The Children’s Festival 2017 has been rescheduled, due to bad weather
before and on March 19 forced the cancellation of the planned event at
The festival’s founder, Thuat Van Nguyen, today announced that the 2017 festival will now be held
on Saturday 13
th of May at the same venue, First Fleet Park, The Rocks in Sydney.
It will be officially opened by the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Hon Ray Williams MP.
“We were naturally disappointed for the scores of children who had been preparing for the festival
for many weeks. However, the extra time available should allow us to make the event even better.
“This festival is something important for today’s world which is so divided by cultural and religious
difference. “On Saturday 13
th of May, children from over 30 groups will take to the stage to sing
and dance. Hundreds more will parade in national costume, accompanied by marching and drum
bands, and lion dancers.
“Children coming together in this way once a year, deliver an important lesson in harmony and
acceptance”, Mr Nguyen said.
Thuat Van Nguyen staged the first Multicultural Children's Festival in Bankstown in 1999.
“Over the years we have continued to grow and this year we are including indigenous children who
will dance and participate in creative activities. We have also invited children from recently-arrived
Syrian refugee families to introduce them to the amazing diversity of our society.
"There has probably never been a time when acceptance of difference was more important.
Children demonstrate welcome and acceptance much more easily than adults and our festival is
designed to bring all these children to together to mingle, share and to teach each other.
"Parents and children will know that they can talk to anyone, ask questions, and share their
knowledge and skills.
“I invite everyone, whatever your background, to join this fun-filled day that celebrates who and
what we are as a wonderfully successful and unique multicultural society”, he said.
The Multicultural Children’s Festival will take place in First Fleet Park close to Circular Quay with
non-stop entertainment performed by children between 11 am and 4 pm. This includes fun for
“under 5's” - jumping castle, kite making & flying, bamboo pole dance, animal farm, lion dance
workshop, and colouring-in…
The event is part of The City of Sydney’s Living in Harmony Festival 2017 and sponsored by
Multicultural NSW and other project partners.
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What started as a PhD thesis for the University of Newcastle, where Dr Vincent Candrawinata (Dr Vincent) was manipulating water molecules to extract phenolic antioxidants from apples without any of the usual chemical solvents, has now developed into a company, brand and all-Australian world first product. Renovatio means new life in Latin, and this is exactly what Dr Vincent aims to give to people, using his completely natural and ground-breaking method of antioxidant extraction technology. For the first time in 80 years, there is a way to extract and activate ‘phenolic’ antioxidants within apples, to produce the world’s most potent dietary antioxidant. “Before my discovery, nobody in the world could extract and activate these compounds without the use of chemical solvents like methanol, ethanol and acetone. The body does not produce these chemicals naturally but these harsh solvents are what the industry uses to extract and measure a food’s antioxidant content,” Dr Vincent said today. “The use of chemical solvents for extraction comes with many concerns, which is why the process I have developed is a natural, water-based process. This is very important as it means people can consume a product which has been created without any chemicals what so ever. “As far as antioxidants go, phenolic antioxidants are like the holy grail of dietary antioxidants – in that they are the most potent ones. “Phenolic antioxidants are ultra antioxidants that move through the body mopping up and clearing out cell damaging and mutating free radicals. They are like ‘super hero’, ‘super strength’ versions of normal antioxidants with awesome powers. “I selected Apples to extract the phenolics from because they contain the highest concentration of phenolic antioxidants across the 1,755 edible fruit. “Growing up you are always told ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, and there is truth in that. The phenolic antioxidants in apples do fantastic things for the human body like protecting us from inflammation and cell mutations. The world-wide research that shows cell mutations are a leading cause of cancer and other serious degenerative diseases was a major inspiration for me in developing a safe form of phenolic antioxidants. “The Activated Phenolics Powder that I have developed is the most potent dietary antioxidant available. It is entirely natural, 100% Australian made and derived from only quality Australian produce. It promotes vitality, energy and wellbeing.
Overview of Dr Vincent Candrawinata
At just 27 years of age, Dr Vincent Candrawinata (Dr Vincent) is considered one of the world’s leading research scientists and inventors in dietary antioxidant nutrition. He is responsible for pioneering the development of a world-first technology to extract and activate ultra antioxidants from food sources in a way that is compatible with the human body. He founded the company Renovatio Bioscience (Renovatio) to translate the breakthrough into a range of consumer products with the aim of sharing the health and wellbeing benefits of his activated phenolic antioxidants across the world.
Highly educated, Dr Vincent has four degrees – Bachelor of Food Science, Bachelor of Human Nutrition, Bachelor of Food Technology (Hons) and a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. All four degrees, including his PhD, were awarded to him before the age of 25. He is one of the youngest people in the world to hold a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. Dr Vincent was named one of the 25 High Achieving Graduates in the history of the University of Newcastle. Dr Vincent has been recognised by the Australian Government as an Individual with a Distinguished Talent in Research and Academia – similar to the recognition the Australian Government gave to Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple).
In Latin, Renovatio means New Life and Dr Vincent named his company this in order to help give people new lives, by becoming healthier and happier. This has translated into Renovatio’s core values and philosophy.
In 2010, Dr Vincent led a joint research team from the University of Newcastle and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. During this research, he came across a group of compounds called phenolic antioxidants.
International research has demonstrated that because phenolic antioxidants work at the cellular level, they have a great deal of potential to promote general human health, reduce inflammation as well as prevent and assist the recovery from degenerative diseases such as cancers, heart disease and pulmonary disease.
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Recognising the need to develop a safe method of activation that would enable these antioxidants to be extracted without chemical processes, Dr Vincent set about inventing the technology to enable this breakthrough. Once achieved, Dr Vincent assembled a team of experts to assist him to commercialise the results making them available worldwide. Consequently, Renovatio was born, production processes established and the range of ‘Activated Phenolics’ ultra antioxidant products were launched.
Renovatio commenced sale of the ground-breaking ultra antioxidants ‘Activated Phenolics’ in May 2016. Since launching the innovative product line, Renovatio has seen many repeat orders after customers trying the product in either its powder or tablet form observed significant benefits including noticeable improvements in their overall health.
About Phenolic Antioxidants
This antioxidant is the first to harness the power of activated phenolics, a new breed of ‘ultra’ antioxidants that surpass others in their ability to mop up and safely transport free radicals out of the body. They are the most potent dietary antioxidants available.
Phenolics are found in high concentration in apples and activated phenolics are a powerful natural preservative. Specific to apples, phenolics are responsible for protecting the fruit from degradation from ultra-violet light and disease. They perform a similar role in humans, protecting our cells against damage which lead to ageing, inflammation and cell mutations.
Apples were selected by Dr Vincent because they contain the broadest spectrum and highest concentrations of phenolic antioxidants across the world’s 1,755 edible fruits.
Scientists have been studying the health benefits of phenolic antioxidants for more than 50 years but Dr Vincent was the first to determine exactly how to extract them naturally from food sources in a way that is compatible with the human body.
Before Dr Vincent’s discovery, nobody worldwide could extract and activate the compounds without the use of chemical solvents. Dr Vincent was the first in the world to invent the technology to extract and activate these compounds to make them bioavailable in the body using only water. The result being an entirely new compound that was not previously available, but one that has tremendous potential for human health.
The source as well as the extraction and activation of these antioxidants are free from chemical solvents and synthetic materials. This results in the phenolic antioxidants which are water soluble and compatible with human biological system. Antioxidants are typically made synthetically or extracted from natural food using chemicals such as methanol or ethanol, requiring these same chemicals to break them down.
However, the human body does not produce these chemicals naturally. The body uses water, so having a new antioxidant that is extracted and activated using water and therefore water soluble is a huge breakthrough. This is naturally compatible with the human body.
Fair Dinkum By Lolita Farmer OAM
Interesting and engaging is the call by Minister Julie Bishop Foreign Affairs and Minister Steven Ciobo Trade, Tourism and Investment in a move that will include us all. There’s a call for public submissions on Foreign Policy White Paper. Why?
As Minister Bishop says, ”We need a contemporary foreign policy strategy; we are a significant regional voice---this will look at the challenges , threats and the opportunities.”
“Australia’s future prosperity is anchored with our region and the world---the White paper presents an opportunity to put in place the right trade and investment policy settings that will help drive
Australia’s future growth, “ add Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo.
Australia’s has just had 2 White Papers on foreign policy one in 1997 and in 2003.There have been several white papers on defence.
So what are the issues that must be addressed? Lowy Institute executive director Dr. Michael Fullilove in his Boyer lectures called for a three dimensional foreign policy and I quote, “ Given the Asia Pacific region is central to the emerging world order Dr. Fullilove argued ,we should seek to shape our circumstances through ‘three dimensions; active engagement with major powers, multilateral institutions and with countries in this region”.
Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells ,Minister for International Development and the Pacific reminds us: “The Australian Government recognizes the valuable people to people and economic links that our cultural diversity contributes to shaping our nation and our relationships around the world. We need to ensure our foreign policy continues in this way to deliver prosperity and security for all Australians.”
Submissions must focus on the following:”1) Australian foreign Policy needs to be grounded in a clear-eyed assessment of our national interests;2) Australia has diverse interest that span the globe; 3) Australia is an influential player in regional and international organisations; 4) Australia needs to be ambitious in grasping economic opportunities; 5) Australia confronts a range of strategic security and transnational challenges and 6) Australia uses a range of assets and capabilities to pursue our international interests.”
Brendan Purcell sends his interesting comments along this line of thought. He says, “Australia Foreign Affairs people to do their best to keep an open and respectful dialogue with Australia’s neighbors and near neighbors with a clear –eyed awareness that countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and especially China range from religious theocracies to idealogical ones---. The relations with good guys like Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, the US, should be developed in a different way with greater sharing, for example, military and intelligence.
There have been enough studies on the poor effect of development aid that should either be funnelled directly to carefully identified bodies, and certainly not through any African governmental agencies because of endemic corruption there.
Since a large number of NGOs are fronts for left –wing movements ( not to mention Islamic movements) only after what they call ‘extreme vetting’ should any NGO be trusted.”
Our current Australia’s international relations uses its assets –“economic, strategic and cultural”. Values are “liberal democracy” which recognizes “rule of law, freedom of the press, accountability of the government to an elected parliament and a commitment to fair go”.
Foremost among the countries in the Asia Pacific region that Australia engages are –the United states, Japan and China and its neighbor Indonesia. Another body Australia engages with significant interests is the Association of South East Asian nations (ASEAN) the European Union , Republic of Korea and the south Pacific, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
As to security Australia is inextricably linked with the security of the region. Australia has security agreement with the US and also with the countries in the region.
Some say Australia foreign policy is “unbalanced” as compared to other departments for funding has been reduced and cuts in its aid programs plus closure of some diplomatic posts.
There are big challenges for Australia .Terrorism and the rivalry between China and the United States. China’s aggressive military installations in the South China Sea where areas are claimed by different nations and economic support to ASEAN countries are factors to watch for China may control the region.
Have your say being a stakeholder in this country we now call home. Think about it.
All merged councils across NSW will remain in place as communities continue to enjoy the benefits of savings and improvements to services, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton announced today.
“Since becoming Premier, the Deputy Premier and I have been travelling across NSW, listening to the views and considering the evidence,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“In addition to maintaining all existing mergers, we will push ahead with those councils in Sydney that are before the courts.
“Local government reform is particularly important in Sydney if we are to deliver on our commitments to increase housing supply, improve planning and deliver local infrastructure and amenity to communities. These are strong justifications for proceeding with mergers.
“Before the mergers last year, Sydney had 41 councils compared to 1 in Brisbane.
“We have also listened to concerns about local character in Sydney and will continue to ensure individual wards of merged councils will have a say in strategic planning processes so that local residents get an even stronger say in the planning of their neighbourhoods.”
Ms Berejiklian and Mr Barilaro also announced that the NSW Government would not be proceeding with regional councils that have yet to be merged.
“Whilst there have been a number of significant improvements in merged regional councils, we accept that a one size fits all model does not always apply outside Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said. “The financial benefits over the next 20 years will be 6 times greater in the Sydney councils than those in regional areas.”
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to listening, and delivering, for the communities across regional NSW.
“Local councils in the bush have done their fair share to contribute to stronger local government in NSW, and today we draw a line under local government amalgamations in the regions,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This decision has been made to ensure that we put an end to the confusion and uncertainty for those councils locked in drawn-out legal battles. I am looking forward to the local government elections in September to restore local decision-making to our regions.”
Ms Upton said three rounds of mergers in regional NSW over recent decades had seen significant consolidation of councils, while metropolitan council numbers had remained largely unchanged since the 1940s, with some boundaries unchanged for more than 100 years.
“The reform process was particularly designed to weed out the duplication, mismanagement and waste of Sydney’s councils, an issue far less prevalent in regional NSW,” Ms Upton said.
“With more than 1.74 million people set to make Sydney home over the next 20 years, metropolitan councils need to keep up with housing and local infrastructure demands.
“The five remaining metropolitan mergers are expected to generate $530 million in benefits over 20 years. Communities deserve to see these benefits.”
The Premier said new councils created last year will continue to serve their communities.
“New councils across NSW have been working hard to deliver better services for their communities,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Residents and ratepayers would be worse off if this was undone.”
President -Serna Ladia
Vice President (External) – Roberto Lastica
Vice President (Internal) – Penny Perfecto
Secretary: Darrell Swadling
Treasurer: Redempta Robinson
PRO: Emily Dingle Rudd
Internal Auditor: Mercy Jones
DIRECTORS: Alric Bulseco Albert Prias Angelina Jenkins Sheila Collantes Rowena Turnbull Sarah Anne Johnstone Espie Pogson
Immediate Past President Kate Andres