We're on our way home from the Agricultural Shows Australia Conference at the Gold Coast. A great opportunity to network with others passionate about agricultural shows, learn and share ideas, and plan for the future! We're planning on visiting more agricultural shows across the country - big and small in 2020!
And did we mention the conference was by the beach and showcased entertainment options!?!
Like any natural disaster there is a long road to recovery ahead for those impacted by recent bushfires.
As areas are deemed safe to return and visit, we encourage you to look at initiatives that have been created to stimulate local economies, in particular small businesses, which have been affected by drought and bushfires.
Buy from the Bush (and flow on initiatives like Stay in the Bush, associated programs like Buy Regional, and Facebook Groups like One Day Closer to Rain - Rural Cottage Crafts, Buy from a Bush Business, and Shopping in the Country) all shine a light on drought affected rural and regional businesses.
Spend with Them via Turia Pitt is encouraging us all to help rebuild towns and businesses affected by fire. Businesses are featured on their Instagram account.
Empty Esky encourages us to take a pledge - to visit a fire affected town with my Empty Esky. To fill up my car there. To visit there with my Empty Esky. To plan my next holiday and invest in local businesses and enjoy local produce, local goods and local adventures!
So go with an empty esky, buy from the bush and spend with them!
Do you have 2020 vision?
It's been a heartbreaking start to the New Year across much of Australia. Whilst we know the threat is not over with a tough weekend ahead, we're envisioning a year full of wet stuff! Quenching rains for a dry and barren land. And downpours to extinguish fires and provide some relief for our hardworking firefighters.
But it can be hard to know how to help in these times.
In 2018 we wrote about the drought in an extended blog post. This afternoon, we penned the following on the Australian bushfires; how you can find out more, how you can help, and why it is important that we come together.
Many media outlets have rolling coverage on the Australian bushfires including the emergency briefings provided by the Government and the State Emergency Services. The ABC News coverage can be found here. If you are in a bushfire impacted area or under threat ABC Radio provides ongoing local coverage.
Each state and territory has an online resource showing current incidents, threats and warnings. Many of these are also available as an app to be downloaded to your mobile device.
If you are travelling, please plan ahead. Many roads are closed in and around bushfire affected areas. Live Traffic (and the equivalent resources in your state) can help you plan.
How to help
Like many natural disasters, the bushfires have impacted many of us.
Lives have been lost.
Homes and businesses have been destroyed.
Thousands of people, pets and livestock have been displaced and often left stranded.
What can you do? There are many ways to help now, and into the future. Recovery will take a long time, and all those affected will need ongoing support. But we can help. And we can help from wherever in the world we may be.
The following list has been compiled of a number of ways you can support efforts. This list is not intended to be exhaustive - it purely acts as a starting point for suggestions. We welcome other suggestions and ideas in the comments.
The need of those who have been affected are varied, and our emergency frontline services and emergency relief charities are best placed to know what is needed and where. Monetary donations to these organisations are one of the most useful and immediate ways to help.
Some suggestions include;
There are multiple GoFundMe campaigns that have been set-up for individuals and communities affected by the fires. Please be aware when donating to these as a number of scams have been reported and are currently being investigated by police.
Some charities will reach out to the immediate community for the donation of goods. These requests will often be time sensitive and specific. They may be trying to cater for the needs those recently displaced by the fires, setting up an evacuation centre, or providing needs to frontline services. If you are in a position to assist in these call outs stay up-to-date by following local pages and support groups on Social Media (Facebook in particular).
As time passes, more long-term needs will need to be met. Donations of larger items may be facilitated through charities such as Givit. You can stay up-to-date with needs in your local area by regularly checking the website.
The Victorian Farmers Federation is coordinating the donation of fodder into fire affected areas in Victoria. Buy a Bale through Rural Aid, Burrumbuttock Hay Runners and Need for Feed are also coordinating donated hay and supplies into fire affected areas across Australia.
The Australian Red Cross is calling out for blood donations during this time.
Your time is one of the most precious gifts you can give.
Whilst many organisations, such as the NSW RFS and Australian Red Cross, require volunteers to be members and undergo training prior to a natural disaster, you may consider becoming a member. Not all work is frontline, with a number of roles involved in many different organisations. We've barely scratched the surface with our examples in today's post; from catering, communications and administration, to firefighters, chaplains and field teams.
Communities right across Australian will be calling out for people to give a couple of hours, a couple of days and a couple of weeks in coming months. Whether it's your local evacuation centre who needs a hand in welcoming people, or the local showground in preparing pens for displaced pets and animals.
In time, BlazeAid will call for volunteers to repair fences and help rebuild communities and farms after the fires.
We stick together
Australians are known for their comradery.
We stick together. We have our mate's back. We help each other out.
Of the most important thing you can do is to reach out now.
Touch base with your loved ones.
Message those in fire affected areas to let them know they are in your thoughts.
Call those in the wider fire regions that may be affected by the smoke haze and have difficulty breathing, particularly the elderly, young, or vulnerable.
Touch base with those you know who volunteer and their loved ones. It takes a community, and their support networks often spend nights worried whilst holding the fort at home.
Offer your praise to those who's leadership at this time you admire. Criticism is forthcoming, but praise and gratitude is often not. Local leaders from fire Captains through to our state and federal leaders have a lot on their minds and weight on their shoulders at the moment. Now is not the time for political point scoring.
Let's all do our bit to support and help one another. And fingers crossed for those rains real soon in 2020!
And... apologies for the hiatus in posts here. More on our busy time with #BuyFromTheBush later!
Our 2020 Calendars have landed!
All pre-orders were posted out earlier this week. We love seeing our calendars heading out all over the country!
Calendars are available from our online shop. And locally at Daisy Mae's Giftware, Finley, Tocumwal Post Office, and Peppin Heritage Centre, Deniliquin.
You can now pre-order our 2020 Calendars! All orders will be posted on Monday 2 December.
This year we have again partnered with Words with Heart for our printing. Each calendar funds an education day for women and girls in the developing world.
Calendars are available from our online shop.
A research scientist.
How about a landscape architect turned eco-warrior?
What does your future career in agriculture look like? Enter the National AgDay Careers Competition today to win cash prizes, plus a chance to meet Costa Georgiadis at the Archibull Prize Awards Ceremony in Sydney!
For full details visit http://archibullprize.com.au/careers/index.html and get your entries in before Monday!
A shout out to our rural journalists, particularly ABC Rural, who cover the news, the back stories, celebrate rural life and triumph in our successes.
As Matt Brann shared at a recent RAID Network event in Darwin, get to know your local reporter, call with your stories, share your research, your news and your success. They want to help you spread the word!
And maybe a rural journalist is a career you might consider exploring in our National AgDay Careers Competition?
Our creator, Aimee Snowden, is passionate about sharing Australian agriculture.
Last night at their 40th birthday celebrations in Canberra, the National Farmers Federation launched their new initiative #WeAreAustralianFarmers with this short clip here: youtu.be/dyEll90F_Cc
We look forward to seeing this initiative grow, and are particularly excited by the opportunity it presents to amplify the great work being done right across the agricultural industry by many to share our story and celebrate food and fibre production in Australia.
Whether you like plants or animals, are good at maths or the arts, whether you want international travel or to be working the land... We believe there is a career in agriculture for everyone; an opportunity for all, no matter what your passion is!
Explore your future career through the National AgDay Careers Competition. A collaboration between Sydney Science Park, the Archibull Prize, Career Harvest, and ourselves, ahead of National AgDay on November 21.
You can find all the details about the competition (including great prizes up for grabs) here: archibullprize.com.au/careers/index.html
As the sun sets on our trip to Darwin, we wanted to say a big thank you to the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN) for having us along to their 2019 Conference!
And to everyone who made us feel so welcome, provided us with top end travel tips, and who joined in on some LEGOgraphy fun!
Little BRICK Pastoral celebrates Australian agriculture through unique photos of a Lego farmer.
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