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Matt Preston: Always Up for a Second Bite!

[hr] There is no misinterpreting Matt Preston’s zest for food. When he’s not talking about it, he’s writing about it, and of course, he is always savouring it. But it’s more than just an appetite for great flavour. Matt is passionate about sharing his respect for food and is putting his name behind SecondBite, an organisation committed to providing fresh, nutritious

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Site Coordinators Needed for National Tree Day in July

Planet Ark is looking for coordinators to assist with National Tree Day on Friday 25 July to host sites in their area and teach younger generations the value of tree planting.  “Our research shows that approximately one in three people spend less than 18 minutes per day doing outdoor recreational activities,” says National Tree Day

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2013 Human Rights Awards Celebrated Tonight

Australia’s most inspiring human rights advocates will be celebrated tonight at the 2013 Human Rights Awards. From a record number of nominations, the Australian Human Rights Commission has selected 40 finalists for 10 awards. The four finalists for this year’s Human Rights Medal are Gurruwun (Yalmay) Yunupingu, who has long campaigned for Yolgnu children to

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Project Funding Available for Projects Supporting Elderly Parent Carers

To mark International Day of People with Disability, Queensland Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis announced organisations can apply to share in more than $10 million for projects that create innovative living arrangements for people with disabilities who have elderly parent carers. “This project highlights the outcomes and the care, not just the money and the

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Let’s make a difference and do something

As we turn the calendar over to a new year, it’s time to take stock of what we want to achieve in the foreseeable future. Most of us have the same resolutions – get fitter, lose weight, take on a new hobby, make new friends. Topping the must-do list is ‘helping others’. According to the

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Volunteers Needed for Communications Study in Queensland

University of Queensland researchers are seeking volunteers to take part in a communications study. Participants will use a language pedometer to measure the amount of time they speak during the day (talk time) to determine the ‘fitness’ of their verbal communications.  UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Speech Pathology PhD student Caitlin Brandenburg said

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WA Seniors Awards Finalists Announced

A woman who cooks to raise funds; a professor who studies depression, and a 78-year-old martial arts champ are among the finalists in this year’s WA Seniors Awards. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said the three were among the outstanding seniors to be selected as finalists in the 28th year of the awards. Former

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Volunteer Opportunities in Queensland National Parks

Volunteers are being given the opportunity to work as campground hosts  in Queensland national parks. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson is expanding the popular campground host volunteer initiative following the success of a Daintree National Park pilot program. Mr Dickson said his department was looking for campground hosts to live and work in national parks across north

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Victorian Senior of the Year Announced

Geelong volunteer  Pat Smith has been named as the Victorian Senior of the Year at a special awards ceremony to kick start the 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival. Minister for Ageing David Davis presented 14 awards honouring the extraordinary contribution of inspirational senior Victorians during the 2013 Victorian Senior of the Year  Awards at Government House.

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Beware of Scammers Pretending to Represent Charities

People are being reminded to beware of scammers pretending to represent a charity or not-for-profit organisations. SCAMwatch and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) say fake charities operate ina  number of ways including approaching people in the street or home to collect money, contacting you be phone or email requesting donations or setting up

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