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This year’s theme, 'A case of resilience for the First Nations People of NSW' highlighted Aboriginal communities’ successful responses to COVID-19 global pandemic.   Panellists praised the actions of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in communicating clear information about the global pandemic very early to Aboriginal communities to keep them safe. “ACCHOs were prepared earlier than much of mainstream Australia, and because of the need to protect culture, understood the risk and took steps to mitigate any risk by closing off communities.”   “Communities worked together embracing covid measures – not complaining or resisting the limitations of the COVID Guidelines promoted by ACCHO…and provided practical help to each other, networking and sharing what was working,” said Dr Peter Malouf.   Dr. Summer Finlay explained the success in dealing with the pandemic: “One of the key strengths is our culture of connectivity which served us during the pandemic as we were all communicating/connected/informed.”   Robert Cooley, whose team of park rangers turned to fishing and coordinating food hampers for vulnerable elders in the La Perouse community during lockdown said, “Communities find ways to care for each other on the land on which they live and are connected to. It was a privilege for me, and the other rangers, to be able to look after our community during this great time of need.   I think the younger rangers really felt empowered and that they made a difference.”   The panel also warned of new health epidemics looming – even higher trends of intergenerational trauma, overrepresentation of kids in out of home care and juvenile justice.   Megan Williams said “The highly effective community protective factors that worked outside of correctional facilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were a massive failure internally, with ACCHOs locked out due to the battles in state/federal funding.” Those incarcerated or otherwise separated from communities during the pandemic have been left even further isolated from community, services, family, health care access etc.   “What is needed is a working co-designed health response and support systems for our communities, based on our learnings during the pandemic…and jointly funded (State and Federal) Aboriginal led programs that support the health of Aboriginal people particularly for,” said Dr Peter Malouf. Watch the recording on the Reconciliation NSW YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USG4YVOInhY    Panellists: ·       Dr. Summer May Finlay (Yorta Yorta), Postdoctoral Fellow with University of Canberra and lecturer at the University of Wollongong ·       Dr. Peter Malouf (Wakka Wakka and Wuli Wuli), Executive Director of Operations, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council for NSW ·       Associate professor Megan Williams (Wiradjuri) - Assistant Director and Research Lead, National Centre for Cultural Competence, Sydney University ·       Robert Cooley (La Perouse and NSW South Coast communities), Senior Ranger, Gamay Botany Bay Rangers CWA of NSW welcomes government support for mice plague but warns crisis far from over 2021-05-13T04:14:15Z cwa-of-nsw-welcomes-government-support-for-mice-plague-but-warns-crisis-far-from-over Hi , The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW has welcomed the acknowledgement by the NSW Government of the mice plague in western NSW with a $50 million support package for affected farmers and communities. “We were hopeful after our meeting with the Agriculture Minister on Monday that they would respond to our calls, and those of the NSW Farmers’ Association, for urgent action on this crisis, and the measures they have announced today do address some of the issues around the high costs to farmers in trying to control the mice in and around their properties, and to small businesses and households in affected towns,” said CWA of NSW CEO Danica Leys. She said the financial and health implications for rural and regional communities was enormous and they were now hopeful the Government would continue to monitor the crisis and introduce further measures as the need arose, with the association and NSW Farmers continuing their advocacy on behalf of these communities. A media release on the issue is attached and below, along with an image of Danica Leys. For further information or interview requests, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW welcomes government support for mice plague but warns crisis far from over As the devastating mice plague continues to ravage large areas of western NSW, the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW has welcomed the assistance package announced by the NSW Government this morning. The NSW Government has announced a $50 million support package, which includes free of charge grain treatment for farmers and rebates for small businesses and households. CWA of NSW CEO Danica Leys said it was good news for affected farmers and communities, who have been dealing with the financial and health impacts of the catastrophe for more than six months, and hoped the NSW Government would continue to monitor what was an evolving situation. “We were hopeful after our meeting with the Agriculture Minister on Monday that they would respond to our calls, and those of the NSW Farmers’ Association, for urgent action on this crisis, and the measures they have announced today do address some of the issues around the high costs to farmers in trying to control the mice in and around their properties, and to small businesses and households in affected towns,” she said. “After enduring drought, fires and COVID-19, these areas now have a plague to contend with and they’ve been doing it on their own for months. Along with crop, fodder and machinery losses, town businesses have had suffered stock losses and damage, and then they have to deal with the mice invading their homes and impacting their health, both physical and mental. “This assistance package will provide some relief, and lets these communities know that the NSW Government have acknowledged their plight. We are now hopeful the Government will continue to monitor the crisis and be able to act with further measures as the need arises, and our association and NSW Farmers will continue our advocacy on behalf of these communities for as long as it takes.” NSW Farmers’ Association President James Jackson said the acknowledgement by the NSW Government of the enormous impact of the plague on rural and regional NSW communities was welcome, with costs of baiting running into the millions of dollars. “A recent survey we did on this issue emphasised just how much stress this has been placing on farmers and other small businesses as they try to control the mice and the damage they’re doing, so the assistance announced by the NSW Government today is welcome,” he said. “We look forward to further discussions with the Agriculture Minister on these measures and how they’re going to be implemented, but a timely and efficient rollout is essential, especially with winter planting now underway.” Electrician in the Sutherland Shire now give a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty 2021-05-13T00:29:28Z electrician-in-the-sutherland-shire-now-give-a-lifetime-workmanship-warranty True Local Electricians, the only electrical company that provides all organizations and ventures of different sizes with the highest rated electrical service. They have a Master Electrician to carry all of your electrical needs, whether you are a shop owner, contractor or homeowner. If you are constructing a new home, operating property construction or requiring electrical repairs, their master electricians are trained with aplomb to perform every single job flawlessly. If you are searching for simple electrical fittings, such as bulbs or full house electrical fittings, doesn't matter at all. Not only would you be surprised to hear that they are available for anything and everything, but also that their prices are very, very fair. Top it all, on all their designs, they even give a terrific Lifetime Workmanship Warranty  Guarantee. "We are pleased with how people have reacted to our bid. Because we have always been the most favored company for all electrical needs and solutions, our phones have not stopped ringing now with the new guarantee. People deserve the best. More than that, they deserve the best 5 Year Guaranteed Workmanship. Send us a call for your electrical needs. We and our master at True Local Electricians. About True Local Electricians: True Local Electricians is an Sutherland Shire electrical company that provides private homeowners and contractors with electrical needs for commercial properties. Please visit us here for more information. Offer us a call today by calling 0423 562 257. Media Contact True Local Electricians Phone: 0423 562 257 Address: 1/14-16 Giddings Ave, Cronulla NSW 2230 Email: truelocalelectricians@gmail.com Caringbah Electrician Set to Expand Their Services into Surrounding Areas 2021-05-13T00:29:03Z caringbah-electrician-set-to-expand-their-services-into-surrounding-areas Caringbah, NSW 2229 – March , 2021 – True Local Electricians, a top-rated electrician near Caringbah, is set to expand its quality services into Caringbah’s surrounding areas.  As part of their expansions, the leading electrician aims to open a new office and recruit skilled personnel to serve their customer’s needs better.  Over the few years, True Local Electricians has seen an increased demand for electrical technician Cringbah services and surrounding areas. With this high demand, there has been a need for them to expand to other places to serve their customers better. Having acquired years of experience in the industry, True Local Electricians has been capable of attending to their customers’ electrical problems and requirements on time. The company suggests that their licensed electrician in Caringbah is dedicated to offer high quality and cost-effective solutions that exceed expectations. Additionally, the company's founder said, “We are hoping this new expansion will allow us to provide exceptional services to customers in Caringbah NSW who are in need of hiring electrical contractors. We are fully trained and prepared to supply your home with reliable electrical services. Also, as Caringbah's top-rated Electricians, we are well prepared to use high-quality materials and equipment always to meet your needs. You can be assured that your home will receive the best treatment and that the job will be as per your standards by using our services. We know your time is precious, so we aim to deliver on-time and reliable services with excellent customer service. Due to total protection, electrical problems must be resolved as soon as possible, and that is why you should rely on prompt electrical services like ours. A fast response to your call secures that our electrician will be on time, so you don't have to think about when we will arrive. It not is usual for the electrical contractors in Caringbah to be hired for residential, industrial, and real estate properties. The company offers a variety of services, including the installation of switches, indoor and outdoor lighting controls, power points, TV points, data points, intercom, fans, and smoke detectors, as well as fault detection and troubleshooting, updating and fixing switchboards, blown fuses, and electrical work. About True Local Electricians True Local Electricians is a well-known electrician in the Sutherland Shire. The electrician excels in commercial and residential electric repairs, circuit breakers, lighting installation, lighting design, site maps, and generators. The staff has the skills and experience needed to offer unmatched services. For more information, contact this electrician today. Please visit us here for more information. Call today 0423 562 257. Media Contact True Local Electricians Phone: 0423 562 257 Email: truelocalelectricians@gmail.com McDonald Inc. Launches To Push Boundaries Of Women Leadership Globally — Through Sustainable Change 2021-05-12T08:03:37Z mcdonald-inc-launches-to-push-boundaries-of-women-leadership-globally-through-sustainable-change An emerging organisation with a purposeful mission to ambitiously set about the business of getting women back into work, leadership positions, and entrepreneurship. Leading 1 million women with the courage to step in, step up, and start up.     Barriers to entry in male-dominated fields have reached unprecedented high levels to the detriment of women in the past. At present, the positive movement for female representation in leadership positions, entrepreneurship, and in the workplace gathering momentum comes as a welcome relief. But while this cultural progress may signal a paradigm shift, it is of little or no significance without societal frameworks to give expression to this progressive wave that is catching up with modern societies.    McDonald Inc. is one of such societal frameworks innovated to champion the cause for women by paving ways for women inclusion in male-dominated spaces, through empowerment and education. Women who find themselves in these positions in their careers and would love to transition seamlessly into entrepreneurship and become business owners and founders are given all the enlightenment they need.  This is made possible through the Executive Pivot program under the auspices of McDonald Inc.   “The inception of this organisation could not have come sooner given the purposeful and meaningful impact that our operations are bound to foster for potential women leaders,” said CEO and Founder of McDonald Inc., Sonia McDonald. “By harnessing the power of innovative thinking and approaches driven by entrepreneurial insight, savvy and altruistic concern for women’s welfare, all major stakeholders including us, the people we work with, and young and emerging leaders are unto a seismic shift in the world of women globally.”   Unwaveringly devoted to helping women achieve that good-to-great transformation they desire, McDonald Inc. boasts a membership platform that fosters camaraderie with flexible membership options. From extensive tools to resources, hacks, courses, programs, and information, McDonald Inc. demonstrates savvy and rock-solid dedication in empowering women to become courageous, authentic, and kind leaders in their careers, and lives.   In a recent interview with Sonia, she enthused: “These are exciting times for us. There has never been a more critical need and urgency for a company such as McDonald Inc. to provide strategies and programs that help women, communities and companies with end-to-end solutions helping women back into the workforce, get that seat at the leadership table, and become owners and founders of fantastic businesses.”   A renowned speaker, Sonia evidently ‘walks the talk’ as far as her oft-referenced lectures on inclusionary leadership go with McDonald Inc. allowing for strategic tie-ups and collaborations with corporates to provide them with impactful leadership programs.   These collaborations set the tone for an increased focus on women’s development and recruitment in the corporate space, the result of which yields high representation in leadership positions and on boards, improved women participation, and retention rates. These companies become willful agents of change, further enhancing their brand image as an organisation that is diverse, inclusive, and supportive of women in the workplace.   Sonia added, "I see a world that provides businesses and companies with the strategies and leadership to attract, create and build women for the workplace and outside the four walls of the workplace — in leadership and entrepreneurship. But first, we can only achieve this when we recognize that the time to act is now.”   To learn more about McDonald Inc., the incredible membership and strategies we offer our members, clients, and organisations we work with, and our array of programs geared towards fostering great leadership, visit: https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/ https://www.leadershiphq.com.au https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/   From online to onsite, awesome local deals you didn’t know existed until now 2021-05-11T21:37:58Z from-online-to-onsite-awesome-local-deals-you-didn-t-know-existed-until-now MELBOURNE, Victoria, May 12, 2021 - Warrp is the latest in Australia’s ecommerce platforms with a hive of hidden bargain buys that won’t stay hidden for long. And Melbourne users will soon discover that some of the most rewarding deals can be found beyond the computer screen.    Warrp has pioneered a Trusted Partner network that provides users a range of free and discounted offers at local businesses across Melbourne, from half-price car washes to free croissants.   It is incredibly easy to download the Warrp app and create a free account, and start taking advantage of the growing list of Partner Offers straight away.   Check out some of the amazing Partner Offers found exclusively through Warrp: 50% off the price of any pre-designed salad from Bluebag 50% off the price of a car wash at Prestige Hand Car Wash Buy one pizza, get one free at Franco & Co 50% off the price of pre-purchase vehicle inspections at Karworx Free croissant with any coffee purchase at Young Leopard $4 off the price of a Nene Dosirak Lunch Box from Nene Chicken Spend $20 to get 50% off any side at Khartoum Centre Restaurant 15% off any first month membership item at 4KitsonCo    How does it work?    Warrp users earn free Partner Offer Credits (POC) through Warrp’s Loyalty Rewards Program. Each POC can be redeemed at any Warrp Trusted Partner place of business by simply scanning the QR code instore, which means instant rewards for Warrp users and direct support for local businesses.    Users earn POCs via automatic monthly top ups, buying or selling pre-used goods through Warrp, and inviting others to join the Warrp revolution.    CEO and Co-Founder, Matthew Ng, said Warrp was urging local Melbourne businesses to visit the Warrp website and join the Trusted Partner Network.    “We are a Melbourne start-up company with ecommerce at its core, but we really want to partner with other local businesses who may have done it hard during the pandemic and give something back to the community,” said Mr Ng.    “Businesses who partner with us enjoy plenty of benefits such as increased foot traffic and patronage, free directory listings, a verified Warrp Partner icon, amplified item and social commenting features, and free business promotion boosts through the in-app storyboard and across Warrp’s social channels.   “We are encouraging any local business to sign up and take advantage of our Trusted Partner network to grow their own customer base and get to know their locals.”    Franco & Co cafe owner and successful Melbourne restaurateur, Francis Chehade, said he immediately signed up when Matthew told him about Warrp and what he needed to do to help his local community.   “We became a little territorial about other businesses partnering with Warrp because we saw the huge benefit the platform provides from a local business outreach point of view, but luckily for us we came in early,” said Mr Chehade.   Frank Lannazzo, owner of Karworx, said he knew online promotions worked through platforms such as Cudo and Groupon, but Warrp had created a direct business-to-consumer approach that made it more affordable for customers.    “With Warrp’s Trusted Partner network there are no middleman charges or fees so through our Partner Offer we can pass the savings on to the customers,” said Mr Lannazzo.   “It was a no brainer for us to sign up, especially to service those who are buying and selling cars privately, offering half off on any vehicle pre-purchase inspection.”  To sign up and take advantage of Warrp’s incredible Partner Offers, visit the Apple App store and download the Warrp App to your iPhone today. Warrp will be available on all other smart phone and web devices at a later date.   -ENDS-   About Warrp: Warrp is a digitally innovative iOS marketplace app that takes the hassle out of peer-to-peer shopping online with a world-first dynamic marketplace, Trusted Partner program, Loyalty Rewards program, and Secure Escrow facility. Easily list products to sell or browse thousands of items to buy all from the Warrp app. As a proud Australian online start-up company, Warrp’s end-to-end experience is designed to change the way people buy and sell. Currently servicing Victorians but available to download nation-wide, Warrp’s vision is to grow its presence globally as an online marketplace built on strong community values, innovation, safety and ease of use.  Discover a marketplace where you are in control of the journey and destination.   Media Contact: https://warrp.it/contact-us/ Press Room: https://warrp.it/press-room/ Government fiddles while seniors & disabled continue to be shut out of housing 2021-05-11T04:55:27Z government-fiddles-while-seniors-amp-disabled-continue-to-be-shut-out-of-housing Seniors and disabled are paying the price for Spring Street and local councils’ obsession with overdevelopment said Fawkner Residents Association (FRA) spokesperson Mr Joe Perri.    Commenting further Joe Perri said, “This was rammed home last month when Moreland Council set a new low and precedent for Fawkner by approving the construction of six triple storey units on a single block at 110 Jukes Road that also included the waiver of statutory carparking requirements”.    For the Residents Association, the most disappointing aspect of Council’s approval for the project was the revelation that the “standard” for housing accessibility is the ability for a senior or disabled person to get their walking frame or wheelchair through the entry of a multi-storey building in order to be deemed “acceptable”.   Joe Perri continued, “Time and again, the growing tally of similar projects by commercial developers that are coming to Fawkner that do not meet the Liveable Housing Design gold and platinum level guidelines has been pointed out to Moreland.   “Instead, Council preferred to ignore the appeals, objections and protests highlighting the reality that seniors and the mobility challenged are being deliberately deprived of access to housing suitable for their needs.    “In doing so, it makes a mockery of Moreland Council’s own policies of inclusivity and non-discrimination”.   Out of sight out of mind has been the preferred approach to this matter by the state government and local council.    Is it any wonder that seniors and disabled feel abandoned by councillors, politicians and government when council applies abysmally low accessibility standards for housing?    A reality that will not be addressed in the near future as reflected in the lack of urgency contained in the narrative of the recent Building Ministers’ Meeting: Communique April 2021.      Joe Perri concluded, “The ability of seniors and disabled to live normal lives in overdevelopment obsessed Melbourne and inner-city municipalities like Moreland is becoming a significant challenge.    “Forced to live lives shut indoors because of age and disability, the elderly and disabled now find themselves shut out of access to housing as well”.   Issued by the Fawkner Residents Association   Media enquiries:      Mr. Joe Perri                                     Mobile:  +61 412 112 545    Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au Loukas Law: Premiere Family Divorce Lawyers Perth with a Difference 2021-05-07T07:21:39Z loukas-law-premiere-family-divorce-lawyers-perth-with-a-difference Laws governing divorce and the distribution of property are complicated and complex. They can also be extremely confusing, adding to the trauma of individuals already undergoing the emotional and financial stress of divorce. Loukas Law has earned a reputation for finding the most equitable solutions for clients during one of the most challenging times of their life. The family divorce lawyer Perth provides expert guidance and representation whether individuals are seeking a divorce or separation. The law professionals can assist with obtaining spousal support and with the division of property and assets. The firm is skilled in mediation, arbitration and collaboration services for dispute resolution. When all attempts to resolve issues have been exhausted, the firm’s lawyers provide expert litigation representation. There’s much more to family law than divorce decrees or spousal and child support. Loukas Law attorneys also handle estate administration and probate cases. Even when a will is left, the terms of inheritance aren’t always linear and the situation becomes far more complicated when there’s no will or multiple beneficiaries are involved. A family lawyer Perth can assist with administering, managing and distributing estates and bequests. Divorce arbitration is an alternative solution to litigation of which many individuals aren’t aware. Parties that choose arbitration allow a qualified, independent third-party make the decisions about the creation of a fair settlement. Loukas Law represents clients during the process. Arbitration is less costly in terms of financial and emotional demands. Resolutions are typically arrived at quicker and details aren’t aired in public judgements and case listings. Loukas Law attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in every aspect of family law. The firm works closely with clients to craft legal strategies that address everything from financial security and emotional well-being to physical safety when domestic violence is an issue. The law professionals help clients find a future they can live with, enabling them to advance to the next stage of their life. About Loukas Law We care about seeing you come through your family law process in your best personal shape, so that you can build your best future. We are dedicated to look after you from every perspective, legally, financially and personally. We are your support, counsel and advocate. Our strength will be your solution. Media Contact Loukas Law 66 Ord St. West Perth, WA 6005 Australia Website: www.loukaslaw.com.au CWA of NSW supports call to end ‘zombie’ mining licences 2021-05-07T00:00:25Z cwa-of-nsw-supports-call-to-end-zombie-mining-licences Hi , The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW is supporting a legislative push to extinguish ‘zombie’ Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELS) covering valuable NSW, agreeing it’s time to end the uncertainty for affected communities. It comes as the NSW Upper House prepares to consider legislation introduced by Independent NSW MLC Justin Field to extinguish 'zombie' or expired PELs, in response to concerns of a return to widespread Coal Seam Gas exploration in the NSW North West region. “Communities in these affected areas have lived with the uncertainty of what these PELs will mean for their futures for too long, and it’s time for confidence to be restored for the people who call these regions home and who rely on the land for their livelihoods," said Stephanie Stanhope, President of the CWA of NSW. The importance of protecting valuable agricultural, water and environmental assets was also discussed at this week's CWA of NSW state conference in Bega. Attached and below is a media release on the issue and for further information or media inquiries, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW supports call to end ‘zombie’ mining licences The call to extinguish ‘zombie’ Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELS) covering valuable agricultural land has the full support of the Country Women’s Association of NSW, which says it’s time to end the uncertainty for affected communities. It comes as the NSW Upper House prepares to consider legislation introduced by Independent NSW MLC Justin Field to extinguish 'zombie' or expired PELs, in response to concerns of a return to widespread Coal Seam Gas exploration in the NSW North West region. CWA of NSW President Stephanie Stanhope said the association recognised the importance of mining and gas projects to the state’s economy and energy needs, but they needed to proceed in locations that didn’t unduly impact NSW communities and other industries, like agriculture. “In the case of the 11 PELs in question, we believe they aren’t in appropriate areas and now these licences have expired, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be extinguished,” Stephanie said. “Communities in these affected areas have lived with the uncertainty of what these PELs will mean for their futures for too long, and it’s time for confidence to be restored for the people who call these regions home and who rely on the land for their livelihoods. “It’s also time to secure the future of the valuable agricultural land covered by these expired PELs, as well as the irreplaceable water and environmental resources in these areas. They’re too valuable to be compromised by poor planning and questionable decision-making.” Stephanie said as well as the extinguishment of the expired PELs, there also needed to be a whole new process for considering and approving future mining exploration licences. “Just this week, members at our annual state conference endorsed a motion calling for the cessation of licences for ‘$2 companies’ that don’t have the financial capacity to undertake mineral exploration. This current process is failing communities and landholders, with a lack of regulatory oversight and the potential to inflict enormous emotional and financial stress on landholders,” she said. “It’s just another example of the urgent need to overhaul the entire process and replace it with one in which rural and regional communities can have trust and confidence. We’d like to see a bi-partisan approach to this review process as well, ensuring the protection of our agriculture industry now and into the future. “We only get one chance at this, because once our fragile and precious farming land, water resources and significant environmental assets are damaged, or even destroyed, there’s no coming back.” Sonia McDonald’s New Book — ‘First Comes Courage’ Sets A Paradigm For Courage-based Leadership Driven By Bravery, Kindness, And Inclusion 2021-05-06T03:38:07Z sonia-mcdonald-s-new-book-first-comes-courage-sets-a-paradigm-for-courage-based-leadership-driven-by-bravery-kindness-and-inclusion A timely, actionable guide for leaders, teams, organisations, and anyone looking to take on a deep and abiding sense of courage — one that inspires a people-first leadership that drives meaningful impact and organisational success. A plethora of book releases serenades our online and brick-and-mortar bookstores regularly. Once in a very blue moon, there seems to be that one that ticks all the boxes for a resource of incalculable value — career advancement, personal development, and a ‘bull’s-eye’ timing given its high social relevance. “First Comes Courage”, written by Sonia McDonald, founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc. as well as one of the globe’s leading speakers on Leadership, Courage and Kindness, is just such a case.   In a world plagued with poor leadership fueled by power tussles, poor vision, a cling to popularity, and appallingly scarce levels of human empathy, and at a time where we face new realities that are bound to test leadership capabilities to its humanistic core, ‘First Comes Courage’ offers nothing but answers. In her book, Sonia chronicles inspirational stories of courage from her experience and others to empower readers with kind, courageous and inclusive leadership that helps them to win at their workplace and in life. Sonia’s watershed book is a valuable addition to her first book releases namely ‘Just Rock it!’ and ‘Leadership Attitude’, both of which are also centered around helping to build capacity for leadership in individuals, teams, and organisations. ”While researching and writing this book for many years before the COVID pandemic, I knew it would create the impactful change we need in the leadership space, and for everyone globally.” said author and founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc, Sonia McDonald, “I never anticipated the need and impact being so overwhelming. Now more than ever, we need that courage, impact, and kindness for 2021 and beyond. And that is all down to us now knowing that the secret sauce to ultimate leadership lies in courage.” From voyages of self-discovery to experiments of self-evaluation, practicable hacks for personal growth that help you find your inner courage, and everything in between, the book, featuring 15 chapters, sets out to demystify purposeful leadership using courage as an emotional conduit. Sonia also takes stock of the Courage Compass — an introspective intervention primed to help people struggling to find their inner courage by rendering insights into your belief, behaviour, and value system against the four pillars of Courage: Kindness, Purpose, Resilience, and Impact.   Whether a clarion call to a new-and-improved dimension to leadership that our global society is currently begging for or a carefully considered selection of contemporary, practicable solutions to grace you with some pep in your steps for your next courageous career move, this book is the ultimate blueprint.   Reader testimonials tell the story. Have a glimpse into what Daniel Maddison had to say “Sonia’s philosophy of leadership in her book is not just worth pondering, but also practicable. It’s remarkably easy to digest. ‘First Comes Courage’ is a wonderful blend of leadership savvy, relational insight, and a solid appreciation of a topic of global relevance in a new era. This one stays on my bookshelf as a worthy reference. Highly recommended!”   Another raving fan of Sonia’s book is Edward Bonel “Easy to read, insightful, and full of examples. Every chapter is well-crafted to provoke and inspire long-term action. It provides a stepwise approach to being a Courageous Leader. This book is very relevant in building the sort of leadership that assists in executing strategy into action. I highly recommend this book to individuals who want to become more effective in their leadership style.” An award-winning author, Sonia is renowned for a brand of inspirational leadership that beckons on leaders to set them on a path to emotional intelligence and purposeful leadership. She does this with courage, commitment, and candour. Her life and work are irrefutable proof of the impactful change leaders can drive within their communities, and globally.   To learn more about this novel-yet-inspiring take on leadership, ‘First Comes Courage’ is available on Sonia’s website, Amazon and Booktopia. To contact Sonia as a keynote speaker at your conference, workshop or event, visit: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/contact/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/ https://www.leadershiphq.com.au https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/     Now GFA World -- Launches Its First-Ever Mission in Africa 2021-05-06T01:34:15Z now-gfa-world-launches-its-first-ever-mission-in-africa TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- One of the largest mission agencies in the world is launching compassion projects in Africa (http://www.gfaau.org/africa) for the first time -- a huge boost for humanitarian efforts in the world’s poorest continent.   GFA World (www.gfaau.org),expects to begin work in multiple African nations this year.   “Africa is where the tears never dry,” said GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan, announcing the launch of compassion projects in Rwanda, a mountainous nation in east-central Africa still recovering from the war and genocide that left 800,000 dead and ripped the country apart in the 1990s.   “Everything we do focuses on bringing real hope and the love of God to those who’ve lost all hope,” said Yohannan, author of the best-selling book Revolution in World Missions, with more than four million copies in print.   To begin with, GFA World’s efforts -- supported by the Rwandan Government, church leaders and their congregations -- will help children living in slum neighbourhoods in the nation’s capital, Kigali, where most people survive on less than two dollars a day.   “We appreciate the open door we've been given to start saving lives and serving the poor in Rwanda," said Yohannan.   Africa ‘Compassion Surge’ The organisation plans a surge of compassion and healthcare projects across Africa, including deploying Sisters of Compassion workers -- trained Bible women who serve widows, orphans and those living in leprosy colonies.   “We’re looking at the whole continent, and one of our goals is to help tens of thousands of children (in Africa),” said Yohannan. The organisation already provides educational opportunities for thousands of children through its child sponsorship programs across Asia.   “About half of Africa’s population is under the age of 15, and the average life expectancy is 50,” he said. “This fact makes the desperate urgency to share the hope and love of God with millions while we have time still to do it. They are waiting -- they are dying.”   As GFA World expands into Africa, the mission agency also plans to introduce its trademark “Jesus Wells” -- bringing clean water to villages and undeveloped communities where children and families drink contaminated water straight from filthy ponds.   Caring For Millions In Need Started by mission pioneer Yohannan in 1979, GFA World quickly grew into one of the biggest faith-based humanitarian organisations in the world, helping millions of the world’s extreme poor by equipping local churches to care for those in desperate need.   In Africa, GFA World plans to train indigenous workers in Rwanda and other countries to serve their own people, following its highly effective Asia model.   With their grasp of the local culture and languages, the organisation’s national workers have helped transform life for those in more than 12,000 parishes and communities across Asia in nations, such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India.   While slums are often associated with Asian megacities -- featured in movies such as Slumdog Millionaire -- African countries have the highest percentage of slum dwellers. More than nine out of every 10 people in South Sudan, Central African Republic and Sudan live in slums.   “We aim to be servants to everyone, showing them God’s Love through our lifestyle,” said Yohannan. “Jesus told his disciples to change the world -- and as we expand into Africa, that’s our calling too. We want to bring hope and healing as His hands and feet to the whole world.”   “After all is said and done, the only real answer to the chaos in this world is Jesus Christ. Our focus remains even sharper today -- to share the Good News by all means and establish the church, which is the agent of change for time and eternity.”   ###   GFA World (www.gfaau.org) is a leading faith-based global mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across the world, and sharing the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included thousands of community development projects that benefit downtrodden families and their children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and teaching providing hope and encouragement available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. In the years ahead, GFA World expects to launch programs in numerous African nations, starting with compassion projects in Rwanda. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at https://press.gfa.org/news.     PHOTO CUTLINE: GFA WORLD LAUNCHES IN AFRICA: GFA World (www.gfaau.org), is launching compassion projects in Africa (http://www.gfaau.org/africa) for the first time -- a huge boost for humanitarian efforts in the world’s poorest continent. (Jeremy Bishop/Unsplash) Medicinal cannabis for PBS, review of organ donation policies and greater protections for farmers endorsed by CWA of NSW 2021-05-06T01:07:16Z medicinal-cannabis-for-pbs-review-of-organ-donation-policies-and-greater-protections-for-farmers-endorsed-by-cwa-of-nsw Hi , The CWA of NSW 2021 state conference in Bega concludes this afternoon with members spending a busy week determining the future policy direction of the association, renewing friendships and enjoying all that the south coast of NSW has to offer. Attached is an update on the conference motions and the business discussed, along with an image of conference attendees at the historic Bega Showground. For further information or interview inquiries, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE Medicinal cannabis for PBS, review of organ donation policies and greater protections for farmers endorsed by CWA of NSW The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is calling for prescribed medicinal cannabis to be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and is advocating for greater protection for agricultural land through more consideration around the location of solar farms and the abolition of mining exploration licences to ‘$2 companies’. The issues are among dozens of motions being discussed and debated at this year’s CWA of NSW state conference in Bega this week, with successful motions to spearhead the association’s advocacy efforts over the next 12 months. Mental health service failures, immediate improvements to the aged care sector and ways to boost organ donation rates were also on the agenda. Successful motions include: That the CWA of NSW be to take active steps to increase the information available to all members, branches and groups to enable them to seek and promote opportunities for increased and meaningful understanding of, and engagement with, First Nations communities across the state (Keiraville branch) A call for immediate action with regard to the failure of aged care service delivery in NSW (Jerilderie branch) Advocacy around a review of organ and tissue donation policies with consideration of a soft opt-out policy in preference to an opt-in policy to assist in increasing the rate of organ and tissue donations (Pambula-Merimbula branch) Lobbying the NSW Government to provide sufficient face-to-face acute psychiatric services to all local health areas, especially those in rural and remote locations (Hillston branch); calling for a single co-ordinated mental health service information and referral resource in towns as part of the overall measures for suicide prevention (Kiama branch); and an urgency motion on lobbying the state and federal governments to provide additional funding, opportunities and incentives to enable training of more psychiatrists to provide acute face-to-face services in all local health areas (Urgency motion) Advocacy for a ‘just transition’ from coal and gas to low carbon-intensive industries to minimise employment impacts (Tambar Springs branch) Opposing the construction of large-scale solar plants on prime agricultural land to protect food and fibre productivity (Jindera branch) Lobbying the NSW Government to cease assessing $2 companies as able to satisfy the ‘financial capacity to undertake mineral exploration’ in NSW under the Mining Act 1992 (White Cliffs branch) Advocacy for the placement of prescribed cannabis medication on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Cobargo branch) “There’s always a lot of different issues covered by the motions that come from our branches, and this year is no different,” said CWA of NSW President Stephanie Stanhope. “This diversity in our membership and the concerns of their communities ensure our association’s advocacy efforts reflect a broad cross-section of the NSW population and our policy platform is inclusive of a range of issues. “Improvements to health service delivery in rural and regional NSW communities have remained a strong focus this year, particularly around mental health support and suicide prevention measures. And our members have taken further steps this year in advocating for sensible government regulation around mining exploration on our prime agricultural land and approvals for the location of renewable energy projects. “Energy generation is of the highest importance to our state and communities, but whether it’s fossil fuel-generated or produced by renewable technologies, the regulation around it must be well-considered and sustainable for all,” Stephanie said. There was also unanimous support for the donation of $20,000 to the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and $10,000 to ACWW South Pacific to fund training initiatives in the region. Members also voted for ovarian cancer to be the focus of the CWA of NSW’s Health Research Fund Annual Project for 2021/22. Ends Agency for the Next Economy 2021-05-05T08:22:06Z agency-for-the-next-economy Underpinned by a proprietary model for predicting future human behaviour, the founders have affectionately named “BE.AP.S.” – Behavioural Economics x Applied Psych. x Strategy.   BE.AP.S. provides sustainable and socially conscious brands with a cheat sheet for the next economy. By embracing conscious consumerism, it’s flipping the agency model on its head and partnering with brand clients to navigate this new way of consumer thinking. Says Todd Sotheren (left), co-founder and creative director at Agency: “Increasingly, consumers are voting with their wallets for the World they want to live in.” Agency promises to· Create clarity for brands in an uncertain future· Align mindful purchases with your bottom line· Enable brands to be a force for positive change Says Nicholas Mason (right), co-founder and strategy director at Agency: “It’s why at Agency, we say ‘Don’t be a Can’t’. Because consumers won’t cop it any more.” BE.AP.S. modelling is available now for inherently good brands turning over between $2 – $100M. For more information on Agency, please visit www.agencybyron.com