Welcome to the Greens: a forum for new, prospective and any interested members and supporters…

 

  • Find out how Green groups work and organise from local to global.
  • Find out how issues at community level develop from ideas to policy.
  • Meet our elected representatives from all spheres of government and active local members.

When:         Saturday 15th June 2013

Time:          12.30pm till 4.30pm * followed by happy hour *

Where:       Joy Cummings Community Centre, Cnr Scott and Pacific Sts, Newcastle 2300 (entry via Pacific St)

RSVP:         Please register with our membership secretaries by Monday 10th June 2013 for catering purposes

Therese Doyle: Phone 4926 2513 Email  therese.doyle@optusnet.com.au

Anne Dusta:      Phone 4961 4319 Email  adusta@yahoo.com.au

(You are still welcome if you register after this date, but you please bring your own food!)

12.30 Welcome & Introduction to the (Newcastle) Greens

An introduction to the day and Greens’ safe meeting practice.

The Greens operate in many different spheres, and this is reflected in their organisational structures. An outline of the structure of The Greens is provided including local, state, national & global, as well as the regional group. How do these groups relate to each other?

12.50 Why I’m Green       

Two members of the Greens with different experiences and political backgrounds will give a personal account of why they joined the Greens. Participants will be invited to join in and let us know what attracts or interests them in the Greens.

1.30   Policy and Issues coming to life   

The Greens stand for ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy, social and economic justice, and peace and non-violence. How are these principles reflected in practical policies? A small group exercise and a fun way to learn about Greens policy making.

2.15   Afternoon tea 

2.40   How to get involved

How you can get involved in Green activities and contribute to the collective effort. There are many skills required, many arenas of activity and involvement. Two members will reflect on their experiences and tell you how they have been active in the Greens.

3.10   Greens in government  

Introducing Greens’ representation in local, State and Federal Governments. Who are our representatives, what do they do, and how can you “feed” issues to them. How do they answer to the Greens membership? How do they bring forward an issue to the Council or Parliament or undertake a campaign?

4.10   Questions and Evaluation  

A time to reflect on the day’s proceedings, a relaxed discussion with any unanswered questions & an opportunity to discuss ways you can help out.

Please complete the evaluation form before you leave!

4.30   Happy Hour!!

A chance to have a chat & meet others with finger food and drinks.

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