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Woodside Holiday Appeal - 2018

For many of us, the holiday season is a time to reflect on the year that has passed and the things we are grateful for. It is a time we look forward to. A time of joy and celebration we share with family and friends. 

But for others, the holiday season can be a time of hardship. Domestic and family violence rates increase during the holiday season, devastating affected families and stretching the resources of support organisations. 

This holiday season, through the Woodside Holiday Appeal, we partnered with the Women’s Council to support those who have experienced violence at home. 

The Women’s Council represents domestic and family violence support organisations across Western Australia and is committed to working with families to build a future free from violence. 

As part of the Appeal, Woodsiders were encouraged to donate toys, gift cards, household goods, non-perishable food items and school supplies. The Women’s Council then distributed donations amongst domestic and family violence support organisations across Western Australia. 

The goal of the Appeal was to bring joy to families affected by violence, relieve some of the financial stress of the holiday season and to help create new, happy memories. 

The response to the appeal was outstanding, with Woodsiders from across the business pulling together in support of those in need. 

Donations from the Appeal filled several large boxes – each box packed to the brim. 


Fully embracing the spirit of giving, some Woodsiders hosted fundraising events to further support the appeal. 


The Women’s Council were overwhelmed with emotion and expressed their sincere gratitude to all those who contributed towards the Appeal, emphasising the significant impact that this would have for families affected by violence this holiday season.

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Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is proud to present Richard Frankland’s classic, Conversations With The Dead.

Frankland’s story is an immensely important one… (he) clearly understands the systemic nature of the problem, the futility of scapegoating individuals. The Age

This is an extraordinary play…life reflected back in full colour. Realtime
In the 50th Anniversary year of the 1967 referendum we are proud to bring to life this seminal play that reflects on an issue that requires a re-examination of just how far (or not) the treatment of Aboriginal people in custody has come since the Royal Commission.
Best described as a play with songs, Conversations With The Dead revisits the tragedy of Jack, a young ambitious Koori, whose role is to look into the lives of the dead and the process, policy and attitudes that killed them.
Fusing together multiple time frames, a transformative set, a live sound scape, calculated stage movement and dialogue delivered with precision by a strong cast in order to explore Jack’s inner conflict and the personal struggles he faces.
Written by Richard Frankland MA, directed by James Taylor with musical direction by Wayne Freer, this raw and powerful play pulls no punches and asks the question:
How far have we come in the treatment of Aboriginal people in custody since the 1992 Royal Commission?
Suitable for audiences aged 15+
Dates: 18 May – 27 May 2017
Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road SUBIACO WA 6008


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  • Troy Wekwerth
014/02/2017 1:00 PM

​On Tuesday 7th Feb, Cape Range Riders had four participants attend the MTBA, Level 0 Coaching Course. Thankyou to Woodside for supporting this initiative to make it possible for the region of Exmouth to gain four mountain bike skills coaches. Through this initiative, we hope to improve the community's healthy lifestyle choices and increase the social benefits of supporting and interacting with like minded people in the region.

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  • John Litchfield
07/09/2016 12:50 PM

​Our partners at Yirra Yaakin were occupying the national stage this week when Kylie Farmer,Senior Workshop facilitator and translator of Shakespeare's Sonnets in Noongar, on ABC's Q & A this week.

Check it out

Q and A - Sonnet 127 

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  • Billie-Cherie Kickett
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What is the project?
Its a project that focuses on populating Wikipedia entries into a number of broad knowledge domains.

The Noongarpedia sessions provide:
• Training and support in Wikipedia use,
• Language development,
• Interaction with Noongar knowledge and networks,
• Encourage wider community to create and contribute to noongar knowledge and;
• Interaction with Noongar academics at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

The categories for population may include: 
* Country – places, landscapes, flora, fauna; tribal groups and trading patterns;
* Narrative – stories from everyday life, including suburban domestic, urban industrial and regional traditions; literature and other art-forms;
* Music – including lyrics, traditional and modern;
* Popular culture – broadly defined, including ‘Gen Next’ and emergent knowledge;
* Citizenship – public knowledge and exchange, from ‘welcome to country’ to international first-peoples forums.
Knowledge sources may come from archives, family, media and public institutions, as well as schools, government departments and workplaces. In addition to materials collected by volunteers the project may rely on existing databases in various stages of evolution.

The benefits:
Provides an opportunity to help restore and continue Australian Aboriginal (Noongar) language and;
Enhances collaboration and sharing of Indigenous (Noongar) language internally, externally and internationally.
The Noongarpedia Project is an Australian Research Council Discovery Project supported by UWA and Curtin University.
Would you like to find out more?
20/06/2016 11:06 AMNoArts, Culture & Sports
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  • Matt McEwen
29/12/2015 1:43 PM

Barking Gecko Summer Holiday Programs for every Gecko from 5 - 12 years old

Barking Gecko Theatre Company Holiday Programs offer week long activities for people in two age groups, Little Geckos for 5 - 7 year olds and Junior Geckoes for 8 - 12 year olds. 

We're offering working parents the opportunity to add in after-workshop-childcare so pick times suit your schedule.  

Little Geckos Holiday Program

(Ages 5 -7)

Little Gecko Holiday Programs are all about creative play.

This week we’ll dive into some great children’s classics and turn them into theatre. Children will build confidence, self expression and creativity in a fun and action-packed program combining acting, movement, voice, prop-making and story-building activities.

At the end of the week the Little Geckos will share their work in a short performance for family and friends.

Little Gecko Holiday Program

Dates: Monday 11th January – Friday 15th January 2016
Time:  9am – 4pm (Additional option of childcare till 5.30pm)

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre
Cost:   $450 / $414 Early bird special (closes Friday 25th December)

Junior Geckos Holiday Program 

(Ages 8 -12 )

Meet new friends, share ideas and have lots of fun!

Looking for something creative and fun these holidays? Try a Junior Gecko Holiday Program! Meet new friends, share ideas and have lots of fun as you create your very own play about the things that matter to you!

At the end of the week, share what you’ve been doing in a one-of-a-kind performance for family and friends!

Junior Gecko Holiday Program
Dates: Monday 11th January –Friday 15th January 2016
Time:  9am – 4pm (Additional option of childcare till 5.30pm)
Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre
Cost:   $450 / $414 Early bird special (closes Friday 25th December)
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  • Tyson Mowarin
013/10/2015 1:45 PM

Weerianna Street Media is extremely proud to annouce that the 'Welcome to Country' App recently won the 'Best Innovation in Online Media' Award at the recent Remote Media Industry Awards! 

The awards were part of the 17th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival held in Lajamanu, NT between 27 September – 2 October 2015 this year. 

Awards winner list here:

The 'Welcome to Country' App gives you a unique way to use your iPhone to discover the traditional owners of where you are and learn more about their culture.

The W2C app would not have been possible without the Digital Dreamtime Project sponsorship support of Woodside & the Australian Government.​

Welcome to Country Website

'Like' Us on Facebook

Follow Us on Twitter

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  • Andrea Fernandez
14/09/2015 10:07 AM

​Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is very excited to announce the world premiere of The Fever and The Fret by Broome Playwright Jub Clerc. Directed by Kyle J Morrison and starring Kelton Pell, Irma Woods and Ebony McGuire.

As a fellow organisation that is invested in Aboriginal programs and events, we would love to inform you of our discounted offer for the Community. We are encouraging all of our colleagues, families and friends to do a group booking, as groups of 8 or more save $10* off the ticket price!

Alternatively, Adult priced tickets can also save approximately $10 off by using the following promo code (password): YIRRA.

This offer is listed under RAPS/Community Offer on the Ticketek Website.

Group Bookings

RAPS/Community Offer

Yirra Yaakin Website

Facebook Event

You can book via one of the Ticketek links above, go into any Ticketek agency or call 1300 795 012. If you are having any difficulties booking directly please contact Andrea on OR 9380 3045.

Feel free to share this offer with your colleagues and networks.

Please do let me know if your organisation does a group booking as we can set up a special meet and greet with either the Director or Writer before the performance OR with the cast after.

We’d love to see you at our new home in Subiaco.

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  • Tyson Mowarin
131/08/2015 10:13 AM
​Wayiba everyone. 

Weerianna Street Media is extremely proud to annouce the launch of its new 'Welcome to Country' App on the iTunes App Store.

The App gives you a unique way to use your iPhone to discover the traditional owners of where you are and learn more about their culture.

Download it here from the iTunes App Store

Welcome to Country Website

'Like' Us on Facebook

Follow Us on Twitter

Welcome to Country App

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Tyson Mowarin
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  • Jo O'Farrell
023/07/2015 4:45 PM

Last year, Woodside employees and their families enjoyed a performance of Barking Gecko Theatre Company's The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk at Woodside Plaza.   This stunning theatrical work beelines right to the centre of a child's universe – the schoolyard – with its fickle and faithful friends, bullies and defining moments.  Adults and children were equally captivated by Marko Jovanovic's solo performance; and parents valued the chance to connect with their children and discuss the politics of the playground. We received great feedback and especially appreciated Woodside families contacting their children's schools to recommend the performance for an incursion.​

If you missed out last year, the good news is The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk is back for anoth​er season. You can catch a performance in Perth (Dolphin Theatre, UWA) , Kwinana, Thornlie, Port Hedland, Geraldton, Bunbury, Margaret River, Kalgoorlie and at the Darwin Festival in August/September 2015. 

Perfect for children ages 8+ and their families.

For a sneak peek:

Further information:

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  • Jo O'Farrell
123/06/2015 3:24 PM

to a far away windy beach, with the return season of the Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company production of Storm Boy.

A runaway hit in 2013, this vivid stage adaptation of Colin Thiele’s much loved Australian classic, Storm Boy returns to Perth and Mandurah following a successful tour of NSW and Victoria.

“My wife and I took our 3 children to see Storm Boy. We went for dinner afterwards and all 5 of us couldn’t stop talking about the show and the magic that was created.”  Audience Member

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre  - 2–4 July
Perth - Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA -  8-11 July

With the support of Development Partner Woodside, Barking Gecko Theatre Company continues to make compelling theatre for young audiences and families.

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Cher Gibellini
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  • Ainslie Bourne
012/06/2015 12:37 PM

It was great to be in Karratha over the weekend to see first-hand West Australian Ballet's Embraceable You: Ballet on the Beach at Hearsons Cove. Woodside's social investment has always had front of mind, the communities in which we operate and is proud to have provided financial support for all of WA Ballet's regional tours since 2009.

Through Woodside's Principal Partnership of WA Ballet, eleven talented local dancers also provided the curtain-raiser entertainment to the performance at Hearson's Cove.  The inclusion of their performance was a great way for Woodside to enhance the connection between the local community and WA Ballet. These local dancers spent many hours rehearsing, so it was really pleasing that they were able to perform in front of a sold out audience.

Well done to the City of Karratha, Rio Tinto, Mermaid Marine and other supporters for seeing value in coming together to put on this great event.

Woodside's support of the arts is a tangible way of demonstrating our commitment and contribution to the culture and vitality of West Australian communities.


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  • Cher Gibellini
028/05/2015 2:21 PM

​Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Woodside stand for a chat at last weekend's Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival.

The festival had a great community atmosphere and it was fantastic to see the whole community embrace all the events over the four day festival.

The Festival certainly achieved its objectives of bringing together government, business, industry and the community.

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  • Rebecca Kais
111/05/2015 11:31 AM

In case you missed some of the 2015 Perth Festival, here's a link to some of the outstanding moments from this years Festival.​


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  • Ryan Felton
06/05/2015 3:04 PM

​Fremantle’s blockbuster match against Essendon on Saturday 9 May will have an Indigenous flavour, plus the chance for fans to win great prizes.

The club’s proud Major Sponsor and Indigenous Program Partner Woodside is the match day sponsor for the Round 6 match at Domain Stadium.

Before the match, two Clontarf Academy football teams will play as part of the Woodside Cup Curtain Raiser.

Richard Walley, who designed the club’s inaugural Indigenous jumper, will perform a Welcome to Country ceremony and toss the coin.

Woodside volunteers will hand out thousands of purple Forever Freo rally towels to fans in the precinct before the game.

At half time, a camera will pan across the stadium and if you’re on the big screen and wave your rally towel you have the chance to win some awesome prizes, thanks to Woodside.

Among them are two double passes to Matthew Pavlich’s Testimonial Dinner at Crown Perth on Friday 26 June and a Fremantle Dockers merchandise pack worth over $600, including a signed team Guernsey.

Make sure you get to the game early as there are a limited number of towels.

Bounce down is at 6.10pm.

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  • Andrea Fernandez
029/04/2015 9:42 AM

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company launched its first Pozible crowd funding campaign last month to raise $10,000 to develop its Indigenous Cultural Leadership Initiative 'All Our Futures'. View the campaign here:

Kick A Goal For Us is a one off initiative to grow the next generation of Indigenous cultural leadership in the arts industry. Funds raised will support selected professional trainees Ian Wilkes and Shakara Walley in a 12-month program of professional development at Yirra Yaakin.

Artistic Director Kyle Morrison said the initiative addresses the need for more Indigenous artists in leadership roles in the arts industry.

"There is a shortage of Aboriginal people in leadership roles in the areas of producing, directing, technical, production and project management. This campaign creates an exciting opportunity for two emerging leaders to be supported within the Company in their growth and development into the Australian performing arts industry," Mr Morrison said.

"Our current resources are stretched to the limit as we struggle to maintain our core programs. We are reaching out to the community and asking them to join us in supporting Shakara and Ian so they have the opportunity to achieve at the highest level. They represent the next generation of Aboriginal arts leadership. They are our future.

Our community also loves the AFL, so watch out in the coming weeks as some other star recruits join us in our campaign…we want this to be fun while also highlighting what is an important issue for us."

Overall, the campaign is seeking $25,000 in donations, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar through Creative Partnerships Australia's Plus1 Match Funding Initiative. $10,000 is specifically sought through the Kick A Goal For Us Pozible campaign, with additional donations needed to make up the final $15,000. The campaign will end on 28 May 2015.

We urge all of our supporters to please share the campaign with family and friends.


'All Our Futures' is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.

29/04/2015 9:42 AMNoArts, Culture & Sports
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  • Sarah-Jane Emslie
024/04/2015 1:05 PM

West Australian Ballet is thrilled to see the beautiful clip about the WAB and Woodside partnership come to life (now on the Canvas  homepage). The clip tries to show through two individuals from each organisation the shared values and success of our partnership with Woodside over many years. During our collaboration in producing this clip, the level of mutual agreement and similarity of attitudes towards what it takes to achieve the best in our organisations was striking, hence our statement 'Shared values. Shared success' which reflects the essence of this fantastic partnership.

We are so grateful for Woodside's support as West Australian Ballet's Principal Partner - support which enables us to entertain and enrich audiences with world-class art and to connect with communities across Western Australia throughout the year. 

There are more in this series of short clips which are supported by Woodside, called 'Heart of a Dancer'. Some will be shown in Northbridge from May 4-8 as part of Act.Belong.Commit Dance Week 2015, and there are more to follow in the coming weeks. Each episode features an exclusive behind the scenes look at individual dancers from WAB and how they live one of these shared organisational values (Commitment, Discipline, Excellence, Innovation, Working Together, Creativity). Don't miss them!

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  • Jo O'Farrell
021/04/2015 1:02 PM

Barking Gecko Theatre Company's Ensemble programme is a series of workshops that provide children aged 6 – 17 years an opportunity to come together to explore their ideas, learn a wide range of new skills, explore imagined worlds and have great fun all at the same time! 

We recently asked participants for their thoughts and received some wonderful feedback.

Hunter, 8 years old, who took part in the Little Gecko ensemble described coming to the workshops as "a happy place" and added, "It pumps me up!"

Lily from the BGTC Senior Ensemble said, "I feel excited coming to Barking Gecko Theatre Company as you never know what you are going to do. We do something different every term."

The Ensembles run for the length of the school term, with Saturday and after school options available for the three age bands. There are three age groups, Little Geckos, for ages 6-8, Junior Geckos for ages 9-12 and Senior Geckos 13-17 years.

The workshops held at Subiaco Arts Centre and Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana draw participants from all over Perth. Barking Gecko attracts high calibre industry professionals to lead their Ensembles and participants develop a wide range of skills over the term.​

Barking Gecko are taking enrollments for term two right now. For further information, please contact or call 08 9380 3081.​

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  • Cher Gibellini
020/04/2015 3:04 PM

It was great to see Louise May (Violin), Robyn Blann (Violin), Cristina Filgueira (Viola) and Jeremy Garside (Cello) from West Australian Youth Orchestras (WAYO) at Woodside's Annual General Meeting last week. The quartet (pictured) opened the meeting with Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik also known as 'A Little Night Music' and then entertained shareholders during the morning tea, following the meeting.

Woodside is proud to have supported WAYO since 1991 and we've just signed up to continue supporting the organisation for another three years. This will including an international tour to Japan and Singapore in 2016.

I encourage you to catch a performace by the talented members of WAYO. Tickets to the first concert of the year, Enigma are on sale now through WAYO Phone: 9328 9859.

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  • Cher Gibellini
18/04/2015 12:43 PM

Looking for a great way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Barking Gecko Theatre Company is presenting Roald Dahl's The Witches for a strictly limited season.

Audiences young and old are amazed by Scott Sheridan's performance, flinging himself from character to character in a triumphant rendering of Roald Dahl's most uniquely engaging creations. From the Grand High Witch to the very hungry Bruno, an hilarious French waiter and several mice in between Scott is winning praise from discerning critics and audience members young and old. Your children will be engrossed and occasionally grossed out as they giggle, scream and cheer along.

Don't miss out, the show must end this Sunday, 12 April.

Book now at ticketek:

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