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Learning Bahasa, Indonesian

Bahasa is spoken by over three million people, the national language of Indonesia. It is very similar to Bahasa Melayu (Malaysia) and is widely understood in Singapore.
An introductory course is being planned for members with no background in the language, but hope to travel to the area, or may have only a few words from holidays to the region. This will not suit students who want to seriously learn the language.
The course is planned to run on Wednesdays, 2.45-4.30 pm, for 8 weeks possibly starting in early June. No textbooks are needed, but pen and notebook are essential. The course should provide a cultural background, use of simple phrases and give learners the ability to ask and understand simple essential questions.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact the office on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Norman (Norm) West, the Convenor, can be emailed at

Visiting Gardens & Growing Things

Here, we have from the City of Greater Bendigo a link to information on how we can create wildlife friendly gardens. Have fun reading! Creating Wildlife Friendly Gardens

This group is growing from strength to strength with numbers exceeding ever before. This year as usual the emphasis will be on places not previously visited, new gardens, old gardens, public gardens, nurseries and gardens not visited for some years, to see how the passage of time and weather conditions have changed them and what we have learned from our past experiences to grow a more successful garden.

Please contact the Convenors to let us know if you are coming or not, especially if you will not be coming for extended times. This is important, as if you’re not coming we can release your place to someone who wants to come. If you can’t do this, please contact the office and ask them to help. We look forward to meeting you in someone’s garden soon.