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We said farewell to Go Goldfields Coordinator and Children & Families Partnership Facilitator, Sharyn Huggett last week. We thank her for 3 years of inspiring community work, especially in the Early Childhood development landscape, and wish her all the very best in her new role at Asteria Services. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving

Some more fun from the recent NAIDOC event in Maryborough supported by Go Goldfields. ... See MoreSee Less

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People of the Central Goldfields Shire are in the thoughts of the Go Goldfields Backbone staff today. Especially those participating in the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System public hearing taking place at the Maryborough Community Hub right now. We admire those of you who are taking steps to engage in the process, we commend your courage and your commitment. All of us at Go Goldfields know that change takes time and the efforts of so many hearts and minds, and that is why; Our community is working together towards a positive future.

If you or a family member has immediate mental health concerns or requires assistance, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.

#GoGoldfields #regionalhealth #workingtogether #collectiveimpact #nostorytoosmall

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Public hearing announced for Maryborough, Vic - Monday 15 July. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system recently announced the details of their public hearings.

A hearing day will be held in Maryborough in the Shire of Central Goldfields to consider the issues facing those accessing and delivering mental health services in rural Victoria.

The hearings will formally collect evidence from expert and community witnesses from the general public to build on the reflections and insights we have heard during our community consultations and through the submission process so far.

Ten key themes will be explored during the hearings, including suicide prevention, stigma, access and navigation, prevention and early intervention, the role of carers and families, and the barriers that culturally and linguistically diverse communities face when accessing mental health services.

You can read the full list of topics on the hearings page: rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/Hearings.

The hearings will be will be open to the public and will be streamed live on our website, except in particularly sensitive circumstances.

Online submissions open until July 5.
There’s still time to have your say – online submissions are open until 5 July.

If you haven’t already, you can go to: www.rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/submissions and share your views and ideas. You can make a brief comment or a longer, more formal submission.

If you need help to make a submission or have any questions, you can call 1800 00 11 34 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email contact@rcvmhs.vic.gov.au.

The Commission can also be contacted using a phone interpreter service on 03 7005 3010.

Recent media releases can be found here: rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/news
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4 weeks ago

Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving

Staff from our local Maryborough Regional Library - Victoria and @Dunolly Library joined many to share their vision for, and ideas about the importance of Libraries within all communities.

Our Go Goldfields collaborative practice advocates for literacy development across all life stages, especially the early years. Get along to your library and open doors to new worlds.

#regionallibraries #literacyisfreedom #earlyyearsliteracy #readingisfun #LibrariesChangeLives
#PLVN #SLV
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1 month ago

Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving

We are very proud of our ShortFlix participant Harry Cain who was short-listed to win an award for the short film that he created in our film making project last year. Congratulations to all the entrants of the JMC Academy Martini Awards, and of course the winners! We can't wait to see what you will all do next.

#ShortFlixFilmFestival #GoGoldfields #YouthNarratives #RuralArtsCongratulations to Highview College student Harry Cain on being recognised for his brilliant short film — The Doctor Will See You Now — at the prestigious Martini Awards! 🎥

The comedy, starring Loui Froia, chronicles the struggle of a bored and exhausted doctor during peak flu season, and originally screened at the Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving Short Flix Festival.

"I wanted to be involved in the Short Flix Festival because I just love picking up a camera and making my own films," said Harry.
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1 month ago

Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving

We are looking forward to this NAIDOC celebration of history with Opportunity ChildIn support of the #UluruStatement from the Heart and the ChangeFest Statement, we’re preparing for #NAIDOC2019 Week (7-14 July).

Over the next few weeks, we will journey back and take a look at the historical #NAIDOC posters, with a question for today - how much has been achieved and what more needs to be done for fair and equal rights for First Nations people and Torres Strait Islander people?

We invite you to walk with us in this movement for the Australian people for a better future, our shared future. #VoiceTreatyTruth

Gari Yala (Speak the Truth),
Louisa

Follow this series by liking the Opportunity Child page.

Resources with thanks to National NAIDOC.

N.B. The ChangeFest 2018 Statement ow.ly/wpl550uyHVF
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NAIDOC Celebration - FREE Community Event
VOICE, TREATY, TRUTH - Lets work together for a shared future.

Tuesday 9th July (2019), 10am – 4pm
Princes Park, Maryborough VIC

We kick it all off at 10am with a traditional smoking and Welcome Ceremony with Uncle Rick Nelson when we can all observe and reflect on the primary theme of this year’s NAIDOC celebrations of; Voice, Treaty, Truth – working together for a shared future.

Enjoy, watch and participate in a variety of great activities, footy and netball games and clinics with special gust AFL legend Stewart Crameri from 10.30am until 2pm, with an awards ceremony at 3pm.

You’ll be treated to fantastic entertainment with Indigenous Hip Hop performances by KIBBZ (Jya Aitkinson). Special food event - Kup-Murrie (Torres Strait Islander Food and Feasting Ceremony) with Uncle Phil Arwang at 1pm while special guests Coloured Stone Official (Bunna Lawrie) perform on stage!

Plus NAIDOC related stalls, art work, books, crafts, children’s activities, face painting, Indigenous merchandise and tourist information, basket weaving, kid’s story reading area, Carisbrook Lions Club mini-train, Health Bus, local indigenous food and plants. Boutique coffee will be available for purchase from the Maryborough Footy club van, plus free BBQ cook up by the Lions, tea and coffee with the Anglicare Mother’s Union, fruit and water available all day.

For further information contact: Michelle Rafferty 0450 158 670

This Central Goldfields community event is brought to you by Anglicare Victoria in collaboration with and supported by; AFL Central Victoria, AFL Victoria, ASTERIA Services Inc , Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BDAC), Best Start, Care Connect, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Central Highlands Water, @Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Freeza, Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving, @Indigenous Business Australia, Lions Maryborough, @Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, MDHS - Maryborough District Health Service , Maryborough Toyota, NAIDOC Week Org, Netball Victoria, Paisley Park, The Salvation Army, Victoria Police, and Wellways.

#NAIDOC #communityconnectedness #centralgoldfieldscommunity #collaboration #firstnations #VoiceTreatyTruth
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2 months ago

Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving

Our local Zonta group are helping women abroad with this international initiative.
#womenshealth #zontacentralgoldfields
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2 months ago

Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving

Look out for the Healthy Hearts survey in your letterbox! Fill it in alone, or with the Maryborough Regional Library - Victoria staff, on paper or on-line, to have your say on what new play equipment, expercise, and recreation equipment could be introduced (or upgraded) for the Shire!The Healthy Heart of Victoria 2019 Active Living Census is now online and is being posted to households in the Central Goldfields!

The census aims to improve health outcomes for residents living in central Victoria.

A total of $12,000 in prizes is up for grabs for those who complete the census with extra incentives provided for those who complete it online. Prizes include gift cards and sporting equipment.

The census can also be filled out online at www.srcentre.com.au/ALC until June 16.

Pictured is AFLW footballer and local resident Lauren Butler.
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DAY #7 - "SOMETIMES IT’S REALLY HARD TO GET THEM OUT THE DOOR, BUT WHEN I DO, IT’S WORTH IT."

Go Goldfields is taking part in National Families Week this May 15-21. We are celebrating natures playground and the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors. We have collaborated with the families in our community to co-design messages that celebrate and remind families of this vast and the free spaces within and surrounding the Shire that are readily available to all families to enjoy. We are excited to share these beautiful messages reflecting the core theme of this year’s National Families Week ‘stronger families, stronger communities’, and what that means to us. We hope that you enjoy, get inspired and share!

#GoGoldfields #NationalFamiliesWeek2019 #StrongerFamilies #effort #worthit #StrongerCommunities #CollectiveImpact #OpenCommunication #HonestChats #NatureTherapy #TheGreatOutdoors #weareonlykidsonce
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2 months ago

Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving

Some very sweet family portraits from Mission Australia's Miller Community Pre-shoolers as part of National Families Week program. What does your family look like? ... See MoreSee Less

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Engage! Program - National Volunteers Week 2019

To celebrate National Volunteers Week 2019, Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the Members of the Victorian Youth Week Committee Group through the Engage! and FReeZA Programs at the Maryborough Community Hub yesterday. The certificates acknowledge the contribution made by our young people, and their parents, to the 2019 Victorian Youth Week event held in April of this year.

The 2019 Victorian Youth Week Celebrations included the committee making and creating various products to sell at the Maryborough Lions Club Market, and to showcase the art work from the group who meet each week for 8 weeks to plan and run their market stall for Victorian Youth Week 2019. The stall included bath bombs, tie dye clothing, candles, hair scrunchies, face painting, fun hair spray and live music.

The Hon Hugh Delahunty (Central Goldfields Administrator), Sandra Hamilton (Manager, Social Inclusion / Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving) and Penny Wilson (Facilitator FreeZa Program, Central Goldfields Shire Council) presented the recipients with their certificates. The recipients were; Abbey Sealey, Charlotte Brown, Jorgia Brown, Kaylee Farrow, Misty-Lee Carter, Shakiah Humphrey and William Brown.

Parent and local leader volunteers were also recognised, including Terry Hill with a certificate of Appreciation for himself and the Maryborough VIC Lions club Club for all of the support the committee received for participating in the Market for the day; Hannah Riley with the Gold pin for her ongoing volunteer work and contribution to the Engage! Program. Hannah is a past Engage! Program participant and has continued to be involved in the Engage! Program as a mentor to our young people; and Sharlene Huxtable for volunteering her time to help out with the trips to the Melbourne Show. Sharlene has accompanied the FreeZA Group on a few Melbourne Show Reward Trips.

For more information about the Central Goldfields Shire Council Engage! Program please visit; www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/Community-Services/Youth/Engage-Program
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Day #6 - "A SIMPLE PUDDLE CAN TEACH THEM SO MUCH, EVEN ABOUT SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY" ~ The voice of a Goldfields Gran

Go Goldfields is taking part in National Families Week this May 15-21. We are celebrating natures playground and the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors. We have collaborated with the families in our community to co-design messages that celebrate and remind families of this vast and the free spaces within and surrounding the Shire that are readily available to all families to enjoy. We are excited to share these beautiful messages reflecting the core theme of this year’s National Families Week ‘stronger families, stronger communities’, and what that means to us. We hope that you enjoy, get inspired and share!

#GoGoldfields #NationalFamiliesWeek2019 #StrongerFamilies #StrongerCommunities #CollectiveImpact #FreeNaturePlay #LearninNature #TheGreatOutdoors
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We were very happy to attend another Story Seats launch at Maryborough Community House last week. We are proud to support this vibrant community arts project for the Shire. Get along and see it for yourself!

#GoGoldfields #AuthenticCommunityNarrative #CommunityArts #PublicArt #RuralArts #YouthArts
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2 months ago

Go Goldfields: Aspiring & Achieving

Some easy ways to spend time in nature with your little ones in their early years.More great things for families and communities to do with young children this National Families Week!
Thanks to Nature Play SA.

For #strongerfamilies #strongercommunities and #childrenthriving...
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Day #5 - "THE KIDS FIND THEMSELVES, TOGETHER, AND THEY WORK THINGS OUT" ~ The voice of a Goldfields Dad

Go Goldfields is taking part in National Families Week this May 15-21. We are celebrating natures playground and the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors. We have collaborated with the families in our community to co-design messages that celebrate and remind families of this vast and the free spaces within and surrounding the Shire that are readily available to all families to enjoy. We are excited to share these beautiful messages reflecting the core theme of this year’s National Families Week ‘stronger families, stronger communities’, and what that means to us. We hope that you enjoy, get inspired and share!

#GoGoldfields #NationalFamiliesWeek2019 #StrongerFamilies #StrongerCommunities #CollectiveImpact #OpenCommunication #HonestChats #NatureTherapy #TheGreatOutdoors
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Day #4 - "THERE ARE TREASUES TO BE FOUND OUTSIDE" ~ The voice of a Goldfields Mum

Go Goldfields is taking part in National Families Week this May 15-21. We are celebrating natures playground and the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors. We have collaborated with the families in our community to co-design messages that celebrate and remind families of this vast and the free spaces within and surrounding the Shire that are readily available to all families to enjoy. We are excited to share these beautiful messages reflecting the core theme of this year’s National Families Week ‘stronger families, stronger communities’, and what that means to us. We hope that you enjoy, get inspired and share!

#GoGoldfields #NationalFamiliesWeek2019 #StrongerFamilies #StrongerCommunities #CollectiveImpact #FreePlayinNature #LearninNature #TheGreatOutdoors
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Day #3 - "I REMEMBER WHEN THE SUN KISSED MY FACE AND FAIRIES LIVED UNDER FLOWERS" ~ The voice of a Goldfields Mum

Go Goldfields is taking part in National Families Week this May 15-21. We are celebrating natures playground and the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors. We have collaborated with the families in our community to co-design messages that celebrate and remind families of this vast and the free spaces within and surrounding the Shire that are readily available to all families to enjoy. We are excited to share these beautiful messages reflecting the core theme of this year’s National Families Week ‘stronger families, stronger communities’, and what that means to us. We hope that you enjoy, get inspired and share!

#GoGoldfields #NationalFamiliesWeek2019 #StrongerFamilies #StrongerCommunities #CollectiveImpact #ThroughaChildsEyes
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Our impact work

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FAMILY VIOLENCE FORUM – 2017 & 2018
The Go Goldfields Family Violence Action Group - Service Development Working Group conducted a forum at the MDHS Wellness Centre
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BERRY STREET TRAINING – 2017 & 2018
Professional learning with the Berry Street Institute in April and June of 2018 provided 30 community members and professionals opportunity
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SHORT FLIX FILM PROJECT – 2018
The Short Flix Festival, funded and coordinated by Go Goldfields, was an intensive 4-month creative film making experience undertaken by
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