Monday, October 31, 2011

2011 LandLearn NSW Speech Spectacular

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The LandLearn NSW Speech Spectacular is a public speaking competition run by LandLearn NSW, the education portal form primary industries in NSW. The Speech Spectacular is free to enter and encourages students in stages 3,4 and 5 to voice their opinions on some important primary industry issues!

References and further information can be found at:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Today Is Your Day

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Disasters Affect us in Many Ways

Damage to or destruction of homes, property and cherished belongings together with the obvious physical effects including loss of loved ones, pain or physical challenges are usually apparent. Initial short-term emotional effects such as fear, acute anxiety, grief, emotional numbness etc are very common.

However the emotional impact of a disaster often manifests some time later and can continue for many years to come.

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference in Brisbane from April 16 to April 18 next year will feature streams on the emotional impact of disasters (adults, children, volunteer workers etc) and also a workshop on ‘The warning signs of fractured communities’ and the call for papers is now open on the conference website –

The conference committee are keen to create a comprehensive forum that will grow to become an annual event that will take place either in Australia or New Zealand in years to come and as such would like to see the conference offer professionals (and future professionals) including relevant health care professionals an opportunity to advance and improve approaches, thoughts and opinions and develop expertise, competencies and aptitudes relating to information and facts surrounding preparedness for future disasters, emergencies and hazards and the ability to recover from them quickly and efficiently.

Please feel free to also submit your ideas re suitable workshops/sessions etc that you believe we should consider including in our conference – please email

Go here for more info

Prue Trollope

Check out Prue Trollope's beautiful new website

Guaranteed to make you swoon

Calling all former Showgirls

1979 Showgirls

The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition is very different to a typical beauty contest.  Contestants are judged on their confidence, life goals, general knowledge, presentation and speech, and also on their knowledge of rural Australia and their local community. The Competition also encourages awareness of issues faced by women in rural NSW.

The 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show will mark the 50th anniversary of this iconic event.

If you were a former winner, runner-up or finalist who reached the Sydney Royal State Finals, we’d love for you to be part of the anniversary celebrations planned to take place at the 2012 Show.

For more info go here

2011 Showgirls

Time out for a little TLC

AFTER 10 months at her daughter’s hospital bedside watching her undergo countless rounds of surgery, the last thing on Kate Bucknell’s mind was herself.

Sophie Bucknell and her mum Kate have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Westmead.

Understandably, the devoted mum’s entire focus has been on 11-year-old Sophie since doctors found a tumour behind her eye.

In March, Mrs Bucknell and Sophie moved into Ronald McDonald House at the Children’s Hospital in Westmead.

It was a much-needed relief for Mrs Bucknell when Pamper the Parents Day was held at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead earlier this month.

Read more about these inspirational beautiful kids and parents here

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Wear sequins in the sun, your heart on your sleeve, and remember everything looks better with a smile, Spanx, and a statement necklace!"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Aim For the Stars

Do you have a dream but need some extra funds to help achieve it?

Aim for the Stars Foundation

Applications for 2012 grants are now open!

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation is inviting girls and women across Australia whether they are an academic, an athlete, an artist or even an archaeologist to apply.

An opportunity exists for all females striving to achieve their goals. Applications close November 11, 2011.

Interested persons can get additional information by referring to the website.

Good School Website

Handy info for parents with school-age kids - social media, technology, homework, relationships and heaps more... Here is a range of resources to point you in the right direction.


Monday, October 24, 2011

A Touch of Pink

Or alot.....

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Doesn't really matter when its Pink Ribbon Day

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Ahhh Hell....

He's a bit of a spunk so it's OK the All Blacks won

Just in case you need a closer look

Yes I can be that superficial
"It's impossible" said pride, "it's risky" said experience. "It's pointless" said reason, "give it a try" whispered the heart ♥

Listen to your heart, don't limit your life, if you never try, you'll never know!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Opulance in the Outback - Sounds Magnificent

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On Saturday 17th March, 2012 as the dust settles and the setting sun bathes the paddocks in a magnificent golden glow the whirr of machinery is replaced by the buzz of excitement. The days dirt is washed away and work boots are replaced by stilettos, while the customary jeans and flanny shirt make way for tuxedo's and ball gowns. This transformation marks the start of a night to remember.

(Wow if that isnt enough to make you want to go I don't know what is)

As you our guest, arrive to the paddock in the "middle of nowhere" you will certainly not be ready for the impressive site that greets you. A huge marquee, brilliant white in contrast to the red dirt and golden stubble that it raises from and a plush red carpet fit for royalty offer the promise of a luxurious gala night full of celebration and extravagance.

In the Spirit of Celebration, a group of locals are planning an event-to-remember in celebration of the "Year of the Farmer", with proceeds going towards the Royal Flying Doctor - Western Operations and the St John Ambulance - North Midlands Sub Branch.

Over 350 guests are expected to attend 'Opulence in the Outback' on Saturday 17th March, 2012.

On this evening, guests will be treated to a delectable five course meal and an array of premium beverages while enjoying a celebration of farming in our district in the luxury of our beautiful air-conditioned marquee.

A charity auction will take place during the course of the evening with a variety of outstanding donated items up for grabs.

Entertainment will be of the highest quality including a high-profile guest speaker, local Master of Ceremonies and ambiance music.

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Towards the end of the evening, guests will be able to kick up their heels and dance the night away to the music of a popular Perth based band.

'Opulence in the Outback' is a way of thanking local producers and helping to lift the profile of farmers in the region - not to mention offering the perfect setting for the farmers to enjoy a well earned evening of opulence and entertainment surrounded by their peers and supporters.

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'Opulence in the Outback' is the brain child of Carnamah local Kylie Tremlett who has held a dream for 15 years of staging this event. Enlisting a dedicated and passionate group of local volunteers (who hail from Carnamah, Coorow Three-Springs and Perenjori) the 'Opulence in the Outback' dream took hold and has slowly materialised into where it is at today.

For more info see website here

Sounds magnificent to me
What a night
I can picture myself there
I want to go..........