Tuesday, 4 August 2015

A proud moment for Work for the Dole virtual volunteering project

Originally published in the News section on the Department of Employment's website on 20 July 2015.

A group of young Western Australian job seekers has been recognised for their contribution to a successful "virtual volunteering" Work for the Dole project jointly hosted by atWork Australia and the Carnamah Historical Society & Museum in WA.

This unique project, which involved transcribing and indexing over 6,000 historical records, has assisted with the conservation, documentation and promotion of the local heritage of Carnamah, a farming community 320km north of Perth.

The hard work of these Work for the Dole “virtual volunteers” has resulted in a useful online resource which provides the community with access to a large number of searchable historical records including burial registers, electoral roles and biographical index cards.

Michael Kolomyjec, Divisional Manager of atWork Australia said “the project directly benefits the broader community by increasing accessibility of cultural heritage collections”.

“The project also gave our young job seekers a range of transferable work related skills and experience including communication in the workplace, confidence building, data entry and team work”.

The value of this project and the contribution of these Work for the Dole participants was recognised at the recent Museums and Galleries National Awards in Sydney where the Carnamah Historical Society received a Highly Commended Award for Virtual Volunteering.

Following receipt of the award, Andrew Bowman of the Carnamah Historical Society met with the project participants and personally thanked them for their hard work and for making the virtual volunteering project such a success.

Monday, 3 August 2015

North Midlands Art Exhibition in Carnamah in September 2015

The North Midlands Agricultural Society's 21st Art Exhibition is taking place in Carnamah during September 2015.

Opening night is from 6-30pm on Friday 11 September at the Carnamah Town Hall. It is priced at a favourable $15 which includes fine food, refreshments and amazing art! The exhibition then continues daily from Saturday 12 through to Tuesday 15 September.

Part of Lunch Bag Series by Lynnette Bowron
Winner of the Agricultural Art Award in 2013 and Highly Commended at the Perth Royal Show in 2014
If you'd like to know more please take a look at the NMAS Art Exhibition flyer or if you're interested in entering art please download the Entry Form or Children's Entry Form.

There's also a painting workshop with artist Robin Dale from 9-30am to 4-30pm on Saturday 12 September. No experience required and all materials provided including lunch! The cost is $50. For more info or to register, please download the NMAS Art Workshop flyer.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with coordinator Angela Dring on (08) 9961 1036 or by e-mail to lindum.1926@bigpond.com