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New pathways for girls After enjoying remarkable success with its award winning Pathways to Manhood program, Pathways Foundation is launching its first ever girls’ program this November in northern NSW. A harm prevention charity, Pathways Foundation creates programs based on the belief that strengthening the parent/child relationship is paramount in helping youths achieve their potential by reducing many of the common issues experienced by youth, such as low self worth, depression, underachievement and an inability to communicate with their parents.
With over ten years experience running programs aimed at creating stronger relationships between fathers and sons, Pathways is now expanding its program to include relationship building between mothers and daughters. Based on the same philosophies as the boys’ program, the girls’ program aims to recognise the female transition from child to adult and strengthen the bond between mother and daughter during this crucial phase in the daughter’s life. Aimed at girls aged between and 12 and 15 years old, the program seeks to
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help young women reach their full potential, equip them with a healthy attitude towards their bodies and a high self worth. Pathways into Womanhood program manager Maree Lipschitz says, ‘This program has been eagerly awaited by parents who have sent their boys on the Pathways to Manhood camp and have been wanting something just as beneficial for their daughters’. One such mother, Ev MacPherson, is eagerly awaiting her opportunity to take her daughter to the inaugural Pathways camp in continued on page 4
Suzuki’s last gig in the Bay The Byron Bay Writers Festival is proud to announce that Dr David Suzuki will speak in Byron Bay, for one night only, on Tuesday October 10. David Suzuki’s appearance in Byron Bay offers local residents their final chance to meet this respected planet watcher in their own backyard. Described by Tim Flannery as ‘the greatest environmentalist of our age’, David Suzuki has dedicated his life to inspiring and equipping people to recognise and preserve the fragile balance of the world they inhabit. In this, his final speaking tour of Australia, David will talk about that life and introduce his much anticipated book, David Suzuki: The Autobiography. This is the story of his passion for the planet, a passion that for several decades he has brought to the world through his research, his writings, his broadcasting and above all through his life. continued on page 2
From back left, Jason, Aidan, Kiara, Jordan, and Chloe join in the Protest Play Day at Mullumbimby Community Preschool last week as part of a statewide protest calling on the state government to address the inequities in NSW preschool education. Director of Albury Preschool, Gabrielle Connell, says, ‘In most other Australian states, families are provided with free preschool education. NSW has the lowest participation rate, with only 59% of our four year olds attending a preschool, compared to 96% nationally. The NSW government is shirking its responsibility for our kids and our future.’ Photo Jane Schneider
Satellite symposium on cancer People living in rural and regional Australia are often disadvantaged due to isolation, and people living with cancer in rural Australia are no different. Every year, approximately 15,000 people living in rural and regional Australia are newly diagnosed with cancer and research shows that their survival rates are substantially lower than those in metropolitan areas due to a lack of information and access to services.
In an attempt to address this problem, Australian cancer organisations in collaboration with patient advocacy groups, clinicians and health professionals have organised a satellite symposium entitled ‘Surviving Cancer in Rural and Regional Australia’ to be telecast from Westmead Hospital on September 23 to 58 regional sites around Australia. During the three and a half hour symposium, an impressive line up of speakers from around Australia
will cover a range of topics relevant to all types of cancers including emotional, social and personal issues; practical tips; physical recovery and nutritional management. A cancer survivor and carer will share their personal journeys and participants will have the opportunity to ask speakers and experts questions through a panel session. Gill Batt, Director of Cancer Information and Support continued on page 2
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Baysail tourism winner Winners of this yearâ€™s Northern Rivers Tourism Awards have been announced and winner of the eco tourism award was innovative local charter boat company Baysail Charters Pty Ltd. Operating out of Ballina, Baysail has collaborated with Southern Cross University PhD student Liz Hawkins to assist her with her research into dolphin and whale habits off the coast of NSW. One of the many problems facing research projects is that researchers are not able to be out on the water the whole time, and this collaboration with a commercial operator will help Ms Hawkins to overcome that problem. â€˜Baysail has been a long time sponsor and supporter of the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre and their ongoing involvement is invaluable,â€™ said Ms Hawkins.
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David Suzukiâ€™s Byron Bay appearance affords an unrepeatable and immediate opportunity to share in the thinking of one of the most respected figures of our time and to voice heartfelt concerns and beliefs in a passionate and lively forum. Davidâ€™s books will be on sale before and after the event and he will be available to sign them. David Suzuki â€“ The Ultimate Tour will be held at the Byron Bay High School Auditorium, Broken Head Road, Byron Bay. The event will start at 7pm sharp. Bookings are essential and tickets will sell rapidly. Purchase at Jetset Byron Bay 6685 6262, the ABC Centre Ballina 6686 2436 and Dymocks Booksellers Lismore 6622 4987. Ticket cost is $12 per person.
â€˜By obtaining sighting information, commercial operators assist researchers in monitoring population abundance, movement patterns, social structure and health of many of the fortyfive species of whale and dolphins that inhabit Australian waters.â€™ Iain McCabe from Baysail is delighted to be able to assist the whale research centre while offering the public a very special experience at the same time. â€˜We are very pleased to offer this concept and to market it to the public,â€™ said Mr McCabe. â€˜The response to the dolphin project proved that people are concerned for the marine environment. Weâ€™ll be happy to record this data and do what we can to make it work. â€˜The concept is a three way win: data is obtained, the passengersâ€™ money is helping to fund real conservation and management outcomes, and the operator increases its client appeal.â€™
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Daniel Mercer, one of the youngest and newest members of the Byron District Orchid Society, and Arthur Winter, who has been a member since 1967, show their blooms at the Ex-Services Club in Mullumbimby. When asked for a good tip on growing orchids Daniel, a self confessed orchid addict and owner of Treefern Orchids, said, â€˜Never give up.â€™ Photo Jane Schneider
Creative industry report launched Imagining the Future 2, a report about the screen and creative industries in the Northern Rivers region, was launched at the A & I Hall in Bangalow recently. The event was attended by around 70 people and included Mayor Jan Barham and Deputy Mayor Peter Westheimer. Also in attendance were the Northern Rivers Screenworks, Arts Northern Rivers, QLD University of Technology, state and local government representatives as well as many screen industry practitioners. The morning also included a fashion parade by Wollongbar TAFE students studying fashion design. Katrina Luckie of the Northern Rivers Development Board told The Echo, â€˜Itâ€™s about the broader devel-
opment of the area. Traditionally this region was built on agriculture and tourism, and I think it is good to develop new areas.â€™ The report, by Cathy Henkel, reveals that this region now has a critical mass of creative talent and is increasingly attracting experienced, networked professionals and entrepreneurs from other regions and cities. They are arriving in growing numbers, she says, captivated by the rich cultural life of the region. They are bringing ideas, disposable capital and access to investment and there is ample evidence that this growth trend is likely to continue. It also found a total of 7,280 people are actively engaged in creative industries in the region which is 6.1% of the regionâ€™s labour
force. This represents a growth of more than 100% since 2000 when 3,500 people were identified as working in creative industries comprising 4.1% of the local work force (Henkel 2000). In December 2005, there were over 2,500 individuals or sole traders and 458 mainly micro-businesses engaged in creative industry activity. Approximately 70% of all people working in this sector classify themselves as self-employed. The economic value of creative industries is estimated to be $190 million and the screen industry sector to be $40 million. A survey of 18 experienced producers revealed project budgets during 2005 of over $7 million and projected budgets for the coming 12 months of $27.8 million.
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Way too much fun at Lilly Pilly Preschool
A pink tiara is not the usual regalia of office for Mayor Jan Barham, top, but she donned one for Lilly Pilly Preschoolâ€™s birthday bash on Saturday and celebrated with this group of children and Frances Dyett, the preschool director. Ponies, painted faces and pink tiaras were the order of the day in Bayside as the preschool in Brunswick Heads celebrated not only the 10th birthday of the premises at Bayside, but also the 25th year of operation in the area. To mark the occasion, past and present staff, students and parents converged on the school for a huge party, and to see Mayor Barham make two presentations. The first was a new ten year lease printed on rainbow paper and the second, the loan of a picture the school presented to Council when Lilly Pilly opened its doors at the Bayside site ten years ago, and which now graces the wall of the mayoral office. Way too much fun was had by all. Photo Eve Jeffery
A survey of local business owners in Brunswick Heads will get underway in September. The Business Retention and Expansion Program is a joint effort between the Department of State and Regional Development and the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce. The survey will provide a 2006 snapshot of the Brunswick business sector, with very useful research material for prospective new businesses, strategic planning and in the sourcing of future grant funding. The project recognises that the existing businesses in any town are its most valuable economic and employment asset. Chamber president Valerie Hardy stressed that assisting with the expansion or enhancement of existing businesses makes more sense than putting energy into attracting new businesses. All participating businesses will be invited to attend a special cocktail launch of the results on November 21, hosted by the Hotel Brunswick and sponsored by Eagle Insurance Brokers.
$850,000 for native veg projects The Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has $850,000 available to assist landholders to conserve and manage native vegetation. â€˜The intention of the Bush Recovery program is to provide landholders with funds through different Conservation Agreements for a specified range of native vegetation conservation and management activities,â€™ said Judy Henderson, Chair of the Northern Rivers CMA.
To be eligible for Northern Rivers CMA Bush Recovery, a landholder must submit an Expression of Interest for a proposal that: â€˘ is on private or certain crown lands within the Northern Rivers CMA area involves at least 3 hectares of native vegetation in reasonable condition. Areas less than 3 hectares must be 300 metres or more of streamside vegetation or rare native vegetation to be eligible. â€˘ involves eligible conser-
vation and management activities; â€˘ involves an agreement of at least 10 years. Judy Henderson said two types of conservation agreements will be available to landholders depending on their needs. â€˜Priority will be given to expressions of interest involving rare, endangered and vulnerable vegetation types, as well as areas identified as a priority for conservation and repair by the CMA, but funding is not
limited to these areas.â€™ Funds will be provided for activities that protect existing native vegetation and biodiversity values from threats through stock exclusion; weed control using mechanical and/or chemical methods; and bush regeneration. Closing date for Expressions of Interest is Monday, October 9 or when a maximum of 130 applications have been received. Find out more at www. northern.cma.nsw.gov.au.
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