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‘FUR-EVER’ IN FOCUS AHEAD OF NATIONAL THREATENED SPECIES DAY

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‘FUR-EVER’ IN FOCUS AHEAD OF NATIONAL THREATENED SPECIES DAY

Today is National Threatened Species Day and Transport for NSW has been nominated for an award for its establishment of 130 hectares of koala habitat as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina (W2B).

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said National Threatened Species Day was an opportunity to highlight the importance of protecting and supporting the survival of Australian animals and plants.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is securing a brighter future for NSW families by investing in our regional communities and building what matters to make daily life better,” Mr Farraway said.

“But while we’re embarking on our $19.4 billion regional road and transport infrastructure pipeline we’re also looking for ways to protect Australia’s native animals and plants, and this koala habitat is just one initiative.

“A series of wildlife underpasses, designed with advice from specialist ecologists, have been built as part of the upgrade to allow koalas and other wildlife to move safely under the new highway between existing and future habitat areas.”

Transport for NSW engaged Niche Environment and Heritage consultants in 2015 to prepare a Koala Revegetation Strategy Report for the W2B upgrade.

The strategy report identified a section near Wardell, north of the new bridge over the Richmond River, as a regionally significant koala habitat supporting a well-known koala community.

The W2B upgrade was the final link in the 657-kilometre highway upgrade between Hexham and the Queensland border.

The strategy identified 130 hectares of land as suitable for revegetation on either side of the upgrade to mitigate the potential impacts of the highway construction on a range of wildlife species, particularly koalas.

Conservation activities began before major work on the highway started, with about 113 hectares planted, which ensured the trees were well established before project completion in 2020.

The final 17 hectares were planted in early 2021 and the total 130 hectares will be protected in perpetuity through Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements administered by the Biodiversity Conservation Trust and funded by Transport for NSW.

National Threatened Species Day, held on 7 September, aims to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction.

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Greater Bank Opens Up Financial Literacy Program Across North Coast Classrooms

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Greater Bank Opens Up Financial Literacy Program Across North Coast Classrooms

The Greater Bank Finance Academy

The Greater Bank Finance Academy is excited to announce that teachers across the North Coast will be able to deliver the High School Financial Literacy Program in 2024. This free program empowers Year 9 and 10 students with crucial financial literacy skills by providing a full course curriculum for classroom delivery.
Program Overview

The curriculum covers essential topics such as budgeting, saving, planning for the future, and understanding financial products like credit cards and loans. It also addresses modern financial trends, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the financial world they will navigate.
Greater Bank Chief Distribution Officer, Emma Brokate, emphasized the program’s goal of inspiring students with vital money management skills. “Financial literacy isn’t just about managing money; it’s about encouraging individuals to make informed decisions that enhance their financial stability and wellbeing,” said Ms. Brokate. She highlighted that enabling teachers to deliver the full program ensures that more students can access essential money management skills directly within their educational environment.

Collaboration and Benefits
This initiative is a collaborative effort between Greater Bank and the University of Newcastle, blending academic insights with practical financial experience. Dean of the University of Newcastle Business School, Professor James Skinner, underscored the benefits of the partnership. “Our collaboration with Greater Bank is built on a shared commitment to education and community engagement,” Professor Skinner said. “We are proud to enhance financial literacy in our communities and offer our students practical experiences that prepare them for the future.”
The program benefits high school students by providing them with practical financial knowledge, while also offering university students valuable experience as ambassadors, ensuring they are job-ready upon entering the workforce.

Course Content
The short course consists of four core subjects and three electives, all aligned with the NSW High School Curriculum. The downloadable lesson plans, activities, and presentation slides provided to teachers include:
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Financial Literacy
Lesson 2 – The Fundamentals of Financial Literacy
Lesson 3 – Savings and Budgeting
Lesson 4 – Credit and Debit Banking
Additionally, three optional electives are available to tailor the program to the school’s needs:
Elective 1 – Investing
Elective 2 – Cybercrime and Scams
Elective 3 – Employment

Participation and Accessibility
Schools interested in participating in the Greater Bank Finance Academy can visit www.greater.com.au/uon to get in touch. The program is designed to be inclusive and accessible, ensuring that students from various backgrounds and regions can benefit.
This initiative reflects Greater Bank’s commitment to rolling out an Australian-curriculum-aligned program across all of NSW, highlighting the significant benefits of enhancing financial literacy among young Australians.

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Flying high – Redmen selected in Corella’s Squad

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Flying high – Redmen selected in Corella’s Squad

 

By Gary Nichols

TWO Grafton Redmen players have bolted into the NSW Country Corella’s team after impressive debuts for Mid North Coast at the NSW Country Championships in Tamworth over the June long weekend.

Natalie Blackadder and Yuri Fuller have been instrumental in Grafton’s run to a tilt at this year’s Mid North Coast Women’s 10s premiership.

Both players had no idea if they did enough to gain selection in the Country squad, however a phone call from the Corellas’ coach on Friday confirmed what they hoped to hear.

“The coach called me about 10am while I was at work. He asked me how I was going and said he was just giving me a call to inform me I had been selected in the Country squad,” a jubilant Blackadder said.

“He also gave me a few tips on what I have to work on to improve my game which was great.”

It wasn’t so smooth sailing for Fuller who had to endure a nervous ten-hour wait for the call she thought would never eventuate.

“I didn’t get an early phone call because I put down the wrong number on the registration sheet,” Fuller laughed.

“They had to go searching for me and I got the phone call about eight-thirty that night.

“During the day I just excepted my fate and believed I missed out.”

Blackadder admitted she was a bundle of nerves before Mid North Coast’s opening game in Tamworth but added as soon as she ran out on the field the nerves quickly vanished.

“I thought I was going to die when we were warming up,” Blackadder said.

“But once I got out there, I cleared my head, made my first tackle and I was all good.

“It was such a different experience playing fifteen-a-side rugby. You have your role, and you have to stick with it as there is less room than ten-a-side.”

For the rangy Redmen back-rower, it was by chance she even tried out for the representative side.

“I only tried out for Mid North Coast because Tamar (McHugh, Redmen captain) and Yuri did it. I thought to myself, why not give it a go and see where it takes me,” she said.

Fuller, a prolific try-scorer, who can slot into most positions in the backline, said her selection had a lot to do with the improvement of the Grafton Redmen Women’s side and the quality of women’s rugby throughout the Mid North Coast.

“Our team has improved dramatically over the past two years and obviously the growth of Women’s Mid North Coast rugby has produced a higher standard with quality players throughout the Zone,” Fuller said.

 

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GIANTS AFLW return to Canberra for first Community Camp

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GIANTS AFLW return to Canberra for first Community Camp

 

The GIANTS’ AFLW list is heading to Canberra on 4-5 July to meet the footy community and inspire the next generation of footy superstars, as part of the first-ever, league wide AFLW Community Camp program.

Around two months out from its NAB AFLW Round 1 clash at Manuka Oval on Saturday, 31 August, the GIANTS players will spend some time with their fans at their home away from home.

Headlining the camp is the Canberra Girls Footy Festival which welcomes girls aged 5-14 to get involved in a jam-packed night of fun and footy alongside GIANTS AFLW players.

To be held at EPC Solar Park in Phillip on Thursday, 4 July, the Girls Footy Festival is open to local footballers and NAB AFL Auskick participants, as well as anyone wanting to come and try Australian rules football in a fun and friendly environment. In addition to the GIANTS players, there will be activities and games, large inflatables, giveaways and, of course, a barbecue.

As part of the AFLW Community Camp, the GIANTS will also hold a Coach Your Way session featuring GIANTS coaching staff and its star defender and accredited Level 3 coach, Katherine Smith.

On Friday, 5 July the GIANTS players will connect with hundreds of Canberra school children when they visit to schools around the nation’s capital.

AFL NSW/ACT’s Participation and Programs Manager, Dylan Potter, said of the GIANTS’ 2024 AFLW Community Camp: “This is another great opportunity for footy fans in Canberra to meet elite players face to face.

“Auskick and junior girls will be particularly excited with the Canberra Girls Footy Festival kicking off on Thursday. This will be the first time we’ve brought women and girls from across the ACT to meet and learn from the GIANTS’ AFLW team and I can’t wait to see everyone loving the game together.

“Thank you in advance to the community for their support and the GIANTS AFLW program for visiting Canberra in a year when the ACT is celebrating 100 years of footy.”

Canberra Girls Footy Festival details
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 4:30pm-7pm
Location: EPC Solar Park, Phillip
Age: 5-14 years

Coach Your Way program
The Coach Your Way Program is exclusively available for women and girls looking to develop their skills in coaching.
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Location: EPC Solar Park, Phillip
Register: Scan the QR Code

NAB AFL Auskick Burst in Canberra
Participants inspired by the GIANTS will have an opportunity to join the fun weekly, with NAB AFL Auskick opening in Canberra from 21 July, offering participants half a season of the Auskick experience and the beloved Auskick pack.

We call it Auskick Burst, with participants bursting on the footy scene and having a great time.

Auskick Burst will be offered at a greatly reduced price, which will be revealed before 4 July’s Girls Footy Festival.

NAB AFLW Season 9 coming to Canberra
GIANTS fans will get a chance to see the team in action in Round 1 of the NAB AFLW season and again in Round 3.
Round 1
1:05pm Saturday, 31 August
GIANTS v Western Bulldogs
Round 3
5:05pm Sunday, 15 September
GIANTS v Gold Coast Suns

Tickets for these matches will be available closer to the date.

 

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