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.