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What Do Rural Women Want?

What Do Rural Women Want?

Survey

The What Do Rural Women Want survey offers rural, remote and regional women from throughout Australia the opportunity to have their say in what is impacting them. 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRWCSurvey
Tuesday, 17 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The Environmental Trust Survey

The Environmental Trust Survey

Closes Friday 12 November, 2015

The Environmental Trust is currently conducting a survey on how it engages with stakeholders. We will use the information received to improve the way we communicate with applicants and grantees about funding opportunities.

We are especially interested in hearing from groups and organisations that may have had little or no involvement with the Trust before.

The survey can be accessed through the following bare link if that is easier to distribute: https://insidestory.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1UskwTcueKML8oJ

The survey closes this Friday.

Thursday, 12 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Women of the Year NSW Awards

Women of the Year NSW Awards

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for the amazing work that they do?

There are many exceptional women in NSW who deserve to be recognised. If you would like to acknowledge a woman in your community who has made a significant contribution, has demonstrated excellence in her career, or is an inspiring role model, you can nominate her for the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards. Nominations are now open.


State-wide Award categories

The Premier’s Award recognises NSW women who have excelled in their chosen career, field or passion. These women are exceptional achievers who have made a significant contribution to NSW and whose accomplishments make them a strong role model for other women.
The A.H. Beard Community Hero Award celebrates heroes and/or volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the community. These women are positive role models who inspire others to contribute to the community too.
Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award celebrates women aged 18 to 30 years who have excelled in their career or made a significant contribution to their community.
Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award celebrates women from regional NSW who have made significant achievements in areas that are important to regional or rural communities.
NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, awarded by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. This Award recognises Aboriginal women who have provided leadership in reconciliation and building cohesion in the community.
Nominations close 13 January 2016. Visit www.women.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Applicatio​​ns now open for NSW Community Safety Fund 2015/16

Applicatio​​ns now open for NSW Community Safety Fund 2015/16

On 6 November 2015, the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, Troy Grant,announced the NSW Community Safety Fund​ to provide funding for community safety initiatives which will reduce crime and stamp out anti-social behaviour.

The NSW Department of Justice is administering this significant NSW Government grants program which provides $10 million over four years to improve community safety across NSW.

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Lillian Hulbert Memorial Prize

Lillian Hulbert Memorial Prize

$11,500 REWARD FOR YOUNG ACHIEVER

Nominations are currently being called for The Lillian Hulbert Memorial Prize which will be announced on Wednesday, 24 February 2016.

Nominations should be on the form provided by Council.  Forms which include the selection criteria, can be obtained at Council’s Administration Centre, 46-48 Maitland Street, Narrabri, on the Council website, or by calling Council’s PA to GM and Mayor, Mrs Libby Lantz on 6799 6833.

Nomination forms must be submitted to Council prior to 5.00pm on Friday, 11 December 2015.  Nominations received after this date will not be considered.

Candidates will be required to be involved in an interview process.

Previous applicants who meet the criteria are encouraged to re-apply.
Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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A New Way of Working for Grants

A New Way of Working for Grants

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for Volunteer Grants 2015.

Funding is expected to be offered to around 5,700 organisations as a result of this process, with grants to be paid by 30 June 2016.

Volunteer Grants enable small community organisations to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to purchase small equipment items to assist their volunteers, assist with the reimbursement of fuel costs incurred by volunteers (and transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive), and contribute towards the cost of training courses and background screening checks for volunteers.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEDT on 9 December 2015. For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Community War Memorials Fund

Community War Memorials Fund

Applications for the Community War Memorial Fund are now open and close on 11 November 2015.

The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help protect and conserve existing war memorials across NSW.

Please read through the Information for Applicants and the Caring for our War Memorials Guide before applying. These documents provide advice on eligibility, appropriate approaches to conserving war memorials, who you should talk to before applying and co-contributions to projects.

To apply, please download and complete the application form (available in MS Word and PDF formats). Applications can be submitted by email to VeteranGrants@dpc.nsw.gov.au or post to:

 

Veterans’ Affairs

Department of Premier and Cabinet

GPO Box 5341

Sydney NSW 2001

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Council Grants Scheme

Narrabri Council Grants Scheme

The Special Events Grant is currently open. Closing date Friday 20 November 2015. 

Narrabri Shire Council offers several Grants to the local community throughout the year. 
The grants offered by Council are:

  • Small Area Grant
  • Sporting Grant
  • Contribution to Special Events Grant

The Small Area Grant and Sporting Grant are offered once every financial year. The Contributions to Special Events Grant is offered twice a year. Grants are advertised in local media and via this website. 

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Newsletter

As Acting CEO, I am very pleased to share our 2014/15 Annual Review. You can read more below, but it was our biggest grant-making and partnerships year to date: we awarded a record $8.4m in grants, and received $9.5m in donations and grants to support a diverse range of projects across rural, regional and remote Australia.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our donor partners and it was wonderful to be able to thank many of the donors at a small gathering in Sydney at historic Boomerang House, thanks to the generosity of Lindsay Fox. It was great to meet some more of our donors and I look forward to continuing the discussions we started. Considerable credit must also go to our former CEO Alexandra Gartmann, who has moved on into her new role as MD and CEO of Rural Bank. Alex was an inspiring leader - we thank her deeply for the four and a half years she gave to FRRR, and wish her all the very best for her future.

Click the header to read the Newsletter or


Read more on their website 

Monday, 9 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program,

The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program,

Entries Close - 5pm Friday 18 December, 2015

The NSW Government and ClubsNSW have come together to run the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program, an exciting initiative that will give young people the opportunity to visit historic Anzac sites during the remainder of the Centenary of WWI.
The 2016 program, sponsored by ClubsNSW, will see six young people chosen to retrace the steps of WWI Australian soldiers across Athens, Lemnos, Crete, Paris, Ieper and the Somme in April 2016. 
Wednesday, 4 November 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5286)/Comments (0)/
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Whites rural community Grants

Whites rural community Grants

Closes 31st October

Whites Rural Community Grants

 

Closes 31st October

 

Whites Rural Community Grants are designed to make a difference to kids in regional, rural, and remote areas. 

 

Tell us how a $4,000 grant could help kids in your local community through art, music, sport, sustainability, or social well-being. 

 

There are 10 grants available nationally - so apply now. 

 

For more info: http://wrcommunity.com.au

Monday, 26 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (896)/Comments (0)/
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You only have one more week to apply for the Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Program.

Press Release

Meeting today with police officers at the North Sydney Police Station, the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the pilot would help families who struggle to access child care because of where they live or the hours they work.

“Standard child care hours don’t always fit the needs of parents who don’t work standard jobs, for example people who live in rural and remote areas, or those who work shifts, like police officers, hospitality workers, nurses and emergency services workers, ” Senator Birmingham said.

“The Australian Government’s innovative $246 million Nanny Pilot Programme gives families another choice in how they balance their family and work demands, and will help us determine how best to target taxpayer funding to support them.

“This is a great opportunity for parents who need flexible child care, such as a nanny, in order to work or get back to work and I encourage families to put in their applications by 30 October to avoid missing out.”

Saturday, 24 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (3226)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc Membership for 2015-2016

Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc Membership for 2015-2016

Support our organisation and the local community by joining.

If you are interested, please complete the attached Membership Form along with a $2 membership fee and forward to the NCTS Inc office at Unit 2, 116 Barwan Street, Narrabri (next to the tyre service).

 

Members receive our quarterly newsletter and the opportunity to participate in our community events.

 

Regards

 

Brooke Whitaker

Service Development Officer

Narrabri Community Tenancy Scheme Inc.

 

P: 02 67921478 | F: 02 67924860

P.O.Box 509 | Narrabri NSW 2390

Wednesday, 21 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (788)/Comments (0)/
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NBN Rollout

NBN Rollout

Press Release - Mark Coulton - 16 October, 2015

THE National Broadband Network (NBN) yesterday (October 16) released its full construction schedule for the next three years, providing Australians with the greatest detail yet on when the NBN will reach them.

The comprehensive construction plan to network 9.5 million premises nationwide will see more than 40,500 homes and businesses across the electorate of Parkes accessing super-fast broadband under an accelerated three-year roll-out.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton welcomed the plan, saying it demonstrates the Coalition Government’s commitment to rural and regional Australia in closing the digital divide.

“I am very proud to be part of a Government that is bringing cutting edge technology to the people of rural and regional Australia,” Mr Coulton said.

“The release of this accelerated roll-out plan means that most of my electorate is now on track to be rolled out by the end of 2017, bringing the entire NBN roll-out forward by quite a few years.

Saturday, 17 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1834)/Comments (0)/
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Council Grants Scheme

Council Grants Scheme

The Special Events Grant is currently open. Closing date Friday 20 November 2015.

Narrabri Shire Council offers several Grants to the local community throughout the year. 
The grants offered by Council are:

  • Small Area Grant
  • Sporting Grant
  • Contribution to Special Events Grant

The Small Area Grant and Sporting Grant are offered once every financial year. The Contributions to Special Events Grant is offered twice a year. Grants are advertised in local media and via this website. 

Contributions to Special Events Grant

Organisations eligible for the Contributions to Special Events funding should fit the following criteria:

  • Organisations should be not for profit;
  • Organisations should be community based;
  • Not be a sporting body;
  • Not to be individuals; and
  • Organisations to be excluded if they have a self-funding capacity.
  • Events must occur between the dates of 1 January and 30 June or the 1 July and 31 December of that year.

Small Area Grant Scheme

Council's Small Area Grant Scheme is currently open for applications. 
Applications are invited for community not-for-profit organisations outside the towns of Narrabri, Wee Waa and Boggabri. Projects should relate to the provision of new facilities or additions/improvements to existing facilities.

The grants are to be offered on a dollar for dollar basis with organisations able to contribute cash or in kind.

Sporting Grant Scheme

Council's Sporting Grants Scheme is currently open for applications.
Applications are invited from Sporting organisations or clubs within Narrabri Shire. These grants relate to sports which are not otherwise supported by Council with either playing fields or facilities. Projects should relate to the provision of new facilities or additions / improvements to existing sporting facilities.

The grants are to be offered on a dollar for dollar basis with organisations able to contribute cash or in kind.

Friday, 16 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation’s Community Futures Grant Program is now open for applications!

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation’s Community Futures Grant Program is now open for applications!

Closing date 6th December 2015 at 5pm.

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation’s Community Futures Grant Program is now open for applications! 


 

  • Do you have an idea or project in need of funding that will inject life into your local town?
  •  Are you aged 35 or under?
  • Do you have a local organisation you can partner with to deliver your project?

 

If YES  - you are eligible to  apply http://www.rasnsw.com.au/Community-Futures-Grant.htm or visit us on Facebook and share the link https://www.facebook.com/RASofNSWFoundation


The RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant Program encourages and champions rural youth leadership through the provision of up to $25,000 to fund community projects that address a need or issue in your town.  We fund projects in rural and regional NSW that will result in enhanced social and economic outcomes for the wider community.

 

For previous projects see http://www.rasnsw.com.au/our-projects.htm


For more information call Cecilia Logan, Program Manager 02 9704 1232 or Kate Ross, Executive Officer 02 9704 1234 or email foundation@rasf.org.au

 

Closing date 6th December 2015 at 5pm.  

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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IPART review will soon report on which councils are ‘fit for future’

IPART review will soon report on which councils are ‘fit for future’

Narrabri shire delegates attend local government meeting.

Councils, and their communities, across NSW are awaiting with keen interest the release at the end of the week of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) review into local government.

The major review will set the agenda for the future of local councils including Narrabri.

Mergers of some councils will occur but Narrabri Shire Council has affirmed that it is not expected to be one of them.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

15th October,

If you want to do something special, be inspired and connect with rural women sharing their stories on the 15th October 2015 then join

It's completely FREE, 100% online and is LIVE - so you can interact, ask questions and engage with all of our presenters.

Try something new and experience the joy that brings!

If you are worried about #datadrought or internet usage, please get in touch support@therw.biz as we have teleconferencing facilities available too.

Register today
Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Celebrity chef visits Pilliga

Celebrity chef visits Pilliga

Celebrity chef Mark Olive has paid a visit to one of western NSW's smallest communities.

ABOVE: Back, Mila Doolan, Gail Naden, Maude Smith, Mark Olive, Middle, Caleb and Linda Doolan, Tommy Leonard and Janet Nicholls, front, Jai Dooland and Esther Knowles.

Over 100 visitors and locals gathered at the Pilliga Bowling Club last Thursday for a Cultural community day organised by the Gunidah Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation based in Gunnedah.

Visitors travelled from Burren Junction, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Taree and Dubbo to attend the day, which featured celebrity indigenous chef Mark Olive.

Nationally recognised indigenous dance droup Koomurri performed traditional dance and painting demonstrations.

Koomurri Dancer, Jahmarley Dawson, 19, was excited to visit Pilliga for the first time.

Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Poised for top award

Poised for top award

The Drovers’ Campfire has won tourism industry accolades over its ten year life, and is now poised for a new triumph.

ABOVE: Richard Gillham, left, and the original co-ordinator of the event, Geoff Eather take a break from their labours at the Drovers’ Campfire in April this year.

Boggabri is nowadays a name recognised in the four corners of Australia.

The reason is not its agricultural production or large coal mines, or even its proud reputation as the ‘little town with a big heart.’

Boggabri is known nationally as the home of the annual Drovers’ Campfire.

The Drovers’ Campfire has won tourism industry accolades over its ten year life, and is now poised for a new triumph.

The event has been listed as a finalist in the NSW-ACT Regional Achievement and Tourism Awards.

The winners of the prestigious awards will be announced at a gala presentation night in Dubbo on November 14.
Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural support services in the local area have resolved to set up a network to improve the delivery and effectiveness of support for the rural sector.

ABOVE: Cattle on the road near Pilliga.

The newly formed Rural Support Services Network (RSSNs) held its first meeting in Narrabri recently, with financial counsellors, Centacare representatives, landholders, government representatives and other organisations in attendance.

RSSNs are usually made up of local rural service providers including agribusiness and government, but also include interested landholders and representatives from community groups.

The network meets quarterly to discuss the needs of the local rural community with a view to working towards servicing these needs.

The meetings also allow for the sharing of information between service providers and the identification of any gaps in service delivery.

Narrabri Rural Financial Counsellor Fiona Mead said the first meeting of the Narrabri RSSN was an overwhelming success.

“We had 17 people at the meeting which was a great turn out, we plan on meeting every three months at this stage with the next meeting to be held in February,” she said.

Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Schwager wins top award

Schwager wins top award

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.

Schwager was out of town on Saturday night, however proud parents, Tony and Shirley, were on hand to collect the trophy on his behalf.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards:

NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards:

"We are excited to be launching the 2016 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards on Thursday 8th October 2015. On behalf of Santos, we would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the official Launch in Narrabri for 2015/2016."

"The Free Community Launch will announce the call for nominations, recognising the fantastic achievements of young people up to the age of 29 in their chosen fields of endeavour. The Awards aim to applaud leadership, vision and commitment while fostering the pursuit of excellence and highlighting the efforts and successes of young people making meaningful contributions to their local communities.

"Join local dignitaries, VIPs, community leaders and young achievers from the Narrabri community as we acknowledge youth excellence. The launch event will be an afternoon tea event from 3 pm to 4 pm at the Crossing Theatre in Narrabri. It is a great chance for networking and we will hear from the Overall Young Achiever of the Year for 2015, Rhett Burraston.

"Feel free to invite any colleagues, friends or like-minded people to the launch. To RSVP, please follow this link and fill in our easy online form:

http://bit.ly/nswyaanarrabrilaunch

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Northern Inland Innovation Awards Deadline Extended

The Northern Inland Innovation Awards entry deadline has been extended to Monday 28 September.

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland has been talking to businesses and organisations around the region in recent weeks. Spring is a busy time, so the one week extension should help ensure that a quality regionally representative field of entries are received. So far, a good regional spread of entries have received but more examples of innovation are being sought from the Liverpool and Moree Plains, Tamworth, Inverell and the Gwydir Shire. We are particularly keen to see how innovative the manufacturing and engineering sector is in our region. Hopefully, our engineering businesses can make the most of this extended time and get an entry in. Our region needs your positive story.

Businesses, public and not-for-profit organisations, together with the 13 local councils of the Northern Inland NSW region are being urged to submit entries for the 8th annual Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Innovation Awards.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1749)/Comments (0)/
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FUNDING GRANTS FOR WOMEN IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

In 2015, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors. 

The initiative provides women in regional Australia with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in regional and rural Australia at two levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details:

1. Senior Management and Executive Level women leaders can apply for $12,000 individual grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program

2. Emerging and Mid-Level women managers can apply for $4,500 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program


Expression of Interest

To request additional information or a scholarship grant application form, simply complete this Expression of Interest Form and either email (info@wla.edu.au) or fax (1300 451 031) it back to us.

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail, please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 1300 138 037or via ianj@asam.edu.au.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1922)/Comments (0)/
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