Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Love Tennis

In honour of all things Wimbledon and MY tennis grand finals tomorrow

Wozniacki Wearing Tennis Performance Skirt by Stella McCartney.

Maria Kirilenko wears a great white skirt. Photo via Getty.

Retro Tennis Inspiration.

Russia's Maria Sharapova at China Open in Beijing, China.



Australians Supporting Beef Farmers

Vote NOW to show your support for the Australian Beef Farmers

ASBF Limited, a Company Limited by Guarantee, has been established as a non-profit entity to promote the best interests of its members and will offer Australian Beef Farmers, and those who work in support industries and the general public a collective representative voice.

Their objectives are:

ASBF will provide the vehicle for identifying, reporting and informing all Australians on issues that affect beef producers and associated industries.

ASBF will be the conduit to bring country and city peo together so that they may understand each other and thereby build appreciation, respect and unity.

ASBF is committed to promoting the best interests of its members by establishing and growing a communications network to distribute factual information about our industry to the public, the media and governments.

Follow ASBF on facebook here

City Dwellers Coaxed To The Country With $7000 Grant

From the first of July, there will be even more reasons for city families to try a tree change.

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Seven thousand of them to be exact.

Under a new State Government plan, anyone who sells a home in Sydney, the Central Coast, Wollongong or Newcastle, and buys another on a country area, will be paid a Regional Relocation Grant of seven thousand dollars.

The grants is available to everyone, with only two conditions - the house being bought must be worth six hundred thousand dollars or less, and it must be the buyer's primary residence for at least one year.

Wagga Mayor, Wayne Geale, has welcomed the move.

“It's just another good little incentive for people to come.”

He hopes the initiative will attract more people to the region.

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“I guess that's people's removal costs, and it's a good deposit on a home or a bigger home if they are moving from Sydney. I think it can only do us good.”

The public are divided.

Some say it's a great idea.

“I think it would be a great idea.”

“I say it's pretty good. It's a great incentive.”

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“If it's enough incentive to get people moving I think it'll be fabulous.”

While other says it's not enough.

“I don't know whether it's quite enough to get people to the country but I wish it would be enough.”

“I disagree with it. By the time people spend their $7000 to move to a country town they've got not money left, they've got to find a job here which is harder than what it is in the city.”

“I do live in Sydney and I don't think it would be enough to tempt me away from Sydney.”

He may be biased, but Cr Wayne Geale believes there's no place better than Wagga.

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“We've got good facilities all round, it's pleasant to be in, you don't have to travel hundreds of kilometres to get to anywhere, it's good for kids. There's just so many reasons, they'd be mad to stay in Sydney.”
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Hidden Treasures - honouring rural women volunteers

Hidden Treasures acknowledges the important volunteer roles women play within NSW rural communities. It provides a platform to pay tribute to rural women volunteers who donate their time and energy to help others.

The inaugural 2010 Honour Roll was announced at the Wentworth Women's Gathering in October 2010. It celebrates 42 rural women who volunteer across NSW who were nominated by members of their communities.

Nominations for 2011 are open and close 25 August.

The 2011 Honour Roll will be launched at the 2011 Women's Gathering at Gloucester from 14-16 October.

Find out more about Hidden Treasures and how to nominate here

"What Women Want"

Dinner for Women from Lockhart, The Rock and area.

Come for a chat, some fun & nice food

Who’s it for: Young mums, working girls, women in town, women on the land

When: Monday, 18th July, 2011

Where: Supper Room, Lockhart Memorial Hall

Time: 6.00pm – 9.30 pm
Cost: Gold coin donation

RSVP by Friday, 15th July 2011

Phone: Di Pritchard (Centacare) 0429 128 822
Libby Hanlon (RDGP) 0429 924 355
Sheila Cross or Carissa Schneider (MLHN) (02) 6920 4098

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


The Cotton Research and Development Corporation is the statutory authority that provides strategic support to industry through targeted investment in research and development. It is funded by levies from the cotton industry and matching funds from the Australian Government.

The corporation is constituted under the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989.

The government is seeking to appoint five to seven non-executive directors to the corporation from 1 September 2011.  Appointment to these part-time positions will be for up to three years.

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation works to foster a profitable and internationally competitive cotton industry by investing in research and development on a cooperative, partnership basis with industry participants, other research and development organisations and the general community.

The Strategic R&D Plan 2008–2013 sets out the framework for the current investment strategy. The plan is available on the corporation’s website.

Applications are invited and will be assessed by a selection committee.

Appointment is based upon the skills and experience of an applicant in one or more of the following fields:

• cotton production, processing or marketing

• management or conservation of natural resources

• science, technology or technology transfer

• environmental and ecological matters

• economics or finance

• administration of research and development

• business management

• sociology

• public administration.

Written applications should address the relevant fields of expertise listed above and be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae that includes the names of three referees, career and personal details. Applications should not exceed four (4) pages. Applications should be submitted by email to:

Ms C Hawkins, Presiding Member, Cotton Research and Development Corporation Board Selection Committee

Applications close on Wednesday 13 July 2011.
For more information regarding the CRDC please visit

Doctors 4 The Bush

If you are like me and live in a place where you have to wait 6 weeks for a doctors appointment, or you are concerned about the lack of Doctors in the Bush -

Doctors for the bush

Register your support here

Follow the facebook page here

Read about a possible solution here

You can also speak out here

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Why Don't You.....

This is a ground-breaking initiative of the NRWC, connecting rural, regional & remote women around Australia in ways never seen before.

The new National Network belongs to every rural, regional and remote woman in the country, and we need you to help us to develop it into a strong network dedicated to improving the lives of all rural women, their families and communities.

Join the network now, by clicking here, and keep an eye out for news on when their state-of-the-art member website goes live.

Or follow on facebook here

Opera at The Dish Officially Launched - Tickets on Sale Now

Opera at the Dish

Tickets for Opera at The Dish are officially on sale

To purchase tickets go to or phone Parkes Visitor Information Centre on 02 6862 6000

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.

Sopranos Helen Barnett and Julie O'Connor, baritone Dallas Watts and tenor Raymond Khong will be accompanied by the 50 piece Macquarie Philharmonia.

MC for the evening will be well know actor, Roy Billing, the Honorary Mayor of Parkes - as played in the hit movie "The Dish"

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Look out Wagga

Personally I have never arrived home to this but would love to hear if anyone has?  Do country boys really go to this much effort?

Could this be you?

Are you a member of a rural focused women's network/organisation in NSW?

The Rural Womens Network are trying to map who is out there...


If you know of one that is out there let them know what it is called and who the contact person is.

Currently they only have listed as key NSW networks/organisations for rural women:

RWN logo: Let's make it happen - together

CWA of New South Wales


Riverina Agricultural Women (RAW)