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]
- Tweed Heads
- Casino / Kyogle / Tenterfield & Surrounding areas.
Grafton Greater Region Rental Properties
Ballina – Greater Region NSW
Lismore Greater Region Rental Properties
Tweed Shire Rental Properties
Casino North Casino Rental Properties
Support for children with disability or developmental concerns
The National Early Childhood Program for children with disability or developmental concerns (NECP) aims to support young children (aged 0 to 8 years) with newly identified disability or emerging developmental concerns and their parents and carers.
Support and connection for young children with disability or developmental concerns
This grant will aim to increase children’s readiness for educational environments, and provide opportunities for children to socialise with peers and their siblings in a supported environment.
Examples of activities expected under the grant include, but are not limited to:
- supported playgroups
- facilitated group stories and imaginative play times
- facilitated group art and music programs.
Support and connection for parents and carers of young children with disability or developmental concerns
This grant will aim to build parents capacity to support their child’s development through facilitated group information sessions or workshops. This will give families the opportunity to learn from and connect with evidence-based information, family-focused strategies and peers with similar experiences.
Funding of up to $6.9 million over 3 years is available for each of these grants.
It is preferable each grant will fund one provider or consortia to deliver activities across Australia. Applicants may apply for one or both grants.
These open competitive grants will open in early August 2022 for 4 weeks.
1-2-3 Magic Parenting Group is running Magic and Emotion Coaching, a free three session parenting course, designed to provide parents and carers with skills to prevent or manage common behaviour problems.
The program also helps parents / carers to build positive relationships with their children and explores ways to make parenting more enjoyable.
Where: Online via zoom. Bookings: Places are limited, so please phone 6621 2489 to reserve your place. Participants will need internet connection, a laptop or desktop with webcam , speakers and microphone.
For who: For parents/carers of children 2-12 years. When: Tuesday 16th, 23rd and 30th August, 10am to 12:30pm.
Solid Mob is seeking feedback through a short 5 minute survey from community partners, stakeholder, schools, sporting and community groups that have partnered with us in an event. This includes:
- inviting us along to your School or community NAIDOC event
- partnering on an event
- attending one of our events
- having us at your event as a stall holder/information session or workshop with a group of people.
Please enter your details at the end to go into the draw to win a Solid Mob prize pack. All feedback will remain anonymous and is valued, contact names and details will only be accessed by management for the purpose of the prize packs draw.
Survey link – https://bullinah.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_885RcI6XMOmMwaq
The annual Community Grants Round distributed by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) will open on 1 August and is set to provide the recovery and long-term support the community needs following significant flooding in the region.
The NRCF has adapted its Community Grants Round to this year distribute grants up to $50,000, the largest in the Community Grants’ history, to help meet the magnitude of support required by community organisations on the ground across the Northern Rivers. This year also marks the largest funding pool to date for the Community Grants Round.
Grants for the 2022 Round range from $10,000 up to $50,000, with applications open from August 1st to 31st, 2022.
NRCF Acting CEO Allison Henry said the increased value of grants was in response to critical issues impacting the Northern Rivers community, with a clear focus on long-term rebuilding and resilience throughout the region.
“Immediately after the flooding events of February and March, the Foundation conducted research with more than 300 community organisations on the ground across the seven Local Government Areas of the Northern Rivers,” Ms Henry said.
“This resulted in the NRCF 2022 Flood Relief Report, which is an invaluable tool is helping us know what, where and how our tireless community organisations need support.
“Our long-standing connection with community organisations across the region provided us with extensive insight into the impact on our diverse communities, and this research has helped shape the Community Grants Round for this year.”
This year’s Community Grants Round will offer the following streams of funding:
- Small Grants of up to $10,000 funding four priority areas of Recovery & Resilience, Disadvantage, Environment and Housing & Homelessness.
- Recovery and Resilience Capacity Building Grants of up to $25,000 to support disaster recovery initiatives, resilience and disaster mitigation projects.
- Flood Relief Fund Capacity Building Grants of up to $50,000 to support Feb/ March 2022 flood recovery initiatives, resilience and disaster mitigation projects.
We encourage interested organisations to familiarise themselves with the 2022 Community Grants Guidelines in the lead up to applications opening on August 1st, 2022.
NRCF Grants and Community Impact Manager Kyla White and Grants Administration Officer Jen Smith will be on hand to support community organisations apply for grants.
We warmly invite you to share this email with your networks and community organisations across the Northern Rivers region.
For further information about the program, please contact the NRCF office on 0499 862 886 or email [email protected]. Please click here to view our NRCF past Community Grants recipients.
Social Futures is recruiting for the following roles.
Senior Program Worker Youth Access
Program Worker – Youth Access
Care Coordinator Out of Hospital Care
Exposure to Risk and Experiences of River Flooding for People with Disability and Carers in the Northern Rivers of NSW: a seminar presented by Dr Jodie Baillie.
This will be steamed via Zoom.
The severity and frequency of weather-related disasters are likely to increase because of a warming climate. Catastrophic flooding occurred in the Northern Rivers, NSW in 2017 and again in 2022, exacerbating existing social inequalities. For people with disability and carers the impact can be especially profound.
In this session we explore the exposure to risk, experiences and mental health impacts for people with disability and carers six-months after river flooding in 2017. After the presentation there will be time for questions.
Date Thursday 18 August, time: 4pm to 5pm.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
CASPA is running an Engaging Adolescents Parenting program.
See the attached flyer.
Fred’s Place is looking for a case worker.
For more information: https://applynow.net.au/jobs/VIN2822
Are you finding it hard to pay your energy bill? You’re not alone and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, bill payments have become more stressful and challenging for many households.
Under NSW law, all electricity and gas retailers must establish payment plans or offer customers an extension of their payment deadlines. These plans are usually short term for the current bill, so retailers must also offer a customer assistance program for customers needing longer-term help.
Your retailer must tell you about their hardship policy and refer you to their assistance program as soon as you tell them you have financial difficulty meeting a short-term arrangement.
If you need more time to pay due to affordability issues, you may also benefit from a tailored payment plan. Some retailers offer incentives such as payment matching to help you reduce your bills quicker.
Setting up a payment plan
- Decide what you can afford to pay each fortnight towards the outstanding energy bill.
- Contact your provider and ask for a payment plan or extension of time to pay.
- If they can’t help you with an affordable, realistic payment plan, ask to be referred to their customer assistance program.
- The program will collect your details and provide a more realistic plan by reviewing the amount owing, future bills over the next 12 months and how much you can afford to pay. If the proposed payment plan is not affordable, let the provider know.
- If you’re not happy with their response, contact the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) for advice or to lodge a complaint. We are a free, fair and independent dispute resolution scheme and will contact your retailer.
- If you receive income from Centrelink, you can make payments conveniently through the Centrepay program, a free voluntary payment system that deducts your payment from your income and directs it to your energy bill, so you don’t have to worry about making regular repayments. Centrepay – Services Australia
In addition to an energy payment plan, you might be eligible for other forms of help like Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) vouchers. Find out more here.
To learn more about EWON and what we do, watch this short video. Read case studies of how we’ve helped customers experiencing payment difficulties here.
Get in touch with EWON
Freecall: 1800 246 545* Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
Interpreter: 131 450
TTY/Voice: 133 677
*If you are calling from a mobile phone, let us know and we will call you back.