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Issue 273 - 16 August 2019

REWARD YOUR LOVE OF NATURE LEARN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WITH $20K IN PRIZES LITERACY SKILLS The Nature Conservancy’s global IN YOUR OWN Photo Contest is on now and interest from Australia is huge! HOME

“Australia is punching above its weight this year in our global Photo Contest”, said TNC Australia director, Rich Gilmore. “At the halfway mark, only the USA and Brazil have entered more photos than Australia in our contest. On a per capita basis that makes Aussies easily the keenest nature photographers in the world.” After the first week, the most popular photo worldwide was also Australian - a shot of sunrise across Perth and the Swan River – the site of one of our shellfish reef restoration projects – entered by Sue Errington-Wood. The 2019 Photo Contest runs throughout August. As well as a grand prize, prizes will be awarded in September for six global categories as follows: Cities and Nature: connecting with nature where we live. Landscape: a sense of place with or without people. People and Nature: recreation, adventure, people enjoying the outdoors. Water: above, below, or in between. Wildlife: in the wild or in our backyard. People’s Choice: (winner chosen via public online vote). Prizes will also be given for the best Australian photos as judged by renowned South Australian nature photographer, Ben Goode. The total prize pool exceeds AUD$20,000 in value. “There’s still time for anyone with a passion for nature to dig out their best photos or, better still, get outdoors and take some new inspiring nature photos to enter into our contest”, added Gilmore.

Do you want to learn more about computers, the internet, tablets or smartphones in your own time, in your own home? Find out how at a free afternoon tea and information session at your local library.

Your local Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang libraries will be holding sessions on how you can sign up to Be Connected and learn technology skills in your own home. In this informal afternoon tea setting you can enjoy a cuppa, a sandwich and a demonstration by library staff on signing up and learning from home in simple to follow steps.

Wildflowers in the cement works at Portland - Rich Evans

For full details, terms and conditions, and to upload your photo entries, go to before August 31st.

The sessions will be held at each library branch from 2:004:00 pm on; Thursday 22 August 2019 at Wallerawang Branch Library, Friday 23 August 2019 at Portland Branch Library and Tuesday 27 August at Lithgow Library. Bookings are preferred for catering purposes by contacting the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.


WARM SOUP WEDNESDAYS For anyone who just needs a warm cup of soup and someone to talk to



Tracy Sorensen What: From Little Things, Big Things Grow – Workshop with Tracy Sorensen When: Saturday 17 August 2019, 10am – 1pm Where: Gang Gang Gallery, 206 Main Street, Lithgow How much: $50 to $60 More info:

5:30pm - 6:30pm Wednesday Nights at Emora Park Landa Street, Bowenfels

In this workshop we will look at examples of how tiny details can be the starting point for creating meaningful worlds. Sometimes it’s the telling detail that opens a whole world. The chink of a bead curtain separating the hall from the dining room, a wooden salad bowl, a biro in a man’s pocket, shorts paired with long socks, the tiny Crazy Camel Train toys found in the bottom of Kellogs Cornflakes packets in 1969 … these are just some of the tiny concrete details that were woven into my novel, The Lucky Galah (Picador, 2018). In this workshop, there will be plenty of time for discussion, writing exercises and giving and receiving feedback.

Tracy Sorensen is a novelist, freelance journalist, and video maker based in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Her novel, The Lucky Galah (Picador 2018), was longlisted for the 2018 Independent Booksellers Award and shortlisted for the Readings Prize for new Australian fiction.

For further information contact Varuna: or (02) 4782 5674

To assist with volunteering or to donate food or clothing, please just come down on the night

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