Saturday, December 21, 2013

Heritage with Heart

Coolamon is the host of the 2014 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering. The event  will be held in Coolamon on the weekend of 12, 13 and 14 September.

The theme for the 2014 Coolamon Rural Women’s Gathering is “Heritage with Heart” which reflects the unique culture, history and environment of the Coolamon community.

Stay tuned for regular updates in the New Year.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Blown Away Accessories

Simply accessories made from spent ammunition casing

Photo: Winchester 12 GA stud earrings
approx 25mm 
$15.00 plus P/H

Green Pastures Movement


Green Pastures has been founded by a group of 5 Farming Families in South-West Victoria. These farmers have gone out on a very big limb to change the way they farm entirely to a green, sustainable farming methodology that reduces or in some cases replaces chemical fertilisers with a beautiful, organic, compost made on farms by recycling all the waste from the dairy. All this makes for some very lush Green Pastures and some pretty happy cows! These guys need your support - help them keep farming this way and help them stay on Coles shelves by seeing their new, beautiful, healthy Green Pastures milk fly off the shelves with your support!!!

Photo: Green Pastures is a NEW and innovative, environmentally responsible brand of fresh milk founded by five Australian dairy farmers, who shared a commitment to farming differently and producing a healthy product, that was a cut above the rest.Our green farming methods produce better, healthier soil. Better soil means we grow lush, nutrient rich grass. Better grass going in, means great, wholesome milk coming out!Simple.#backtograssroots


Sunday, December 15, 2013

‘Anxiety: learn, think, do’

At some point we will all suffer from anxiety and other mood disorders to varying degrees.  There is no use denying this or ignoring the fact, its a part of life.  I am a big believer in the adage that knowledge is power and thankfully there is so much good information around now to help.  For rural women the Internet plays a big part in keeping them in touch and giving them access to programs such as this one.

With 32% of women in Australia experiencing anxiety over their lifetime, Jean Hailes is proud to have partnered with MLC Community Foundation to develop this innovative evidence-based online resource aimed at preventing common mental health problems in women.

‘Anxiety: learn, think, do’ provides education strategies, self-assessment and a range of self-management tools for women. Visitors to the site can access information on the symptoms, causes and ways to manage anxiety across different life stages.

The website is available at:

Jean Hailes - for women's health

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Online Learning Allows Farmers to Connect From the Paddock

A new e-learning training platform is available for agribusiness and farmers to study a range of courses on managing carbon, soil biology, salinity and climate risk. 

Evertrain logo

The EverTrain website currently offers five accredited and non-accredited courses and was launched by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre at the National Wine & Grape Industry Centre at Wagga Wagga. 

The five EverTrain courses are:

  • Managing Carbon on Agricultural Land;
  • Managing Climate Risk in Agriculture;
  • Salinity Concepts NSW;
  • Salinity Management NSW; and
  • Soil Biology.

For more information or to sign up for a course go to:

Follow on twitter:!/nswdpi

Friday, December 13, 2013

LOOK a collection of works

LOOK a collection of works by
#katelitchfield #vanessadixon #taniaward

3pm Saturday 14 December 2013
The Raglan Gallery, Cooma

This exhibition has evolved with three friends taking and sharing a 'photo a day' earlier in the year.

'Look' is fun, fresh and a little insight into their lives.  The creative journey has given them all an appreciation of everyday life and reminded them all of the beauty and simplicity that surrounds us.

Love, love, love.

And being Monaro girls makes it even more special.

Congratulations girls

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Equal Opportunity Mongrel

What is depression?
Let this animation with a dog shed light on it.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Call for Stories for Next Edition of The Country Web

Cover image: The Country Web Number 59 Spring 2013

The Number 60 issue of The Country Web (available in March 2014) will continue on with last issues theme of Women of Influence

In this issue we'll be showcasing younger women from rural and regional New South Wales who are actively involved in their industry and community.

These women are tomorrow leaders and will play a key role in helping to build a thriving, sustainable agriculture for our communities.

We invite stories from younger women and from people,  groups and organisations who work directly with  young women leaders.

Contributions are required by 17 January 2013  for publication in March 2014.

Send your contributions to the RWN or for more information contact Allison or Emma on 02 6391 3620 or send an email:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards

New south wales women of the year awards

Nominations are now open for the 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards. This is a fantastic way for our communities to recognise the inspirational women in our lives and nominate them for an award. These Awards showcase women who have made outstanding contributions to the community and have paved the way for women in NSW, particularly the younger generation.

Awards will be presented in three categories:

  • The NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year – a woman who has demonstrated excellence in her career, field or passion; or an inspirational role model for women in NSW; or a significant achiever in a traditionally male-dominated field
  • A.H. Beard’s Community Hero Award – local heroes and/or volunteers; or a quiet achiever who has made an outstanding contribution to her local community
  • Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award – a young woman aged 18 to 30 who has demonstrated excellence in her career, field or passion, particularly in a male-dominated field; or has made a significant contribution to her community.

Nominations can be made at and close on Thursday 9 January 2014 at 11.00pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of the inspirational women in your life. Nominate someone today who you think deserves to be recognised and please share this information with your networks.

Follow Women NSW Facebook Page here

The 2014 Peter Westblade Scholarship Now Open for Applications.

The Peter Westblade Scholarship Incorporated has been set up to honour the late Peter Westblade, who passed away in 2008. Peter was a true visionary of the sheep industry, epitomising compassion and devotion to a cause. Peter was passionate about breeding profitable sheep, a strong supporter of young people interested in agriculture and had a balanced approach to all things. His legacy lives strongly amongst those who had the fortune to know such a great person.
The Peter Westblade Scholarship has been developed in conjunction with the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge (PWMMC) which has been developed to assist Merino breeding operations make more informed decisions on their Merino genetics. The PWMMC has been deliberately designed to show the entrants in the Challenge and the wider sheep industry the genetic opportunities that exist for them to be more financially sustainable into the future.

Reaching Out to the Cowra Community

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) hopes to have a positive impact on local lives when it co-sponsors a mental health awareness dinner in Cowra on Friday 06 December. 

John Harper, will expand on his Mate Helping Mate program with a talk about how simple acts of reaching out to friends and family can have a positive impact on their lives. 

At a charge of $15 per person, organisers have kept costs down and those attending will receive free copies of John Harper’s Mate Helping Mate CD. 

Locals from town and country, including high school students and parents, are encouraged to attend the event at the church hall in Darling Avenue, opposite Harry Chapman Park.]

To register for the Reaching Out: Simple act, big impact dinner please contact Maureen Knight, 6342 2435, 0427 776 716 by Monday 02 December.

rhinestone cowgirl

Feedback Wanted on Services and Support for Women in Rural and Remote Communities

Help us to better understand the needs of women in rural and remote NSW communities by completing this short questionnaire. Responses close 3 January 2014.

Rural Women's Network's new Rural Women Connect (RWConnect) initiative was established earlier this year to create a platform for rural and regional women to voice their needs and concerns to government
An issue of concern to RWConnect is violence against women. We are keen to gather feedback from women living in rural and remote communities in NSW to help us better understand their needs in relation to services and support in this area. If you're a woman living in rural, regional and remote NSW we ask you to spend a few minutes completing this short questionnaire.
Access to the survey will close Friday 3 January.
White Ribbon Day is held annually on 25 November. It marks the start of 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women.
Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia, where at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
White Ribbon Day seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women, by engaging boys and men to lead social change.
Men can support the campaign by becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador and taking the oath to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. An oath can be taken at
Women can encourage the men in their lives to make a commitment to promote positive attitudes and behaviours towards women, as well as to intervene safely to prevent violence against women when needed.
Everyone can show their support by wearing a white ribbon on 25 November. For more information about White Ribbon Day visit
For information on providing assistance to victims of domestic and family violence, and the NSW Government Domestic and Family Violence Reforms, please visit:

Help fill the gap in Australian data on women engaging in international business - complete this survey!

Australia’s underestimated resource: women doing business globally

The University of Melbourne-WIGB research project and survey were a revelation in this rarely studied group of women contributing to Australia’s economic growth. The report from the first year is available for download here
The 2nd year survey
The questionnaire will take just 20 min to complete and help us collect vital information on the challenges facing women in business.
For more information please visit:

AACC Emerald Campus Competition

AACC Emerald Campus - Emerald, QLD

Like and share AACC Emerald Campus Facebook Page and go into the draw to win a fantastic prize.
You can choose from a voucher to the very popular ‘Australian Outback Spectacular’ located on the Gold Coast, or a one year subscription to the ‘Outback’ magazine.
 One lucky winner will be drawn once we reach 1000 likes, GOODLUCK!!! 
(Please type below 'liked and shared' below, due to privacy settings some appear as anonymous. 
Remember to be eligible you must like the AACC Emerald Campus Page.
For your entry to be counted you MUST share this status from our page. 
All 99 original sharers have been entered into the draw, you can receive a 2nd entry by sharing this post. GOODLUCK!!!)

Shakespeare On The Green Nowendoc

#Hadagutful 2013

#Hadagutful 2013
Support Live Export Rally
Sunday 8th December – 9.00am
At Merv Cowan Park, Fremantle
Be there early, parking is limited.
·       The anti export movement is holding a human chain along Stirling Bridge against Live Export.
·       To show them for the minority they are, we need as many live export supporters we can muster to rally in the parkland below.
·       Bring banners, placards and plenty of passion.
·       Dress in your stock agents colours.
·       Get a group together and bring a busload.
·       Bring water, supply is limited

They hope to have speakers present. Flyers will be available to take and hand out to the general public. A sausage sizzle will be on for the early birds.  Make a day of it and show support for the industry.


Last year was a huge success. Let’s do it again.
Visit the Save Live Export Facebook Group for more info.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

No Takers for Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Scholarships

Tens of thousands of dollars worth of grants and scholarships for university and college
courses in Australia go begging every year because no one applies for them, according to the

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The CEF has released a guide to hundreds of scholarships worth over $100,000, in an effort to
help rural and regional students tap into much needed financial assistance.

The rural not-for-profit’s CEO, Sarah Taylor, said the 2014 CEF Scholarship Listing included
hundreds of scholarships (some worth up to $50,000pa) – many of which failed to attract

The Guide can be accessed on the CEF website at:

The CEF has over 20 university and college partners across Australia which they work with to
provide assistance to disadvantage rural and regional students.

Together, these universities and colleges offer hundreds of scholarships worth hundreds of
thousands of dollars.

Rural and regional students face costs up to $20,000 per year (on top of HECS) for travel and
living expenses when they leave their communities to pursue tertiary education.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Loving Birdsnest Christmas

Loving the new Birdsnest Christmas catalogue and getting to know some of the birds


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CALL FOR ENTRIES – 2014 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is delighted to once again invite artists to enter the following art awards.

The Calleen Art Award

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive national art award for painting in any subject. The award was established in 1977 by Patricia Fagan OAM and is made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust. The winner of the 2014 Calleen Art Award will receive a prize money of $18,000.

The Central West Regional Art Award

The Central West Regional Art Award is a non-acquisitive award for painting or drawing in any subject. This award is only open to artists living in the local government areas of Bathurst, Blayney, Boorowa, Cabonne, Cowra, Crookwell, Forbes, Lachlan including Upper Lachlan), Lithgow, Mudgee, Gulgong, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Weddin, Young and Wellington.
The Central West Regional Art Award was established in 2009 by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery with the generous support of a private donor. The winner of the 2014 Central West Regional Art Award will receive prize money of $2,000. A first time winner will also receive the opportunity of a solo exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award is non-acquisitive and awarded at the end of the exhibition. The winner will receive prize money of $500.
Key dates
Entries Close: Friday 7 March 2014.
Exhibition Opening/Announcement of the Award Winners: Saturday 3 May 2014.
Exhibition dates: 4 May to 15 June 2014.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Become a Governess or Nanny for 2014

Are you interested in childcare or teaching?
Do you want to work on a real outback property? 
Are you keen to experience the Australia outback and bush culture?


Governess Australia has over 140 employers advertising positions and is the leading support and information service.

Want some information on working with kids on a outback station? 

Go to the Governess Info Page
and read all the information and FAQ’s.

Go to the Jobseekers Page
and read all the information on finding a job.

Look at the JobBoard Positions Advertised page
and read about some of the jobs advertised.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Call for National Mental Health Leaders

The National Mental Health Commission is seeking nominations of Australians with lived experience of mental health issues, either as a person living with mental illness or as a primary family member other significant support person, to work with and contribute to the Commission’s mission. 
This is any one of us.

In partnership with the Mental Health Council of Australia and with the support of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum, the Commission wishes to support further development of existing leaders and advocates and find the next generation of national leaders.
Around 10 successful nominees will have the opportunity to participate in an individual mentoring and leadership development program and contribute to the National Mental Health Commission’s work. This may include co-chairing or membership of advisory groups to the Commission. 

Growing Up On The Land

Growing up on the Land is a facebook page full of wonderful photos and insights into growing 
 up on a Property/Farm in Rural Australia. 

Your photos and stories are WANTED and they would love to share your photos of kids or even yourself when you were younger doing something on the farm. This is for any type of Agricultural enterprise in Australia and its all about promoting Australian Agriculture through the eyes of a child.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1 Million Women call to action

9 days - Australia still has time to send a Minister to this year's United Nations climate summit in Warsaw (November 11-22). By arriving on or before November 20, the Minister can be there for the vital closing days, when leaders need to be at the negotiating table. 
For the first time in over 16 years, the Australian Government will not be sending a Minister to the annual conference for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, this year in Warsaw, Poland.
1 Million Women will be attending, however, to receive the greatest recognition they have ever had with an award from the United Nations, as a women's movement making a real difference on climate change.
As daughters, mothers, sisters and grandmothers who are determined to act on climate change, 1 MillionWomen regard these international negotiations as the critical intergovernmental process for protecting future generations from catastrophic global warming.
1 Million Women has never been to one of these conferences before. But now three of their team are going to Warsaw as guests of the United Nations.
In October, ahead of the public announcement of our award, 1 Million Women wrote to Australia's Environment Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, and Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, asking that one of them honour our Australian movement by attending the awards ceremony in Warsaw - on November 20th, near the end of the summit, when Ministers usually are there to make the hard decisions.
1 Million Women never imagined Australia not sending a Minister to these global negotiations. If not Mr. Hunt who has responsibility for climate matters, then Ms. Bishop whose department handles international negotiations.
1 Million Women respectfully asks that the Ministers reconsider their decision not to go to Warsaw, which has caused great concern among Australians.
This will show Australians and the world that our nation remains committed at a high political level to real action on climate change.
Their petition is for everyone, women and men.

Julia's Speech (no not mine)

Whether you love her or hate her you have to agree that Julia Gillard's famous misogyny speech sounds kind of great sung by Bronwyn Calcutt to the tune of Gloria Gaynor's "I will Survive".

Listen and I guarantee you will have a sense of power after it.

Click on link below to go to clip

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Book Club

I am often asked to start a book club....
(I actually spend my day surrounded by books so its relevant)

Always Good To Remind Ourselves

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Trust Me

Who Are the Smashing Rural Women in Your Life?

My last post got me thinking about the smashing rural women in my life.
There are a few I hold so close in my heart that I don't know what I would do without them.
Each one is different but brings so much joy and wisdom into my life.
Each one is magnificent (a favourite adjective because to me it describes them so well).

  (Splendid in appearance,
Grand or noble in thought or deed; exalted
Outstanding of its kind; superlative) via

Lets face it when times are tough there are very few who stick around so you hold onto those who stand by you and in return you hope you can do the same for them.

These people are not always the people you expected to find either.

And when times are good these are the people you do not forget.

Lately these women in my life probably don't even know who they are (they will though, an impromptu party will happen, as they are the best).

They say out of difficulties lie opportunities so look for those.  Eventually they will appear.  Probably not in the form you expected either.

And for that I am thankful.

So stand beside the people you love through their trying times of imperfection, and offer yourself the same courtesy; if you aren’t willing to, you don’t deserve to be around for the perfect moments either. - via:

So to the resilient rural women in my life and yours

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Smashing Rural Women

I always look for the strength and resilience in women around me and watch and learn from them.
I think of myself as a sponge and soak up all the goodness I can.
I am constantly listening, learning and evolving.
I especially love those who have triumphed over adversity, (which most have at some time).
I like to think I take something away with me from everyone I meet.
It may be words, a trait, a look.  Whatever it is there is always some kind of goodness to find and I try to see that.

Watch the below clip from Landline and you will see that Australian rural women are the strong, resilient type I look for and women that one day I will meet with face to face and be that sponge.

If you want role models and mentors, look here.

What a group of amazing birds.

And Pip Courtney, you are smashing.

Angry Anderson in Canowindra

Angry Anderson is coming to Canowindra to speak on Depression and Anxiety
Supported by Dr Tristram Duncan, Director of Orange Mental Health Rural Outreach Service
The Canowindra Depression and Anxiety Awareness Group invites you to attend an information night to raise community awareness of depression and anxiety and form a local support group for both people coping with these issues and their carers.
Where: Canowindra High School Hall
When: 6pm, Wednesday 30th October 2013
Who: Dr A S Kumar OAM, one of Canowindra’s local doctors and President of the Canowindra Lions Club will open the night.
Free Sausage Sizzle and Supper available on the night. 
Sponsors of the night include: 
The Canowindra Community Health Centre, Cabonne Community Transport & Belubulah Cottage B&B
Find us on Facebook - Canowindra Depression Anxiety Awareness Group

Monday, October 21, 2013

Get Ready Queensland

For those living in Queensland this a proactive way to get prepared for extreme weather events.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Calling on Australia’s Young Rural Innovators and Scientists

Innovative young Australians can now apply for grants of up to $22,000 across a range of categories in the agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food and natural resource management sectors.

Open to Australians aged 18 to 35 years, the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry offer grants to assist in keeping Australia’s agricultural industries sustainable, competitive and innovative.

Applications for the 2014 Science and Innovation Awards close on Friday 8 November 2013.
For further information and application forms visit the Department of Agriculture website.

2014 Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award

Do you want to develop your skills, make a difference and inspire others?

cute photo!

If you or someone you know are passionate about rural Australia and would benefit from a $10,000 bursary to help realise your vision, you should definitely consider applying for this 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award.

Enter the Award
Applications for the 2014 Award are open and close 31 October 2013. Rural women are encouraged to give it a go or nominate someone they think is up to a new and exciting challenge.
For an information package and a list of past winners and finalists who have kindly offered to mentor women applying for the Award, contact Allison Priest or Emma Regan on 02 6391 3620 or email:
Ideas on how to prepare your application are available on the RIRDC Rural Womens' Award page.

About the Award
The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women. The Award identifies and supports emerging leaders and change agents who have the capability and resources to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability within primary industries, and build economic and social development within rural communities.
The Award acknowledges that women offer a unique approach to leadership, which involves connecting and collaborating to effect change and influence, often without the need for position or authority. The Award also encourages primary industries and rural communities to embrace diversity in leadership to successfully navigate future challenges.
The Award supports women with demonstrated leadership capabilities, or leadership potential and community contribution, who have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their industries and communities. It provides women with financial and professional support to implement their visions for primary industries and enhance their leadership capabilities.
Each State and Territory winner will receive a $10,000 financial bursary to implement their Award vision. Each State and Territory winner and runner-up will have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course and will be supported to develop an individual integrated leadership plan.
The Award is an amazing opportunity to further your leadership development, make a tangible difference and inspire others. The Award is a life changing experience that will link recipients with a positive and powerful alumni network of like-minded women across the country who are passionate about primary industries and rural Australia.

Who can enter?
The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries and natural resource management. No formal qualifications are required. Don’t be shy about entering yourself or nominating someone. It is a great learning and development opportunity, so why not give it a go?


What is the bursary?
The $10,000 bursary is the major prize for each State and Territory winner to provide the resources to develop your vision into a project or initiative that will benefit primary industries and rural Australia.
The Award is a leadership and capacity building initiative, with a bursary to support your professional development and contribution to primary industries.
The bursary can be used for:
·        formal training in leadership and business management;
·        overseas study tours;
·        establishing business plans or pilot programs;
·        developing educational or promotional campaigns;
·        networking at forums and conferences to grow your knowledge of industries and markets;
·        developing training programs;
·        testing information technology initiatives and publishing books.

The bursary cannot be used for buying capital equipment (without the explicit approval from RIRDC) or further education such as a Masters or Doctorate degree

How do I enter or nominate someone?
You need to complete the official entry form, addressing each of the selection criteria and include the name and details of two referees. Referees will only be contacted if your application makes it to the final round. Email, post or fax your entry to your State or Territory contact.
Download the Entry Form from the RIRDC Rural Women's Award page.
The application form for the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is an interactive PDF - you can directly enter your details and answers into the application form.
It is recommended that you download and then immediately save the blank application form to your computer. That way you can make and save changes whenever you want.
If you are a NSW-ACT applicant please email your completed form or print and send your application to:

Allison Priest
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Locked Bag 21, Orange NSW 2800
Phone: 02 6391 3620  

2014 Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation Grant

Layne Beachley and her Aim for the Stars Foundation, is inviting all Australian females aged 12 – 26 years who need funding to achieve goals in their sporting, academic, community, business, environmental or cultural pursuits to complete their applications online.

Any hard-working female who is committed to pursuing her passion and needs financial support deserves a helping hand and should apply for an Aim for the Stars 2014 grant by 15th November 2013.

For more information, please contact the Aim for the Stars office: Phone: 0422600733 Email: