Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Start Your Tuesday Strong

A feel good song by Kelly Clarkson for Tuesday.

Monday, November 28, 2011

NW Qld Young Beef Producers

To keep young people involved in the Beef and related industries in North and North West Queensland informed of information and events available regionally and nationally follow their facebook page here.

Maeve Issue 6 Out Now

Perfect morning for coffee and Maeve Mag

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Laugh and Love

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“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

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Loving ....A glimpse of royalty

Loving Princess Mary's visit to Broken Hill, NSW

Gotta love a royal who goes bush!!

I bet all those people who travelled hours to greet her did so in their Toyota's!!!

More pics here

Friday, November 25, 2011


Safety Around Farms Education DVD Available Now

Safety Around Farm Education

The new 'Farm safety Is fun" DVD for children starring Scallywag Scarecrow and Farmer Fran the puppet is now available for sale.

If you wish to purchase this DVD go to our website-
or phone Vicki Connell on 0357281694

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Have 4WD Will Travel

I was very interested to read that the lovely Mia Freedman along with Jennifer Hawkins and Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass and Bide fame are the new Range Rover Evoque "City Shaper" ambassadors.

They each received their new Range Rover Evoque last week at the Opera House and good luck to them I say.

Jealous much - hell yes.

But it did make me wonder why all the ambassadors for these items are always in the city.  Surely country folk count for something.  I do understand that the above vehicle is a city car so it would not suit my country roads anyway.

I really do need a 4WD - a real one.

Why don't they set me up to be an ambassador for a real 4WD.

I need a vehicle that can comfortably hold 4 children plus friends.  One that will do many, many long trips - lets face it, that is most days.  One that can drive through snow, rain, floods, bull dust, mud, grass, over rocks and through plagues of locusts.  I need to be able to tow a horse float and a trailer.  I need a vehicle that can handle tough dirt roads and roads covered in potholes.  (atm I am waiting for one of my shocks on my current vehicle to be fixed from rough roads!) I need control and speed.  And lets not mention the dirt, oh the dirt!  I don't need dirt but I live with it and everything is covered with it.   And yes I like luxury too.  I wouldn't mind a "honking great sound system", lord knows I drive with music blaring - mostly to block out the children whining on long trips, which I have said is most days. TV screens for long trips - yes well lets face it most trips are long trips in the bush.  360 degree safety cameras would be great too but I do pride myself on my parking so I could actually give the parking system that parks for you a miss.  I like to be independent.  And useful.  I like to think I can actually drive a car, (even though my husband would debate that).

Toyota pride themselves on having the earth's greatest 4WD.  Really.  Well let me have a go at it. 

Plenty of room.  Liking the idea of a cooler box as well, water is a necessity on a long trip.

Nissan - well lets see, I have always been a Toyota driver, but what can you do for me?

I like their safety features and storage ideas.

Mostly I just want something that is sturdy and safe, (doesn't have to be huge) - and I will need to occasionally wear a heel with it so it has to look good as well.


What do you drive?
What would you like to drive?
What is the best vehicle for country roads?

And would Toyota and Nissan etc ever have country ambassadors?

After all we are the folk who buy the vehicles for our road conditions.

Good luck to the Range Rover ambassadors, maybe they could spread the word that country folk are open to being ambassadors as well!  (And I could really work a 4WD - even a city 4WD)

And check out the Mamamia post, it has generated lots of debate.


"Let my girls be Hermiones"

“I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before 'thin'. And frankly, I'd rather they didn't give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls.”

- J.K. Rowling via GoodReads and Girl With a Satchel

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

For Country Women

Honour to God

Loyalty to the Throne

Service to the Country

Through Country Women

For Country Women

By Country Women

CWA of New South Wales

I have recently taken my pledge as a CWA member

A group of very enthusiastic young women in my local area have re-opened their branch which closed years ago.

We are young, energetic and rearing to go and do good in our local community.

Are you a member?

Harvester of Sorrow - Farmers Speak out on Depression

Life on the land is challenging enough for the nation’s food and fibre producers without the added strain of mental illness.

But for the farmers who live in the far-flung corners of our nation, their voices are not always heard, as Patrick Tombola discovered after spending several months living on farms in western New South Wales. via

Watch here

“I don’t wanna be shaped like a girl I LOVE being shaped like a WOMAN & trust me ladies your man wont mind either"

445572494 Weight bullies 0. Miley 1.

This picture was tweeted by Miley Cyrus yesterday. 
Find out why here

Emily Bristow - Raindrop (Official Music Video)

Emily Jane Bristow is the name everyone’s talking about with the Brisbane teenager’s “Raindrop” reaching in excess of 160,000 YouTube hits after her brother posted it on Reddit.

Its a teary breakup song but very sweet.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Reality TV and Women's Self Esteem

Further to this post here is another scene from the film Miss Representation.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Just Having a Wine.......

Why not

It's Friday

Have your photo featured on the cover of the next Country Web

A cover image is being sought for the next edition of The Country Web - a very special edition to celebrate 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer.

This edition will feature stories about women farmers who have played a key role in shaping and building primary industries - women who have excelled across our communities, displaying innovation, creativity, determination and resilience.

Profile photos of women farmers or women farmers in their 'workplace' are wanted.

Pictures need to be good quality high-res images, full of colour and character.

You may also like to include a short story (up to 200 words) about this special farmer and why you have chosen them. (Please make sure you have their permission to send in the photo and story).

Email your photos by Friday 16 December

The Country Web No.55 Cover

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

R & M McGivern Art Prize - Promoting artistic excellence

The R & M McGivern Prize is a prestigious art award that promotes artistic excellence in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting.

The award was established through the will of the late Muriel Evelyn McGivern who passed away on 29 January, 2000. The award is in memory of herself and her husband, the late Reginald McGivern.

The prize is awarded every three years from the date of Mrs McGivern's death. It was first awarded in 2003.

Each year a different theme is selected, the 2012 theme is Uncertainty.The winning artwork becomes an acquisition piece which remains the property of the City of Maroondah for the purpose of the exhibition.

Applications for 2012 have now opened. Should you be interesting in applying or would like to find out more information please visit

The 2012 award is valued at $25,000.



The National Rural Health Alliance said applications are now open for the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme, funded by the Australian Government and designed to encourage medical students with a rural background to pursue a medical career in rural, regional or remote Australia. Successful applicants will receive un-bonded scholarships worth $10,000 a year while completing a standard medical degree at their chosen university. Subject to availability, 120-140 new RAMUS scholarships will be awarded in 2012 through a competitive application process. Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of their background of having lived in rural Australia, demonstrated financial need and their commitment to work in rural, regional or remote Australia in the future.

To access online application form, or find further details about the RAMUS Scheme, applicants should visit RAMUS website here.


Orange’s answer to Symphony in the Domain is here – and we’re playing all your favorite movie scores!

SYMPHONY AT THE MOVIES, conducted by Graham Sattler, is a family outdoor spectacular performed by the 50 piece Orange Symphony Orchestra and 30 members of Orange Regional Conservatoriums' Symphonic Choir, performing all your favorite music from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Lion King, Jaws, 2001 A Space Odyssey and much, much more.
A perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon - pull up a beanbag, and enjoy the company of family, friends, a picnic and a glass of wine in a beautiful outdoor vineyard setting. We invite all to attend - and kids under 16 are FREE!

Saturday 26 November 3pm
For ticketing information visit phone 6361 7974

Sons and Daughters

ABC OPEN Invites You To Share Your Photo of Australia at 11.11 on 11.11.11

It's a moment that happens only once in a hundred years. Where will you be at 11.11 on 11.11.11?

ABC Open invites you to capture where you are and what you're doing right at that minute, and share your photo with us in a visual time capsule - a collection of images from all around Australia.


Take a photo at 11 minutes after 11 on Friday, 11th November, 2011. It doesn't have to be a world class image, just an evocative photo capturing the moment. If you need some inspiration, check out this little video we made here.  You can take a photo in the morning, or the night, or both.


There are three ways you can join in:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Holy Toledo

Pictures taken in town yesterday

The Whole Goddam Package Ladies

A mid week break for you all.
If you don't know who this is go here

For all the young single girls and anyone who wants to watch really, watch his interview below (I think it was filmed before the whole Tiger Wood scandal thingy - I hope so anyway!) and wait until his last comment.  Despite what my sister says I think he sounds very down to earth - and he is a farm boy!

If you want to watch Richie in bed go here and click on the link Brown v. McCaw (9th clip down).

See doesn't that make your Wednesday better!

The Country Web - Submit Your Story Now

The theme for the No.56 edition of The Country Web is 'Our Farmers. Out Future. It will join in the 2012 national celebration of Australian Year of the Farmer.

The Country Web No.55 Cover

This very special year will put the spotlight on how important primary industries are to all of us no matter where we live. Farmers contribute to just about every aspect of our life - farming feeds, supports and sustains us with all sorts of produce.

We want to hear your stories about how women in particular have played a key role in shaping and building primary industries. Women have often been unrecognised and we are looking for stories of how they have excelled across our rural communities, displaying innovation, creativity, determination and resilience.

We're looking for:

  • Stories of women who have played a key role in shaping and building primary industries;
  • Stories of women farmers from a range of industries who are doing
  • something innovative or creative to remain viable;
  • Stories of young rural women who have chosen farming as their career and are contributing to life in small rural communities;
  • Poems about rural life;
  • Latest books from rural authors about life on the land (contact us for our 'Book Placement Request Form' - costs apply to have your book featured).
  • Postcard or a photo (view from your verandah) and a short description about why you love life on the land and what's so special about your little piece of the country (up to 200 words).
2012 also heralds the 20th Anniversary of the Rural Women's Network and we welcome any reflections or memories of your involvement in Network activities.

If you are interested in submitting something please:
. Final content is required by 16 December for publication in March 2012.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Australian Year of the Farmer Interview - Holly Baillieu

AIHW / NRHA art competition

Do you live in rural Australia? Do you like to paint? Would you like your artwork to appear on the cover of Australia’s health 2012?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in partnership with the National Rural Health Alliance, is conducting an art competition to source cover art for AIHW’s publications. The theme for the artwork is the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Eligible entrants are people living in rural, regional and remote Australia. Four prizes of $1,000, $500, $300 and $200 are offered for winning artists. Entries close 5.00pm (EDST) Friday 6 January 2012.
Full details and application form available on the Alliance website:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Opportunity to be Involved - Australian Year of the Farmer

Are you passionate about the future of farming?
Do you have a story to tell about your own career in agriculture?
What are your ambitions for agribusiness?
Do you belong to a group of people already proactively networking in rural Australia.

We want to talk to you...

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Australian Year of the Farmer is looking for talented committed communicators to help raise awareness of the contribution agriculture makes to the lives of all Australians.

The National Roadshow

The National Roadshow is one of the critical components of the ‘Australian Year of the Farmer’. A team of eight (8) Toyota vehicles and one main ‘Royale unit’ will be leading the way for our fun, interactive, educational trailers laden with various forms of tactile, visual and audio style elements. The yearlong Roadshow will travel throughout the country to showcase our Agricultural Industry to rural, regional and urban Australia.

We are looking for resourceful, entrepreneurial, organised teams who have a passion for agriculture. We want to engage and enthuse members of the public about the Australian Year of the Farmer at a wide range of agricultural, sporting and cultural events, and we want you to help us bring ‘the Greatest Story Never Told’ to Australia.

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How it will work

  • We are looking for either individuals and/or people in pairs.
  • Those from a certain state are encouraged to travel within that state unless otherwise highly knowledgeable about another state(s).
  • Employed on a roster based system; Roadshow co-ordinators will have a four to six week rotation “on the road” or otherwise based at head office in the nearest main city or possibly from your home office.
  • All “on-road” travelling expenses included with a generous remuneration package.
  • Employment opportunities on a full-time or on a casual basis

The Roadshow will involve

  • Managing a Roadshow vehicle and exhibition on an event circuit over a set period of rotation
  • Merchandise and showbag sales
  • Managing the “Mini-Archibull” children’s competition
  • Liaising with AYOF ambassadors and local champions for “meet and greets”
  • Engaging with the public about the educational display elements
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  • Training end of December, first or second weekend in January (either/or)
  • Roadshow start: 19th January 2012
  • Roadshow end: 12th December 2012 (48 weeks)
Australian Year Of The Farmer


  • Strong Agricultural background is highly regarded
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, proof reading, and speaking
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, with high professionalism
  • Fantastic customer service ethic and high expectations for quality
  • Some experience in assisting with children’s activities is desirable
  • Proficient in general computer skills
  • Ability to travel is required
  • Must hold current full drivers licence
Please email us through a copy of your current resume
For more information please contact:
Alex Hunter;
Hollie Baillieu;
Contact us on (02) 9818 4044