Northern Rivers Echo

Last week I attended the Northern Rivers Student Leaders’ Forum in Lismore. Leaders from public and private high schools throughout the area came together to discuss a number of issues. These students are wonderful representatives of their schools and the future is bright for our communities with youth like this at the forefront.

My elderly father recently had a fall so I am only too aware of the dangers and impacts, I encourage all family members and friends to find out how they can prevent the risk of a fall, as part of this year’s April Falls Month 2016.

April Falls Month raises awareness of the danger and impact of falls in the community, especially among the elderly and frail.

This year’s theme is “Share the Care: Falls Prevention is everyone’s business”.

Prevention is better than recovery. The NSW Falls Program is supporting improvement in care for older people by educating staff, patients, families and carers in falls prevention. For more information, visit the NSW Falls Prevention Network website at:

Visual artists at the start of their careers are being urged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2016 Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship that will provide $30,000 for a program of professional development.

The fellowship will enable recipients to undertake activities including travel, mentorships, internships, courses, research and creating new works.

A shortlist of up to 12 artists will be selected by an independent panel of peers managed by Arts NSW to participate in an exhibition at Artspace, Sydney from 8 November to 10 December 2016.

Applications for the 2016 fellowship close at 5pm on Monday, 9 May. For more information including details on how to apply, visit

Consumer Affairs Ministers from across Australia have agreed for the first time to adopt a national information standard for free range egg labelling.

Under the agreement, free range eggs must come from hens that have meaningful and regular access to an outdoor range, with a stocking density of no more than 10,000 hens per hectare.

Outdoor stocking densities (hens per hectare) will need to be prominently displayed on packaging. A safe harbour defence will also be introduced to provide clarity for egg producers on enforcement of the new standards.

NSW brought forward a proposal at the last CAF meeting in June last year to develop a draft national information standard which won the support of the ministers around the table.

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