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After Float Fest Success Crowdfunding For Murray River Tourism

From all accounts The Murray River Tourist Association’s 2014 Mannum Waters Float Fest was a very successful weekend. Now MRTA, led by Jen Whitehorn, is running a crowdfunding campaign to capitalise on this success and establish an ongoing annual event to benefit many small Murray River communities.

The Crowdfunding Goal

In addition to a very welcome government grant of $5000 for marketing MRTA is hoping to raise $40,000 through crowdfunding to cover admin/shopfront space, event insurance and printing. This would help establish the Float Fest attempt to ‘paddle into the record books’ as an annual event which will continue to build regional tourism in The Murraylands.

Jen says they aim to:

“push the event and then position it to be able

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A Successful Community Investment In ‘Micro Hydro’

The UK’s Stockport Community Hydro is a successful example of community investment. In this case, an English community near Manchester has invested in a micro hydro project, something that could be replicated here in Australia.

Financed By Crowd Sourcing

The Stockport project was to install two Archimedes screws in a nearby weir. These screws – called ‘Thunder’ and ‘Lightning’ – can operate independently and at variable speeds. Financed via a crowd sourced ‘community share offer’, the community also won some grants and took out some loans.

The members, who own the scheme, will be entitled to receive dividends when the scheme makes a profit. About half the investors live in the local Stockport area and all …

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Go Girls! Arnhem Land ‘Deadly Beef Stew’ Micro-Enterprise

This morning Twitter has led me to this effort by a group of Yolgnu schoolgirls – cooking and singing their way to funding a sports oval at Laynhapuy School in remote East Arnhem Land, south of Nhulunbuy, on the Gove Peninsula.

Latju Manymak Ngatha Miyalk Mala – good healthy food cooked by the girls!

These enterprising young ladies are selling frozen healthy meal packs from the freezer at Yilpara (Baniyala) homeland community’s shop for $6.00 each. They have already taken $400 and are promoting their product on social media as well as posting their own online music videos such as…’Deadly Beef Stew’!

School Principal Leonard Freeman told Darwin radio about the program:

“The idea came about from thinking about what the relevant

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‘Daughter Water’ Addressing Gender Pay Gap..

Daughter Water for CEOs uses humour to tackle the ongoing gender pay gap for equal work in Australia. International research shows that shortly after male CEOs become father to a baby daughter, his female staff get a direct benefit AND if it’s a firstborn the gap decreases by three per cent!

A Fun Campaign To Increase Gender Pay Gap Analysis

From today every CEO in Australia whose company has not completed a gender pay gap analysis will receive a bottle of Daughter Water to ‘result in a flood of daughters’!

Helen Conway, heading up the WGEA (Worplace Gender Equality Agency) hopes the humour will spark some discussion.

How Many CEOs Have Audited Their Organisation’s Pay Gap?

There are thousands on WGEA’s list …

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A Community Kindness App: ‘Help Me Help You’

The Helpmehelpyou app is ‘a helping hand within arm’s reach’- a great idea, and free. The app allows carers, parents and sick people to stay in touch. It puts out a call to friends or family for help with a single task or a list, and people check off things they can help with.

The Story Behind The App

I read in a local newspaper that a Melbourne Mum, Emma Race – pregnant with her third child in four years – saw the community rallying around another Mum who was unwell.

“People were making meals, cleaning, baby-sitting, washing and doing pool pick-ups but it was hard to co-ordinate – someone had to make rosters and email people..

I thought there had to

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