Attendees at the ChangeFest Aboriginal astrology workshop

ChangeFest is a national celebration of place-based social change – which empowers and supports local communities to identify, plan, fund and evaluate the services they need.

In November 2019, the three-day event was held in Mount Druitt, Western Sydney, where we have worked with and alongside the community for 12 years. Our work in the area helps Western Sydney communities break out of cycles of disadvantage by developing local answers to local problems.

Our organisation was a local host of ChangeFest 19, which was attended by more than 500 people and focused on themes including climate change, justice reinvestment, the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians and improving early childhood outcomes in Western Sydney.

Ecological Justice Officer Bronwyn Lay joined other experts from Deakin University, Doctors for the Environment and Council of the Future for a discussion about place-based change and the climate emergency, focusing on the urgent need to work differently to protect the natural world and the opportunities for place-based systems change.

We also facilitated an Aboriginal astrology workshop at Willmot Community Hub, led by Aunty Sandra Hickey.

The next ChangeFest will be held in the Northern Territory, and we look forward to again being involved in learning, planning, collaborating and progressing agenda for change.