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
HEALTHY AGSPIRATIONS
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: office@glenrac.org.au 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

Foster carers needed across NSW - can you help?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Our Council App

Our Council Appfor the people of Australia

Our Council App

Our Council App features will mean it is easier than ever for the people of Australia to keep on top of the important issues and developments in your local area. We believe in greater transparency and ease of access to information for the general public, and Our Council App features will mean anyone can find the issues of the day.

Search for your Council's app in the App store or Play store, and stay up to date with your local council news and devstrSearch for your Council's app in the App store or Play store, and stay up to date with your local council news and developments in Australia.

There’s never been a better way to keep communities informed about your local area and the issues that matter, and the many great features of  Our Council App will mean residents can access the information they need at any time


Join the next online forum on suicide and mental health! Friday 11 September 12 noon


LET'S TALK ABOUT
SUICIDE AND MENTAL HEALTH
(or don't because lets face it if you or a loved one haven't been through it you are not really interested are you?? 
 Won't happen to us we are fine and we just ignore our issues anyway as we aren't that bad but that person they have huge issues)
You are invited to take part in this month's online Friday Forum!


The Land and RAMHP have partnered to get more people talking about mental health. Join us on the 11th September to talk about important mental health issues.
 



When: Friday 11th September at 12 noon

Where: Go to The Land website on the day and follow the links on

 the homepage
 



There is ongoing concern about mental health and suicide in rural and remote NSW.
Life can be tough and problems can seem overwhelming at times. It can be

 very difficult to know what to do and how to cope but there is help available.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day and  R U OK? Day on the 10th of September,

 this month's online forum will focus on mental health and suicide.

Our expert panel are ready to answer your questions about a number of important

 issues, including:
  • preventing suicide and providing support in tough times
  • how to tell if someone is thinking about suicide and what to do about it
  • how to have a difficult conversation
  • how to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and
  • understanding what it is like to be bereaved by suicide.

         

Fiona Livingstone
Fiona is a Senior Project Officer with Farm-Link and has worked on the project since

 early 2013. Having spent 10 years on a farm and married to a farmer, Fiona
 understands the unique pressures that are faced by the farming community. Having
 lived and worked in rural communities her entire life, Fiona is passionate about the
 mental well-being of people in rural and remote communities.

Justin Geange
Justin is part of the Suicide Prevention Australia Lived Experience Speakers Bureau. 

 Having his own battles with bipolar and depression, Justin is passionate about starting 
conversations with men in regards to mental health and suicide prevention. He is now
 working as a Community Rehabilitation Support Worker (CRSW) with the company
 Neami National.

Alice Munro
Alice is a rural social worker with 7 years of experience in mental health and drug and

 alcohol across Western NSW. Alice works at Psychological Solutions in Orange and
 sees clients from across the lifespan with a range of issues including grief and loss
 depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse, addiction and chronic
 stress. Thoughts of suicide and self-harm is therefore a common symptom that Alice's
 client's seek help for and something Alice is committed to working through with them
, having had both personal and professional experiences of how suicide can affect a
 family and a rural community.

Niall Mulligan 
Niall is manager of Lifeline Northern Rivers’ suicide prevention and crisis support

 services. Working towards Lifeline’s vision of an Australia that is free of suicide,
 Lifeline Northern Rivers’ seventy five Lismore based volunteers have answered almost
 16000 crisis calls to Lifeline Australia’s 13 11 14 crisis support line during the past 12
 months. Lifeline Northern Rivers also offers community training in suicide intervention
 and prevention.

Do you have a question for our panel? You can ask on the day or submit your questions

 ahead of time. We'd also appreciate feedback about your forum experience, which you can leave anonymously here.

Don' forget to join us on the first Friday of every month. Find out about upcoming forums
 and read previous forums here.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Latest issue of The Country Web magazine now available - Creating & Making


The 62nd issue of The Country Web includes stories from rural women and community groups showcasing their creative talents. You'll read about artists, small business owners, knitters and crafters, poets, and much more.

Download here

I even get a mention which is always super exciting!!




12 Free registrations for women in parts of 'Western LGA' to attend Glen Innes Rural Women's Gathering - Closes 11 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: office@glenrac.org.au 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.