TRAVELING TO THE NT
Next week ChangeFestNT21 will be underway on beautiful Larrakia Country in Palmerston. It’s been a big journey to get to this point and there is still a way to go before we will be ready. Perhaps we won’t be quite ready. That is one of the many joys of working in dynamic times with community leaders at the centre. There have been delays and pivoting due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.
The Territory have been welcoming people from across Australia in big numbers since COVID-19 closed International borders. There has been a lot going on and many locals have shared that even the wet season was busy they didn’t quite get the ‘rest and reset’ that other parts of Australia have experienced. So if travelling here from other places, bring your best self, your curiosity, patience and generosity.
If you are feeling unwell – DO NOT TRAVEL!
Please check the NT Government website for the latest updates. https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
If you are in Victoria we are so sorry to miss you. If you have been in Victoria in the past two weeks then you may also be restricted from entering the NT. Consider registering for the online option. https://events.humanitix.com/changefestnt21
If coming from other places – Get a COVID-19 test anyway, even if you are feeling completely well. Peace of mind is a powerful thing.
PREPARING FOR YOUR JOURNEY
We would love to know more about your place. Take a photo of where you live and/or work to share. What a 6D multi sensory postcard would look, feel, smell, taste, sound and seem like? Our places are vitally important and ChangeFest strives to make them even more important, to deepen our understanding and connections locally. Share your photo via social media and tag #changefestNT21
WEATHER IN PALMERSTON
Its the dry season and that means clear skies and 30-32 degree days and 20-24degree nights.
WHAT TO BRING
A reusable water bottle, coffee cup, hat, sun screen, swimming gear and plenty of open heartedness.
You must fill in an NT Border entry form: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine#step2-border-entry-form
While you are at it, download The Territory Check In APP – this will save time during your stay. https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/check-in-app
GETTING TO PALMERSTON
Palmerston is 20km from the airport and approx $40 by taxi. People are used to sharing and many ChangeFest participants are coming from interstate so ask in the taxi queue and share a ride. Its a great way to share the carbon cost as well.
If you are staying in Darwin City, there will be a bus to Palmerston each day 8-10 June, leaving the bus interchange at 8.15am. https://nt.gov.au/driving/publ…
COMMUNITY SCREENING OF MY NAME IS GULPILIL – Sunday 6 June, 6pm
A free screening for those already in Palmerston at Event Cinemas, Gateway.Shopping Centre, Palmerston. All Welcome.
PREPARATION – FIRST NATIONS ONLY GATHERING – Monday 7th June, approx 5.30pm (tbc)
Larrakia Nation Family and Cultural Centre, Shed 1/17 Georgina Crescent, Yarrawonga (Palmerston) 0830
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE ONLINE PROGRAM
Even if people can’t travel they can still experience ChangeFestNT21.
MORE UPDATES TO COME
The program is still being tweaked with some cancellations and new content. Watch out for the revised version late on Friday 4th June.
We are so looking forward to seeing you at ChangeFest.
Romana and Pippa
(pictured below with local legend and speaker Thomas Mayor)