Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Small Grants for Small Rural Communities | Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

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The Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program offers up to $400,000 per round in grants up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities, with populations of 10,000 or less, living in small rural and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their development in social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural areas. 
Applications are invited from not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations.

Applications close 30 September 2012

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Apply now for a Royal Agricultural Society Foundation Scholarship

Helping you create a brighter future for rural NSW

Rural Scholarships
Rural Scholarships are granted to those actively making a difference in their rural community. There are no age or course limitations. It is essential however, that applicants demonstrate a commitment to creating a better future for rural NSW. Winners will receive $5000 for a full-time scholarship or $1500 for a part-time scholarship. Of the 40 scholarships awarded this year, areas of study included fields as diverse as agriculture, education,
health and engineering.  Click here to apply
JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism
This award encourages students who are passionate about rural issues to turn their passion for writing into a career. The winner receives a $10,000 grant as well as internships with Rural Press and the Sydney Royal Easter Show.  Click here to apply 
For more information go to Applications close 30 September 2012.
T: 02 9704 1234 E:

ABARES Bega Regional Outlook Conference

Attending the ABARES Bega Regional Outlook conference is your opportunity to hear from speakers across four sessions on economic, agricultural, environmental and regional development issues relevant to your region. 

Register today and hear from speakers including Lynne Strong of Clover Hill Dairies, Joanne Bills of Dairy Australia Ewan McAsh of McAsh Oysters/ Nuffield Scholar and Andy Myers of OceanWatch Australia.
The conference is an ideal opportunity to network with other motivated community members, discuss industry trends and make new contacts in your region.
Join the conversation – Furthering regional Australia’s future
During the final panel discussion, panellists and delegates will explore topics such as sea-change and demographic shifts, regional development, peri-urban expansion, urban-rural connections, future producers, labour and skills, future industries, new technologies and social media. 

Discover more at the Bega Regional Outlook conference.
Register today

The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead, a directory listing more than 2000 mental health services in NSW,  has just been launched online for the first time: 

Country Arts Support Program

Applications for 2013 program now open

Small grants for small locally initiated arts projects in regional NSW

You've got a great idea for a local arts project;
You've been working on something for a while but need help to make it happen;
You see a need in your community for something creative;
or your community group wants to start applying for funding but wants to start on something managable;
You've got the creative stuff, now you just need the cash.
That's where the Country Arts Support Program comes in.

The State Government’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) provides small grants to arts and community organisations in regional NSW for locally initiated projects. CASP funding is a valuable way to kick start exciting local, on-the-ground arts projects.
Applications for 2013 funding close October 2, 2012. 
CASP grants are for small amounts of money (up to $3000) and are available primarily to cover professional artist’s fees and their travel and accommodation.
Local projects funded in the past have included drama workshops, community sculpture making classes, tours of local theatre and music, artist-in-residence programs, a playwriting festival, poetry in the caves, exhibitions, public art, new additions to local arts festivals and lots of other creative, local arts initiatives.
Any community based incorporated group can apply. Groups in Central West NSW wishing to apply for the funding should read the guidelines carefully and must discuss their project with  Arts OutWest before applying. 

Download the funding criteria and contact Arts OutWest on 02 6338 4657 or email

NOTE: The closing dates have moved from February to October. This will be your only opportunity to apply for CASP for 2013.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Grants: Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Applications for 2013 are now open and close on 2 October 2012 for projects taking place after 1 January 2013.

 Applications for the 2013 round of CASP will be accepted between 1 August and 2 October 2012. 

 CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. The aims of the program are:
  • to assist locally determined cultural activities;
  • to increase opportunities for regionally based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs;
  • to enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities;
  • to encourage communities to work together to develop and participate in cultural experiences;
  • to bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional activities; and
  • to leads to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in rural and regional New South Wales.

Latest Edition of The Country Web

The Country Web Number 57 Spring 2012

The latest edition of The Country Web has the theme Women crossing boundaries.
This edition showcases many women from throughout New South Wales who are shining their light in various industries and jobs that up until recently have been seen as traditionally male areas.

Each of the women tell their own personal story about how they got into the industry, why they love doing what they do and some of the challenges and opportunities they have had as a result of their chosen career path. They share their wisdom and provide some strategies and tips for women and girls who may be considering a career in related fields.

Also included in this edition is a special 4-page pullout on the NSW Rural Women's Gathering to be held at Parkes from 12-14 October. You'll also find details for a special commemorative tea towel which showcases the past 20 years of the NSW Rural Women's Gathering movement.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

JB Fairfax Award Scholarship Now Open

Do you know a student who is passionate about giving rural and regional Australia's current affairs a voice?

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation's JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism aims to encourage university students to pursue a career in rural journalism upon graduation,. The Award was established through a private donation from Mr John B Fairfax AO.

The Award includes a scholarship of $10,000 and practical work experience at Rural Press and the 2013 Sydney Royal Easter Show. The winning article is also published in a major rural publication.

To learn more about the JB Fairfax Award click here or to apply now click here. 

Applications are open until 30 September 2012.

Be inspired by Alison Francis and learn how her recent JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism has made a different to her study. Learn more

Shout Out To All Artists

Spirit of the Land Festival Lockhart has captured the imagination of the Australian art world

Featuring a National Farm Sculpture award for sculptures created from recycled farm materials, scrap metal and elements of the land, the $17,000 prize pool is attracting national artists and media worldwide.

It’s a country response to drought and flood and in the six years since the Festival began it has expanded to include visual arts, country fare, markets, entertainment and much more.
This year, winners of the indigenous visual arts will have their work reproduced on a train by GrainCorp as part of their “Pathways Together.

Anyone who registers their artwork will be eligible for a return countryLink rail ticker to the Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival

So, experience the “mateship “of a small rural community and the inspirational achievements of those living and working on the land. 


The 2012 Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival is on its way!

October 12th, 13th and 14th, 2012

with more great


Fine Arts,

Garden Art,


and of course the popular 

Markets under the Verandahs, 

and all day entertainment.

Friday 12th - PICNIC RACES

Come and visit Lockhart and enjoy country hospitality

at the friendliest town in the Riverina.

Governess Australia's Unleash & Unload Chat Hour

Can You Sci-ku?

RiAus is delighted to present its third annual sci-ku poetry competition.

This year we’re looking for sci-kus with a farming or agricultural theme in recognition of 2012 being  the Australian Year of the Farmer. Unleash your inner poet by submitting your best science haiku.

Can you sci-ku?

There are great prizes up for grabs and winning entries will be displayed on the LED ribbon artwork on the outside of the Science Exchange.

This competition is part of Great Big Science Read 2012 and National Science Week 2012.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The 100 Women of Influence awards

There's still time to submit your nomination for a woman for The 100 Women of Influence awards which aims to identify bold energetic women, capturing the spirit of change and helping Australia shape a vibrant and inclusive future.
There are ten categories of awards including boardroom, philanthropy, regional Australia, global impact and innovation.
You just have to work with your nominee and ensure the entry form is complete and your nomination will be accepted until Friday August 10, 2012.
We know there are lots of wonderful rural women out there who exert influence so why not nominate one today!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vote NOW for Deadly Awards

The purpose of the Deadly Awards is to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to their community and to Australian society.

The Deadlys showcases the outstanding achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and provides identifiable national and local role models to inspire all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and particularly our young people.


Central West CMA Photo Competition Now Open

The theme for the 2012 Photo Competition is From the land with love to 
celebrate 2012 the Year of the Farmer. 

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Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are eligible to submit 
entries that to capture the essence of our diverse and interesting 

For more info: 

Entries close 14 September 2012. 

Empowering Australia’s Rural Women

Save the Date

The Women’s Symposium – SHINE! EMPOWER! INSPIRE

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Five equally passionate and motivated rural women are joining forces this September to facilitate a Women’s Symposium. The aim is to develop ideas and methods that inspire their young counterparts to stand-up and be acknowledged as future industry leaders.

Tuesday September 4
10am to 5pm
K Room in Melbourne’s Parliament House

The Women’s Symposium aims to identify the key issues preventing or inhibiting women from coming forward and being leaders in their own industry.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Win a Table to the UN Women Australia Lunch

Australian Rugby Union are you giving you the chance to win a table of 10 to the inaugural UN Women Australia Rugby Lunch, as part of the Bledisloe Cup Festival.

In 75 words or less tell us about a woman in your Rugby community who is a leader and deserves to be recognised for their contribution and dedication to the game. The winning entrant will receive their very own table of 10 (valued at $1,500 incl GST) to the inaugural UN Women Australia Rugby Lunch on Friday 17 August.

The lunch, part of ARU’s partnership with UN Women Australia, will celebrate the contribution women make in Rugby and society and raise money for UN Women’s Boys in Rugby Against Violence Everywhere (BRAVE) initiative, which is based in the Pacific region.

Hosted by Lisa Wilkinson, the lunch will feature a number of prominent women from the business and sporting world and will pay special tribute to women who are role models within their communities.

E-mail your entries to

Entries close at 5pm AEST next Wednesday 8 August and the winner will be announced on the Rugby Club on Fox Sports 3HD and 3 next Thursday 9 August.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the inaugural UN Women Australia Rugby Lunch as ARU and UN Women Australia work together to support and raise awareness of Women in Leadership and Sport.

If you’d like to purchase tickets to the Lunch or other events on the Bledisloe Cup Festival calendar, including the prestigious Bledisloe Ball, you can do so here (link to -