National TalkBlack 110521

National TalkBlack 110521

We had:

Barry Hunter, Terrain NRM Board Member and Djabugay Traditonal Owner talking about the launch of their Natural Capital Fund Indigenous Bursary Program. Natural Capital Fund director and Terrain NRM Board’s first ‘Emerging Leader’ Rhiannon Simcocks said the fund wanted to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to become future leaders in natural resource management. Students in the fields of natural resource management, environment, sustainable development, agriculture and conservation are eligible for the fund’s $3000 bursaries. For more information about the new Natural Capital Fund Indigenous Education Bursary Program, visit Terrain NRM’s website at www.terrain.org.au and look under ‘Latest News’ on the home page. Or phone 4043 8000. Applications close on 30 June.

David Pearson, CEO of Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) talking about how there are no plans in place to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness, the Australian Health, Housing and Homelessness Network (A3HN) and the AAEH are calling for urgent action from the Australian and state governments. People experiencing homelessness are among those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and influenza infections, and despite some of the over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia being included in priority populations for early COVID-19 vaccinations, many, particularly those sleeping rough, will struggle to access the vaccination for a range of reasons. This lack of planning for an effective vaccine rollout is why the AAEH is continuing to call for the Australian Government to urgently implement a COVID-19 National Rough Sleeping Homelessness Pandemic Response Plan – something that has been done in relation to mental health and domestic violence, but not homelessness.

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