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SA Nature Festival celebrates our Indigenous Peoples

SA Nature Festival celebrates our Indigenous Peoples

Inaugural Ambassador, Jack Buckskin, announced for The Nature Festival

South Australia’s newest festival, Nature Festival, a 10-day open-access event of activities and experiences dedicated to celebrating the role nature plays in the identity of all South Australians, today celebrates its inaugural ambassador, Jack Buckskin.

Ambassador Jack Kanya Buckskin

Jack Kanya Buckskin is a Kaurna, Narungga and Wirangu man, born in Adelaide, who has dedicated himself to learning and sharing Kaurna language and culture.

Jack has been involved in the Kaurna revitalisation movement for 15 years and continues to contribute to the development and teaching of Kaurna language and culture.

Festival creates a meaningful focus on our Indigenous Peoples

Through his ambassadorship Jack will offer the festival the opportunity to engage and create a true and meaningful focus on the knowledge of South Australia’s indigenous peoples, cultivating a deeper engagement of the land where we live.

Along with being an ambassador Jack, alongside Kaurna artist and researcher James Tylor, will be leading a lecture, Talking History: Kaurna Environment: Plants, Animals, Culture & History, offering a brief introduction to the local environment of the Adelaide Plains from a contemporary Indigenous Kaurna perspective.

James Tylor: Photograph by Tony Kearney


“As part of this festival, I hope that we as Aboriginal people have the chance and a voice to share our knowledges.” Said Nature Festival’s inaugural ambassador, Jack Buckskin.


“Our people’s spirit is connected to the land that we live on and we understanding that everything has its place, from edible foods to medicinal plants to why something is what it is. I hope that people can hear the voices of Aboriginal people and better understand the place around them, but that it also sparks a drive to want to learn more about how to connect to this place.”


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Santa is still coming to town for the Adelaide Christmas Pageant

Santa is still coming to town for the Adelaide Christmas Pageant

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Adelaide Christmas Pageant to go ahead at Adelaide Oval on November 14

In a historical first, one of South Australia’s most treasured events, The Adelaide Christmas Pageant, will this year host a twilight parade at Adelaide Oval.

Premier Steven Marshall announced today this year’s Christmas Pageant would be held on November 14, as a ticketed event.

It’s the first time in the event’s 88 year history that the event has been held at twilight, giving all the more time for Father Christmas to make his way to the grounds.

Balloted ticket system and free transport

Up to 25,000 people will be allowed at Adelaide Oval for the seated event, with a ballot system used to decide ticketing, and free transport provided to those who are successful. The tickets for the event will be free.

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With the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant traditionally signifying the start of the festive season, Premier Steven Marshall shares the excitement in bringing the popular event once again to South Australian families.

“I know that a lot of children, a lot of parents and a lot of grandparents have been concerned about 2020 Christmas Pageant,” Marshall said. “It is going to go ahead, but in a slightly different fashion.”

Special acknowledgement of front-line workers and first responders

The Pageant at Adelaide Oval will be reminiscent of an opening ceremony with all the beloved floats, Pageant characters, dancers and bands making an appearance for the spectacle. This year, there will also be a special acknowledgement of front-line workers, first responders and recognition of the South Australians who faced off our bushfires earlier in the year.

Broadcast on Channel 9 for those who can’t attend

For those that are unsuccessful in the ticket ballot, never fear, your family can still be a part of the Christmas Pageant spectacle. For the first time in its history, the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant will broadcast the spectacular twilight event live on Channel Nine.


National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant director Brian Gilbertson says the event changes are “very exciting”.

“Families and communities will still be brought together, but in a different way,” he said. “We’ll have dancing, we’ll have carol singing – it’ll be like a massive theatre show.”

Organisers say all precautions will be taken to ensure the event, which this year falls on November 14, is COVID safe. 

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Studio Pilates offer FREE reformer pilates on Hundreds for Hope Day

Studio Pilates offer FREE reformer pilates on Hundreds for Hope Day

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Studio Pilates host ‘Hundreds for Hope’ Day


Studio Pilates is holding their second ‘Hundreds for Hope’ day, opening their doors and giving Adelaide the opportunity to experience free reformer pilates in the Adelaide CBD, Norwood, Unley and Henley Beach studios.

Held across Studio Pilates studios nationally on Saturday 19 September proceeds will go to Kids’ Cancer Project, who support children with cancer and those that love them.

Studio Pilates will host free classes all day, including orientation classes for those wanting to try classes.

Hundreds for Hope

Inspired by the story behind one of the cherished Studio Pilates families, Hundreds For Hope was born.

300,000 children around the world are diagnosed with cancer every year

Sadly, three Australian families hear the words “your child has cancer” every day.

Three children die from cancer each week.

Continued research is the only way to help our kids and find a cure.

Help Studio Pilates support children and their families dealing with child cancer

Studio Pilates is playing a small part in raising awareness of childhood cancer, by hosting Hundreds For Hope annually.

Studio Pilates Owner Joanne Thiele said,

“This year we’ll be providing FREE classes and continuing to raise funds for childhood cancer. All you need to do is make a donation on the day. So please, rally friends, family and work buddies to come along and enjoy an inspiring full body workout, on us.”

“We will also raffle off a 50 class pack at each of our four studios at Norwood, Unley, Adelaide City and Henley Beach to those that join us on Saturday,” Jo concluded.

Studio Pilates is a state-of-the-art, scientifically-based way of transforming the entire body on a reformer in 40-minute sessions. With 24 Studio Pilates studios around the world, Studio Pilates are transforming bodies.

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Raising funds for Kids’ Cancer Project

Kids’ Cancer Project raises funds to boost their investment into medical research to improve treatments for kids with cancer and aid in providing a cure. The charity’s belief is that by in investing in medical research, finding better treatments, building capabilities and developing survivorship programs, they will find a cure.

Hundreds for Hope 2019 was a resounding success with our communities raising over $30,000 for nominated charities.

Every gift can help change someone’s life.

For those who can not attend the day, collection tins will be available on the counters in studios, and donations can be made:


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Trust is a Must – What does it take to be child friendly and child safe?

Trust is a Must – What does it take to be child friendly and child safe?

Commissioner for Children & Young People releases report about what children think it takes to be safe

“It’s time to look through the eyes of the child to see what they say makes an organisation child safe”

On the 30th anniversary of National Child Protection Week (6 – 12 September, 2020) Commissioner Helen Connolly has released ‘Trust is a Must’ – what does it take to be child friendly and child safe?’

The report contains 10 recommendations from South Australian children and young people on how organisations can achieve this.

Protection through Participation

The Commissioner’s latest report examines findings from an online survey of more than 260 South Australian children and young people, the majority of whom were between 12 and 17 years of age (94%) in which the Commissioner asked what they think it takes to be child safe.

The survey followed on from a series of conversations the Commissioner had with more than 80 children aged 10 to 22 years who she asked to contribute their ideas on what feedback mechanisms could be put in place to make organisations more child friendly and child safe.

The Commissioner’s findings underline the fact that if any child or young person should feel unsafe or insecure in their interactions with adults, whether at home, while in care, at school, or in other community settings, it is our responsibility to do something about it. Doing the right thing and ensuring our systems and services are child friendly and child safe must go beyond funky posters and murals on the walls or suggestion boxes on the counter. In the 21st Century the bedrock of society must be that children trust adults to believe what they say and then act in ways that reflect this.

Children understand that trust is essential

Children and young people understand intuitively that trust is an essential element of a well-functioning society. They know their collective trust in civil society is built when they are valued, listened to, and respected for their own views and insights. However, for some time now, children and young people have been vocalising increasing concern about how they are treated, how they are spoken to, and how they are ignored – all issues that negatively affect intergenerational trust. Unsurprisingly when governments and leaders dismiss children and young people’s concerns and take limited or no action to address them, they lose trust in those adults and institutions.

Children often feel they’ve exhausted avenues of support

Whether it’s bullying at school, finding support for mental health challenges, or issues at home, children and young people usually only reach out to organisations for support when they have exhausted all other avenues. They often need confidentiality and help to find a resolution quickly. Being able to trust the adults to whom they have reached out is therefore of paramount importance. These urgent interactions with organisations are key to determining whether or not the foundations upon which the organisation is built are child friendly and child safe, and therefore worth the child or young person connecting to in the first place.

Little things matter

Children and young people told the Commissioner that the little things also matter, like employing friendly staff who are relatable and approachable, and who are interested to get to know them and understand their lives. If an adult makes a mistake they want them to admit it and try to rectify it quickly, keeping them informed of progress by updating them via the platforms they like to use. They also want opportunities to have a say in the design and delivery of services before they are introduced, as well as provide feedback when the experience they have does not match with their expectations.

Cycle of continuous feedback

Children and young people told the Commissioner they want adults to set-up up processes that create a cycle of continuous feedback. They will begin to believe adults are taking them seriously when their complaints, issues and concerns are acted upon in ways children and young people have suggested will work best; not based on assumptions adults have made about a child or young person’s life or situation.

To download your copy of the full report, or a How to Be Child-Friendly and Child-Safe poster for your workplace or organisation:

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Tik-Tok Live Streamed Suicide: What does this mean for our kids and their device use?

Tik-Tok Live Streamed Suicide: What does this mean for our kids and their device use?

Tik-Tok Live Streamed Suicide: What does this mean for our kids and their device use?

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Tik-Tok Live-Streamed Suicide

What does this mean for our kids and their device use?

You may be aware of distressing reports about a video of a suicide circulating on social media platforms.

It is believed that this video has also been embedded in other content with harmless descriptions such as ‘cute cat video’ to entice young people to view the content, unaware of what they will be viewing.

TikTok has issued a statement ensuring the public that they are rushing to remove the content and banning users who share it.

This is a distressing situation and many parents’ first reaction may be to take away devices from children, but Cybersafe Families encourage parents not to do this as children may see this as a form of punishment.

How to approach this with your children

If your child has not heard of or been exposed to the video, Cybersafe Families suggest it best not to draw undue attention to it and avoid raising it with them.
Advice from eSafety suggests that drawing children’s attention to the issue may cause unnecessary worry or distress and increase exposure. Older children may be exposed through online news or school yard chat.

Christopher Greene CEO of Adelaide based Cybersafe Families said,

‘We need to keep dialogue open, and taking devices away will not only be seen as a punishment for children but it may also stop them from sharing with us any disturbing content that they come across in the future in fear that they will lose digital privileges.

‘Instead we encourage parents and caregivers to have open and honest conversations with children around what they have seen or what is being talked about in the school yard to help them process and understand the content’.

The eSafety commissioner is encouraging people who encounter this content to report it to the social media platform they’ve seen it on, or to eSafety at:

Mr Greene added, ‘There are lots of support services available to both children and parents/caregivers. It is important the we put the emotional wellbeing of all children at the forefront and take the time to talk through and process these instances- in an age appropriate manner’.

If you or your child have been impacted you can contact:

  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 Phone support is there all day, every day. Online support is open from 8am- midnight every day (AEST).
  • Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 Phone support all day, every day, and follow-up calls.
  • eHeadspace: 1800 650 890 Open 9am-1am daily (AEST).
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 Phone support all day, every day. Online support 7pm-4am daily (AEST).
  • Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636 Phone support all day, every day. Online support 3pm-midnight every day.


About Cybersafe Families

Cybersafe Families is an SA based family business headed by brother and sister team Chris Greene and Danielle Verrilli, and joined by Chris’s wife Michelle. Chris is an IT professional having worked for many years within the school system and Danielle is a teacher and a school counsellor. Most importantly all three are parents of school aged children.

Cybersafe Families are leaders in providing cyber safety education and are passionate about children getting the most of Information Technology but believe this journey into the online world is different for each child. Information Technology can be a great resource and learning tool for children, but it can also provide access to material that may not be age appropriate. Unfiltered access can lead to potential accidental discoveries that can occur right in your home, which could be harmful to your children.
Cybersafe Families cyber safety education programs give Parents and Guardians a way to make their homes cyber safe! It’s important for parents to understand the real possibilities and understand the best practices so they can ensure the online safety of their family. We don’t endorse overly strict regimes, just the importance of providing a suitable technology based environment that is appropriate for the different stages of a child’s life.

Cybersafe Families has a strong focus on child internet safety and we firmly believe that only when parents are armed with the right information can decide what’s right for their children. We aim for the best possible outcome for parents working with what is available, with a focus on the future of home internet safety.

Cybersafe Families are certified by the eSafety Commissioner as a Trusted eSafety Provider to deliver online safety programs in Australian schools.


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New channel alert: 10 Shake – a new TV channel for kids!

New channel alert: 10 Shake – a new TV channel for kids!

Introducing 10 Shake: Kids during the day, Grown ups in prime time!

Joining 10, 10 Bold and 10 Peach, a new channel from the 10 Network, 10 Shake, will make its way onto our television screens this month!

The breakdown is simple: daytime is for the kids and prime time is for the big kids, um, we mean adults, who like their television shaken not stirred.

And, because kids are yet to learn what an appropriate wake up time is, kids programming on 10 Shake will have kids shaking their tail feathers from 6am to 6pm daily.

Popular kids programs available on 10 Shake

For the first time on free to air television, Australians will have access to a shakin’ slate of the most popular kids’ programs including Bubble Guppies, Henry Danger and READY SET DANCE.

10 Shake will also have some of the most talked about, most tweeted about and most meme-able shows in the world – Catfish: The TV Show, The Charlotte Show and The Late Late Show With James Corden – that will leave you totally shook!

Twelve hours of kids entertainment during the day

That’s right parents, twelve hours of wonderful kids’ entertainment a day, boasting titles like Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and online sensation iCarly, plus many more famous kid-friendly faces!

Then in the evening for the adults…

Then comes 6pm. It’s nighty night for the little ones and time for the big kids to come out and play. It’s an evening line-up you won’t be able to shake loose.

From guilty pleasures galore like Ex On The Beach and Lip Sync Battle, to a late night after party hosted by the one guy we would love to carpool with on The Late Late Show With James Corden, 10 Shake is set to stir up prime time.

10 Shake: 6am to 6pm

PAW Patrol

Any parent of a young child knows the power of the PAW. This is pawsitively one cartoon kids cannot miss. Nickelodeon’s hit animated preschool series stars seven heroic rescue pups who are led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder. Together, they work hard to protect the Adventure Bay community, believing no job is too big and no pup is too small!

Blaze and the Monster Machines

Who said cartoons aren’t good for your brain? Blaze and the Monster Machines is a preschool show which introduces viewers to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Together, monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ have action-packed adventures that highlight concepts such as friction, trajectories, volume and more for kids in a fun way.


Kids need to burn off some of that extra energy? READY SET DANCE is a participatory preschool dance series to get young kids up and moving. The series stars CG animated Freeze and Twirl as well as the Kid Crew consisting entirely of Australian dancers.

Henry Danger

For the first time on free to air television, Henry Danger follows the adventures of Henry Hart who gets selected by superhero Captain Man to be his apprentice. After promising to keep his new identity a secret, Henry must navigate a double life balancing the challenges of high school with the crazy adventures of a crime fighter.


A show within a show, iCarly follows Carly Shay and her two best friends, Sam and Freddie, as they create a webcast for and about kids their age while grappling with everyday tween problems and adventures.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? We all know the answer to that question. For just a talking sponge with pants, SpongeBob has become one of the most iconic characters in television history.

10 Shake will also shake, rattle and roll with fan favourites including:

  • Breadwinners
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Dora the Explorer
  • The Loud House
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
  • Sam & Cat
  • Sanjay and Craig
  • Shimmer and Shine
  • Team Umizoomi
  • The Thundermans
  • Top Wing

Plus, Network 10’s popular local kids shows including Totally Wild which celebrates its 28th year with Ranger Stacey still at the helm, science program Scope, preschool show Crocamole and Australian made C classified dramas will make the move from 10 Peach over to their new home on 10 Shake.

10 Shake: 6pm to 6am

Catfish: The TV Show

The series follows Nev Schulman as he takes viewers on a deeply personal journey that goes inside the stories of young people as their online-only romantic relationships collide with first-time, real-life encounters. Speaking of first times, this is the show’s first time on free to air television.

Ex On The Beach UK

Eight single guys and girls head to an idyllic beach to enjoy a summer holiday in paradise… until their exes turn up. What could possibly go wrong?

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah brings insightful humour to the day’s top headlines, providing coverage of and catharsis from daily events through a sharp, incisive lens.

Comedy Central Roasts

From Flavor Flav to Charlie Sheen, the Comedy Central Roast knows no bounds. This is an annual star-studded event in which a special Roastee must sit on the hot seat and take it on the chin for an evening with good- natured ribbing from colleagues and comics.


With razor sharp wit and biting commentary, comedian Daniel Tosh delves into all aspects of the Internet, from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious. This is the show’s first time on free to air television.

If that wasn’t enough star power for you, the 10 Shake prime time party will also include these heavy hitters:

  • Lip Sync Battle
  • Just Tattoo Of Us hosted by Charlotte Crosby
  • The Charlotte Show
  • Comedy Central: Stand Up Specials
  • Inside Amy Schumer
  • Roast Battle Ridiculousness
  • Drunk History US
  • The Late Late Show With James Corden.

Grab the popcorn, because 10 Shake will also feature movies including The Matrix franchises, The Hunger Games (1 and 2), the Ocean’s series, The Lego Movie, Now You See Me 2, Office Christmas Party and Ready Player One.

10 Shake: Transmitting soon.


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