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This project is support by Australia Post’s Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program, which funds projects that will help to build
healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities across Australia.
Connecting Up will be delivering a FREE digital marketing program exclusively
to not-for-profits and small business in the Loxton Waikerie area
The program will consist of:
• Face-to-face workshops
• Digital mentoring
• Online resources
Organisations can utilise any or
all of the program sections, with
preference for mentoring given
to those attending face-to-face
Strictly limited spaces available and bookings essential
for not-for-profits and small business
• Developing a digital marketing
strategy for your organisation
• Building an email newsletter
Loxton Council Chambers
Wednesday 11th March
Waikerie Council Chambers
Thursday 12th March
Bookings to be made online at
Dates available online at
• Search Engine Optimisation
• Website Essentials and Analytics
• Social Media
Organisations can access mentoring
sessions for one hour on topics
related to the above.
Loxton Council Offices
Wednesday 29th April
Waikerie Council Offices
Thursday 30th April
Connecting the Loxton district
Connecting Up will be delivering a free
digital marketing program, exclusive to the
Loxton Waikerie area and targeted at not-
for-profit (NFP) organisations and small
business during the months of March and
In partnership with the District Council of Loxton
Waikerie, Connecting Up identified a need for digital
marketing training and mentoring in the area, and
worked together to create a program to help provide
solutions to NFPs and business.
The program consists of face-to-face workshops,
online webinars, one-on-one digital mentoring and
access to online resources.
Access to the complete program is free for
all, with preference for mentoring given to those
attending the workshops.
The program starts with workshops that will be
delivered in the council chambers, with Loxton being
on Tuesday, March 11, and Waikerie the following
day, Wednesday, March 12.
The digital marketing program is funded by
a $10,000 grant from the Australia Post’s Our
Neighbourhood Community Grants Program, which
funds projects that will help to build healthier, more
vibrant and more inclusive communities across
This grant was obtained towards the end of 2014,
with the sole purpose of this grant being awarded to
provide digital marketing training to the local area.
“We are excited to bring this training exclusively
to the Loxton Waikerie area,” said Connecting Up
community engagement co-ordinator Mathan
Mr Allington – a freelance web designer and
digital marketing consultant – is the presenter for
the workshops and mentoring and works with
the NFP sector to provide training, education and
understanding of the technology resources available
to them to build their capacity.
Connecting Up is a not-for-profit organisation
based in Adelaide that facilitates a technology
donations and discounts program for NFPs across
Australia & New Zealand.
The organisation also delivers a comprehensive
training and events program.
For more information on the free program, please
view the advertisement below or visit the website
Trip of a lifetime for students
by Stephanie Gropler
Five Loxton High School students
recently returned from the trip of a
lifetime, after spending two months
After hosting students from Germany for
two months during the middle of last year,
the Australians put their own language
skills to the test when they departed for
Europe on November 22.
Loxton High School student and German
exchange participant Zoe Vaughan said it
was “undoubtedly a trip of a lifetime”.
“If you are interested in a language and
want to learn it in a different – and proba-
bly a more fun way – then exchange pro-
grams are where it is at,” she said.
Zoe said it was “great” to catch up with
her exchange student Toni Diederich again.
“It was really cool to meet her family,”
“I think it is really good because I have
made a way better friend than if I just went
to a stranger’s family,” she said.
Loxton High School’s Ryan Casey, Janek
Rutzen, April Burdon and Lisa Huang also
took part in the exchange.
“We caught up a couple of times and all
went to Berlin for a week together,” Zoe
“Which was good as we were then able
to speak fluent English.
“We all said our German improved heaps
while we were there. Probably because it is
just everywhere. It is on television, it is on
the radio and everybody talks it.”
While in Berlin, the students visited a
number of “noteworthy” sites including
Brandenburg Gate, Madame Tussauds wax
museum and the Berlin Wall.
Zoe said there were many stark contrasts
between Germany and Australia.
“High school over there is really differ-
ent. They build everything up because there
is no space, so the school building’s have
lots of storeys,” she said.
“You start earlier too, about 7am. That
was terrible, because I am not really one to
get out of bed early.
“Sometimes you would finish at 5pm,
others you would finish at 1pm or 3pm. It
depends on the day.”
Another point of interest for Zoe was the
geographical location of Germany.
“We went on family holidays and went
skiing in Austria,” she said.
“Everything is really close, they com-
plain about five hour trips.”
While on exchange, Zoe said she experi-
enced below zero temperatures.
“It snowed on Christmas Day, which I
thought was pretty cool,” she said.
“You get your own Christmas tree, so
you go to the pine tree farm and cut down
Zoe said the group of students agreed
they would like to return to Germany in
“I definitely want to go back and see my
host family. We have all said we want to go
back,” she said.
“Your hosts do turn out like a second
Local students Lisa Huang (second from left), Zoe Vaughan (fourth from right), April
Burdon (third from right) and Janek Rutzen (back, right) are pictured with some of
the German exchange students while they were at Loxton High School last year. The
group spent their summer holidays in Germany.
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