Where The Water Starts & Water Ceremony

Wayout Kandos

host: Cementa

where: Saturday 26th March, 7:00 pm Wayout

71 Angus Avenue Kandos NSW 2848

$12.00 AUD Admission + $2.00 booking fee = $14.00

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This special screening of Where The Water Starts will take place after the Water Ceremony at the Cudjegong River in Rylstone, NSW.

Event Schedule:

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Water Ceremony with Dabee Wiradjuri man, Peter Swain. Meet behind the Rylstone Showground on the Cudjegong River at the northern (or Mudgee) end. Look for an Aboriginal flag.

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Screening of Where The Water Starts at Wayout Kandos, 71 Angus Avenue Kandos NSW 2848.

The Water Ceremony is part of an ongoing process. Ceremony has been performed at the headwaters of most of the Eastern flowing rivers on Dabee Wiradjuri Country. The cycle continues now with Western flowing  Rivers. The Ceremony will be led by Uncle Peter Swain and local Wiradjuri people.

These ceremonies are held to bring healing and good energy back to the river Er, and to raise people’s awareness of their role in protecting and caring for our life giving water systems. This is a continuation of ongoing care for Country which has taken place since time began.

Keep up to date with this screening of Where The Water Starts on our Facebook Event Page!

After seeing the destruction of the fragile alpine ecology of Australia’s Snowy Mountains first hand, Richard Swain with the support of his wife, Alison decides to speak out. Hard hoofed animals are trampling and endangering the viability of the headwaters of three iconic rivers.

Where The Water Starts reveals how the fragile alpine region, particularly Kosciuszko National Park, the largest in the Australian Alps is seen by a number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who were born or live, or who care deeply about it.

The direct impacts of global warming become a visceral and frightening reality for Richard and Alison. The massive bushfires of 2019-2020 surround their community and burn vast swathes of Kosciuszko National Park, highlighting the broader context of the climate crisis.

Where The Water Starts brings together respected Aboriginal community leaders as well as business people, a local farmer, a scientist, a former parks officer and a social historian.

The film explores our shared Indigenous and colonial histories and identities. It focuses on the themes of Caring for Country as a shared responsibility of all Australians; that the best of Aboriginal connection and the best of regenerative science can work together for a better future for the alpine environment and the planet.

While the connection between Indigenous people and the land is at the heart of the film, the message is also one of a partnership between Indigenous people, other community groups and scientists working together in order to conserve the Park and rehabilitate degraded areas.

Wendy Bacon, journalist, activist October 2021


This event will include a special screening of the short film, The Ambassador, directed by David Gallan and starring Wynn Roberts.

When wildlife can’t vote or lobby, who’ll stand up for nature?

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