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  • Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM through November 28, 2015 · 1 rsvp
    Fire Station Print Studio in Armadale, Australia

    Bronwyn Rees "Protection" Exhibition

    13 – 28 NOVEMBER 2015

    OPENING EVENT: Thursday 19th November, 6.00 – 8.00pm

    Guest presentation by Chloe Aldenhoven, Lock the Gate Regional Coordinator, Victoria

    50% of proceeds from sales at the event will be going to Lock the Gate Alliance.

    Over the past 15 years of creative practice, Bronwyn Rees has focused on making richly textured prints that express her particular vision of Australia’s landscapes and wilderness areas.  Evoking the inherent beauty and importance of these natural spaces, Rees communicates a poignant environmental message that is aptly conveyed in the title of her forthcoming exhibition: Protection.


    This exhibition features a selection of key works created by Rees over the past five years as Artist in Residence at the Firestation Print Studio, a not-for-profit open access print studio, gallery and artist studio complex in Melbourne’s inner south-east.

    Through her meandering lines and expressive mark-making Rees translates the visual qualities of place, along with the wild, unseen energies bound up in the locations she chooses to represent. As an Australian with European cultural heritage, Rees also ponders ideas surrounding identity within her work, and the notion of viewing the landscape from the outside looking in. 

    All non-indigenous landscape art is essentially a mediated view of nature, yet Rees seeks to go beyond pure representation and convey a deeper notion of humanity’s connection to the earth, and the importance to retain it in modern life.

    “I am always trying to tell a story about Australian identity – as a third generation colonial import of undistinguished lineage, this is a slippery thing to try and grab…  For me, I feel most Australian when walking and camping in the bush, my humanity slipping away and becoming smaller and more fragile. Feeling the power, space and ferocity of our wilderness.”  

    - Bronwyn Rees, 2015

    Informed by this emotional, psychological and spiritual experience of the natural world, and her place within it, Rees uses etching and drypoint printmaking techniques to vividly capture the uninhibited spirit that characterizes the Australian bush.


    Bronwyn Rees image details: The Optimistic Crow, etching colour multiplate, 55 x 55 cm, Memory Box, drypoint on acetate, 106 x 76 cm, Motherland, etching, 56 x 76 cm, Nanango II, etching, 56 x 76 cm

    Bronwyn Rees is a Melbourne based artist who holds a degree in Illustration from the Queensland College of Art. She subsequently undertook a three-year stint at Glasgow Print Workshop, and is currently Artist in Residence at the Firestation Print Studio. 



  • Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 09:00 AM · 20 rsvps
    Tranquility Two in Lower Mount Walker, Australia

    Koala Research day

    Lock the gate Alliance is providing funds to support koala research in South East Queensland and is hosting a community koala field day in the Bremer Valley.

    Lock the Gate has teamed up with Dr. Bill Ellis and Phd student Joanne Bussey from the University of Queensland who have been undertaking vital research into our koala populations.

    Come along and join us for a fun and informative day.

    Please make sure you bring: hat, sunscreen, binoculars, water.

    We will be walking through the bush so make sure you wear protective sturdy footwear.

    Lock the Gate will provide morning tea and lunch.


  • Friday, December 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM
    Maleny Neighbourhood Centre in Maleny, Australia

    FILM NIGHT with PIZZA Fractured Country - An Unconventional Invasion Q&A by Julie Devine SEQ Coordinator

    Friday 4th December

    at Maleny Neighbourhood Centre

    6pm for pizza $5 slice

    7pm start of film

    ‘Fractured Country – an Unconventional Invasion’

    followed by a Q&A with the inspiring
    SEQ Lock the Gate presenter, Julie Devine

    Cake, tea etc – all proceeds to Maleny Land Air Water

    a new cog in the Lock the Gate Alliance wheel


  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 12:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    Outside WIN Entertainment Centre, in Wollongong, Australia

    Rally to protect our drinking water

    Join the rally to protect our drinking water

    Outside WIN Entertainment Centre, Corner of Crown and Harbour Street Wollongong
    12pm Tuesday December 8

    The NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has called a meeting on December 8 to hear public views on the expansion of Wollongong Coal’s underground mine in our water catchment area. 

    Wollongong Coal wants to expand coal mining in our drinking water catchment, but the company has a record of financial instability, technical incapacity, and frequent breaches of the conditions of its mining licence. 

    Mining in water catchment areas is always risky because it threatens our drinking water supply. There will also be big local impacts, including dust, noise and thousands more trucks.

    Come to the rally to protect our water

    Join us to rally for our water at 12 midday on December 8 at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.

    Bring a sign or placard for a big community photo to show your opposition to mining in our precious drinking water catchments.

    Have your say at the public hearing

    Make your voice heard by registering to speak briefly at the public hearing. All speakers are assigned a time slot: 5 minutes for individuals, 15 minutes for groups. You need to register by 1pm Friday December 4 by calling 02 9383 2112 or emailing

    You don’t need to know everything: just speak about your concerns relating to the project. You can speak on issues like biodiversity and environment, noise and blasting, economic and social impacts, air quality, climate change and more.

    Make a submission to the Planning Assessment Commission

    We are calling for the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) to reject this proposal. Please make a submission on the Russell Vale Colliery Underground Expansion Project to by 8 December 2015.

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