(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]

Invitation to services: Bonalbo Central School Wellbeing Day

Bonalbo Central School is holding a Wellbeing Day on Thurday 18 August and invites services to come along and offer information sessions for students. Please see the invitation link below and contact the school’s wellbeing team to discuss how your service can be involved and contribute on the day.

20220818 Bonalbo Central School Wellbeing Day invitiation to services.

Rental lists for week commencing Aug ,08 2022

Rental lists for week commencing Aug ,08 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 & 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



Statement of Attainment in Commercial Cookery: Pre-apprenticeship – TAFE NSW Kingscliff

Statement of Attainment in Commercial Cookery: Pre-apprenticeship – TAFE NSW Kingscliff

TAFE is seeking passionate people who would like to advance their skills in the Commercial Cookery Industry. This course is in collaboration with the National Indigenous Culinary Institute who can assist you in obtaining an Apprenticeship as a Chef.

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

How to get involved: Enrol Now – https://online-enrolments.oneebs.tafensw.edu.au/Enrol/Process/GetStarted/165/10865936
Delivery Location: TAFE NSW Kingscliff
Eligibility: Job Trainer eligibility*
Additional Information: We will require your sizing for your uniform
Start date: 4th August 2022, End Date: 2nd September 2022

For more information, contact: Kristy Perkins, phone: 0409074401
Email: [email protected]

2022 Community Grants Round NOW OPEN!

2022 Community Grants Round NOW OPEN!

The  NRCF’s 2022 Community Grants Round is accepting applications until August 31.

The 2022 Community Grants Round will provide the recovery and long-term support the community needs following significant flooding in the region.

Those community organisations struggling to muster the energy after a gruelling flood recovery effort are invited seek NRCF guidance or support with their application.

NRCF Grants and Community Impact Manager Kyla White and Grants Administration Officer Jen Smith will be on hand to offer guidance with applications.
The NRCF has adapted its Community Grants Round to this year distribute grants up to $50,000, the largest in the NRCF’s 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.


Recently appointed NRCF CEO Sam Henderson said the Foundation’s larger-than-ever grants round was in direct response to the volume of need following the flood events of February and March 2022.

“What our communities across all seven Local Government Areas of the Northern Rivers went through was significant,” Mr Henderson said.

“We understand that flood recovery and building resilience and vitality in our communities is a process that requires short, medium and longer-term action, and this Community Grants Round reflects that,” he said.

“We encourage all community organisations to head to our website and download the guidelines and view our application form, or reach out to our Grants Team if you have any questions at all. We know this is a long road, and we are here to support you in every way we can.”

This year’s Community Grants Round will offer the following streams of funding:

  1. Small Grants of up to $10,000 funding four priority areas of Recovery & Resilience; Disadvantage; Environment; Housing & Homelessness.
  2. Recovery and Resilience Capacity Building Grants of up to $25,000 to support disaster recovery initiatives, resilience and disaster mitigation projects.
  3. Flood Relief Fund Capacity Building Grants of up to $50,000 to support Feb/ March 2022 flood recovery initiatives, resilience and disaster mitigation projects.

Applications will be open for the whole month of August, with the final submission day August 31.

For further information about the program, please contact the NRCF office on 0499 862 886 or email [email protected].org.au. Please click here to view our NRCF past Community Grants recipients.

And best of luck with your application to all those applying for this year’s Round!

Experiences of Flooding for People with Disability and Carers in the Northern Rivers

Experiences of Flooding for People with Disability and Carers in the Northern Rivers

The University of Sydney’s Centre for Rural Health recently published their findings from work carried out after the 2017 floods on the experiences and impacts of flooding for people with disability and carers.

The research team is presenting the findings at an online seminar on 18 August and everyone is welcome to join them online.

‘Exposure to Risk and Experiences of River Flooding for People with Disability and Carers in the Northern Rivers of NSW’ presented by Dr Jodie Bailie, This seminar will be streamed via Zoom Date: Thursday 18 August 2022 Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEST


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 discussion


EMERALD – proactive wellbeing

EMERALD – proactive wellbeing

Enhance your wellbeing and learn strategies to nurture it for life, with expert advice. EMERALD is an evidence-driven program that supports you to boost your wellbeing through achievable lifestyle changes.
Participants have significantly increased their wellbeing by up to 64 percent. We’d love to do the same for you!

EMERALD offers you personalised coaching and high-quality learning modules that arm you with strategies proven by the latest science to support wellbeing. Through EMERALD you gain advice from experts at USC’s Thompson Institute, whose mission is to improve lives through neuroscience.
The program is free of charge to the community.
What is involved?
When you start EMERALD, you gain access to a health coach, expert practitioners and high-quality learning modules.
The eight-week program is tailored to your needs. Over this time, our friendly experts will explain how even small lifestyle changes can help improve your wellbeing.

Working together, you’ll adopt healthy habits that make you feel better —
now and into the future. Appointments are by Telehealth (telephone or video calls) and learning modules are online.
Why is EMERALD important?
Wellbeing puts you in a strong position to enjoy life’s pleasures, face life challenges and be a support to others.
Addressing early declines in wellbeing has been shown to avoid longer term problems and stop symptoms from getting worse.
Prevention is better than cure. And proactive wellbeing care has never been more important. Make your wellbeing a priority with EMERALD.

Learn wellbeing strategies backed by the latest research. Choose from topics such as:

• Nutrition
• Exercise and movement
• Sleep quality
• The power of mindfulness
• Social connection
• Anxiety management
• Understanding mental health


Have you recently started feeling a little flat or ‘not quite yourself’ in your reactions, feelings or behaviours? Research shows it’s beneficial
to make small but positive changes now. EMERALD is designed for adults aged 18 years and over who want to learn strategies to proactively support their wellbeing. The program is free of charge to the community. EMERALD is developed and delivered by experts at USC’s Thompson Institute, a world-class hub for neuroscience research, teaching and clinical services. We’re a caring, professional team dedicated to using the latest science to improve wellbeing in individuals and communities. Your EMERALD team Through EMERALD you’ll have access to expert advice from our team. Appointments are via Telehealth (telephone or video calls):

• Health coach
• Dietitian
• Exercise physiologist
• Wellbeing clinician

Take part EMERALD is free of charge to the community. REGISTER: usc.edu.au/emerald
ENQUIRIES: envelope [email protected]    07 5430 1191

Reforming in-home aged care

The Australian Government is returning to the timeframe put forward by the Royal Commission into Aged Care to deliver a reformed and improved in-home aged care program by 1 July 2024.  This represents an extension from July 2023. Further details in the link below.

The Government says no one will lose any in-home aged care services they currently have in place through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme or the Home Care Packages Program.

It plans to develop a better in-home aged care system in consultation with older Australians and community stakeholders.

For more information click here.


New Northern Rivers mental health support: Safe Havens

The NSW Government and Healthy North Coast have launched four new Safe Haven community support and wellbeing hubs across the Northern Rivers region to offer mental health support and community resilience.

Located in Lismore, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby and Woodburn, Safe Haven hubs offer a free, drop-in service for anyone seeking mental health support, information and referrals.

Read all the details here: https://hnc.org.au/media/new-safe-havens-offer-mental-health-support-across-northern-rivers/