Sunday, October 28, 2012


Director of Qld Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN)
Inviting Expressions of Interest to assist leading this dynamic network

The Queensland Rural, Regional Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN) was established in 1993 to meet the needs of women in rural communities throughout the state. With their mission being "To Strengthen Women", they believe strong women equal strong communities.

Their activities include linking women across the state through their monthly e-news, our annual conference, the Strong Women Leadership awards, events focussed on International Women's Day and World Rural Women's Day, and projects benefitting women across the state.

QRRRWN is currently seeking additional board members. The position involves being an active board member, furthering the vision of the network and contributing to the long-term sustainability of the organisation.
We are seeking any of the following skills:
  • Company secretary
  • Governance skills
  • IT
  • Web management
Experience in not-for-profit leadership is desirable, as are skills as a strong communicator and leader. The ability to dedicate time and energy to QRRRWN as a working board member is essential.

Information about QRRRWN is available at To express interest please email the following to by 31 October 2012:
  • Expression of Interest outlining your skills and experience (1 page)
  • Current CV (max 3 pages)
  • Two referees.
To find out more about this role, please call Georgie Somerset, President of QRRRWN, on (07) 4168 0246

Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Womens Network

Views From Your Verandah

The next edition of RWN’s The Country Web has the theme ‘Views from your verandah‘. 

They want to know who their readers are by gathering ‘snapshots’. Just tell them a little about yourself, where you live, what you love and what you do … with a picture or two. 

Contributions close 26 November for publication in March 2013. 

Email your story and images to:

The Country Web Number 57 Spring 2012

Scholarships On Offer for Australian Women

Enhancing the leadership abilities and skills sets of Australian women is the aim of 19 scholarships being offered by Chief Executive Women (CEW)

Formed in 1985, CEW is a member-based organisation made up of more than 200 of Australia’s leading business women. Its goal is to encourage and facilitate greater representation of women at senior levels of Australian business, government and the not-for-profit sectors. 

The 19 scholarships on offer were funded through money raised at the CEW Annual Dinner, as well as through the support of sponsors and partner organisations. 

Scholarships include opportunities to undertake courses at the prestigious Harvard Business School in the US and the INSEAD Business School in Singapore. 

In addition, there are scholarships to the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Community Directors Course, and to the CEW 2013 Leaders Program

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Appointment of Women to NSW Government Boards

Do you want to play an active role linking community needs and government services?

Do you have leadership skills, drive and commitment?
If so, you may want to consider signing up to the NSW Government’s register of people interested in serving on boards or committees.
They are looking for more women to put their names forward because boards and committees work best when their membership reflects the diversity of our community.
They want different perspectives and new ideas to ensure our boards and committees are as effective as possible.
Women are particularly encouraged to participate because they have been under-represented on government boards and committees.
So if you have something to say, put your hand up.

You can have a say and make a difference to our community.

For further information and to get your name on the register, please go to the register page

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Irrigation Aust Ltd $10,000 Travel Fellowship Award

Applications are open for the Irrigation Aust Ltd Travel Fellowship Award, which encourages and promotes the development of young professionals in the irrigation industry.
The award is made possible through the generous sponsorship by the former National Program for Sustainable Irrigation.

It offers $10,000 for a young achiever working on an irrigation research or development related topic relevant to agriculture or horticulture from either the private or public sector.

Applications close Friday 30 November 2012.

For more information contact Trevor Le Breton on 02 8335 4000 or see

WANTED: Rural Women Connect is looking for NSW women keen to have a voice

The Rural Women’s Network (RWN) wants to link with women who keen to share ideas and help us improve our understanding of regional needs and how we can best work together to address these and continually improve RWN services.

The new Rural Women Connect project starts in 2013. We aim to use phone and computer technology as much as possible to ensure distance is not a barrier to participation.

Regions are loosely defined as North/Mid Coast; South Coast/Snowy Mountain; Central West; South West; North West/Outback; and New England.

If you would like to work with us please email and include your contact details, tell us why you would like to be a part of Rural Women Connect (no more than 500 words) and the region you could represent. Also include a list of any networks/organisations you tap into.
Expressions of interest close 30 November 2012.

For more information contact Sonia Muir on 02 6391 3611 or

“Through recognition and connection we can empower rural women.” 

Gorgeous Girls @ Bombala Races

Race day in Bombala is the one day that all the locals can roll out in their best frocks and enjoy themselves.  Its also a day that I work on our local school's coffee & tea stall.
I thought I could handle all my jobs for the day whilst celebrating a milestone birthday (which lets face it for someone who likes to fly under the radar I seem to have been celebrating since September) and also being smart enough to join in on the Birdsnest Instagram Challenge and tweet the fashions through the day - I failed.

Clearly being given this

Veuve Clicquot; can't go wrong.

made my job even harder.  So while my tweeting did not really make much sense I can still post my pics here some of the lovely ladies that I got around to and made such great models.

Miss Louise rocking her dress from Birdsnest

Dress from Ginger and Smart

 Dress from Sacha Drake

Photo by bushbelles

Girls from Cooma who were perfect in prints 
and brights

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Loving the spunk of this couple

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 and this bride to be just made me laugh

Because of my constant confused tweeting I was rewarded with this

which I think is pretty cool

and what did I actually get for my birthday? (besides a trip to Paris with my oldest besties)

Photo by bushbelles

Thanks Koolaman Designs love it

and now we can all move on from my birthday

merci beaucoup


Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Strive to Thrive Narromine

A skill based workshop on RESILIENCE for ADULTS and How to build RESILIENCE in Children

Communities for Children & Narromine Christian School invite you to a special skill building presentation - Strength to Survive.

When:         Monday 29th October
Where:        Narromine Christian School, Terangion St
Time:           TWO FREE Presentations: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm OR 6.00 pm – 9 pm

Through the Resilience Doughnut YOU learn how to negotiate the ups and downs of life as an ADULT which, in turn, makes a huge difference to preparing your children for a happy well balanced life.

RESILIENCE IS: The ability to bounce back and keep going in the face of adversity.
RESILIENT KIDS & ADULTS ARE: Resourceful - Persist when faced with challenges

It will explain many resources and coping skills that build both adults and children to deal with difficulties. It will equip you with simple tools to recognise and encourage the strengths and supports in you, your partner & child’s life. These skills will positively assist through times of transition and difficulty.

Each session includes Refreshments
More information or to book your spot:
Contact Crystal from Communities for Children on 0437 919 301 or Ann-Louise on 0406 643 541 

Pink Ribbon Day in Western NSW

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Monday 22 October marks the official date of Pink Ribbon Day, as part of breast cancer awareness month. 

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To acknowledge this important date, Cancer Council volunteers will turn western NSW pink to show their support for the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. 

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In the west of the state it is estimated that more than 189 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, with more than 49 women tragically losing their lives to this terrible disease. 

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Cancer Council offers support to women for the entire breast cancer journey via the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 – a free, confidential service where patients, family and friends can talk to cancer health professionals for information and guidance. Women can access information on a variety of topics - from where they can access wig banks, to what their treatments options are, or how to talk to their children about their diagnosis. 

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Monday, October 15, 2012

CSIRO Vacation Scholarships Closing Soon

Two lucky undergraduate students will have the opportunity to work with world-class scientists for 12 weeks as winners of the CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture undergraduate vacation scholarships.

James Clark, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel chair says fostering the next generation of research scientists working to improve grains industry productivity and profitability is a high priority for the northern panel.

“We encourage students to apply for this great opportunity to work on research investigating grain and grazing crops, the use of alternative forages in crop rotations, or dynamics of pathogens in crop sequences in Australia’s northern cropping zone,” Mr Clark said.

Students will participate in various research activities underway in CSIRO’s Agricultural Systems Research team based in Toowoomba.

Applications for the scholarships close on 31 October, 2012 at 11.30pm EST. To apply, download the position description for Q12/03114 from

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sporting Legends Fundraising Dinner for Autism Awareness

Mark and Nichole’s eldest son Jayden has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), he and the other children with ASD at his school are in much need of specialised Social Skills therapy.

Watch their video here and help raise Autism Awareness and how it affects people, family and friends living with Autism.

We are not asking for a miracle, just acceptance, understanding and a bit more help from the government to allow these kids to get the therapy/assistance they need.
Please share this clip with as many people as possible, we need to do something, we need to get the word out there.

To Purchase Tickets please click on below link:

Saturday, October 13, 2012


The best compliment you can pay someone is to say, ''I like the person I am when I'm with you''.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Young Professionals in Ag Forum

Sip 'n' Swing Cooma

After my recent trip to Paris this took my attention - and sounds fun!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Quick Stop

Just came in from gardening to check emails and found so many things to pass on.

Two articles which are a must read

If you are never in your family photos you need to read this

and from bellaMUMMA 10 helpful little REMINDERS for STRESSFUL TIMES 

Ask An Aussie Farmer are looking for great fundraising efforts or charities in rural Australia that you think they should do a shout out for - drop them line. They will put all the links and information they get into the notes section for every one's future reference. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Loving Bellaloopa Online Mag

I love a magazine, especially one that's online.

Online magazine Bellaloopa describes itself as the online magazine for cyber savvy women.

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Rural women are some of the the most cyber savvy around and perfect for those of us that cannot get to the shops every day.

So often I see something in a magazine but no idea where to buy it or they do not deliver.

Bellaloopa covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle, homewares and current affairs, but every item featured can be bought directly by linking from the page.


I am a big fan.
I am also a huge online shopper.

Check it out here

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Community Building Partnerships 2012

Closes 30 October

The Community Building Partnership Program provides funds for the building 
and improvement of vital social, recreational and environmental 
infrastructure that will enhance the wellbeing of local communities 
throughout the State. 

Incorporated not-for-profit organisations and Local Councils can apply. 

Applications should demonstrate how they will deliver positive results for 
communities' especially community social, recreational, environmental or 
employment outcomes. 

$200,000 is available to every NSW electoral district and $300,000 for 
those with higher levels of social disadvantage. 

For more info: 1300 707 155, or 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Recipe For Change


a unique guide to living better for ourselves and the planet, with the women of Australia.
Be a host, get the girls together and lets make change happen.

Recipe for Change is their biggest project ever.  It is literally creating a recipe for living better for ourselves and the planet - written by the women and girls of Australia - to share with women around the world. It will be a free online book and e-extravaganza of information and inspiration  that will be launched on International Women's Day next March. Host a Get Together any time over 16th-18th November and be part of our RECIPE FOR CHANGE.

1 Million Women’s founding goal is to engage 1 million women to collectively cut 1 million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution, with each member committing to cut 1 tonne from their daily lives within a year of joining.

how to get involved

Register now as a host

Whether it's sharing a cuppa, a meal or a drink, register now to get your girlfriends together any time on the weekend of November 16 - 18, 2012.

As a host, you'll be eligible to win one of our major prizes. You and your girlfriends will also go in the draw for our fabulous free holidays and other giveaways and discounts from leading brands that support our Recipe for Change.


For all enquiries, contact here