Nominate a doer

KNOW someone who works for a not-for-profit community organisation who goes above and beyond?

Make sure they get the recognition they deserve by nominating them for the 2014 Westpac Community Leaders Awards.

The awards recognise inspirational leaders in the social sector who help improve the lives of others.

There are six categories and each award winner will receive $5000 for their organisation, $5000 worth of Davidson Institute training and enrolment in a social impact training course from Net Balance worth $1600, as well as a thought leadership course with the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

The individual will also receive a $500 MasterCard gift card.

Finalists will also be invited to attend a thought leadership event in Sydney run with the AGSM on the day of the awards.

Finalists will be announced in October.

■ Visit:

Is dance your passion?

St Marys dancers and choreographers who have significant experience can apply for an Arts NSW $30,000 Dance Fellowship, designed to help established choreographers and dancers to take the next step in their professional careers.

Those who apply must have had eight years or more of professional practice within the industry.

The fellowship will support a program of development that might include travel within Australia or overseas, a mentorship or internship, residences, or the creation of a new work.

■ Visit: to find out more.

Comment on code

The state government and NSW Rural Fire Service has invited public feedback on a draft Code of Practice for the new 10/50 laws giving residents in designated bushfire areas extra powers to protect their homes. The legislation would allow home owners in designated areas to clear trees within 10 metres of their home and thin vegetation other than trees within 50 metres of their home. The consultation period closes next Monday (July 22). Go to

Child care review

Child care operators, educators and parents can have their say on how they think red tape could be reduced and the quality of care improved. Lindsay MP Fiona Scott said the first major review of the National Quality Framework was under way. "There are many hardworking and dedicated child care services and educators providing high-quality care and education in the Nepean and it's important we hear their experiences about what's working and what's not," she said. Details:

Healthy workplaces

Businesses in St Marys are being urged to get healthy with the launch of the Get Healthy at Work initiative by NSW Health and WorkCover NSW.

The initiative is hoped to prevent lifestyle-related chronic disease in workers by changing their eating practices, weight, smoking habits and alcohol consumption.

Register to participate at

This story IN BRIEF first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.