(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
Rental lists for week commencing May 30, 2022

Rental lists for week commencing May 30, 2022

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 / Kyogle / Tenterfield

Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties

Ballina – Greater Region NSW

Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties

Tweed Shire Rental Properties

Casino North Casino Rental Properties

Flood recovery grants to boost North Coast community wellbeing

Flood recovery grants to boost North Coast community wellbeing

Community organisations can now apply for funding through the three-year, $5 million Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants program, as well as assistance to help with their grant application.
Grants will be awarded to non-government providers helping the community from the ground up, by providing community-based trauma and healing programs that support local recovery and build community resilience.
Funded by the NSW Government as part of the Northern NSW flood recovery package, the grants will be delivered by Healthy North Coast to help communities recover from flood impacts and strengthen their capacity to meet future challenges.
Healthy North Coast Chief Executive Officer, Julie Sturgess, said Healthy North Coast is seeking innovative proposals that get people connecting, communicating, learning and supporting each other – activities that tap into the region’s social support networks.
‘We know many people are focussing on the basics right now, but we also need to rebuild community connections that are so vital for a positive outlook when times are tough. This is about supporting hearts and minds to get the North Coast back on its feet,’ Ms Sturgess said.
To support participation, Healthy North Coast has partnered with Successful Grants to offer local community organisations up to 2 hours of free professional assistance with the application process.
This assistance includes concept scoping, application review and feedback.
‘We welcome our partnership with Successful Grants, which will help those smaller organisations that might be unfamiliar with the tender process and overwhelmed by the writing task,’ Ms Sturgess said.
Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants program
The grants program has a key focus on young people, older people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NSW local government areas of Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle and Clarence Valley.
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Healthy North Coast is inviting proposals for the following eligible community-led activities or services:
• Trauma-based education programs: Training and education programs such as trauma education or personal resilience programs, that promote trauma-informed principles and practices.
• Social and emotional wellbeing: Clinical or psychosocial trauma-informed interventions that improve wellbeing and increase emotional resilience.
• Cultural connection: Activities that strengthen cultural connection
• Social and community connection: Initiatives that build individual or community connections to support recovery. Examples include, but are not limited to, neighbourhood networks, peer support groups, etc.
Grant application assistance and submission
As well as offering assistance with the grant application process, Successful Grants has also distilled the tender documents into an easy-to-read one-page document, so that organisations can quickly assess their eligibility for the program.
If you are a local community-based organisation and would like to access this assistance, please email [email protected]
For more information on the Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants program, including how to apply, visit https://hnc.org.au/community-wellbeing-and-resilience-flood-recovery-grants-program/.
Applications close at 8am on Friday 27 May 2022

Flood recovery grants to boost North Coast community wellbeing

Proposals open for pop-up Safe Havens across four North Coast locations

Healthy North Coast is calling for proposals to deliver four pop-up Safe Haven services in the North Coast flood affected communities to provide locals with support and connection.

The pop-ups come as a result of the impacts of flooding which increased situational distress and trauma in the community, made possible with funding by New South Wales (NSW) Government though implementing the Mental Wellbeing Flood Recovery Package in North Coast NSW.

The Safe Haven pop-up program will engage both clinical and non-clinical workforce, including staff for the Safe Havens, to boost local access to psychosocial and clinical support.

Lismore, Woodburn, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah have been identified as the locations and require a suitable provider to deliver these services. Safe Havens are free of charge, with no appointment needed to provide flood-affected residents with a blend of clinical and non-clinical supports and practical advice. They will also link to community supports to help manage health and wellbeing.

The intention of the program is to promote other mental health services available in the four locations, while also considering other relevant non-mental health supports available to assist those recovering from floods.

Providers will evenly disperse staff across the four locations, including a blend of clinical and non-clinical roles. The successful provider will need to submit an outline of a suitable workforce supporting workforce availability and the delivery of service requirements and outcomes.

Funding is for 24 months and tenders will need to demonstrate:

  • proposed service model
  • clinical governance
  • service implementation plan
  • workforce
  • proposed budget and measures.

The closing date for tenders is May 31, with services expected to commence operations in June or July of this year.

Find out more or submit your proposal on the Tenderlink website.

Return to the Heart: renewing business, markets and the economy in Lismore’s CBD

Return to the Heart: renewing business, markets and the economy in Lismore’s CBD

In exciting news for Lismore and surrounding districts, its two largest markets are coming to Lismore’s CBD to help reactivate our local economy and sense of community.

The Lismore Car Boot Market and Channon Craft Market will commence in Lismore in June. There will be three Sunday markets each month at a new Pop-up Precinct in the CBD, with opportunities for local flood-affected businesses to trade.

Our Place: Lismore Pop-Up Precinct is being established at the Harold Fredericks carpark, on the corner of Dawson and Magellan Streets. Along with pop-up businesses and the upcoming Sunday markets, the Precinct features the Community Access Point operated by Resilience NSW, along with Service NSW and Services Australia with additional agencies to be announced soon.

Lismore City Council General Manager John Walker said the Pop-Up Precinct is a collaboration between Lismore City Council, Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Channon Craft Market Inc. and the Lismore Car Boot Market. It is funded by Resilience NSW.

“The Our Place: Lismore Pop-Up will help revitalise Lismore by helping flood-affected businesses to trade, allowing the community to access support services and creating a space in the middle of the CBD for the community to come together,” he said.

Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Ellen Kronen, who will be facilitating retailers’ participation in the Sunday markets, welcomed the initiative.

“Bringing everyone together in a central trading precinct is an inspiring initiative, not only to kick-start our economy, but also create a vibrant and welcoming meeting place for community,” she said.

Lismore Car Boot Market Manager Marny Bonner remembers all too well the healing power of markets.

“The first market after the April 2017 flood played such a vital role in community healing,” she said. “It provided a sense of things getting back to normal and really boosted everyone’s spirits.”

The Channon Craft Market will be held at the Lismore’s Pop-Up Precinct until repairs to its regular venue and access roads are completed.

The Channon Market Manager Robyn Kelly said she was excited by the temporary move to the Lismore CBD.

“Reactivating our area’s two iconic markets, in partnership with CBD businesses, will bring cash, culture and community together in the heart once again. We are all working together to make this happen and for it to be as easy as possible for traders to get back to doing what they do best,” she said.

Our Place: Lismore Pop-Up Precinct first welcomes the Lismore Car Boot Market on Sunday, 5 June 2022. The Channon Craft Market will follow on Sunday, 12 June, and then the Car Boot Market again on 19 June.

Kingscliff TAFE is holding a pre-apprenticeship Statement of Attainment in Commercial Cookery

Kingscliff TAFE is holding a pre-apprenticeship Statement of Attainment in Commercial Cookery

Kingscliff TAFE will be holding a pre-apprenticeship Statement of Attainment in Commercial Cookery working alongside the National Indigenous Culinary Institute.

Proposed delivery dates: Start date: 28th July. End Date: 26th August 2022

Register interest via Link – NICI Pre apprenticeship Commercial Cookery

We are looking for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who would like to have a taste of working within a kitchen and may receive work or an apprenticeship through the NICI as there are many employers working alongside the NICI wanting our students!

This course will cover:

SITHCCC001- Use food preparation equipment

SITHCCC005 – Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery

SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety

SITXWHS001- Participate in safe work practices

A new National Strategy for Volunteering is in the works – and you can help shape it

A new National Strategy for Volunteering is in the works – and you can help shape it

A new survey reveals that volunteer numbers have dropped in Australia since COVID, as work gets underway on the first national strategy in a decade.

Organisations or groups that involve volunteers are urged to share their thoughts in a survey aimed at shaping the future of volunteering in Australia.

Led by Volunteering Australia, the survey is the third step in a process that will eventually see the creation of Australia’s next National Strategy for Volunteering.

This would be the first National Strategy for Volunteering in over 10 years.

The Volunteering in Australia research project has already engaged with volunteers to learn their thoughts on why they give their time and energy, and from this has produced an early insights report.

The report reveals that the number of Australians undertaking volunteer work is lower than it was before COVID, when 36 per cent of adults were estimated to have volunteered. But in the 12 months before the survey was conducted in April 2022, 26.7 per cent of Australian adults volunteered – a slight increase from 24.2 per cent in April 2021.

According to the report, the majority of those who stopped volunteering have not yet returned to the field – but they have noticed the impact on their wellbeing, reporting lower levels of life satisfaction than those who still volunteer.

The report also revealed a difference between informal and formal volunteering, with almost half (46.5 per cent) of Australian adults reporting that they had been involved in informal volunteering over the previous four weeks.

People born in a non-English speaking country were more likely to have undertaken informal volunteering than those born in Australia.

The place of volunteering in our recovery

The early insights report noted that some volunteers had not yet returned to their face-to-face roles.

Mark Pearce, CEO of Volunteering Australia, said there was still some hesitancy around returning to public-facing roles as the pandemic continued to rage.

In other cases, volunteer programs may have not yet reopened fully or at all. In other cases, people who have been unable to fill their usual volunteer role over the past two years may have found something else to occupy their time.

“One of the resounding responses we’ve seen, both anecdotally as well as in evidence – and this is both domestically and globally – is that volunteers are looking for more flexibility and choice,” Pearce explained.

“Almost half of Australians [said they had] volunteered informally, which is a fantastic figure. But then you contrast that to people who volunteer through organisations and we’re still lagging on that basis. 26.7 per cent of Australians volunteer their time through organisations, through organisations and into community.

“So that speaks to a whole lot of different things, not the least of which is that people value the opportunity to have choice and flexibility in how they participate within their community. It’s not the only takeaway, but it is a takeaway.”

He said many informal volunteers didn’t consider the work they were doing to be volunteering; rather, they considered it to simply be “helping”.

“So even some volunteers… have a different perspective, different understanding of what volunteering is,” he said. “So, yes, it’s about flexibility. Yes, it’s about choice. Yes, it’s about ensuring that there are opportunities for people… to connect to the broader community through formal volunteering.”

Without predicting the results of the survey, Pearce said he believed that some volunteering programs would need to be redesigned with this flexibility and connection in mind – especially because volunteering can help people connect with the world around them, fostering resilience and inclusion.

“Generally speaking, volunteering… can provide a deep, lasting connection to the community, thereby creating more resilient communities. And that’s resilience in terms of preparedness for disasters, in terms of response, recovery, and then moving forward in a way that doesn’t take years and years and it doesn’t cost an extraordinary amount of money to bring external resources in,” Pearce explained.

Opportunity to shape the future

Pearce said a “robust evidence base” was needed to begin the national volunteering strategy.

He said the survey would help researchers understand from an organisational perspective “how we can move forward effectively” on a national strategy.

Asked why there had been such a large gap between strategies, Pearce said it spoke to “a broader lack of awareness of the importance of volunteering”.

“To put it into the context of the broader workforce, the Australian paid workforce is about 13.4 million people. The volunteer workforce, to use that nomenclature, is about 5 million Australians who contribute their time through organisations and into community, and every year about 6.5 million Australians volunteer informally,” he explained.

“So when you start to look at those numbers… it speaks to the fact that there’s not really an understanding or awareness of the criticality of volunteering in terms of social community and economic outcomes.”

Pearce added that in the wake of the federal election, volunteering was again in the spotlight, because a number of candidates – including the high-profile teal independents and Greens – benefited from volunteer “armies”.

“Volunteering isn’t just about helping in the community for the things that we have concerns about. Volunteering is also an expression of our aspiration around our democracy, around our political system. It serves a lot of purposes,” he said.

While the Department of Social Services has provided funding for the development of the national strategy, Pearce said a number of other types of bodies were involved in the volunteering ecosystem, from corporates to philanthropists, and with strong engagement and a diverse funding structure across that ecosystem, there would not be as big a gap between this strategy and the next.

“It’s important to understand that this particular strategy will provide a blueprint for volunteering for the next 10 years, but it will be an ongoing conversation,” he said.

“It’s not going to answer every question, not by any means, and nor can it. But it needs to be a thing, a document which is implementable but also opens and supports a whole lot of conversations to improve… going forward.”

To complete the survey, visit the Volunteering Strategy website.

YWCA seeks Goonellabah Transition Program Teacher/Coordinator

YWCA seeks Goonellabah Transition Program Teacher/Coordinator

Do you want to make a significant difference to the community? We have an exciting opportunity for someone with passion and drive, and the role for Transition Program Teacher/Coordinator comes with an attractive salary and salary packaging options of up to $15,900 tax free

This is an identified position for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. All applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. Aboriginality is a genuine qualification authorised under Section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination ACT 1977.


YWCA Australia is a feminist not-for-profit organisation focused on improving gender equality for women, young women and girls. Together we challenge the systems, structures and policies that act as barriers to women, especially young women, achieving their full potential.

For 140 years we have stood for gender equality in all communities, transforming the lives of individual women, young women and girls. Cheered on by a fiercely passionate and supportive team, we shout loud and proud and our voices echo around the world in a global feminist movement.


YWCA Australia is currently seeking a passionate Teacher/Educator to join our Goonellabah Transition Program (GTP) team. This role is offered on a part time (22.8 hours per week) basis on a maximum term contract ending on 31/12/2022 and is based in our Goonellabah office.

The primary focus of the Goonellabah Transition Program Teacher/Educator role is to coordinate, design and implement an effective teaching and learning program for the transition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families who access the YWCA Goonellabah Transition Program.


The ideal applicant we are seeking will have:

  • Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Minimum Diploma in Early Childhood Services, Education or equivalent experience in deliveringpre-school and early learning programs to vulnerable
  • Understanding of Individual Education Plans, key milestones and child
  • Demonstrated experience working sensitively with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families andcommunities
  • Demonstrated communication skills and ability to collect data and develop high quality reports
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local services and referral pathways for children andfamilies
  • Demonstrated skills and experience to manage program outcomes and daily supervision of staff
  • Understanding of child protection legislation, mandatory reporting, privacylegislation and
  • Microsoft Office Computer skills
  • Current state based driver’s license, or willingness to obtain and willingness to drive 12-seater
  • Current First Aid certificate or willingness to
  • This position will require the successful candidate to undergo pre-employment screening.  This will include a national criminal history record check, relevant state-based working with children permit and proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Join our bold, inclusive and innovative team to make a real difference – lead the change.


CLICK HERE FOR: Position Description



Youth competition for a new Clarence Youth Network logo

Youth competition for a new Clarence Youth Network logo

The Clarence Youth Network (CYN) wants a new brand and logo and is on the lookout for a young person to come up with a new logo design. They are now holding a community competition. There is a $200 Visa Car Voucher to be won.

The key purpose of Clarence Youth Network (CYN) is to bring agencies and community together to collectively share information, promote services and resources, collaborate on projects, encourage youth and community participation, and work on a coordinated approach to raise awareness of and address local youth issues and opportunities.

CYN recognise the benefit of developing partnerships with services, young people and the community in working towards improved outcomes for all youth. CYN provides an avenue for services, youth and communities to provide valued perspectives on youth issues in the region.

YWCA seeks Goonellabah Transition Program Teacher/Coordinator

The Tweed Family Centre is recruiting

The Tweed Family Centre is a progressive, community-owned, for purpose organisation, driven by our values and focused on outcomes. Together, we create opportunities for children, young people and families and increase social value in our community.

We have two exciting opportunities in our Executive Team. Click on the below links:

Senior Manager Human Resources – Closing 4.30pm, 2 June 2022

Senior Manager Finance – Closing 4.30pm, 2 June 2022

The application packages are included below and additional information about our organisation may be found on our website at www.thefamilycentre.org.au

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander farmers

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander farmers

Mental Health Support – 13YARN

• 13YARN is a national crisis support line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping. All 13YARN
support officers are Lifeline trained Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
individuals. Phone 13 92 76 (or 13YARN) any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, or visit 13yarn.org.au for more information.

Clean-up assistance

• Help for primary producers in disaster-declared LGAs to clear debris from
inside and around their property if it prevents safe restoration or access.

Help understanding your eligibility

• Visit service.nsw.gov.au and search ‘disaster assistance’, ‘grant explanation’
or ‘disaster guidelines’. You can also call us on 13 77 88.

Urgent repair and replacement of infrastructure

• Support for primary producers in disaster-declared LGAs* to repair and replace
critical water and sewerage infrastructure. This work will ensure water and
sewerage systems are operational, with safe and potable drinking water.

Property assessment and demolition grants (PAD)

• Free structural assessments and demolition for damaged primary production

Rural landholder grants

• Up to $25,000 to help landholders with clean-up, damages or losses.
• Available to landholders who aren’t eligible under existing support requirements.

Northern Rivers business flood support

• $10,000 grants for small businesses that are ineligible for other grants.
• Up to $200,000 is available for medium-sized businesses with more than
20 employees to help with clean-up, essential repairs and replacement not
covered by existing insurance.
• Support for major employers in the region to recover and retain skilled jobs
in local communities.

Agricultural advice

For livestock animal assessments, veterinary support and agricultural advice,
please call Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 or visit lls.nsw.gov.au

Legal Service NSW

• Help with tenancy issues, employment and knowing your rights at work,
financial hardship, unpaid fines, Centrelink and other everyday legal problems
following a disaster.

* To check highly impacted suburbs, visit service.nsw.gov.au and search ‘impacted suburbs floods’.
For more information about the services on this fact sheet call us on
13 77 88 or go to nsw.gov.au and search ‘emergency support farmers’.