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OneSight Indigenous Design Competition

Posted: February 5th, 2014

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OneSight are seeking an aspiring Indigenous artist to create a piece of art which symbolises their culture and the importance of vision to their community.

OneSight is a not-for profit organisation working globally to provide free eye-screenings, free glasses where needed and eye-health education to disadvantaged and remote communities.

The winning piece of artwork will be used to create  limited edition Ray Ban Wayfarers frames with the artist with artists name printed on the inside arm of the frame and the artists story being recognised inside the packing. The artist will also receive a licence fee for each pair produced and $10 000 to be put towards the professional development of their choice. Fifty dollars from the sale of each pair will be donated to OneSight programs in rural and regional Indigenous communities across Australia.

Applications close February 28, for more information or to enter click here.

Nominations for 2013 Mid West NAIDOC Awards closing soon

Posted: June 20th, 2013

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Do you know someone who deserves a NAIDOC award?

Time to get those submissions in, as nominations for the 2013 Mid West NAIDOC Awards close 5pm tomorrow, Friday 21 June.

The annual awards recognise outstanding achievements made by Indigenous Australians to improve the lives of Indigenous people, or promote Indigenous issues in the wider community.

If you know someone in your community who deserves to be recognised for their contribution, complete a nomination form in one of the following categories:

  • Scholar of the Year
  • Male Community Service of the Year
  • Female Community Service of the Year
  • Apprenticeship Award
  • Musician of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Hall of Fame
  • Male Elder of the Year
  • Female Elder of the Year
  • Reconciliation Award
  • Community Service Volunteer
  • Youth of the Year
  • Non-Indigenous Male Person of the Year
  • Non-Indigenous Female Person of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year

Nominations can be obtained from Laine-Rose Forsyth at the Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre by emailing

For more information about NAIDOC Week 2013, visit the NAIDOC website.

First round of Community Development Fund grants now open

Posted: June 6th, 2013

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A new Community Development Fund (CDF) established by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) is offering grants up to a combined amount of $37.5m in 2013-2014.

The CDF has been established to support social and economic development across remote regions, and will provide funding for activities that benefit Indigenous communities as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous jobseekers.

The application period for the first grants round closes at 5pm AEST on Friday 21 June 2013.

Please click here for the CDF application and eligibility guidelines.