Our final destination for 2011’s ACMI in the Regions program took us to Inverloch and the small town of Bass. Like all of our trips it was a rewarding, exhausting but wonderful experience. We started in Bass at the Bass Valley Community Centre where we met the amazing volunteers and workers who keep the centre going, providing invaluable services to an area in need.
Next was the lovely town of Inverloch. The weather was perfect, the scenery breathtaking and the people inspirational. One of the stories close to my heart was the Inverloch Settlement Soccer group, who play indoor soccer every Friday afternoon as a way of bringing together people from refugee communities. We met young men from Brazil and Burma as well as the local volunteers who started the program, and spoke to them about the importance of connecting with others in their community through their love of the game.
On the foreshore of Inverloch is a hard-to-miss replica of The Ripple; a 52 foot ship that was built by a small, dedicated group of individuals in an area that has now become a historical precinct with the addition of the Rocket Shed. Curious about what the Rocket Shed is? You’ll have to wait till the film comes out.
Our final story before we headed back home was with the Inverloch Swell Mamas. Lucy Cousens and Geraldine Archibald started the group three years ago as a way of reconnecting with their love of surfing after taking a break to have kids and raise their families. Today, anywhere up to 30 women meet on a Friday morning to catch up over a coffee and paddle out and surf while taking turns looking after each others’ kids.
I came away from this trip to the Bass Coast incredibly inspired and more than a bit envious of the community and environment that surrounds the area. As in all the towns we visit, the generosity of the locals was in abundance. Special mention must go to Chabrelle Chisholm, Community Planning Facilitator at the Bass Coast Shire, for all her on-ground support. Thanks Chabrelle and thank you to everyone who took part in the filming both in front of and behind the camera. We look forward to bringing the finished films to you early next year.
– Csilla Csongvay, Producer, ACMI in the Regions