Saturday, June 3, 2023



Beanies may be a life changer

This is the ninth consecutive year of the FightMND movement, and for this year, for teacher Kim Griffiths and the Year 12 Donald High School girls, it’s personal. Tony Goode was a vital part of the heart of the school. For this year, as it was last year, the funds raised from the FightMND beanies and socks will be in honour of him. 

Community is driving force behind village’s new bus

Hoorah! Rappville has a community bus ... The 2019 bushfires destroyed 23 properties; the pub was saved from flames twice. Residents had to rebuild, recover and find ways to move forward after the disaster. Dave and the other members of the Rappville Social Club had to decide how best to use the donations coming in from “all over Australia”.

Berghofer Foundation makes significant donation to RFDS

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) (Queensland Section) has announced that the Chair of the Berghofer Foundation, Toowoomba’s Clive Berghofer, has made a generous donation to help deliver its vital services across Queensland. RFDS (Queensland Section) Chair, Russell Postle, said Mr Berghofer’s gift of $10 million is a characteristically generous offering from someone who has a strong track record of health- related charity donations.

Act of kindness times 50 restores flooded prize winning garden

Fifty pairs of helping hands restored the McCormacks’ prize winning garden at Swan Bay. In 2018, Jenny and Jim McCormack won the North Coast Champion Garden. In 2022, that garden was under water with only the tops of the tallest trees poking out of the floodwaters.

The Good Coat Drive initiative – we want your coats!

Community Bank Maldon & District is partnering with The Good Op Shop in Castlemaine and Haven; Home Safe (the regional housing support service in Bendigo) to run The Good Coat Drive throughout May and June. We are inviting the public to donate their old but good-condition coats to The Good Coat Drive so that those sleeping rough or struggling to keep warm this winter will have a little bit of extra help.

Funding crisis

Not-for-profit aged care facilities in the region are in a funding crisis. Revealing this to The [Naracoorte Community] News, CEO of Naracoorte’s Longridge Aged Care, Mary-Ann Koerner, said this was the most pressing issue facing the state and federal governments, needing immediate solutions. Ms Koerner said the issue was even over and above health in general, with facilities full to capacity, a lack of staff to look after the elderly, and improper state funding.

Hitting the right note

Are your dreams of becoming the next Jimi Hendrix tucked away in a cupboard collecting dust? One man’s vision, along with his supporting wife, amazing connections and generous donors is changing the lives of people across the world through an initiative called Noteworthy.   

Headstones lead to A Bend in the River

When journalist Samantha Elley saw the Woodburn cemetery for the first time, it was from a distance ... Sam said she is a taphophile – a lover of cemeteries. She has been writing family history stories for more than 30 years ... The book – A Bend in the River – took five years. 

Happy 60th Toowoomba West Lions

The International Charter was presented to the initial twenty-two foundation members at Lennons Hotel on Saturday night, April 6 1963. Lions Club Toowoomba West member Merv Symons said Lionism is not a religion but a way of life, offering a great sensation from within – the love of service to the community.

First Summit for Nhill Leos

Nhill Leo Club members, along with their mentors, attended their first Victorian Leo Summit on Sunday 26th March, which was held at the University of Melbourne Shepparton Campus and hosted by the Lions Club of Shepparton ... The majority of Leos’ Clubs in attendance comprised youth older than Nhills’ Leos, however, it was soon evident that the Nhill crew could hold their own amongst them.

Giant scrabble showdown

Castlemaine is set to become the Scrabble capital of the world, thanks to the Giant Scrabble Battle event which took place during the Castlemaine Fringe Festival. This year marked the 30th year of the festival, and the Scrabble Battle is quickly becoming one of the most popular events on the bill.

Stomp success as students bust a move

330 primary school students participated in the successful hip hop dance program run by Stomp Dance Company after a $9,000 donation by cluBarham ... The program included the Cohuna, Kerang and Koondrook schools after Cohuna Consolidated School teacher Michelle Howard saw a need to bring students, families and the community back together in a fun and interactive way...

The festival sure to open a can of bookworms

Are you looking for a novel idea this Easter? How about hunting for a literary gem among more than 200,000 offerings at Lifeline Bookfest Sunshine Coast at Nambour Showgrounds. Division 10 Councillor David Law said a massive range of bargain books would be on sale at the four-day event from Friday, April 7, to Monday, April 10, being held from 9am to 4pm each day. 

Kangaroo art project

Here’s a heads-up for an imaginative art installation being presented by Maldon Inc. Twelve 1.5 metre high kangaroos, along with some joeys, will be showcased in shop windows during the 2023 Maldon In Winter Festival, which will be running from 23 June to 9 July.

Marching for mental health

A four-day charity walk from Bonegilla to Corryong last week has raised more than $25,000 to date to promote awareness of veterans’ mental health isssues. Corryong cafè owner, Stuart Spratt, started the ‘March On’ walk three years ago and was accompanied by nine supporters who finished the trek with him at the Corryong cenotaph last Friday afternoon.

Cheryl and Bill hit the road for 16th Variety Bash

Yamba locals Cheryl and Bill Randall hit the road for the greater good when Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT’s feel-good 4WD Adventure kicked off in Coffs Harbour on Sunday ... Variety’s feel-good 4WD Adventure raises funds for children who are sick, experiencing disadvantage or living with a disability.

Maldon leads African initiative

Shannon Uren, the General Manager and Director of Nursing at Maldon Hospital, had a problem last year when in the process of replacing Hospital beds & what to do with the old beds ... One group, Melbourne-based FESIDEV (Federation of International Seniors for Development), was very interested in the beds...

Action-packed Active Games

Titilua Ikenasio. Active Farmers in Coleambally held their second ‘Active Games’ event over the weekend. The event garnered 180 participants from Coleambally and other areas where Active Farmers’ regular classes run including Wagga, Griffith, Sydney and Bridgewater (Vic).

Marching on saves lives

Corryong cafè owner, Stuart Spratt, is undertaking another charity walk next week to raise awareness of veterans’ mental health issues. He intends to complete the 130-kilometre trek from Boathaven, near Wodonga, to Corryong via Cudgewa over four days, starting on Tuesday and expects to be joined by up to 15 walkers.

2023 Rotary District 9640 conference

Last weekend, around three hundred Rotarians gathered in Yamba for the annual District 9640 Conference, a Rotary calendar highlight .. More than 30 Awards were presented by District Governor Karen Thomas to clubs for projects that support causes across the Northern Rivers...

Lancelin woman prepares to take part in Jump for Jane

Nadine Hoffman of Lancelin is one of the people participating in the annual Jump for Jane event to raise money for Breast Cancer Care WA. Jump for Jane is named after Breast Cancer Care WA board member Jane Loring – who died from breast cancer in 2013.

Mosaic table donation a highlight of IWD event

Local Narelle Bremner toiled for hundreds of hours to create this stunning mosaic table she generously donated to the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge. Unveiled at the International Women’s Day celebration at the Refuge’s Peace Garden Wednesday evening, the massive round table is a stunning piece of art.

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