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Casino NSW News

Casino Food Co‐op launch their inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

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Casino Food Co‐op launch their inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The Casino Food Co‐op is proud to launch their inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Chairman, John Seccombe said, “this is a significant milestone as we continue to play our role in reconciliation.” The Casino Food Co‐op joins a network of more than 1,100 corporate, government, and not‐for‐profit organizations that have made a formal commitment to
reconciliation through the RAP program.

“Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia on 9th September 2022, our Reflect RAP recognises and acknowledges Australia’s First Peoples and demonstrates our journey to continue to build inclusive
and sustainable relationships which are mutually beneficial,” John Seccombe said.

“To bring our RAP to life we created a RAP working group consisting of Dan Smith, Anne Toohey, Trevor Kenny, Stephen Fergusson, Lisa Walker & Troy Freeburn. We engaged Tracey Piccoli a proud Bundjalung woman and artist from Casino to help tell the story of our reconciliation journey. Tracey is the daughter of Brian Olive, one of our long serving employees here at the Co‐operative. We are delighted with the artwork which we will treasure for years to come as a reminder of our heritage and region”, John said.

The artwork symbolizes many things:

The outer green circle represents everyone’s connection to local Country and the land. The middle red circle represents all people connecting with each other who work at the Co‐op. The orange centre circle represents everyone’s connection to the river. The Platypus represents the centre of our community. Our connection to our totem and to the local community people. The four blue circles signifies that we are all connected.

“Our reconciliation journey to date has been organic, rather than concerted. Committing to a Reflect RAP allows us to be more proactive in our efforts towards reconciliation”, John Seccombe
said. Some of the activities to support & celebrate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, as well as internal activities and initiatives of the Co‐op include:

  • Sponsoring of sporting teams, such as Casino RSM Junior rugby league club who has over 35% Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander players.
  • Involvement with Naidoc week and National Reconciliation week.
  •  Partnering with TAFE NSW to develop and implement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship’s pathways. Currently we have 50 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
    people employed on site.
  •  Onsite mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This program is about supporting and recognising their needs in an endeavour to keep them employed.

On this reconciliation journey, we will continue to foster an inclusive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We will continue to build an inclusive and diverse workforce where everybody’s contribution is valued. We will continue to build respectful and inclusive relationships through our projects and
activities. We will continue to provide our workforce with the skills and knowledge to be culturally responsive to the communities where we live and work.

The launch of this RAP is a very proud moment, and we thank everyone who has worked to bring this together and the many people who will continue to form and nurture important relationships
in the years to come, said John Seccombe.

Visit www.thecasinofoodcoop.com.au to view our RAP or https://www.reconciliation.org.au/reconciliation‐action‐plans/who‐has‐a‐rap/#who‐has‐rap‐results

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Dementia Australia supports Ballina and Casino

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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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