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Flock — flying further, faster, together

Pollinators, supported by the City of Greater Geraldton, are excited to launch Flock – an innovative peer mentoring program. Participants came together last week for the opening session where they learned about the principles, action-learning approach and collaborated on prioritising the topics they wanted to focus on during the program. Flock has been designed to help be outstanding […]

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Fast and Female

Brooke Darlington — Empowerment through Sport

Brooke Darlington runs the non-profit enterprise ‘Fast and Female Australia’ whose mission is empowerment of young women aged 9 to 19 through sport.  Fast and Female Australia run events for girls aged 9 to 19 encouraging them to participate in sport and to stay in the sport they already participate in. They also support parents, teachers […]

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Pollinators Learning Marketplace Workshop Participants

Learning Marketplace — learnings, partners and platforms

On Thursday 20th March 2014, representatives from local and state government, non-profit and business came together at CityHive for the launch of the Midwest Learning Marketplace pilot project. Below is a summary and some of the highlights of the conversations, which are the basis for Pollinators expanding stakeholder engagement and developing the technology to meet […]

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Euan Beamont

Euan Beamont — turning waste into energy

Euan’s background in agriculture and passion for a sustainable future have lead him to partner with Tom Vogan (an engineer), in facilitating the development of the bioenergy industry in Western Australia. Together, Euan and Tom formed Energy Farmers four years ago and have since worked on a number of projects and developing new technologies to turn organic waste […]

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We Love Local Panel Discussion

We Love Local? Report on the panel discussion

An incredible amount of discovery and learning can happen in an hour, when talking with well-informed professionals who care. Tuesday’s online panel explored the benefits, definitions, strategies and policies of buying and eating ‘local’. This post is a short report on some of the outcomes from the ‘We Love Local?’ panel discussion from Tuesday 11th March.  The […]

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Julie Firth

Drylands Permaculture Farm — Foundation for the future

The transition from the cool, wet and volcanic, fertile soils of rural Taranaki New Zealand, into the hot, dry infertile lands of the Midwest of Western Australia is a dramatic challenge when establishing a livelihood in primary production, and pioneering endeavour in Permaculture. For Julie Firth, owner and manager of the ‘Drylands Permaculture Farm’, it […]

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Is Geraldton Australia’s best place to make change happen?

This is both a plug for our city and community, and a serious question to which I think the answer is ‘YES’. That is, if you want to progress some form of social change at a community-scale then Geraldton may the best place in Australia to do it. If you’re a Geraldton resident, then you […]

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How to discover and share the best of Geraldton?

Pollinators hosted a “Brains Trust” session on how to discover and share the best of Geraldton. This blog posts summarises some of the thinking and opportunities shared by those who attended from government, business, community organisations and even some tourists. We’ll introduce some ‘design thinking’, background to the project and share some interesting discoveries and […]

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6 ways you can create a more lively Geraldton before Christmas

There are some great opportunities and a lot of energy for creating a more vibrant city centre in Geraldton at the moment: Council’s vibrancy strategy is a great guiding document, Our city centre is already home to some world-class urban art, award-winning cultural institutions like the WA Museum, creative local retailers and cafes and recreational opportunities, […]

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Digital Cluster Event – 24th September 2013

On the evening of the 24th we were joined by web developers, ISPs, hardware and networking providers, app and software developers and digital consultants for the What’s App with You and Digital Net-Working Goodness events. The event allowed attendees the unique opportunity to share ideas about how digital industries can be supported, and hear the […]

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CityHive expands to create space for growth and innovation in Geraldton

Pollinators Inc, a Geraldton-based social enterprise, has celebrated the opening of the “CityHive” coworking and meeting space in Geraldton. Occupying two floors of an iconic, Heritage-listed building on Marine Tce, CityHive provides affordable and flexible space and support for community groups, entrepreneurs and innovation. CityHive is the first of its kind in regional Australia, showing […]

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Growing the ecosystem of support for social enterprise & innovation in WA

Social Enterprise & Innovation Support Ecosystem in WA This blog post outlines Pollinators current thinking on what’s needed to better enable the growth of social innovation and social entrepreneurs in Western Australia. We think the same or increased resources could be invested more wisely by government and business to have greater effect. The problem social […]

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