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MOMENTUM: Transforming Lives of Aboriginal People through Employment Opportunities

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The Momentum Program team.

MOMENTUM: Transforming Lives of Aboriginal People through Employment Opportunities

 

The highly acclaimed Momentum Program, an initiative funded by the NSW Government, is making its way to Casino. Collaboratively developed by Real Futures, Pathfinders, and ACE Community Colleges, this groundbreaking program aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals by helping them overcome common barriers to long-term employment.

The next Momentum Program sign-up events will take place on February 1, 2024, at Tursa Employment and Training, 154 Canterbury Street, Casino NSW 2470 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The Momentum program.

The Momentum program.

With a vision to make a lasting impact, Momentum offers free support to successful applicants, including assistance with obtaining birth certificates, driver’s license acquisition, and finding sustainable employment opportunities. To be eligible for the program, applicants must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, be aged between 16-55 years, not possess a Birth Certificate or Driver’s License, and currently be unemployed.

During the Momentum Program, approved participants will receive guidance in applying for their birth certificate on the same day of enrollment. To facilitate the process, individuals are advised to bring any available identification documents, such as Medicare Card, Health Care Card, Certificate of Aboriginality, Student ID card, Health Care Card, or Pension Card.

Emily Ford - The Momentum Program.

Emily Ford.

Momentum represents a groundbreaking collaboration among three local organisations. Pathfinders plays a crucial role in assisting individuals with obtaining their birth certificates, while Ace Community Colleges provides guidance and support in obtaining driver’s licenses. Real Futures specialises in employment readiness, training services, and job placements, empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals in their journey towards sustainable employment.

“Momentum is a program that brings together essential services to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people obtain their birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and secure meaningful employment opportunities,” highlighted John Clancy, Momentum Program Manager.

“The significance of possessing a birth certificate cannot be understated, as it unlocks essential rights, such as voting, opening a bank account, or obtaining a driver’s license. Without this vital document, individuals face numerous challenges, including difficulties in finding employment,” said Pathfinders Momentum Coordinator, Phillip Bird.

The Momentum Program team.

The Momentum Program team.

Natalie Hannah of ACE Community Colleges expressed her enthusiasm for the Momentum Program, stating, “Momentum is a wonderful program that has the potential to positively change the lives of many people across NSW. The impact we have witnessed through our driving license program alone is remarkable, and the collaboration of these three services holds immense promise.”

Real Futures, a majority Aboriginal-owned and staffed company, plays a pivotal role in preparing program participants for employment. Through personalised support, job readiness training, and connections with local job opportunities, Real Futures empowers individuals with the skills and confidence necessary for long-term success in the workforce. Steven Clarke of Real Futures emphasised their commitment to supporting individuals throughout their employment journey, facilitating a smooth transition into new roles.

 

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Casino Beef Week 2024: A Launch Event to Remember

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Casino Beef Week 2024: A Launch Event to Remember

 

The Casino Beef Week Promotion Committee is thrilled to announce the successful launch of the countdown to Casino Beef Week 2024, marked by a vibrant and engaging event held at Casino Golf Club, on Saturday the 10th of February 2024. This year, as we embark on a 100-day journey towards the much-anticipated festival, the spirit of community and celebration is stronger than ever.

A Tradition of Excellence and Community Spirit

Celebrating its 42nd anniversary, Casino Beef Week is a testament to the enduring spirit and resilience of the Northern NSW community. As one of the region’s most significant cultural and agricultural highlights, the festival showcases the best of Casino, from our world-class beef industry to the rich tapestry of local culture and community life.

Launch Event Highlights

The launch event set the stage for what promises to be one of the most dynamic and inclusive Beef Weeks to date. In the presence of community members, sponsors, and dignitaries, the event paid homage to the festival’s rich history while ushering in an era of new initiatives and celebrations.

Casino Beef Week 2024 team and Queens and Ambassadors.

Casino Beef Week 2024 team and Queens and Ambassadors.

Heartfelt Thanks to Our Sponsors

The success of Casino Beef Week is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, including The Casino Food Co-op, Casino RSM, Richmond Valley Council, the Department of Agriculture, NBN News, The Northern Rivers Times, Westlawn, Achieve Australia, and Riverina Stock feeds. Their commitment to the community and the festival is invaluable.

Introducing the 2024 Queens and Ambassadors

The event also served as a platform to introduce The Northern Rivers Times Queens and Ambassadors for 2024, representing the diversity and strength of our agricultural heritage. Their dedication to representing Casino Beef Week is a beacon of hope and pride for our community.

Introducing Our 2024 Queens and Their Breeds:

  • Alahna Thomson, 20 – Hereford
  • Annaleise Barrett, 20 – Drought Master
  • Charlee Crowley, 22 – Santa Gertrudis
  • Claira Lee-Joe, 22 – Charolais
  • Ellie Brettner, 21 – Limousin
  • Georgie Keep, 21 – Brahman
  • Larissa Lefroy-Glover, 24 – Murray Grey
  • Reny Dooley, 20 – Angus
  • Zanthie Bailey, 21 – Braford

These young women, aged 18 to 24, are ready to embrace their roles, promoting the values and traditions of Casino Beef Week, each bringing attention to the significance of their respective cattle breeds.

Welcoming Our Ambassadors:

  • Daniel Keogh, 18
  • Ella Boag, 15
  • Stella Dean, 14
  • Taylor Humphreys, 18

Our Ambassadors, ranging in age from 14 to 18, are poised to engage with the community and visitors, showcasing the youthful vigor and passion that is integral to the spirit of Casino Beef Week.

Casino Beef Week 2024 Queens and Ambassadors.

Casino Beef Week 2024 Queens and Ambassadors.

Exciting New Events and Initiatives

This year’s Beef Week will feature the return of the Rainforest Rattler, a new focus on Men’s Mental Health, a relocated High Tea with keynote speaker Gretal Killeen, and the inaugural heat of the Australian MulletFest in Casino. These additions, along with more surprises to come, underscore our commitment to innovation and inclusivity.

Looking Forward

As we count down to the Casino Beef Week 2024, from May 18th to May 26th, we invite everyone to join us in celebrating the heart and soul of our community. Stay tuned for more updates on events, activities, and how you can be a part of this extraordinary celebration.

About Casino Beef Week

Casino Beef Week is an annual celebration of the Australian beef industry, local culture, and the community spirit of Casino, NSW. With a history spanning over 42 Years, it has grown to become one of the premier regional festivals in Australia, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

For further information, event schedules, and how to get involved, please visit our website or contact the Casino Beef Week Promotion Committee at 02 66628181.

 

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Free, Term 1 after-school program Go4Fun in Ballina, Casino and Grafton

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Free, Term 1 after-school program Go4Fun in Ballina, Casino and Grafton

 

Parents and carers can now enrol their primary school aged children into a free 10-week healthy lifestyle program in Ballina, Casino and Grafton for Term 1.

Go4Fun is a family focused healthy lifestyle program that runs once a week during the school term. It aims to improve the health, fitness and self-esteem in children aged 7-13 and their families.

Qualified health professionals lead the program through fun games and activities for the whole family to develop skills and knowledge about healthy eating and getting moving.

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Acting Director of Integrated Care and Allied Health Services, Kathryn Watson, said families love that the program is free, helps improve their children’s sleep, mood, general wellbeing and is a fun way to bring the family together.

“We know the cost of living is impacting many parents, so having free, after-school programs, like Go4Fun is one way we are supporting our community,” Ms Watson said.

East Ballina parent, Tanya Salama, whose son attended Go4Fun, said the program has had a positive effect on her family.

“Honestly, this program is fabulous. The facilitators are very engaging, great with the kids and parents alike,” Ms Salama said.

“When we first moved to the Northern Rivers, we were looking for a program like this. We had seen dietitians before, and nutritionists, but we could not find a program that blended the nutrition with the physical activity, until we saw Go4Fun.

“When we found Go4Fun, we were delighted. It was important for us as a family and important for my child’s health.”

Go4Fun children with fruit

Go4Fun children with fruit

Go4Fun programs have been running in NSW for more than 10 years.

The program includes games, activities, prizes and a supermarket tour. It also helps families and children to connect with others in their local area.

Go4Fun programs are also delivered throughout the year by local Aboriginal Medical Services including Rekindling the Spirit, Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation and Bugalwena General Practice.

Parents and carers can sign up to the program directly, and GPs can also refer their patients.

Places are available for Term 1 in the following locations:

  • BALLINA – Go4Fun Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 6 February Location: Northlakes Community Centre, 1 Mulloway Place, Ballina NSW 2478
  • CASINO – Aboriginal Go4Fun in partnership with Bulgarr Ngaru Casino Contact: 1800 571 101 for more information
  • GRAFTON – Go4Fun Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 6 February Location: PCYC, 300 Powell Street, Grafton NSW 2460

For more information and to register your child, call 1800 780 900, visit the website or contact your local Aboriginal Medical Service.

 

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Casino saleyards back in action with Outcross at the helm

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Tom Newsome, Outcross Agri-Services managing director is the new operator of NRLX at Casino.

Casino saleyards back in action with Outcross at the helm

 

BY OUTCROSS

Cattle sales are set to resume at Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange (NRLX) after seven months of uncertainty, with the new operator, Outcross Agri-Services, launching its five-year tenure next Friday (2 February).

Casino-district livestock agents have welcomed the appointment, which brings NRLX into the Outcross Agri-Services fold alongside key selling centres including Roma, Blackall, Dubbo, Forbes, Yass, Moss Vale, Mortlake, Hamilton, Yea, Naracoorte and Mt Gambier.

Andrew Summerville, Casino Auctioneers Association Incorporated (CAAI) president said negotiations with Outcross Agri-Services were professional, and the company’s deep understanding of the livestock industry helped all parties reach an agreement promptly.

“This is a well-timed outcome as many producers sell lines of calves in the first six months of the year, and it will allow feature sales to progress as normal,” Mr Summerville said.

“The CAAI is looking forward to the future and thanks everyone for their support over the last seven months.”

Richmond Valley Council acting general manager, Angela Jones said Outcross Agri-Services’ experience and expertise were exactly what Council was looking for to ensure NRLX continued to grow and prosper and retain its reputation as the leading saleyard facility in northern NSW.

Ms Jones said Council had a vision for the facility to become a modern saleyards for the benefit of all stakeholders and ratepayers, which met industry standards for safety, animal welfare and environmental management and continued to achieve top returns for vendors and quality cattle for buyers.

Tom Newsome, Outcross Agri-Services managing director is the new operator of NRLX at Casino.

Tom Newsome, Outcross Agri-Services managing director is the new operator of NRLX at Casino.

She said having Outcross Agri-Services on board to guide NRLX’s next phase was a win-win for all stakeholders.

“NRLX is the largest cattle selling centre in the Northern Rivers and is a huge contributor to the local economy,” Ms Jones said.

“Benefits flow to local growers by having a facility close to their operations, stock and station agents who use the yards to run their businesses, transport operators who move stock and purchase fuel, locals who work there, and the businesses who support the NRLX operations and its users.

“Council is confident the team at Outcross Agri-Services will continue the NRLX’s growth as the premier saleyards for NSW.”

Tom Newsome, Outcross Agri-Services managing director said the company was pleased to be involved in rebooting NRLX and shoring up the centre’s future as a premier livestock selling centre.

“Casino is an important location, drawing cattle in significant numbers and buyers from all major processors to compete on a throughput of up to 130,000 head per year,” Mr Newsome said.

“Outcross is looking forward to operating NRLX. It’s a fantastic facility, one of best in the nation, and we believe we can operate efficiently to the benefit of vendors and buyers.”

 

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