It's newsletter time again! As the year draws to an end, our staff reflect on their experiences at Mittagundi, we look forward to our 40th Anniversary Celebrations in January and we farewell Director Liz Leyshan after 4 years at the helm.
The Mittagundi Council is excited to announce that after an extensive search involving some very high calibre applicants, that Phil O’Donnell is our new Director. Phil, along with his wife and family, will take up residence at Mittagundi early in 2018.
Phil comes to Mittagundi with a wealth of management and leadership experience and has a broad, if a little unusual, background compared to some of our past Directors. Phil spent much of his youth rambling around the High Country and rock climbing in the hills around Canberra and Wagga where he grew up and went to university.
Outdoor pursuits took a bit of a back seat for a few years, when life took him to the NT, WA and overseas for work. Recently, wanting to reconnect with the high country and wanting to be a part of an organisation working with Young People, Phil begun volunteering at Mittagundi. This experience had a profound effect on Phil and it planted a seed and highlighted the fact that Phil really wanted to have a deeper connection to Mittagundi. Fortunately for us, Phil applied for the role of Director and was successful in his application after a competitive selection process.
Phil looks forward to reinforcing the outstanding work that has been done by Liz Leyshan over the last 4 years. The Council is excited about this new phase for Mittagundi and working Phil to further develop Mittagundi’s Vision of ‘excelling at helping young people finding their purpose and achieve their potential’.
Staff Positions for 2018
Now that Phil has been appointed, the annual task of finding staff that want to be a part of the team at Mittagundi for 2018 has begun in earnest. We need to fill the Program Manager role and five Program Leader roles for 2018 and applications are sought for these roles. A summary of the positions are below, but for more detailed information with respect to the roles and the application process, please go to the Mittagundi website (http://www.mittagundi.org.au/jobs/).
We're looking for a skilled outdoor educator with program management skills to join our team in an exciting leadership role. This position is designed for a person with solid outdoor and group leading experience to be a valued part of a professional team delivering unique opportunities for young people and leaders on our classic outdoor programs. The key responsibilities are to support the Director in all program related responsibilities and team management.
We are looking for applicants that have a passion for working with young people in an outdoor education and working farm environment. The position requires a Manager to lead and manage the Program Leader team to assist the learning for our young people. Outdoor adventure activities (bushwalking, xc skiing, rafting and abseiling) and farm based projects (such as feeding animals and gardening) are a pivotal framework of the MG experience.
It is a rare chance to be a valued part of a professional team delivering unique opportunities for young people on our classic outdoor programs. Leaders are at the heart of Mittagundi’s large community, they share a purposeful life and experience a year of professional development and personal learning through nationally accredited and in house training, skills and group work.
Like the Program Manager role, we are looking for applicants that have a passion for working with young people in an outdoor education and working farm environment. The position requires staff to lead young people on outdoor adventure activities (bushwalking, xc skiing, rafting and abseiling) and farm based projects (such as feeding animals and gardening).
If you, or someone you know, wants to be a part of an awesome team, working collaboratively towards ensuring that young People have a unique experience in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, head to the website and get an application in.
Check out our latest newsletter - with information about our successful Pozible campaign, news on our newest arrivals and updates on the latest farm news and staff members
This year we have a focus on improving our staff accommodation heating facilities. We have set up a Pozible Crowdfunding campaign to try and reach our target of $15 000.
Up until now the staff have coped with 40 year old heaters that are not efficient and don't keep the staff warm for long. This makes winter an interesting time as the woollen garments are always on and at some point it would be nice to enter our rooms and take off a layer.
Each year we have a group of young people come back and help us restock our wood shed for the following winter. This program is very appealing to the young people because they know they are helping the future staff have wood for their winter. Wouldn't it be great for the young people to know the fire wood will go a long way with more efficient heaters?
You can help us out by donating (and receiving a great Mittagundi reward) via this link
Click on the link below to read our most recent newsletter. Find out about all our upcoming events, recent programs, how our new 2017 team members are settling in and more! We hope you enjoy reading it!
Crafted by hand - Story by Genevieve Barlow, Photo by Matt Miegel
In time-honoured traditions, a small and dedicated crop of craftsmen and women are still creating practical and beautiful objects by hand. Some of these artisans may be the last exponents of their bushcrafts.
In a clearing high on his home block in Victoria’s High Country, Jimmy Findlay approaches a 13-metre, plumb-straight peppermint log with a chainsaw. All around is birdsong, towering trees, grass and the sweet fragrance of spring’s flush. Soon the timber is in five bits. Jimmy swings a pickaroon. It digs into a cut end and sticks there – an instant handle.
Click on the link above to read our most recent newsletter. Find out about all our upcoming events, recent programs, the 2016 team member's reflections and more. It's a goodie! We hope you enjoy reading it!
Liz Leyshan has decided to stay a 4th year as Mittagundi Director!
The future is looking bright at Mittagundi as long staying Director, Liz Leyshan, has taken on the commitment of staying a 4th year as Director at Mittagundi!
The role is usually a 2 year and occasionally a 3 year term, so Liz's commitment is extra ordinary! Liz said she still had some goals to achieve at Mittagundi before she departed and her passion for improving the place is obvious in everything she does.
Over her term, Liz has overseen a marked improvement in numbers of young people on programs, overseen the restoration of a Winter Hut. Managed to secure new partnerships and funding and successfully maintained existing ones. The future of Mittagundi is in good hands for another year!
Thanks Liz for your commitment!
In July this year a group of young people from Deaf Children Australia joined a group of other young people from around Vic to embark on a 7 day Mittagundi winter adventure.
Read about their experience and watch the video they have created!
Read all about the wonderful projects happening on the farm, hear from the young people and staff about what Mittagundi programs are like and get the latest updates on Mittagundi events and programs. We hope you enjoy this read!
Check out the article written in the Ovens & Murray Advertiser, June 1st 2016.
Mittagundi hoe-down in town hall
BEECHWORTH Memorial Hall was alive on Saturday with bush dancing, a barbecue and auction to raise more than $4500 for Mittagundi alpine youth education camp.
About 150 people attended the dance with toe tapping music supplied by The Remnants, a bush band made up of local musicians.
Mittagundi business manager Claire Peck said the Glen Valley camp off Omeo Highway depended on donations and volunteers to enable it to continue to offer up to 200 North East students opportunities to build bush and self-reliance skills.
“The money will help more people attend the camp and assist with the running costs,” Ms Peck said.
The dance was organised by local volunteers, many of whom have spent time at the camp when young.
Mittagundi offers three programs including a 10-day trek that takes 22 young people accompanied by two Clydesdale horses walking in the high country away from electricity and modern comforts.
There is a winter program teaching snow survival skills, cross country skiing, snow camping, cooking and eating in pioneer huts.
There is also a follow-up program for camp alumni.
AdventurePro Video Film Festival 2016 Winners and the Future?
CONGRATULATIONS TO BEN COOPE FOR 'MY SNOWY MOUNTAINS' . . . . HE WON A 4 NIGHT STAY AT MITTAGUNDI!!
May 4, 2016
The AdventurePro Video Film Festival 2016 presented by the Australian Camps Association had two premiere screenings on April 30 and May 1 at the Mansfield Armchair Cinemas and it was generally agreed that 2016 is the best so far.
"We had consistently positive feedback from the audience, including sponsors and film makers, and the quality of the entries was better than ever," said Tony Barnett, AdventurePro's Project Manager.
"Thoroughly enjoyed it," said one audience member. "A well deserved overall winner. Great job!"
"I'm super stoked that Australia finally has its own adventure film fest," said one film maker.
"I think it’s a great thing that you are doing for adventure film makers and really appreciate it. It’s got me really excited for next year’s entry," said another.
Although the weekend was a success, audience numbers were down on last year.
"We seem to have been unlucky with the timing of this year's premiere being on the weekend between Anzac Day and Mother's Day," said Mr Barnett.
"A lot of people indicated that they would have liked to come along but needed a weekend at home or had existing commitments."
"That is one of the issues we face by holding the event in Mansfield. Most people feel they need to take a weekend away to attend."
"We will be exploring the option of holding the premiere, or follow up screenings, in Melbourne and possibly other state and territory capitals for future festivals," continued Mr Barnett.
The team at AdventurePro feel that the festival's concept has proven itself over the last three years and that it's now time to re-assess every aspect of how the festival will operate into the future.
"The last three years have seen the birth and first steps of Australia's only family friendly adventure film festival," said Mr Barnett.
"Everyone loves the AdventurePro Video Film Festival and it keeps getting better every year."
"But, as several of this year's audience members noted, it needs to be seen by more people to grow and develop further."
"Not only to spread the positive messages and good feelings being showcased by the short films on offer, but also to secure the event's viability. We need to increase the scale of the festival to further benefit everyone involved."
"But, AdventurePro will need support and assistance from other organisations to make this a reality."
"Which is why we would like to invite anyone with an interest in being involved into the future to contact us. Exciting times and big opportunities lie ahead!" concluded Mr Barnett.
Thanks to the presenter, the Australian Camps Association, along with all the film-makers, adventurers, sponsors, supporters, prize-givers, judges and the audience from everyone at AdventurePro for making the event possible!
And, without further ado, the winners are...
'The Fly Program' by Michael Fardell (https://vimeo.com/150873521)
Open Category Winner
* $1,000 CASH prize from AdventurePro!
* gift voucher of $300 value towards a World Expeditions trip!
'Cradle Circuit 2015' by Todd Blackhall
Schools Category Winner
* accommodation to the value of $3,000 from AUSCAMP!
* gift voucher of $300 value towards a World Expeditions trip!
'Agent of Cool' by Simon Madden
The Tin Shed Cider 'Wickedly Enjoyable' Prize --- one dozen 750ml bottles of mixed variety traditionally crafted apple cider OR $150 CASH!
'Re-Establishment' by Lachlan Humphreys
Family Weekend at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre courtesy of YMCA Camping.
'My Snowy Mountains' by Ben Coope
The Mittagundi Prize --- The prize includes a 4 night stay at Mittagundi.
'Skiing South West Tasmania' by Mark Oates
The Cradle Mountain Canyons Prize --- Cradle Mountain Canyons is offering an action packed canyoning tour for two in Dove Canyon with complementary photographs.
'Twenty Fifteen' by David Lennon
Schools Category Runner-Up
CAMPLIST Prize --- CAMPLIST is providing $200 of Outdoor Equipment as well as a tour of the One Planet Factory!
Wild is also providing a 12 month Wild magazine subscription to all finalists, including...
'This Is Queensland' by Matt Raimondo
'Behind the Seen' by Matthew Rott
'SLACK' by Jono Blake
'The Book of Laughter and Forgetting' by Simon Madden
'A Life Beyond the Breakers' by Rodney Pacitti
'Light Therapy' by Riley Blakeway
'Gaula River - bigger than on Google Earth' by Adrian Kiernan
'Grand Canyoneering & Packrafting' by Mark Oates
'XPD' by Paul Gruber
We hope you're already thinking about next year's entry, sponsoring or getting involved with the event and coming along to a screening.
Please keep an eye on the festival website at www.adventurepro.com.au/videofestival for festival news and information, including announcements for the event's future coming soon.
We hope you enjoy reading our Autumn Newsletter. In it you will find out who our new staff are, the exciting news with the horses and cows and how some of our events over Summer went.
Mittagundi recently received a grant from Freemasons Victoria Foundation to support some young hard of hearing people to attend our Open Winter Program these July school holidays!
Click here to read the full article.
Spring is in the air and life has been buzzing like the bees at Mittagundi.
Inside our latest edition you'll find our outgoing staff's reflections on the year, inspiring stories and news about some wonderful programs, info on how you can get involved with Mates of Mittagundi (MOM), lots of great photos and jokes and more more more!! It's a big one - so print it off and stick it in the loo for some quiet reading time!
18 teenagers, who have siblings with life-threatening conditions, escaped the city to Mittagundi for a week of challenges and fun this Winter.
Very Special Kids Family Support Worker, Jess, talks about how it all went . .
After uploading her original song to the competition Sarah May is up for a $30000 prize pack to kickstart her musical career!
Sarah May is now in the TOP 12 in the Bank of Melbourne Music Competition, selected down from 500 applicants!
Sarah May came has been to Mittagundi 4 times and her song "Trapped" emerged after growing and developing here at Mittagundi.
Voting has begun for the top 4 finalists! You can show Sarah your support by registering your vote below . . .
Good luck, Sarah May
Check out the Winter Newsletter! See the snow dumps, the smiling faces and hear all about what Phil, Sampson, the rooster and the crew have been up to this busy Winter!! This edition also includes wrap ups of the City Hop, NE Hop and Alpine Walk! So what are you waiting for?? Get reading!
June 13, 2015
A BEECHWORTH bush dance has raised $20,000 for a youth education camp.
Mittagundi, in the Glen Valley area on the Omeo Highway, assists about 200 North East students a year.
About 350 people attended the first Mittagundi dance at Beechworth Memorial Hall.
Mittagundi spokesman Matt Grogan said people came from as far away as Melbourne for the dance.
“Mittagundi runs on donations and volunteers,” Mr Grogan said.
“That amount of money exceeded all our expectations. It will help more people attend the camp and help with the running costs.”
He said the event, organised by Denis Ginnivan, “went off” with a bush barbecue dinner, much dancing and music, an auction and “some wonderful speeches of appreciation”.
WITH each swing of her axe, Olivia Worrell hacked further into the wood that would be used to fuel the fire for warmth on her first night isolated from society.
It was hard work for the 15-year-old from Wodonga who helped stack the pieces into an old wheelbarrow.
She remembers it began to snow that night; she stood there with her head tilted back and stared at the sky in amazement.
Olivia, now 18, had no phone, no power and no running water at the time, but she was happy being in a world away from the technology and Facebook which consume today’s youth.
“I wish so many times that I could go back,” she said.