Weaving a new beginning

Kalumburu community in north-west Western Australia Women from the remote Kalumburu community in north-west Western Australia went looking in their vast backyard (Kwini Country) and found the makings of a wonderful adventure. They found an abundance of pandanus leaf for weaving baskets and myriad plants for dyeing the dried leaves into vibrant colours. The women, … Continue reading Weaving a new beginning

Life after nappies – young parents think ahead

Most older parents discover that life changes and often gets a little easier once their children grow up. But surviving those early years can be tough and the Swansea Community Cottage reckons a lot of young parents need a hand. That’s just what they offered last year with support from the John Wallis Foundation. The … Continue reading Life after nappies – young parents think ahead

Forced marriage put on the agenda in Toowoomba

A series of events in Toowoomba has created awareness of the risk of forced marriage of young women and provided support for people in how best to respond. The Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba organised the visit by Liz Payne, a forced marriage expert with ACRATH who facilitated the events covering schools (students and teachers), community … Continue reading Forced marriage put on the agenda in Toowoomba

Taking music to where it matters

Kangaroo Island, South Australia Kangaroo Island is known for its pristine environment. Its musicians are currently flying under the radar, but that could end if Carmel Batson has her way. Carmel, the youth project officer for Drug and Alcohol with the MOBO Group (formerly Finding Workable Solutions) joined forces with professional musician Christian Teusner and … Continue reading Taking music to where it matters