All posts by: Dr. Helen Sheil

About Dr. Helen Sheil

Helen Sheil is Director of the Centre for Rural Communities.

June 25, 2021

Transformation: from despair to opimism

Recent events in Victoria highlight the importance of politicians paying attention to the rural voice and the issue of rural well being. The substance of this paper demonstrates the capacity of rural communities to contribute a missing link in the chain of decision making in regard to the future well being of regional Australia. To […]

May 18, 2021

Stories of Influence 2021 – Participation

Stories is about our lake and we are delighted that people travelled from Mallacoota, Bruthen, Clifton Creek, Phillip Island and Melbourne to be part of this gathering that shared different yet equally influential stories. When we make the space people bring their stories and we all learn. Here is a snapshot of people who came […]

Stories of Influence 2021
May 18, 2021

Fishing interviews by Rachael Lucas with Brian Bolding and John Barrett – a lifetimes reflection.

Lakes Entrance fishing:  Whenever we listen to local fishing, farming or forestry folk the message is clear, bigger is not better for the region: not access to the product or for the environment.  The corporate ownership of these finite natural community resources changes the agenda from long term use to short term extraction detrimental to […]

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April 23, 2021

Stories of Influence 2021 – Presenters

Stories of Influence 2021 involved some new faces and some familiar. Neil Murray and Todd Cook sang stories we relate to giving us hope. Jan Wositzky entertained and expanded our hearts, Don Ashby shared the power of art in all times, especially in this time, Chris Flynn used imagination to look at our world and […]

Stories of Influence 2021
April 8, 2021

Never Say Die

An inability to travel due to COVID meant that the authors of Never Say Die: Hundred year overnight success of women’s football, Lee McGowan and Fiona Crawford (2019) couldn’t make it to Lake Tyers Beach, Stories of Influence in 2021 to present in person.  Plan B was to link then up by zoom being interviewed […]

Stories of Influence 2021
March 24, 2021

Reflections on Stories 2021

As an organiser, I want to know the impact of Stories, whether it’s worth creating these gatherings. What people told us: This [event] inspired me with the rich knowledge of presenters. I felt nourished by the creativity. Joyful. connected, relieved and affirmed meeting up with like minded people sharing thinking, reduced alienation. Wonderfully polished performances. […]

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February 26, 2021

Listen to Stories of Influence 2021’s presenting artist interviews from ABC Radio Gippsland

Listen to a selection of interviews, from ABC Radio Gippsland, with Rachael Lucas and presenting artists at the 2021 Stories of Influence, March 6 – 8, 2021. Aviva Reed is an author who demystifies time, scale, and relationship using storytelling, visualisations, soundscapes and conversations. Her book Eon: The story of fossils is a ‘gorgeous picture […]

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