Inbox and environment news:Issue 491
April 25 - May 1, 2021: Issue 491
Bungan To Newport Coastal Stability Base-Line Flyby
Migrating Shearwaters Coming Ashore On Our Beaches
- the flesh-footed shearwater returns from the seas off Japan and Siberia to the same nesting burrows on Lord Howe Island - this species is listed as vulnerable in NSW
- the sooty shearwater returns from the North Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean to breed in small numbers on islands south of Port Stephens
- wedge-tailed shearwaters return from the North Pacific to their burrows on islands off the coast of NSW
- short-tailed shearwaters breed on islands along the eastern and southern coastlines of Australia, from the central coast of NSW to Western Australia. [1.]
Mona Vale Dunes Bushcare Restoration Update + PNHA Autumn 2021 Newsletter
Autumn Edition of PNHA Newsletter - Issue 87
Petition Launched To Further Protect Cabbage Tree Bay
North Head National Park Uprgrade: Give Your Feedback
- - reconfiguring the car parks to provide more accessible parking spaces and overflow parking.
- · extended landscaped space for visitors to enjoy views across the harbour.
- · installation of pedestrian crossings and a pedestrian path to improve safety, access and circulation.
- · installation of a new bus stop to the east of the Bella Vista Café.
- · improvements to the entry of the Fairfax Walking Track (currently closed).
International Permaculture Day 2021 At Elanora Heights
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Next Forum + May Activities
Avalon Community Garden
Avalon Community Garden’s primary purpose is to foster, encourage and facilitate community gardening in Pittwater on a not-for-profit basis.
The garden was started in 2010 by a group of locals who worked in conjunction with the support of Barrenjoey High School to develop a space that could be used by the local community, to grow
vegetables, herbs, plants and flowers, and practice sustainable gardening techniques to benefit its members and the community overall.
The garden has been very successful and has grown and developed since its inception, in terms of its footprint, infrastructure, variety of produce and diversity of members. The garden welcomes new members all year round. Levels of contribution range from multiple times a week, to once a month. Your contribution is always welcome, and it is acknowledged people will have varying levels of commitment.
We encourage you to join and start enjoying the following benefits associated with community gardening:
They provide benefits for individuals and for the community as a whole. Community gardens provide education on gardening, recycling and sustainable use of natural resources.
They develop community connections and provide a means of engaging youth, children, the elderly and the disabled and otherwise marginalised individuals in mutually enjoyable and rewarding activities, thus helping to develop more functional and resilient communities.
People involved in community gardens say they improve wellbeing by increasing physical activity and reducing stress, providing opportunities to interact meaningfully with new friends, give time for relaxation and reflection as well as an opportunity to improve their interconnectedness with nature.
To get involved take a look around the site, join the Facebook group and come along and visit on a Sunday morning between 10 and 12 at the garden within Barrenjoey High School on Tasman Road, North Avalon.
Bushfire Conference June 2021
BirdLife Australia Autumn Survey Time
- Breeding behaviours - If you see a bird carrying nesting materials, sitting on a nest or feeding chicks, let us know. Select the option under 'Breeding Activity' that best matches your observation (remember to keep your distance though from birds who are breeding. We don't want to disturb any nests. Be sure to limit your observations and don't get close enough to scare a bird off it's nest.)
- Aggressive interactions – Let us know if you have observed any species initiate interactions with other birds and whether this interaction could be classed as aggressive – you can do this in the sighting details tab using the specific species interactions option.
- Have you seen any birds feeding on the native plants in your garden? If so – who was dining on what? – you can tell us in the notes section when you record the species you have observed under “sighting details”
- Have any birds been dabbling in some Oscar-worthy acting? – tell us about the weird and wonderful things your backyard birds have been up to you using the notes section in the sighting details tabs.
Flying-Fox Heat Stress Targeted In World First
South Korean Government Climate Pledge Increases Pressure On KEPCO To Abandon Bylong Valley Coal Mine Appeal
NSW Government And Shenhua Agree To End Watermark Project
- certainty for local landholders and communities
- prime agricultural farmland to be preserved through the relinquishment of the Shenhua Watermark development consent and exploration licence, and the prohibition of future coal mining projects on this site
- the acquisition of more than 6000 hectares of high biodiversity land to be managed by Local Land Services including the protection of habitat for koalas and other endangered species
- protecting significant Indigenous cultural sites and artefacts
- ensuring that water that would have been taken by the mine can continue to be used for agriculture and other productive uses.
NSW Government To Release Wollar Site And Prohibit Open Cut At Dartbrook
Upper Hunter Landholders Shocked Over Barilaro’s New Coal Land Release Voice Opposition At Meeting
Wollar Is Collateral Damage In Barilaro's Chaotic Coal “Strategy”
Hawkesbury River Water Quality Update
$20 Million To Revolutionise Commonwealth Fisheries
Bushcare In Pittwater
Where we work Which day What time
Angophora Reserve 3rd Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course 2nd Wednesday 3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland 2nd Sunday 9 to 12noon
Winnererremy Bay 4th Sunday 9 to 12noon
North Bilgola Beach 3rd Monday 9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Plateau Park 1st Friday 8:30 - 11:30am
Browns Bay Reserve 1st Tuesday 9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve Contact Bushcare Officer To be confirmed
Old Wharf Reserve 3rd Saturday 8 - 11am
Kundibah Reserve 4th Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Mona Vale Beach Basin 1st Saturday 8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes 2nd Saturday +3rd Thursday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bungan Beach 4th Sunday 9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve 3rd Sunday 9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve 2nd Saturday 8 - 11am
Irrawong Reserve 2nd Saturday 2 - 5pm
North Palm Beach Dunes 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Catherine Park 2nd Sunday 10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Pathilda Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Warriewood Wetlands 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Norma Park 1st Friday 9 - 12noon
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay 2nd Sunday 10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay 1st Monday 9 - 12noon
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You
New Shorebirds WingThing For Youngsters Available To Download
A Shorebirds WingThing educational brochure for kids (A5) helps children learn about shorebirds, their life and journey. The 2021 revised brochure version was published in February 2021 and is available now. You can download a file copy here.
If you would like a free print copy of this brochure, please send a self-addressed envelope with A$1.10 postage (or larger if you would like it unfolded) affixed to: BirdLife Australia, Shorebird WingThing Request, 2-05Shorebird WingThing/60 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053.
Shorebird Identification Booklet
The Migratory Shorebird Program has just released the third edition of its hugely popular Shorebird Identification Booklet. The team has thoroughly revised and updated this pocket-sized companion for all shorebird counters and interested birders, with lots of useful information on our most common shorebirds, key identification features, sighting distribution maps and short articles on some of BirdLife’s shorebird activities.
The booklet can be downloaded here in PDF file format: http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/Shorebird_ID_Booklet_V3.pdf
Paper copies can be ordered as well, see http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/counter-resources for details.
Download BirdLife Australia's children’s education kit to help them learn more about our wading birdlife
Shorebirds are a group of wading birds that can be found feeding on swamps, tidal mudflats, estuaries, beaches and open country. For many people, shorebirds are just those brown birds feeding a long way out on the mud but they are actually a remarkably diverse collection of birds including stilts, sandpipers, snipe, curlews, godwits, plovers and oystercatchers. Each species is superbly adapted to suit its preferred habitat. The Red-necked Stint is as small as a sparrow, with relatively short legs and bill that it pecks food from the surface of the mud with, whereas the Eastern Curlew is over two feet long with a exceptionally long legs and a massively curved beak that it thrusts deep down into the mud to pull out crabs, worms and other creatures hidden below the surface.
Some shorebirds are fairly drab in plumage, especially when they are visiting Australia in their non-breeding season, but when they migrate to their Arctic nesting grounds, they develop a vibrant flush of bright colours to attract a mate. We have 37 types of shorebirds that annually migrate to Australia on some of the most lengthy and arduous journeys in the animal kingdom, but there are also 18 shorebirds that call Australia home all year round.
What all our shorebirds have in common—be they large or small, seasoned traveller or homebody, brightly coloured or in muted tones—is that each species needs adequate safe areas where they can successfully feed and breed.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is managed and supported by BirdLife Australia.
This project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Funding from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Port Phillip Bay Fund is acknowledged.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is made possible with the help of over 1,600 volunteers working in coastal and inland habitats all over Australia.
The National Shorebird Monitoring program (started as the Shorebirds 2020 project initiated to re-invigorate monitoring around Australia) is raising awareness of how incredible shorebirds are, and actively engaging the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds.
In the short term, the destruction of tidal ecosystems will need to be stopped, and our program is designed to strengthen the case for protecting these important habitats.
In the long term, there will be a need to mitigate against the likely effects of climate change on a species that travels across the entire range of latitudes where impacts are likely.
The identification and protection of critical areas for shorebirds will need to continue in order to guard against the potential threats associated with habitats in close proximity to nearly half the human population.
Here in Australia, the place where these birds grow up and spend most of their lives, continued monitoring is necessary to inform the best management practice to maintain shorebird populations.
BirdLife Australia believe that we can help secure a brighter future for these remarkable birds by educating stakeholders, gathering information on how and why shorebird populations are changing, and working to grow the community of people who care about shorebirds.
To find out more visit: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/shorebirds-2020-program
Aussie Bread Tags Collection Points
WHO Engages Western Sydney Uni Researchers To Help Create Age-Friendly Communities
Supporting Older Australians With Cancer
Trial Connects Older Australians And Pre-Schoolers To Improve Mental Health
Flagship Strategy To Support NSW Veterans
Port Stephens To Welcome NSW's Best Longboarders And SUP Riders
Friday, 23 April 2021
Some of the state’s best stand-up-paddleboarders and longboarders will call Port Stephens home when the NSW SUP and Longboard Titles get underway.
The two-state title events will form the Port Stephens Surf Festival and decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles and the Australian Longboard Titles.
Over 170 competitors are expected to compete in the six-day event, which will see longboards run from 29 April – 1 May and the SUP's follow from 2 May – 4 May.
Port Stephens Council Mayor Ryan Palmer is thrilled to welcome our states best stand-up paddlers and longboarders to the region.
“After a tough 12 months it’s wonderful to see these events returning to Port Stephens — it’s the boost our community and local businesses needed. Our region has shared a healthy relationship with Surfing NSW over the years and I look forward to the six-day event getting underway and wish all the competitors the best of luck when the competition reaches our shores next week.”
2021 will replicate the format from previous years which engages a second chance format across all divisions. However, depending on the number of competitors, some divisions may be reduced to straight knockout.
For the second time, Surfing NSW will be adding a fun-filled tag team event. Each team will be made up of four surfers. The team must be made up of one Junior (male or female) and at least one Over-40 competitor (male or female).
The competition will commence each day at 7:30 am with the call for the day's schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45 am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
Historically, competitors have come from as far south as Tomakin and as far north as Tweed Heads to enter the event.
The 2021 Port Stephens Surf Festival is proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Crest Café, Gildan, Port Stephens Council and Surfing NSW. Photo: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Wollongong To Host 2021 Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles And NSW School Surfing Titles
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
The 2021 Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth will call Wollongong home this July.
The event will see close to 300 of NSW’s best junior surfers competing for a coveted state title when the event kicks off from the 14 – 21 July 2021 on the Illawarra beaches.
Unlike previous years, where all qualifiers for the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth were determined by eight individual regional titles, the 2021 event will invite all junior competitors to enter in their respective age divisions. However, any surfers who have qualified at their respective regionals will hold down positions in the higher seeded round of the event.
Destination Wollongong General Manager Mark Sleigh said the event was a timely boost for an industry that has endured challenging times.
“To have hundreds of visitors descend on our region during winter is obviously a great boost for our accommodation providers and the hospitality industry during what is traditionally a softer period,” he said. “The titles are also an ideal opportunity to showcase our family-friendly product, highlight our amazing beaches and remind people that we really are Sydney’s playground.”
Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden thanked the Coffs Harbour region for hosting the event for the last three years and looks forward to seeing the event shift south of Sydney in 2021.
“The Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles is one of the blue-ribbon events on the Surfing NSW calendar and we can’t wait to see it land in the Illawarra region for 2021. The event ran fantastically in Coffs Harbour since 2018 and we thank them for all their support, while we also welcome the warm reception from Destination Wollongong. We can’t wait to see what the event has to offer.”
The last two days of the event will comprise of the NSW School Surfing Titles.
2021 will be the eleventh year Surfing NSW will combine the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event.
Competitors will be vying for an NSW Junior Title and in turn, earn their position into the upcoming 2021 Australian Junior Surfing Titles, which will take place in Queensland at the end of the year.
Former competitors in the NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth include current World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) surfers Owen, Mikey and Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, Wade Carmichael and Connor O'Leary.
The event will be fully mobile in the Illawarra area with Thirroul, Wonoona, Bellambi, Wollongong, Bulli and Stanwell Park and Sandon Point all venue options.
The daily schedule and location will be confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am each day. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
The Woolworths NSW Junior Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth will be proudly supported by Woolworths, Wollongong City Council and Surfing NSW. Photo: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW.
TAFE NSW Graduate Hits The Airwaves In Broken Hill
April 22, 2021
Rufus outside the radio-shaped radio station at Broken Hill
TAFE NSW graduate Rufus Barr has stunned his teachers and peers by landing the coveted gig of breakfast radio host at Hill FM 96.5 Broken Hill just months after completing his studies.
As a former live venue host in Sydney, when COVID-19 hit, Rufus lost all his work. Instead of giving up, Rufus saw this as an opportunity to focus on getting into the career he’d always wanted.
“I’ve always had a passion for radio but initially started working in editing for television, and to satisfy my passion for performing I became a trivia and karaoke host - which is basically like hosting radio, just in a pub and with even worse music,” Mr Barr said.
“After losing all my work during COVID-19 I decided to enrol in the Diploma and then Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio) at TAFE NSW Ultimo to get qualified and go after my dream job.”
Rufus is getting into the industry at the perfect time. The radio industry experienced a COVID-induced downturn in 2020 but is gradually gaining back momentum as Australians return to the office to maintain its role as one of the most resilient broadcasting modes once again.
TAFE NSW Teacher Nick Bennett said the Advanced Diploma tackles presenting, producing, storytelling, audio and video editing, and industry.
“Students get the opportunity to build their own websites which become a solid portfolio of their work, and Diploma students start to focus on the sort of work they want to make post-studies,” Mr Bennett said.
“Rufus, for example, made a series of quite dark-yet-hilarious radio plays with a fellow student which impressed his teachers and our industry guests.”
Rufus continued into the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio), a student-driven and designed course where students work on a collaborative project to manage the TAFE NSW Ultimo radio station and news site and build up a portfolio of creative work.
“Rufus was laser focused on fine tuning his radio producing and presenting, so we wasted no time in getting him on air producing and presenting a regular 2-hour show. That, coupled with regular air checks and a few strategic introductions to industry contacts helped bring the industry gig to fruition,” Mr Bennett said.
Rufus completed the Advanced Diploma in late 2020 and one of his teachers introduced him to the program director at Hill FM, a former teacher at TAFE NSW.
“Hill FM needed a new breakfast host and my teacher suggested me for the job (without my knowledge), sent them some of my work and I got a phone call from the station manager, out of the blue, offering me the job. 12 days later, I was here in broken hill, starting my dream career.”
To find out more about the range of study options available at TAFE NSW including the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio), visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
TAFE NSW Graduates Sparkle At Cerrone Jewellers
Former Engineer and Waterloo local May Hua has outshone the competition to gain a coveted role as a designer at the prestigious Cerrone Jewellers.
Ms Hua grew up with a love of drawing and design but as sometimes happens she found herself on a different career path.
“After I graduated from my master's degree in Engineering, I took stock of my career trajectory and actually realised I had a real talent and passion for design. I didn’t want to waste any more time on a career I didn’t love so I made up my mind to become qualified and begin my new path,” Ms Hua said.
“I considered a Masters in Jewellery Design, but I wanted to make sure I could get a job after I graduated and found the relationships TAFE NSW established with industry would help me get my foot in the door quicker than studying at university.”
Ms Hua enrolled in the Certificate II followed by the Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture at TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore and was impressed by the hands-on nature of the work.
“Because I was able to spend so much practical time honing my craft in the studio, I graduated ready to walk straight into a job,” Ms Hua said.
Ms Hua completed the qualification in December 2020 and through TAFE NSW was offered a position at Cerrone Jewellers. Ms Hua is one of six TAFE NSW graduates employed by Cerrone, which is highly regarded for its bespoke designs and boasts the largest handmade jewellery workshop in Australia.
Managing Director of Cerrone Jewellers, Mr Nic Cerrone, said when they are looking for like-minded employees who have a passion for jewellery, TAFE NSW always delivers workers with the skills and dynamism they are looking for.
“Cerrone has been working with TAFE NSW in offering graduates full time employment for over 30 years,” Mr Cerrone said.
“Cultivating the younger generations to continue to art of the jewellery trade has always been a priority for Cerrone and TAFE NSW graduates come to us with fresh and new ideas and skills as well as an enthusiasm and passion to learn.”
It’s a perfect time to enter the sector, with the Watch and Jewellery Retailing industry projected to grow over the next five years due to anticipated rises in discretionary incomes and consumer sentiment.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Jewellery Manufacture and Design Gina Kind said the Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture provides students with hands-on skills in all aspects of jewellery fabrication in custom artist studios so students graduate ready for a career in the industry.
“Our industry connections mean we are always looking for employment opportunities for our students so many finish the course and go directly into a job,” Ms Kind said.
“Longstanding relationships with businesses like Cerrone mean they often come straight to TAFE NSW seeking fresh talent.”
To find out more about the range of study options available at TAFE NSW including the Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
Fined Out: Practical Guide For People Having Problems With Fines
Legal Aid NSW has just published an updated version of its 'Fined Out' booklet, produced in collaboration with Inner City Legal Centre and Redfern Legal Centre.
Fined Out is a practical guide to the NSW fines system. It provides information about how to deal with fines and contact information for services that can help people with their fines.
A fine is a financial penalty for breaking the law. The Fines Act 1996 (NSW) and Regulations sets out the rules about fines.
The 5th edition of 'Fined Out' includes information on the different types of fines and chapters on the various options to deal with fines at different stages of the fine lifecycle, including court options and pathways to seek a review, a 50% reduction, a write-off, plan, or a Work and Development Order (WDO).
The resource features links to self-help legal tools for people with NSW fines, traffic offence fines and court attendance notices (CANs) and also explains the role of Revenue NSW in administering and enforcing fines.
Other sections of the booklet include information specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people and driving offences, as well as a series of template letters to assist people to self-advocate.
Hard copies will soon be available to be ordered online through the Publications tab on the Legal Aid NSW website.
Hard copies will also be made available in all public and prison libraries throughout NSW.
Learner Profile Opening Doors For Students
April 21, 2021
NSW is set to lead the nation in developing a digital learner profile, with students invited to co-design their “education passport”.
First consultation: Macarthur Girls High students share their ideas about the learner profile with Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and Customer Services Minister Victor Dominello.
Students in NSW will have a world-class edge when applying for a job thanks to the development of a learner profile.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello visited Macarthur Girls High School yesterday to announce students would play a pivotal role in developing the nation-leading service.
The profile will allow students to store and share the verified story of their academic and personal achievements in one digital place.
Ms Mitchell said the digital learner profile would create continuity and ease for students to record their valuable learning experiences while at school.
“We know our students are more than the sum of their exam results and they want a reliable way to display all their experiences and achievements,” Ms Mitchell said.
“I am inviting students and schools to be part of the design process, so that we can help them open doors to further study and employment.
Mr Dominello said the learner profile formed part of a big vision for the establishment of a NSW education passport.
“An education passport would provide a digital record of a student’s achievements and accomplishments throughout their school journey, which can be shared with future employers, licensing authorities and tertiary institutions,” Mr Dominello said.
“Students graduating from NSW high schools in 2021 and beyond face a rapidly changing labour market, with a growing emphasis on digital skills and micro-credentials.
“Establishing a universal, digital record of educational attainment would assist students, career advisers and employers through a more efficient matching of skills to employment opportunities.
“It would be a boon for our state in terms of productivity, representing an important micro economic reform.”
A new app for parents and carers of NSW public school students was also released yesterday to allow them to easily stay up to date with news and events at their children’s schools.
Ms Mitchell said the app would eventually completely replace paper forms travelling to and from school via the bottom of the school bag.
Through the app, parents and carers will be able to receive push notifications from schools to their phones to ensure that they don’t miss any important news.
The app will also allow parents and carers with children at more than one NSW public school to get news and information from multiple schools in the same place.
Download the app by searching for NSW Education Parent App on the Google Play or Apple app store.
Teaching Australian Students That Respect Matters
Ministers: The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
New online resources are now available to help school students learn about safe, healthy and respectful relationships, including issues around consent and peer pressure.
More than 350 videos, digital stories, podcasts and other materials are available free to teachers, students and families through The Good Society website, as part of the Respect Matters program.
The Respect Matters program has been developed in conjunction with Our Watch, the eSafety Commissioner and the Foundation for Young Australians, as well as parent, community and principals’ groups.
Resources have been developed for students from Foundation to Year 12 and content is aligned with the current Australian Curriculum, which was agreed by all states and territories in 2015. The Australian Curriculum is currently under review and a public consultation period will open on 29 April.
Foundation to year 6 focuses on building healthy relationships and friendships, including content on empathy, peer pressure, interacting respectfully, and challenging discriminatory behaviour. It also provides the building blocks for later content.
Years 7 to 9 focuses on moving from pre-teen to adolescence and looks at relationships and power, and abuse. There is content in this age section that specifically deals with abuse and violence against women.
Years 10 to 12 builds on earlier topics and also includes materials on intimate relationships, sexting, sexual consent and decision making.
Teachers and parents will be able to select from the full range of learning content and make decisions about what materials they use in their classrooms to ensure it reflects the values of their school and their community.
The Respect Matters program also provides support and professional learning modules for teachers and pre-service teachers.
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said education was important in building and maintaining respectful relationships from a young age.
“The most important people in teaching kids about respect and relationships are parents, but schools can also play a vital role,” Minister Tudge said.
“These materials will provide additional support to better educate young Australians on these issues and have been designed to complement programs already being offered by states and territories.
“I will be discussing these matters further with my state and territory counterparts when we meet later this month.”
Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston said early intervention and education were key to achieving our goal of a future without domestic violence.
“We need to work on preventing violence before it begins and that is where Respect Matters, along with other initiatives like our Stop it at the Start campaign, are working to ensure the next generation of Australians grow up in a country where women and children can live free of violence,” Minister Ruston said.
“School years are crucial in a child’s development and we want to guarantee that whether it be at home, at school or even playing weekend sport, that kids and their parents have been informed about what is respectful behaviour and what is not.”
The Australian Government has invested $7.8 million in the Respect Matters program to support and promote positive attitudes, behaviours and equality in schools to help prevent domestic, family, and sexual violence.
The commitment is part of a significant and broad-reaching package of initiatives under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
Additional resources from the Respect Matters program including professional learning modules for educators are available at https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/.
From Ship To Shore
April 22, 2021
After fourteen years at sea, former Navy officer and merchant seafarer Edward Caslake decided it was time to transition from ship to shore.
Edward Caslake joined AMSA as a Search and Rescue Officer in 2018.
Edward currently works in the AMSA Response Centre, a 24/7-hour operations room, which coordinates Search and Rescue missions across Australia.
Edward said it was a transition he made so he and wife could settle down and start a family.
“I started with AMSA in the Response Centre back in August 2018 and it has been a really good transition from ship to shore for me,” Edward said.
“My wife and I wanted to start a family but I was away for weeks, almost months at a time, which would have been too much once we’d had our daughter and were building that home life.”
As a Search and Rescue Officer, Edward assists in organising search and rescue efforts across Australia’s large designated area of responsibility, which equals about a tenth of the earths surface.
“As a Search and Rescue Officer, we respond to all manner of alerts across the country. I guess if it floats, flies and fails to do so; we help look after them.
“My interest in this role came from a love of the sea, I have spent the past 14 years of my professional career out on the ocean in the Merchant Navy as well as the Royal Australian Navy.
“I joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2004, I was in for six years as a Maritime Warfare Officer and spent most of my time up in Cairns as a boarding officer on the patrol boats and also in the hydrographic survey space.
“In 2010, I went to the Australian maritime college down at Launceston to become a merchant seafarer. I spent eight years doing that as a second mate driving 80 metre Anchor Handling tugs off the north coast of Australia and the Bass Strait; supplying oil rigs and towing them around when they needed to move.
“My previous experience helps me in my current job as I know what seafarers are going through, what it’s like to be out on the boat in 60 or 70 knots of wind and sailing through a cyclone.
“When you’re asking a ship to do something in those conditions, it’s very handy to know what it’s like first hand.”
Edward said an example of an incident he has been involved in since joining AMSA was a request for medical assistance from a yacht 900km east of Fraser Island.
“Back in April 2019, we had a request from a sailing vessel, the master had a passenger onboard with a medical complaint.
“After consultation with the doctor, who was actually a doctor also, they decided it was potentially appendicitis and he was in need of medication.
“So our response to that request was to get some medication to our Challenger Jet in Cairns and we simply flew it all the way out to the yacht and parachuted it in a container into the path of the vessel. The vessel was then able to sail on to Noumea for the patient to receive medical assistance.
“What I found interesting about that job was that no matter where you are, we’re there to help. Even if it’s a simple thing as getting some medication.
“It’s obviously a long way to go but we’ve got that reach, so I just thought that was pretty cool.”
Further information is available on AMSA’s search and rescue capabilities.
Edward Caslake. Photo supplied
New Research Finds Slumped Posture Not Such A Pain In The Neck After All
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition 2021 Entries Now Open
2021 OPTIONAL THEME: "RICH AND RARE"
''Our poets are encouraged to take inspiration from wherever they may find it, however if they are looking for some direction, competition participants are invited to use this year's optional theme to inspire their entries."
In 2021, the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society has chosen the theme “Rich and Rare.” As always, it is an optional theme, so please write about whatever topic sparks your poetic genius.
For a copy of the wonderful theme poster, please click here.
HOW TO ENTER
*PLEASE NOTE: If you're registering as an individual student, put your HOME address in your personal details and not your SCHOOL'S address! The address you list is where your participation certificate will be posted!*
(primary school and secondary school, anytime during the competition period)
Teacher/parent - registration completed online (invoice will be emailed within 2 weeks of registration)
Log in to your page.
Enter student details and submit poem(s) (cut and paste or type in poem content direct to the webpage) PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD POEMS AS ATTACHMENTS AS THAT FUNCTION IS FOR POSTAL ENTRIES ONLY.
Repeat step 3 for every student/individual poem.
PLEASE SEE HERE FOR A DETAILED PDF ON ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS.
Have a read of the judges' reports from the previous year. They contain some very helpful advice for teachers and parents alike!
It is recommended for schools to appoint a coordinator for the competition.
Only a teacher/parent can complete the registration form on behalf of the student/child.
Log-in details: username is the email address and a password of your choice.
Log-in details can be given to other teachers/students for poem submission in class/at home.
Log-in as many times as necessary during the competition period.
Teachers can view progress by monitoring the number and content of entries.
Individual entries are accepted if the school is not participating or a child is home schooled. Parent needs to complete the registration form with their contact details. Please indicate 'individual entry' under school name and home postal address under school address.
Invoice for the entry fee will be sent to the registered email address within 2 weeks.
‘Participation certificate only’ option available for schools where pre-selection of entries has been carried out. Poems under this option will not be sent to judges, students will still receive participation certificate for their efforts.
Please read the Conditions of Entry before entering. Entries accepted: March 1 to June 30, results announced during early September.
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