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Clarence Valley Flathead Fishing Competition

Clarence Valley Flathead Fishing Competition

Clarence Valley is celebrating Mental Health Month with a Flathead Fishing Competition. With just a week to go, it’s time to dust off your fishing rod and reel, sharpen those hooks and get ready for October’s Clarence Valley Mental Health Month Flathead Fishing Competition. The competition has grown to include three new categories, an Open, Under 18’s and Under 12’s category. Our prize pool has also grown this year thanks to the generosity of our local event partners. Visit www.eventbrite.com.au to register.

About the event

2021 has been a tough year for everyone, with the cumulative effects of drought, bushfires, floods and worldwide pandemic impacting on our mental health and wellbeing making looking after our mental health even more important.

Help celebrate this years Mental Health Month by taking some time out and venturing outdoors. We know that getting outside for a fishing experience can be restorative and good for your mental health. By taking a break from the day-to-day grind and reconnecting with nature, you become more mindful and present in the moment, helping you to unplug from the daily data storm and improve your mental wellbeing.

Condition of entry:

You must have a valid NSW fishing licence unless you meet the NSW fishing licence fee exemption criteria.

Competition organisers & partners are ineligible to enter.

Competition registration is free.

The winners and runner-up of each category of the competition will be determined by the length of the fish.

The judges decision is final & no other correspondence will be entered into.

Fish caught while commercial fishing or aboard commercial fishing vessels are not accepted and will be disqualified.

All pictures must depict fish to be hooked on either rod and reel (using bait or lure). Netting of any method is not accepted.

The organisers accepts no responsibility for late, lost, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, illegible, corrupt or misdirected entries, claims or correspondence whether due to error, omission, alteration, tampering, deletion, theft, destruction or otherwise.

Submitting your entry:

The competition organisers support catch & release during the competition.

Participants may only submit one entry.

A clear picture of your fish against a fish measuring mat (brag mat), tape measure or ruler must be emailed to [email protected]

Winners will announced via email, text message and social media on the 5th of November 2021.

The Prizes:

Open Category winner, $400 fishing tackle voucher

Open category runner-up, $300 fishing tackle voucher

Under 18’s category winner, $350 fishing tackle voucher

Under 18’s category runner-up, $250 fishing tackle voucher

Under 12’s category winner, $250 fishing tackle voucher

Under 12’s runner-up, $100 fishing tackle voucher

Random Draw Prize $100 fishing tackle voucher

Our Event Partners:

The 2021 Clarence Valley Mental Health Flathead Fishing Competition is proudly supported by:

Department of Primary Industries, Rural Recovery Support Service

Northern NSW Local Health District, Clarence Valley Mental Health Service

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program

Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation

headspace Grafton

Momentum Collective


Positions Vacant – two Aboriginal Employment Specialists at TAFE NSW

Positions Vacant – two Aboriginal Employment Specialists at TAFE NSW

TAFE NSW is looking for two Aboriginal Employment Specialists.


Total Remuneration Package: – $122,701. Package includes salary ($110,065 – $121,490), employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

Location negotiable across New South Wales – regional-based people are encouraged to apply

Closing Date – Monday, October 11 – 11:59 PM

Please click on this link to access the advert, and application questions –  Aboriginal Employment Specialist – Identified | I work for NSW 


Reporting to the Manager of Aboriginal Employment, the Aboriginal Employment Specialist is responsible for providing a project management methodology around key projects related to our Aboriginal employment strategy. You will assist with the design and implementation of strategies that deliver on TAFE NSW’s commitment to increasing Aboriginal employment across all levels, groups, locations and roles.

You will be working with a dedicated Aboriginal employment team with a strong project management methodology who work as one team to ensure all elements of TAFE NSW Aboriginal Employment Strategy and our Reconciliation Action Plan are key to our planning and results.


To succeed in this role you will need to have the ability to work across a broad team of People and Culture staff with key relationship development with our talent acquisition team. You will have previously worked in a role with expertise related to managing an Aboriginal employment strategy or Reconciliation Action Plan.

For further information regarding the role please review the Position Description and Information Package 

“Applicants for this position must be of Aboriginal descent, identify as being Aboriginal and be accepted in the community as such. An applicant’s race is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under Section 14(d) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Applicants selected for an interview will be required to provide “Confirmation of Aboriginality” documentation at interview.


For your application to be considered, you must;

•  Attach a current resume

•  Attach a cover letter addressing your interest in the role

•  Click ‘Apply Now’ in advert Aboriginal Employment Specialist – Identified | I work for NSW where you will be required to address two (2) Targeted Questions

ROLE INQUIRIES: Paul Brant, Manager Aboriginal Employment via email [email protected] or 0428 167 542

The Family Centre’s term four program for Ballina, Byron and the Tweed

The Family Centre’s term four program for Ballina, Byron and the Tweed

The Family Centre has some great courses available this coming term.

Parenting Courses

123 Magic & Emotion Coaching – Online 

November 16 –  November 30, 10.30am–12.30pm

An evidence-based parenting program for parents/carers with children aged from two to12 years. The program is facilitated over three sessions and supports parents/carers to feel more confident to respond to their children’s behaviours. Parents/carers are provided practical strategies to engage with their child in the process of identifying and managing their own emotions, encouraging positive behaviours and building emotional resilience. There are three two-hour sessions.

Available to residents of Ballina, Byron and the Tweed Shires at no cost.

Bringing Up Great Kids 

October 27 – December 1, 10am–12pm

Bringing up Great Kids is a parenting course that promotes and supports respectful, caring and nurturing relationships for children aged 0–12. Parents are encouraged to become more reflective and mindful in their parenting approach. The group involves fun and interactive activities that includes key learnings of brain development, attachment theory, self-care and other useful parenting strategies. Six two-hour sessions.


Understanding Teenagers – Online 

October 21 – November 11, 10am–12pm

This four week course focuses on strategies to support our teenagers to manage their emotions and behaviour, and to learn skills to deal with challenging behaviour. For parents and carers of pre-teens and teens. Four two-hour sessions.


Family Centre Playgroups

All playgroups 10am–12pm

Wednesdays – South Golden Beach     Thursdays – Ballina

Find connection with other parents/carers and children while learning and playing together.

Access to useful information regarding parenting, local services and activities.

Playgroups are run during NSW school terms.


Relationship Courses

Couch Chat – Online 

19 October– 26 October 2021, 7pm–8pm

Couch Chat supports couples to explore ways to connect with their partner and kids in their step family. Two one-hour sessions



For further information on any of our courses or workshops please call

9am–12.30pm Monday–Friday

(02) 6686 4109 or go to www.thefamilycentre.org.au

If you are unable to pay for course fees please talk with our intake worker or the course facilitator. The Family Centre is committed to providing equal access to all the courses we offer.

Art on Bundjalung Market – call-out opens

Art on Bundjalung Market – call-out opens

Arts Northern Rivers is calling out to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from, or who have a strong connection to, the Bundjalung region to join the upcoming Art on Bundjalung Market.

Expressions of interest to participate in the market are open until October 20 and welcome a mix of established and emerging artists and collectives employing traditional and contemporary materials including weaving, ceramics, carving, photography, painting and textiles.

The art market is returning to the Quad in Lismore on Saturday, December 4 and will exhibit and celebrate the creative cultural heritage of the Bundjalung region. The inaugural 2019 event provided a unique opportunity to purchase authentic Indigenous artwork and to meet the makers. Featuring over 30 artists, the free family day included live music and performances, cultural food stalls, creative workshops and more. Drawing large crowds, the included artists generated over $35,000 in sales.

 Arts Northern Rivers is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our region. Regular updates will be posted online regarding any changes to the event. 


Position Vacant – the Family Centre, Senior Finance and Business Services Worker

Position Vacant – the Family Centre, Senior Finance and Business Services Worker

The Family Centre has a vacancy for a Senior Finance and Business Services Worker.

Are you a finance/accounting graduate with at least three years’ financial accounting and broad administrative and management experience looking to take the next step in your career?

The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, reliable and personable.  In addition to being a skilled accountant with all round client service, admin and supervisory experience, they thrive in a busy role that will never be the same each day.  High-level computer skills (MS Excel & Word, touch typing) and database experience (CRMs, Govt portals, Sharepoint etc) are required.

The position offers generous above award conditions, ongoing professional development and leadership development opportunities.

Applications close 4.30pm Monday, 4 October 2021.

For more information contact:

Margie Lemmon – Director Finance & Business Services (07) 5524 8711 or [email protected]

Applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check and a working with children check. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.


Rental lists for week commencing Sept 27, 2021

Rental lists for week commencing Sept 27, 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

  • Grafton
  • Ballina
  • Lismore
  • Tweed Heads
  • Casino

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties

Ballina Greater Region Rental Properties

Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties

Tweed Shire Rental Properties

Casino North Casino Rental Properties

Are you supporting families transitioning back to school after lockdown?

Are you supporting families transitioning back to school after lockdown?

Returning to School – K – Yr 2  There are some great resources available to support families with children and young people returning to school on campus after lockdown. Please find downloadable children’s activity booklets and other links below.

NSW Education – care and connect page

Supporting children returning to school – Nip in the bud fact sheet

BRAVE – online program for the prevention and treatment of anxiety in young people

If you or anyone else needs support click here for a list of 24/7 emergency contacts

Positions Vacant at Social Futures

Positions Vacant at Social Futures

Social Futures is looking to fill the following vacancies.

  1. Team Leader – FCS
  • Full-Time Fix Term Contract until 27/05/2022
  • SCHCADS Level 6 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Location: Lismore

This position is for an initial six months to cover maternity leave, with possible opportunities to extend for a further six months. If you are passionate about child safety, practice approaches, risk mitigation and leading a large team with a positive culture then this could be the position for you.



  1. Local Area Coordinator Participant Experience Officer


  • Two x Full-time – 38 hours Week positions
  • SCHCADS Level 4 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Location: Tweed Heads

Our Social Futures’ Participant Experience Team is expanding! If you are passionate about supporting people with disability to achieve their goals, then a role with our LAC Participant Experience Team may help you achieve yours!  As a LAC Participant Experience Officer you will work within our centralised and fully accessible South Tweed Heads office to support NDIS Participants and Customers.


  1.  Program Manager – Suicide Aftercare


  • Full Time – 38 hours per week
  • SCHCADS Level 7 plus generous salary packaging options
  • Location: Kempsey – Relocation Assistance available

Due to recent growth we have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to join our Social Futures team to lead a new program.  The Care Connect Program Manager leads the Suicide Aftercare Program across Kempsey and Bellingen LGA. This key role supports the implementation and delivery of short-term psychological intervention and support to people at risk of suicide or self-harm.


  1.  Program Manager – Youth


  • Full time
  • SCHCADS level 7 plus generous salary packaging options
  • Located in Lismore

As a result of an internal promotion we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and passionate people manager to lead multiple teams across a diverse range of youth programs. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Youth and Health Services, this position will see you as part of the leadership team, offering you an opportunity to use your management and leadership skills in conjunction with your knowledge of the issues pertaining young people within the area of homelessness, group and individual counselling, plus technology and education based programs.



More than 8 out of 10 are Locked Out in Lockdown

More than 8 out of 10 are Locked Out in Lockdown

The Australian Council of Social Service has found that eighty-five percent of people receiving some form of income support are locked out of receiving any extra Covid Disaster Payment, pushing people on the lowest incomes to the brink of their ability to survive.

ACOSS released the latest update of its ‘Living in Lockdown’ survey, which finds that almost all of the 216 respondents (96%) were seriously struggling with the cost of living and almost half (41.5%) were at risk of homelessness because of the high cost of housing.

“Compared with last year when everyone receiving unemployment and related payments was provided extra support, this year more than 80% are seriously struggling to survive,” said ACOSS Program Director – Social Security, Charmaine Crowe.

“When people can’t afford to cover basic costs like food, rent, electricity, medicine and public transport, they find it harder to travel to get vaccinated and are more exposed to the risk of COVID-19,” said Ms Crowe.

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said:

“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that there were four times as many deaths from COVID-19 in the lowest socio-economic group (which includes most people on social security payments) compared with the highest socio-economic group. It is unconscionable to leave behind people who most need support.

“Even the OECD is recommending that Australia lift our appallingly low level of unemployment payment – at $44 a day it’s the very lowest rate of all comparable countries. People on Youth Allowance and Austudy are at an even lower rate of $36 a day.

“The Federal Government must urgently extend Disaster Payments to all people on social security or without other incomes including those on temporary visas. As soon as Parliament is recalled, it must pass legislation to lift social security payments to above the poverty line including JobSeeker, Commonwealth Rent Assistance and family payments.”

“The biggest stress people on low incomes face is housing costs – with the highest rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance for a single person without children at just $70 a week when people in Sydney can’t find rental properties for less than $340 a week (and up to $540 a week in the city).

“ACOSS urges the Federal Government to increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by at least 50% to better support people afford private rentals.”

Living in Lockdown – Key Findings:

  • 96% are struggling with living costs
  • 85% are ineligible for the COVID disaster payments
  • 41.5% are at risk of homelessness
  • 40% feel less safe

Key Recommendations

  1. Immediately extend COVID Disaster Payments to lift incomes for all people without paid work to at least $600 per week, including those in receipt of social security and those without any other income source at all.
  2. As soon as Parliament resumes in August, pass legislation lifting working-age income support payments (JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, parenting payments and related income support) to the pension rate, which is just above the poverty line (at least $475pw for the single rate). See further below for increases to supplements needed for specific groups.
  3. Index all income support payments twice per year in line with wage growth as well as prices.
  4. Extend income support to all affected by inadequate paid work, including people on temporary visas.
  5. Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%.
  6. Provide supplementary payments for people with disability or illness, and single parents, recognising the additional costs they face.
  7. Invest in social housing to address the critical shortfall of supply.

Download the Locked Out in Lockdown survey report here

Domestic Violence Audit

Domestic Violence Audit

The NSW Audit Office is conducting an audit on the NSW Police responses to domestic and family violence. The audit aims to assess the effectiveness of police responses with a focus on training and development, workforce and other capability planning resource allocation, performance monitoring and service quality.

DVNSW invites you to contribute to this audit by taking part in a survey to provide evidence on how your organisation works with your Police Area Commands when responding and supporting clients experiencing domestic and family violence.

DVNSW acknowledges feedback that there is the inconsistency of response of Police across different areas, so this survey will provide you with the opportunity to comment specifically on up to five Police Area Commands (PAC)

Please note all data will be anonymised, however, some services may be identifiable to an extent based on police area commands.

You will be able to comment on up to five Police Area Commands (PAC).

The survey will take from 10-30 minutes to complete, depending on how many Police Area Commands that your organisation works with and chooses to comment on.