Country Education Foundation CEO visit to empower community

April 30, 2019

Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) CEO Wendy Cohen is touring the Gwydir Shire next month in support of education and training for our next generation.

Gwydir Learning Region Country Education Fund is part of the CEF network, which provides financial assistance and encouragement to school leavers and young people in the shire for further education through scholarships and grants.

Young people aged between 16 to 25 who live in the Gwydir Shire can apply for grants up to $2000 with further education through apprenticeships, universities, TAFE or other education providers. Local grants are awarded annually to young school leavers who demonstrate financial need and commitment to achieving their goals.

Olivia Mack at home on the farm.

Olivia Mack at home on the farm.

Charles Sturt University psychology student Olivia Mack said her $1500 education grant has been vitally important in helping her balance further education with responsibilities at the Bingara family farm. The 19-year-old second-year studies via distance learning in order to help her family through these times of drought.

Ms Cohen will be discussing ways in which the Gwydir Learning Region Country Education Fund can help in similar situations in the local area during her visit.  She will be speaking on a range of topics including further education barriers, the drought and fundraising opportunities at the local meeting on Thursday 9 May, 2019 at the Gwydir Shire Council chambers at 3:30pm.

Come along to learn more about empowering our local kids to achieve their career goals. For more information and to RSVP, please be in touch with Margaret Smith on 0427 291 760. Visit the CEF website,, for more information.