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Casino NSW News

100 day launch for The Casino Food Co-Op’s Beef Week

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The Casino Food Co-Op Casino Beef Week is back in 2022

100 day launch for The Casino Food Co-Op’s Beef Week

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The Casino Food Co-Op Casino Beef Week is back in 2022. With just under 100 Days to go until kick-off, the Casino Beef Week Committee is excited to bring this year’s festival to our community, celebrating 40 years of supporting the local beef industry.
The Casino Food Co-Op Casino Beef Week will run from the 21st to the 31st of May 2022 and feature over 100 different events over the 11 days and feature all our favourite events.
Beef Week Opening Ball and Queen Crowning
• Breakfast with the Butchers
• Beef Week Cup horse and greyhound races
• Beef Week Saturday
• 4 Day Cattle Spectacular
• Celebration of Fashion
• Rural Ladies High Tea
• Busking championships
• Mr Beef
• Rodeo
• Street Parade
• Craft Market
• And Many More
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, our theme is 40 Years of Beef Week – Creating History, which means the organising committee and staff are busy planning to bring back some of the old classic events. More details will be released in the coming months.
Casino Beef Week would like to thank our Principal Partners, The Casino Food Co-op, Richmond Valley Council and Casino Lifestyle Village. Our Major Partners, Casino RSM, Westlawn and ZZZFM/2LM as well as all of our other sponsors and partners, both big and small, throughout the community.
One of the biggest changes this year is our extended cattle spectacular starting on Wednesday the 25th and running until Saturday the 28th. By extending our cattle show, we can bring more cattle to showcase in the heart of the Casino CBD and improve the quality of the show.
“This is our 40th anniversary and we are extremely excited about the changes we are making this year to produce our largest festival yet, with more events, more fun and of course, more cattle this year’s event is shaping up to be one of our best yet.” Said Frank McKey, President of Casino Beef Week. “We are also proud to announce that we will be bringing back our street parade and a couple of other events that could not go ahead last year, as well as some old classics”. Mr McKey would also like to introduce our new event coordinator Jacob Stone who has a strong history working in community and major events over the past 16 years.
The new event coordinator Jacob Stone is also excited about the changes this year and is thrilled to work with the Casino Community. “Growing up on the North Coast, the Casino Beef Week has always been a great community event to attend, and to now have the opportunity to work with the Richmond Valley Community to bring this community event to life is an unbelievable experience. The commitment by our local community for Casino Beef Week is absolutely stunning”
The committee and staff are busy planning a number of exciting changes and new events this year, so it is more important than ever to sign up for our mailing lists and stay tuned on our social media pages.
Local businesses that wish to partner with Casino Beef Week should go to the Casino Beef Week website and download the prospectus. You can also use the website to sign up to host an event, volunteer at the festival or sign up to receive updates on all our events. Just look under the Get Involved Section on the Home Page.
If you want to find out more about this year’s Casino Beef Week, go online to www.casinobeefweek.com.au or pop into the office at 86 Walker St, Casino during the week and say hello.

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Dementia Australia is offering support in Ballina and Casino between 4 and 8 March.

Dementia Australia supports Ballina and Casino

 

Dementia Australia

Are you concerned about your memory or worried that someone you know may have dementia? Dementia Australia is offering support in Ballina and Casino between 4 and 8 March.

It is estimated there are more than 141,000 people living with dementia in New South Wales. Without a medical breakthrough this number is expected to increase to more than 252,000 people living with dementia by 2054.

These Dementia Australia sessions are an opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family, and friends to attend free education to better understand dementia and to discuss the support and services Dementia Australia can provide. Please note, bookings are essential.

Carer Wellness Program

This group session is designed to support positive health and wellbeing outcomes for a carer, family or friend of a person living with dementia.

  • Monday 4 March 9:30am-3pm in Lismore

Understanding Dementia

This session provides and introduction to dementia including an overview of different types of dementia, diagnosis, planning ahead and how to support someone living with dementia.

  • Tuesday 5 March 9:30am-12pm in Ballina

It Starts With You

If you are passionate about your local community and want to make it more dementia-friendly, then this session is for you.

  • Tuesday 5 March 1pm-1:30pm in Ballina

Consumer Engagement Information Session

This session will provide an overview of the three flagship Consumer Engagement programs available at Dementia Australia: Dementia Advocates, Connection Peers and Dementia-Friendly Communities.

  • Tuesday 5 March 1:30pm-2:30pm in Ballina

Considering Residential Care

This session provides information about the process of considering and preparing for residential care.

  • Tuesday 5 March 2:45pm-5pm in Ballina
Dementia Australia is offering support in Ballina and Casino between 4 and 8 March.

Dementia Australia is offering support in Ballina and Casino between 4 and 8 March.

Driving With Dementia

This program provides information about the impact of dementia on driving. It offers tips for recognising when dementia is impacting on someone’s ability to drive safely, the importance of planning ahead, and acknowledging the significance of retiring from driving.

  • Wednesday 6 March 9:30am-12pm in Ballina

Activities At Home

This practical session assists carers looking after someone at home to plan engaging activities. It promotes independence and wellbeing by focusing on what the person with dementia can still do.

  • Wednesday 6 March 1pm-2:45pm in Ballina

Communication and Dementia 

The session provides information on dementia, the way we communicate and how changes in communication can occur as a result of dementia.

  • Wednesday 6 March 3pm-5:30pm in Ballina

Understanding Changes in Behaviour

This session provides an introduction to dementia and changes to the brain, effects on behaviour and the impacts of changed behaviour. It will introduce problem solving models, including strategies to minimise and respond to changed behaviour.

  • Thursday 7 March 9:30am-12:30pm in Ballina and Friday 8 March 1:30pm-3:30pm in Casino

EDIE for Family Carers 

This session enhances knowledge of dementia through virtual reality technology that allows participants to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia.

  • Thursday 7 March 1:30pm-4:30pm in Ballina and Friday 8 March 9:30am-12:30pm in Casino

Bookings are essential. Visit here for details and to register. You can also call the National Dementia Helpline to register for this course on 1800 100 500. The National Dementia Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

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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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