The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T00:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Cummins Allison Introduces New High-Speed Next Generation Banknote and Gaming Ticket Scanners 2016-06-15T05:21:33Z cummins-allison-introduces-new-high-speed-next-generation-banknote-and-gaming-ticket-scanners June 15, 2016, Sydney, Australia – Cummins Allison, a leading innovator of coin and currency processing technology, today introduced the JetScan iFX® series of desktop currency scanners to the Australian market. These desktop solutions scan next generation banknotes and tickets at a rate of up to 1,200 documents per minute. Organisations can now benefit from faster throughput, higher levels of counterfeit detection and lower note rejection rates. The JetScan iFX i100 scans and counts notes at an industry-leading rate of 1,200 notes per minute. While the JetScan iFX i200 counts, sorts and faces 1,200 mixed notes per minute – at least 50 percent faster than other desktop scanners. In addition to its speed, the JetScan iFX i200 features two sorting pockets and the lowest note rejection rate in the industry, resulting in fewer stops when processing large batches of notes or tickets. The JetScan iFX series is part of the Cummins Allison family of products built upon a breakthrough imaging technology platform. Imaging is a superior method to read and denominate notes, resulting in less downtime due to rejects and no-calls of poor-quality notes. Cummins Allison managing director Peter Gardner said, “This new JetScan iFX series of desktop products are another milestone in our long tradition of developing game changing technology”. Gardner also points out the JetScan iFX platform is designed to accommodate future capabilities with simple software upgrades. “Businesses purchasing JetScan iFX equipment can be confident that they have invested in a product capable of growing with their operations.” For more information on the new JetScan iFX products, visit http://www.cumminsallison.com.au/au/en/products/note-processing. About Cummins Allison Cummins Allison is the leading innovator and provider of currency and coin handling solutions with headquarters and manufacturing in the United States. Our world-class sales and service network includes hundreds of local representatives in North America, 6 wholly-owned subsidiaries and is represented in more than 70 countries around the world.  For more information about our award-winning solutions, visit http://www.cumminsallison.com.au. Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016 2016-06-11T23:17:21Z trail-blazing-australian-teen-lights-a-path-to-rio-2016 Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016  Tasmanian teen’s community contribution earns him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay   HOBART – 12 June 2016 - A Tasmanian teenager has been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent his country by running in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. 16-year-old Geoff Papi-Watson of Glenorchy, Hobart, who finds inspiration in helping others, was selected based on his outstanding community contribution through his extensive volunteer work with the Glenorchy Youth Task Force whose mission is to make a difference to young people in the local area.   The inspirational teenager has been recognised and hand picked for his great involvement in the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle, as well as other local community initiatives through the Glenorchy Youth Task Force such as RUOK? Day, Mental Health Week, Bike Kitchens and Gig in the Gardens.     The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle - a national program that has seen 10,000 Australian teens receive a brand new bike since its launch in December 2013 - chose Geoff for this unique experience, which will see him travel to Saõ Paulo to run a 200m leg of the Olympic Torch Relay on 23 July, two weeks before the commencement of the Games.   Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle ambassador and Olympian Sam Willoughby, said when the opportunity came up to nominate a candidate to carry the Olympic torch, there was no doubt that Geoff was the deserving teen for the job.   “We first met Geoff two years ago at the first Hobart Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle event where his passion, enthusiasm and leadership skills really stood out. Since then, Geoff has not only returned as a program volunteer, he continues to encourage locals in his community to keep riding. It was this commitment, along with Geoff’s extensive community volunteer work, that earned him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay,” said Willoughby.   To be selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific as an Olympic Torchbearer came as a huge surprise to Geoff, who hasn’t previously travelled overseas.   “To be chosen as a torchbearer by Coca-Cola South Pacific was really exciting. I’m thrilled to be given the chance to go to Rio and carry the torch. My sister introduced me to the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle two years ago; I enjoyed being a volunteer for the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle so much, I had to do it again. It's great to be recognised for something I love to do, giving back to the community, which I think is really important,” said Geoff.   Glenorchy City Council Mayor, alderman Kristie Johnston commented, “Glenorchy City Council is extremely proud of the contribution that young people make in our community through the Glenorchy Youth Taskforce. The Taskforce is the longest continuous running council supported youth group in the nation and its members assist with delivering great programs such as the Happiness Cycle. Geoff is a fantastic ambassador for Glenorchy young people as he models a commitment to his community through volunteering with many organisations and stepping up to be a voice for younger people.”   Roberto Mercadé, Coca-Cola South Pacific President said Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Olympic Torch Relay has spanned many years.   “We are proud to be sponsoring Geoff’s Olympic journey in recognition of his positive contribution and support for his local community. Coca-Cola chooses its torchbearers in-line with the Olympics’ fundamental values of inspiring positive change, hence why we have chosen Geoff as our Rio 2016 Olympic torch bearer,” said Mr Mercadé.   Geoff has been selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific to join 2,400 other Coca-Cola torchbearers around the world, as part of the Company’s sponsorship of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.   Coca-Cola first partnered with the International Olympic Torchbearers program in 1992.   For more information on The Happiness Cycle, visit: www.thehappinesscycle.com.au   - ENDS -  Media enquires: Josephine George, DEC PR Telephone: (02) 8014 5035coca-cola@decpr.com.au  About the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle The Happiness Cycle is a youth engagement program of Coca-Cola South Pacific. Each year, the program travels around Australia visiting communities in each state. To date, it has donated almost 10,000 bikes to teenagers across the country. In 2016, the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle program is preparing to improve the lives of thousands more teens across Australia, offering them the opportunity to own a brand new bike. The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle has been held in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia with the cooperation and participation of Beacon Foundation member schools.  About The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Powerade and many more.  Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.  Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colajourney.com.au. Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd is the authorised manufacturer and distributor of The Coca‑Cola Company’s beverage brands in Australia.  Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, provides marketing and technical/quality services to The Coca-Cola Company in Australia. TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T21:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: http://www.tcs.com/about/corp_responsibility/corporate-social-responsibility/Pages/TCS-Go4IT-work-experience-program-girls-IT.aspx Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: https://globalcsr.pinnaclegroup.global/2016/ About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: h.ramachandra@tcs.com | shamala.p@tcs.com Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: sean.davidson@tcs.com Phone: +65 9139 3668 Open Good Friday - Members ANZAC Dinner FUNdraiser 2016-03-08T03:28:23Z open-good-friday-members-anzac-dinner-fundraiser Easter Trading Hours Good Friday Open 1pm - 11 pm It's on again this year Easter Good Friday ANZAC Fundraiser at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Open on Good Friday for MEALS + Live Music + Guests + Open Mic + Easter Egg Hunt for the Kids + Easter Raffle + Plus much much more TBA + 8Ball (Henley RSL VS Semaphore RSL)| Snooker | Darts Comps. ALL Welcome. Members "GOOD Friday" ANZAC Day FUNdraiser Each Year it cost's the Sub-Branch between $15,000 - $30,000 to Stage the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and other activities on the day for the Community of Semaphore & Port Adelaide. The Members ANZAC Dinner FUNdraiser held on Good Friday each year helps raise some of the costs that go into staging ANZAC Day. As part of the Licencing for the Day Everyone will need to be a Member and purchase a Meal. If you are not a member You can Join on entry for the Year $40 or you can buy a Day Membership $(T.B.A.). Last year was such a Fun day for everyone and a Great Success for the club. See Pics from Last year   Fish & Chips $12Salt Pepper Squid $12 | Crumbed Calamari $12Fisherman’s Basket $15   Schnitzels also Available ALL Day Entertainment featuring + Guests + Open Mic•    Easter Egg Hunt for the Kids•    Easter Raffle•    Plus much much more TBA•    8Ball | Snooker | Darts Comps Easter Trading Hours Good Friday Open 1pm - 11 pm Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road ALL Welcome Proposals to cut access to Family Tax Benefits will only produce hardship and complicate system - National Foundation for Australian Women statement - Marie Coleman available for interview 2015-11-30T00:22:35Z proposals-to-cut-access-to-family-tax-benefits-will-only-produce-hardship-and-complicate-system-national-foundation-for-australian-women-statement-marie-coleman-available-for-interview FTB changes - NFAW Statement   30th November -The National Foundation for Australian Women is profoundly concerned by revised proposals by the Government to substantially cut access to Family Tax Benefits Parts A and B. The cuts will produce hardship for low income families, especially single parent families. They further confuse and complicate the system of family payments, rather than simplifying. They are not likely to have any positive impact on female work-force attachment. They will hit hard in identifiable regions with high concentrations of low incomes families and lack of employment opportunities- outer suburban areas of capital cities, and the regions. (Electorates with the lowest rates of families claiming FTB and so less likely to be impacted include Wentworth and Curtin.) Hypothetically, it is suggested that losses in family payments will be offset by access to cheaper child care. A parent of a 13 year old won’t be getting much out of that switch. The changes will penalise those sole parents who are already in employment- for each $ earned there is a $ loss in FTB. For the households where the parent, or parents are already working, the changes won’t produce additional workforce participation. These proposed changes are an attempt to make the lowest income families repair the Budget at a time when overall outlays on family benefits are in steady decline. It is completely untrue that Social Security payments for families are rising unsustainably. NFAW agrees with ACoSS- there is a need to change FTB- but that should have a focus on adequacy and the alleviation of child poverty, not just achieving savings. The Government’s proposals undermine our confidence in anything else proposed in the name of welfare reform. It is worth remembering in the context of current talk of changes to the tax mix and the need for compensation that the current structures being gutted were introduced by the Howard Government as compensation for the introduction of the GST. NFAW urges Senators to reject the changes once the new Bill is tabled. NFAW notes that the Senate Community Affairs Committee report on the previous Bill is due to be tabled on Monday 30 November. This alone will be a cause for confusion as the as yet unseen untabled Bill is considered. -ENDS- For further comment: Marie Coleman AO PSM, Chair, NFAW Social Policy Committee.  0414483068   Gold Coast City Council Division 7 Candidate Brooke Patterson launches campaign Dec 13 2015-11-15T19:47:38Z division-7-candidate-brooke-patterson-launch-dec-13 GOLD Coast City Council 2016 Division 7 candidate Brooke Patterson will officially launch her Councillor Candidacy at Northcliffe Surf Club on December 13. At the event, Mrs Patterson will outline her vision for Division 7 (Surfers Paradise) and the Gold Coast, in the lead up to the council elections on March 26, 2016. Her main concerns she will address include proper due diligence and a professional corporate governance approach to managing council affairs. “I want to ensure that residents can count on their council to exercise proper process and transparency on the important issues that matter to them,” Mrs Patterson said. Since she has been door-knocking in the Division 7 area over the past two months, she has noticed residents are consistently concerned that council decisions do not reflect sensible, long term town planning. “I am committed that council decisions do not evade the intent of town plans through legal technicalities,” she said. “I want to be part of a council that empowers and educates residents so they can engage on a level playing field with developers and other large companies who may have deeper pockets.” Other issues include: boosting the economy during significant population growth by accelerating infrastructure and increasing employment opportunities (in IT, creative industries, education, health and professional services). She is also a strong advocate for recognising the value of the natural resources of the Spit and Broadwater and proposes a mini-bus network of public transport, which would feed into our more regimented systems of tram, trains and heavy buses. “Having gone from a small coastal town 50 years ago, the Gold Coast is now the sixth largest city in Australia with a council budget of over $1.2 billion per annum. We need visionary, innovative councillors like myself capable of dealing with the complexities of the city’s transformation,” Mrs Patterson, age 40, said. “With a background in finance, and qualifications and experience in corporate governance, I am well placed to take on this significant accountability. “We need people on council who can ask the tough questions, bring a proper level of due diligence and commitment to the role and I will do that.” Mrs Patterson works as a senior investment adviser for Ord Minnett (Gold Coast & Hong Kong offices) and is president of the Benowa State School P&C Association. She is a former board member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong and Macau) and former chairperson for its Advocacy Sub-Committee, Financial Legal and Tax Committee. This is Australia's largest offshore chamber. “I am all about community service, leadership and advocacy,” Mrs Patterson said. “By 2050, the population will be 1.2 million - close to double what it is today. To ensure we attain a great standard of living for families and future generations, we require serious vision and resolve.” Brooke lives with her husband, Roger - an ethics solicitor at the Queensland Law Society – and their two children (Evie, 7, and Barnes, 4) in Benowa. Brooke Patterson’s Councillor Candidacy launch will be on December 13 at Northcliffe Surf Club, 51 Garfield Terrace, Surfers Paradise, from 3-4pm. The public is welcome to attend. For more details, call Brooke Patterson on 0448 289 881. New ASI Resources Show Smaller Not-for-Profits How to Achieve Stress-Free Member/Donor Management 2015-10-09T04:31:39Z new-asi-resources-show-smaller-not-for-profits-how-to-achieve-stress-free-member-donor-management Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, is expanding its resources for smaller membership and fundraising organisations to include webcasts, real-world success stories, and whitepapers they can use to easily and affordably evaluate, purchase and use a new member/donor management system. Melbourne, Australia (October 9, 2015) - Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, is announcing new resources (webcasts, whitepapers, and real-world success stories) particularly for small-staff organisations that need a new member or donor management system but are not sure where to start. Learn more at www.advsol.com/APresourcesPR. The iMIS 20 Engagement Management System (EMS)™ is specially designed to help smaller associations and not-for-profits manage their data, websites, events, email broadcasts, online stores, fundraising and more in one affordable, easy-to-use system. Resources include: Webcasts ASI is presenting the following separate webcasts for smaller associations and fundraising organisations at convenient times for associations and not-for-profits right across Asia Pacific region: iMIS 20 Overview for Small Associations Thursday, 15 October 2015 -- 11.00am AEDT (1pm NZDT) Thursday, 22 October 2015 -- 3.30pm AEDT (12.30pm MYT/SGT, 10am IST) Monday, 16 November 2015 -- 11.00am AEDT (1pm NZDT) Thursday, 26 November 2015 -- 3.30pm AEDT (12.30pm MYT/SGT, 10am IST) Thursday, 10 December 2015 -- 11.00am AEDT (1pm NZDT) Thursday, 17 December 2015 -- 3:30pm AEDT (12.30pm MYT/SGT, 10am IST) iMIS 20 Fundraising Overview for Small Not-for-Profits Thursday, 15 October 2015 -- 2.00pm AEDT Monday, 16 November 2015 -- 2.00pm AEDT Thursday, 10 December 2015-- 2.00pm AEDT Client Success Stories In working with more than 4,000 clients worldwide, ASI gathers success stories from association, fundraising clients of all sizes. Lab Rescue of the LRCP is an example of a small organisation that has achieved big things with iMIS: Lab Rescue of the LRCP uses iMIS to manage all of their donor data. They chose iMIS in part because they could also use it to manage web content, their online store and self-service options on their website. Everything is integrated in one system, which helps them maximise their time. Since Lab Rescue started using iMIS, donor satisfaction levels are way up, partly because they can now easily send out thank yous and other regular communications faster and more frequently. Their small volunteer staff doesn’t have to juggle with numerous different spreadsheets any longer; they have more time for dog placements and fundraising, including a monthly giving program that offers a brand-new revenue and donor cultivation stream for the organisation. Read the full testimonial and other client success stories. Whitepapers ASI has updated and commissioned several new reports and whitepapers as part of its "Not-for-Profit Executive Guide" series that are filled with industry tips, trends, and best practices that smaller organisations can leverage: -- Proven Strategies For Evaluating Member/Donor Management Systems -- Real-Time, Real-World Mobile Strategies -- 2015 Global Benchmark Report on Membership Performance -- 2015 Global Benchmark Report on Fundraising Performance About ASI Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is a recognised global, industry thought leader that focuses on helping associations and not-for-profits increase operational and financial performance through the use of best practices, proven solutions, and ongoing client advisement. Since 1991, ASI has served nearly 4,000 clients and millions of users worldwide, both directly and indirectly through a network of over 100 partners, and currently maintains corporate offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. Veterans Health Week “MENTAL WELLNESS” 2015-10-02T01:50:55Z veterans-health-week-mental-wellness Veterans Health Week “MENTAL WELLNESS”Veterans' Health Week (VHW) is a week of activities run across Australia. The week celebrates the ongoing efforts being made to improve the health and wellbeing of the veteran and ex-service community. VHW is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-serving members and their families to connect with the wider community and promote healthy lifestyle options.  The Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL is proud to announce it will be hosting 7 events during Veterans Health Week 2015. This year’s Veterans’ Health Week Theme is “MENTAL WELLNESS”. The week’s program is diverse and caters for everyone, from Sing-a-longs for our WW2 Veterans to a Family Fun Day Picnic for our Young Veterans and Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families. The week starts with a Black Tie Masquerade Ball Fundraiser and finishes with the Launch of a new Centre for Current and Ex-Serving ADF Personnel who suffer from PTSD, the “Defence Shed”. The week is an opportunity for the whole Community to get involved with the care of our Veterans’ and everyone is invited to come along, attend and participate in any of the Events and help us to Support Our Veterans’  .   Events Include: Veterans Health Week Masquerade Ball – “PTSD Don’t hide behind a Mask” Saturday 10th October 19:00 – 23:00 Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road Cost $10 A Black Tie Masquerade Ball Fundraiser where guests will be entertained by local Live Band “Creation” and will featuring a Floor Show by “Ball Room Bliss”. There will be Guest Speakers on Mental Health Wellness and a Light Supper will be provided. A Fun Night Guaranteed for all with plenty of Raffles and Prizes to win including “Best Dressed, Lucky Door Prize and many more. There will also be Information Stands / Displays on “Mental Wellness” Tickets available at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. “Don't be fooled by me. Don't be fooled by the face I wear. For I wear a mask, I wear a thousand masks, masks that I'm afraid to take off, and none of them are me. I give the impression that I am secure, that all is sunny and unruffled within as well as without; that confidence is my name and coolness is my game; that the water’s calm and I need no one. But, don’t believe me! PLEASE! My surface may seem smooth, but my surface is a mask. Beneath, dwells the real me: confusion; fear, lonely. But I hide this. I panic at the thought of my weakness and frantically create a mask to hide behind, to shield me from the glance that knows.” - The Mask Masquerade Ball is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families, Older Veterans and the Community. The Masquerade Ball will take place at the Semaphore& Port Adelaide RSL. ·         Live Band “Creation” ·         Floor Show ·         Guest Speakers – Mental Heath ·         Light Supper ·         Raffles / Prizes ·         Information Stands / Displays The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Veterans Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Sunday 11th October 11:00am – 17:00 Semaphore Foreshore + Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road Cost free / donations Honouring veterans includes honouring their children and partners as well. So, this Veterans Health Week, think about the service members and veterans you know, and remember the sacrifices they, and their families, have made for our country. Because the symptoms of PTSD and other Mental Health issues change how a Person feels and act, PTSD and other Mental Health experiences that happen to one member of a family can affect everyone else in the family. Veterans Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Event Summary  Veterans’ Health Week Family Day will kick-off around 11am with a day of Fun, free and ticketed family entertainment. Families can enjoy carousel rides, inflatable games, a petting zoo, Face Painter, ARMY Display, Music, Activity games, and much more!  Many activities are free, some activities require a $2 donation and some are at cost. Pack your Picnic Rug and chairs, bring your own picnic or something from one of the nearby café’s and takeaways. There is also a BBQ Lunch which will be served from 12pm thanks to the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Stick around for a Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) at 4:00pm at the nearby Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Were all the Raffles and Prizes will be given out. Detailed list of activities: Petting Zoo free 11 – 3pm Inflatable Bounce free 11 – 1pm $2 Donation 1 – 3pm Carousel Rides free 11 – 1pm at Cost 1 – 3pm *Mini Golf at Cost * Ferris Wheel at Cost Mini Games and Races free 130 – 3pm Musician free 1pm Information Stands / Displays free 11 – 3pm o    ADF / Army o    DCO – Defence Community Organisation  Soldier On DVA – Department of Veterans’ Affairs Defence Shed / Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) free 4:00pm – 530pm  Musician free 530pm-7pmFamily Fun Day is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families, Older Veterans and their Grand Children to enjoy time out together. Family Fun Day will take place down on the grass area on the Semaphore foreshore. The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies - “Remembering Happy Times” Wednesday   14/10/2015 11:30am – 15:30pmSemaphore & Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore 5019Cost free  / donations Music offers its own unique benefits to mental health wellness Young and old explore music together. Getting our older veterans out of their homes and experiencing the benefits of music It allows you to express yourself. It leads to social connection. It fosters creativity. It helps you to relax. It motivates you. It helps you focus. Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies is for, Older Veterans, and Widowers and the Community. The Raymond 's Piano Old Time Melodies will take place at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Singalongs and Dancing Floor Show Guest Speaker Quizzes Lunch / Refreshments Information Stands / Displays The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Semaphore Olympics – “New Challenges for Mental Wellness” Thursday15/10/2015 11:30am – 15:30pmSemaphore & Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore 5019Cost free / donations When it comes to boosting your brainpower with games, there isn’t any one type that’s the best to try. There are great board games, puzzles, riddles, and even video games that can help you get that brainpower flowing and sharpen things like math and word skills and help boost logical thinking. The important thing is to play something that you find fun and challenging. Exercising your brain is as important for your Mental health as exercising your body, and it may keep your brain sharp and protect you from memory problems later in life. Semaphore Olympics – “New Challenges for Mental Wellness” Day is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel, Older Veterans, Local Community  and their Families to come and try new games like Carpet Bowls, Snooker, Darts, 8-Ball, Board Games, Puzzles. Lunch, Tea Coffee, Refreshments will be available as well as Raffles  / Veterans Mental Health information / Displays The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities and game that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Veteran’s Wellness Walk – “Mental Fitness” Friday 16/10/2015 10:30 – 15:00Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road + Semaphore Foreshore Cost free  It is well documented that regular exercise is good for maintaining your mental wellness and what could be better than a Relaxing Walk along Semaphore Foreshore. Participants are encouraged to try the different exercise equipment along the way. We are encouraging our serving ADF to Team up with our Veterans to Walk & Talk about experiences, life now and then, share common problems,  The Wellness Walk is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities such as walking and exercise that help promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, Current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. ·         Relaxing Walk / Exercise along the Foreshore ·         Guest Speaker – Dennis J Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt ·         BBQ Lunch / Refreshments ·         Information Stands / Displays Wellness Walk is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel, Older Veterans and the Community. The Wellness Walk will take place along the Semaphore Foreshore followed by Lunch at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Current Serving ADF and Veteran’s will be able to connect with each other and the local Community to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Defence Shed Launch – “Everyone is Equal Under One Roof” Saturday 17/10/2015 11amDefence Shed  33-35 Veitch Rd Osborne SA 5017TechportCost free  The Climax of Veterans Health Week is the launch of Australia’s First Stand Alone Defence Shed for our Veterans and Current Serving ADF Members. On the day there will be displays on some of the projects the Defence Shed has planned. What is Defence Shed Defence Shed is based on the well-known ‘Men’s Shed’ Principle and will offer support to returned servicemen and women and those who are currently serving in an effort to provide them with mateship, various hands on activities, projects and social activities, health & welfare advice, counselling through various professional networks, along with connections to others within the Defence network that can offer assistance. Defence Shed is being organised by current and ex-defence force personnel from various backgrounds within the Defence force who have a passion to assist their mates in need. Defence Sheds will be a meeting place where people can discuss issues of concern with like-minded mates, work on projects together, get involved in fundraising activities with various charities along with the ability to learn new skills e.g.; Photography, wood work, metal work , boat building and similar skills. There will be a data base of Health professionals and those offering advocacy to those with issues with DVA etc. Our Vision Our Vision for Defence Shed is to be an Australia wide concept offering a place for all current and ex ADF members, with local ‘Defence Sheds’ in as many locations as possible, offering a place to work on various projects, helping mates in need, seeking and offering assistance on the many issues that face the Defence community. Our Aim Our aim is work with existing organisations that assist the veteran community and get as many Associations as possible involved with this project in a concerted effort to provide Members with a greater ‘United Voice’ to the many Government Departments that are responsible for their Welfare. With your support of this unique project we hope to establish a Defence shed in Port Adelaide, to offer assistance to those in need Our Mission Our Mission is to help as many veterans as possible by organising these sheds and offering them a place that will give them assistance in the many ways that are needed Objectives To create and maintain an environment for current and ex ADF personnel where concerns, PTSD, past trauma, health and welfare issues, transitional & employment problems can be discussed with other veterans who have empathy through similar life experience in operational areas during their service in the ADF.   Those that become part of the Defence Shed will be encouraged to develop, redevelop or learn new skills which will enhance their self-esteem and in turn provide a positive impact upon their lives, their family and the community.   To foster and maintain a relationship with the those stakeholders in the Defence Shed, Sponsors, South Australian Health Advisory Council, DVA SA, DefenceCare NSW and RSL Care SA (inc) Inter-Club Challenge – “Raise awareness about mental health in the RSL” Sunday 18/10/2015Port Noarlunga Christies Beach RSLCost free  In an effort to raise awareness about mental health in the RSL, the Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL has partnered with the Port Noarlunga Christies Beach RSL to bring an inter club challenge to the Port Noarlunga Christies Beach RSL with a series Games Activities and Challenges. The call to action is to get members involved in the mental wellness of the veterans in their clubs. It’s an opportunity for Presidents, Welfare Officers and members to exchange ideas to better the veteran community whilst creating Camaraderie and Rivalry amongst the clubs Inter Club Challenge is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families, Older Veterans to enjoy camaraderie and mateship. Carpet Bowls, Snooker, Darts, 8-Ball, Board Games, Tea Coffee, Refreshments Activities / Games / Races / Raffles / Bus Trip / Information Stands / Displays The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Local RSL Helps lay the foundation for the next generation of the ADF mental health strategies 2015-10-01T13:02:14Z local-rsl-helps-lay-the-foundation-for-the-next-generation-of-the-adf-mental-health-strategies As Part of Veterans’ Health Week 2015 the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL is going to launch Australia’s First Stand Alone Defence Shed for our Current Serving ADF Members, Veterans’ and their Families. The launch of Defence Shed is on Saturday 17 October 2015. The event will commence at 11:00am at the new Defence Shed premises, 33-35 Veitch Road, Osborne, SA, opposite the Australian Submarine Commission administration building. Defence Shed is a fully incorporated, non-for-profit organisation, run and administered by current and ex serving ADF personnel for the benefit of current and ex serving ADF personnel. Based on the popular ‘Men’s Shed  concept, but for both men and women "All Equal Under One Roof" is the motto. We are an apolitical organisation designed to provide current and ex serving ADF personnel a safe meeting place to discuss issues of concern with like-minded mates, work on projects together, become involved in fundraising activities with various charities, and learn new skills. An initiative proudly supported by the Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark BinskinDefence Shed - SUPPORT Support for the “Defence Shed” project comes from the Very top with Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin supporting the initiative. Australian Defence Industry Leaders ASC, Raytheon, AWD Alliance and many more are supporting the Defence Shed. Local, State and Federal Government have expressed support, in fact everyone is in support of the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL’s initiative to launch Australia’s First Stand Alone Defence Shed. Defence Shed - OBJECTIVES ·     To create and maintain an environment for Current and ex ADF personnel where concerns, PTSD,past trauma, health and welfare issues, transitional & employment problems can be discussed with other veterans who have empathy through similar life experience in operational areas during their service in the ADF. ·    Those that become part of the Defence Shed will be encouraged to develop, redevelop or learn new skills which will enhance their self-esteem and in turn provide a positive impact upon their lives, their family and the community. ·         Helping regain a sense of purpose in life; ·         Enhancing self-esteem; ·         Decreasing social isolation; ·         Facilitating friendship and companionship; ·         Providing an environment conducive to learning; ·         Improving physical health; ·         Increasing awareness of depression and anxiety; ·         Reducing stigma of depression and anxiety; ·         Increasing help-seeking for PTSD, depression and anxiety; ·         Increasing help-seeking for other health issues. T    The Defence Shed aims to help provide the "foundation for the next generation of the ADF mental health strategies and future evaluation of mental health interventions and services." Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies 2015-09-29T04:07:58Z raymond-s-piano-old-time-melodies Veterans' Health Week Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies Wednesday   14/10/2015 11:30am – 15:30pm Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore 5019Cost free  / donations Music offers its own unique benefits to mental health wellness Young and old explore music together. Getting our older veterans out of their homes and experiencing the benefits of music It allows you to express yourself. It leads to social connection. It fosters creativity. It helps you to relax. It motivates you. It helps you focus. Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies is for, Older Veterans, and Widowers and the Community. The Raymond 's Piano Old Time Melodies will take place at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Singalongs and Dancing Floor Show Guest Speaker Quizzes Lunch / Refreshments Information Stands / Displays Cost FREE / Donations The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Veterans Week Family Fun Day 2015-09-29T01:58:53Z veterans-week-family-fun-day Veterans Health Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Sunday 11th October 11:00am – 17:00 Semaphore Foreshore + Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road Cost free / donations Veterans Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Event Summary  Veterans’ Health Week Family Day will kick-off around 11am with a day of Fun, free and ticketed family entertainment. Families can enjoy carousel rides, inflatable games, a petting zoo, Face Painter, ARMY Display, Music, Activity games, and much more!  Many activities are free, some activities require a $2 donation and some are at cost. Pack your Picnic Rug and chairs, bring your own picnic or something from one of the nearby café’s and takeaways. There is also a BBQ Lunch which will be served from 12pm thanks to the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Stick around for a Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) at 4:00pm at the nearby Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Were all the Raffles and Prizes will be given out. Detailed list of activities: Petting Zoo free 11 – 3pm Inflatable Bounce free 11 – 1pm $2 Donation 1 – 3pm Carousel Rides free 11 – 1pm at Cost 1 – 3pm Mini Games and Races free 130 – 3pm Musician free 1pm Information Stands / Displays free 11 – 3pm o    ADF / Army o    DCO – Defence Community Organisation  Soldier On DVA – Department of Veterans’ Affairs Defence Shed / Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) free 4:00pm – 530pm  Musician free 530pm-7pm Family Fun Day is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families, Older Veterans and their Grand Children to enjoy time out together. Family Fun Day will take place down on the grass area on the Semaphore foreshore. The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Veterans' Health Week Defence Shed Launch 2015-09-28T11:08:07Z everyone-is-equal-under-one-roof Defence Shed Launch “Everyone is Equal Under One Roof” Saturday 17/10/2015 11amDefence Shed  33-35 Veitch Rd Osborne SA 5017TechportCost free  The Climax of Veterans Health Week is the launch of Australia’s First Stand Alone Defence Shed for our Veterans and Current Serving ADF Members. On the day there will be displays on some of the projects the Defence Shed has planned. What is Defence Shed “The Defence Sheds Objectives are to create and maintain an environment for Current and Ex ADF personnel where concerns, PTSD, past trauma, health & welfare issues, transitional & employment problems can be discussed with other veterans who have empathy through similar life experience in operational areas during their service in the ADF. Defence Sheds will be a meeting place where people can discuss issues of concern with like-minded mates, work on projects together, get involved in fundraising activities with various E.S.O. charities along with the ability to learn new skills e.g.; Photography, wood work, metal work, boat building Etc. and similar skills. The Defence Shed will work with E.S.O.s’ , Associations, ADF and Government Agencies in Maintaining a data base of Health professionals and those offering advocacy to those with issues with DVA etc.” An initiative proudly supported by the Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin Our Vision Our Vision for Defence Shed is to be an Australia wide concept offering a place for all current and ex ADF members, with local ‘Defence Sheds’ in as many locations as possible, offering a place to work on various projects, helping mates in need, seeking and offering assistance on the many issues that face the Defence community. Our Aim Our aim is work with existing organisations that assist the veteran community and get as many Associations as possible involved with this project in a concerted effort to provide Members with a greater ‘United Voice’ to the many Government Departments that are responsible for their Welfare. With your support of this unique project we hope to establish a Defence shed in Port Adelaide, to offer assistance to those in need Our Mission Our Mission is to help as many veterans as possible by organising these sheds and offering them a place that will give them assistance in the many ways that are needed Objectives To create and maintain an environment for current and ex ADF personnel where concerns, PTSD, past trauma, health and welfare issues, transitional & employment problems can be discussed with other veterans who have empathy through similar life experience in operational areas during their service in the ADF.   Those that become part of the Defence Shed will be encouraged to develop, redevelop or learn new skills which will enhance their self-esteem and in turn provide a positive impact upon their lives, their family and the community. To foster and maintain a relationship with the those stakeholders in the Defence Shed, Sponsors, South Australian Health Advisory Council, DVA SA, DefenceCare NSW and RSL Care SA etc. https://www.facebook.com/events/1481536282141558/https://www.facebook.com/Defence-Shedhttp://www.defenceshed.com/http://semaphoreportadelaidersl.com.au/