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Welcome from the Patron
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The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia
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Vision and Objectives
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Milestones
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Regional Impact
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Economic and Social Impact Study
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Museum and
Landscape Design

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Proposed Design
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Partnerships
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Business Principles
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The WAMA Community Engagement Model
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Capital Funding Strategy
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The Foundation Organisation Structure
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The Core Team
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Meet the Team
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Achieving Our Vision
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Supporting the Foundation
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Contact Information
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Acknowledgements
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NEWS

WAMA in the Weekly Advertiser
Thursday, March 02, 2017 

Study backs Halls Gap wildlife
museum project

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WAMA in the STAWELL Times News
January 19, 2017

Grampians wildlife and art project needs government support to reach next step

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See Win News video

WAMA in the STAWELL Times News

What is WAMA?

The answer to your question
‘what is WAMA’? 

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WAMA in the STAWELL Times News
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 

WAMA project announces plans to house nationally endangered animal species

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WAMA in the Weekly Advertiser
Thursday, March 02, 2017 

Stawell open garden to support
WAMA project

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MEDIA

DANIELLE GREEN MP VISITS WAMA SITE

February 2017

In February 2017, the WAMA team was proud to show Danielle Green around the proposed WAMA site and share the vision for the development of bushlands, wetlands and botanical gardens which will surround the proposed gallery buildings.

Danielle is the current Sitting Member in the Parliamant of Victoria for the Yan Yean electorate, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Tourism and Major Events. Being aware of the project, Danielle was keen to witness the WAMA site firsthand.

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Danielle was walked around the 16 hectare site near Halls Gap in the Grampians, by Neil Marriott the WAMA Site Development Team Leader, Wendy Marriott an active WAMA volunteer and highly knowledgable flora and conservation expert and Ange Turrell WAMA Marketing Lead. 

Along with galleries, workshops and other facilities, WAMA's flora program for is a significant part of the project as the Grampians is the richest area for flora in Victoria with over a third species that occur in the state.

The WAMA vision is to meld the experience of seeing wildlife art displayed in the gallery with native wildlife, plants and animals, out in the landscape.

As Neil explained, Australian flora is unique and iconic and has long been a subject of artists, nature lovers and scientists alike. People come to the Grampians to see the spectacular indigenous plants and wildflowers and WAMA will have them all, named and displayed in one spot.

Ange, Neil and Wendy showed Danielle the three key locations for its flora program: 

  1. the covenated woodland which will display all the beautiful local plants that naturally occur in the Pomonal-Halls Gap area
  2. the wetland area which will display the diversity of the beautiful, indigenous Grampians flora in distinct garden beds on rocky hills, moist gullies and grassy woodlands. Many of these species are endemic to the region.
  3. the area allocated for the spectacular botanic gardens which will showcase the very best iconic Australian plants from all over the country. This will include an extensive collection of rare and endangered Australian flora and focus on West Australian and outback species which are well adapted here due to the change in climate.

Danielle had many suggestions and ideas that will help us achieve our vision of having WAMA up and running by 2020. She stressed the importance of galvanising the local community and to working closely with local government and tourism to achieve State Government support and funding.  


Ange Turrell
WAMA/2 CHILE MARKETING
0429 521 121

WAMA Opportunity Confirmed by Second Study

Good news about the WAMA project is very welcome with a second independent study confirming its potential to bring jobs and tourism to the region. At a time when the region could do with some good news, particularly with the closure of the Stawell Gold Mine, it’s very positive to have projects like WAMA in the pipeline.

WAMA is a project to establish a wildlife and art precinct in the Halls Gap area, with a gallery, artists’ workshops, educational facilities, botanical gardens and wetlands all celebrating the relationship between art science and nature.
Press More below or to download the press release select image above.

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The WAMA study, conducted by RAM Consulting, is awaiting consideration from Regional Development Victoria, however it has confirmed that the project should be on the agenda for the region.

A key recommendation from the study is that WAMA must become a high priority for Government investment.

According to the study, “the vision to create a nationally significant, high quality, visitor focused nature, arts and learning focused centre that will bring economic, cultural and social benefits to the region is a compelling one”.

Greg Randall, from RAM Consulting said, “The region needs some big ideas to realise potential economic growth. Tourism in particular, is a key growth driver for the region and large, attractive projects will only enhance the tourism potential generating income and jobs into the future.”

“The WAMA project has the potential to bring millions of dollars into the region in jobs and growth in tourism income,” said Greg Lewin, WAMA Chairman. “The building phase alone will create many local jobs, in project management, building and construction and conservation and landscaping works.”

Various models have forecast that by its 10th year of operation, WAMA is expected to attract between 150,000 and 250,000 visitors and to generate over $20 million a year.

Following a site visit in 2015, the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford formally wrote to the WAMA Board encouraging the them to continue working closely with RDV to advance the progress of the WAMA project.

It is now timely that local government and tourism organisations actively support the WAMA Project to ensure it is a part of the development agenda for the region.

For more information about WAMA visit www.WAMA.net.au

For more media information please contact:

Angela Turrell WAMA Marketing
M: 0429 521 121
Ange.turrell@gmail.com

WAMA will feature Local, Grampians and Australian Native Gardens

Planning is well underway for native botanical gardens, woodlands and wetlands on the 16 hectare WAMA site.

Local botanical expert, Neil Marriott, is WAMA’s Site Development Team Leader and has been charged with the exciting challenge of establishing the gardens as an international showpiece.

When asked why flora is such an important part of the WAMA proposal, Mr Marriott explained, “the Grampians is the richest area for flora in Victoria, having over a third species that occur in the state”.
Press More below or to download the press release select image above.

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“Our flora is unique and iconic and has long been a subject of artists, nature lovers and scientists alike. People come to the Grampians to see the spectacular indigenous plants and wildflowers and at WAMA we will have them all, named and displayed in one spot”.

The vision is to meld the experience of seeing the wildlife art displayed in the gallery with seeing native wildlife, plants and animals, out in the landscape.

WAMA’s plans include a woodland area which will display all the beautiful local plants that naturally occur in the Pomonal-Halls Gap area.

A separate wetland area will display the diversity of the beautiful, indigenous Grampians flora in distinct garden beds on rocky hills, moist gullies and grassy woodlands. Many of these species are endemic to the region.

The creation of spectacular botanic gardens around the WAMA buildings, will showcase the very best iconic Australian plants from all over the country. This will include an extensive collection of rare and endangered Australian flora and focus on West Australian and outback species which are well adapted here due to the change in climate.

Mr Marriott explained, that as former Regional Manager for Trust for Nature, “I will ensure that the natural biodiversity values of the site are not only protected, but enhanced”.

And as Mr Marriott can testify “Australians love gardens and gardening. They will love wandering in our spectacular display gardens identifying and discovering new plants. Overseas tourists will be able to see all our iconic Australian flowers all in one place”.

“I love our unique Australian flora and I am keen to encourage others to see and appreciate it”.

WAMA is a project to establish a wildlife and art precinct in the Halls Gap area, with a gallery, artists’ workshops, educational facilities, endangered wildlife programs, botanical gardens and wetlands all celebrating the relationship between art science and nature.

For more information about WAMA visit www.WAMA.net.au

For more media information please contact:

Angela Turrell WAMA Marketing
M: 0429 521 121

WAMA’s Plans for Endangered Wildlife

The WAMA Project is best known for its exciting plan to build a world class wildlife art gallery to showcase wildlife art, however, reintroduction of endangered wildlife is also an important part of the project.

The vision is to meld the experience of seeing the wildlife art displayed in the gallery with seeing native wildlife, plants and animals, out in the landscape.
Press More below or to download the press release select image above.

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WAMA’s newest Board Member, Mike Stevens has been brought on to strengthen WAMA’s capacity to contribute to the conservation of threatened animal species in the Grampians region.

Mike brings his life-long commitment to conservation and land management to the WAMA team.

The first reintroduction planned for WAMA will target the southern brown bandicoot which is nationally endangered and the long nose potoroo which is at risk of extinction in the Grampians and listed as nationally vulnerable.

According to Mike, “In the past, these animals were part of the Australian landscape, but are now so rare, most Australians would not be able to identify them or know they play a critical missing role turning over soil to maintain many ecosystems”.

To get this project up and running, the WAMA team will partner with Halls Gap Zoo and key government agencies.

Before introducing any animals, a 1.8 meter high fence will be installed around the WAMA site to protect them from predators such as foxes and feral cats in particular.

Next, the bandicoots and potoroos will be sourced from the Grampians area. Initially they will be housed at the Halls Gap Zoo, which is a safe place for breeding and will utilise the Zoo’s expertise in animal husbandry. Once they have started breeding, animals will be transferred to the WAMA site to live safely in the predator proof sanctuary, in more natural conditions.

"I am excited about the direction WAMA is heading to not only showcase world-class wildlife art, but to have some of Australia's unique wildlife roaming around the site protected by the predator proof fence and to meld this into the educational experience and workshops of visitors to the site”.

This will create a triple win with amazing art and wildlife experiences for visitors, genuinely contribute to safeguarding the extinction of local species, and be a leading demonstration site for trust-for-nature properties on returning locally missing species and the role these critters can play to improve ecosystems" said Mike.

WAMA is a project to establish a wildlife and art precinct in the Halls Gap area, with a gallery, artists’ workshops, educational facilities, endangered wildlife programs, botanical gardens and wetlands all celebrating the relationship between art science and nature.

For more information about WAMA visit www.WAMA.net.au

For more media information please contact:

Angela Turrell WAMA Marketing
M: 0429 521 121

 

WAMA WORKING BEES CLEARING OUR WAY FORWARD

THANK YOU to our fabulous WORKING BEEs equipped with muscles, wheelbarrows, chain saws and other gardening tools have cleared a substantial area of scrub.

Trailers were full, wood was stacked for use at our Nature play Day on the 24th September 2016 and of course, we have 3 decent sized bonfires to light when the weather dries out.  Neil Marriott, Site Development Team Leader, stated ‘how impressed he was by how each volunteer worked so effectively and contributed to ensure a positive combined outcome for WAMA’. 

Information on OUR NEXT WORKING BEE will be posted soon.  GET INVOLVED


COMING SOON: NEW EDITIONS TO THE WAMA FAMILY – BANDICOOTS AND POTOROOS

When our vermin proof fence is completed on site we will welcome a group of Bandicoots and Potoroos to the WAMA family.  *Construction of WAMA’s Vermin Proof Fence to start in November.

Bandicoot is a small marsupial and almost every area of Australia has its species. Once abundant in the backyards of suburban homes, unfortunately like many other native mammals, many species have been declining in numbers for a variety of reasons. (http://www.aussie-info.com/identity/fauna/bandicoot.php )

Potoroo is one of the smallest and most ancient members of the kangaroo family. They are from an ancient branch in the evolution of kangaroos and represent a living fossil, having remained relatively unchanged for around 10 million years. Like many other smaller native mammals the Long-nosed Potoroo has declined in number since the introduction of foxes and cats. (http://fame.org.au/news_resources/endangered_species/long-nosed-potoroo )

Other External Links: 
https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/bandicoots.html
http://www.australianwildlife.net.au/pdf/school/Bandicoots.pdf
http://www.potoroo.org/ecology.html
http://australianmuseum.net.au/long-nosed-potoroo


HALLS GAP JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016
12-14TH FEBRUARY

WAMA Foundation proudly associated with the 30th Grampians Jazz Festival. It’s an inspirational and joyful event not to be missed.
Also presenting Inspiration Wild – A musical celebration of nature and art.
Sat. 13th February - Shaw Marquee 8pm featuring Bella Frisky.

Find details of the festival at: www.sapphireglobal.com.au

Visit the WAMA tent in the town center Halls Gap.
Download PDF of WAMA flyer.

Angus Stewart:  
Grannes: Australian garden design for dry climates See review

WAMA in Australian Geographic

In May this year, Chrissie Goldrick, the Editor in Chief at Australian Geographic, joined a group of "hardy volunteers" to participate in a working bee on the WAMA site near Halls Gap.  As a result she wrote this wonderful article and developed the 2016 Australian Geographic Art Calendar featuring WAMA supporting artists and generously donated 1000 for WAMA fundraising. We hope you enjoy her story.

WAMA Newsletter:

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2017 March May July  
2016 January to April August September December
2015 May to September January to May January  
2014 September June March  
2013 October      

 

The Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), the 'voice of the Victorian tourism industry', showcases WAMA in the winter edition of their Tourism Excellence magazine. To down load a PDF select the above images.

 

Some Key events previously held in support of the WAMA vision:

Open Garden Day 2014 WAMA Launch and Exhibition Videos
WAMA ‘Seeding the arts’ 2014 Information brochures and documents
WAMA in the media WAMA Newsletters
  WAMA Grampians See us on YouTube

WAMA’S PUBLICATIONS

Wildlife Art Museum of Australia Publications
SEE PUBLICATIONS ON SUPPORT PAGE

 

Open Garden Day 2014 – ‘Seeding the arts’ for WILDLIFE ART MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
Sunday the 9th of November


On Sunday the 9th of November, the spectacular native garden of Greg and Glenda Lewin at GRANNES, on the outskirts of Stawell, was open for public viewing. First established in 2003, Grannes is host to over 100 species of plants with special plantings from Western Australia, as well as many amazing sculptures dotted throughout the landscape.

In conjunction with the Open Day an inspirational wildlife art exhibition profiled the creative endeavours of Australia’s top wildlife artists in association with the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia (WAMA). Works by local artists Helen Leach, Peter Voice and Steve Morvell were featured along with other national artists, with pieces available for purchase.

RAKU

Michele Forbes and Georgia Rydon : co-ordinators for the WAMA  'Seeding The Arts' project. 

Visitors were invited to take part in an artist led workshop introducing participants to the process of RAKU through the making and firing of ceramic seedpods. A display of unique Raku fired works were on show as an example of the beauty and wonder of Raku

‘The aim of the workshop was to bring together people of all ages to create art, based on their experience of our natural environment,’ said Michele Forbes, WAMA’s community engagement facilitator.

 


WAMA ‘Seeding the arts’ 2014
Sunday, 2nd of November a Seeding the arts event was held on the WAMA site in Halls Gap for
·       the unveiling of our inaugural sculpture created by local sculptor Kevin Free (11.30 am)
·       our very first Seeding the Arts for WAMA initiative, a community arts event called  the Seed Art workshops
·       Seed Art clay modelling workshops making Raku seed pods to keep and to contribute to WAMAs environmental art installations 
·       the excitement of a  Raku firing in action
·       a display of unusual, beautiful Raku fired ceramics.
·       a children's clay animal making group lead by sculptor Kevin Free
·       community BBQ
and of course, tours of our WAMA  site.

The  running concept designs by the graduate architects and landscape architects from University of Melbourne’s School of Design Masters’ program were on display.
Thank you to all those who volunteered their time and expertise to ensure our day was a memorable one.
 
Delighted to welcome you all to WAMA
It was a wonderful day,
Glenda Lewin
Patron, WAMA
Address: cnr Neal Rd and Ararat-Halls Gap Rd,  Halls Gap.

WAMA in the Herald Sun:

'Grampians animal plan may be a tourist magnet. VICTORIA’S Grampians region would reap more than $150 million from a proposed museum honouring wildlife. '
Christopher Gillett - Herald Sun

 

WAMA in the Age:

'A proposed new museum in the Grampians could potentially reinvigorate the region in the same way MONA has boosted Tasmania's tourism' -

WAMA in the Standard

Grampians museum to create 100 jobs and generate $29 million a year: study

'The $50,000 WAMA Economic and Social Impact Study was undertaken over the past three months with funding from Regional Development Victoria, the Northern Grampians Shire Council and the WAMA Foundation.' By

WAMA in The Weekly Times

It is without question an ambitious project - to build the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia, at Stawell, near the Grampians.

But with a budget of $22.5 million and five years to make it happen, WAMA patron Glenda Lewin is adamant it will be done.

 

Glenda Lewin

WAMA Patron, Glenda Lewin shares her passion for the WAMA project with us. Click to listen to her speech, in which she articulates the aspirational vision of the WAMA Foundation for building a museum and botanical gardens in the Grampians Region.

Sasha Grishin AM FAHA

Sasha Grishin AM FAHA, Adjunct Professor of Art History at the Australian National University recognises the importance of WAMA as a project of both national and international significance, housing a priceless collection of wildlife art. Click to listen to his passionate speech in support of WAMA at the formal launch in Melbourne.

Robert Purves AM

At the formal launch of the WAMA project distinguished environmentalist and passionate conservationist Robert Purves AM delivered his powerful statement in support of WAMA. Click to view the full recorded presentation.

THE WAMA LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION WAS A GREAT SUCCESS
The story of WAMA is gaining a great deal of attention.
The news page will be updated as the outcomes and developments unfold.


WAMA Foundation publications on sale from 15th Oct:
Inspiration Wild: an Artistic Celebration of Nature and Environment.
Inspiration Wild: Perspectives and Challenges.
Wild Cameos

For more information:
info@wama.net.au
Phone: 03 9999 9767


The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia: Project Funding Launch pdf.

 

WAMA INFORMATION BROCHURE - October 2014
WAMA New 24 page INFORMATION BROCHURE. WAMA - Wildlife Art Museum of Australia. Wildlife, botanic, natural history gallery and botanic gardens.

INFORMATION BROCHURE: Image above shows just 8 of the 28 pages.

A new information brochure has been produced. It documents the the core elements of the WAMA structure, achievements, values and objectives. A beautiful document featuring a selection of Wildlife Art that reflects the outstanding quality and diversity of work inspired by nature.

The content of the brochure can be found by selecting the corresponding links in the side bar or below.

Contents      

Welcome from the Patron
The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia
Vision and Objectives
Milestones
Regional Impact
Economic and Social Impact Study
Museum and Landscape Design
Concept Designs
Partnerships

 

Operating Principles
The WAMA Community Engagement Model
Capital Funding Strategy
The Foundation Organisation Structure
The Core Team
Achieving Our Vision
Supporting the Foundation
Contact Information
Acknowledgements

 
The WAMA Vision statement and Project Plan outline can be downloaded as a pdf from here.

WAMA: AWAF Charter, Vision statement and Project Plan outline can be downloaded as a pdf from here.

Download a summary of Economic and Social Impact Study


Media alert: Australian-first wildlife art museum set for the Grampians

   

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