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Monday, 15 July 2019 14:57 Written by

Seniors across the Mulgoa electorate will benefit from a cash boost to the 2020 NSW Seniors Festival, encouraging them to get active, socialise, learn new skills and connect with services.


Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies announced a total of $200,000 is available for local organisations helping them to deliver events that celebrate seniors.


“The NSW Seniors Festival is growing from strength to strength and celebrates the vital contributions seniors make to the community.” Tanya Davies said.


“Festival events are designed to get our seniors involved in art courses, active sports, playing music, tapping into technology, and travel.”


“We are always looking to support events that offer unique and engaging activities. We love bringing younger and older generations together with these innovative projects that promote healthy ageing.”


Minister for Seniors John Sidoti said the NSW Seniors Festival is the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and has been running for more than 61 years.


“The grants program ensures seniors from areas right across the state have the opportunity to participate in the festival,” Mr Sidoti said.


“Providing funding to a range of organisations means we can reach a broad range of individuals, including those from regional and remote areas, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal communities.”


The 2020 NSW Seniors Festival wall take place from Wednesday, 12 February – Sunday, 23 February 2020.


Applications are now open and close on Friday, 9 August 2019. For more information or to apply visit:

NIDA Open launches Equity Scholarships across Australia

Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:05 Written by


To celebrate NIDA’s 60th anniversary, NIDA Open has committed $25,000 worth of complimentary tuition for young people who are experiencing barriers to participation in the arts, including financial or other disadvantages.

The NIDA Open Equity Scholarships are available throughout the 2019 Spring holiday program period and are open to all secondary school-aged students nationally, regardless of previous experience or professional ambition.

Applications can be made by individuals or by an organisation on behalf of a young person identified as a suitable scholarship applicant.

NIDA Open incorporates the rigorous, practice-led NIDA training methods into its courses, within a committed and supportive environment to allow young people to achieve their full creative potential. The scholarships can be accessed for every course offered across the country from Darwin to Adelaide, from Sydney to Melbourne. Nearly 50 young creatives will have to chance to grow and expand their talent through the NIDA Equity Scholarship program.

‘These scholarships improve access to acting and creative development education for all young Australians,’ said Tricia Ryan, Head of NIDA Open. ‘Our scholarship winners don’t all have previous performing arts experience but what they do have is a strong desire to bring inspirational, practical performing arts training into their life.’

Lily Matthews (pictured above), a young Quandamooka teenager originally from Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) was fortunate to win a scholarship to support her place in Darwin in 2018.

‘NIDA has inspired me to take up drama as a subject at school in year 11 and 12 because I feel more confident in script development. I would also like to join a theatre group and participate in more acting classes and audition for shows, movies and musicals in the future.’

Applications for the NIDA Open Equity Scholarships are open until 26 July. The winners will be announced on 23 August, with courses starting on 23 September.

For more information and how to nominate yourself or a student


Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:54 Written by


The 2019 Sydney Film Prize goes too...Bong Joon-ho's Parasite!

Fresh from winning the biggest prize at Cannes, the renowned Korean director was awarded Sydney Film Festival's prestigious top prize (and $60,000 cash), competing with a selection of 12 Official Competition films.

“This Festival is really amazing, especially the audience…really special and extraordinary," Director Bong said, accepting the award at the State Theatre. "This is the most meaningful prize for me – in this beautiful city and beautiful theatre, and one of the most beautiful audiences in the world.”

Indigenous director Erica Glynn was awarded the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary's $10,000 cash prize for She Who Must Be ObeyedLoved, a celebration of the life of her mother, the trailblazing Indigenous filmmaker Alfreda Glynn.

Charles Williams took out both the $7000 cash prize for the Dendy Live Action Short Award, and the $7000 Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director, in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, for All These Creatures, which also won the Short Film Palme d’Or at Cannes. The $5000 Yoram Gross Animation Award went to Lee Whitmore’sSohrab and Rustum.

The Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award, a $5000 prize for the best short screenwriting, was awarded to Michael Hudson and Ties That Bind, for its narrative simplicity and complex perspective on family violence. Victoria Hunt’s film Take received a Special Mention for its weaving of found material and dance into a powerful story about the repatriation of stolen Indigenous art.

The $10,000 Sydney-UNESCO City of Film Award, bestowed by Create NSW to a trail-blazing NSW-based screen practitioner, went to Darren Dale and Rachel Perkins of Blackfella Films, with Deborah Mailman presenting the award to filmmaker Rachel Perkins.

Congratulations to all of the winners and all of the finalists! And our thanks to you, the audience, for making this the biggest Sydney Film Festival ever – we look forward to seeing you in 2020 for another huge Festival!


Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:30 Written by


Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras today announces their formal bid for WorldPride 2023.

With support from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, ANZ, Tourism Australia and Qantas, an Australian delegation sets out this week to travel to key international destinations where they will present the case for Sydney to this marquee LGBTQI festival.

WorldPride is the largest gathering of LGBTQI communities globally, and is held every two years in a host city. If Mardi Gras is successful in its pitch to InterPride – the international association of pride organisations that decides the location – it will be the first time WorldPride is held in the Southern Hemisphere.

WorldPride will bring over one million visitors to Sydney from all over the globe, for a festival which will include significant new events on top of the annual Mardi Gras program. In 2019 Sydney’s Mardi Gras festival made a $131.1 Million contribution to the NSW economy by bringing over 68,000 visitors to Sydney from interstate and around the world.

Sydney WorldPride has the potential to attract over 1 million attendees, with a total economic footprint of $600-800million

Mardi Gras Board Member and 78er Robyn Kennedy is part of the committee leading the bid process, she said “We’re excited by the potential of WorldPride Sydney 2023 – it’s the largest and most important LGBTQI festival in the world. We feel bringing this to Sydney will have a positive impact on the Asia Pacific region with regards to social justice and equality for LGBTQI communities.”

ANZ Chief Financial Officer and Pride Network Sponsor Michelle Jablko, said: “ANZ has a longstanding partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and we’re proud to support them in their campaign to bring WorldPride to Sydney. This is one of the many ways ANZ demonstrates the importance we place on diversity, inclusion and respect in the workplace and broader community.”

“Every year the eyes of the world look upon Sydney as we light up the southern hemisphere with our Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festivities,” said NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin.

“It’s exciting to think we could be bringing the world to Sydney for WorldPride2023 where we can showcase our beautiful global city to the world.

“Sydney is renowned for our inclusive and welcoming culture for all LGBTQ visitors and I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate this than by hosting WorldPride2023.”

“WorldPride is a global event and it belongs in Australia’s global city,” said Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres.

“Sydney is the events capital of the Southern Hemisphere, amazing harbour, delicious food and beverage, world class transport and a history of celebrating diversity like no other.”

WorldPride 2023 will coincide with the 45th anniversary of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. The bid’s outcome will be decided by InterPride members at the AGM in Athens in October 2019. WorldPride 2023 would include additional major events such as an 80,000-person pride march down the iconic Oxford St in Darlinghurst, an international LGBTQI human rights conference, a Bondi Beach concert for 30,000 people and many more major events accompanying Mardi Gras’ usual programming.

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:13 Written by


Organisations looking to kick-start projects promoting youth engagement and inclusion can now apply for a $1.5 million NSW Government fund.

Member for Parramatta, Dr Geoff Lee today encourage non-government organisations and local councils in the region to apply for the Youth Opportunities Fund.

“Youth Opportunities is a wonderful program that help to support young people in NSW to encourage socialisation within the community and for youth to gain new skills,” Dr Lee said.

“The program supports young people from all walks of life to thrive, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds, disadvantaged youth, and people with a disability.”

One-off grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for new youth-driven projects that use strategies to support participation and community engagement.

“Young people involved in the program get the chance to participate in a wide range of activities and develop a variety of skills, including management skills, hospitality skills, event planning and artistic development,” Geoff said.

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on 16 July 2019.

To apply or to find further information about the program, visit:


Friday, 14 June 2019 02:04 Written by


Tuesday, 19 March 2019 16:38 Written by


2019 midterm election hopefuls
Former presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. is withdrawing his bid for senator, he says on his Facebook page.

He says he is withdrawing because of health issues. “I have recently undergone a percutaneous coronary intervention following the discovery of an unstable angina coronary disease. In the days since the pro- cedure, I have been forced to confront the reality of my physical situation and what it ultimately means for my aspirations to pub- lic service,” he says.

Roque, a human rights lawyer before joining gov- ernment, had initially said he was running as a par- ty-list representative and would advocate passage of laws to protect the en- vironment. Days later, he pushed through with filing a certificate of candidacy for senator.
Reelectionists and for- mer senators are in the lead, some newcomers are gaining ground, while the rest still have to catch up if they want to be in the ‘Magic 12’ in the May 2019 polls
With only 12 Senate seats up for grabs in a highly- competitive field, getting into the “Magic 12” range is an indicator of a senato- rial bet’s winning chances. Based on each aspirant’s preference rating (or the share of survey respond- ents who said they will be
Angara also shot up in the December survey, gaining over 21 points from 37.1% to 58.5% to put him in 3rd place. Meanwhile, Binay and Pimentel are seen to place between 5th and 7th places, with 46.7% and 45.5%, respectively.
The rest of the names – those with ratings below 20% – are a mix of admin- istration and opposition bets. Leading them is former presidential aide Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. His rating has gone up, in close range of the Magic 12, from 5.9% in March, to 29.7% in December. In a matter of 9 months, his rating increased by nearly 24 percentage points, or grew five-fold.
In December, Tañada got 5.1% (up from 3.4% in September), human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno got 3.4% (up from 1.6%), Magdalo Representa- tive Gary Alejano received 2.8% (up from 1.6%), and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay got only 0.4% (up from 0.2%).
The Commission on Elec- tions released a prelimi-
The campaign period for national candidates for the 2019 midterm elections begins in February, but many senatorial aspirants
Many ex-senators are also performing well in their comeback bids: Pia Cayetano and Lito Lapid (who both placed ahead of Binay and Pimentel in the December survey), Sergio Osmeña III, Ra- mon “Bong” Revilla Jr, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ma- nuel “Mar” Roxas II. All of them have received rat- ings above 25% in the 4 Pulse Asia surveys.
In the lead-up to the 2016 elections, Senators Joel Villanueva and Sherwin Gatchalian were in a similar situation: they had ratings below 10% up to the first half of 2015 in Pulse Asia surveys, but they gradually inched their way to the bot- tom of, or just outside, the Magic 12 range by the start of 2016.


The initial list includ- ed those who had been named in the poll body’s law department petition to be declared nuisance can- didates for senator.
The Pulse Asia survey in December, the first one af- ter the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) in October, showed that some bets are already in the lead, others are gaining ground, while the rest still have to catch up if they want to be in the winning circle.
crease in December.
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LP. The performance of the opposition Liberal Party’s 8 Senate bets has not been aus- picious so far. Only Roxas has consistently placed in the “Magic 12” while Aqui- no had just returned to that range.
He says he is withdrawing because of health issues. “I have recently undergone a percutaneous coronary intervention following the discovery of an unstable angina coronary disease. In the days since the pro- cedure, I have been forced to confront the reality of my physical situation and what it ultimately means for my aspirations to pub- lic service,” he says.
“Hindi pa lahat yan, sure na pasok. For verifica- tion of accuracy lang yan - so that the candidates can correct misspellings or errors, if any,” Comelec spokesperson James Jime- nez said on Twitter. (Phil- ippine Star)
So far, Pulse Asia has conducted senatorial pref- erence surveys for the 2019 polls in March, June, September and Decem- ber 2018. (There was a reported survey by Social Weather Stations also in December 2018, which could have been leaked as results are not yet available on its website. We consider the leaked results unoffi- cial.)
Consistently landing in the top are 5 of the 7 ree- lectionist senators: Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” An- gara, Nancy Binay, and Aquilino “Koko” Pimen- tel III.
the Magic 12 in the surveys, returning to the 10th-16th range in December, after dropping to the 18th-23rd spot and suffering a 12-point decrease from June to Sep- tember.
B. Survey says: How 2019 senatorial bets are faring so far
Poe has so far pulled away from everyone else in all surveys, but Vil- lar seems to be gaining steam. Villar breached the 60% mark in the Decem- ber 2018 survey when she garnered 66.6%, up by nearly 9 percentage points from September.
Among those in the Magic 12 in the December survey, Angara, Lapid, Pimentel, Aquino, and Revilla got the biggest jumps from Septem- ber, while only Binay suf- fered a drop in rating.
The rest of the LP slate has not yet broken the 10% bar- rier. Their ratings in Decem- ber have moved up by only a bit – getting almost the same scores as in their first Pulse Asia survey debuts. The big- gest gainer among them was former Quezon representa- tive Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III, who improved by 3.4 percentage points from March.

Two new names in the Senate race are joining the strong performers: Il- ocos Norte Governor Ma- ria Imelda “Imee” Mar- cos, and former Bureau of Corrections director gen- eral and former Philip- pine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
Hugpong. Most of the candidates endorsed by the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party of presidential daughter Sara Duterte Car- pio are also doing well.
Meanwhile, the two re- maining reelectionists are teetering on the edge of the Magic 12: Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and
Per slate
PDP-Laban. Go and To-
Six of the 8 members of HNP’s slate with ally po- litical parties nationwide are within the “Magic 12”: Vil- lar, Cayetano, Marcos, Es- trada, Dela Rosa, and Ejer- cito. The other two are Go and Mangudadatu.
Two other aspirants had preference ratings above 10%: former presidential po- litical adviser Francis Tolen- tino (at 19.4%), and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile (at 19%), who appeared in the survey for the first time, after the surprise filing of his candidacy for senator.
Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who made his first appearance in the Sep- tember survey with 1.3%, improved to 2.1% the fol- lowing quarter. Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc Tomawis, listed for the first time in December, received 1.3%.


nary list of aspirants for the 2019 midterm elec- tions for possible correc- tion of names.
have started making the rounds on social media and on the ground already, in the hopes of catching vot- ers’ attention early on.
voting for him or her), Pulse Asia projected the range of the senatoria- bles’ ranking among all the bets, as a preview of the place or rank they will most likely land on after actual votes are counted in the May elections.
Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV. Ejercito has ranked at the bottom of prospective Magic 12 placers in the 4 surveys, getting only a 26.7% rating in September. From there, he earned a nearly 7-point in-
bers, only Pimentel and Dela Rosa have placed in the “Magic 12” so far, while Maguindanao Congressman Zajid “Toto” Mangudadatu received only 5.5% in De- cember, up from 2.2% in September.

lentino are also among the 5 senatorial candidates run- ning under PDP-Laban, President Duterte’s party. Among this slate’s mem-
Among the 6 bets who are in HNP’s longer slate for Davao region (besides the 8 in the nationwide slate), only Angara, Pimentel, and Re- villa are in the “Magic 12” so far. The rest have yet to make it: Tolentino, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, and reporter Jiggy Manicad.
Other bets. These candi- dates have also received rat- ings below 10% in Decem- ber:
• Singer Freddie Agui- lar (independent, previously filed under PDP-Laban)
• Agnes Escudero
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