community garden. Mark has worked with a number of people over the past 7 years to increase the number of garden beds, install a mural and invite participation from people in the … Read more

Catherine (Peps) Pepper

Catherine (Peps) Pepper, environmental engineer and sustainability nerd, joined Jane Tonks three years ago, and the backyard veggie patches went from strength to strength. Their journey into backyard sustainability now includes re-purposed palettes, gutters, and old sinks, a green wall, greenhouses for growing heirloom seedlings from seed, a million chilli’s, and backyard bees!

Jon O’Brien

Jon O’Brien is the head of the Social Justice Forum (SJF) team for Uniting. The team implements the campaign priorities of the SJF as well as supporting Uniting Church members and their communities to act on the social issues that concern them. Jon has had roles in the church and community sector for most of … Read more

Stafford Sanders

Stafford Sanders is the Campaigns Coordinator for the Social Justice Forum team at Uniting where he works on campaigns in affordable housing, people seeking asylum and drug law reform. He has had a varied career beginning in journalism and radio production before finding his way into advocacy and social action. Stafford worked for several years … Read more