HEYWIRE is a powerful platform for the stories and ideas of young regional Australians. Contribute your story to Heywire and you could win a trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra, and work with an ABC producer to have your story broadcast on the ABC.
The Horizon Scholarship
The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) that, in partnership with industry sponsors, supports undergraduates studying agriculture at university by providing: a bursary of $5,000 per year for the duration of their degree, mentoring partnerships with university faculty members and industry leaders, professional development workshops, annual industry work placements that give students first-hand exposure to modern agricultural practices, and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events. Applications open November 2012 and close 1st February 2013.
Hawkesbury Harvest aims to increase consumer access to nutritious, safe foods while developing the opportunity for agri-based tourism.
Drawing representatives from a wide range of interest areas, members of Hawkesbury Harvest share a common commitment to preserving the farming and agricultural heritage of the region.
Royal Agricultural Society Foundation
The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation offers scholarships and community grants to help people living in rural and regional New South Wales access education and skills development opportunities. We champion aspirations and the building of capacity within rural NSW communities so that they remain strong and vibrant, now and in the future.
Creative Cowboys is the latest initiative from Annabel Tully, designed to help you unleash your creativity through fun-filled community workshops. Creative Cowboys is all about providing an opportunity to catch your breath, reconnect with your creative side and find a common reason to connect with fellow mates, colleagues & community members. For more information, download the flyer by clicking below or contact Annabel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Centre for Farmer Health
Art4agriculture is a proud supporting partner of the National Centre for Farmer Health photography competition 'In Focus – Celebrating Farm Life' and we invite every-one to submit their favourite photo that celebrates rural life. There is no cost involved, there's great cash prizes to be won, and your images will be exhibited at the renowned Hamilton Art Gallery from 29th August – 14th October. The competition is part of the National Centre for Farmer Health's biennial conference 'Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health', from 17th – 19th September 2012.
The National Centre for Farmer Health is based in Hamilton Victoria and is a partnership between Western District Health Service and Deakin University, Victoria. The Centre was established in 2008 and is the first of its kind. The National Centre for Farmer Health is a landmark in Australia's agricultural and health industry history, bringing together university research, service delivery and education to address the health, well-being and safety of farm men and women, farm workers and their families.
AgChatOZ is a social media discussion that occurs weekly on a Tuesday evening between 8-10pm. The concept was launched in 2010 to provide the Australian agricultural community with a direct platform to engage with consumers from both urban and rural settings, government, lobby groups, media and the international audience. AgChatOZ has been instrumental in raising the profile of Australian agriculture and has firmly placed rural Australia on the digital map . You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #agchatoz.
In 2012, AgChatOZ will host its first ever national conference, in which social media discussions will be bought to life.
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WetlandCare Australia was established in 1991, and has been working with communities to protect, promote and restore wetlands for over 20 years. As an organisation, WetlandCare Australia is focussed on engaging and building the capacity of the community while working in partnerships with Government, Industry and Business.
The WetlandCare Australia National Art and Photography Competition is a unique and innovative annual event held to celebrate World Wetlands Day. With the competition now marking its sixth consecutive year, the event attracts entrants from across Australia including: professional and hobbyist artists and photographers, Indigenous artists, primary school classes, and anyone with an interest in and passion for our world-renowned wetlands and waterways.
The competition opens for entries on 1 September TBC) and the judging is held on 17< December*. The Awards Night and Exhibition are held on February 2, World Wetlands Day.
Primezone provides teachers with single-point access to a range of primary industries education resources. Primezone makes it easier for teachers to deliver positive food and fibre messages as part of their everyday programs. Their long term vision is an Australian community that understands and supports it primary industries sector. It is run by the Primary Industries Education Foundation.
We invite you to visit our website and access our knowledge hub.
The River of Life Conference
The River of Life Conference. Women from all around Australia will have the opportunity to learn, network and be inspired at the annual Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN) and Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) Conference. The conference themed, 'River of Life', is being held in St George, south-west Queensland on 5-7th September 2012 and registrations are now open.
President Georgie Somerset is looking forward to the 19th year of state gatherings for the Network. "We have a terrific line up this year- there will be something for everyone," said Georgie. "One of the best aspects about conference is the range of speakers and presenters, and their generosity in sharing their wisdom and knowledge with delegates."
The River of Life conference promises three jam-packed days that will see attendees partake in a plethora of activities and events. The program ranges from discussions around the 'future of rural women', inspirational talks including a keynote presentation from acclaimed international journalist Sally Sara, former Australian Olympian Duncan Armstrong, media expert Suzanne Stark and local and regional achievers including Lana Mitchell. Lana won the 2010 NSW RIRDC Rural Women's Award for her work in the Australian native flower industry. Conference goers can start the day with a river walk or Tai Chai session and can choose from the range of workshops on offer, including writing and art classes. The Strong Women Leadership Awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner held on 6 September.
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Great Café Challenge
The Great Café Challenge is a people's born movement, challenging every café and waiting room across Australia to stock rural newspapers and magazines for customers to read to create greater understanding of where food and fibre comes from, of the people and communities who produce it, and the conditions under which they produce it.
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The Wool4Skool design competition for year 9 and 10 textile and design students will be inspiring and exciting for both students and teachers. It offers a real fashion design project, planned to fit within the education curriculum.
It's a broad brief with plenty of freedom for students to express their ideas. Students are required to submit sketches of their interpretation of Modern Australia. Their inspiration can be whatever Modern Australia means to them - it can be music, sport, school, family, the beach, the country, urban life - their choice is as wide as their Australia.
All they need to do is submit sketches of designs for the fibre of the nation - merino wool, accompanied by a mood board and a written statement describing their inspiration, the textiles used and how they see it coming to life. The winning entry will be made into garments and feature in a fashion spread in Girlfriend magazine and the student will win a cash prize of $2,500.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that has been an influential force in the direction and development of Australian agriculture through competitions, education and events since its foundation in 1822.
The RAS is committed to recognising and supporting our future industry leaders and celebrating the contribution young people make to agriculture.
If you are passionate about the industry and would like to be more involved, email us at email@example.com or keep in touch via Facebook or Twitter.
The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland
Established in 1875 The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) promotes and encourages the agricultural and industrial development of Queensland. The RNA is an independent, not-for-profit member based organisation and custodian of the RNA Showgrounds on behalf of the Queensland community and helps bridge the relationship between city and country.
Governed by 21 Councillors, the RNA represents more than 5,000 members across Queensland and further afield.
The association's charter is to celebrate, conserve, promote and encourage understanding and development of the agricultural, pastoral, horticultural, industrial, manufacturing and cultural resources of the State of Queensland. It aims to provide a vibrant destination with leading educational and event facilities and activities that capture the hearts and minds of all Queenslanders, from the country to the city.
Landcare Australia Limited
Landcare Australia Limited is a non-political, uniquely Australian partnership between the community, government and business to protect and repair Australia's magnificent, yet stressed, natural resources. It is the official not-for-profit organisation directly responsible for the promotion and marketing of the inspiring Landcare volunteer network, as well as corporate engagement with the movement. A primary focus of the organisation is to raise awareness of Landcare through promotional activities and national campaigns including Landcare Week and the Landcare Awards.
The Landcare movement is made up of approximately 4,000 Landcare and 2,000 Coastcare volunteer groups that work on environmental projects in their local communities. The groups that fall under the Landcare umbrella are varied in nature and don't necessarily include Landcare in their names, including Productive farming groups, 'Friends of', Bushcare, Coastcare, Rivercare, and Dunecare. Landcare also include farmers embracing sustainable farm management and any community group that partakes in volunteer environmental activities.
Over the last 20 years Landcare Australia has developed a niche for brokering partnerships that balance the needs and concerns of corporate, government and community stakeholders to assist local environmental and agricultural repair projects. Millions of dollars worth of funding and in-kind support are distributed to the Landcare community and farmers each year. Landcare Australia's agenda is to expand promotional and financial support of the Landcare movement to continue supporting its primary role in community natural resource management.
Rural Women's Network
The Rural Women's Network (RWN) is a state-wide government program within NSW Department of Primary Industries. RWN works in innovative ways to share information and promote action on rural women's issues, often in partnership with individuals, groups and non-government and government agencies. Current projects include: The Country Web - a free issues based newsletter; RIRDC Rural Women's Award - a leadership and development Award which opens annually on 1 August and closes 15 October; Shaping Our Futures Together - a two day self-development workshop; Annual NSW Rural Women's Gathering; Hidden Treasures - recognising rural women volunteers; and Daring to Dream - stories of rural women making a difference.
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