(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
2022 East Coast Floods Emergency Response Grant Program

2022 East Coast Floods Emergency Response Grant Program

The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) is deeply saddened by the recent floods that have devastated communities in eastern Australia, resulting in the tragic loss of human life and damage to property, businesses, livestock and wildlife. 

In response to the recent flood disaster in eastern Australia, and recognising the impact on Indigenous lands, assets and communities, we have released the 2022 East Coast Emergency Response Grants Program to support Indigenous corporations.

The ILSC Program has been established as an emergency response grant for any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by the floods.

A grant of up to $20,000 (GST excl.) will be available to assist Indigenous corporations whose property has been directly affected by the recent flood disaster, or Indigenous groups who are assisting the immediate recovery and clean-up efforts on Indigenous lands.

Eligibility:  

  • An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Corporation may be eligible if:
    • Its property is within the flood disaster zone, as declared by their relevant State and Territory (NSW and QLD); and
    • Its property was affected by floods since 22 February 2022; and
    • It requires immediate assistance to make their property safe to access.
  • Other Indigenous groups may be eligible if:
    • Its core business is land or water-based; and
    • It is assisting (paid or volunteering) the clean-up of affected Indigenous-held property within the flood disaster zone affected (NSW and QLD).

Please note the ILSC is unable to fund the repair and replacement of items that are covered under existing insurance policies unless there is a clear and urgent health and safety risk to humans and livestock.

Contact us:

Indigenous corporations who have been directly impacted by the recent floods and are seeking assistance should initiate a rapid application process by emailing [email protected] or if you cannot get online by contacting our Western Divisional Office on (08) 9420 6300 or Central Divisional Office on (08) 8100 7102.  

How to access:

  1. Read the overview document:
    Read the overview document to see what assistance is available and the eligibility criteria.
  2. Complete the application form:
    Complete the application form. Return it to [email protected]  Please note you will be required to provide photographic evidence of the damage.
  3. We will assess your application and inform you of the outcome:
    Your application will be assessed and if further information is required, we will be in contact. We will let you know the outcome of your application within 7 working days.
  4. If approved, the ILSC will provide funding:
    If your grant application is approved, we will strive to provide funding within 7 working days of approval.
Hart Services have two vacancies

Hart Services have two vacancies

Hart Services are looking for a bookkeeper and a cleaner.

BOOKKEEPER
Do you want to make a difference?
Hours: 15 hours week, permanent part-time. Additional hours may be required from time to time.
Award and Level: SCHADS / SACS Award, Level 3
HART Services HART Services is a strong sustainable not-for-profit, non-government organisation. We are highly engaged with local and regional communities and we aim to ‘make a difference’ by fostering wellbeing and connecting community. Operating across Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley local government areas in the Northern Rivers of NSW, our personalised services support people to meet the challenges of ageing, disability, transport and social isolation. The Role
We are recruiting a permanent part-time Bookkeeper to work in our Lismore and Wollongbar offices in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. We are seeking a high-performing experienced person to provide quality services to assist the Finance Manager.
The successful applicant will have professional bookkeeping experience, pay attention to detail, be proactive, adaptable and able to complete high quality work under pressure to help ensure the Finance Manager meets organisational and service recipient needs.
We are seeking a person who has high integrity, discretion and is able to build respectful and trusting relationships with others while working within the boundaries of the position.
Covid 19 Vaccination
Workers are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19. This includes any boosters that may be required from time to time.
*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply*
DO NOT APPLY BEFORE OBTAINING AN APPLICATION MANUAL. Please email [email protected] with the subject line Bookkeeper for an application manual.
Your application must follow the requirements outlined in the manual.

CLEANERS
Casual position
SCHADS / SACS Award, Level 2
Do you want to make a difference?
HART Services HART Services is a strong sustainable not-for-profit, non-government organisation. We are highly engaged with local and regional communities and we aim to ‘make a difference’ by fostering wellbeing and connecting community. Our personalised services support people to meet the challenges of ageing, disability, transport and social isolation. We are based in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and assist people throughout the Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley local government areas. The Role
We are seeking professionally experienced cleaners to provide quality in-home cleaning services to individual service recipients.
You will provide professional cleaning services to clients across the Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley areas, assisting frail older people and people with a disability to be able to maintain their independence and stay in their own homes.
Are you a good communicator? Do you care about the welfare of others? Do you have professional cleaning experience?
The successful applicant will be proactive, adaptable and able to complete high quality work to help ensure the Client Care Services team meets organisational and service recipient needs.
Hours will vary across the week according to clients’ needs.
Workers are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid 19. This includes any boosters that may be required from time to time.
*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply*
DO NOT APPLY BEFORE OBTAINING AN APPLICATION MANUAL. Please email [email protected] with the subject line Cleaners for an application manual.
Your application must follow the requirements outlined in the manual.
Further information about HART Services may also be obtained from our website
at www.hartservices.org.au
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5 PM MONDAY 4 APRIL 2022

Closing the Gap Grants available

Closing the Gap Grants available

The Closing the Gap Strengthening Community Capability Grants aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and NSW Government to work together to overcome the inequality experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and achieve life outcomes equal to all Australians.
A total of almost $4.23 million is available via two streams:
STREAM 1
Strengthening Capability – Grants of up to $50,000 for ACCOs to address common challenges to securing NSW Government funding. Funding can be used for:
• Strategic Foundations
• Business Operations
• Operating Systems
• Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
STREAM 2
Grow and Expand – Grants of up to $200,000 for ACCOs already receiving NSW Government funding to grow and/or diversify their service offerings. Funding can be used for:
• Service Models
• Operating Systems
• Establish a Social Enterprise
• Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
GUIDELINES & RESOURCES
Applicants should read the full Closing the Gap Strengthening Community Capability Grants guidelines on the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website before completing an application.
FAQs and application guides are also available on the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.
The Closing the Gap Strengthening Community Capability Grants webinar is available to replay here.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Applicants must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCO) or an unincorporated Aboriginal Community group with an agreement for an ACCO to auspice the funding. Further eligibility criteria are outlined in the guidelines on the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.
IMPORTANT DATES
Due to impact of flooding in NSW, applications now close at 5pm, Monday 4 April 2022.
Applications can be submitted at any time during the opening period and applicants will be notified of the outcome in early June 2022.
APPLY NOW
To apply for funding, you will need to complete and submit the application form through SmartyGrants.
SUPPORT AND CONTACTS
Contact Officers are available to answer questions regarding the Aboriginal Affairs NSW Closing the Gap Strengthening Capability Grants.
Telephone: 1800 019 998
Email: [email protected]

Flood recovery information from Lismore City Council

Flood recovery information from Lismore City Council

ASK FOR CLEAN UP HELP

If anyone needs assistance with cleanup of their properties, please go to the Service NSW website to register or phone 13 77 88.

This website also provides information regarding locations of Recovery Centres, Disaster Assistance Finder and Temporary Housing Support.

 

ASBESTOS PROCESS UPDATE

Lismore City Council is currently confirming the process of asbestos collection to be undertaken by licensed asbestos removalist.

This new process is expected to be confirmed within the next two to three days.

In the meantime, if you have identified or suspect you have asbestos at your residential or business premises or believe asbestos has arrived at your property because of the flood, there are steps you can currently take which are outlined below.

Already double wrapped

Many premises have already sought the help of licensed asbestos removalists who have either double wrapped in plastic and removed or have stored the double wrapped asbestos at the premises in a safe location for collection. It must NOT be stored on the footpath.

If you have asbestos double wrapped and require collection, please call Lismore City Council on 6625 0500 and your property details will be added to the list of collection when the process is confirmed in the coming days.

If you have identified or suspect you have asbestos at your premises that is a result of damage from flood that is not double wrapped, please DO NOT dump the asbestos on the footpath and rubbish pile.

Please keep the asbestos in a safe location, call Lismore City Council on 6625 0500 and your property details will be added to the list of collection when the process is confirmed in the coming days.

Asbestos still intact

If you believe you have asbestos still intact and wish to renovate or repair your premises, please seek the advice of a licensed asbestos removalist, and do not attempt to remove the product yourself.

Asbestos products may be found in many buildings and generally are not dangerous if kept in good condition, however if an asbestos product is broken or disturbed in any way, it is extremely hazardous. Asbestos materials are either bonded (tightly bound) or friable (loosely bound).

Bonded asbestos materials are commonly found in houses and often known as ‘fibro’, ‘asbestos cement’ and ‘AC sheeting’.

The recent flood has had the potential to break and disturb asbestos products.

We thank the community for your patience and Council will continue to keep you updated.

For SafeWork NSW advice of handling and removing asbestos after a flood, please click HERE.

For help to identify asbestos and access the NSW Government asbestos safety resource kit, click HERE.

For the NSW EPA asbestos fact sheet, click HERE.

The NSW EPA also have advice on how to deal with asbestos in the home. Click HERE.

 

ESSENTIAL ENERGY UPDATE

The Essential Energy teams are continuing the ongoing work to repair and restore electricity to flood- affected customers throughout the North Coast region.

While dedicated crews continue to work in the Lismore CBD, the extensive underground network rebuild to ensure reliable supply means that location will be without power for a number of weeks. Local business customers can visit the Essential Energy Customer Hub on the corner of Woodlark and Keen Streets and to receive personalised support regarding the CBD Flood Restoration Plan between 10am to 2pm Wednesday, 23 March and Thursday, 24 March.

Essential Energy reminds customers to follow the three step process to get power restored, once it’s available on their homes or businesses by engaging a private electrician.

Visit our website HERE for contact details for the Masters Electrician Association (MEA) and National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) to get contact details for local electricians.

As at 4.00pm, 1,083 customers remain without power across Lismore due to damage to our electricity network.

Additionally, 2,748 customers are disconnected from the network due to flood inundation and are awaiting inspection by a private electrician.

This includes customers primarily across Lismore, plus Coraki, Woodburn and surrounding areas.

FREE BULK WATER FILLING STATION

A reminder that free bulk water is available from the Rous County Council fill point on Krauss Avenue, South Lismore – a ‘toggle’ is no longer required for access.

All bulk water carters must now use this facility. Drawing water from the reticulation network via standpipes can cause damage to the infrastructure and reduce supply/pressure.

 

LAUNDRY AND SHOWER
VAN IN SOUTH LISMOREThe Lismore City Lions have set up a free laundry and shower van at 25 Casino St, South Lismore outside Sheaffe Motors that will be operational from Wednesday, 23 March.

It will operate between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, at this stage.

The van was kindly supplied by the Lions Club of Belmont and District from the Newcastle region.

 

NORTH WOODBURN PUMP SYSTEMS

We are working to repair a number of sewer pressure pump systems in the North Woodburn Area that are currently non-operational, with some needing replacement.

If a resident requires their sewer pump to be operational within the next two weeks, please contact our Contact Centre on 6625 0500 so it can be prioritised accordingly.

Where property owners require systems outside of this timeframe, please contact Council on when it is required otherwise it will be automatically replaced as part of Council’s adopted program.

Please note alternative temporary units may be provided at some locations to ensure residents have an operating service. These units will be replaced with a complete system once more supplies become available.

 

MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE IS BACK!

The Mobile Library service returns Monday with delivery out of the Richmond Tweed Regional Library (RTRL) car. Needless to say, this compact space will mean heavily reduced services.

The much-loved Mobile Library trailer is undergoing assessment of its flood damage and we will update the community when that is operational again.

We will load the car with available reservations and new library items donated by the community. Check the timetable HERE.

We’re looking forward to seeing you.

 

THISTLE SOCCER FIELD,
WADE PARK CLOSEDDue to the essential remediation and clean up works within the vicinity of Council’s Wade Park Sewer Pump Station on Military Road, Council have now closed Wade Park to the general public. The Thistles field is also closed.

We thank the community for its patience and understanding as we continue this important work.

 

EVENT- LISMORE COMMUNITY
& FARMERS CONNECTThe non-profit organisation called Rapid Relief Team are hosting two combined events at the Lismore Showgrounds on Friday, 1 April from 7am to 1pm.

The combined events are called the Lismore Community Connect and the Farmers Community Connect which aims to bring flood affected families and farmers for a well deserved day out and bring our community together.

There will be a free BBQ lunch and barista coffee and the opportunity to connect with fellow community members in one location.

For farmers, there will be donated feed tested a-grade Lucerne hay available. To have access to this donation, you need to register by clicking HERE.

For more information on this family and farming event, you can visit the Rapid Relief Team Facebook page by clicking HERE or email [email protected].

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

There are a number of financial assistance and recovery advice available for flood affected members of our community.

The funding available can come from various local, state, and federal agencies. Lismore City Council is keeping up to date with the latest assistance packages available and has a dedicated webpage you can access which you can find HERE.

 

Social Futures has vacancies  in the Connecting Home teams

Social Futures has vacancies  in the Connecting Home teams

Social Futures has multiple vacancies  in our Connecting Home Adult and Youth teams. You would:

  • Be part of the solution to end homelessness
  • Have a rewarding opportunity to create genuine change for people

We have opportunities for passionate Program Workers to join our homelessness service, Connecting Home in both our Adult and Youth teams based in our Lismore teams!

You will be part of an innovative team that supports those experiencing homelessness, or at risk thereof to identify and access sustainable housing outcomes, as well as appropriate supports such as education and employment opportunities.

No two days will be the same however, you will be providing high quality, customer centred assistance, the position will be a mix of home-based support and outreach, there will also be a requirement to collaborate with a variety of community-based organisations to ensure the best possible outcomes.

To be successful, you will be able to demonstrate previous similar experience or relevant transferable skills such as your ability to work collaboratively with key stakeholders, service providers and participants to empower them and develop their capacity and resources, be proficient at completing a needs and risk assessment and be passionate about making positive change.

If you have relevant qualifications, skills and experience working in the homelessness sector; are a passionate individual dedicated to making positive change in their community, this is the role for you.

If this interests you, please keep an eye out for the job advertisements or contact Karen Ford or Lisa Hopwood to discuss.

Their emails are: [email protected] or [email protected]

Support at Home Program and Regulation Update Webinar

Support at Home Program and Regulation Update Webinar

A Support at Home Program and Regulation Update webinar that was held on March 8 is now available as a recording of on the Departments website or directly via our YouTube channel.

The Department are developing a series of frequently asked questions which will include some of the questions raised during the webinar. These documents will be updated weekly and once published can be found on the Reform to in-home aged care | Australian Government Department of Health webpage

To stay up to date with future engagement, you can sign up to the Engagement Hub and also download a Support at Home consultation calendar from the department’s website.

Transport Grants available for NAIDOC activities

Transport Grants available for NAIDOC activities

Transport for NSW would like to support communities to come together to celebrate NAIDOC week.

Grants of up to $3000 are available to support the transport costs to attend NAIDOC celebrations in large towns or between communities.

The grant can cover the cost of hiring a bus, the costs of running an existing bus or taxi vouchers (if you have a town taxi service).

If you would like further information please contact Lee from the Community Partnering Team on 0436 376 784 or alternatively email [email protected]

New COVID, inequality and poverty report

New COVID, inequality and poverty report

The Australia Council of Social Services has released a new report summarising the impact of the COVID-19 recession and recovery on income inequality and poverty in Australia.

This report includes  ABS data tracking inequality during 2020 and 2021.

The data tells the tale of two very different pandemic experiences, dependent on income and opportunities. Full report here.

https://povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Build-back-fairer-report-3_FINAL.pdf