Tuesday 2nd June 2009

 Foundations for Young Australians is now in the final month of its search for
              the 2009 Young Social Pioneers of Australia.

If you’re an aspiring young leader, who is up to something great, let us know
about your work. You could gain a place on our one year program, which
offers an environment to further develop your skills and learning. You’ll have
access to professional mentors, training, and networks, plus an exciting
opportunity to gain recognition for your valuable work.

                     Applications open until 26 June 2009.

    • 18-29 years old
    • Actively working on an idea for a minimum of six months
    • Availability for finalist weekend 25-26 July 2009 and the first retreat
         27 August - 4 September 2009

Areas of work
   • Education
   • Environment
   • Health
   • Human rights
   • Performing and visual arts
   • Politics
   • Science & technology
   • Social justice
   • Wellbeing

For further information and to download an application form visit


Join this workshop and create your own piece of Street Art with Artist in Residence Shahran Jackey.
Date:           Saturday 6th June
Time:           10am - 3pm
Age:            12 to 25
Cost:           $30
Bookings:       9841 9260
Payment Due: Friday 5th June
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                                        Youthbeyondblue, the youth arm of beyondblue, are pleased to
                                        announce the creation of a new set of resources for youth.

                                        The resources deal with issues people may experience as part of
                                        growing up, use plain English and don’t sugar-coat the issues. Topics
                                        include depression and anxiety disorders, suicide prevention, dealing
                                        with grief, family break-ups and tips on healthy eating and coping with

Youthbeyondblue have put this info together by drawing on years of research and advice from mental health
professionals. beyondblue’s CEO, Leonie Young, said that, "When people are going through a hard time, it
can be daunting taking the first step to get help. We hope that these resources will help reduce the stigma
attached to some of these issues.

Remember to look for the signs of depression and anxiety in your mates, talk about what’s going on, listen to
what they’re saying and if you think you need to, go and seek help together.”
Download the information sheets at Youthbeyondblue or call: 1300 22 46 36.

The search is on for the first time this year in your
community, we need your help to seek out and applaud the
successes of your Rural & Outback achievers. We are
interested in any organisations or people in town you believe
should be nominated in this year’s Australian Rural &
Outback Awards. We have 5 categories we will be
recognising people through:

1. Business, Employment & Training – this category will
   recognise Businesses contributing to training and
   development of staff and businesses creating job opportunities in regional communities.

2. Farm Biosecurity – this category will recognise a farmer or business achieving in the areas of on-farm
   biosecurity management. Contributing to ensure protection and sustainability in the Agricultural Industry.

3. Agricultural & Rural Development – will recognise an organisation or business playing a vital role either
   socially, economically or environmentally and providing a positive contribution to Australia’s agriculture and
   rural sector

4. Health & Community Service – will recognise your unsung heroes, volunteers, community organisations,
   health care workers, carers or a person working within the community service arena.

5. Youth Leadership – will recognise individual young people or a group working with young people between
   the ages of 12 – 27 years of age. It will recognise leadership, mentoring and range of opportunities being
   providing to young people.

Nominees will have the chance to win a $2,000 cheque and a magnificent hand crafted glass trophy,
supported by Traditional Credit Union. Nominations don’t close until Friday 10 July 2009.

If you have anyone in mind, please email their details to me, and I will arrange for them to be contacted and
explained how they can be nominated in this years Awards.

Teesha Cupples
Awards Director - Awards Australia
The Australian Rural & Outback Awards
Ph: 1300 735 445
Fx: 02 9643 1733

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Purchase your new 2009/2010 Entertainment Book now… it is the best Book ever. We are raising funds by
selling the 2009 /2010 Entertainment Book. Selling for $65, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the
Entertainment Books will help fund our Autism Solutions Incorporated fundraising.
Entertainment Books contain hundreds of 25-50% off and two-for-one offers from popular restaurants,
cinemas, hotels, the arts, and sporting events. There truly is something for everyone with high value offers
from Coles, Avis, Warner Bros. Movie World, Crown Towers, Hamilton Island, Perth Zoo, Zafferanos,
Tradewinds, Pizza Bella Roma, The Red Herring, Left Bank and many more.

There is an exciting section in the Book called “Health and Beauty”. So, when you purchase your new Book,
you will receive exclusive offers for fragrances and cosmetics from Ralph Lauren, Clarins, Calvin Klein and
over 250 other leading brands, offers to pamper yourself with from leading spas and health retreats, fashion
magazines and more.

Another exciting benefit is Entertainment’s hotel accommodation booking service, My Bookings. When you
purchase your Book, this year you will also receive exclusive access to My Bookings where you will be able
to compare rates and book the best accommodation rates on line. With great rates not available to the
general public, you will want to make sure to get your new Book before your next getaway.

Order your new Entertainment™ Book now as they are sure to sell out quickly. To reserve your copy of the
Entertainment Book, email your order to me as soon as possible, to avoid
disappointment. Please share with your family, friends and work colleagues.

The statewide regional search has begun for individuals,
businesses, environmental groups, leaders, Local Government
best practice initiatives and community groups that are making a
difference in regional and rural Western Australia through their
hard work, dedication and innovation.

We invite you to nominate, or alternatively nominate someone you
know that deserves recognition for their commitment and community contribution. A nomination form and
criteria are attached for your convenience.

Nominations are now open in the following categories:
   • Australia Post Community of the Year Award
   • Department of Local Government and Regional Development Local Government Best
      Practice Award
   • Landcorp Sustainability Award
   • Curtin University of Technology Regional Service Award
   • RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
   • Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
   • CSBP Environment Award
   • Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award
   • Water Corporation Water Conservation Award

Great prizes are on offer including a share in $18,000 in Bank Accounts from the Commonwealth Bank.

Nominations close Wednesday 5th August 2009 and winners will be announced at a Gala Awards
Presentation Dinner held on Friday evening 23rd October 2009 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

Please help us along with WIN Television, Farm Weekly and RadioWest Network to promote these important
awards. We would be delighted if you would consider nominating or nominate someone and forwarding this
email on to your contacts/clients/members.

For more information or if you have any questions please call the Awards office on 9201 1155 email: or via

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Applications are now open for the Vancouver Arts Centre's SPRUNG Young Writers' Awards, with 3 awards
                              up for grabs - closing Friday 21 August @5pm.

            Dianne Wolfer AWARD (Primary) - Students in years 5-7, short story 750 word limit.
          Warren Flynn AWARD (Secondary) - Students in years 8-10, short story 1200 word limit.
        Barbara Temperton Poetry AWARD (Secondary) Students in years 9-12, poetry 30 lines limit.

Competition Prizes include a $100 book voucher and a Mentoring session with a Sprung author. Transfer
your creative juices into original narratives and pick up an entry form today from our sponsors The Singing
Tree ABC Centre, Angus & Robertson, Dymocks, the Vancouver Arts Centre and the Albany Public Library.

SPRUNG 17 - 20 September 2009 - This, the 10th anniversary of SPRUNG has been expanded to a four
day festival for lovers of books, writing, words, ideas, contemplation and laughter. The Festival Program has
Australia's most celebrated living writer David Malouf as our guest. He is joined by Anita Heiss, Shelley
Gare, Antonio Buti, Maggie Beer, Mary Rachael Brown, Scott Gardner, Norman Jorgenson and others.

After receiving over $10,000 from the Department of Culture and the Arts toward Recipe for Jam the stage is
now set for an October Jam featuring the founding member of Midnight Oil, Rob Hirst.

Rob Hirst is a drummer, songwriter and founding member of Midnight Oil. He also plays with blues band The
Backsliders, rock band The Ghostwriters and surf/punk trio The Angry Tradesmen. Rob wrote Willie's Bar &
Grill (Picador) about Midnight Oil's post September 11 North American tour, and has been a contributor to
The Bulletin and Rolling Stone. He lives in Sydney.

'I'm very much looking forward to meeting some of Albany's finest singers, songwriters and musicians at the
2009 Recipe for Jam. It should be a most productive week.'

Recipe For Jam is a 7-day Music Professional Development Program for 15-35 year old emerging musicians
delivered through an intensive workshop program. It forms part of the VAC's overall Music Professional
Development Program and is for 12 to 15 selected (via auditions) local musicians. This year several sessions
will also be open to the wider community - so stay tuned.

This year's Jam is from Mon 5th to Sun 11th October. Auditions will happen in September. Get in early and
register your interest now on 9841 9260.

I've launched a free online community for young professionals aged 18 - 35 called the yGen club. You can
find it at The yGen club is the newest, most innovative place for dynamic young leaders to
learn, network, share and make a difference. It's targeted at young people with an interest in developing
their own career and leadership capacity as well as making a difference in their
local/state/national/international community.

As a member of the community, you get access to a range of ebooks, videos, articles as well as a forum and
the blog posts from experts around Australia and New Zealand. You will also be put on the yGen club
fortnightly newsletter list. The yGen club community is like most things - the more you get active and
involved, the more you will get out of it.

Could you please pass this on to your youth leadership program participants, dynamic young professionals
and business owners, youth award winners and anyone else that fits this description! Membership is free and
you can sign up at, Alicia

Alicia Curtis
Alicia Curtis Leadership
Tele: +61 08 9313 2880 Mob: 0413 565 338 Web:
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Things are not always what they seem.

Body Image is the number one concern of young Australians.
   • Disordered Eating is affecting 1 in five of Australian teenage girls.
   • Eating Disorders are affecting one in seven Australian women.
   • 1 in 4 children with eating disorders are boys
   • 1 in 10 people with eating disorders are men.
   • People from regional areas are experiencing eating disorders in high numbers.
   • Many people with body image and eating disorders do not access help, but help is available!

This public forum will be presented by members of the Princess Margaret Hospital Eating Disorders Program
who will be in the Great Southern for one week raising awareness of and providing education about body
image and eating disorders. We will present information about these common conditions, explore common
mythes and provide information about options for local and Perth support and referral.

If you or someone you know is affected by body image or eating concerns, this evening is for you. The
discussion will be relevant to health and education professionals, people living with body image or eating
concerns or family and friends. There will be opportunity for questions.
Date: Wednesday 3 June
Time: 600pm to 700pm
Cost: None
Venue: Headspace at Worklink
         Cnr Aberdeen Street and Serpentine Road
RSVP Call the reception at headspace on 9842 9871
For further information contact Julie McCormack or 9429 5000

                                    Health Professionals please note
For psychologists, counsellors and other allied health there is an extended education workshop being held
after the Eating Disorders Grand Round 1.15 pm – 4.15 pm in the GSGPN Function Room courtesy of the
Great Southern GP Network. This workshop is free of charge and all are welcome.

                              **REPEATED UPDATE INFORMATION**
This information has previously appeared in Great Southern Children & Youth Updates and repeated for ongoing or
            upcoming meetings, events, programs, activities, opportunities and open funding rounds.

The Department for Communities’ Office for Youth would like to start listing as much information about
local youth-related events and happenings as possible on the Office for Youth website

We hope that the website will eventually become a bit of a gathering point for young people and service
providers to find out what's happening in WA on anything youth-related. This might help to keep us all a little
more informed about what the sector is up to and what individual agencies are doing, and will encourage
young people to refer to the website and get involved.

We invite you all to forward any events, consultations, programs etc that you think might be of interest to
young people and youth service providers in WA, and we’ll do our best to have them listed on the website.
Please email any information to Perdi and/or Liza

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Grants of up to $5,000 are offered to eligible community organisations to develop projects which encourage
the participation of young people in innovative and challenging community projects and activities, and for the
development of services and facilities which will achieve these outcomes. Projects must benefit young
people between the ages of 12 & 25 years.
Next Round of Youth Grants WA closes 26 June 2009. For more information contact Perdi or read the
guidelines and application form on the Department for Communities’ Office for Youth website

                                     Albany Youth Support Association Inc.
                                          Open Access Coordinator
                                     15 hours per week (6 month contract)

Open Access is a program run by the Albany Youth Support Association (AYSA) which encourages At Risk
Youth to participate in art and cultural activities in order to improve their self esteem and general well-being.

A part-time Coordinator (with good in project management skills and experience in the arts industry) is
required to ensure that projects are developed and implemented successfully (in consultation with the artist
responsible for each project) and that related grant conditions and policies and procedures (including OH&S)
are adhered to. The Coordinator will also be responsible for continually improving the Program, attracting
artists and participants, and enhancing the Studio’s reputation. Selection criteria, JDF and more information
can be obtained from: or phone the AYSA Manager, Patrick Weadon (08)
9842 9298. Applications close Thursday 4 June 2009, at 5pm

             Tell the Australian Government what you think should be done about Binge Drinking.

    The Australian Youth Forum's topic on 'Binge Drinking' has resulted through the 'Violence and Safety'
 discussions at the inaugural you THINK event, which was held on 20 February 2009. Young people at the
 event were concerned about the links between alcohol abuse and violence in public places. Have your say
                  on 'Binge Drinking' at

             If you have an idea for a future discussion topic, you can let Australian Government
           know via Explore more of the AYF at

The Department of Sport and Recreation and Healthway are pleased to launch the 2009/10 Smarter than
Smoking Country Sport Scholarship program. Applications are now open for 2009/10 and can be submitted
to your local DSR regional office no later than 5pm on Friday 26 June 2009.

If you have any queries about the STS program, please do not hesitate to contact your local DSR regional

Samantha Stevens
Regional Officer
Department of Sport and Recreation Great Southern
22 Collie Street Albany
9892 0100

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Scitech will be hosting its sixth Science Careers Expo in Albany this year at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic
Centre. The Science Careers Expo gives students, parents and teachers opportunities to build appreciation
of the importance of science in the local region and equip parents and teachers with information so they can
support and encourage the futures of their students/children.

For the formal component of the Expo Scitech we have invited, and have a fully booked program of, 1100
secondary students from the Albany Education District.

 We would like to formally invite you, your colleagues, customers and families to attend the opening
     of the Expo to the general public on the evening of Thursday 4th June, 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

This Free Expo will showcase 25 organisations, businesses and departments (20 from the Albany region)
which use Science in varying degrees in their work and business. Each stall will provide interactive
opportunities for you, your colleagues and their families to experience, as well as staff from each
organisation to provide relevant careers information to assist when considering subject selection and career
options (particularly in their local region).

We would appreciate your assistance in promoting this exciting event to your colleagues, customers and
their families. Feel free to forward this invitation onto any of your contacts in the Albany Region. Scitech
would like to thank you in advance for helping us promote our Science Careers Expo, 2009.

If you have any further questions about the Science Careers Expo, please call Scitech on (08) 9215 0741.
We look forward to seeing you at the expo.

      This service provides FREE SMS’s to young people, promoting upcoming youth events, concerts,
      competitions and workshops. To register, visit the City of Albany website’s Youth Services page!

           For more information: Tammy Flett, Phone: 98419294 Email:

 Mission Australia is calling on young Australians to have their say in its annual National Youth Survey. The
  survey is aimed at young people aged from 11 to 24 and received more than 45,000 responses from
                        young people last year. The survey closes on Friday 26 June.

                              Visit for details


If you have a child between 12-18 who is “under pressure” and would benefit from a camp experience.
Edmund Rice Camps run mini vacations for as little as $0-$20. If it is a family of 4 that fee of (let’s say worst
case scenario $20) is for all four children.

The term “under pressure” is defined as any child who may have;
      • a sibling with a disability
      • a parent with a mental health issue
      • new Australian
      • a learning disorder
      • or a child who has recently undergone a trauma.
      • a victim of bullying

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Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, released What’s in it for Youth?, the first ever online Youth Budget
Statement. This innovative online tool provides information on the range of Budget initiatives which impact on
and are of interest to young Australians.

Ms Ellis said: “The Government is in the business of creating and supporting jobs, apprenticeships and
training – now and for the future. We are also creating the nation building infrastructure that we will need for
tomorrow’s economy while creating jobs for today – including for young people.

“The $277 million Compact with Young Australians will keep young people at school or engaged in further
education and training and will prevent many from experiencing long-term unemployment. The $5.7 billion
investment in higher education and innovation, and $3.8 billion support for apprenticeships and traineeships
will secure the jobs of the future and long-term prosperity.

‘Reforms to the Government’s $618 million investment in youth transitions and careers programs will create
a stronger safety net for young people. These important measures will ensure that all young Australians can
participate in our nation’s economic future.”

There are many other diverse areas across the Budget relevant to young Australians, ranging from clean
energy to high speed broadband to paid parental leave – an idea discussed at the Youth 2020 Summit last

As part of the Youth Budget Statement, Treasurer Wayne Swan and Minister Ellis also provided online
videos to outline the key priorities for young Australians in the Budget. The Youth Budget Statement again
demonstrates that Government’s ongoing commitment to actively seeking out the views of young Australians
on the things that matter to them. What’s in it for Youth? is available at

                Cancer Council’s SunSmart competition for teenagers is now open!
Get creative and use images or text to tell Cancer Council how to be SunSmart. Prizes include 3 Apple iPod
touch, valued at $500 retail each, as well as great prize packs for runners up! The competition runs until 6
Nov. Cancer Council is looking for the best text, image or video that conveys SunSmart messages about
protecting your skin from the sun in the summer. Each entry must include all five SunSmart messages to
protect yourself from the sun: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.

Teachers: this competition is applicable in lesson plans in curriculum subjects such as English, Media
Studies, Social Studies, Music, Graphic Design, Health and Physical Education, Personal Development,
Communication and Information Technology.

               For more information/download flyer/find resources/ guidelines/entry form, go to:


    Do you enjoy cooking? Do you have a favourite recipe you like to cook for family and friends?

  Submit your favourite recipe along with a photo & tell us in 150 words or less how your recipe keeps you,
                                your family and your friends mentally healthy.

Winning recipes will be published in the Mentally Healthy Cookbook. All winners will receive a copy of the
Cookbook. See attached entry form for more information or call Ben at Mentally Healthy WA on 9266 1646 or
                                        Entries close Friday 10th July

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MindMatters Level One – 2 Day Introductory Workshop

Date:    26 & 27 May 2009
Time:    8:45am to 4:00pm
Venue:   Albany District Education Office, 85 Serpentine Road, Albany
Cost:    FREE

The MindMatters Level One Introductory Workshop provides an introduction to the MindMatters resource kit
and the concept of a whole school approach to wellbeing and providing safe and inclusive environments for
school communities. The workshop is a two day familiarization of MindMatters planning and curriculum
resources for teams of two or more people from secondary schools and relevant agencies.

MindMatters is a mental health promotion resource for secondary schools which assists schools to;
•        plan a whole school strategy to address school (staff and student) wellbeing;
•        select and conduct whole-school audits or review relevant existing staff, student and parent data
•        make MindMatters links to curriculum framework, policies and procedures;
•        link participants to the new Level 2 Planning resources and school support available.

Kind Regards
Suzi Wood

MindMatters WA State Project Officer
Principals Australia (formerly APAPDC)

Ph: 08 9264 4315
Fax: 08 9264 4411
Mob: 0417 931 980
Email: ;

There are a number of events to be held in Albany regarding Autism, during the month of June with the
Autism Advisory Service scheduled to visit June 4-5.

These sessions are presented by Jacinta Hanrahan and Connie Salvia from the Autism Advisor Program,
and the information is suitable for:
    Families (including those with children already diagnosed and those who are waiting for a diagnosis)
    Local Area Coordinators
    Allied Health Professionals
    And anyone else interested in finding out more about the Helping Children with Autism package.

The information session is largely relevant for families with children aged 0-6, but parents of school-age
children may also benefit from attending.

Two information sessions on the Helping Children with Autism package will be held.
   • The first session will be on Thursday, 4 June 2009 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Motel Le Grande.
   • The second session will be on Friday, 5 June 2009 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Motel Le Grande.
   • Following the session on 5 June 2009 families who wish to access the Early Intervention funding
        package will be able to make individual appointments to complete the application process.

RSVP’s are required before attending and sessions are dependent on numbers attending.

If you or anyone else is interested in attending, please contact Connie (Autism Advisor) on 9489 8921

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