Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cooma Races Pre-Race Garden Party

Are you going to Cooma Races this weekend?
Perhaps you can warm up with this...
Sounds fun

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Birdsnest Surprises

Fly on over to Birdsnest for their Christmas surprises

Perfect for a Saturday morning
Enjoy the weekend xx

Photo: Surprise 1: We have a brand new Christmas Magazine you can find here!
Surprise 2: We're offering Free Postage until Christmas Eve when you enter the code 'surprise' at check out!
Surprise 3: We're thrilled to announce our partnership with Smalls for All and our target to collect 10,000 pairs of knickers by Christmas!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Women in Engineering Scholarship

Mining and services company Thiess, in partnership with the Minerals Council of Australia, the national body representing Australia’s mining and minerals processing industry, is inviting students from across the country to apply for the Thiess/Minerals Council of Australia Women in Engineering Scholarship.

The Thiess – MCA partnership is helping identify the next generation of talented female engineers. The strong numbers of applicants in previous years bodes well for achieving our goal of increasing the number of female engineers in our sector.
The scholarship is open to all female undergraduate engineering students studying in Australia and provides $8000 per annum for the final two years of study. It aims to advance the role of women in the resources sector. To be eligible for the Women in Engineering Scholarship, you must be:

1.      Be currently enrolled in full-time study in an Engineering degree (Mining, Environmental,
         Civil, Mechanical etc)
2.      Be in the final 2 years of a Bachelor degree
3.      Have a GPA of 5 or more (or equivalent to 65% or more)

Applications close 14 December 2012.

To submit your online application for the Thiess MCA Women in Engineering Scholarship, click on the link below:

For more information, you can contact Chris James, Assistance Director – Workforce Skills at the Minerals Council of Australia on p: 03 8614 1804 or email

Bush Christmas Celebrates Creativity in the Bush

One-of-a-kind Christmas presents create one-of-a-kind Christmas memories. So if it is the perfect handmade present, a mouth-watering gift or some unique stocking stuffers you are after this Christmas, the 16th annual Bush Christmas Exhibition is the place to be.

More than 125 rural and remote artisans are starring at the annual gallery-style gift exhibition in Toowoomba which will run from Friday, 23 November to Sunday, 2 December, 2012 - the perfect excuse for a relaxing visit so you can support them and their work.

With everything from aromatic candles, beautiful books and body products to exquisite jewellery, exclusive homewares and works of art, there is something for everyone. For the gourmet lover, there will be a multitude of mouth watering goodies on offer including handmade biscuits, jams and puddings for the sweet tooth, while those who savour the savoury will fall in love with the tastes of the dressings, spices and teas.

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Get a taste for some of the beautiful creations on offer by visiting
16th Annual Bush Christmas Exhibition
Friday 23 November to Sunday 2 December 2012
9.00am to 6.00pm daily (free admission)
58 Neil Street Toowoomba (Masonic Centre next to the Empire Theatre)

Like their facebook page here

Brigid McLaughlin

If you love Brigid McLaughlin then be sure to enter the Brigid McLaughlin facebook offer.

Brigid was raised on a merino stud, 'Merryanbone North', located between Nyngan and Warren in Central New South Wales, Australia.

She designs beautiful clothes that fit so well and look so beautiful.  Once you wear Brigid McLaughlin you will fall in love with her collections.

Inaugural One Country B&S Balls


The One Country B & S BALL 2012

Glenn McGrath invites you to celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer 2012.
B & S Balls are an Australian tradition dating back to the 1800’s. Held all over rural Australia, these events brought people together – old friendships rekindled, new friendships begun. Guests dressed up in all kinds of gear from formal to fashionable but always with a little touch of Aussie country – an Akubra hat, a pair of boots, a piece of R.M.Williams’ gear … “Bush Cocktail” style!

One Country highlights the importance of bringing city and rural communities together. These inaugural B&S Balls are bush dances for singles, couples and corporates to celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer 2012, and to launch the One Country program.
Australian Year Of The Farmer
Australian Year of the Farmer celebrates the hard work of everyone involved in producing, processing, distributing and selling agricultural products from across the country.
The Year highlights the need for more people to appreciate the fresh food and quality materials our farmers produce to keep us fed, clothed and sheltered. This is a national celebration – reminding us that agribusiness sustains the Australian way of life and the economy.

Venue & Date

SYDNEY – Saturday 8th December • Westin Hotel • 1 Martin Place Sydney

A Three Course Dinner With Entertainment,
Beer & Wines Included!

The biggest bush dance in the city
For Singles, Couples and corporates
MC’s: Catriona Rowntree and Charles Wooley
Guest Speaker and Q & A: Glenn McGrath
Entertainment: Beccy Cole, John Williamson & Friends and Indoor Cricket
Dancing with The Bushwackers
Comedy: Brian Doyle
Dress: Bush Cocktail

Single Ticket(s) – $250 each
Table(s) of Ten – $2,500 each
VIP Table(s) of Ten – $5,000 each
Click Here To Purchase Tickets Online » Click here to learn more about the One Country Card »
For more information phone 02 9213 2900 or send an email to

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Postnatal Depression Awareness Week 18-24 November

Postnatal Depression Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about perinatal mental health issues in your local community.
Together we can increase community knowledge about antenatal and postnatal depression and other mental illnesses experienced during the perinatal period and can eliminate the stigma so that those affected can feel free to seek help.

For more information see beyondblue or the Mental Health Association of NSW Mental Health in Pregnancy & Early Parenthood factsheet.

EOI for Rural Women Connect close 30 November

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The Rural Women’s Network (RWN) wants to link with women who keen to share ideas and help 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. They 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.

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If you would like to work with them please email and include your contact details, tell them 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.”

Women on Board 2013 Leadership program - open for applications

Women on Boards has opened applications for the 2013 intake of its high level learning and development program for women aspiring to leadership roles.

The Next Generation of Corporate Female program aims to increase the visibility of high potential women within their organisations and sectors and provide them with the confidence and capacity to successfully engage with senior leadership and boards.

Executive Director of Women on Boards, Claire Braund, said the six-month program had gone from strength to strength since it was inaugurated in 2011 and participants were graduating with highly practical and applied learning.

A participant in the 2012 program, Malini Raj, an Executive Manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia said, "The program provides a toolkit of skills to assist in my leadership trajectory to a senior executive position and board positions in the future."

See media release:

See case studies:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Taste of the Orient

Do you need a night off?
Are you longing to escape the silly season for a few hours?
Do you dream of a staff Christmas Party that doesn't involve sitting on Santa's lap?

Then be sure to reserve your seat on
Escape for an evening of gastronomic indulgence and exotic flavours from around the globe.

Number are strictly limited so be sure to book early and avoid disappointment.

Includes 3 Courses and Cocktail on Arrival
Beer, Wine , Sparkling and Non-Alcoholic Beverages also available for purchase

The Cocky's Wife Catering & Events

97 Pangee St,
Nyngan, NSW, 2825

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Win A $25,000 Grant To Help Your Local Community

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is giving young people who live in rural NSW the chance to secure a $25,000 grant to deliver a new and innovative community project.
Now in its fifth year, applications are open for the 2013 RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant.
RAS Foundation Executive Office, Jocellin Jansson said young people living rural NSW are encouraged to think about how they could make a significant difference in their community by addressing a need or issue faced by their town.
“Young people are our future, and the Community Futures Grant gives them the opportunity to develop a practical project to help improve their town and shape a positive future,” said Ms Jansson.
Submissions will be judged on several criteria including innovation, impact on the community and plans for implementation. Applicants must identify an existing community organisation or group they would partner with to deliver their project. Eligible entrants must be 35 or under on 1 May 2013 and projects must be located in rural or regional NSW.
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In 2012 three projects were awarded; Ashley Murphy, a young man from Narrandera who is involved in running youth group programs received funding to renovate the church hall and kitchen to expand programs that assisted in improving nutrition education.
Ashley said the aim of the community kitchen is to improve the poor nutrition and irregular meal patterns of some of the youth in his community. “Simple things like sharing a meal as a family, working together to prepare meals for one another and basic cooking skills are important skills for everyone to have.”
“In a small rural community such as ours, to have programs and activities that bring families together is great. I hope the kitchen will become a place for young people to come and either spend time with their families, or learn some new skills that will help them in the future,” said Ashley.
Emma Sellers partnered with the local Delegate progress Association to help develop an indigenous art gallery in an existing community bank building. Nyngan resident Richard Milligan, partnered with the local high school and through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards empowered young people to be involved with their local community.
In 2011 Tamara Nixon partnered with Oaklands Community Health & Fitness Centre to transform an unused agricultural merchandise store into a community fitness centre. Rowan Bromfield helped enhance local tourism at Ariah Park by building a camp kitchen and renovating an existing ablution block.

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“With so many innovative and community minded young people in rural NSW I’m sure there are plenty of people with excellent ideas of how to help their town survive and thrive,” said Ms Jansson.
“The RAS Foundation Community Futures Grants provides the means for that solution to become reality.”
Applications close 11th January, 2013. Applications are now open; forms can be found online at: 

Funding climate action on your farm

Applications are now open for the Australian Government’s $64 million Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach Program.

Individuals and organisations can apply for grants to assist farmers and land managers to adopt technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Minister Ludwig said the program will help farmers to financially benefit from creating Carbon Farming Initiative carbon credits.

"This program provides farmers with the one-to-one assistance they need to make land sector emissions management part of their normal business decision making," Minister Ludwig said.
"Funding is available for agribusinesses, farming groups, industry organisations and extension organisations to deliver climate action information to people on the ground."

Applications are open until April 2016, while funds remain, with a bulk assessment at least twice each year. 
To be included in the first assessment, applications are due 5 pm, 19 December 2012.

To find out more visit,
 email or call 1800 283 940.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Primary Club of Australia

Loving the initiative of the The Primary Club of Australia

Who are they and what do they do?

The fundamental aim is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and exhilaration that comes from any form of physical activity

Anyone interested in the welfare of people with disabilities is invited to join this unique charity. Of course, membership is mandatory for anyone who has got out first ball in any form of cricket, even games played in the backyard or on the beach. Former Australia Cricket Captain, Richie Benaud, is the 12th man and many Australian cricketers, past and present, are members or Vice Presidents of The Primary Club.  You can  find out more about the club by visiting their website at www. 

The Primary Club’s launch of its “alliance” with the Rugby community via the Cauliflower Club will be held at Sheraton on the Park Grand Ballroom, Elizabeth Street, Sydney, hosted by the Honorable Barry O’Farrell MP, Premier of NSW, on Monday 12th November from 12 noon to 2.30pm.

For more details including the luncheon, membership, club ties, etc, visit on  or call the office on (02) 9980 2525.
Alternatively you can download a form and send it onto the Primary Club of Australia office.

Also note that Cauliflower Club Members are going to be fined every time a Wallaby front-rower scores a try in Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, England, France, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  All such fines are optional and treated as a tax-deductible donation.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Samara Online Mag

Loving the new online magazine Samara

issue two web cover

Lots of great reading

Covet Garden New Issue

NRWC Early Bird Registrations Closing

Be inspired. Learn. Share. Create. Celebrate
Early bird Registrations Closing!

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Get in quickly to receive a $100 discount on your registration for the National Rural Women's Conference.

Early bird registrations close on Sunday, 11 November and if you register before this date you save $100 on the Gold registration package.

This means you pay $395 for the two-and-a-half–day Conference package, which also includes the welcome reception and GALA Dinner tickets as well as lunch, morning and afternoon tea daily.

Held in Canberra from 18-20 February, the 2013 National Rural Women’s Conference will bring together regional, rural and remote women from all over Australia to network, learn, share and play an active role in shaping their future. 

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If you want to bring a group of friends or colleagues to the inspirational conference a discounted Group Booking is also available. Register a minimum of five delegates in one group booking, and receive one complimentary registration.

Celebrity cook, Maggie Beer will be the guest speaker at the GALA Dinner and Fashion Designer, Liz Davenport; Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick; and Mayor of the Northern Territory's Tiwi Islands, Lynette De Santis will address the Conference.

Make sure you take advantage of these great discounts!

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Monday, February 18, 2013 -  Wednesday, February 20, 2013
E. Australia Time

National Convention Centre
31 Constitution Avenue, CANBERRA ACT 2601 Australia


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Sunday, January 20, 2013  

National Rural Women's Conference 2013

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Are You On Instagram?

I have been on Instagram for a while now but find I get too busy to be posting photos, however I give it a red hot go when I can.

Let me know if you are there too

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vogue @ Haddon Rig

Loving this months Australian Vogue which is a delight to read for any country girl.

Subscribe to Vogue Australia

Look closely and you will find this issue is inspired by our deep connection to the landscape and people of Australia, which is essentially, us.

It features a beautiful photo shoot at Haddon Rig sheep station which will make any country girl living in the city yearn to come home.

It also features majestic pictures of Black Caviar and the beautiful Bianca Rinehart.

Its worth popping into town to the local newsagent for.

Photo: Watch behind-the-scenes at Elizabeth Debicki's fashion shoot at Haddon Rig with Woolmark,20713

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Science & Innovation Awards for Young People in Ag, Fisheries & Forestry

The 2013 round of the Science & Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

The awards aim to encourage science, innovation and technology in rural industries and to help advance the careers of young scientists through national recognition of research and ideas.
The awards are open to people aged between 18 and 35, who can apply for up to $22,000 to fund an original project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue to benefit Australia’s rural industries.

There are twelve award categories: cotton, dairy, fisheries and aquaculture, grains, viticulture and oenology, animal welfare, red meat processing, pork, new and emerging rural industries, meat and livestock, sugar and horticulture. Each category is generously supported by the research and development corporations.

And there is an additional award for one outstanding project—the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Award. This award provides an additional $33,000 to one recipient of the industry awards to extend their project.
Visit the website for more details or contact

Are you a woman who is self-employed, or running her own business in Australia?

Did you start your business after having children?
Would you be willing to participate in a university study examining the motivations and experiences of self-employed working mothers?
If so, read on…

You are invited to participate in a study of working women who have chosen to start their own businesses after becoming mothers. This study, the first of its kind in Australia, will focus on understanding the factors that motivate women to start their own businesses after having children, and their experiences of self-employment once they do.

Juggling work and family is a major preoccupation for many women, especially those with children. The majority of academic and public policy research on working mothers in Australia has tended to focus on women’s employment in the context of companies or organisations. Much less is known about the experiences of women who opt to work for themselves after having children.

This study aims to contribute understanding about this little-researched segment of the population by examining the motivations and experiences of self-employed working mothers. It uses in-depth, open-ended interviews to explore the ways in which self-employed working mothers manage their work and family commitments and engage with the broader business community.

Interested?  Click link below