Monday, March 24, 2014

M.J. Bale - Paddock of Pride

Check out Australian farmers doing their bit for Australian sport (and my next door neighbour)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ordinary Love

My running song this morning on repeat and just because I am a U2 fan from way back
I also love the lyrics. 
And its been making me think of all the kind and compassionate people in my life.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2014 NSW Regional Science Grants Now Open

Would you like to work with community organisations and local scientists to create a public science event or activity?
Inspiring Australia (NSW) is offering a total of $70,000 for partnerships between 3 or more scientists,  community groups and other organisations towards science activities and events, including during National Science Week 2014 (18-25 August).
Each regional grant of between $2k to $8K is intended to create an enduring local partnership that will continue as a NSW Regional Science Hub
You might like to do workshop or activity to explore the science in your community. Or you might prefer to consider science more broadly. It could be a hands on activity, a public discussion, a competition, a series workshops or simply getting some science activity into local markets, shows or fairs. Your project needs to spark interest and engagement in science within the general community. If you can engage people who don’t normally get exposed to science, that’s even better.
Deadline for applications is 26 March

2014 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Prize purse:
  • First prize $50,000
  • People’s Choice $3,000
  • The Mailroom Prize $500

Bega Valley Regional Gallery is one of the smallest galleries in Australia, yet it proudly hosts one of Australia’s best loved and richest portrait prizes, every year.
The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award is the coveted award, boasting a first prize of $50,000.
This biennial event, proudly sponsored by the Shirley Hannan Trust, is a celebration of realistic portraiture and attracts eminent practitioners from across Australia.
The spiritual home of the Shirley Hannan is the Bega Valley Regional Gallery which, as a small cultural outpost in a relatively remote country town, is particularly proud to host such a significant and exciting event.
Entries are due May 2nd 2014. Entry form and information can be found on the Bega Valley Shire website

Neil Moore Claudio

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards 2014
Neil Moore's "Claudio

RAS Foundation Community Kitchen Grant - Now Open

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is giving rural and regional NSW community organisations the chance to win a kitchen with a retail value of  $25,000 courtesy of Masters Home Improvements.   
The donated kitchen includes all of the cabinetry, cook tops, sink and oven, as well as a smaller kitchen, suitable for use indoors or outside undercover. 
Applicants are asked to answer a series of questions explaining why their community needs a new kitchen, who would utilise the kitchen and how it would enhance their community. Those eligible to apply include community centres, welfare organisations, churches, men’s sheds, service and sporting clubs, CWA branches and show societies. 
The winner of the RAS Foundation Community Kitchen will be announced and presented during the Sydney Royal Easter Show, 10 – 23 April, 2014. 
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit  to find out more about the RAS Foundation Community Kitchen Grant and to complete the online application form. 
The successful applicant will need to meet the following requirements: 
  • The kitchen can only be installed into the agreed community owned / public building and cannot be for the benefit of an individual or company. The kitchen must be accessible to the wider community. 
  • The successful applicant will receive the kitchen in a flat pack form that comprises of cabinetry, cook top, stove and sink. No colours or materials preference can be requested. 
  • The coordination, cost of freight from Sydney Showground to the recipient community will be the responsibility of the successful applicant. All installation costs are also the responsibility of the successful applicant. 
  • The flat packed kitchen (comprising of six pallets) will need to be removed from the Sydney Showground on Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 April, 2014. 
  • Installation of the kitchen needs to be completed by 31 October, 2014 - six months after the Sydney Royal Easter Show. 
  • The successful applicant will be required to attend a presentation event to be held during the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show to accept the Masters Home Improvements Kitchen. 
How to apply 
All applications must be made online. 
The closing date for applications is 5pm, 21 March, 2014. 
2013 was the inaugural year of the grant, with the Community Kitchen breathing new life into the Deniliquin Rovers Football and Netball Club’s newly renovated clubhouse and has greatly enhanced the capacity and use of the venue. 
The RAS Foundation is a philanthropic foundation which seeks to encourage educational opportunity and foster vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities by supporting quality youth and community programs. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Women Towards Sustainability e-leaders Program

The National Rural Women's Coalition is pleased to launch the 2014 WOMEN TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY e-leaders Program.

What is an e-leaders Program?
This is the third e-leaders program that the National Rural Women's Coalition has delivered to women living in rural, remote and regional Australia.  This year's program has an environmental sustainability and natural resource management focus.  Twenty-five (25) women from all over Australia will be selected and given the opportunity to learn from the industry's best via a series of give webinars.  The software also allows for open collaboration and has proven to be effective for networking.  The participants will elect an on-ground project to work on throughout the program.  Discussion and debate will take place during a live e-forum.

Program Details
To find out more, including information on the topics and presenters, please download the program flyer.
For a detailed outline of the delivery schedule and key dates, please contact the e-leaders Project Coordinator.

How Do I Apply?
Applications open on Monday 17th March 2014.  Please watch this space and look for the online application form - available here on this page of the website.  COMING SOON.  Applications close on the 4th April at 4 pm AEST.

For More Information About the e-leaders Program, please contact the e-leaders Project Coordinator -  Kerryn Suttor.

Expressions of interest are now being called for the 2014 Young Farming Champion!

Do you know a Young Farming Champion?
OR Are you a young farmer or following a career pathway in agriculture and love what you do?
If this sounds like you and you are interested in learning how to inspire other young people to enter agriculture why not apply for this great opportunity. 

Jeans and boots.

Lynne and her team are looking for 16 Young Farming Champions for 2014 to represent the grains, cotton, wool, red meat and dairy industries to help build an Australia wide network of enthusiastic young professionals to promote Australian agriculture as a dynamic, innovative, rewarding and vibrant industry. 

Go on give it a go
For more information or to apply visit the link: or contact Lynne Strong on 0407 740 446 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Photo's Wanted

Next month Small Town Culture will be producing a film clip to the new song "The Life of a Country Kid" which will become the official anthem for the ICPA QLD INC - Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Queensland Inc In the clip they wanting to feature a selection of iconic photo's of kids and families in the bush that represent their way of life...these can be action shots or portrait style.

If you have any photo's that you think would be appropriate and would like them to be a part of the clip please post them on the Small Town Culture - Josh Arnold Page. If your name is credited on the photo that's OK.

Photos for the upcoming clip "life as a country kid" can also be emailed to 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

International Women's Day Events for Orange / Central West - Friday 7 March 2014

International Women’s Day in Orange will be celebrated with two events featuring special motivational guest speaker Julie Cross. 
 Julie has been described as an “Inspirational Entertainer” and has been educating, empowering and inspiring individuals and organisations to be the best of themselves, despite the changes and challenges that are inevitable. 

 Motivational Lunch Session
BYO Lunch and learn session at the West Room (near the Orange City Library)
Time 1 – 2 pm
Entry $20
Julie Cross as motivational guest speaker
Tickets from Community Information and Services Centre 79 Kite Street Orange 6393 8600

 A Wonderful Evening
Two Course dinner, lucky door prizes, with time to network with friends at the Kokoda Room, Orange Ex Services Club
Time 6 – 10 pm
Cost $40
Tickets only available from Orange Ex Services Club 231 Anson Street phone 6362 2666

International Women’s Day – Celebrate it with Art in Gunnedah

On Sunday 9 March, women across the world will celebrate what it means to be a woman. The women of Gunnedah are invited to celebrate this special day by attending one or two or even three workshops offered at the Smithurst.  The artworks produced will be shared with the community in an exhibition at the Creative Arts Centre during March following the workshops. 

A painting workshop will answer the question “what does it mean to be a woman?” using colour and paint and facilitated by GSC Cultural Development Coordinator Andrea Bruno. 

An assemblage workshop will answer the question “what can women change in the world?” with found objects, facilitated by artist Sally Hill. 

An improvisation workshop facilitated by Drama Teacher Margie Denman will answer the question “What brings chaos to your life and how do you handle it?” A video recording (with permission) of the day’s proceedings will be edited immediately following the performance for inclusion in the exhibition. 

The day will begin at 10.00 am with coffee and introductions and conclude by 4:30 pm. You will also enjoy a lunch with the other participants. 

A small fee of $15 per person or groups of three or more women at $10 each will be charged for the workshops. 

At the end of the day, the film “Sylvia” about Sylvia Ashton-Warner, a teacher to Maori children with a unique ‘organic education’ approach will be screened and your ticket price will include a glass of champagne. 

Bookings essential please phone 02 6740 2272. 

International Women's Day Hastings Heroines 2014

A fabulous fundraising event is being held on Friday, 07/03/2014 at CWA Waterfront Function Room, 11 Horton St Port Macquarie celebrating WOMEN - the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.

Keynote speaker Carlene York, Assistant Police Commissioner will be joined by other inspirational local women at this cocktail event.

Also being  honoured are a number of Hastings Heroines who have inspired change and made a lasting impression within their community.

More than $3000 worth of prizes are up for grabs with all proceeds from the event going towards the refurbishment of the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Service which provides crisis accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic violence or in crisis. 

This year the Hastings Heroines Awards will honour inspirational women who have made significant contributions in their local community by inspiring change.


Please click here
If you would like to help them with our fundraising efforts, please contact Caron Dyball at Snap Printing to arrange a donation or to pick up a raffle ticket book.

 Don't miss out - limited tickets available

Boorowa Celebrates its Local Women

Sunday 23 March 2014, 9.15am to 3.30pm

Venue:  Boorowa Ex-Services Club Auditorium
Cost: $20 per head – Bookings essential. Includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch – catering by Richy Didge

Our scars are our stories!

·       Keynote Speaker: Alisa Piper  “Scars from the Road”
·       Amanda Muggleton AGSM  “Scars of Stage & Screen”
·       Justice Lucy McCallum  “Seeking Work/Life Balance – 
                  A Series of  Close Calls and Minor Accidents”
·       Debbie Dowling - “The Healing Power of Australian Bush Flower Essences”

Most Inspiring Local Woman’s Award will be presented

Lucky Door prizes
DRESS:  Smart Casual
Please bring along a cushion for your own comfort.
Don’t miss this inspiring day.

RSVP: Wednesday 19th March to Janene Hurley 02 6385 1330 or email