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Beyond Blue’s FREE NewAccess

Mental Health Awareness Month this October asks you to check in to see how YOU, your FAMILY and/or MATES are travelling mental health wellness wise.

NewAccess is a FREE new service launched by Beyond Blue and is now available to some parts of the Central West region. A confidential mental health coaching service, where you DON’T need a GP referral or Mental Health Plan, that provides support over six private sessions. Access the service in person, by phone, Skype or FaceTime.

For more details call Beyond Blue t. 1300 224 636 or visit:


NSW Farmer of the Year and the NSW Young Farmer of the Year

2019 Nominations are NOW OPEN!

These awards are designed to recognise excellence in the state’s agricultural sector. Who do you know in the Central West who works as a farmer or in any other primary industry enterprise who deserves a nomination? Both younger and older!

NSW Farmer of the Year Award is open to all farmers 36 years + in NSW and the NSW Young Farmer Award is open to NSW farmers aged between 18 and 35 yo. The winner of each category will receive $4k prize money while runners up receive $2k.

The awards are a joint initiative between NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and NSW Farmers’, with support from Safe Work NSW and The Land.

NOW OPEN, don’t miss out on getting your nominations in before the CLOSING date: 23 September, 2019. For more info visit: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/events/nsw-foty

First ever NSW Youth Summit on ‘Living with Drought’ Apply NOW!

Are you a young person (14-24yo) living in the Central West and impacted by the drought?

UNICEF Australia, with support from the NSW Government, is hosting the first ever NSW Youth Summit on ‘Living with Drought’.  What a great opportunity to speak up on behalf of your friends, family and community and have YOUR say.

The Summit will be held in Lake Macquarie on 9-11 October, 2019

BUT applications CLOSE on Friday 30 August. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Visit: https://www.unicef.org.au/droughtsummit for more info or to apply.

Image credit: Forbes City Council/Forbes Advocate taken of Sally Downie, a young Forbes resident who is encouraging other Central West youth working in agriculture to apply.

Read more at:  https://www.forbesadvocate.com.au/story/6302996/youth-urged-to-speak-on-drought/

REMINDER! Don’t miss the FREE Rural Health Innovation meet up this evening Thursday 15 August

This event will inspire local entrepreneurs and educate our community about the innovation

opportunities for our health system. Our community has great ideas about how to improve the system and the patient experience. Come along, bring a friend and have your say! The event is FREE but registrations are essential.

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 6pm-8pm.

Complete event details and registration at:


Charles Sturt University – Orange Campus, Leeds Parade, Orange

Agribusiness Today Forum 2019 – Beefed up and ready to go in Cowra, 8-9th August. Register here!

Cowra is set to host a major forum for local beef, mutton and lamb producers and industry representatives with the annual Agribusiness Today Forum to be held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th August at the Cowra Services Club.

The theme for the 2019 forum focuses on how to maximise red meat yields and business opportunities. The forum is expected to attract well over 100 delegates to town.

The two-day event will be addressed by a number of high calibre speakers including representatives from Meat and Livestock Australia, JBS and NAB. Delegates also have the opportunity to attend one of three field trips.

Registrations have NOW been EXTENDED! Book here: www.agribusinesstodayforum.com


FREE Energy 101 courses for small business in Parkes & Orange

Parkes Shire Council and Orange City Council in collaboration with the NSW Government are running FREE courses for business owners and their staff. Limited to 25 participants at each event so be quick to register!

Orange:  Wednesday 7 August 2019, 6-7pm, The Greenhouse Function Room, Orange Ex-Service Club, Anson Street, Orange

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/energy-101-for-small-business-orange-tickets-65072411334

Parkes: Thursday 8 August 2019, 5:30-6:30pm, Astro Dish, Bogan Street, Parkes

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/energy-101-for-small-business-parkes-tickets-65072470511

In this practical one-hour workshop you will:

  • learn how to analyse your energy bills
  • understand how your business uses energy
  • identify energy saving opportunities, including no-cost/low-cost solutions
  • learn about funding options and resources that will help you take-action

For more information email: energy.saver@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Upstairs Kaffine Startup Workshops

Upstairs Bathurst is holding it’s Kaffeine course starting this week and running for six weeks. 

Kaffine is a short, sharp, engaging course that will run for 2 hours per week over 6 weeks at venues near you with some classes also being run online. It is designed to teach entrepreneurship especially to the people of our region, the Central West of NSW.

Course begins Wednesday 15th May, 2019 at 10am.


Agribusiness Today Forum 2019

Maximising Red Meat Yields and Business Opportunities

SAVE THE DATE – 8th & 9th August 2019, Cowra NSW


Markets and Business Opportunities
Innovation & Technology taking red meat to the next level.
Who, what, where and how can we push the limits of red meat yields?


CRANAplus Bush Support Service Workshops

CRANAplus Bush Support Service Psychologists are visiting as many areas as possible to promote best-practices in managing stress and having difficult conversations with distressed patients and clients in May. This service is to assist communities in coping with the social and emotional impact of the severe drought in NSW.