Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Country Autism Network

Country Autism Network

This network is helping country families find their way through the maze of ASD therapies and to promote autism awareness more broadly.

It is a place where country families can exchange information, get to know what's happening training-wise and for everyone else - to support all the beautiful ASD children in rural & regional Australia and learn more about what it means to be an ASD family.

It makes my heart sing to know that there are fantastic rural groups out there like CAN who are making a difference.

I personally know what a traumatic, difficult maze it is so I urge you all to head on over to Country Autism Network facebook page and LIKE it.

Investing in Ag's Future

With thanks to Fairfax Agricultural Media (formerly Rural Press), one member of the Future Farmers Network (FFN) will be fortunate enough to take up a scholarship on the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) – an opportunity valued at over $55,000.
The ARLP is run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. This iconic program is designed to develop informed, capable and ethical leaders who can work collaboratively to advance the interests of their industries, communities and rural Australia in general.

The 17-month ARLP program improves the capacity of leaders to develop their skills and understanding so that they can contribute more effectively within their community, sector or industry, in the political arena or in program development and implementation.

If you have a commitment to rural Australia and want to invest in the FUTURE of Agriculture, FFN encourages you to put in an expression of interest in this opportunity.

If interested please contact Annabelle Woods, FFN Executive Officer via Expressions of Interest close on Friday the 31st of May 2013.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

She Leads Women's Leadership Forum

Celebrate young women's leadership with the launch of the She Leads program! Mon 17 June, 6pm at the Hyatt Hotel 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Stories Wanted For The Country Webb

The Country Web are looking for stories for their next editions which will form part of a two-part series with the themes: ‘Pride in our past’ and ‘Faith in our Future’.

For issue Number 59 Pride in our past edition you are invited to share your stories of women who have come before you – your mother, grandmother and great grandmother – women who have played a role in building family and communities across NSW.

You could also share the story of key women in your family or community who have influenced you and inspired you in some way to life the life you are living today. Maybe they have shared some great ‘pearls’ of wisdom or words of advice that you have found helpful and would like to also share with others.

They are also looking for poems, photographs and other items of interest.
Contributions are required by 30 May for publication in September 2013.
Send your contributions to: or call 02 6391 3620.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Road to Wee Waa School Children

Its just makes me laugh. 
 Love it

Loving the Road to Wee Waa Youtube Clips

I love these clips from Wee Waa promoting the Daft Punk album launch party  17 May 2013.
There are several so make sure you go onto Youtube and watch.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Search for Hidden Treasures in Rural NSW

Nominating a rural woman for the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a great way to celebrate rural women from across NSW who give so much of their time to improving our communities and neighbourhoods. You can nominate a friend, family member, colleague, community worker – any rural woman who you believe makes your community a better place to live.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today called on rural communities to nominate women volunteers for the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, launched today as part of Volunteer Week (National Volunteer Week 13-19 May).

The theme for 2013 National Volunteers Week is ‘Thanks A Million.’

All women nominated will be included in the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, which will be launched at the annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering at Scone, on October 25 – 27.

To nominate a rural woman, complete your nomination online at: or you can request a nomination form by emailing or contacting the Centre for Volunteering on 02 9261 3600 or the Rural Women’s Network on 02 6391 3620.

We all know a rural woman who fits this criteria so lets nominate them.
Nominations close Friday 16 August 2013.

National Rural Women's Coalition - 2 Positions Vacant - Program Manager & Bookkeeper

The National Rural Women’s Coalition is a not-for-profit organization which works to support and grow vibrant rural, remote and regional communities throughout Australia.
Positions currently exist for a part-time Book Keeper and for a part-time Program Manager.   
Applications close on the 14th June 2013.  The positions commence on 1st July 2013. 
 If you have excellent book keeping skills or outstanding program management experience and would like to work with the NRWC team to provide a collaborative national voice for women living in rural, remote and regional Australia, we invite you to consider applying for these positions.   

Monday, May 13, 2013

Glam Gatsby Fundraiser for Cooma North Public School P & C

Celebrated as one of the greatest American novels of all time, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is an iconic representation of the wildly prosperous New York of the 1920's.  And now this legendary story has been given the Baz Luhrmann treatment.  Cooma North Public School will pay homage to the brash hedonism of the era when the dames wore short skirts and shorter hair, and the fellas brewed moonshine in the bathtub. 

Sounds like a fabulous night out for all.
 They are aiming to raise money towards much needed ipads for their Learning Support Teacher.
Tickets $40 including drinks and a delicious dinner from Anabelle at Feed Cafe & Catering.
Tickets available from the school.
Dress appropriately.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

For all the Women who are not Mothers, on Mothers Day.

I won't repost so you will visit her blog  but do head over to Jani Franck's blog today and read about all the women who are not Mothers on Mother's Day.

Today is an extremely difficult day for those women. xx

Monday, May 6, 2013

Regional Achievement & Community Awards

The Regional Achievement & Community Awards for NSW/ACT are about recognising rural and regional achievers in your community. There can never be enough encouragement and support for those working in rural and regional areas. Awards such as these create an opportunity to say thank you to businesses, community groups and individuals who work tirelessly in developing their chosen fields of endeavour.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries- Community of the Year Award.
The Crown Lands - Crown Reserve Trust Managers Award
The NSW Department of Trade & Investment - Business Development Organisation Award
The NSW Department of Trade & Investment - Events & Tourism Award
The Salvation Army Employment Plus - Business & Employment Award
The Peabody - Environment and Landcare Award
The Prime Super - Regional & Rural Development Award
The Essential Energy - Regional Service Award

Saturday, May 4, 2013

FARMERS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT in Central West and Central Tablelands areas

We want to know your thoughts about climate change and climate variability

This research project will examine older male farmers perceptions of climate change and climate variation. The researcher is keen to get the experiences of individuals who are most affected in their day-to-day lives by climate change and/or climate variation. It is expected that this research will be published in academic journals upon completion so it is really important to get a real sense of what being a farmer is like in the Central West and Central Tablelands areas. 
Farmers willing to be interviewed do not have to be currently farming but can be retired given restrictions in age requirements. If you are a farmer that fits the criteria and are happy to speak with the researcher for about an hour, please contact Natalie using the contact details below. 


You, our Local Farmers, know best your beliefs and experiences of this issue and any impacts climate has on your farming businesses and lifestyles
Could that be you (or someone you know)?  If so, we would love to hear from you if you are:
  • Male
  • Over 65 years of age or over
  • Currently farming OR retired from dry-area farming (e.g. cropping and/or livestock)
  • Live within 80 km of Orange, Parkes, Bathurst, Lithgow, Wellington, Blayney, Manildra, Molong and Canowindra
All interviews and information will remain private and confidential.

This study is a part of a student research project.

If you would like to participate or would like more information about this study, please contact 
Natalie on 0422 586 393 or at:   

Weekend Wisdom

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think
I have ended up where I needed to be.
―Douglas Adams

Loving these 5 life skills I just read from From Mark and Angel Hack Life

Each moment, each situation, each turn of events presents you with an opportunity to build the self you are capable of being.  It’s just a matter of accepting opportunities, implementing ideas, taking action, and actively expressing the purpose that is uniquely YOU.

You are stronger than any barrier standing in your way, because you have a purpose that cannot be denied.  You can be adaptable, innovative, hard working and tenacious.  You can imagine the possibilities and then work to make them real.

Here are five life skills that will help you do just that – the real fundamentals of being an empowered, self-directed human being:

1.  Curiosity

Joy comes easy to us in our youth because we haven’t become set too firmly in our ways.  Curiosity permits our hearts and minds to grow younger, not older every day.
Always remain curious and teachable.  Keep an open mind and do not stop questioning and learning.  Look forward, open new doors and experience new things.  Do so because you’re curious, and because you know that today’s journey is always just beginning.

2.  Creativity

When it comes to human growth, if curiosity is the engine, creativity is the steering wheel.  Creativity is the most powerful instrument of progress – a mindset that endows resources with a new capacity to create possibility and growth.
The world is moving so fast these days that those who say something can’t be done are often interrupted by those who are doing it.  This is precisely why it’s important to exercise your creative mind on a regular basis.  Ultimately, the creative learners inherit the world while the doubters and complacent minds find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists. 

3.  Resilience

Except for your own thoughts, there’s nothing that’s absolutely in your power.  Knowing and accepting this gives you the ability to cope proficiently with life’s constant little inconveniences – a vital life skill we called resilience.
Resilience is accepting reality, even if it’s less than the fantasy you had in your mind or the reality that was once yours.  You can fight it, you can do nothing but complain about what you’re missing, or you can accept what you have and try to put it together to create something good.
As you progress, life will inevitably challenge you on a regular basis.  No matter how much falls on you, keep your head up and plow ahead.  That’s the only way to keep the road to your dreams clear.  It won’t get any more forgiving, but it will get easier and easier to deal with, because over time you will grow stronger and more resilient.

4.  Patience

In the sweetest little voice Winnie-the-Pooh once said, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry.  We shall get there some day.”  This is the power of patience.
Patience is not sitting still.  Rather, it’s mastering your time by applying the right principles in the right way to attain a long-term desired result.  It’s moving forward steadily for as long as it takes to get where you want to go.  Enduring the time between your departure and arrival requires a great deal of will.  But no matter how tedious these moments of waiting are, you have to get used to the feeling, knowing that what you’re working toward is coming your way, even though it’s not with you at the moment.
Ultimately the two hardest tests on the road to personal growth are the patience to wait for what you want and the courage not to be disappointed when it doesn’t arrive as soon as you had expected.  Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit.  These fruits are worth waiting for.  There’s no advantage to hurrying through life and never tasting their sweetness.

5.  Self-reliance

Self-reliance is the most important of all life skills, because without it you can’t practice any other life skill consistently.  It’s honestly a virtue that brings all the rest together.
Quite simply, self-reliance is the unswerving willingness to take responsibility for your life from this moment forward, regardless of who had a hand in making it the way it is now.  It’s taking control of your life, finding your true self by thinking for yourself, and making a firm choice to live your way.  It’s being the hero of your life, not the victim.

QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards 2013

The Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN) 'Strong Women Leadership Awards 2013' are still open and you have only a very short time to nominate women for this award, so it is imperative that you act today.


To NOMINATE a rural, regional or remote Queensland woman you admire, use this ONLINE Nomination Form.

The four QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Award categories in 2013 include 'Business', 'Professional', 'Community' and 'Volunteer'.

Nominations opened 8 March 2013. Final entries must be received by 10 May 2013.

Find FULL information on the 2013 QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards Program HERE on the QRRRWN website OR phone 1300 795 571.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Being Brave

This is me today (in tennis shoes not heels)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

BFF's and Birdsnest

Check out gorgeous Debbie, a longtime BFF of mine and my beautiful BFF neighbour, Jane, on page 2 of the Birdsnest Mother's Day Look Book.

I like to think they were talking about me!
Or not......
How glam

birdsnest Family Album:

We've created this very special birdsnest family album to show you! It features some of our birds celebrating in the lead up to Mother's Day with their mums and daughters. 

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