BARN: Events







Sunday 24 September 2017
On Sunday 24 September BARN had an information table set up at the 10th birthday celebrations of the Bendigo Bank. It was an enjoyable afternoon which allowed us to showcase our activities and give away relevant literature. We were pleased to be involved in this event, and especially pleased to support a local institution which gives so much back to our local community.img_5961

Saturday 22 July 2017

BARN hosted a FREE community wildlife information session at the Bunyip Hall on Saturday 22 July. The event was well attended and proved to be an excellent opportunity for locals to develop their wildlife knowledge.   Click on the image below to view the poster.












Sunday 17 July 2016 

An exciting event took place in July, supported by the West Gippsland Vegan Group. Local lady, Lorena, (originally from Barcelona in Spain), launched her new online business from the Bunyip Hall on Sunday 17 July. Lorena sells apparel and accessories sourced from all over the globe, and only from suppliers whose practices have proven to be ethical, fair trade, cruelty-free and sustainable. The event was a fun way for like-minded locals to mingle and support a great initiative. We wish Lorena every success with her business.

Visit the website:  Velvety –  for ethical shopping !!


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Sunday 30 November 2014

Bunyip CFA Open Day and Emergency Services Promotional Day.




Sunday 6 April 2014

Baw Baw Shire Pop-Up Pet Expo

Thank you to our volunteers, Ania and Amanda

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Saturday 22 March 2014

Round Table Feline Discussion Group

Guest speaker, Kathleen Chapman from Save Darebin Pets

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Sunday 26 January 2014

First Bunyip Market: Recreation Reserve

Thank you to our volunteers, Robyn and Christina.

They enjoyed meeting the local dogs!

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Sunday 1 December 2013

On 1 December BARN had two guest speakers come and share their stories and knowledge. Speakers included Barrie Tapp, our regional Animal Cruelty Investigator. (The Free Hotline for animal cruelty cases is: 1800 751 770) and Nigel Williamson from Nigel’s Animal Rescue. 


Thursday 29 August 2013

Sea Shepherd fundraiser event:  St Ita’s school hall, Victoria street, Drouin

Finger food, live music and a presentation by a Sea Shepherd rep.


Sunday 25 November 2012

Bunyip CFA Open Day

10am – 2pm at the CFA headquarters on Pearson street.

BARN held an information table at the Bunyip CFA Open Day. It was a great opportunity to meet local people and discuss strategies for coping with animals during bushfires. Pictured is Tony Knight from the Bunyip CFA.


Sunday 7 October  2012 – Animal Blessing Mass / St Thomas Anglican church

BARN volunteers engaged in a meet-and-greet event after the Animal Blessing Mass at the local Anglican church on the first Sunday in October.


Saturday 6 October  2012 – Information table at the local Foodworks store

Thank you to all who visited our information table on the day it was set up at the local store. All our dog cookies were sold and lots of literature was taken. We are pleased to have had so much interest from the local community and hope to set up the table again in the coming weeks.



Thursday 4 October 2012

The winner of the BARN  2012 Animal Photo Competition has been selected.

Photos can be viewed at this link:     


Sunday 23 September 2012 – Film Screening

An event for  WEEAC

Peaceable Kingdom: the journey home: “Five farmers, an animal rescuer and a humane police officer each embark on a riveting journey of awakening conscience in this artful tapestry of memory, music, and personal truth. Rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals on farms deepens our understanding of why so many are searching for a new way of relating to the other beings who share our world.Celebrated at film festivals for its balanced appeal to both mind and heart, Peaceable Kingdom: the journey home shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most unexpectedly, farm animals themselves.”

Venue: Bunyip Hall Supper Room, 38 Main street, Bunyip.

Time: 1pm – 4.00pm…  Includes afternoon tea

This is a free event.


Saturday 7 July 2012 – Guest Speaker, Ms Lefki Pavlidis

Lefki Pavlidis formerly worked for the Queensland Government as a remote sensing scientist. She is now the senior scientist with the World Preservation Foundation. She spoke to local animal lovers about the link between saving animals and saving the earth. The title of her presentation was “Impacts of our Food Choices on People, Animals and the Planet”. It was followed by an afternoon tea and a film screening. Attendees hailed from almost every town between Pakenham and Warragul, and all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon.  


Saturday 31 March 2012 – Bunyip Show

The BARN Team had representatives at the Bunyip Show this year. Thank you to our volunteers for doing such a great job of networking with locals. Our team members handed out lots of free literature and sold raffle tickets for Project Hope Horse Welfare. They reported meeting some wonderful people, and added around a dozen new names to the monthly mailing list.  


Saturday 17 March 2012 – Wombat Training Session

The BARN is hosting a morning training session on treating wombats for mange, presented by Jenny Mattingley. The program will demonstrate a safe and effective way for people to assist wombats that are affected by this debilitating and life threatening condition. It also provides an opportunity for concerned citizens to join the local Wombat Watch initiative. This event will be held from 10am to midday at the Bunyip Community House, 27 Main Street, Bunyip. There is no cost for attending but spaces are limited. Places for this event may be booked by contacting:


Thursday 26 January 2012 – Australia Day Celebration

A friendly gathering, a funny film and lots of fabulous food! We ate Tofu on Australia Day — because animal cruelty is un-Australian… (We were hoping Sam Kekovich would join us for the celebration but there was no sign of him anywhere… maybe next year.)


Sunday 11 December 2011 – BARN end of year gathering

A group of animal lovers got together on 11 December to watch a heart-warming film and to share some great food. The film was Amazing Grace, which tells the true story of how slavery was abolished in the UK just 200 years ago. After the film we discussed some of the parallels between the exploitation of humans during the slave era and the exploitation of non-humans in contemporary society.


Saturday 8 October 2011 – WEEAC Gippsland –



Tuesday 4 October 2011

The winner of the BARN  2011 Animal Photo Competition has been selected.

Photos can be viewed at this link:     



Tuesday 16 August 2011

The BARN’s Humane Educator visited a group of adult Animal Studies students at Gippstafe in Warragul. Their morning session involved a powerpoint presentation and some practical discussion about some of the ethical issues students might be confronted with as they pursue various forms of animal related employment. It also included a screening of the short documentary Human Animal. The documentary can now be viewed online at this link.



Sunday 3 July 2011 – Film Screening – Bold Native

Thank you to everyone who attended the Bold Native screening. Bold Native tells the fictional story of animal rescuer, Charlie Cranehill, who breaks the law to save animals. When Charlie goes underground and begins planning the most extensive animal liberation operation the country has ever seen, his estranged father makes one last desperate attempt to find his son before the FBI does… A fast moving film, made for an intelligent audience, it is both heart-warming and educational, with moments of humour and flashes of horror. Bold Native offers a ground breaking cinematic experience which challenges viewers to re-think their values. With clever dialogue and an excellent soundtrack, it is a road trip movie with a difference. A copy of the film is now available from the BARN’s Lending Library. It is recommended for ADULTS ONLY. (Contains nudity and adult themes, frequent coarse language and strong violence.)



Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June 2011 – Sustainability Expo

The Expo at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham, was a huge success. Don’t miss it next year!

Thank you to our volunteers who spent the day doing “meet and greet” at the BARN’s info table.


Sunday 29 May 2011

From Blackwood in central Victoria, special guest Dr Michael Bascombe visited Bunyip and spoke to a roomful of people about animal communication and various aspects of healing. Attendees came from across Gippsland and Melbourne to enjoy Dr Michael’s presentation. For more information about his work you can visit his website, read about him in the Melton Leader newspaper, or watch his interviews on Supreme Master Television.


Friday 13 May 2011

The Grade 2 & 3 children at Columba Catholic Primary School in Bunyip had a visit from the BARN’s Humane Educator, Christina, who delivered a program called “Animal Friends”. Activities on the day included role playing, music making, group discussion, and colouring-in. Thank you to Principal Jan Gubbins for welcoming the Animal Friends program into the local school environment.


Friday 18 March 2011

Thank you to our volunteers Emily (pictured) and Louise for staffing our information table at the Columba Catholic Primary School Twilight Fete. They spoke with some lovely people, handed out literature and canine cookies, and entered some names into a competition for a prize give-away. Congratulations to Vikki from Drouin who was drawn as the winner of our cat-carrier, and thank you to Dr Steve at the Bunyip Vet Clinic for drawing the winning name.


Saturday 13 November 2010

Thank you to all who attended the Wildlife Rescue Training Day on November 13. Narelle Smith from Wildlife Rescuers shared her knowledge and experience with an enthusiastic crowd. Attendees came from several towns across West Gippsland, as well as from suburbs closer to Melbourne including Berwick, Cheltenham and Surrey Hills. It was a successful day, and one which we hope will be followed up in 2011 with a further training event.


Monday 4 October 2010

The winner of the BARN  2010 Animal Photo Competition has been selected.

Photos can be viewed at this link:     



Sunday 1 August 2010

On August 1, the BARN hosted a screening of the documentary film The Witness, which features the incredible story of Eddie Lama – a tough construction worker from a rough New York neighbourhood who has become a passionate animal rescuer. This award winning and life changing film is now available online to view free of charge, thanks to the Tribe of Heart film makers. The “online screening room” can be accessed at this link .