The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with the Bendigo Interfaith Council and the City of Greater Bendigo, would like to invite you to the 2017 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference on Sunday, November 12th 2017 @ Ulumbarra Theatre.

Ulumbarra Theatre - Bendigo

About the Conference:

The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference (VINC) is a grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities.

Date: Sunday, November 12th 2017   Time: 12:00pm - 4:30pm

LocationUlumbarra Theatre - 10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo VIC 3550  (see Google Maps location)


  • 12:00pm-1:25pm: Registration, networking, lunch and activities
  • 1:30pm-2:15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech on Religious Freedom in a 21st Century Pluralist Society.
  • 2:20pm-3:50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
  • 4:00pm-4:30pm: Summary & closing ceremony

Workshops & Plenary Sessions:

Enrolment for workshops and plenary sessions to be made on the day of event so please arrive early to enrol in your preferred workshop or session.

  • Workshop 1: Freedom of Religion & Social Cohesion
  • Workshop 2: Educational Program for Schools - Understanding Religious Diversity
  • Workshop 3: Active bystander training to prevent violence against women
  • Workshop 4: Introductory Training Workshop for Emergencies Ministry

For information on each workshop click here

To register for the event go to http://www.vinc.eventbrite.com.au and click on the green Register button.

Click here to view flyer

Travel to Venue (Ulumbarra Theatre):

Ulumbarra Theatre is located on Gaol Road, Bendigo (approximately 150km north-west of Melbourne).

See googles Map location

For information how to get to the venue by car (including parking), train or bus, click here

Come and Stay in Bendigo for the Weekend:
A number of complimentary events have been organised over the weekend (11th & 12th of November), so come and spend a few days in Bendigo.

  • November 11th - Tour to Places of Worship (11am - 4pm):  Bendigo is home to some of the most spectacular architecturally designed places of worship in Australia, including The Sacred Heart Cathedral & The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Join us for a guided bus tour on Saturday November 11th to various places of worship around City of Greater Bendigo. If you are already in Bendigo on the 11th of November, register on this bus: bendigo-tour.eventbrite.com.au OR if you are coming from Metropolitan Victoria register on this bus: www.bmin.org.au/news-and-events/tour-to-places-of-worship-around-city-of-greater-bendigo
  • November 12th - Tour of Sandhurst Gaol (11am - 12pm): Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from within what was once the Sandhurst Gaol. Constructed in the early 1860s, the gaol was based on the Pentonville prison model where the wings radiate from a central tower, now the symbiotic link between the heritage and contemporary architecture. Your guide will explore spaces throughout this extraordinary arts and community facility, telling the tales that once remained behind the walls. For registration ring Fiona Gardner on (03) 5446 9951. Tour is free of charge but limited places so register quickly.
  • November 12th - WE ARE THE WORLD! Bring a bell! Concert (4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Ulumbarra Theatre): A magnificent blend  of traditional, classical and sacred music and dance, presented by over 150 performers, ending with Federation bells and audience bells, joining in unity. Please Note: Entry to Concert is free for Conference participants. For more information click here.

The Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival will also be taking place in Bendigo during November 9th to 12th. For more information see: www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au

Accommodation in Bendigo

For accommodation in Bendigo see www.bendigotourism.com

Please note, Quest Bendigo and Quest Bendigo Central is offering the following discounts off their BAR (best available rate) to participants of the Conference - simply quote ‘Interfaith Networks Conference’ when making booking.

  • 10% discount – 1 night booked
  • 12% discount – 2 nights booked
  • 16% discount – 3 nights booked

Quest Bendigo Central: 228 McCrae Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
T: +61 3 5410 1300  M: 0439 432 438
Web: http://www.questapartments.com.au/properties/vic/bendigo/quest-bendigo-central/overview

Quest Bendigo: 489 High Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
T: +61 3 5447 0822  F: +61 3 5447 9722
Web: http://www.questapartments.com.au/properties/vic/bendigo/quest-bendigo/overview

Related Links:

How to Get to Bendigo

Vline Train Timetables

Bendigo Tourism


For things to do in Bendigo go to www.bendigotourism.com or freecall 1800 813 153. You can also visit the Bendigo Visitor Centre open 9am-5pm every day at 51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo.


Bendigo Tourism Website


Further Information:

For more information please contact Mr Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer, Faith Communities Council of Victoria, Mobile: 0412 670 369 | Email: officer@faithvictoria.org.au

This event is proudly supported by the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, Bendigo Interfaith Council, City of Greater Bendigo and the Victorian State Government - Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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