Friday, May 27, 2016

Faraway Competition for Young Writers

Who is faraway?
 When do you feel faraway?
 Where is faraway?
What is faraway?

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Who can enter: All writers across Australia aged 7—18 years
Cost: $7 for each entry (limit 3 entries per person)
Age categories: 7-9 years old, 10-13 years old, or 14-18 years old
Opening date: 19 April 2016
Closing date: 26 August 2016
Short stories up to 500 words
Poems up to 20 lines
Illustrations A5 and black & white only
All entries must be inspired by the theme of ‘Faraway’. Entries will be judged by renowned Melbourne based writer Angela Costi, and widely-exhibited local artist Margaret Krajnc.
Prizes include vouchers up to $250 towards Creative Write-it courses (which includes online writing mentorships for 'faraway' writers!) plus publication in the Faraway anthology. 

Go to for guidelines and to submit your entry.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Australian Centre for Leadership for Women's Diversity Award


The aim of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women's (ACLW) new Diversity Award which aims to recognise and award individual and organisational efforts to advance women, particularly marginalised women in Australia. 

This Award is the culmination of efforts to address a gap in mainstream recognition programs for Diversity Champions who strive to assist women from diverse backgrounds and the women who thrive as a result of the initiative.

It is said that the best nominees are often the people who wouldn’t dream of putting themselves forward, which is why they are asking you to nominate individuals for this application.

The team of volunteers (Judges and Sponsors) are hoping that this Award receives numerous applications so that we have the opportunity to discover who are the people and organisations striving to enable and create pathways for women from all social groups and the power of their initiatives. They also want to reward and recognise the women who have integrated the benefits of the initiative into their own journeys of empowerment. There are some wonderful prizes for winners (Diversity Champions and women benefiting). Moreover all short-listed candidates will be featured at ACLW. 

Applications for the Diversity Award will close on 1 May 2016

If you have any questions about applying for this Award other than the ones featured in the Frequently Asked Questions on the Facebook page ( or at please don't hesitate to email me

2015-16 Family Energy Rebate

NSW Family Energy Rebate

NSW families with dependent children who may be eligible to apply for the 2015-16 Family Energy Rebate of up to $150. 

The Family Energy Rebate is one of a number of NSW Government energy assistance programs to help eligible households reduce the impact of energy costs. 

How account holders can apply

It takes just two minutes to apply online and once submitted the rebate application begins processing. Applying online can also be done from mobile, internet-enabled devices including smart phones and tablets. 

The application submission deadline is 11pm, Thursday 16 June 2016.
More information is available from the Family Energy Rebate website, including eligibility criteria, application forms and frequently asked questions. 

Other energy rebates
DHS Health Care Card holders (issued by the Department of Human Services) may also be eligible for the Low Income Household Rebate and NSW Gas Rebate. Visit the Rebates web page for more information. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Boots For Change

Boots for Change

The Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (AFMA) is auspicing a national awareness campaign that will use and feature BOOTS – any kind – gumboots, work boots, riding boots, tap boots, cowboy boots, fashion boots – as the metaphor and iconic image to connect farmers, their families, farmers’ markets and rural and urban communities.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rocks Rust Stars and Dust

This time next year you could be arriving in Broken Hill ready to share in
Broken Hill was built on the world's largest silver, lead and zinc deposit and is still an active mining town. A visit might see you head under-ground amongst the real rock!
Broken Hill is the first city in Australia to be included on the National Heritage list due to its outstanding heritage significance to the country.
Broken Hill has amazingly vast open skies! Lay back and gaze into the clear night sky as it twinkles ablaze with millions of stars.
Broken Hill is the real outback! Come and experience our captivating landscapes .... dust included free of charge!

Women's Gatherings are for all rural women including: farming women; Aboriginal women; women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; mining women; women in the fishing industry; women who live in regional cities, towns and villages; and coastal women. Gatherings are a well established annual statewide community event for all rural women.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hearts Of Australia Extraordinary love stories from the bush.

Do you know of an amazing, inspiring, hopeful love story from around our great nation?
This journey will be an impressive reflection of life on the land, complemented by anecdotal stories that capture the resilience and strength of the people who live and work on it.
Collecting stories from every corner of our heartland. 

 Please drop a direct line if you know of a love story worth mentioning!

Book release for Valentine's Day 2017.
Know of a great love story?


Sunday, November 8, 2015

You’re Invited To TedX Orange!

Friday 20 November 2015 Orange Conservatorium 


Ten speakers, six musicians, a poet and lunch. 
Speakers include:
  1. Professor Gordon Parker of the Black Dog Institute and the grandfather of rural mental health. 
  2. Dai Le, Financial Review Woman of Influence, will be talking about diversity and inclusion (and is on ABC TV's Q & A Monday 2 November!
  3. Journalist Mieke Buchan will be talking about the power of having a yarn. 
  4. Architect Al Baxter will be talking about sustainable regional architecture (he played a bit of footy in his younger days). 

There will also be talks on solutions journalism, food security, loneliness, using words to shape our futures, how to run a circus and the challenge of feeding billions. Add in half a dozen local musicians and a poet and there’s a big day on offer.

Orange TEDX is part of a worldwide not for profit phenomenon that aims to spread ideas to create change with in communities through sharing - one talk at a time.

This will be the first ever TEDX to Orange with live streaming through the central and far west with the support of Optus and TAFE.

Here is a link to a 1 minute YouTube clip to give you a quick overview of what TEDX is all about if you are not familiar with the concept: