Category Archives: The Country Web

Smart ways to leave farming

by Ted O’Kane, Goulburn DPI Rural Resilience Officer. As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual. Respected Monaro grazier and cattle breeder, Howard Charles, cites a number of logical reasons for ‘half retiring’ and leasing his property but admits that if it were … Continue reading

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Transitions of life

by Lynda Williams, Biblah Farm.  As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual I have had numerous transitions throughout my life that took me away from my home at Wongali, Nevertire. My first transition was going from Warren High to boarding school … Continue reading

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Money: Life transitions and your finances

By Jo Stephens, Financial Adviser.  As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual Life is ever-changing. During our lifetime many aspects of our lives will change, bringing highs and lows of certainty and uncertainty, comfort and fear of the unknown. There are many … Continue reading

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Lynne opens her home and heart to children in crisis

By Lynne Sawyers As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual When Barnardos Australia foster carer Lynne Sawyers (pictured), took in her first foster-child she couldn’t have guessed that she would still be caring for children in crisis almost 20 years later. … Continue reading

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Celebrating courage, celebrating seasons

By Stephanie Dale, Byron Bay As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual It was the middle of a New England springtime, mid-November 2015; Liz Chappell cast her eyes around the visitors in her garden—570 of them, over two days. They … Continue reading

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Women leaders: Mona Shindy

Mona Shindy is not the typical privileged white corporate success story.
Captain Mona Shindy has seen 26 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy. She has won numerous awards and achieved seniority in an organisation not traditionally given to promoting women. Mona immigrated from Egypt when she was three-years-old, and is rightly proud of the success and the she has found in Australia. Continue reading

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Robyn’s story: From grub to butterfly

By Robyn Warwick, Narrabri As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual I am now a strong, independent woman that wears strong colours and had the nerve to paint my house purple, when the norm was green, cream and white. But I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Tips for talking to someone you’re worried about

Source: Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)  As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual We all know someone who has experienced a mental health issue. It might be your father, a neighbour, your bank manager, your best friend’s daughter, … Continue reading

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Men’s matters: How to avoid being a victim of change

Dr John Ashfield PhD, Australian Institute of Male Health & Studies. As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual …change can turn out to be a real tonic. It can lift us out of a rut and present us with an … Continue reading

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Families in recovery: Are you struggling with a loved one’s use of alcohol or drugs?

Are you struggling with a loved one’s use of alcohol or other drugs? Do you want to live without the chaos? Anne Leigh from Families in Recovery shares her strategies for dealing with the situation in a healthy and productive way. Continue reading

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