Friday, September 22, 2023



Record numbers screened in Nhill for skin cancers

Last week, the Lions Free Skin Cancer Screening Unit was stationed in Nhill for three days. The team ... are all to be congratulated on their service throughout the three very busy days of screening. A few statistics ... show ... the obvious need for such a service in our area.

Words are how we think – but stories are how we link!

Storytelling will always provide a window to the culture of any team or community. Storytelling is the most powerful weapon any leader has to engage, inspire and influence others ... Storytelling reveals how a leader walked their talk. Whilst storytelling is the mechanism to pass on history and wisdom, it is also the mechanism for a leader to build trust, belief, and credibility. No story, no impact!

Volunteers play huge role at art gallery

Adair Dunsford. The Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery estimates that volunteers contribute about 6000 hours annually towards keeping the gallery open for locals and visitors. The vital role they play was highlighted at the recent annual meeting of the Art Gallery Board.

Tremendous response to appeal

Erica Paynter. Australians are famous for stepping up when there is a need and our local district again has not disappointed. Some time ago we sent out a request in On Our Selection News asking for people to make cotton drawstring dignity bags that could be used by one of our hospitals to supply basic toiletries to patients ...

Big win for small school

Cambooya State School celebrated a huge achievement in August, winning the Queensland P&C Award for Fundraising Impact and taking home a $2000 cheque for the school ... Despite its small size, Cambooya State School has wonderful volunteers who are always keen to help and do their utmost to support their students and school.

Narrandera Landcare thriving but keen to recruit more

Narrandera Landcare Group held their AGM in the last week of August, when the only change in the executive positions was Sue Ruffles accepting a nomination as vice-president ... The group received and accepted a healthy financial report from the treasurer. A pleasing increase in membership numbers was noted ...

Many hands, and the job is done

The Charlton community has rallied behind an important initiative led by the Charlton Forum and Charlton Neighbourhood House. A range of work has been undertaken to beautify areas of the town, with many hours volunteered by the North Central Garden Club, Lions, Flexible Learning Options program students, Beautify Charlton, CWA, OASIS, and civic minded individuals.

What demotivates volunteers

This week I am going to explore what demotivates volunteers, and hence increases the likelihood they will stop being involved. Volunteer participation is the responsibility of leaders, and I provide a checklist to help ensure leaders are doing everything in their control to maximise the likelihood of volunteer attraction and retention ... Volunteer motivation is a key factor in their continued commitment and contribution to any community organisation or charity.

SES Week celebrates Queensland’s dedicated volunteers: Ryan

From responding to flood emergencies to trekking through bushland on search and rescue operations, SES volunteers do whatever it takes to keep Queenslanders safe. As SES Week celebrations kick off across the state, Queensland’s volunteers in orange are being honoured for their outstanding efforts in helping their communities prepare and respond to emergencies.

Volunteer crisis could bring down the sport of equestrian

It's easy to go to a big horse event and admire the beauty and talent of the horses, the elegant riders, the enormous size of the fences jumped, but what people should really be looking at and applauding are the volunteers who have made it all possible. These events don’t just happen and unfortunately it is getting harder each year to find the people who are willing to put the time in behind the scenes to ensure the sport we love to participate in and watch continues.

Community plan has been bearing fruit

A community plan that was launched seven years ago has chalked up a number of milestones and will continue to bring economic benefits to the region. In a three-part series, we report on the projects that have been delivered and what the future holds.

Brian to carry Legacy torch

The Legacy Torch Relay will pass through Horsham carried by a local Donald identity and war veteran, Brian Williams, in support of veteran families and widows, of which there are nine remaining in the township of Donald. 

Volunteering, the best leadership development program – and it’s free!

In recent times I have been saddened to see reports that many local community groups and charities are struggling or being forced to close due to a lack of volunteers. Volunteering may be the best leadership and team development program anyone ever undertakes. Don’t think of volunteering as a cost of time – but rather an investment in personal development.

Community responds to urgent need

Following a five-month recruitment campaign and a recent community meeting, the Corryong SES Unit has received 16 membership applications. At the community meeting, SES officers spoke about the flowon effect for the Upper Murray community if the Corryong unit shut down and the impact that would have including the increased risk of loss of life.

Nhill emergency services gather to receive Trauma Teddies from Nhill Leos

On Monday evening, Nhill CFA hosted a social event, inviting representatives from Nhill SES, Nhill Ambulance, and the Nhill Leo's Club ... During the gathering, the Nhill Leos and their mentors presented Trauma Teddies to the CFA, SES, and Ambulance Service.

Yanac CFA awards night

Last Friday night, at the Yanac Public Hall, about 50 past and present locals joined to celebrate the 80 years of community service of the Yanac CFA ... The brigade started as the Yanac Bush Fire Brigade, which was formed in 1942. The only equipment they had were fire beaters and knapsacks, until 1949 when they were able to borrow an engine-driven pump kept at the Yanac Railway Station.

Locals needed for Yorke Peninsula health council

Michelle Daw. Community members are being urged to volunteer for five vacant roles on the Yorke Peninsula Health Advisory Council. Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis, who is the local MP representative on YPHAC, and retiring YPHAC member Rod Thomas have both encouraged local people to consider joining the group.

Volunteering creates a flow on

The importance of an active local SES Unit will be the focus of a public meeting in Corryong next week ... Sara Jenkins, coordinator of the CNC, which operates the Upper Murray Community Bakery, said that without SES assistance "The bakery could not have returned to trading as quickly as we did" ... Sara encouraged locals who were looking to volunteer with the SES service to "put your hand up and give it a go. "We certainly know from the last few years, that if we can’t take care of ourselves, we could be in real trouble," Sara said.

War in Ukraine: Do we make a difference?

Alison McEwen. Victor Boltak writes from Ukraine: "… And your help (Ukraine Appeal) is valued very highly here. "Recently I donated $275 USD for medicine which was taken yesterday to a so called ‘stabilization point’ – this is the first medical help point close to the battlefield where the wounded are delivered from the front lines and where military doctors try to give the first aid and stabilize the condition of the wounded so they could be further moved to the field hospital.

Local rescue service faces shutdown

For decades, Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Corryong Unit volunteers have provided vital assistance to their local community during flood and storm events, road rescue incidents and by supporting partner agencies in times of emergency. However, despite a recent recruitment drive, the Corryong unit’s membership numbers remain critical and at present, are below a sustainable operational level.

Leadership is not a title

Have you ever noticed it is always the same people who volunteer and involve themselves in all aspects of the community? Regional and rural Australia would not be the same without our army of volunteers, community leaders, and people who put their hands up to lend a hand for the betterment of the community.

Website relaunch for Purple Starfish

Purple Starfish Kaniva re-launched its website this week ... The new website features makers, volunteers and customers. It builds on the Visit Victoria campaign of supporting local artisans and makers with the ‘Meet the Maker’ stories of the creators behind the products.

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