EDITION 30 ISSN 1445-7210
WA Songwriter of the Year
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
IN 3 MINDS KIDS DRAWING COMPETITION
GETTING ON BOARD SURVIVING SIDS
FROM LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS GROW HEART AND SEOUL
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
WA SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR..........3
IN 3 MINDS ..........................................4
ACROSS MY DESK................................6
ITEMS OF INTEREST ............................6
GETTING ON BOARD ...........................7
RISING GENERATIONS .........................8 RRR REFERENCE GROUP MEMBER ELIZABETH HOEK WITH THE WIFE OF THE
INSPIRING YOUNG LEADERS GOVERNOR, MRS LORRAINE SANDERSON AND PROFESSOR KATERYNA LONGLEY
AT THE LAUNCH OF THE WA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.
FROM THE WHEATBELT.......................9
YOUNG WOMEN LEADING –
KIMBERLEY STYLE .............................10
OPPORTUNITY FOR A LIFETIME ........11
From the Chair
As I write this we’re harvesting on our farm and I am busy driving the tractor
FROM LITTLES THINGS BIG THINGS
and chaser bin or header and checking sheep in my spare time. I am dressed
in my dusty boots and grease covered shirt a far cry from the linen clad
BROOME WOMEN LEADING THE
‘country styled’ women you see in magazines. I read these magazines and
WEDDING MARKET ............................14
dream of the lush green gardens and ordered houses shown on their pages but
SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTERS the reality is I live in the Wheatbelt and I am a woman on the land who
wouldn’t have it any other way.
A FASCINATING JOURNEY .................15
Network News is a magazine for the women of Western Australia with the
JESSE STREET NATIONAL LIBRARY ...15
RRR Reference Group aiming to produce a magazine that links women within
THE CAPE LE GRANDE our state. The magazine delivers a mixture of stories and information to be
EXPERIENCE ......................................16 shared throughout rural, regional and remote Western Australia. Stories for
MAKING TECHONOLOGY Network News are received from women throughout the state and if you
WORK FOR US ...................................17 would like to find out more on how you can send your story in please turn to
INFO ONLINE .....................................17 page 6.
THE COUNTRY STYLED LADY ............18 I am always excited to hear stories of young rural women doing well and
LAZY COLLEEN KIDS DRAWING loved reading the story this month of Lauren Brede who recently won the
COMPETITION ....................................18 West Australian Music Industry Song of the year. At 16 Lauren has a great
future in the industry and I look forward to hearing more from her.
A CUP OF COFFEE AND A
BRIGHT IDEA .....................................19
In this edition Helen Radcliffe’s story on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SURVIVING SIDS – (SIDS) touched my heart. The loss at any time would be heartbreaking, but to
A MOTHER’S STORY...........................20 read Helen’s story you are filled with a sense of admiration for a woman who
SIDS AND SAFE SLEEPING.................21 has endured so much sadness and yet has found it in her heart to help
others coping with their loss of a child through SIDS.
THE SECRETS OF GOOD SLEEPERS...21
HEART AND SEOUL. I hope you all enjoy reading all the wonderful things women in Western
AN ADOPTION STORY ........................22 Australia are doing, from creating art societies, organizing swimming relays
to touring the Wheatbelt and that it inspires you do similar things in your
Wishing you all the very best over the festive season.
Yours in RRR
2 NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04
C O V E R S T O RY
LAUREN RECEIVING THE
AWARD FROM MINISTER
FOR ARTS, SHEILA MCHALE
PHOTOGRAPHER CHRIS O’HALLORAN
by Lauren Brede
WA Songwriter of the Year
Lauren Brede has come a long way since she wrote her first song at ten years old. The sixteen year old country music
singer/songwriter from the small country town of Boddington has recently been awarded the highest accolade of the
Western Australian Music (WAM) industry, WA Song of the Year Award.
My first major songwriting finished product, artwork for the
achievement was taking out the
children’s category at the 2001
And most importantly
my family and friends
cover of the EP, distribution and
promotion, and a video clip.
Western Australian Music Industry
(WAM) Song of the Year Awards who have had to put As I walked up to the stage to
collect my prize, I was shaking so
with my song ‘Shattered Dreams’. up with the hours of badly I thought I wouldn’t make it
My lifelong dream had always been practising, my bad up the stairs, and I didn’t think I
to go to Tamworth, the country music
Capital of Australia. When my mum moods…If it weren’t could ever stop smiling! Well, the
smile has finally gone away and all
found an opportunity for me to attend for you, I would never that is left now is to organize the
the ‘Tamworth Camerata’, a country
be where I am today.
music school for people under 17,
I applied and was accepted in July
2002. I also had the chance to attend
” time to begin recording for my EP.
It has all been and continues to be
very exciting and surreal and I’m
the Camerata in 2003 through certainly getting a lot of experience
But something this year made me
sponsorship from the ‘Young Guns of as to how the industry operates.
get it out again to enter this year’s
Country Music,’ a group of young West Australian Music Industry Singing and writing country music is
country music singers. Songwriting competition. I entered a passion for me, which I hope to
There is no way to describe in three songs into the youth section someday turn into a career, and
words just how much attending the and was excited to learn a few hopefully, winning this award is just
Camerata meant to me except to months later that two songs were in the first step towards doing it.
say that I wouldn’t be where I am the finals. I was even more excited to
today if I hadn’t gone. The people learn that two of my songs had also The only reason that I achieved
there helped me to realize that been nominated for the Outstanding what I did is due to a lot of very
country music is what I wanted to Regional Song of the Year. special people in Tamworth who
do as my career and gave me the have all been great sources of help
It was touch and go whether my and support and inspired me to
help and inspiration I needed.
family and I would attend the finals keep working at it. Also to the
I was inspired to work harder and but finally when they offered me the Young Guns of Country Music who
began trying to expose myself more, chance to perform two songs, I have stood by me the whole way.
increase my performance quality, jumped at the opportunity. I was They have allowed me to develop
work a lot harder at improving and thrilled to win the Regional Song
my stage presence and to get
expanding my guitar playing, and Award.
experience working with a band.
most importantly at writing more
and better songs. Then it was announced that I had
And most importantly my family and
won the Grand Prize of the
A few weeks after the 2003 Competition, the WAM Song of the friends who have had to put up with
Camerata, I wrote a song called Year for ‘Time for You to Go’. This is the hours of practising, my bad
‘Time For You To Go.’ After singing it judged out of all the 1300 entries moods when I can’t think of the
at a few shows and entering it in a and the winner receives three days next line to a song, and for driving
few song competitions I finally to record an EP (Extended Play me around all over the countryside.
decided I hated it and shoved it to Single) with one of the top If it weren’t for you, I would never
the back of the closet. producers, 500 copies of the be where I am today.
NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04 3
In 3 Minds
By Kath Lymon
A connection with the land, and the impact of people on the land are common threads for three
artists from the south coast who are working towards a joint exhibition in Perth at the end of January
2005. Sue Codee, Judy Lambert and Trish Ware are three creative women influenced strongly by
the rural region in which they live and by their experiences beyond it. Each of them uses symbols
and motifs that are indicative of both past and present in the landscapes that surround them in
their daily lives.
Sue, Judy and Trish have all successfully combined careers based around art and teaching.
All three have achieved recognition in local exhibitions and in others further afield, including the city.
Judy’s Story Sue’s Story
Judy and her husband, Frank, Living close to the land constantly
live on a cattle stud farm at reminds Sue of our connections with
King River outside Albany. She nature and the need to respond to
has been a senior high school and care for it. Sue spends the
art teacher, moving around the Albany winter months in the warmth
country with her agriculturalist of remote desert communities
husband Frank, from Northam working on art residencies,
to Narrogin and Albany. Her consultancies and community
home displays her work and projects. This has taken her to some
that of some of her students. amazing places – from Balgo Hills
She also has an eye for the placement of ‘found objects’ and Yagga Yagga in the Great Sandy Desert, to Looma in
and interesting displays include graduated cone shells the Kimberley, to Wingellina and Warburton in the Great
and crazed ceramic inkwells in muted blues and reds Victoria Desert, Cue in the mid west, and to Lake Nash in
rescued from the demolition of a primary school. the QLD/ NT border. She returns to her Albany studio
charged with new ideas, and the work she creates is an
With her teaching career left behind, Judy is now able to
internal response to these experiences.
give herself the luxury of time and space to concentrate
on her art. This has already seen a reward as she was By becoming attuned to the land, Sue finds it difficult
delighted to be awarded the prestigious Bankwest Open not to become attuned to Aboriginality to some degree.
Art Prize at the 2004 Royal Show as well as the Best She says, ‘The land, and especially the desert, is a world
Rural Artist prize. This is the first time the two prizes of myth and power in its vastness. The symbols and
have been awarded to the same artist. motifs in my paintings are born from this experience.’
The magnificent bulls and other cattle on the Lambert With each journey to the interior, she is moved and
farm often feature in her work. Judy is also fascinated by inspired by the seemingly endless nature of the inland and
the bits of china and other relics from previous owners desert places. ‘There is an “edge” quality that the more
that she finds in her ‘archaeological digs’ in her garden. populated and well-serviced coastal areas do not possess.
Sue believes the mystery and sacred quality of the inland
In talking about her work, Judy says, ‘My work is
invokes the necessity for respect, and awareness of the
informed largely by personal experience. It plays quite
desert’s inherent dangers and astounding beauty. It is
decadently with decorative aspects of domesticity,
especially symbolic of entering the Unknown.’
particularly rural. Domestic priorities touch on tension. I
indulge in the physical beauty of my environment – my Sue says that the time she spends inland is helping her
china collection, the china fragments from the garden, to find her own story.
and in the paddocks, our beautiful Albany vegetation,
‘The desert takes you deep within yourself as a response
waterholes, creeks, lakes, fences, gates and in the
to its spaciousness and piercing silence. You feel in one
ubiquitous presence of our stud cattle’.
way very small but in another, colossal, and united with a
Judy sees ethereal beauty in these animals, comparing greater world’.
the massive bulls to Michelangelo’s David. Her paintings
Sensual colour and lush textures are used in her work
often reflect the constant threat of degradation of the
and she attempts to ‘peel back layers and reveal deeper
land, particularly in the colours she uses to depict her
elements’, with primordial motifs and symbols. Sue is
also working on a book and a short documentary on her
work and travels.
4 NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04
Changes in the land and the
peoples who have inhabited it over
time are underlying themes found
in Trish Ware’s sculptures and
paintings. Her studio, which she
shares with her artist and musician “ Like theTrish is artists in this
husband Robin, is scattered with
canvasses and found objects. erosion, scarring, weathering
Bones and skulls, shells, rusty and change, the impact of
metal objects or pieces of domestic
equipment are collected and used to create fascinating
change and time on the
free-standing sculptures, hangings or pictures. She is
inspired by ancient literature, art and writing which are a
land and people.
constant source of revelation and insight to her
‘The stuff of myths and legends is much forgotten but still
resonates deeply in modern society’, she explains. ‘My
work is ideographic in nature. I try to capture the essence
of things past – the ongoing resonance of having once
been’. Trish quotes Ovid, ‘Nothing in the entire universe
ever perishes … but the thing varies and adopts new
form’. Trish is fascinated, not only by the shell she might
find, but by the animal it once housed – by space, time
and stories relevant to the treasures she collects.
Like the other artists in this trilogy, Trish is aware of
erosion, scarring, weathering and change, the impact of
change and time on the land and people.
PAINTINGS BELOW BY SUE CODEE
Sue, Judy and Trish are each working independently towards their joint exhibition,
appropriately titled In 3 Minds. Occasionally they come together over coffee to
discuss the details of the opening night scheduled for Saturday 29 January, or how
they will share the space at the Old Bakery Gallery. The gallery is run by four women
and has connections with the Albany region through one of its partners who farms in
the area. This has led to mounting exhibitions that promote the artistic talent and
wonderful produce of the south coast region.
At the opening of In 3 Minds there will also be a book launch. Titled the bay and PASTEL LOOMA
beyond, the book features recipes, and gourmet tips by Trish Flowers, of Bay
Merchants deli and café in Albany’s Middleton Beach. In her café and her book,
Trish promotes fresh local produce and provides stories on the producers, beautifully
illustrated with photos by Barbara Madden.
The exhibition in January will be a wonderful collaboration by talented, innovative
women from the south coast who are passionate about the environment in which
they live and what it can inspire and produce. In different ways they investigate the
serious concerns that Judy has listed as fragility, struggle, history, vulnerability,
degradation and change.
More information will be available on the Old Bakery Gallery website:
www.oldbakery.com.au or by phoning (08) 9370 3308.
NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04 5
ACROSS MY DESK
RRR NETWORK NEWS
Network News is published quarterly by the RRR
Network to share stories and photographs from
Across My Desk
and about women living in rural, remote and
Thank you to all our readers who have contributed to the Network News for this
regional Western Australia.
edition. We have been overwhelmed with stories for this edition and will include many
The RRR Network was established in 1996 to articles in the next edition.
bring together women in rural, remote and
regional Western Australia to recognise, promote
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and expand the contribution they make to their
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Agriculture and Department of Local Government
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WAM Industry Awards in Perth (Photo by opportunity to become involved in industry registration.
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WOMEN ON BOARDS
Getting on Board
Women on Boards is taking its Similar events in Canberra, Brisbane
program to improve the gender and Melbourne in the past
balance on Australian company 12 months had all been over-
boards to Perth in February 2005. subscribed and resulted in more
The launch will be held at a major than 1300 women registering with
networking and mentoring event in the Women on Boards on the website at CHRIS CAPEL (FAAW PRESIDENT), LAURA FELL
(CHAIR SAFF CHICKEN MEAT GROUP) AND
Government House Ballroom from www.womenonboards.org.au CATHERINE O'SULLIVAN (QLD DPI) AT THE
5.30pm on Thursday 10 February. WOMEN ON BOARDS EVENT IN BRISBANE.
“This is part of our strategy of getting
Claire Braund, director of the women on the board-room radar. Opportunities for rural women
Foundation for Australian Members of the WoB network will In 2003 the Foundation for Australian
Agricultural Women and a member also soon be able to set up ‘online Agricultural Women became a
of the Women on Boards National CVs’ to be searched by head-hunters partner in Women on Boards and
Management Committee, urged seeking directors or used by Women introduced corporate governance
women taking their first step towards forums for rural women to the
on Boards to actively network women
program. These are held between
sitting on a board and current into board positions.”
11am and 5pm on the same day as
directors looking for new or paid
Market research commissioned in the evening function to give rural
board positions to attend the event. women opportunity to maximise their
2004 by Women on Boards of 412
“Women on Boards is a professional Australian companies reveals that attendance at the event.
network that seeks to give women only 7% of board members are The RRR Network will be hosting
practical skills to assist them in how women and only 2% of companies the RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards
to get onto corporate, government, have three female directors. on the evening of 9th February so
sports and not-for-profit boards.” that many women will be able to
“These sobering statistics show that
attend all events.
“We run structured mentoring and women continue to be under
Q&A sessions with a range of male represented in positions of power “FAAW has also secured 10 fully
and female directors from not-for- and influence in Australia and that, funded places for woolgrower women
profit, sports, government, public and as a consequence, Australia is to attend both events plus $300 per
private boards who are there to work failing to reach its full potential.” person for travel and accommodation.
Other sponsorship opportunities are
with and assist aspirant directors.”
A key finding of the research is that being sought for women in the grains
“And in case anyone was thinking – the main process for identifying and other industries.”
just another networking event – prospective board members is
Women interested in attending the
participants will receive follow-up referral by existing directors (78%) Perth Women on Boards are invited
emails advising of board positions, or the MD or CEO (57%). For to register online at
be supported through the Women on women this means getting a profile, www.womenonboards.org.au to
Board director network and have holding a senior position in a ensure they receive emails about the
opportunities to access training in company, getting line management event. Rural women should visit
the skills required to be a board and operational experience and www.faaw.org.au for further
member.” ‘networking like crazy’. information about rural scholarships.
Rural Company Director’s Course February 2005
The Australian Institute of Company Directors proudly seeks your support to promote better governance in
offers the Rural Company Directors Course on 7-11 the rural sector.
February 2005 to develop practical directorship and
contemporary corporate governance knowledge and The live in program will run from 7 – 11 February
skills for directors and officers of agribusinesses, 2005 inclusive at the Joondalup Resort Hotel at a
government boards, private and not-for-profit cost of $5,010 (GST inc) for members of the institute
companies in the rural sector. and $5,495 (GST & 12 months membership to AICD
inc). The FarmBis subsidy will apply to each eligible
The Department of Agriculture is again guiding this primary producer participant.
program by the development of case studies related
to rural agribusinesses. The Department encourages For more information contact Gary Gallagher at (08)
the participation of rural leaders in the course, and 9322 7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04 7
COURTNEY DRESSED IN HER MOHICAN
OLYMPIC CHALLENGE COSTUME
By Courtney Whitehall-Holla
In July 2004, fourteen year old
Courtney Whitehall-Holla from
Carnarvon was chosen as one of 125
youth between the ages of 14 and 18 Upon arrival we met with the other way of getting to know each other in
to attend the second National
delegates and were divided into a fun way. We had to compete in
Leadership Camp (NLC) in NSW. NLC
tribes of 16, each with three several games that required us all to
is sponsored by the Commonwealth
mentors. I belonged to the Mohicans work together to succeed.
government Department of Education,
– thankfully, unlike the Survivor
Science and Training. Between key note speakers and
series, we didn’t have to hunt for
topic groups we had ‘Niani’ time.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had food and water and we were looked
Niani time was spent reflecting on
never heard of such a camp for the after very well.
youth of Australia but getting to the the day and writing our thoughts
camp turned out to be a learning I was the youngest in my tribe but down. Each evening we met with our
experience in itself. The cost of the felt included in all discussions and mentors and tribe to have Council
camp including airfares was activities. My size was also useful in time where we debriefed about the
approximately $1000 and I had to several of the Olympic challenges we days learning and shared our
raise some money to assist with had to compete in. experiences. Our days began at
paying for this. Jack Payet, my 7.30am and finished around 11 at
The theme of this year’s camp was
classmate, was also attending the night; needless to say we were too
‘Rise Up’- Take the Lead and lead us.
camp so we set about the task of exhausted to get up to any mischief.
raising money together. Thankfully Each day was built around a topic,
I feel privileged to have been able to
the Police & Citizens Youth Club and Wednesday was Passion – boundless
participate in the National
the Shire of Carnarvon were happy enthusiasm, Thursday was Values –
Leadership Camp and would highly
to support us along with our parents. the things in life we believe to be
recommend the experience. As a
Before we started our adventure we truly important, Friday was
result, I would like to encourage
had to pack appropriately as we were Resilience – the ability to recover
regional decision makers around
told the average temperature was quickly or adjust easily from
Australia, particularly remote regions,
between 2º and 11º at night and a misfortune or change, Saturday was
to consider setting aside funds each
little warmer during the day. The Vision – the art of seeing the invisible
year to support youth to participate
average temperature in Carnarvon, and Sunday was Service – the aim or
in events like this. I was able to
my home-town, is around 24º in driving force behind great leadership.
promote my town and talk about the
winter and we have the reputation of
Guest speakers offered their region and what we produce. Most of
being the ‘suns winter home’. Buying
thoughts and experiences about the delegates had never heard of
thermal underclothes in a small rural
making a difference by becoming a Carnarvon or the Gascoyne before
North West town is nearly impossible.
leader. Robyn Moore, the voice meeting Jack and I. The skills you
Jack and I borrowed gloves, behind Blinky Bill was personally develop flow on into your school and
beanies, scarves and thermal wear inspirational. Robyn was passionate, wider community and everyone
and set off on our 5000km motivational and funny. benefits. It would be a worthwhile
adventure to Kurrajong. We were
investment in the future of regional
met at Sydney airport by a group Team building was practiced with
Western Australia and its youth.
mentor called Kiwi and boarded a the Rising Generation Olympics
bus to the Blue Mountains and the which were scheduled between the For more information go to
camp venue. tribes on day two. This was a good www.risinggernerations.org.au
8 NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04
from the Wheatbelt
LEARNING TO TRUST AND WORK
TOGETHER AT THE WORKSHOP.
Recently thirty young leaders between 16 and 26 years of being planned for community members who work with
age, came from all over the Wheatbelt to participate in young people to provide them with the skills to be able
two days of leadership training and capacity building. to motivate and develop the young people in their
This was the beginning of the Wheatbelt Youth community as young leaders.
Leadership project, designed to provide young people
The Wheatbelt ACC will also be supporting all workshop
with the skills needed to address youth and community
participants to take on new community responsibilities and
issues and improve Wheatbelt communities for the young
develop, implement and manage their project ideas.
people living in them.
The emphasis is on encouraging young people to get
The workshops provided young leaders with an involved in making a difference, and to learn from their
opportunity to come together, share ideas, build new experiences and actions. The progress of the participants
networks and improve their leadership skills. Over the two will be recorded so that young people right across the
days, a whole variety of skill development sessions were Wheatbelt can be inspired and also learn how they too, can
conducted, including working with community groups, become involved to a greater degree in their communities.
meeting facilitation, building and maintaining networks, A further challenge is to involve more community
public speaking, finding funding, writing grants, planning members as mentors for the young leaders. The role of
a community social event, presentation skills and working mentors will be to provide advice, guidance and support
with Local Governments. – someone the young people can chat to when they
come across an obstacle or need assistance. “We would
“Overall, the message from the workshops was that
like to create a network of mentors with a whole variety
young people have the ability to take responsibility for
of different interests, skills and backgrounds”, said
the future of their communities. There is a huge need
Rebecca. “This will provide young people with the
for young people to take on a greater role in their opportunity to access a great range of knowledge and
communities and be active in working to improve them”, develop support networks across the region.”
commented Rebecca House, the Wheatbelt Youth
Leadership project manager. The motivation, determination and hard working, positive
attitudes of the young people currently involved in the
At the conclusion of the workshops, participants Wheatbelt Youth Leadership project, communicates a
identified projects and ideas they would like to start and strong message that Wheatbelt young people want to
work towards in their communities. A network of stay and be actively involved in their communities. This
community mentors from across the region will support project is empowering young people to achieve this.
the young leaders to implement these ideas and
successfully achieve their goals for their community. For more information contact Rebecca House at
Some of the identified projects included attracting more
The Wheatbelt Youth Leadership project is an initiative of the
entertainment to communities and existing events,
Wheatbelt Area Consultative Committee (ACC) and is funded
encouraging Local Governments to be more active in by the Australian Government Department of Family and
communicating with young people, developing a Ball / Community Services.
Dance for Wheatbelt Emergency Services personnel,
creating new sporting competitions, improving the
leadership skills of existing Youth Advisory Councils and
Rural Youth groups and many others.
“The motivation, determination andthe
hard working, positive attitudes of
These workshops are just the beginning of a continued young people…communicates a
focus in this region on building the capacity of young strong message that Wheatbelt young
people. Leadership workshops for 12-17 year olds will
be conducted through interested schools and existing
people want to stay and be actively
youth groups in February 2005. Workshops are also involved in their communities.
NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04 9
Young Women Leading –
YOUNG INDIGENOUS LEADERS AT THE ARGYLE DIAMONDS CAMP ELDERS PERFORMING SMOKE CEREMONY
Garduwa Youth Sport and principles coaching course “We hope that each year we have
Recreation is the peak indigenous delivered by Department of Sport more leaders wanting to be a part of
sporting industry in the Kimberley and Recreation regional services this great experience, as at the end
and is committed to providing manager Andrea Mitchell. of the day we want to be able to
sporting opportunities to young provide opportunities that all women
“We decided that with the new
people living in remote areas. can grab a hold of so that we have
leadership program we would like
Garduwa also holds youth leadership more female leaders in the future.”
our girls to walk away with
camps throughout the year and one
of the most successful is the Argyle
Diamonds Young Women’s
accreditation’s in different courses
that will benefit them in the future
and give them something they can
“ Girls smileswalking away
on their faces
use back in their communities,” knowing everything was
This year they had 35 participants said Leadership Program
from across the Kimberley, their Coordinator Laylu Yu.
over and that they had
largest number yet. gained something at
“Upon presentation of their
Those who attend the camp over
three years have the opportunity to
certificates, the girls were extremely
pleased,” said Laylu. “Girls were
the end of it.
Garnduwa is also responsible for
complete a nationally accredited walking away with smiles on their
maintaining three main sporting
certificate two in leadership faces knowing everything was over
areas on behalf of their respective
development, with the first certificate and that they had gained
state associations, they are football,
being completed in the first two something at the end of it.”
basketball and athletics, as well as
years and the second certificate
Garduwa chairperson Marmingee support other associations such as
being completed in the third year.
Hand said the camp continued to tennis, netball and softball in
This year four young women be a great success each year. delivery of their programs.
completed their certificates.
“The Argyle Diamond Young Garduwa and these kinds of
While on the camp the girls took Women’s Leadership Camp is one leadership camps play a valuable
part in workshops based around that continues to expand and grow role in young people’s lives,
sport, leadership, health, career for the better and we find that many particularly young women, instilling
opportunities, team building and of our participants mature into great them with knowledge and the
culture. This year they also leaders that eventually come back confidence to excel in all areas
participated in a level one general to help run the program,” she said. of life.
Churchill Fellowship Applications Open
The Churchill Trust is now calling for applications for ability for future achievement in any walk of life. The
the 2005 and close on the last day of February 2005. value of an applicant’s work to the community and the
Fellows spend about eight weeks overseas extent to which it will be enhanced by the applicant’s
investigating topics that will benefit Australia and add proposed project are important criteria.
to Australia’s knowledge base. Merit is the primary test For more information check the website
whether based on past achievements or demonstrated www.churchilltrust.com.au or freecall 1800 777 231
10 NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04
WAT H E R O O
Opportunity for a
By Louise House
I feel extremely privileged to have
been chosen to participate.
LOUISE HOUSE “Isurviving how we do
see rural Australia
ARLP insists that you know yourself
and identify clearly your priorities.
Louise House has been a partner on farms, where Work – life balance, family, our
with her husband Kim in a grain and
sheep farm in the Midwest for the
past 22 years. Many years ago she
everyone is involved.
involved in the Australian Rural
” communities in rural and regional
Australia, the world and how we fit
in. There are lifetimes of challenges
made a conscious decision to learn Leadership Program (ARLP). to be taken up and it pleases me
as much as she could about This was a wonderful opportunity to greatly as I see the tide starting to
agricultural industries, the day to actually acquire some skills and do turn in developing leadership
day running of the farm and the things better as I felt rural areas are opportunities for rural people.
business. In 2002 she was invited in need of effective and educated
to participate in the AWB Managing Leadership does not necessarily
leaders. If we do not help ourselves mean being out the front.
Director’s roundtable which led to and get the message out about our
her acceptance into the Australian Leadership is “thinking
needs and the realities we face, I felt constructively about the group”.
Rural Leadership Program (ARLP)
our future was in jeopardy. I see I like that and it suits my style.
last year. Louise is now half way
rural and regional areas contribute
through the program. I see rural Australia surviving how
so much to the real fabric of life (let
Fear and a sense of responsibility alone economically). The image is so we do on farms, where everyone is
spurred me on to learn more. How poor and our power to influence involved. It doesn’t mean we all do
would I cope with the legacy of a declining. Perhaps there was a place the same things, it means we take
beautiful, exceptionally well run and for me over the next few years. what each of us is good at and
loved farm if something happened to develop from there. We must work
Since becoming involved with ARLP together and do it ourselves, with
my husband Kim. Since then I have
I have been challenged. Travelling strong connections to others in
actively pursued knowledge and
with such an amazing group of positions of influence. A really
understanding, and also been
highly motivated and talented strong, rural Australia will be built
involved in the practical, out-of-
individuals on a national level is an with men, women and youth.
exciting, exhausting and constantly Leadership, broadening of
I have been involved in education, challenging experience. I constantly education , call it what you like,
health, kids sport and the arts in question my opinions, beliefs and is the key and I would encourage
our district over many years in ideas. I learn and absorb ideas, anyone who has a passion and an
varying capacities, with an perspectives and understandings interest to take opportunities
emphasis on communication and from the group as well as those presented to them. Seek
often involved in identifying and presenting to the group. The topics opportunities out and develop your
attempting to implement change. we cover range from strengths in the areas you are
The AWB Managing Director’s multiculturalism to the prison passionate about and in the time
Roundtable brought together a system; economic outlook and that is comfortable with you. You will
diverse group of growers from globalization to the challenges of be amazed at the talent, dedication
around Australia to provide trade in agriculture; to how the and passion you meet!
informed comment from a grower’s Victorian Police Force trains its
perspective. As a result of my leaders, and everything in between. For more information on ARLP
passionate and abiding interest in It is exhaustive, challenging and go to www.rural-leaders.com.au
the grains industry, I became demanding of thought and time. or phone (02) 6281 0680.
NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04 11
FLEUR AT THE STARLIGHT HOTEL, RIVERSIDE
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY GERALDTON GUARDIAN
From Little Things Big Things Grow
– A Riverside Perspective
By Fleur Porter
In 2001 Fleur Porter and her family embarked on a nature-based farm tourism venture with the
idea of promoting sustainable land management on a working property, alongside the fabulous
natural values of the Australian bush and Murchison River.
The Porter family has been on “Riverside” since 1927, but management and values have
changed a lot over four generations and I have been incredibly lucky that my father had the
vision to start protecting the land from the impacts of agriculture and grazing 35-40 years ago.
This has created a place that is not only beautiful to live in, but has been able to sustain our
family economically, and has more recently created an opportunity to diversify into a business
whose ‘product’ is our natural environment.
Once a traditional wheat and sheep farm, the potential for tourism has
probably always existed on our property, but sometimes you are too
close to where you live and work to see how wonderful it might be to
other people. When a family friend saw the potential, our family
grasped the opportunity. We renovated existing accommodation on the
farm and developed nature-based tours that took in the wonders of the
local bush and the rich history of farming and Landcare.
RUSSELL GRIEVE, FLEUR PORTER,
When we began the tourism venture it wasn’t with the aim of financial APRIL (8) AND IMOGEN (1)
gain. We hope that in the medium term (10 years) it sustains itself, but (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE
we have been fortunate in that our farming enterprise has been able to
carry it in the early stages. We no longer have livestock on the farm,
but have continued our broad acre cropping enterprise. “This has createdonly
place that is not
Tourism has produced an additional form of income not totally beautiful to live in,
dependant on the weather (like farming), yet is still an integral part of
our land management systems. It also provides full-time employment
but has been able
for me and part-time work for three other family members –my Dad to sustain our family
(Bob), my Mum (Dawn) and my partner (Russell). economically...
It has made us want to build on what we already have to make a great product we are proud to
market. As well as providing experiences in facets unrelated to farming we have created an
avenue to meet all kinds of people from Australia and the world. At the same time we get to
12 NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04
deliver the message of the importance of caring for our a presentation of live birds of prey by Just Raptors.
natural environment, and have even expanded to run My philosophy is that when someone calls and asks if
educational day visits and camps with an environmental we can do something I always say yes, and the logistics
theme for school and special interest groups. get sorted out afterwards. And to date everything has
always fallen into place!
Our hard work and dedication to local landscapes has
paid off. In the last year we have won a 2003 WA
Environment Award: Small Business Leading by
2. Being passionate – base what you do and how
you do it on your life’s ethics. You will be proud of what
Example and a 2004 Banksia Environmental Award:
you do and will be able to market yourself so much
Environmental Leadership in the Rural Sector. These
more effectively because people sense you are doing
awards have made me realise that we are doing the right
what you believe in.
thing, and this is recognised much further afield.
Although to us, our efforts may seem small in the When we began I found the marketing side of the
scheme of things every little bit contributes to the bigger business very daunting because I had very limited sales
picture of seeking sustainability. experience and am not the ‘sales person’ type. However
the better our product gets, the prouder I am of what we
Starting a small business or doing something a bit
do and I get excited about telling people about it and
different in a regional, rural and remote area can be a
wanting them to experience it too. Many of our visitors
big challenge. Our success has been based on a whole
have commented on our passion for the environment,
realm of factors, but three important ones are:
and it works to encourage and inspire people.
1. Having vision & thinking Big – I’m sure all of 3. Having a strong support network and using
you would have heard the saying ‘From little things big it – for some, like me, it is my family and partner, but
things grow’ – and it’s true. Getting big ideas and getting it also includes other people who work in the tourism
visionary often only need small beginnings and a little bit industry and friends near and far.
of encouragement to develop.
Friends and family can help with emotional support,
From our small beginnings providing self-contained babysitting and encouragement to name a few, and
house accommodation and tours, we have found we can there is also a whole wider support network out there.
just about do anything – it is just a matter of being These people are the ones who drop you emails when
flexible with our arrangements. Our Shearing Shed has you win an award, or get in the local paper, or invite you
evolved into a group function and camping venue and to local forums or events (and usually the ones who ask
some of the events we have hosted in the Shed have you to do presentations and write articles!). Help and
included a variety of school camps, the WA Wine and information is never more than an email or phone call
Food society, who were treated to feast of local produce away and if you use your networks and resources your
and 180 star-gazers for a conference dinner in the business will grow.
Shearing Shed last July, the night before the birth of my
In 2003 I was encouraged to do a submission for
funding from the Regional Tourism Program supported
by AusIndustry for renovations to our Shearing Shed to
improve our group facilities. We were successful in our
grant application and thanks to government assistance
the Shearing Shed now sports the most fantastic two-
tiered deck with ramp access, huge windows and a fire-
pit. I can honestly say that until the deck was finished
I had no idea what a grand addition to our venture it
would be, and all it took was a bit of encouragement
and a couple of days to do the submission and get
supporting documentation. We provide matching funds,
but in the end it is money that we would probably spend
in the future anyway. Spending it now means we got our
project happening sooner. And I must say we have the
flashest Shearing Shed in Ajana (and possibly WA!)
SHEARING SHED WITH RAMP AND DECK So the invitation stands – you should just come and
check it out!
second daughter Imogen. This event started off from an
informal email from a friend asking if we could possibly For more information on Riverside Sanctuary contact
host a BBQ in the Shed for 80-100 people and ended Fleur Porter on (08) 9936 1021 or
up a catered dinner for 180 with interpretive activities email@example.com or check out the website
including a short walking tour, my Dad’s Slide Show and www.riversidesanctuary.com.au
NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04 13
GERRI AND ROSEMARY AT KARRATHA’S FENACLNG FESTIVAL
By Vanessa Dylan
DONATING RAFFLE TO THE KARRATHA SALVATION ARMY
Couples tying the knot have decided afterwards in a really beautiful being undertaken by Australia’s
that Broome far outweighs many of location – either indoors or outdoors.” North West Tourism – our regional
the other destinations available on tourism body,” says Gerri.
the international holiday market, According to Rosemary, couples are
according to thriving local business explore having a wedding that’s a Gerri should know as she used to
Broome Wedding Services. little bit different. “We married a work for that regional tourism body
couple on horse back in 2002 and from 1996 to 1999 and it was here
The company’s success has sky recently had an enquiry about a she first recognised an untapped
rocketed since its inception in 1999 nude wedding!” she said. market. She established Broome
and directors Rosemary McGuigan Wedding Services in 1999 and
and Gerri Ranieri believe the major In 2003, Rosemary and Gerri
organised one wedding in the first
factors are the attraction of barefoot, hosted more than 35 weddings.
year. In January 2001 she was joined
stress free weddings and the This year they expect to double this
by Rosemary who, coincidently, was
beautiful climate that the tropical number. Definitely a growth
working at the KTA at the time of
town offers. The growth in air access business, the weddings market is
being approached by Gerri. She took
into the region has also helped proving lucrative to the local
on a full-time role with Broome
enormously with travel to Broome economy. On average Broome
Weddings in September 2001 and
from Sydney, Melbourne and Weddings estimate they bring
hasn’t looked back.
Adelaide much more attractive with between 20 – 30 guests who stay a
direct flights from all three centres. minimum of three nights. “Actually at the time I was
contemplating simplifying my life
“Many couples getting married these “It is a very unrecognised market,
and withdrawing from the four
days are older and do not place such and one that is rapidly growing. In
voluntary committee positions
a high priority on having the 2004 we are looking at generating
I held. Of course I had to do this
traditional white church wedding,” nearly 3000 bed nights, and that’s
anyway, but I think I jumped in the
says Gerri. “They prefer a casual and only if they stay a minimum of three
deep end when I decided to fully
more intimate wedding where guests nights. It’s becoming more apparent
commit to the burgeoning wedding
can gather on the beach for the that the guests are now choosing to
market,” she said.
ceremony and enjoy a reception stay longer and I think this has a lot
to do with the excellent marketing One year later Bali was bombed and
Broome Weddings started to feel the
Small Business Exporters Network effect of losing one of the world’s
most popular wedding destinations.
If you’re a small business operator who is interested in exporting, now’s
the perfect time to join the Small Business Exporters Network. “Enquiries went through the roof and
it was tragic knowing that we were
An initiative of the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), the benefiting as a result of the terrorist
network was launched in October. It provides free guidance to prepare attack in Bali. However, since then
small business operators for exporting their products or services. we’ve realised that we must have got
it right because two years later as
SBDC managing director, George Etrelezis said exports from regional
Bali is reinventing itself, our business
Western Australia are particularly important because they generate local
is still growing,” said Gerri.
jobs, stimulate the economy and add to the social fabric of the community.
One of the most popular features of the network is an interactive online This year, Rosemary and Gerri
completed their busiest week yet
forum. It provides a focal point for discussion and generates a culture of peer
with four weddings in five days.
support, regardless of where businesses are located throughout the State.
This saw them rushing between
Join the Small Business Exporters Network at www.exporters.sbdc.com.au Riddell Beach and Cable Beach
The SBDC is funded by the West Australian Government to deliver small business guidance making sure brides were happy,
throughout the State. It is complemented by a network of 35 Business Enterprise Centres located celebrants were on time and the
across the State.
grooms turned up!
14 NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04
A Fascinating Journey Jessie
By Viti Simmons
Viti Simmons and her husband have Street
spent the last 18 months travelling
around Australia and New Zealand.
During their travels Viti has interviewed
women in small business in RRR areas.
She has established a website which
profiles and links women in small
business. In January 2005, Viti and
Who We Are
Paul return to the South West. Viti shares snippets of the
The Library was established in 1989 and named in
Western Australian leg of their travels.
honour of Jessie Street, who campaigned throughout her
life for rights for women. As a specialist library, it
17 July 2003
contains material about women and women’s issues, and
In the vehicle, caravan in tow, big sigh, let’s go! Paul turns
is a valuable educational resource run by a group of
the key and guess what, a flat battery. First lesson learnt.
“Drove out from Lot 122, Yallingup at 3.30 pm, tired,
eager to go. What a Herculean effort to pull this off.” First
stop was Boyup Brook. This was all we could manage.
What We Hold
Second lesson was “…we arrived in the dark and parked The Research Collection contains both fiction, which
on uneven ground.” Third lesson was that “…we would concentrates on Australian women writers, and non-
need to laugh when it all comes tumbling down.” fiction. The collection is held in perpetuity for the use of
present and future generations. The public may borrow
The interconnectedness that prevailed throughout our other items through the interlibrary loan service. Items in
travels in Western Australia never ceased to amaze me. the Loan Collection may be borrowed by members.
However, having spent the last thirty years in regional Conditions apply.
North West and South West Regions of Western
Australia provided some understanding of such. What We Can Do for You
Nevertheless, it was the regularity, to which it occurred,
We are particularly anxious to provide a service to
that amazed me. The following example highlights such
members who live in remote areas, whose access to
women’s material is limited. The archivist will also search
I walked into the Fitzroy Crossing Tourist Information archival material for relevant information for you. There is
Centre and spotted material promoting a local Aboriginal a fee for these services.
woman artist, named Raelene Mirindoo. Once I gained
information from a staff member on the appropriate way What You Can Do for Us
to meet with this woman, I then drove out to the Bayulu Write Women’s Stories
Community where Raelene lived. Following our meeting We are encouraging women to write their own stories, or
I was then introduced to her husband Stanley. On my those of their mothers or grandmothers and send them
return I mentioned to Paul that I had also met her as contributions to our Tapestry project. The stories of
husband who it seems was the same local tracker who the lives and activities of ordinary Australian women form
Paul had met when he had participated in the a valuable social document.
‘Adventurewest’ Management Course in 1993. The next
day we headed back out to the community and spent an Deposit Material with our Archives
enjoyable afternoon reminiscing. The following day Women’s letters, diaries, journals etc are welcome
Stanley obtained permission to take us into an area additions to our archives. This material is valuable and
called Kelly’s Pass. What a privilege this was! We should be preserved and indexed as a resource. Without
departed Fitzroy Crossing warmed by yet another our documents, we lose our history.
interconnectedness on this journey.
Become a Member
The opportunity to view areas of Australia and New The Library has no government or other funding and
Zealand through the lens of women in small business relies on membership subscriptions, donations and
has been a joy. To celebrate this I have released an special functions to meet running costs.
independent music CD. This original instrumental
background music is wrapped around voiceovers from Jessie Street National Women’s Library,
seven of the women who are profiled on the website. GPO Box 2656, Sydney, NSW 2001
They talk about ‘…what motivates and sustains me Tel: (02) 9265 9486 Fax: (02) 9265 9646
as a woman in small business…’ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is available at www.fascinatingjourney.com.au
NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04 15
The Cape Le
By Vanessa Malcolm
Over the past 18 months, Tricia Lord and myself had been discussing the various things that we would like to see
happen in our area. One of the ideas that came out of this was a Women’s Farm Study tour for the local ladies to see
what other people were doing with their businesses and lives elsewhere. So since no-one else in the area was doing it,
we thought why not, let’s give it a go!
We decided to head south and see We visited many different types
what farming and other businesses of industries including; art
were doing in the Albany and galleries, a bed and breakfast,
Esperance region. To begin with, we wildflower enterprises, wineries,
were uncertain about the level of family run restaurants, texel
interest within the community. So in
sheep, raised beds, water
early 2004, we started planning and
management, marron and trout,
advertising in the local and
surrounding areas for some feedback jojoba, open gardens, value
adding using olives, VISITING A JOJOBA PLANTATION IN WAGIN
on interest. We found that word of
mouth travels the fastest; we even passionfruit, avocado, berries, a back to the group. This proved to be
had people from out of the area vegetable farm growing asparagus challenging to some people,
interested in joining us on the tour. and berries and fish leather. however, everyone performed very
Twenty two people came to our first well and gained a lot from the
meeting encouraging us with their We were given a tour of the
experience. The reports that were
interest and willingness to participate. Esperance CBH port facilities and
written were compiled at the end of
the grain drying facilities. All the
Finding a date and determining the the trip and given to the ladies and
people we spoke to were
length of the tour were the next our sponsors. We also had a variety
passionate, enthusiastic and loved
challenges. We had originally thought of guest speakers come and share
what they did, which showed
that September would be a great their experiences with us.
through the way they worked their
month but found we had to dodge
events like weddings, footy grand business and produce. The amazing thing that we as
finals and field days which all had organisers picked up was how
The highlight of the trip was in willing people were to share their
the potential to affect our numbers.
Esperance, where we were joined experiences with other people; all
Eventually we decided that we
by a group of 23 ladies from the you had to do was ask. We also
needed 6 nights and 7 days to cover
the south coast. Our final thirty three surrounding areas who had travelled realised that when you are dealing
participants came from various up to three hours just to be with us. with such a large number of people,
districts around the wheatbelt, Thanks especially to Natalie planning is essential, however, as
including; Dowerin, Goomalling, Bowman for organising this leg of we all know things don’t always go
Wongan Ballidu, Calingiri, Northam, the trip. according to plan so the need to be
Koorda and Doodlakine. flexible on a trip like this was also
Not only did the ladies come home
So on the 13th September, our very important. The other thing to
with lots of innovative ideas,
group met in Goomalling to begin keep in mind are your obligations
enthusiasm and hopefully the energy
their great adventure down south. towards your sponsors. We received
to begin a new enterprise, the tour
The tour brought together women in fantastic support from our sponsors
helped to build personal skills not
their late 20's to early 70's from for which we are very grateful.
only of the social kind! The ladies
diverse backgrounds. We wanted to
found out about themselves as well Finally the most important thing
bring people together to look at
as others on the trip. A few people when it comes to organising a tour
various businesses and hoped that
the ladies would bring home some were definitely pushed out of their such as this is to have fun and don’t
ideas that could be implemented on comfort zones as at all of the sites be too serious. Believe in yourself,
a local level. visited everyone took turns to report if we can do it so can you!
16 NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04
Work for Us Info Online
By Deborah Rice www.parentingideas.com.au
Latest information and ideas about
The use of technology can sometimes sound ‘scary’ but when it is used to
parenting including books, tip
achieve a purpose we often forget the ‘tools’ and just concentrate on the
purpose. The biggest hurdles include overcoming our fear of the unknown and sheets, pictures and other
not wanting to look stupid making it easy to miss out on opportunities. innovative resources and a free
This year the Adult Learners’ Week committee worked with the Telecentre online parenting course
Network to push some boundaries and create learning opportunities that
captured people’s interest.
A national 24-hour family
relationships counselling service to
me wanting to manage relationships
with partners, ex-partners and
children, especially following divorce
Australian government website
providing information on teenagers
The themes for Adult Learners’ around us. We all have skills in
Week 2004 were “Sharing between something, and sharing these with Provides relationship advice and
the Generations” and Reaching Out others is a rewarding experience. counselling
to the Regions”. An online chat Gail lives her life by challenging
session with Gail Short ensured that herself to a make a difference, and
people, no matter where they lived, encourages others to take on this Australian government website for
could access this conversation. The philosophy as sometimes it just women including information on
chat was hosted on the RRR takes a smile or word of training and education
Network website, the guest speaker encouragement to make a opportunities, grants and services to
was in Perth, the moderator in difference to someone else.
rural, remote and regional women
Denmark, and contributors came
Along the theme of making a
from across the State ranging from www.charlotteswebdirectory.com
difference, Gail spoke of
Kununurra to Bremer Bay. A new online directory listing a small
Telecentres in developing countries
and the opportunity for Western collection of websites from the book,
“Gail’s message was to
always embrace learning
Australian Telecentres to provide
support by sharing ideas, templates
at no cost, each month
and information. This idea was
opportunities whatever they embraced by some centres that will
Self-assessment tool available for
may be, as life long learning discuss it with their community and people considering farm tourism,
home stays, bed and breakfasts or
keeps us involved and work on progressing it further.
other types of rural tourism
interested in what is Technology allows regional people
happening around us.
” to link into information and
activities, reducing the barrier of
distance that we all experience.
Help keep lifeline on the line by
Telecentres in regional areas making a donation to the Lifeline
provided assisted access for It is a matter of us learning what is National Appeal. Lifeline provides
community members to take part in available and having the courage to telephone counselling service to
this activity. try it – and then try it again, so we anyone, anywhere, any time, giving
truly live by the principles of life rural Australians the chance to talk
Gail’s message was to always long learning. about personal, relationship and
embrace learning opportunities
whatever they may be, as life long More information on the family issues
learning keeps us involved and Telecentre Network go to
interested in what is happening www.telecentres.wa.gov.au
NETWORK NEWS SUMMER 04 17
The Country Styled Lady
by Angela Byron
We all know her; the Country Styled Lady.
She of the gardening clogs and apron,
She of the rose arbour and effortless herbs.
She knows no jangled piles of dirty boots & bits,
No muddy dog marks & flies by her door.
The Country Styled Lady cooks;
Rack of Lamb in Red Wine Jus,
Poached Pears with Pomegranate Parfait, Lazy Colleen
Fresh Goat Cheese Souffle’ By Wendy Newman
She knows no freezer bulging with last weeks beast, “Lazy Colleen” is not the sort of title
No UHT & powdered for her. that would jump off the shelf at me.
I have a thing about books that
The Country Styled Lady wears white;
portray females in a negative way.
P.O.A linen shirts, dainty pink mules, This is one time, however to
A symphony of shabby chic for her lounge. remember not to judge a book by
it’s cover – or it’s title!
Never worn out blue denim, calf milk splattered shirt,
Subtitled an Australian Story, and
Milk arrowroot biscuits, inground.
written by York writer Helen
The Country Styled Lady reads, Elizabeth Turton, Lazy Colleen
At her leisure, sipping tea out of Doulton captures the personalities of a range
of farm dogs familiar to us all – Ky-
……………. I’d finish this poem but I have to go and move some imba the kelpie, Mac Truck the bull
sheep & feed calves before I meet the school bus and check on the terrier and Jack Russell (!!) seek
bloke digging the dam, oh, and remind me to fax the accountant and help from a wise old Labrador to
wool bloke and make sure there’s firewood and ingredients for solve Colleen’s perceived lack of
tomorrows smoko. interest in ‘proper’ farm activity.
Love Kevin Griffiths illustrations capture
The Country Lady these personalities beautifully.
It’s a cute kids story, and although
the rhyming couplets jar in a couple
of places, making it difficult to read
Letters to the Editor
I am taking a session of a TAFE course in the way it should be read for little
with a NOW group in Geraldton and one’s, it’s a great book to put on the
used your magazine as an example of Christmas list. It is $10 per copy
what other RRR women are doing in WA. plus postage or $8 plus postage for
Thank you for the effort you put into this any school wishing to purchase it.
magazine. As I’ve said before I read it
from cover to cover. I always feel Draw Your Dog
encouraged by the creativity and RRR has been kindly given a copy
resourcefulness of women in our large of Lazy Colleen by Helen Elizabeth
isolated state. Turton to give away. If you are under
eight and would like to win a copy
Keep up the good work. we are asking for you to send in a
Roma Parker drawing of your dog by the 14th
Mingenew January 2005 to:
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MIDNIGHT FAIRIES READY FOR A SWIM. PARTICIPATING THROUGH THE NIGHT AND DAY
A cup of coffee and a bright idea
By Norma Sutherland
It is amazing what a simple of our own community would need. willingly give up their time to help
discussion over a cup of coffee can us hold the event. Now that
The date was set for the inaugural
produce. Just over eight years ago I Crawford Lodge has been built the
Midwest Toyota SwimThru Cancer
was owner operator of the Cancer Council shares the proceeds
for the last weekend of the season,
refreshment kiosk at Geraldton with the Geraldton Palliative Care
which happened to be mid April.
Aquatic Centre. During a quiet Service. We have also taken
Sure it was going to be a little chilly
period at the beginning of the new advantage of having a captive
but the discomfort the swimmers
summer season the pool manager, audience to promote several lifestyle
Colin Hassell, and I were chatting would experience would be nothing
messages such as eating more fruit
over a cup of coffee and wondered compared to that which cancer
and veg, quit smoking, regular
what we could do to mark the patients have to endure. It would be
physical activity and family values.
twenty fifth anniversary of the pool a reminder to us all just how
We encourage families to register by
opening. By the time the coffee important it is to consider others
giving them a discounted rate.
was finished, we had decided to less fortunate than ourselves in our
The credibility of the event has been
hold a twenty-five hour fun relay journey through life, and who
enhanced by the participation and
swimming event. Eavesdroppers knows, it could even be one of us
promotion by many of the city’s
thought we were quite mad! some day.
doctors and medical specialists.
We kept it simple. Eight lanes for The Community has taken
We were going to make a
commitment to a high profile
eight teams of as many people as
possible. We charged a nominal
ownership of the event and look
forward to it each year.
participation and encouraged
charity for something that people to bring tents and stay
To date we have raised over
$50,000 and have swum the
many members of our own overnight by providing meal. It all distance from Geraldton very nearly
community would need.
” went extremely well. The City of
Geraldton willingly supported us,
local businesses donated food and
to Cairns. Every item of
refreshment, stationery, postage,
Undaunted by knockers we were equipment etc has been donated
immediately enthused by the drinks and Midwest Toyota tipped in since that first event so that every
possibilities and very early on we cash for the naming rights. cent raised has been donated to the
decided that, as it was a birthday, cause. Not bad for what initially was
At the end of the twenty-five hours we
we should give a gift to some a bit of a frivolous whim by two not
were exhausted but very happy with
charitable organization. It so young life loving people. A little
our achievement so much so that we
happened that at that time the imagination and a lot of dedication
started planning for the next one.
Cancer Council WA was raising and enthusiasm have brought many
funds to build a ‘home away from We have come a long way since that in our community together for a very
home’ for country based cancer first event seven years ago. The worthwhile cause.
patients who had to go to Perth for Swimthru has become an annual
treatment. Suddenly, our event event which we have improved and
transformed from a frivolous idea to fine tuned each year since. We still
a very important challenge for us. provide meals and entertainment,
We were going to make a and many people get into the spirit
commitment to a high profile charity and dress up in a team theme and
for something that many members we now have many volunteers who
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A mother’s story
By Helen Radcliffe
Helen Radcliffe first became involved with SIDS in December 1983 when her second son Shane
died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, when little was known about SIDS or cot death as it
was commonly referred to back then. Twenty years later Helen is still involved with SIDS as
Brendan was born because 2001 we lost another two babies at
although we knew it wouldn’t save 9 weeks. I don’t know how I would
his life it would allow us to sleep. have coped without the support I
I became a parent support person received from SIDS. After many
two years later. tests to find out why I kept losing
our babies it was found I have a
In 1988 we moved to WA from
blood disorder so
Sydney and I
decided to have a
break. SIDS had
“ Living in Mandurah
there wasn’t a
with treatment I
again fell pregnant.
I don’t think I have
consumed my life
for five years and I
support group so ever been so scared
HELEN AND HER FAMILY AT as I was during my
TALEIGHA'S BAPTISM needed a rest. We when a friend who
pregnancy. The only
Shane’s twin Danielle had been had a little girl in lost her baby around people to really
stillborn and we had felt lucky that November 1992 the same time and understand were
at least we still had one of them. and were able to
I decided to start a other mums who
When we found Shane that morning hire a monitor from
my husband Glen and I were in SIDS but she had a
coffee morning at my had been there.
On 26th April 2003,
shock. Things were very different breathing problem house and combine arriving 5 weeks
back then. I wasn’t allowed to hold
Shane because the ambulance
officers were required to take the
so we required a
bigger monitor from
SIDS and SANDS.
PMH. Then in January 1997 our
” early, Taleigha was
born healthy and is
now 14 months old.
baby to the hospital to be declared next baby Jayden was stillborn. We
dead as soon as possible. It was knew from previous experience to There have been so many changes
while the ambulance officers were get help straight away so contacted in the last 20 years. Since then, Red
working on Shane that the Police SANDS and went to a meeting the Nose Day has given SIDS a higher
Sergeant rang for someone from following week. When I fell pregnant profile so more people know about it
SIDS. The SIDS helper arrived just a couple of months later, again SIDS and the Safe Sleeping campaign has
as the ambulance was leaving. It were there to offer support. reduced the incidence of SIDS to
was good that she arrived so quickly around 1 in 2000 from 2 per 100
because although she could not tell Living in Mandurah there wasn’t a births. The way in which families
us why Shane died she was able to support group so when a friend who and their babies are cared for when
reassure us it was not our fault. lost her baby around the same time they lose a child is mainly due to the
and I decided to start a coffee work of volunteers over the years
I didn’t become involved with SIDS morning at my house and combine pushing for changes and listening to
until I fell apart when my neighbor’s SIDS and SANDS. One day I was what the parents need.
baby died a few months later. My
asked by our community midwife to
neighbor Debbie and I started going In Mandurah we have coffee
go with her to visit a grieving mum mornings each month and offer
to coffee mornings which were a
and once again I was back doing support when needed. I also give safe
great help and the support I got
parent support. sleeping talks to community groups
from other mums was invaluable
when I fell pregnant with our In February 1999 we lost our son when asked. I enjoy doing these talks
subsequent child. We decided to Joshua at 18 weeks then in as it spreads the word and hopefully
hire a monitor from SIDS after September 2000 and in March reduces the incidence of SIDS.
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SIDS and Safe Sleeping
• Sleep baby with head uncovered • Leaving an infant alone on an
• Cigarette smoking is bad for adult bed may be unsafe, as the
babies, therefore maintain a baby can be caught under adult
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome smoke-free environment before bedding or pillows, trapped
(SIDS) or Cot Death as it has been and after birth. between the wall and the
called in the past has been a concern Co-sleeping, or sharing a bed with mattress, fall out of bed, or be
for new parents and health care an infant has not been found to rolled on.
workers for many years. The cause of increase the risk of SIDS if the
Bedsharing does not appear to
SIDS is still not known, and parents are not smokers, and if the
increase the risk of SIDS for any of
therefore, no-one is to be blame sleeping environment is safe. SIDS
the following groups:
when a baby dies in this way. and Kids does not have a
1. When baby is in bed to feed and
recommendation against co-
SIDS most commonly occurs in cuddle and then put back in to
sleeping. However, there are some
infants between the ages of one the cot.
dangerous sleeping environments.
month and one year, and peaks In these situations the safe 2. When the baby is older than
around the age of two months. It is alternative is to sleep baby in a cot 4 months.
more likely to happen to boys (60%) next to the parents’ bed: 3. If parents are non-smokers.
than girls (40%). Even though the • There is a fifty times increased of
cause of SIDS has still not been For more information contact
risk of Sudden Infant Death if an SIDS and Kids Western Australia
found, research has found some adult sleeps with an infant on a
important ways to reduce the risk of on (08) 9474 3417 or go to
couch or sofa.
SIDS and create a safe sleeping www.sidsandkids.org
• It is dangerous for a parent who
environment for babies and young has taken drugs, alcohol or
children: sedating medication that causes
• Put baby on the back to sleep, them to sleep heavily to take
from birth baby to bed with them.
The Secrets of Good Sleepers
By Caroline Radford RN, RM, CHN, B Nsg
Having sleepless nights for weeks, months and faster and some parents find keeping their eyes closed
sometimes years can be devastating. Approximately even reduces the number of night feeds.
45-55% of Australian babies are still waking through
Another helpful strategy is to develop a night and day
the night in the second year of life. With sleepless
rhythm for sleep by settling your child to sleep in a
families in mind “The Secrets of Good Sleepers” has
dimmed (but not dark) place through the day and
been written, by the staff of Ngala, as a guide for
keeping the environment dark in their sleeping place at
parents to help improve sleep for children aged
night. The trick at night is to avoid artificial, especially
overhead lights. If you need some lighting near your
The “Secrets of Good Sleepers” provides information baby/child at night, try a toilet or hallway light and keep
about how children sleep, why sleep problems occur the room they are asleep in as dark as possible.
and how to make gentle changes to help improve
The “Secrets of Good Sleepers” is available for sale
sleep for families. Information in the “The Secrets of
from Ngala at $16.50 plus postage. For more
Good Sleepers” helps parents to understand how their
information visit our website www.ngala.com.au or
child communicates through crying, how to recognise
ring (08) 9368 9370.
tired signs and tired crying and respond appropriately.
Tips and strategies through the book are designed to
be user friendly! For example, keeping your eyes closed
through those night feeds helps to reduce stimulation
to your child. This will help your child to return to sleep
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MIRI AND ROBBIE
Heart and Seoul
– An Adoption Story
By Katie Stewart
In October 1999, I did something
I had never in my wildest dreams
thought that I would do. With my
husband Peter and six-year-old son
Michael, I boarded a plane bound
for South Korea. I did so with
great excitement, for it was there
that we would finally meet our
second son, aged six months. Four
years later I would do the same
again to bring home a four-month-
Peter and I always wanted children. After years of
frustration we were blessed with Michael. After three
more years, however, it was obvious that there would be
no more and in 1997 we began to look into adoption.
Adoption is not for the faint-hearted. With the obvious
need to ensure that couples who want to adopt are
committed and capable, the adoption process is set up
like a series of hurdles over which applicants must jump. was to our advantage as Head Office hired a private
For those in the country some of these hurdles seem just assessor to drive from Perth for the regulation number
that little bit higher due to distance and isolation. of visits. However, the timing of both these
Before we could apply to adopt we had to undergo a assessments was definitely scheduled by those with no
series of education seminars. To make it fair, idea of country timetables, the first falling in the middle
attendance at these for applicants from the country is of harvest, the second just as the first rains started.
not compulsory. Instead the information can be sent by After what seemed a lifetime the wonderful day of
mail or a teleconference can be set up. Living in allocation finally arrived. This was when living in the
Northam, only 100 km from the Perth, we decided to country really became a hassle. There in Head Office a
attend anyway and we were glad we had. It gave us an social worker was holding a photo of our child. Here
insight into how many others had been through the was I shaking on the end of the phone wishing I could
same heartache as us. It also allowed us to make new somehow just reach out and take it. Instead I had to
friends and to learn about the support groups available wait until at least the next day. In the meantime I had
to those adopting, namely Adoption Support for to make sure that we had gathered up all the
Families and Children (ASFC) and Adoptions documentation we needed, written a letter of
International WA. Both of these groups are run by acceptance and generally calmed down, so that I
volunteers and have members who support each other would only need to make one trip to Perth.
throughout the state. Without this support we would
probably not have made it through. No amount of organisation, however, could stop our
son’s immigration papers going missing somewhere
After the education seminars came the assessment. between Perth and Canberra meaning another trip to
For our first adoption we were lucky that a qualified Perth to resubmit them. I am glad to say that the rules
social worker had been seconded to the Northam have now changed so that this can no longer happen,
office at just the right time. When we wanted to be and a lot of the paperwork is now available over the
assessed for a second adoption, however, cost cutting Internet so that it can be filled out earlier. Our daughter’s
had left the office understaffed and adoption was a adoption, four years later, was a lot less stressful.
very low priority. Again living only 100 km from Perth
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KATIE WALKING WITH ROBBIE AND MICHAEL KATIE, ROBBIE AND MICHAEL MEETING MIRI
THROUGH ITAEWON MARKETS SEOUL FOR THE FIRST TIME
“Ifriends Iknowsafelymorethat hisKorea than most
other five-year-olds, simply because Robbie has
told them everything he knows for ‘news’.
We had chosen to adopt from South Korea because we Maybe the biggest drawback to adopting in the country
wanted to adopt a child as young as possible. The South is the difficulty in maintaining any cultural continuity.
Korean programme not only involves children under 12 Although Northam has a growing Asian population,
months but they also foster all their babies so that they I have not, as yet, met any who are Korean. Of course
have been given the best possible love and care before there are always videos, computer programmes and the
adoption. Both our children came to us well nourished Internet, but none of these are as good as learning
and well loved. about Korean culture and customs first hand. I would
like us all to be able to learn Korean so that when we go
Before we adopted our daughter Miri, I read a book in
back for another visit we can communicate a little.
which it was claimed that people in the country should
I would like to learn to cook Korean dishes. I would love
not be allowed to adopt overseas as racism was too
for Robbie and Miri to learn Tae Kwon Do or Korean
much of an issue in rural areas. Obviously I didn’t agree
Dancing. All these things will involve trips to Perth,
with this or we would not have adopted again.
which will have to wait until they are both older.
Introducing Asian children into our mainly Caucasian
country town has, of course, not gone unnoticed. People Building our family has been quite an adventure, an
have been fascinated by these beautiful children and adventure that continues every day. I enjoy watching my
are not shy about asking sometimes-awkward questions three beautiful children grow and as far as I am
about their backgrounds. We have learned to give a concerned there is no better place for them to do that
short, polite answer then change the subject. But, apart than in the country.
from a few thoughtless remarks based on stereotypes,
For further information on adoption:
race has not been a major issue.
Department of Community Development
As an acquaintance who grew up with her two Korean ph. (08)9222 2555 or 1800 622258 (freecall)
sisters in a small country town pointed out to me, racism www.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au
stems from fear of the unknown. In the country
everybody knows everybody, so there is very little that is Adoption Support for Families & Children
unknown. Robbie is very proud of where he comes ph. (08)9381 2221
from, especially since our trip back to Korea last year to www.asfc.com.info
pick up his little sister. I think I can safely say that his
pre-primary friends know a lot more about Korea than Adoptions International WA
most other five-year-olds, simply because Robbie has ph. (08)9328 2555
told them everything he knows for ‘news’. This pride will, www.adoptioniwau.org
I hope, help him to counter any racist remarks or
behaviour he may encounter in the future.
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