HEART: In their own words

The opportunity to work on HEART, a 12 week pilot employment training program for Yolngu men and women from Homeland communities in north-east Arnhem Land was incredible. Working with families, the participants, Traditional Owners, Elders, employers and along the way, a growing number of supporters, was humbling, exciting and so very different.  

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Making Market Sense

Establishing a market to sell, swap and showcase the produce grown by the Canterbury Public School (CPS) students in Sydney’s inner west made sense.  It made even more sense after a pilot market to encourage those within the school community – students, parents, carers and teachers – to bring in any surplus home-grown or homemade produce to swap for something else.

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Pure Gold: The people and the place

On reflection, ‘you should see my nuggets’ was not that much of a surprising welcome to Charters Towers.  I had, after all, just come from the quaint and delightful Miner’s Cottage where I was extremely pleased with my purchase for my eldest boy.  At 6 he is a keen rock and gem collector.  His most recent bounty was from Cobbold Gorge and Forsayth following an adventure on the Savannahlander with his grandmother.  Now it was my turn to add to the collection.  I was in Charters Towers for the annual Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) conference.  This was the second time I had attended.  Last year it was in Blackall and along with my boys then 3 and 5, we drove from Sydney to Blackall via Cunnumulla and Charleville for a taste of the outback.  For both my boys this has instilled a love for and respect of rural Australia.

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