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Community Road Safety Grants Now Open

Community Road Safety Grants Now Open

The Community Road Safety Grants are open to eligible organisations looking to improve road safety in their local community. Now in its eighth year, the grants program provides opportunities for community organisations to help lower the NSW road toll.

Grants of up to $5000 or up to $30,000 are available to realise ideas that will have a positive impact on road safety.

Applications close at 4pm onSeptember 20.

How do I apply?

Applications will only be accepted via the SmartyGrants portal:

Who can help?

If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply for a grant, or have any questions, please email [email protected]

You can also call and leave a message on (02) 8265 7372

Position Vacant – The Community Transport Co – Service Coordinator Position

Position Vacant – The Community Transport Co – Service Coordinator Position

Service Coordinator

The Community Transport Company Ltd is a charitable organisation providing transport for older people, people living with a disability and others who are transport disadvantaged. Our vision is a world where there is access, inclusion, equality and independence for all people. We aim to achieve this through our mission of creative and flexible transport solutions.

We have an exciting opportunity for a hands-on Service Coordinator to make a difference to our clients in the Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable person to join our Service Coordinator team, ensuring we continue to deliver a quality service to our clients. The Service Coordinator role is permanent part-time, 56 hours per fortnight, Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award level 6.1 based at our Tweed Heads South Office.

In this role you will be responsible for:

Developing and implementing opportunities to increase our services to meet our strategic objectives

Leading and motivating a team of staff, drivers and volunteer attendants

Managing the booking, scheduling, dispatch and verification of community transport trips

Maintaining positive working relationships by encouraging good communication processes and teamwork with all other team members

Ensuring financial processes and data entry are processed accurately within agreed timelines and compliance, legislative requirements are followed

Essential Selection Criteria

Demonstrated experience working within the community service sector in a coordination/supervisory role.

Demonstrated ability to lead and develop the service to achieve organisational goals.

Knowledge and understanding of Community Service programs, specialising in ageing and/or disability services.

Ability to manage competing priorities and work with minimal supervision.

Motivation and ability to work as part of a team providing supported transport options to our clients, and empathy with our client group.

Well developed verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated experience and confidence using Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Outlook, as well as knowledge and understanding of common office communication technologies.

Understanding of individual and workplace obligations, and a commitment to ensuring a safe workplace within Work Health and Safety legislation.

Current unrestricted driver’s license

Proof of 2 doses of COVID19 vaccinations + booster

Desirable Selection Criteria

Tertiary qualification in a related field

Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Experience supervising volunteers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please provide a resume and a cover letter with a brief overview of how your skills and experience meet each of the selection criteria listed above.

Email applications and enquiries/position description requests to [email protected]

Closing date:  Wednesday 20th July 2022, 4:30pm


CHSP assistance with increased fuel costs for CHSP transport providers

CHSP assistance with increased fuel costs for CHSP transport providers

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Transport service providers and CHSP providers where Transport costs are more than 5 per cent of their organisation’s annual grant funding may apply for additional one-off funding under the CHSP Ad Hoc Proposals Grant Opportunity (GO4265).

This recognises that for some CHSP providers, their transport costs have risen significantly in recent time, due to the fuel price increases or longer trip times due to road closures from recent flooding events. These costs are an unforeseen cost associated with the delivery of CHSP services, and therefore fall in scope for applications under GO4265.

Combined with the Government’s announcement in March 2022 to temporarily reduce the fuel excise, funding under GO4265 will assist to maintain the service delivery of CHSP services.

This payment is a one-off payment and will take into account the increased fuel costs for the period 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2022. The one-off payment equivalent to 30 cents per litre will be made in May/June 2022 to eligible providers via a variation to their existing grant agreement.

For further details contact your Funding Arrangement Manager.

The grant details can be found in the link below or at Grant Connect: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=64c68525-fdd8-bbb7-1826-7ff80a0f88ca

Tweed, Byron and Ballina Community Transport Volunteer Drivers Wanted

Tweed, Byron and Ballina Community Transport Volunteer Drivers Wanted

Do you get on well with people?  If yes, you may be the perfect volunteer for the Community Transport team. All our volunteers receive training and support and are reimbursed for expenses related to their service.

Individual Transport

Volunteer Drivers work on a rostered basis, assisting individuals to get to medical and other important appointments. There is a fleet of comfortable, late model vehicles, some of which are modified for wheelchair access.  All volunteer drivers receive a full orientation to the vehicle they would drive.

Some volunteers drive their own vehicle, for which they are reimbursed on a per km basis to assist with vehicle costs.  Own car drivers must have a late model vehicle, with air conditioning and comprehensive car insurance.

For more information call: 1800 875 895 or Web:       www.community-transport.org.au

Would you like to contribute to the future of our Byron Shire?

Would you like to contribute to the future of our Byron Shire?

Would you like to contribute to the future of Byron Shire? Nominate to join an Advisory Committee, Management committee or working group by completing the online form. 

Selection criteria

Candidates need to demonstrate:

  • Experience and expertise in a given area.
  • An understanding of the role of Local Government.
  • A commitment to consultative process.
  • An ability to develop and sustain contacts with key individuals and groups in the local community.
  • The ability to effectively listen to and cooperate with community members holding similar or different points of view.

Nominate now

Use the online form to nominate for a committee or working group.

Please read more about the purpose of the group and the selection criteria before completing the form:

Committee members will be decided at the Council Meeting on 24 March, with inductions and the first meetings to start early April 2022.

Nominations close February 27.

Community Transport Alstonville/Wollongbar Services

Community Transport Alstonville/Wollongbar Services

Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport has seats available on their Monday Alstonville – Ballina Fair and Thursday Alstonville/Wollongbar – Alstonville Plaza shopping buses.

These services are for people who find it difficult to access conventional transport options, are subsidised by the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and only cost $10.

Our clients are picked up at home, taken to the shops for a couple of hours and returned home.  A friendly attendant is on board to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable and can help bring in the shopping.  Wheelie walkers welcome.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in joining our bus trips please call 1300 875 895 or visit www.community-transport.org.au

Mobile vaccine delivery makes it easier than ever to be vaccinated in the Northern Rivers

Mobile vaccine delivery makes it easier than ever to be vaccinated in the Northern Rivers

A new mobile van delivering COVID-19 vaccinations around the Northern Rivers is making it even easier for people to get vaccinated.

The not-for-profit organisation Social Futures has made its outreach van available to the Northern NSW Local Health District, and the van will visit South Grafton, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, South Tweed and Goonellabah over the next three weeks. Other locations are likely to also be added to the schedule.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said the van has been converted into an outreach vaccination clinic and today (October 28) and tomorrow, Friday (October 29) would be visiting the Bob Liddiard Park, South Grafton from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

“Everyone aged 12 and over is welcome to come and get vaccinated at this outreach clinic, and we are hoping that people who haven’t had the opportunity to get to another clinic or their GP can get to us,” Mr Davies said.

“We’ve been working with the Northern NSW Local Health District to find the right locations for the van, we’ve also talked to community housing providers and local councils to identify accessible locations that are convenient to walk to and highly visible to the community.”

Northern NSW Local Health District vaccination program coordinator Matt Long said the mobile van will offer the Pfizer vaccine, and people do not need to book.

“We are going to some residential areas, and other key locations which may not have had easy access to a vaccination clinic as yet,” Mr Long said.

“We want to make it easy for people to get the vaccine – no booking required – just turn up and get vaccinated.”

Mr Long said health staff would be available to answer questions about the vaccination process.

“The nurse immunisers have been providing COVID-19 vaccines for months now, and they will be happy to talk with people about the efficacy and benefits of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Our staff are here to provide advice and answer any questions.”

Residents are encouraged to bring their Medicare Card, if they have one.

Australian Social Policy Conference

Australian Social Policy Conference

The 2021 Australian Social Policy Conference will be held online from Monday October 25 to Friday November 5.

There will be no registration fee and registrations are now open via Eventbrite.

The conference is hosted by the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, with session convenors from across Australia.Conference sessions will address contemporary issues in the context of ongoing social policy themes, including:

• Poverty, welfare and social inequality

• Communities, families and children

• Digital technologies and social policy

• Disability and rights

• Human services

• Ageing

• Housing and locational disadvantage

• Health and social policy

• First Nations

• Chinese social policy

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-social-policy-conference-2021-tickets-182302701287

To view Program: https://www.aspc.unsw.edu.au/program-overview

For any other information relating to the conference, please email [email protected]

LAST CHANCE! Access and Inclusion Community Survey from Byron Shire closes 30 November

LAST CHANCE! Access and Inclusion Community Survey from Byron Shire closes 30 November

This is the last chance to have your say! 

Your responses to Byron Shire Council’s All Welcome – Access and Inclusion Community Survey help us to inform the next Disability Inclusion Action Plan.  Survey closes 30 November 2021.

Please take a few minutes to tell us how you feel about access and inclusion in the Byron Shire and what we can do to improve it.

When something is accessible, everyone can use it.

When something is inclusive, everyone can take part.

If you prefer a paper copy, you can download the easy read version and drop it off in person to Byron Shire Council at 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby, or email it to [email protected]

Community Sector News

Community Sector News

This week is Community Sector Climate Change Advocacy Week (4-8 October)! Climate change is increasing extreme weather events that threaten our environment, as well as people’s homes, livelihoods, health, quality of life, employment and increases risks and burdens for future generations. See below for three key ways to support #FairFastClimateAction during Community Sector Climate Change Advocacy week – together, we can help push for fair, fast and inclusive climate change action this decade!

A new series of interactive maps developed by the ACOSS/UNSW Sydney Poverty and Inequality Partnership shows how different parts of the country have been impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic. These maps informed yesterday’s COVID Income Support: Analysis of income support in the COVID lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 report. Check out the maps and the report here: https://bit.ly/3ip8j7I

Quick reminder that the 2021 ACOSS Annual General Meeting is coming up on Monday 8 November. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety concerns, the meeting will be held virtually. Register here.

Social Sector Support Fund – closes Friday, October 8

Social Sector Support Fund – closes Friday, October 8

The $50 million Social Sector Support Fund was announced by the NSW Government in August 2021. It is part of the $200 million support package for not-for profitsopens in new window.

The SSSF is for eligible charities and Not-For-Profits (NFPs) in the social, health, disability and animal welfare service sectors in NSW. The Fund aims to help these organisations continue to deliver services to the community amidst increased demand, and also retain their workforce through COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Fund is targeted at organisations that are ineligible for the NFP JobSaver scheme and are experiencing an increased demand for services and/or a decline in income. Grants paid under the SSSF may include different allocation methods, such as direct payments, an open grants application, and workforce surge payment to support organisations which have had to stand down or temporarily replace staff (e.g. due to self-isolation requirements).

DCJ is administering this fund. The SSSF webpage will be update as more information is available on eligibility, application and assessment processes. SSSF grants will be delivered flexibly to ensure NFPs are supported and can continue to provide services to vulnerable people and communities.

You can register your interestopens in new window for the SSSF. Registration will close on 5:00PM Friday 8 October 2021.

The registration process is simple and will ask for information about your organisation and the services you provide. This will help DCJ to design the processes to effectively allocate SSSF grants. There is no funding commitment from DCJ or by your organisation in registering for the SSSF.

Please note: if you are already receiving the JobSaver paymentopens in new window or will be applying for the NFP JobSaver payment then you will be ineligible for a SSSF grant.

For enquiries, please e-mail: [email protected]

Members sought for the Old Byron Hospital community hub advisory group

Members sought for the Old Byron Hospital community hub advisory group

Byron Bay community members, who want to help shape a new community hub at the Old Byron Hospital site, are encouraged to apply for a position on the advisory group.

Up to eight members are needed for the group to provide advice and community insights into developing a vibrant for-purpose hub, connecting Byron residents to social, wellbeing, arts and culture, and educational services.

The not-for-profit Northern Rivers organisation, Social Futures, has the job of managing the new community facility. For 45 years, Social Futures has been delivering community services in the Northern Rivers, and runs programs in areas of homelessness, housing and employment, youth and family support, mental health and wellbeing, and community inclusivity, including support for people with a disability.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said his organisation’s Byron-based housing and homelessness service met daily with local residents feeling the impacts of the pandemic, job losses and the housing shortage.

“Few community service providers are able to find office space Byron Bay. The social impact hub will bring essential community services right into the heart of town,” he said.

“It will be a dynamic community space with a mix of business, community services, health, the arts and education. It will be a wonderful asset for Byron Bay.”

He said the community advisory group would:

  • look at community needs, service gaps and opportunities, then deliver on a shared community vision for the hub. This includes identifying and recommending tenancy applications best suited to community need
  • make recommendations on site fit out, landscaping and operations requirements
  • provide guidance on how any profits can be distributed back into local community groups and projects.

Mr Davies said the social impact hub would have tiered rent with anchor tenants – larger organisations, like a university – supporting affordable rents for local and smaller groups with any profits invested back into local community projects and groups.

“We want to create a vibrant centre in Byron that connects individuals, community groups, charities and other organisations and we want to do that in partnership with the community – this community advisory group is essential.”

Mr Davies said Social Futures would appoint the advisory members, striving to set up a group that represents the diverse Byron community with an array of knowledge and insights.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people in Byron with a long history of involvement in community organisations, and we also want social impact and business representatives to come forward,” he said.

Advisory group members will meet four times a year for around two hours beginning in November and continuing for up to two years, when the social impact hub will be operational. The positions are voluntary.

For more information about the Expression of Interest process for the advisory committee, visit the Social Futures website https://socialfutures.org.au/service/socialimpacthub/.

To apply for a position, fill in the form online. Senior Manager – Business and Social Strategy at Social Futures, Sam Henderson, is also available to answer questions on  0439 652 638  or email: [email protected] Applications close at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021.


Cabcharge giving away $50 cab vouchers to help people get to their vaccinations

Cabcharge giving away $50 cab vouchers to help people get to their vaccinations

Cabcharge is giving away 400 $50 travel vouchers until October 30 to help people in NSW get to and from their scheduled COVID19 vaccinations. Anyone can apply for the Cabcharge voucher until October 9 or until vouchers run out.

Go to this link: https://www.cabcharge.com.au/voucher fill in the details and you’ll receive a $50 travel voucher with a link to add it to your smartphone within 24 hours.

Follow this link for further information, T&Cs etc: https://www.cabcharge.com.au/covid19-resources

We’re offering $200,000 in travel vouchers

Lockdown restrictions on states has been challenging for many people, and it’s taken a financial toll on families and workers. That’s why we’re offering $200,000 in travel vouchers until 9 October 2021. Anyone can apply for the voucher to get to their vaccination appointment. If you’re based in NSW and need assistance to get to your appointment, fill in your details here and you’ll receive a $50 travel voucher with a link to add it to your smartphone within 24 hours.

Not just a taxi solution

Cabcharge products also support non-taxi travel initiatives, and can be used for services including 13things – a delivery service run by 13cabs. For those most vulnerable in the community, and areas experiencing higher rates of infection, we integrate with 13things to ensure you can pay for deliveries with your Digital Fastcard or Digital Pass.

Lismore’s first Electronic Vehicle charging station

Lismore’s first Electronic Vehicle charging station

Lismore will soon get its first Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in the heart of the CBD.

Lismore City Council recently accepted a tender to design and construct a $600,000 ‘Solar Carpark’ in the Council-owned Clyde Campbell carpark. The infrastructure includes the installation an architectural ‘butterfly-shaped’ awning, clad with photo-voltaic solar panels and covering 40 carparks. It also includes the installation of two EV fast chargers, making them Lismore’s first.

Lismore Mayor Vanessa Ekins said the project will provide much-needed shade for visitors to the CBD, with excess solar energy fed back into the electricity grid.

“The solar shade project at the Clyde Campbell Carpark is a great example of local government showing leadership on climate change issues and working towards becoming a sustainable city that embraces renewable energy,” she said.

“Our community has consistently said they want Council to tackle the impacts of climate change, increase the use of renewable energy and provide more shade throughout the Lismore CBD for locals and visitors. This project delivers on all of that and will also provide an electric car-charging station for Lismore, which is exciting news and I’m sure the first of many to come.”

The solar roof is funded through a $1 million grant provided by the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program to 52 NSW councils to complete infrastructure and other drought-relief projects.

The sustainable design and shape of the roof is inspired by the native Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. The Birdwing Butterfly vine – the butterfly’s food source – will grow on the shade structure from hanging planter boxes.

The height of the structure means it will not be impacted by flood events.

Lismore City Council has a long history of developing innovative solar projects to reduce emissions and mitigate against climate change.

In 2018, Council and Farming the Sun launched the Lismore Community Solar initiative – the first Council/community owned solar farm in the country including Australia’s largest floating solar farm.

As part of the Lismore Community Solar initiative, Council established two 100kW solar farms – a rooftop solar farm at Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre and a floating solar farm on the overflow ponds at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant.

Work on the Solar Carpark is expected to start in late November and be completed early in the new year.

Social Sector Support Fund – closes Friday, October 8

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to visit Ballina, Orange and Queanbeyan

NSW Government has established a Regional Housing Taskforce in response to increasing pressures on the supply and affordability of housing in Regional NSW. The taskforce is charged with investigating regional housing issues and wants to hear about the barriers in buying, renting and building a place to live in the regions.

Throughout August 2021 the taskforce is conducting a major listening exercise with a series of face-to-face and virtual roundtable events to hear from councils and representatives from community groups, the housing, not-for-profit and development sectors, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, business groups and members of the public to identify barriers in the planning system to housing supply and affordability.

The face-to-face roundtables will be held in Ballina, Orange and Queanbeyan, covering the north, west and south of the state. At each location three separate roundtable meetings will be held covering the same content to give the best opportunity for people to attend a session. All face-to-face meetings will observe strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Details of virtual sessions will be confirmed upon registration. These virtual roundtables have been grouped to accommodate common interests. Additional events may be scheduled if there is enough interest. Virtual Roundtable 1 For local government and Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Monday 9 August 10am to 12pm
 Virtual Roundtable 2 For community, crisis, disability, and aged care housing providers, Monday 9 August 3pm to 5pm
 Virtual Roundtable 3 For the development and construction Industry, Tuesday 10 August 9.30am to 11.30am
 Virtual Roundtable 4 For the general public and local businesses, Tuesday 10 August 5pm to 7pm.

Face-to-Face Roundtables
Details of face-to-face sessions will be confirmed upon registration. These in-person roundtables are open to all stakeholders, but places will be limited due to venue capacity especially with regard COVID restrictions, and allocated on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. Additional events may be scheduled if there is enough interest.

Northern NSW
 Northern Roundtable 1, Ballina, Tuesday 17 August 2pm to 3pm
 Northern Roundtable 2, Ballina, Tuesday 17 August 4pm to 5pm
 Northern Roundtable 3, Ballina, Wednesday 18 August 9am to 10am
Western NSW
 Central West Roundtable 1, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 9am to 10am
 Central West Roundtable 2, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 11am to 12pm
 Central West Roundtable 3, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 2pm to 3pm
Southern NSW
 Southern Roundtable 1, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 9am to 10am
 Southern Roundtable 2, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 11.30am to 12.30pm
 Southern Roundtable 3, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm.


The taskforce will use the evidence and insights to make recommendations to the Government on ways to address barriers to the delivery of regional housing.

The taskforce is led by Newcastle-based independent planning expert Garry Fielding as Chair. Mr Fielding is a qualified town planner with more than 40 years’ experience in State and local government and the private sector. He has worked at senior executive levels with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and also as head planner with Newcastle, Woollahra and Maitland Councils. The taskforce also comprises senior experts from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Department of Regional NSW.

For enquiries to the Regional Housing taskforce email [email protected]