Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rocks Rust Stars and Dust

This time next year you could be arriving in Broken Hill ready to share in
Broken Hill was built on the world's largest silver, lead and zinc deposit and is still an active mining town. A visit might see you head under-ground amongst the real rock!
Broken Hill is the first city in Australia to be included on the National Heritage list due to its outstanding heritage significance to the country.
Broken Hill has amazingly vast open skies! Lay back and gaze into the clear night sky as it twinkles ablaze with millions of stars.
Broken Hill is the real outback! Come and experience our captivating landscapes .... dust included free of charge!

Women's Gatherings are for all rural women including: farming women; Aboriginal women; women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; mining women; women in the fishing industry; women who live in regional cities, towns and villages; and coastal women. Gatherings are a well established annual statewide community event for all rural women.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hearts Of Australia Extraordinary love stories from the bush.

Do you know of an amazing, inspiring, hopeful love story from around our great nation?
This journey will be an impressive reflection of life on the land, complemented by anecdotal stories that capture the resilience and strength of the people who live and work on it.
Collecting stories from every corner of our heartland. 

 Please drop a direct line if you know of a love story worth mentioning!

Book release for Valentine's Day 2017.
Know of a great love story?


Sunday, November 8, 2015

You’re Invited To TedX Orange!

Friday 20 November 2015 Orange Conservatorium 


Ten speakers, six musicians, a poet and lunch. 
Speakers include:
  1. Professor Gordon Parker of the Black Dog Institute and the grandfather of rural mental health. 
  2. Dai Le, Financial Review Woman of Influence, will be talking about diversity and inclusion (and is on ABC TV's Q & A Monday 2 November!
  3. Journalist Mieke Buchan will be talking about the power of having a yarn. 
  4. Architect Al Baxter will be talking about sustainable regional architecture (he played a bit of footy in his younger days). 

There will also be talks on solutions journalism, food security, loneliness, using words to shape our futures, how to run a circus and the challenge of feeding billions. Add in half a dozen local musicians and a poet and there’s a big day on offer.

Orange TEDX is part of a worldwide not for profit phenomenon that aims to spread ideas to create change with in communities through sharing - one talk at a time.

This will be the first ever TEDX to Orange with live streaming through the central and far west with the support of Optus and TAFE.

Here is a link to a 1 minute YouTube clip to give you a quick overview of what TEDX is all about if you are not familiar with the concept: 

2016 CEF Scholarships Guide

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The 2016 CEF Scholarships Guide is a comprehensive list of tertiary scholarships developed for rural and regional students.

The Guide includes a wide variety of scholarships which range from a $500 textbook or accommodation grant up to $50,000 per year for education and living costs.

This Guide is a must read for rural and regional students who face greater financial barriers when pursuing higher education. If you need financial assistance, you are strongly encourage you to APPLY, APPLY, APPLY.

Women Out West Conference & Expo 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Take Part in the 2015 Regional Wellbeing Survey

The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. To achieve this, we need to hear the views of all people living in rural and regional Australia.

Everyone aged 18 or over who takes part in the survey can enter the draw to win one of 16 prizes worth a total of $7,000.

Do the survey online at
Call 1800 981 499 if you’d like them to post you a paper survey, or for help with the survey.

This year, you can choose to do a short or long version of the survey. People who choose to do a longer survey receive additional entries into the prize draw.

Your participation helps them produce data your community can use, as they produce results for every community from which they receive more than 100 responses.
 Many communities are now using the Regional Wellbeing Survey’s results to help inform their planning and decision making processes. To see last year’s results, click here.

The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes on 1 December 2015, at midnight. 

The Mindspot Clinic: Free telephone and online service


The MindSpot Clinic is a free telephone and online service for Australian 
adults troubled by symptoms of anxiety or depression.

We provide free Online Screening Assessments to help you learn about 
your symptoms, free Treatment Courses to help you to recover, or we 
can help you find local services that can help.

For more information visit:

Saturday, October 24, 2015




FX aims to give city school students the opportunity to experience the food and fibre industry and learn about its complexities and the career opportunities it offers by experiencing the rural lifestyle first hand, while working on a farm for a week and attending various related agribusinesses. The program is a partnership between Rabobank and metropolitan schools and is coordinated by 2realise

To find out more about the program visit, or call 02 9639 0253.

PLC Armidale - Scholarships and a special bursary for rural families in 2016 - talk to PLC before November 30

Nanny Pilot Programme Open until 5pm AEDT on 30 October 2015

The Australian Government is investing $246 million over two years for the Nanny Pilot Programme.
The pilot programme will provide subsidised care for about 10,000 children to help families meet the cost of using a nanny.
It will support families who struggle to access child care services because they work non standard hours, or live in regional or remote areas or away from existing child care.
The Nanny Pilot Programme Guidelines provide further information on how the pilot programme will operate, including eligibility criteria for service providers, families and nannies. A Nanny Pilot Programme fact sheet and frequently asked questions are also available.
The pilot programme will formally commence in early 2016 when service providers begin matching nannies to participating families. The start date for a nanny will depend on a family’s requirements, and when a suitable nanny is available. We expect that the take up of the pilot will grow over time as more nannies and families are progressively matched and care commences.
The pilot programme will run until 31 December 2017. An independent evaluation will take place throughout the pilot to help the Government develop future policy for care provided in the family home.

Applications from families wishing to participate in the pilot are now open until 5pm AEDT on 30 October 2015. Further information can be found on the Families page.

Click on one of the following links for further information.

After Breast Cancer - Rural Regional Breast Reconstruction Awareness Event - Hunter NSW

Reclaim Your Curves was set up to educate and support women about their options for restoring their bodies after breast cancer. One of our focuses is, through education and peer support, to help address the very low rates of breast reconstruction especially in rural and regional Australia.

We are running a series of free Information and Awareness Events, the first being at Maitland Hospital on November 23 in conjunction with oncoplastic and plastic surgeons and breast care nurses from the Hunter / Central Coast region. The evening will also feature local patients who have had reconstruction, and who will be there to tell their stories. 

These events are to help Reclaim Your Curves connect with women who might not otherwise have peer support for this healing step and who might be unaware of the new technology or opportunities available for them. We offer several options for peer support and medically endorsed resources that your clientele may benefit from.


​At this special evening you will learn about the different techniques for breast reconstruction and new technology making reconstruction more accessible for regional women.  Partners and support people welcome.

Who is this event for?
If you underwent a mastectomy years ago, just recently or if are planning your surgery now, this event is for you.
  • Understand your options for breast reconstruction
  • Meet surgeons and breast care nurses
  • Speak with women who have had procedures
  • Learn about new technology
  • Ask all your burning questions
  • Find resources and support
  • Enjoy a light supper 

Consumer registration or enquiries about this event can be directed to

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Black Tie and Boots Charity Ball 24 Oct 2015 Orange

Black Tie and Boots Charity Ball

Healthy Agspirations, a partnership between NSW Young Farmers and the Future Health Leaders, supported by the Centre of Rural and Remote Mental Health and WFI; are committed to raise rural health awareness, engage with a young audience and fundraise for three important charities which support our regional members and communities.
Healthy Agspirations are holding a Charity Ball plus auction on October 24 to coincide with theAustralian National Field Days, to fundraise for our three charity partners- RUOK? DayBatyr and Royal Far West.
This event gives farmers, health professionals and supporters the opportunity to network, raise rural health awareness and bid in our auction, while raising money for important causes. Join us amongst the vineyards in Orange, enjoy the region's local produce, support rural health services and go home with an amazing prize all in the name of charity.
If you are a business or supporter who would like to donate a prize for the charity auction, or would like further information, please contact Camille on 02 9478 1070, or Alice on 0427 231 056.
You may donate to our charities through our everyday hero account here.
Follow us on social media #healthyagspirations#NSWYF and #FHLchat
Have questions about Black Tie and Boots Charity Ball? Contact Healthy Agspirations

The Zanda McDonald Award

The Zanda McDonald Award is open to agribusiness professionals with natural leadership skills from across Australia and New Zealand, the award comes with a $30,000 prize package comprising an overseas mentoring trip, a place on Rabobank’s Farm Manager’s Program and $1000 cash.

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About The Zanda McDonald Award

Launched at the 2014 PPP Conference in Queenstown and born out of mateship and respect for one of agriculture's natural leaders, this Award aims to recognise diligent individuals working in the primary industry sectors in New Zealand and Australia.
Zanda McDonald was a prominent identity in the Australian beef and livestock industry and a foundation member of the PPP Group. He died in April 2013 at the age of 41, following a tragic accident on his Queensland cattle property.

 “Zanda was one of life’s true inspirations and true gentlemen. He was an astute businessman and yet equally at home driving stock or fixing machinery. A devoted father and husband, he achieved great things in a short space of time. He did this with quiet determination and a natural instinct for doing the right thing.” 
- Shane McManaway, PPP Chairman

 The Zanda McDonald award is a PPP initiative which aims to preserve the legacy of the late Zanda McDonald – as well as assist young agri-business people on their chosen career path.

Applications for the 2016 Award open on Monday 21st September 2015. Applications close on Friday 30th October 2015.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Video Blog Competition TELL AUSTRALIA YOUR SCIENCE STORY and win great prizes!

It could be about your own science career, your favourite discovery, your science hero or something you think is just darn fascinating – be creative, create a video blog about it and you could win great prizes.

Go here for How to Enter and Win

The video should have duration of no more than 2 minutes.  

The Prizes

1st prize – $250 JB HiFI voucher
2nd and 3rd prizes – $50 iTunes or Google Play vouchers
The best entries will appear on the RiAus website

Beyond the Goal Posts Clermont 13 Nov

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tie Up The Black Dog – Raising awareness for depression and mental illness to rural Australia

By now I am sure you have all heard of gorgeous wedding photographer Edwina Robertson (where was she when I was married and found photos of our photographer in our official photos!!!  But that's another story).  If you have not read about her magnificent efforts go here.
Moved by the drought conditions in Blackall at a wedding she photographed Edwina decided to share one of the wedding photos on her Facebook page with a promise to donate $3 for every share the post received.
The response have been overwhelming to say the least.
Edwina promised to donate the funds to Tie Up The Black Dog Committee, a group based in Goondiwindi focusing on mental health issues in regional areas.
Tie Up The Black Dog
Edwina has created a crowd funding page for others to join the cause and set a challenge to the people who shared her initial post.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

12 free registrations on offer for women in parts of 'Western LGA' to attend Glen Innes Rural Women's Gathering - Closing 25 September

Foundation for Rural and Renewal registrations

Thanks to very generous support from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), Gather in the Glen are able to offer 12 registrations to deserving women.
The objectives of Tackling Tough Times Together are to:
  • Enhance the mental health and wellbeing of drought-stressed rural and remote communities
  • Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection 
  • Build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts 
Gather in the Glen meets these requirements by providing the opportunity to learn, network, and socialise with women from all over New South Wales, plus some interstate travellers. By providing free places at the event, FRRR is supporting rural women to better cope with tough times.

To be eligible for a free registration, you need to reside in one of the following NSW local government areas: Tenterfield Shire Council, Uralla Shire Council, Glen Innes Severn Council, Inverell Shire Council, Brewarrina, Armidale Dumaresq Council, Walcha Council, Walgett, Guyra Shire Council.
To apply please tell us in 100 words or less why you think that you are deserving of one. Email your response to: with “FRRR registrations" in the subject line, or post to PO Box 660 by Friday 11th of September. Ensure that you include your name, address, phone number, and email. Please note that if you have already paid for your registration, we are able to reimburse you if your application is successful. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Showing The Connection 2016 Photography Competition

Women Out West Conference and WOW Awards 27th & 28th Nov 2015, Dubbo

Conference & Expo – a NEW regional event for Western NSW regional women

Held for the first time this year, the Conference and Expo has been inspired by the success and popularity of the annual Women Out West (WOW) Awards.

Intent of the Conference & Expo

The Women Out West committee intends to deliver a Conference which will ‘Uplift and Empower Women to Lead Fulfilling, Happy, Healthy Lives’. The annual Women Out West Conference will be an opportunity forWestern NSW Regional Women to come and experience an exciting new annual networking Event …. where they will be uplifted, motivated, informed and inspired.

The Conference and Exhibition

The Women Out West Conference & Expo will take place on Saturday 29th November at Dubbo Convention Centre in Darling Street, Dubbo. Attendees will gain inspiration and knowledge from listening to the Conference Speakers and will be able to meet them during refreshment breaks. You will hear ‘Casey Donovan’s Story’ direct from Casey herself.
The Quest Dubbo WELCOME EVENT will be held on Friday 28th November at Red Earth Estate on Camp Road Dubbo. This will be a relaxing evening for Delegates, Exhibitors, Sponsors and Speakers to network and enjoy canap├ęs, wine and beer in a unique setting.
THE EXHIBITION will showcase businesses and organisations that deliver goods and services to regional women. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit and talk to exhibitors in the Exhibition Area after registering at 7.30am, and during Morning Tea, Lunch and the Wine and Cheese Tasting after the Conference is finished.

The Gala Presentation Evening

The Women Out West (WOW) Awards Gala Presentation Evening , now celebrating 4 years. will be the social event of this new Western NSW Regional Conference and offers Delegates the opportunity to have some fun, and hear the stories of the 14 Award Winners who will be announced by Kylie Gillies.
The Women Out West Awards Gala Presentation Evening will take place on Saturday 29th November at the stunningly themed ‘Dripping With Diamonds’ Dubbo RSL Auditorium. With good food and good wine … and the fantastic entertainment act being kept under wraps until the night, an exciting and memorable evening will be enjoyed by all who attend … with lots of laughter and tears!

awards at a glance