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Gavin Ryan, Woodfordia’s official Artist in
Residence, has recently completed a series
of illustrations for the township of Woodford
that has been reproduced in various locations
around the main street as part of an urban
beautification project entitled “Windows of
Woodford” coordinated by the local Lion’s
Club and the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
The humorous and colourful illustrations
depict a variety of themes iconic of the
region’s history, landscape and culture, and
includes artworks representing the Folk
Festival and Planting took Ryan away from
his in--house design work for over a month
and involved a lengthy process of public
consultation and community participation.
The end result, which involves large
window-shaped light boxes on the towns
water tower and amenities block, and banners
attached to poles along the road, will further
foster the bond between the festival and the
local community and raise the presence of
the festival for travellers passing through
Woodford during the year.
The artworks were hand drawn and
coloured in Photoshop utilising a similar style
and technique to that which Gavin uses for the
festival posters. The Windows of Woodford
project has been installed and was officially
launched at a large community gathering in
Woodfordia contributes to
Woodford Village Streets
I had written him a text
Which I’d sent, hoping the next
Time he came in mobile coverage
He’d have time to say hello.
But I’d heard he’d lost his iPhone,
So I emailed him from my phone,
Just addressed, on spec, as follows:
And the answer – redirected –
Wasn’t quite what I’d expected
And it wasn’t from the shearing mate
Who’d answered once before.
His ISP provider wrote it
And verbatim I will quote it:
‘This account has been suspended:
You won’t hear from him no more.’
In my wild erratic fancy
Visions come to me of Clancy:
Out of reach of mobile coverage
Where the Western rivers flow.
Instead of tapping on the small screen,
He’d be camping by the tall green
River gums – a pleasure
That the town folk never know.
Well, the bush has friends to meet him
But the rest of us can’t greet him:
Out there, even Telstra’s network
Doesn’t give you any bars.
He can’t blog the vision splendid
Of the sunlit plains extended
Or tweet the wondrous glory
Of the everlasting stars.
I am sitting at the keyboard
And I’m too stressed out to be bored
As I answer all the emails
By the deadlines they contain
While my screen fills with promotions
For ‘Viaggra’ and strange potions
And announcements of the million-dollar prizes
I can claim.
But the looming deadlines haunt me
And their harrying senders taunt me
That they need response this evening
For tomorrow is too late!
But their texts, too quickly ended,
Often can’t be comprehended
For their writers have no time to think – They
have no time to wait.
And I sometimes rather fancy
That I’d like to trade with Clancy:
Just set up an email bouncer
Saying ‘Sorry, had to go.’
While he faced in an inbox jamming
Up with deadlines and with spamming
As he signed off every message:
with apologies to Banjo Patterson
and his Clancy of the Overflow.
I had written him a text... Near the Central Coast town of Wyee are hand-made signs saying
simply ‘Shearer’ and giving a mobile phone number. Great for the hobby farmers, of course,
but does the shearer dream of the big mobs out West? And what would Banjo Patterson (to
whom I apologise) have made of it:
A New General Store
The rush is on to finish construction of
a permanent General Store near the WFF
Welcome Gate. Designed by Nici Long of Cave
Urban, the late decision to construct was taken
because of an offer of sponsored materials
and some labour. Builder Paul and his team of
offsiders and volunteers say it’ll come down to
the wire, which incidentally will then be then
on sale at the General Store on completion.
Wild at Woodfordia
Television programme ‘Totally Wild’ visited
Woodfordia in November to film stories that will
air between Feb & March 2017 on Channel 10.
Our Dept Head of Garbology Madeleine and our
Giant Puppet Master Daniele will feature in the
programs - definitely stars in the making.
Happy Birthday Spaghetti J
Spaghetti Junction, the well known Woodford
Folk Festival and The Planting restaurant is this
year celebrating their 30th contribution at the
festival. Congratulations Giancarlo and family
- t hank you for all that wonderful pasta, coffee,
pesto and great service.
Formerly held in March as part of an Organising
Group Meeting, The Feast will now be held
in May as part of the Inaugural Citizens
Games for Anarchists
Kilcoy High School’s Indigenous Students
have been learning Jinibara Games from
our Traditional Custodians and SREEC. The
students will be teaching Jinibara Games
to vulnerable anarchists unleashed in The
University of Queensland (UQ) have joined
universities around the world in offering free
online courses. One course will be on event
environmental management. UQ organiser
Judith Mair spent time at Woodfordia recently
filming and interviewing our General Manager
The Festival Welcome Gate
Sad to see Woven Cloud at our Welcome
Gate come down, but the Cave Urban Special
Projects Crew have miraculously tricked a
distinguished Indonesian bamboo artist, Amir
Rabik and his builder Mustopha into designing
and building a new Welcome Gate. The whole
Welcome Precinct is being revamped as part of
a welcome entry statement.
Lore Society has discovered that Amir has many
strings to his bow, including being Best Man at
Mick Jagger’s wedding.
Bridge Across the Rio Grande
Lore Society wishes to expel any fears
Volunteers may have of crossing the bridge to
Vollywood this year. Rest assured our Master
Builder Steve Argo and his team have rebuilt the
whole bridge to Vollywood and are confident
that it will be as strong as Donald Trump’s wall
across the Rio Grande.
An Intentional Community in Italy, La Pizzeria
Degli Elfi and Woodford Folk Festival have
partnered up to enable a crew of young Italians
to help at the festival this year. Coming to
share their community’s ethos of goodwill and
abundance, we are hoping the abundance rubs
off on us all for the sake of our infrastructure
Last year’s festival resulted in large reduction
of landfill waste - at a festival which actually
increased in attendance by 3%. The amount
of landfill was less than any year at the festival
since records began in 2007 - well done
Madeleine and her garbological team.
The Bamboo Forest Irrigation has been installed
enabling our nutrient rich sewerage waste water
to feed our newly planted bamboo species.
Here’s hoping they like feeding on leftovers.
Arris Water have negotiated a research
partnership with Central Queensland University
on the irrigation system.
Woodfordia has installed a new solids
management tank at the start of the sewerage
treatment chain. This will bolster capacity, reduce
loading and improve final water quality.
Woodford Folk Festival Touring
Woodfordia has started sending a couple of
bands on the road, and in 2017 FourWinds
(IRE) and The East Pointers (CAN) will be on the
road. You can find out more information at the
band’s websites - fourwindsirishmusic.com and
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