Last night, local members of the Facebook group “The Conservative Cave” met for the fifth “Cave Catchup” (first for 2014) at the Great Southern Hotel on George Street, Sydney. This was the first real-time meeting of the online community this year at its customary rendezvous: the local art deco pub on the outskirts of the city’s central business district.
The Conservative Cave was started by members of the Sydney traditionalist scene several years ago and has continued to grow with online membership now attracting a predictably international virtual crowd. However, the more active bulk of members remains focused around Sydney’s (and Melbourne’s) local precincts. The Sydney “Cave Catchup” has always been popular as it offers an opportunity for face-to-face engagement among young political activists in the area. Although online social networking is essential for communicating ideas to a larger audience, it should never replace real activity “on the ground”. These events are important not only to foster a sense of camaraderie among our members and supporters, but they also offer an opportunity for discussions to take place on a more personal level. This is the optimal environment in which to organise campaigns and other projects on local university campuses as well as the broader community.
We were very happy to welcome several new members into our community and hope that these meetings will continue to be a permanent fixture in the calendar of Sydney conservative activists. This was the first “Cave Catchup” attended by our friends from the Tradition Family Property group. Similar meetings occur in the Melbourne area and are organised by Mark Richardson of OzConservative and the Eltham Traditionalists. Victorian readers are enocuraged to visit OzConservative for more information about these.