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Maribyrnong North West Emmaus Community

1996

The first initiative in forming a new community was taken by Jim Tilson, who called meetings of interested people.

1997

Steering committee formed by Melbourne Emmaus Community to explore possibility of the formation of a new Community in the North West of Victoria, Australia.

1998

Formation of the new Maribyrnong North West Emmaus Community Board.

1999

1st April: The new Community was registered with National and registration recorded with the Upper Room, USA.

17th April: Maribyrnong Northwest Emmaus Community was commissioned at a gathering in Echuca, Victoria.

July: Walks 1 and 2 were run at Lady Northcote Camp, under guidance of Melbourne Emmaus Community.

2000-2009
Men’s and Women’s Walks have been held each year except for 2004 in which there were two Men’s and Women’s Walks.

2009

July: Walks 23 and 24 at Lake Dewar.

12th Sep: 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations at the Sydenham Baptist Church.

2010

July: Walks 25 and 26 at Lake Dewar.

2011

February: Held our first Going Fourth Day at Echuca.
1st April: Hosted the National Secretariat Conference at Lake Dewar.
July: Walks 27 and 28 were held at Lake Dewar.

2012

July: Walks 29 and 30 at Lake Dewar
September/October: Walks 31 and 32 at Camp Curumbene

2013

May: Walk 34 at Adekate Lodge.

September: Walks 33 at Camp Curumbene. (Original Men's Walk 33 at Adekate was cancelled due low pilgrim numbers.)

2014

July: Walks 35 and 36 at Camp Curumbene

13th Sep: 15th Year Anniversary Gathering at the Melton Uniting Church.

2015

July/August: Walks 37 and 38 at Upper Plenty Conference Centre

2016

August: Women's Walk 40 at Camp Curumbene

September: Mens's Walk 39 was combined with Melbourne Emmaus Community at Palotti College.

2017

September: Going Fourth Day at Werribee Baptist Church.

No Walks, (due to Men's Lay Director withdrawal).

2018

July/August: Planned Walks 41 and 42 at Camp Getaway, Axedale.

March/October: Planned Going Fourth Days at Epsom and Wendouree.