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Activity guide for RAP (reconciliation action plan) partners

This is a four-page PDF Activity guide for RAP partners that provides a range of ideas for participating in National Reconciliation Week. It provides an overview of the importance of reconciliation and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, definitions and examples of both Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement ...

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Rescuing the past in Farina

The Australian outback is dotted with ghost towns and forgotten settlements. But Farina in South Australia is different to most. Here, volunteers return on a regular basis to help keep Farina on the map. Watch this clip to find out more about the special connections that people have to this place and reasons for the town's demise.

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Community stories, community values

What does community mean to you? Watch this Heywire clip to find out what Melody Pedler thinks. During her quest to become a city journalist, this girl from a Darling Downs grain farm found a sense of purpose that involves telling stories of vibrant regional communities to city dwellers. Could you write or record a similar ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5, Year 6 The Arts

This unit uses dance, drama, visual arts and music to communicate student-created safety messages. Using a community-based scenario, students devise an improvised drama and choreograph a dance to highlight the importance of safe track-side behaviours; they use artworks to explore the effect of colour before creating a cartoon-based ...

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Victorian Heritage Database

This is a rich, interactive resource that lists Victoria’s most significant heritage: places, objects, shipwrecks and archaeological sites. It has four main sections: Introduction; Explore heritage map; Recommended tours; and Timeline browser. The Explore heritage map searches for sites and provides information and images ...

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Growing up in the Ord River Valley

Katie Innes takes us on a trip back in time to where she grew up. She shows us a series of photographs from the Ord River Valley near Kununurra, in Western Australia. Over the years people have made major changes to the environment in this place. Katie wonders whether all of their efforts will prove worthwhile in the long run. 

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Self-help housing in Bangalore

Is it possible to break the cycle of poverty? The Sunnadagudu community in Bangalore, India believe so. With a little outside help from an NGO (non-government organisation), they're converting their shacks into houses. Find out how this project is not only putting a permanent roof over their heads but is creating a range ...

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Managing bushfires

To burn or not to burn? Investigate the science behind arguments for and against controlled burn-offs that aim to reduce the risk of bushfires to humans. Listen to the reasons Professor Mark Adams of Sydney University gives for a careful approach to prescribed burning.

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A growing community

In the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, a community garden has sprung up. Just a short walk from a bustling retail precinct, it's a green oasis in an unexpected location. And apart from some amazing produce, this garden is also growing something else: a stronger and more connected community.

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Sacred fig tree: lone survivor

Warrgamay elder Bill Morganson visits a sacred meeting place for his people - the last giant fig tree in the Herbert River Valley, north Queensland. He explains how trees like this were used by Warrgamay people and why this surviving fig has such value.

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Putting down roots

Adjacent to a block of high-rise flats in Richmond, a new community is flowering. Local people, many of whom have recently arrived in Australia, are meeting in the shared space of their community gardens. In this place, language and cultural barriers disappear as friendships grow. See how in this clip from 2005.

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A moral minefield: Christos Tsiolkas's 'The Slap'

'The Slap', a novel from Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, created plenty of controversy when it was published. Why is it that some novels seem to stir people up more than others? Learn how the novel affected a group of panel members discussing popular Australian books.

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Famine and aid: Ethiopia

The Live Aid concert in 1985 drew attention to Ethiopia's terrible drought and famine. When this clip was made decades later in 2008, the developing nation was still experiencing widespread hunger. See how charitable aid can impact on the lives of those in less developed countries.

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Farmers' market: by locals, for locals

What are food miles, and how can a farmers' market support sustainable farming and supply a community with fresh food? To find out, view this clip called 'To market, to market', created by young reporters from Willunga Primary School, South Australia. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' ...

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Exploring the skills of a radio presenter

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a DJ at a radio station? Watch this clip to find out about a bunch of young people who are doing just that. While you're watching, we'll explore some of the skills you might need to present your own radio show.

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Underground coal gasification

How are scientists using technology to get energy out of coal without having to dig it up? Find out how underground coal gasification (UCG) burns and converts the coal to gas underground. Visit UCG trial sites in Queensland and hear how UCG avoids some of the environmental effects of traditional coal mining, but may have ...

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When mining comes to town

Imagine living in your own little piece of paradise, only to have a mining company move in and start changing it in ways you don't like. On the other hand, imagine the benefits that a mining company would bring to struggling businesses in the area! There are always different perspectives on any issue. As you listen to this ...

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Tully and Yasi: the sequel

When tropical cyclone Yasi hit north Queensland in 2011, the small town of Tully suffered severe damage and the region's banana and sugar cane crops were devastated. Discover how this crop damage impacted farmers, the local community and people throughout Australia. Find out how the town has since recovered.

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Now you're cooking with biogas!

Biogas is a renewable form of energy. In India, it's being made from cow dung and is contributing to the improved wellbeing of the nation's poorest communities. See how the use of appropriate technology can help to break the cycle of poverty.

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Record dry spell puts farmers under the pump

Australian farmers cope with all sorts of challenges, including lack of rainfall. But what happens when drought persists for longer than usual? In this clip we investigate the effects of a record dry spell on the wellbeing of rural communities in New South Wales in 2003.