Monday, March 30, 2015

#GetSunflowered_Update - RMIT produced Film

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Blooming sea of yellow_(Reposted)

By Farrah Plummer,    March 30, 2015, midnight
Reposted from Latrobe Valley Express

Express journalist Farrah Plummer joined Rustie Lassam, Catherine Ashford and 'Buzz' the dog at Newborough's Get Sunflowered site. (photograph tom morrison)

FROLICKING is among many impulsive desires one might feel in a sea of yellow blooms in Newborough.

The 2.4 kilometre spiral, 'maze' or 'crop circles' of some 50,000 sunflowers on Narracan Drive has also been traversed by a dizzied runner and a white-gowned bride for a wedding day photograph shoot.

The site is among six of ReActivate Latrobe Valley's 'Get Sunflowered' sites in Moe, Morwell and Traralgon seen from the Princes Highway and Gippsland train line.

Newborough resident and 'Get Sunflowered' volunteer Catherine Ashford, who regularly waters the tall and "cheerful flowers" described the project as "feel good".

She said when the seeds were first ploughed in December, a passer-by asked 'what are you growing, potatoes?'

But since the sunflowers started flowering last week, she had seen people enjoying the blooms and taking photographs.

"This was a vacant block with weeds and blackberries and now it looks nice," Ms Ashford said.

Volunteer Rustie Lassam said she first learned about the sunflower project at the Morwell site in Buckley Street.

"It just made me smile," Ms Lassam said.

"What I like is people feel like they can come, walk through, there's a good community feel."

More than 30 volunteers have sown and cared for sunflowers, including Fulham Prison inmates.

ReActivate Latrobe Valley co-director Craig Douglas said there had been great anticipation in the community watching the sunflowers grow and "becoming".

The senior lecturer in RMIT's School of Architecture and Design, who assisted in the design of the 'art and land' maze, said the project was about bringing together disconnected groups in a positive way.

"It's a cheerful thing and we're trying to change peoples' ideas about this place not being negative, but positive," Mr Douglas said.

In the spirit of recent 'Get Sunflowered' garden parties across the Valley, a 'Dizzy Bunny Garden Party' will be held on Easter Sunday from 10am with an Easter egg hunt, boiled egg and spoon race and residents invited to take sunflowers home.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunflowers set to power Morwell party happiness_(Reposted)

By Emma Watson,    March 9, 2015, 2:46 p.m.
Reposted from Latrobe Valley Express

Above: Lifeline Gippsland chief executive Claire Davis and Get Sunflowered volunteer Lynton Azlin at the Morwell site.

IF you don't know how to spend a lazy autumn afternoon, head to the corner of Church and Buckley streets in Morwell this Friday to join a party among the sunflowers.

ReActivate Latrobe Valley and Lifeline Gippsland are inviting members of the community to a luncheon from 1pm, with music, face painting and performances until 7pm.

ReActivate Latrobe Valley co-director Rosalea Monacella said she hoped the festivities would be as successful as the first garden party at Traralgon's VRI Hall.

"The response was absolutely fantastic - it was successful beyond our expectations," Ms Monacella said.

Sunflower giveaways and food from local cafes will be available for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going towards Lifeline Gippsland's counselling service.

"We thought it would be a nice thing to acknowledge such an important and fantastic institution, especially because it started in Morwell," Ms Monacella said.

Lynton Azlin, who has volunteered at the 'Get Sunflowered' site since December, came up with the idea to donate to Lifeline Gippsland.

His mother had volunteered with the organisation's opportunity stores and counselling service for more than 10 years.

"Sunflowers are a proven aid for people suffering depression, because they're such happy plants," Mr Azlin said.

"Lifeline Gippsland is just down the road from where the sunflowers are, so I thought it would be good to have any money raised go into the organisation."

Lifeline Gippsland started out in 1968 with a group of volunteers offering counselling at the back of an old church on Maryvale Crescent.

Today, an average of 23,000 people across Gippsland phone the organisation's 24/7 telephone crisis support line each year.

Lifeline Gippsland chief executive Claire Davis said the proceeds would be used for training and recruiting volunteers, with the number of phone calls continuing to increase.

"It just shows the community has an amazing association with Lifeline Gippsland, because it goes back many years," Ms Davis said.

"I'm really touched, because it was very unexpected."

Mr Azlin said he hoped as many people as possible would turn out to the event, with all performers volunteering their time "for the benefit of the community".

"I want everyone who's available to come along, because it's going to be a great, fun day," Mr Azlin said.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, message 'ReActivate: Latrobe Valley' on Facebook or visit

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

#GetSunflowered_Update - BeeLine _ Garden Party @ Crn Church & Buckley Street Morwell

Bee_Line_Garden Party @ Cnr Church& Buckley Street Morwell

We have the 'BeeLine' garden party planned for  3.30pm- 7.00pm Friday 13th March, 2015. All welcome.
Donations will be going to Lifeline.

We will be harvesting the ornamental sunflowers for people to take home.
Gippsland FM will be broadcasting live from the site
Also,there will be..
Live Music, Performances, Face Painting, Koko the Clown, Delicious Food
Come and join us to getsunflowered!

Monday, March 2, 2015


The recent celebration in the media (…/…) of the Get Sunflowered project has been wonderful.

We at OUTR Lab in the School of Architecture and Design RMIT University would once again like to thank Ben Morieson ( for his collaboration on this stunning project. We would also like to say a big thank-you to all our volunteers, site ambassadors and sponsors:

BMG Development
CanDo Hire
Copsely Ornamentals
Gary Lee Sprinklers
Gibsons Groundspread
Gippsland Water
Jeromy White Agricultural Contracting
Joe Frugalatti
Latrobe City Council
NuSeed, Diggers Club
Outdoor Cameras Australia
Regional Development Victoria
RMIT University
Stafeg and Emperor Developments
Suleman Group
Trampoline Studio
Traralgon Neighbourhood House