“Adults keep saying: “We owe it to the young people to give them hope.”
But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful.
I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.
And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis.
I want you to act as if our house is on fire.
Because it is.”
Our vision is to be a significantly sustainable event and embed a deep respect for nature in the place-based systems change movement in Australia. Deepening the connection to place is a significant first step.
We acknowledge that traditional owners and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have an intrinsic connection with the natural world that is deeply embedded in their cultures. We understand that we have responsibilities as custodians of the land on which we live, work, travel across and in those places where our events are held. We recognise the need for guidance to honour these responsibilities in place at a local level.
One of the most significant contributions to carbon emissions for the ChangeFest event is travel. We ask that you consider the environmental impact of your journey to Palmerston, NT.
OFFSETTING CARBON EMISSIONS
While offsetting your carbon emissions does not reduce them, it does help to mitigate their impact.
The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation (AbCF) catalyses life-changing, community prosperity, through carbon farming. Our aim is to build wealth for Traditional Owners and non-Aboriginal carbon farmers, implementing carbon projects that demonstrate environmental, social and cultural core benefits, through the ethical trade of carbon credits.
We can also recommend Fifteen Trees as another offset option, should you want to reduce your carbon footprint.
ChangeFest recommends using public transport and sharing transport where possible.
GETTING TO DARWIN
Flights to Darwin are available from all major cities. Regional flights are available from across the NT. Travel is a challenge for remote communities and as expensive as flying from a major centre hundreds of kilometres away.
This is not a cheap option but it is possible. The Ghan is an infrequent train service from the southern port of Adelaide right up through the heart of Australia to Darwin. The journey takes 3 days.
Greyhound buses to Darwin are available here.
GETTING TO PALMERSTON
DARWIN AIRPORT TRANSPORT
There is an airport shuttle service from Darwin Airport to Darwin City.
Taxis and Uber rideshare are available. There is no direct bus or shuttle from Darwin Airport to Palmerston.
Read more about travelling from Darwin Airport here.
DARWIN CITY TO PALMERSTON
Palmerston is 20km from Darwin City.
Please note a Taxi or Uber from Darwin City to Palmerston City is between $40-$50.
The public bus service #8 leaves approximately every 30 minutes from the Darwin interchange to Palmerston Interchange. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes. View timetable.
See full bus fare info here. Single paper tickets are $3, which can be bought in cash on the bus, or via cash & EFTPOS at interchanges.
For general bus enquiries, call 08 8924 7666 or www.nt.gov.au/publictransport