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: 

2016 CEF Scholarships Guide

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The 2016 CEF Scholarships Guide is a comprehensive list of tertiary scholarships developed for rural and regional students.

The Guide includes a wide variety of scholarships which range from a $500 textbook or accommodation grant up to $50,000 per year for education and living costs.

This Guide is a must read for rural and regional students who face greater financial barriers when pursuing higher education. If you need financial assistance, you are strongly encourage you to APPLY, APPLY, APPLY.

Women Out West Conference & Expo 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Take Part in the 2015 Regional Wellbeing Survey

The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. To achieve this, we need to hear the views of all people living in rural and regional Australia.

Everyone aged 18 or over who takes part in the survey can enter the draw to win one of 16 prizes worth a total of $7,000.

Do the survey online at
Call 1800 981 499 if you’d like them to post you a paper survey, or for help with the survey.

This year, you can choose to do a short or long version of the survey. People who choose to do a longer survey receive additional entries into the prize draw.

Your participation helps them produce data your community can use, as they produce results for every community from which they receive more than 100 responses.
 Many communities are now using the Regional Wellbeing Survey’s results to help inform their planning and decision making processes. To see last year’s results, click here.

The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes on 1 December 2015, at midnight. 

The Mindspot Clinic: Free telephone and online service


The MindSpot Clinic is a free telephone and online service for Australian 
adults troubled by symptoms of anxiety or depression.

We provide free Online Screening Assessments to help you learn about 
your symptoms, free Treatment Courses to help you to recover, or we 
can help you find local services that can help.

For more information visit: