Saturday, August 13, 2022


Education & training

Warumungu man awarded prestigious scholarship

The Aurora Foundation announced that Trinity College alum Ethan Taylor is one of two Charlie Perkins scholarship recipients for 2022 ... Ethan says that this opportunity is his first step towards injecting the lived experiences of Aboriginal people into professional political philosophy.

Can incentives address the teacher shortage in rural and remote schools?

"Staffing rural and regional schools remains an intractable problem in Australia, and there are no one size fits all solutions,” write Professors John Buchanan and Paul Burke of the University of Technology Sydney. They are the authors of a new study in the Australian Journal of Education that evaluates incentives used to attract teachers out of Australia's cities.

Canoe course provides plenty of fun on the water

Pam Dillon. Allana Bold from “All About Paddling” travelled from Queensland to conduct a three-day canoe and kayak course held out at Tingkkarli (Lake Mary Ann). Seven participants were taught the different strokes of canoeing, navigation, minimal environmental impact, knots, rescues, towing, communication, risk assessment, interpret weather, parts of both crafts, how to conduct a paddling brief and run a paddling activity.

Lockhart baker scholarships

Lockhart baker Steve Peters has awarded the first of his Blue Bird Cafe Restaurant scholarships to nursing student Holly Louise Fordham. Mr Peters is giving something back to the community by offering university students from Lockhart Shire the chance to receive some money from the scholarship incentive he is offering.

Ugly fruit earns Lachlan a pretty penny

Have you ever reached for a bright yellow bunch of bananas over bruised ones? Or perhaps you’ve tossed a half-full packet of spinach into the trash to free up fridge space. Chances are at some point in your life, you’ve contributed to the global food wastage problem. And you’re not alone ... In his final year studying a Bachelor of Property at Bond University, Mr Creese launched Dehydrated Co, a business which transforms fruit bound for the bin into a dried garnish with a long shelf life.

Why aren’t more cows eating seaweed?

Asparagopsis is a native Australian seaweed rich in bromoform. It’s the bromoform compound within the seaweed feed supplement that reduces livestock methane emissions by up to 98 per cent. So why isn’t Asparagopsis a commodity of large scale? One of the key issues is its availability; but one scientist is on the brink of a discovery which could drive a surge in demand for this seaweed biomass.

Nobby State School celebrates 125th

On the 15th November 1897, the first students rocked up to the new Nobby State School, signalling the start of one of the most successful small schools in the local area with students still achieving at the school in 2022. As well as having a good academic record, Nobby is a school that knows how to turn on a great event for its community so locals are looking forward to the celebration.

Community spirit – Theme for Catholic Education Week

Catholic schools across Queensland celebrated their community spirit during Education Week - the theme being Communities of Faith, Hope and Love. The official launch was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Toowooomba ... Allora’s St Patrick’s School was represented by the Principal Keith Blaikie and students Douglas E., Mili W. and Maggie P.

NIRS: Ranger Day

National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS). World Ranger Day was commemorated on Sunday the 31st of July – a day to acknowledge the work rangers do to protect our planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage ... Meriam man and Senior Ranger Aaron Bon spoke to NIRS News, and said the training helped rangers identify, rescue, and treat wildlife impacted by oil spills.

The 2022 Varuna-New England Writers’ Centre opening for entries

In partnership with Varuna, The National Writers’ House, the New England Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce that entries are now open for the fourth year of the prestigious Varuna-New England Writers’ Centre Fellowship.

Rural Aid secures drinking water for students after Valkyrie State School ran dry

A small central Queensland state school now has a secure drinking water supply, after six years of dry taps and plastic bottles. Australia’s most trusted rural charity, Rural Aid, has facilitated the installation of a SOURCE Hydropanel array at Valkyrie State School and believes that this technology could help facilitate drinking water security for other struggling schools.

Tennant High School teacher wins national top educator award

A Tennant Creek High School teacher has been named among Australia’s top educators in the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards. Senior Teacher for Inclusion Fransina Norval was recognised for her work in combining in-formed practices, with a wealth of experience teaching in special education and growing a strong support system for her students with complex needs.

Queensland govt selling super Longreach campus site

The Queensland government is moving to sell the former Queensland Agriculture Training Colleges (QATC) property at Longreach, which has trained agricultural leaders for more than 50 years. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the 17, 511ha site would go to market later this year.

Aboriginal Rangers ready to get to work on-country

Narrandera Local Land Services (LLS) has appointed four new trainees and a team supervisor as part of the New South Wales Government's Aboriginal Ranger Program. The $5.95 million program has recruited 22 new Aboriginal staff, including 16 trainee rangers - four each at Narrandera, Tamworth, Coonabarabran and Deniliquin ... “Our aim is to get the trainees exposure and training to all the work and learning aspects with LLS": Graham Kelly.

Training our future rural doctors in the regions

Elspeth Radford. Izak Mentz family migrated to Australia from South Africa when he was four and after living in a few different regions across Australia, settled in Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula ... Having spent his formative years in a small rural community, Izak applied to be part of the Flinders University MD Rural Stream which would allow him to study for a full year in a regional location, developing his clinical skills and learning from rural doctors.

Jack’s the new legal eagle in town

As they said in the days of the old wild west, Jack Langley is the new law-man in town - but not in the gunslinger sense. The 23-year-old Narrandera resident recently became a solicitor with Farrell Goode Solicitors at his admission ceremony where one of the judges on the bench was Justice Natalie Adams, who is originally from Narrandera.

New things to try at Pony Club

Pony Club in Australia has moved on from the days of routine sports like jumping, games and dressage (‘flat work’). Nowadays you could see members doing tetrathlons, tentpegging, polocrosse, horse archery, quiz, vaulting, horse ball, working equitation and more.

Varroa-targeting pesticide under development

Amid Australia’s first Varroa Destructor Mite outbreak, the grower-owned research and development corporation Hort Innovation has joined forces with the University of Sydney to develop a world-first hormone-based pesticide that is safe for honey bees but fatal to Varroa mite. As part of the $1.2M initiative, scientists will create molecules that selectively bind to and interfere with the hormone receptors of Varroa mite and fellow honey bee pest, small hive beetle, interfering with reproduction, development, and behaviour.

The role of academics in influencing the perceived threat from climate change: Frank Batini

Some academics are happy to comment in areas where they have no expertise or local knowledge. In contrast, the views of locals with years of practical management experience are mostly ignored.

Dance workshops get kids in the groove

Tennant Creek kids were lucky enough to be able to participate in dance/hip hop workshops with artists Matty, Franceska and Michael from Indigenous Outreach Projects (IOP) this week. The week was full of workshops, run with assistance from Julalikari, culminated with a dance performance at Nyinkka Nyunyu on Saturday night.

Healing with horses

Set on 22 acres in Shelbourne, Equine Healing Centre Bendigo was established in 2019, as a place to help people to recover from trauma or for those suffering from emotional and physical burnout to practice restorative self-care, through experiential learning. Owner, Tracey Kenny-Dive, studied at the Equine Psychotherapy Institute in Daylesford as an accredited Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner.

Fire & Climate 2022 – Kevin Tolhurst

Philip Hopkins. Bushfire policy needs to be driven by rigorous science underpinning politics if the landmark federal-state national bushfire management strategy is to be successful, according to one of the nation’s leading bushfire experts. Dr Kevin Tolhurst, AM, Associate Professor of Fire Ecology and Management at Melbourne University, said fire management was dominated by alternate paths based on politics and science.

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