When 15year–old Mary Baker died by suicide her parents embarked on a journey to shine a light on the darkest night of their lives.

Beginning in the regional town of Albury and expanding across Australia ‘Solstice’ captures the stories of those who are daily on the frontline in the battle for better mental health care; the survivors of suicide.

Hopeful, determined and brave ‘Solstice’ follows the journey of individuals, families and groups as they strive to begin conversations, unite communities and ignite positive change.

John Walker will be joined on stage by film maker Helen Newman for an audience Q & A at the conclusion of the film.

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Past events


Secondary School Presentation & Special Edition On the Couch.    An incredible day all round!  

If you were lucky enough to be in the audience in May 2018 , you will know what a treat our On the Couch conversation with Miss Amelie’s David Kapay was.  He won us all over with his genuine, down to earth & engaging style.   He told of his start at The Grove in Wodonga, Paddy’s in Albury and the fateful plane flight to London which resulted in him walking into a job at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant/charity Fifteen.    We heard about the cultures of high profile celebrity kitchens and his desire to put Albury Wodonga on the foodie map in a big way, through Miss Amelie.  It was wonderful to have Year 12’s and young apprentices in the audience to see what is possible with talent, drive and a bit of luck along the way.  Thanks everyone for coming along & a huge thank you to David for giving your time so generously.  We loved it!

Once touted as ‘the most powerful woman in rugby league’, former Scot’s School student & ex-CEO Suzanne Young has lead major change initiatives in some of our biggest companies including IAG, Qantas, the Commonwealth Bank and Unisys and served on the boards of well-known not for profit organisations including the McGrath Foundation and Surf Life Saving Australia.  As our 2017 On the Couch Guest, Suzanne inspired us all with her motivation, determination and leadership.  Another wonderful example of the locally grown talent that all of Australia now benefits from


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Matina Jewell “On the Couch” at Regent Cinemas Albury

  CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: An ‘on the couch’ conversation featuring Matina Jewell.

October 2014.   Border Trust was delighted to present our third annual On the Couch conversation and thank our featured guest,  retired UN Peacekeeper and extraordinary local, Matina Jewell.

Matina’s  distinguished military career culminated with a coveted posting to serve as part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East where she was “Caught in the Crossfire” when full-scale war erupted between Israel and Lebanon in 2006.  Today  Matina holds a number of distinguished Government and not for profit board positions. She lives locally in Wodonga with her husband and daughter.

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Our host John Walker steered the conversation with Matina’s images and movie clips prompting behind the scenes stories and intimate recollections.

Guests at Cinema

Guests enjoy refreshments prior to the presentation

Hume Raffle winner

Big Thanks to Hume Bank, our generous sponsors of $500 Raffle Prize. Winner Kerry Horsley (centre) with Glenys Atkins & Gemma Noordewier of Hume Bank.

Our special thanks to HUME BANK, and PHEIFFER WINES for donating prizes to our
“On the Couch” Raffle, drawn on the night.

The winner of the $500 Hume Bank Voucher prize is Kerry Horsley and the second prize of
one dozen Pheiffer Wines was won by Tony Jackson.

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Special thanks to our event partners and sponsors

An “On the Couch Conversation” with Barrie Cassidy.

May 2013: At the annual Border Trust “Ön the Couch” event where we interview a “Famous Local”, our audience was treated to fascinating stories and inside information.
Growing up in Chiltern, Barrie started his career straight out of high school as a cadet journalist with the Border Mail, Albury.Today he is one of Australia’s most experienced political commentators, having covered federal politics since the late 1970s. From that time he has been involved in twelve federal elections, two of them as senior adviser and press secretary to Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.
Barrie has worked as a foreign correspondent in political capitals, Washington and Brussels. He has hosted the ABC Television program, The 7.30 Report, has been host of Insiders for the past ten years, is a successful author and also hosts ABC Televisions sporting commentary program, Öffsiders.

Hosted by John Walker, the conversation and audio visual was entertaining and insightful giving all those in attendance a unique and vibrant look into the world of politics !

This event is a major fundraiser for Border Trust and we thank Barrie for his time and energy in making the event a great success.

Thank you to all who attended to support Border Trust and to our sponsors for their generous support.


John Walker hosts Barrie Cassidy on stage at Regent Cinema Albury Wodonga

Hon. Tim Fischer AC.


Border Trust introduced a special event – The “On the Couch Conversation with a Famous Local” in 2012, where our special guest was The Hon. Tim Fischer AC. Tim spoke with our convenor, John Walker about his 1,000 days in Rome as Australia’s first resident Ambassador to the Holy See, in Rome.

 P1000206The event was held at Regent Cinemas Albury Wodonga where an audience of close to 200 enjoyed a unique insight into life in Rome.

Our MC for the night, John Walker, guided the  conversation with Mr Fischer, which was an intimate and often quirky look at his time overseas. The Canonisation of Mary McKillop, the first journey of the Caritas Express from the Vatican’s own railway station, journeys further afield to places such as Jerusalem and the incredible library stored underneath the Vatican were all documented in photograph and personal stories.

This was a slide night unlike any other!

Border Trust warmly thanks everyone who attended the event together with our wonderful team of event sponsors: Regent Cinemas Albury, Hume Building Society, Pfeiffer Wines and Wodonga TAFE.