Friday, June 29, 2012

Survey for 15-19 Yr Olds

Every year since 2002 Mission Australia has conducted an annual nation-wide survey of young Australians. The largest of its type, over the years it has asked thousands of young people to share their concerns, values and thoughts about the future.

The survey results are always keenly anticipated by media, government, educators and the wider community, assisting them to more effectively communicate with and support young people.

Having conducted the 10th National Survey of Young Australians in 2011, Mission Australia decided it was time for a review. As a result they have made some changes this year, including:
  • A new name – it’s now simply known as Mission Australia’s 2012 Youth Survey
  • Eligibility criteria – the survey is now only open to 15 to 19-year-old (inclusive)
  • More in-depth questions – for greater insight into youth concerns and attitudes
  • An online focus – surveys will principally be web-based to encourage participation.
The 2012 survey focuses on social inclusion and exclusion. It asks young people about their participation in education, employment and the community, their values and concerns, and who they turn to for advice and support.

The revamped survey will help gain a deeper understanding of the issues today’s youth face and strengthen our capacity to support the needs of young people.

Monday, June 25, 2012



Veuve Clicquot invites you to experience Clicquot in the Snow
30th July to 5th August 2012 Thredbo, NSW
Book your tickets to the Veuve Clicquot “Off Piste' Celebration Party here.
Book your tickets to the Clicquot in the Snow Picnic here.

Check out the full schedule of events here

Veuve Clicquot Packages at Thredbo Alpine Hotel

Join the National Arts and Health Policy Forum online

On Wednesday, 27June, 2012 a National Arts and Health Policy Forum will be held at Parliament House, Canberra.  Around 60 representatives from across Australia will gather to develop recommendations which will inform a national arts and health policy framework. 

The forum will provide an important opportunity to strengthen links between members of the arts and health communities and government agencies responsible for the development of the policy framework. 

The Forum is organised jointly by the Arts and Health Foundation, the National Rural Health Alliance and Regional Arts Australia.  It has the support of the Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and the Minister for the Arts, the Hon Simon Crean who will attend the forum and deliver the opening speech at 10:30 am AEST.  Other prominent speakers include Robyn Archer AO, Professor Michael Kidd AM, Dr Christine Putland, as well as a panel of 28 sector leaders that will lead the forum discussion.

You can contribute to the forum as it is being streamed live from Parliament House from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on 27 June. The webcast will feature an audio stream!v=webcast, twitter feed #AHPForum and digital showcase of arts and health stories from across the country. 

You can also join the Arts and Health Stories Community and the National Arts and Health Policies Project on PlaceStories ( to share your stories and be involved.

Indigenous actors wanted for Northern NSW TV series

Are you an Indigenous person who wants to star in a new TV series called The Gods Of Wheat Street?

 It's a 6 x 1hr TV drama series for ABC TV about  a Wiradjuri and Bundjalung man who grew up in Casino, which will be filmed around Casino and Lismore in Northern NSW.

 Written by Jon Bell and produced by Every Cloud Productions, the series transports the audience into the world, hearts and humour of the Freeburns, a modern Aboriginal family of local legends.

Shooting takes place from 8th of October to 14th December 2012 and producers are looking for Indigenous actors for the series.

They need Indigenous kids, teenagers, men and women aged 20 - 70yrs old. Everyone welcome.
If you are successful, you will be paid award wages.

Please email a photo of yourself plus attach information required with contact details to

Planning Ahead Tools

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We all expect that we will be able to make our own decisions about our lives. However, illness or accidents may mean that we need to rely on other people to make decisions about our health, welfare, finances or medical treatment. This website contains information, tools and resources to make sure your wishes are known and you have a plan for the future.

For Individuals, Families and Carers

Fishing photo competition

Due to the resounding success of the previous Recreational Fishing Calendars and Photo Competitions it is with great enthusiasm that the Recreational Fishing Trusts and the NSW Department of Primary Industries bring you the 2013 Recreational Fishing Photo and Calendar Competition.

Entries are now open for the Recreational Fishing Photo Competition for the 2013 calendar. So don’t miss your chance to have your photo among the twelve to be featured in the Recreational fishing calendar. Entries close on the 31st of July 2012 so you have got plenty of time to find that perfect shot!
There are also twelve great prizes to be won.

This is your chance to showcase not only your angling talent but your photographic skills and they would love to see a picture of what you have been up to while angling.The photographic competition is open to everyone.

Photo entries must have been taken in NSW to be eligable for the calendar. Entries need to be received by the Recreational Fisheries staff by the 31st of July 2012.

In order to enter you must read the terms and conditions and submit your entry online.
Hopefully, your photo will be among those featured in the Recreational Fishing Calendar 2013.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Long Walk Home

Uvumilivu – The Long Walk Home

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop…

The Long Walk Home is a 430km+ walk crossing the Simpson Desert raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Queensland Section.

 The walk is the brainchild of Jenna Brook a Birdsville born and bred girl hoping to bring her home community together through this event, as well as raising funds and awareness to support the life saving service that the RFDS provide.

Her walk begins today.

Track her progress, contribute to her site and donate here.

What a gorgeous, generous spirit.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nominations for NSW Carers Awards now open

New South Wales Carers Awards 2012

Nominations are now open for the NSW Carers Awards. Show your appreciation for carers, carer support groups or organisations that support carers by submitting a nomination now.
Nominations can be made in the following categories:
Individual Carer Award Carer Support Group Award Supporting Working Carers  Supporting Young Carers  For further information or to nominate, please visit the Carers Award nomination page or contact the NSW Carers Awards Project Manager on 02 8270 2086 or
Nominations are open until Friday 13 July 2012.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

1000 Times

As this is my 1000th post I thought it might be fitting to celebrate what I love

All things pretty

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All things rural

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And you

I have met so many gorgeous people, so many doors have been opened and every time someone visits Bushbelles I get a tiny shiver down my spine knowing someone took the time.
And to think it all started with that first tentative post....

Next post will resume normal transmission

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Drug Action Week @ Your Library

  1. Photo: If you have young people in your life you absolutely must attend this presentation next week at Dubbo Branch Library.

    This week is Drug Action Week at your local library.

    Make sure you stop in to have a look at displays and soak up some facts.

    Check out their facebook page here

Youth Rockin the Black Dog 2012!

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Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog is a music competition designed to raise awareness of youth mental health issues among young people in the Hunter and surrounding regions. The competition encourages young people to get thinking and talking about mental health issues with friends, family and networks; and aims to promote the range of services available to support young people – both locally and nationally

Youth Rockin' the Black Dog 2012

In 2012, the competition will be officially launched on Friday 29 June 2012 and entries will be accepted until Friday 3rd August. Entry forms will be available via this website after the launch date.

or check out their facebook page here

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Come On Boys!

How lucky am I to have a friend who will let me arrive at their place early to watch this (not many others are interested and yes hubby is coming as well!)

before this

Actually who is in the Wallabies these days??

I say lets get behind the Wallabies again ladies and help bring back their glory.

I remember days of walking from the Sydney Football Stadium to the Royal at Paddington with the streets packed with Wallabies fans after a Bledisloe Cup win.  Aha those were the days....

In any case I am just looking forward to this afternoon.

Come on boys!

And here's hoping I don't create too much water cooler talk....

Enjoy the rugby.

Rural women connect with one click

Governor-General Quentin Bryce yesterday launched a new website targeting women in regional Australia, saying she was a country girl at heart and understood the value of connected communities.

How divine is that pink suit???

''ConnectPink is for women, and about women, but it holds great promise for the men and children in their lives too,'' she said.
''The kind of communication it will facilitate has the potential to spread information and advice and examples across kitchen tables even in the most remote places.''
The Governor-General said she believed the site had potential to strengthen regional communities with just the click of a mouse.

I like to think it sounds alot like Bushbelles!!

Fairfax Regional Media chief executive officer Allan Browne said women were the connectors in a community and they were the inspiration for ConnectPink.
ConnectPink is at

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Regular readers will know I am a huge admirer of our Governor-General, so yes, I have followed her lead and joined ConnectPink
I look forward to what it offers and where it will lead me.

Where there any other rural women bloggers at the launch?
Perhaps you could share your pics with BushBelles...

Join up here

Friday, June 15, 2012

This is the conference that brings regional voices together!

Submit your Abstract Today!
Learn. Share. Create. Celebrate!
This is the conference that brings regional voices together!

Rural and regional women choose to live outside of the city. It’s a lifestyle choice. It’s where we want to raise our families, where we want to work, where we choose to exist. It’s in our blood, and we are passionate about it!

Held at the National Convention Centre (NCC), Canberra from 18-20 February, the National Rural Women’s Conference 2013 will bring together women of all ages from every state of Australia – the voices of regional and rural Australia - to network, learn, share and play an active role in shaping their future. 

2013 Conference Themes:
Big…inspiration I Big…challenges I Big…business I Big…networks
To read more about the four conference themes, click on the links below.

Big….inspiration Do you have an interesting story to tell? Have you overcome adversity, achieved something great or been part of something big in your community?  Sessions will introduce everyday people, groups and organisations who are doing extraordinary things for their families, communities and for themselves.  

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Big…challenges There are many challenges that face rural and regional communities on a broad scale. Living in a remote location – or simply outside of a capital city – can present challenges in accessing essential services, creating opportunities for residents and overcoming conditions such as drought and flood.  Sessions will bring some of these topics into the spotlight and discuss ways in which they can be addressed, overcome and managed into the future. You may be an expert in an area of concern, have a case study to present, or have skills to share in lobbying or advocacy.

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Big…business Regional and rural Australia is home to many successful businesses, and many successful businesswomen.  Sessions will address some of the issues facing women in the workforce, present inspiring stories of achievement, provide learning and skill building opportunities and help attendees to create new connections and opportunities.

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Big…networks When you live in a small town or regional centre, it can sometimes feel like you already know everyone, or at least know of them, and that you have hit a stalemate in terms of networking, promotion and reach.  Sessions will introduce new ways that regional and rural women can stay connected, make new connections, network, learn and engage, all from their own home.

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To submit an abstract go here

Your participation at the conference will help the National Rural Women’s Coalition to better represent the interests of all rural and regional women at a national level, and to develop programs and events that suit your needs and desires.

Be part of something big – submit your abstract now!

Speaking Opportunities at 2013 National Rural Women’s Conference