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    The great Victoria road trip is underway as part of Growing Community Music's research phase with Jane Coker and Lyndal Chambers heading to different parts of the state to consult with community music makers and community music group leaders.

    Over the course of the past few weeks Jane has clocked up the k's travelling to workshops in Warrnambool, Cranbourne and Albury/Wodonga, whilst Lyndal has journeyed to meet with people in East Gippsland, Mildura and Wonthaggi. The pair has been busy gathering information, opinion, and insights through conversations about the community music landscape, here in Victoria. This information will form the basis of a proposal for a second phase of the proect: a new state-wide community music leadership program based on what people say is needed to stimulate the growth of inclusive singing and instrumental music making across the state.

                                   Making Music as part of the Wonthaggi Regional Consultation Workshop at Archie's Couch

    "It has been exciting and encouraging to be part of the consultation workshops for ‘Growing Community Music’ that have been held so far. Participants have been heard to remark that they ‘didn’t know there were so many different community music groups in the area!’ So many great ideas are being raised and already there is a feeling of the strength of the network of community music-makers and leaders. It has been fun and rewarding just to be in the same room together, put faces to names or share upcoming events. The journey is as important as the destination! "
    -Lyndal Chambers

    Roll on Ballarat and Castlemaine!

    If you can't make it to one of the consultation meetings but would like to contribute to this stage of the project, you can participate in a survey, simply get in touch with either Jane Coker ( or Lyndal Chambers ( for further information. Workshops will be held during August in both Ballarat and Castlemaine. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the relevant person, below!

    • Ballarat workshop Sunday 11 August: 1.30-4pm at  Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St North, Ballarat  3350 Facilitated by Lyndal Chambers. RSVP to Lyndal Chambers:
    • Castlemaine workshop Sat Aug 31, 1.30 – 5pm at Castlemaine Community House 30 Templeton St, Castlemaine, 3450. Facilitated by Jane Coker. RSVP to Jane Thompson and James Rigby:

        .                                             More music and discussion with Lyndal Chambers in Wonthaggi 


                                                                                             ....and in Sale 



                                               some more music making at the workshop in Sale with Lyndal Chambers



             meanwhile in Warrnambool at the Mozart Hall with Jane Coker (photo above and below: Robert Quantrelle via Facebook)




    Further reading about the project:



    Growing Community Music has been made possible with funding from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.