Monday, August 31, 2015

Cute Giveaways

Head on over to these pages and enter in some cute give-aways

Dust & Wills

Thursday, August 27, 2015

We Need Your Help to Bring Small Steps to Rural and Remote Communities


Small Steps to Rural and Remote Communities is a free educational program that we present in primary schools for teachers and parents, through the Mental Health Association of NSW.
The program is to raise awareness of anxiety disorders in children and to better educate and inform parents and teachers of early signs in children, where to get help, and how to manage
anxiety disorders.

We want all children to be able to finish school and not be held back by an anxiety disorder which can be easily treated and maintained by early intervention and we need your help to bring 
Small Steps to Rural and Remote Communities.

Our Seminars are FREE to Primary Schools within NSW but we would like funding to expand the program throughout NSW, particularly rural and remote areas.

In Australia at present 10% of children have a diagnosed anxiety disorder. We believe that early intervention is the key to the treatment  and management of any mental health issues and by 
delivering this educational seminar in primary schools we help parents and teachers understand what anxiety disorders are, what may trigger them, how to recognise early signs in children, 
and where to go for help.

With extra funding we would be able to go into Rural and Remote areas for a week at a time and present to schools in the area.   We could train volunteers to become Community Presenters 
in these Rural and Remote areas.  In order to do this we would need to pay for them to come to Sydney for training and ongoing support.  Funding would also help with providing schools with
literature for each Parent and Teacher.  We aim to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the use of paper and providing this information on a USB which is now an added expense.  

Money provided could also enable us to donate a set a anxiety books for each school’s library at a cost $120.00 per pack.

Presently we have schools booked in Albury, Macksville, Coffs Harbour and Bathurst during October and November. We have presented at schools in Gilgandra, Wellington, Dubbo, 
Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Newcastle.  We have also added another presenter specially trained to do the Small Steps Seminars.

We’d greatly appreciate it if you would help us to bring Small Steps to all schools in NSW :

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Spoontaneous THE Rural Woman Event in Dubbo


Scarcity. Fear. Lack. Worthless. These are symptoms of a greater belief that 'you are not enough'. It shows up in ALL kinds of ways for rural women and I want to help you HEAL that.
Not enough time. Never enough money. Nothing I ever do is good enough. I don't have the energy.
This event will help you understand yourself better. It will help you identify blocks. It will help you find pathways to your joy.
Tickets are limited.
A sense of adventure is a must.
7th September 630pm

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bale Out Ball 19 September at Cootamundra

Bale Out Ball

Bale Out Ball is proud to request your presence to our black Tie Masquerade Ball on Saturday 19th September 2015. This event is to be held at Cootamundra town hall and will begin at 6pm.

Bale Out ball is initiative that aims to support Australian Agriculture and Revitalise rural communities. We do this by providing social outlets to farmers, their families and communities and at the same time raising money for drought relief.

This ball is our 4th major event and we hope for it to be bigger and better than before. The night will consist of a three-course meal, guest speaker, live entertainment, auctions, raffles and lucky door prizes. All money raised will be donated back to the local community of Cootamundra and the charity Buy A Bale.

$85.00 per ticket RSVP

Friends with Health Benefits in the Glen Innes district!

Are you feeling as fit and well as possible? Feeling a little sluggish coming out of winter? Needing some motivation to get yourself back on track?

Then grab a friend and sign up for GLENRAC’s Friends with Health Benefits programme, and feel healthier, happier, and more productive!

Each lucky participant will work with Rural Fit, exercise physiologists and sports scientists, to develop a personal programme based on the individual’s goals. These can include weight loss, strength training, improving cardiovascular fitness, stress management, improving sleep, reducing fatigue, flexibility and joint stability, pain and injury management, and management and prevention of metabolic conditions including diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension.

Over the following three months, a group online forum and phone calls with Rural Fit will keep participants motivated and focussed. Rural Fit will undertake one-on-one reviews at the end of the programme to assess the progress of each individual.

Thanks to generous support from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, GLENRAC is able to offer this programme free of charge, however places are strictly limited. Places will be allocated on a first in, first served basis, so please go to to secure your place.

For further information, go to, email, or phone GLENRAC on 6732 3443.

NewAccess - Free personal coaching program

NewAccess. Coaching you through tough times.
If life pressures are causing you stress, you can take action.  NewAccess is a FREE service that provides support in the form of a coach. It’s someone who can guide you in setting practical goals that will get you back on track.
What is NewAccess?
NewAccess is a beyondblue program that provides a free and confidential support service to help you tackle day-to-day pressures.  A NewAccess coach, specially trained and experienced, will support you in setting practical goals that will get you back on track.

How does NewAccess work?
The program includes six free sessions with a NewAccess coach. At your first appointment, your coach will complete an initial assessment with you and develop a program tailored to your needs.  Sessions occur over the phone or face-to-face, whichever works best for you.

Is the program right for me?
On average, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men will experience some level of depression and 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety during their lifetime.

If any of the following are causing you to feel unhappy, moody, angry or unable to concentrate or sleep this service could be right for you:
·         Work stress or uncertainty
·         Change in living arrangements
·         New parent worries
·         Family problems
·         Health concerns or uncertainty
·         Long-term isolation or loneliness
·         Financial worries

Who are the Access coaches?
Access coaches are specifically trained at Flinders University to help guide you through your tailored plan. They are also well connected in the community and can point you in the right direction of other supporting groups such as employment, financial, education, housing and more. 

For more information visit: NewAccess

Women's Health Week is Just Around The Corner

The countdown is on!

It’s time to get rid of the elephant (and there's always an elephant)
in the room and get talking about women’s health.
This year, the focus is on the health topics that women really
 want to talk about. Some common health myths will be
 busted, a look at a topic that really needs to be talked
 about, learn how to ask the tricky questions and set you
 up to take a health pledge for the next 12 months.
During the week September 7-11 we will send you
 a daily email with information and videos about what
 women really want to talk about. There will also be 
podcasts, recipes and a workbook with activities,
but you can also get involved in many other ways.
 Make sure you are registered because the countdown is on.

How you can get involved

Host a Women’s Health Week event in your local community,
 your workplace or with family and friends and help get women
 talking about their health. Jean Hailes will support you 
and provide resources for your participants; you can even
 receive a free Jean Hailes presentation with three of our
 top experts talking about women's health (download or on our free USB).

Women can be good talkers but when it comes to health, they often don’t take the time to ask questions, seek out credible information and work on a sound plan of action. We want all women to start talking about their elephant in the room.
Share your elephant on the Women's Health Week social wall, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and you could win some amazing prizes.* #womenshealthweek

The Young Carer Bursary Program

Do you provide care and support to a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health illness, is frail aged or has an alcohol or other drug problem?

Are you aged 12–25 years? 

Are you currently studying or wishing to return to study or training?

If so, you may be eligible to apply for a young carer bursary!

 Applications open on 18 August 2015 and close on 28 September 2015

Some young carers are missing out on education or training because of the emotional and financial pressures they face. The Young Carer Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to help support young carers to complete or return to education while continuing their caring role. The Young Carer Bursary Programme will grant 333 bursaries at $3,000 each in 2016.  A bursary is similar to a grant. It is not a loan, and so does not need to be repaid. The money can be spent on whatever helps you with your education or training. If you are successful in your bursary application it will be up to you and your family to decide how best to use the money to help you with your education or training.

Who: Young carers, aged between 12–25 years old, who are currently studying or wishing to return to study or training are encouraged to apply.

When: Applications open on 18 August 2015 and close on 28 September 2015.

More info: Check out the flyer below or the Frequently Asked Questions for more info. 

You can apply online today at .

You can also email or ring 1800 756 238 for more info.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Festival Of The Rural Woman


Run just like a face-to-face festival BUT completely online with speakers including Jane Cay of rurally based online retail giant Birdsnest, 
author and Station Manager Keelan Mailman, Sarah McCaig of the Bale Out Ball and Author and healing activist Margaret Bridgeford who will
be sharing their voices as keystones to a stunningly diverse line up of rural women speakers, artists, entrepreneurs, healers, activists, farmers, 
community advocates, social change makers, creatives, practitioners, innovators and producers!

“This is going to be FUN!"


Even if you have crappy internet (which we know many of you have) you can join in the Festival fun - on the phone. For the cost of a local call 
you can connect with these inspiring rural voices and feel like they are in the room with you.

Meeting You Where You Are At
Because we recognise you can't always get to where the great events are, we decided to bring the inspiration TO YOU!!

34 Presenters: Global Audience: All Rural Women: 12th - 15th October 2015 Culminating on International Rural Women's Day
 “Think Inspiration, Connection, Learning & Empowerment meets Music, Movement, Colour & Laughter - without leaving home!”

If you want to show up LIVE it's 100% FREE; but if you want full access to ALL the presentations for 12 months afterwards, then join as a
 MEMBER of THE Rural Woman (discounted price for Festival) and you can enjoy the inspiring presentations in your own time.

Check it out at and please SHARE with all your friends and colleagues and family!!!

John Ralph Essay Competition

The topic for the 2015 John Ralph Essay Competition is: 
Australian agriculture should forget about the pursuit of productivity, and instead focus on premium markets.

The Novice category is open to persons 25 years of age or under, on Friday 18th of September 2015 (competition closing date).

The Australian Farm Institute established the John Ralph Essay Competition to stimulate discussion and debate on topics relevant to the agriculture sector, and to 
encourage students and the wider community to engage in issues strategically important to the future of the sector.

Any professors or lecturers interested in having their students participate are invited to include the competition topic in their students' assessment tasks, and to enter some 
or all of the resulting essays in the competition.

Professors and lecturers who have at least three students who enter the competition will be offered:
  •     One year’s free subscription to the Farm Policy Journal
  •     One hardcopy of an Institute research report of their choice.
The winner of the Open category will receive a cash prize of $5000 and the winner of the Novice category will receive a cash prize of $1000. 

Winners also receive one year's Institute membership (valued at $319) and complementary attendance at the Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference.

Please contact Sally Beech on 02 9690 1388 or  if you would like any further information about the competition.

Country Arts Support Program

applications for 2016 now open

The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is small grants for small locally initiated arts projects. Apply for up to $3000 for a project in your community.

Projects funded in the past have included (but are not limited to) workshops, performances, art making events, artist-in-residence programs, exhibitions, community seminars, public art and arts-based additions to festivals.

Who can apply: incorporated organisations, local government entities, groups/ ensembles auspiced by an incorporated association, school P&Cs. You don't have to be an arts-based organisation to apply.
When is the funding for: projects happening January-December 2016.
What can the funding be spent on: the main focus of CASP is for artists fees and expenses.

Applications close October 1, 2015
How to apply
*It's a requirement of CASP that applicants discuss their project first with their regional arts organisation. In the NSW Central West this is Arts OutWest. If you're elsewhere in the state look up your local organisation.