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: http://cef.org.au/students/scholarships

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