Good News in Australia
Positive news articles about the environment, people & health issues in beautiful Oz.
Live Life Well @ School aims to get more students, more active and improving their eating habits.
The program offers primary teachers the opportunity to participate in a two-day professional learning workshop that promotes physical activity and healthy eating. There is an Action Plan implementation grant of $2000 for each participating school.
Why buy Australian owned products?
85% of the products in the average Australian grocery trolley are either imported or made by foreign owned companies. This results in $100 million a day going outside Australia. By comparison, in Japan, 98% of goods in supermarkets are owned by Japanese organisations.
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Adelaide Fringe began in 1960 as an alternative to the Adelaide Festival of the Arts
It is now a four week arts festival which includes Fringe Parade which starts the Adelaide Fringe, Spirit Festival which celebrates Australia’s indigenous culture and Adelaide Fringe Street Theatre Festival – a curated ‘mini-festival within a festival'.
To keep up to date with what is happening at the next Fringe read the Blog
Nominate now to honour ordinary Aussies who do extraordinary deeds in their everyday lives
Doctors, paramedics, parents and children whose acts of bravery, generosity and selflessness have inspired others will be recognised during a gala ceremony.
Australian actor and film producer, Geoffrey Roy Rush was the 2012 Australian of the Year.
Rush (born 1951 in Toowoomba Queensland) has been given many awards:
an Academy Award for Best Actor in Shine (1997)
a Tony Award for Actor in a Leading Role for the play, "Exit the King" on Broadway
an Emmy Award for Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
3 British Academy Film Awards Best Performance: Actor in a Supporting Role in Elizabeth (1998);
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in Shine (1996);
Best Supporting Actor in The King's Speech (2010).
two Golden Globe Awards for Quills (2000) and Shine (1996)
four Screen Actors Guild Awards
Rush at the 2011 Cannes film festival: PHOTO by Georges Biard
"Occasionally you need to jump off a cliff and do things you know are not immediately within your grasp." Rush
"I always felt thrilled and amazed that I could put actor on my tax form"
Support the protectors
Did you know that park rangers risk their lives to protect wildlife, like the mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere? The Thin Green Line Foundation supports the families of Park rangers killed, and prevents further ranger deaths, on the frontline of conservation around the world.
The Rockers Raffle for Rangers has a beautifully painted guitar signed by many musos including Xavier Rudd, Tim Finn, Grace Jones and Elvis Costello.
100% of the profits raised through their unique fundraising and the sponsorships support community conservation projects and rangers including the International Ranger Dependency Fund.
Travel to benefit Australia.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 after the death of Sir Winston Churchill. The principal idea of honouring Sir Winston’s memory is acheived by awarding of ‘Churchill Fellowships’.
These Fellowships give the chosen Australians travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field. The research findings will be shared with the Australian community. Applications open November 1.
Visit the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for more details.
The Wiggles together for over 20 years
The four Wiggles and the characters they have created are now a part of the lives of so many children all around the world.
The University of Sydney has been awarded funds, by the Bupa Health Foundation, for a study into Vitamin B3 and skin cancer prevention. "Skin cancer affects 60% of Australians. Nicotinamide protects against many of sunlight's damaging effects and reduces premalignant keratoses - the thick, scaly, or crusty patches of skin which are often the precursor to skin cancer. This study proposes to determine nicotinamide's effects on skin cancer, with the potential for harm minimisation and secondary prevention with a vitamin to protect skin from progressive deterioration once damaged." Bupa Australia Pty Ltd 2011
Indigenous community volunteers. Any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual, family, business, organisation or community can apply for ICV’s assistance to improve their quality-of-life, wellbeing and social inclusion. Projects are owned and run by communities with volunteers helping to supply necessary skills. Thanks to ICV - Children growing up on the Tiwi Islands no longer have to head to Darwin to finish their schooling; a group of women in Palumpa in the Northern Territory learnt the art of sewing; women in Wadeye NT, are producing screen prints and etchings and running the Wadeye Arts and Culture Festival; traditional culture has been strengthened with the young in Brisbane's Binambi Barambah camps. See more good work of ICV.
Good health Information
HealthInsite is a healthdirect Australia health information service - an initiative of the Australian Government. It aims to improve the health of Australians by providing easy access to quality information about human health.
The Ministry for Peace Australia is calling on the Australian Federal Government to establish an officially recognised and funded Department of Peace. Additionally to support and encourage the development of a global Culture of Peace within Australian international relations. Hamish Blake and Catriona Rowntree are Peace Ambassadors for the MPA.
The first earth hour: At 7.30pm on 31 March 2007, it was just Sydney that turned off its lights for one hour for the first ever Earth Hour - to show that it's possible to take action on global warming. 65,000 homes and 2,000 businesses signed up for the inaugural event.
Earth Hour 2011 before and after the lights were switched off in France (c) Martin Leers
Golden Wattle in full flower on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia by Bidgee via Wikipedia.
Happy Wattle Day - Ist of September
Wattle Day is a day of celebration of the first day of spring. A piece of Australia's national floral emblem, the golden wattle, Acacia pycnantha is traditionally worn on this day. The first wattle day was celebrated in 1910 in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. More about the history of Wattle Day at Wattle Day Association.
The Australian Coat of Arms includes a wreath of wattle.
Cate Blanchett - actress Mary Reiby - convict & businesswoman Cathy Freeman - sportswoman
February each year.
Today, Tropfest is widely regarded for its support of new filmmaking talent through its festivals, filmmaker initiatives and distribution and can be seen in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart and Surfer's Paradise.
Clean up Australia Day goes global - Clean Up the World was launched in 1993. Ian Kiernan's simple idea to have a Clean Up Sydney Harbour Day in 1989 received an enormous response with more than 40,000 Sydneysiders collecting rubbish and has grown from strength to strength. Over 35 million people from 120 countries take part every year in the campaign. To join up for this year got to Clean Up Australia or call 1800 CUA DAY for more information. Everyone is welcome - friends, family, kids, community groups, work colleagues or anyone else.
Envirosax® designer reusable bags are spreading the eco-friendly message with style from Queensland. They have many great designs and are compact and carry the message of re-use to a world ready for a brighter ecological future. Read more...
Positive Parenting - small changes can make a big difference to the stress levels, happiness and well-being of each family. Top 10 tips for parents from Professor Matt Sanders of the Parent and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia. The Triple P parenting program was put to the test in the UK and is now in Australia. More info... and more tips.
Compassion for third world.
Killelea travelled the world as a surfer and business man and saw the
poverty in many developing countries. His business success has given him
the money needed to help many people. He and his wife give away half of
their wealth and believe they get alot back from their giving. They
follow a few tenets in their philanthropy - help the poorest of the
poor, help as many people as possible and do life changing
interventions. An example of this given by Steven Killelea on 702 Sydney ABC radio with Richard Glover
-14th June, 2007- was where he saw the 200 bed hospital in Uganda that
had no water and decided to pump water from 25klms away. Along the 25
klms there were other villages so they too benefitted as the decision
was made to pump the water in to them transforming the lives of hundreds
The Happiness Institute - does good things.
Their motto is 'So CHOOSE to be happy now! Because life’s too short not to be happy' 20 simple tips to be happy now.
Dr. Happy and the Happiness Institute are real and exist in Sydney, Australia. The Institute was established in 2003 by Dr. Timothy J. Sharp, a psychologist, who believes that happiness is something you choose.
The Happiness Institute offers public seminars, small group workshops, one-on-one coaching and organisational consulting to help people to be happy at work.
To find out more about what they do to help people achieve happiness, call 02 9221 3306 or subscribe to a free email newsletter or visit their website where they have free resources and info about training and coaching. Suite 401, 74 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Micro generation revolution. N.S.W. Australia. The town of Tathra in the Bega Valley in southern N.S.W. is making an impact on the environment. Many people and services are generating their own energy to use and to also sell back to the grid. "We've come up with a community target for tackling climate change and that's 5050 by 2020. What that means is a 50% reduction in the consumption of energy and a 50% production of energy by renewable sources by the year 2020." says Mathew Nott of Tathra. An example is the surf club which has a mini wind turbine and solar panels. Transcript
Friends of the Earth (FoE) has played a key role in the following successful campaigns:
- an end to whaling in Australian waters
- the protection of Antarctica
- the introduction of lead free petrol in Australia
- protection of Fraser Islands sub-tropical forests
- the halting of the Jabiluka uranium mine
- stopping the establishment of a high level radioactive waste dump in Australia
- stopping the establishment of a low and medium level radioactive waste dump in South Australia
- the introduction of independent timber certification systems in Australia
- the creation of a new national park system along the Murray River of almost 100,000 hectares and the first jointly managed national park in Victoria.
More Good News at their site.
No Fences Needed. Virtual fencing of the future has been designed and trialled by CSIRO in NSW Australia. The collar worn by cows gives of a vibration and the cattle learn this means a fence. These virtual fences can be moved saving farmers one of the largest expenses on a farm. More info at Innovations.
Australia Day - 26th
The Sustainable Living Festival - 19th to 25th
Business Clean Up Day - 28th
Australian Women’s History Month - all month
Schools Clean Up Day - 2nd
Sea Week - 4th to 10th
Clean Up Australia Day - 4th
Harmony Day - 21st
Close the Gap - 22nd
Earth Hour - 31st
Australian Heritage Week - 14th to 22nd
Anzac Day - 25th
OZ' Water Week - 8th to 10th
National Volunteer Week - 14th to 20th
Walk Safely to School Day - 18th
National Sorry Day - 26th
National Reconciliation Week - 27th to 3rd June
Red Nose Day - 29th
NAIDOC Week - 7th to 14th
Schools Tree Day - 27th
National Tree Day - 29th
National Wattle Day - 1st
National Landcare Week - TBA 5th
Sustainable House Day - 9th
National Bilby Day - 9th
Walk To Work Day - 17th
National Water Week - 19th to 25th
National Ride to Work Day - 17th
National Recycling Week - 12th to 18th
The APRA Song of the Year is the most prestigious music award in the
country and only APRA members have the power to decide who wins! As the
only peer voted music award in Australia, the APRA Song of the Year
isn’t a popularity contest or industry competition. This award is all
about songwriters recognising the outstanding achievements of their
peers and honouring the craft of songwriting. APRA SITE
Title: Somebody That I Used To Know
Live Below the Line is an incredible new awareness and fundraising campaign that's making a huge difference in the fight against extreme poverty. The estimates are that 1.4 billion people, in the world, live on $2.00 ady as they have no choice.
I first heard about it when I saw on TV, that Simon McKeon, Australian of the Year 2011, was trying to live on $2.00 a day and eating plain oats every morning and also rice, lentils, pumpkin and carrots during the day.
Read how they calculated it was just $2.00 a day to live on here
Australia's biggest morning tea
May 23 is morning tea time but you can host an event anytime throughout May or June. It's simple, fun and best of all for a great cause! All you need to do is set a date, brainstorm some great morning tea ideas, invite your guests and raise money to help support the fight against cancer. Want more details...
The amazing return of the Dibbler.
These animals were thought to be extinct by scientists and listed as extinct in 1884 . An Australian man caught a pair of Dibblers when he was trying to catch possums and they have been bred in captivity. For more detail go to WWW News