Monday, February 28, 2011

More support for Young Farmers and Rural Women

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig
Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare; Minister for the Status of Women the Hon. Kate Ellis MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP

The Australian Government is calling for applications under a new round of the Recognising Women Farmers and Next Gen Farmers grants which offer up to $50,000 (GST exclusive) for activities that promote young people and rural women in agriculture.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said these programs had already produced positive outcomes for rural women and young people since being introduced in 2008.
“These grants have improved the networking opportunities, leadership skills and industry knowledge of rural women and young people across Australia,” Minister Ludwig said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly, said the latest funding round will continue to build on the progress already made under the initiative.

“This round of funding will provide ongoing benefits for our rural communities and help keep Australian primary industries productive and sustainable in an ever changing climate,” Dr Kelly said.

To date over $6.2 million in funding for 72 Next Gen Farmers projects and 91 Recognising Women Farmers projects has been provided.

The grants will support activities which aim to:

•build and share knowledge and experience;

•develop leadership and management skills;

•boost participation in primary industries;

•develop skills to contribute more effectively to government and industry decision making; and

•build networks among rural, regional and remote Australians.

Minister for the Status of Women, Ms Kate Ellis, acknowledged the importance of building the capacity of youth and women in regional areas.

“About one third of all Australian women live in rural or remote areas and they are the backbone of rural and remote families and communities,” Ms Ellis said.

“I am determined to ensure that the talent and hard work of rural women is recognised and supported and that’s what these grants are all about.”

The Recognising Women Farmers and Next Gen Farmers grants are awarded through a competitive process based on the merit of the proposals, and are a part of Community Networks and Capacity Building, which supports the government’s Australia’s Farming Future.

Submission of applications for funding through the Recognising Women Farmers grants and Next Gen Farmers grants closes at 5.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time, 28 March 2011.

For more information or to apply for grant funding please visit

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Visual Feast from What Katie Ate

Yay for blogger Katie Quinn Davies from blog What Katie Ate posting pictures from a weekend spent in Orange and Milthorpe, NSW.  What better way to promote the country.

Check out the post here.

What gorgeous pictures.

I will definately be visiting The Black Sheep Inn sometime in the future.  What a beautiful place and thumbs up to the Napiers, a great country family, who run it.  Looks like many fabulous night could be spent by the fire with a bottle of local wine and many laughs.

I wish I could visit right now.

How Fabulous

Opera beneath an Australian icon 'The Dish

On Saturday night, October 8, with The Dish as the spectacular backdrop, a magical evening of famous operatic arias and songs from some of Broadway’s greatest musicals will be performed on stage by the region’s top artists including sopranos Helen Barnett and Julie O’Connor accompanied by the Macquarie Philharmonia 47 piece symphony orchestra.

The concert, titled Bellini to Broadway, is being planned by Parkes Under the Stars, a local community organisation established to deliver the inaugural Opera at The Dish in 2011. The major aim of the event is to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation to assist with their efforts in supplying breast care nurses to regional centres including Parkes.

The idea for the concert is the brainchild of award winning Orange based soprano Helen Barnett.

Conducted by the passionate and talented Mark Shiell, the concert is predicted to both `enchant and inspire’ the audience during a night to remember.
Tickets go on sale later this year.
I think I may have to get some.

Tuesday Prettiness

Enjoy your mornig cuppa

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Community Fundraising

I recently attended a community fundraiser for Cancer Care

The idea was to decorate a bust or canvas and to have them auctioned off.

I was blown away by the creativity from my local area.

My favourite?
I loved the birdsnest ... and of course the Sarah Jessica Parker ...
but really who could choose, I am just in awe of the creative men and women who contributed.