The foundation members of the Sanctuary E.G. collective (a non-profit) have roots that go deep into the region & its communities – its breathtaking beauty, superb environment, as well as its rich history & culture, both traditional & contemporary.Together we have a wealth of experience, local networks & management capabilities in disaster trauma, design & architecture, research, regenerative land management, tourism, marketing, museums, education, arts & creative practice & academia.
our vision & values
East Gippsland community driven transition into unique hubs to create a regional 'Conservation Centre of Excellence' - offering multi-purpose research/conservation/community facilities & unique eco-cultural-tourism 'experiences' - multi-sensory, educational, conservation-minded, respectful of traditional Country & culture & nourishing to both mind & body.
Values:sanctuary, creativity, community, sustainability
To enhance community well-being & prosperity & secure regional biodiversity & culture through an innovative, inclusive program:
cross-disciplinary, creative workshops
sharing of knowledge & expertise
research & experimentation
quality, multi-purpose infrastructure design
connectivity & interactivity
investment & job creation.
see Our Programs
& eco-cultural philosophy
Edward O. Wilson, Harvard biologist, theorist & author of Biophilia claims that "man has an innate connection to nature..." Accordingly, David Attenborough maintains that "with 'biophilia' comes a restless curiosity, an urge to investigate and discover the elusive places where we meet nature, where she plays on our senses with colors & forms, perfumes & smells." We look to First Nation elders & custodians to connect us to Country and culture!
see blog 'Defining Country'
Architecture & Design Consultant
Michael Trudgeon, Professor of Architecture and Design RMIT University, Director Crowd Productions P/L Deputy Director Eco-Innovation Lab University of Melbourne.
Founder & Project Manager
Jo Moulton Founder, Sanctuary E.G; Director Studio JOMO; Design Practitioner & Creative Strategist; Former Victorian Creative Industries Manager, Business Victoria; Regional Development Consultant.
Disaster Consultant & Researcher
Dr Helen Goodman (originally from Tinamba West) has co-authored critiques of the Victorian 2009 fire response and will assist Sanctuary in weighting program design toward community strengths.
Artist & Creative Consultant
Jenny Toye, former Head of the Art Dept E.G. TAFE; Co-designer of the Mobile 'Wash & Waste' prototype; Community Advocate & Mixed Media Artist.
Land Management Advisor
Jenny Robertson is a Foundation Member Sanctuary EG. Director of 'Gracemere' Partnership, a regenerative agriculture/wool growing enterprise, Member, Victorian Landcare Board.