Mini-Ban bus in Tasmania, Australia

Photographer John Rodsted organized an eleven-day speaking tour through Canberra and Tasmania in October. The tour included public meetings, school visits and meetings with NGOs, where Rodsted spoke about the impact of landmines and unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan and his recent work there. The ICBL – Australia Network held its Annual General Meeting and National Meetings in November in Adelaide. In December, “Life After Injury,” a rehabilitation manual for mine survivors and their families written by Liz Hobbs, Sue McDonough & Ann O’Callaghan, was released in Adelaide. In November, “Songlines Against Landmines,” a backyard concert organized by the Canberra Band “The View From Here,” raised funds to purchase a metal detector.

Also in November, the proprietors of the “Tin Cat Cafe” in suburban Kent Town in Adelaide, with the support of their clients, local business people and Network supporters, arranged a special function to benefit the Campaign. With the help of a well-run and highly successful charity auction and some very generous donors, $5110 was raised for the Campaign. For more information please contact: ppakpoy@chariot.net.au orhinton@senet.com.au

The film “Bombies” was shown on 5 October in Hobart, Tasmania as part of a fundraiser for the Mines Victims and Clearance (MIVAC) Trust. The event included an introduction by Tony Foster, Mayor of the City of Brighton and was followed by a panel discussion on MIVAC’s work. For more information contact: ahorsler@southcom.com.au “Keeping the Peace: Stories of Australian Peacekeepers,” a traveling art exhibition, opened 27 October in Port Pirrie. The exhibition examines Australia’s participation in global peacekeeping over the last 54 years. Contact: travelling.exhibitions@awm.gov.au The ICBL Australian Network held an event during Austcare’s Refugee Week from 5-13 October.