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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 (6682)/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 (1192)/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 (4416)/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 (1082)/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 (2596)/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 (2232)/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 (2416)/Comments (0)/
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Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair

Media Release

 

3 September 2015

Drought-affected farmers in New South Wales can now apply for a Drought Concessional Loan or a Drought Recovery Concessional Loan, with applications opening today for the 2015–16 round of both schemes.

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said the schemes helped those doing it tough during drought to restructure existing debt, or to fund operating expenses or drought preparedness and recovery activities.

“Through the Agricultural Competiveness White Paper, we are ensuring farmers have greater certainty about the support available to them during periods of drought. We are delivering on our White Paper commitment to continue both drought-related concessional loans schemes during 2015–16, with up to $30 million available for Drought Concessional Loans and up to $25 million available for Drought Recovery Concessional Loans in NSW,” Minister Joyce said.

 

Friday, 4 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (7313)/Comments (0)/
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Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants Program

Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants Program

(Source - Our Community Matters, Edition 5-15)

The Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants Program supports grassroots organisations and groups that are working hard in their local communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing through innovative and impactful projects.

Whole Kids Small Seeds seeks to fund organisations and groups that solve the root causes of problems at the community level. It looks for projects that have strong local community support and participation, in the belief that lasting change comes about at the local level through direct community involvement.

Whole Kids Small Seeds will provide a one-off grant up to $5,000 for an individual project. Its preference, however, is to select projects that it can fully fund at lower grant amounts. In this way, it can help fund more projects in more communities.

Whole Kids Small Seeds selects projects that aim to deliver positive impacts in one or more of the following areas: 
  • Improving children’s nutrition and access to healthy food.
  • Reducing environmental health risks to children.
  • Encouraging greater access for children to education and learning opportunities.
  • Building stronger local communities for families and children.
  • Creating safe areas for children’s play, recreation and enjoyment.
  • Enhancing children’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Protecting children’s human rights and promoting social justice.
  • Protecting our environment, wildlife and natural wilderness for current and future generations of children.
The current grants round closes on September 30.

Thursday, 3 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Applications for CASP 2016 Now Open

Applications for CASP 2016 Now Open

Applications have opened for the 2016 Country Arts Support Program (CASP).

The grants for a maximum amount ranging from $3,000 to $5000 (varying by Regional Arts Board) are available to groups and organisations based in regional NSW for projects occurring between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.

 

CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils for short term, locally initiated arts projects with the program aiming to assist locally determined cultural activities.

 

Ninety-nine new arts projects in regional, rural and remote projects, ranging through writers festivals, stage lighting workshops, music, light festivals, dance and digital art, were funded through the program for 2015.

 

Projects included the Coonamble Ceramics Collective Fired Up, art workshops at Cementa 15 in Kandos and the inaugural IlluminARTe Wollondilly Festival. 

 

Applicants must read the guidelines and speak to the Regional Arts Development Officer (RADO) for their region before applying. If you aren’t in an areas serviced by a RADO, talk to the Funding Manager at RANSW on 02 9270 2502 or email at funding@regionalartsnsw.com.au

 

To find which Regional Arts Board you are represented by click here.

 

Detailed information about the program and application fo

Tuesday, 1 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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NW LLS's 2015/16 Natural Resource Management funding round is now open.

NW LLS's 2015/16 Natural Resource Management funding round is now open.

Applications close on the 16th of October 2015.

NW LLS's 2015/16 Natural Resource Management funding round is now open.

To see what funding is available please look at the attached guidelines and expression of interest. Applications close on the 16th of October 2015.

The Natural Resource Management programme is funded by National Landcare Programme, Catchment Action NSW and Clean Energy Fund.


 For more information and a copy of our Guidelines and an Expression of Interest Form visit our website

http://northwest.lls.nsw.gov.au/land-and-water 
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Friday, 28 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1382)/Comments (0)/
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Wardrobe clear outs wanted at Narrabri op shops

Wardrobe clear outs wanted at Narrabri op shops

The campaign slogan for Op Shop week is ‘Op Till You Drop!’.

ABOVEOne of a Kind (formerly Lifeline) store manager Mary Ritchie with volunteer Pru Knight catering to the community members looking for pre-loved clothes.

National Op Shop Week is now on, from Sunday, August 23- 30.

The campaign slogan for Op Shop week is ‘Op Till You Drop!’.

The start of spring on September 1 is the most popular time of year for women to clear out their wardrobes. Nearly a quarter of women sort and de-clutter during September. 

Now in its third year, the Op Shop Week event promoters are asking people to donate good quality clothing to their local charity op shop.

National Op Shop Week is an initiative of the Do Something charity and is run in association with NACRO, the National Association for Charitable Recycling Organisations.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Applications open for 2016 Science and Innovation Awards​

Applications open for 2016 Science and Innovation Awards​

Young Australian researchers, innovators and scientists involved in the agriculture sector are invited to apply for a share of $240,000 in grants as part of the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Awards encouraged young rural innovators to think big and contribute to the future success of Australian agriculture through funding for their innovative research projects. 

“Young people studying and working in this area are passionate about the future of agriculture in Australia, and these awards help them bring their ideas to life and advance their careers,” Minister Joyce said.

“There is a wealth of talent and enthusiasm among young Australians for the future of farming in Australia, and an understanding that agriculture represents an increasingly valuable and diverse career pathway with exciting new technologies and innovation.”

The Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is a competitive grants programme targeted at young Australians aged 18-35 to undertake innovative research projects that will benefit Australia’s agricultural industries. 
Wednesday, 26 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (7041)/Comments (0)/
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Boggabri Pet Show

Boggabri Pet Show

Boggabri Sacred Heart Primary School recently held a fun-filled pet show with over 30 children and their pets attending. Birds, goats, puppies and bunnies were just some of the animals entered in the show on Sunday, which attracted families from Gunnedah, Maules Creek, Willala, Emerald Hill and Boggabri.

Click the heading to see all the lovely pets.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Google Street View Trekker in NSW national parks

Google Street View Trekker in NSW national parks

Working in partnership with Google, NSW National Parks has captured imagery across 25 national parks using Google Street View Trekker. You can get a bird’s-eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.


NSW National Parks is the first Australian organisation to partner with Google as part of the Trekker Loan Program. Using a Google Street View trekker, we've visited 225 attractions and captured over 1100km of imagery. Some of our favourite highlights include:
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