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Biketober business challenge

Biketober business challenge

During the Covid-19 lockdown, when exercise was one of the few reasons you were allowed out, people around the world suddenly discovered walking, running and cycling.

Well, here’s a way to keep up those new fitness habits. Register for the Biketober Business Challenge, a Get Healthy at Work initiative. If you sign up for this free workplace challenge in October you can boost your fitness, do some team building with your workmates, and be in the draw for great prizes. The aim of Biketober is to get more people on bikes to spread the joy and benefits of cycling. Not only is cycling a cheap way of getting from A to B, it can also help:

  • Prevent the decline in your immune system
  • Boost your mental health
  • Reduce stress and anxiety

We could all use these benefits this year!

Biketober is simple and easy. You don’t have to ride to work or ride your bike every day. All you have to do is ride a bike for at least ten minutes during October, and you’ll be in the running for great prizes including bicycles and restaurant vouchers. Of course, the more cycling you do, the greater the health benefits.

If you already ride a bike, here’s your chance to help your workmates discover how easy and enjoyable it can be. You and your colleagues can compete against other workplace teams to see who can get the most staff to try cycling during October.

Details here:  https://www.lovetoride.net/nsw

Happy Biketober!

Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Barriers to accessing transport in the Clarence Valley

Transport is a major challenge for regional areas. However, transport is different things to different people.

We’d like your feedback with our short survey (below), which will help us identify the barriers people experience when accessing all kinds of transport across the Clarence Valley. It will potentially help us prioritise areas of concern.

This survey is the first one of its kind in the Clarence Valley. We are asking locals to tell us in their own words what the barriers are. Please help us make it a success, complete the survey and share widely to your networks.

Please click https://www.clarenceconversations.com.au/transport-in-the-clarence-valley and complete our short survey via the link at the bottom.

Tackling transport disadvantage

Tackling transport disadvantage

Spring has sprung! It’s a great time to get out and about (while obeying physical distancing rules of course). But if you don’t have a car it can be easy to feel stuck when you live in a regional area.

Our ‘going places’ website has information on public, private and community transport options available in the Northern Rivers to help you get where you are going without your own vehicle. Visit goingplaces.org.au to plan your journey or download your local transport guide.

It is part of our Transport Development Project focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers.  We work with local transport providers, interest groups and Local Government to develop regional solutions.

Health and medical tranport options

Health and medical tranport options

Did you know that community transport services can help eligible people get to important medical and health related appointments if you need assistance?

There are also Aboriginal transport options which can help with medical appointments.

Note that there may be temporary changes to the availability or conditions of the services due to COVID-19.

Contact your local community transport providers for details. Visit www.goingplaces.org.au and select the transport guide for your region.

Social Futures’ ‘going places’ website provides information on community transport as well as all the public and private transport options in the Northern Rivers to help you get where you need to go even if you don’t have access to a car.

It is part of our Transport Development Project focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers. 

We work with local transport providers, interest groups and Local Government to develop regionally appropriate solutions.

Community Road Safety Grants program is now open

Community Road Safety Grants program is now open

The NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants program is now open with applications to close on Monday, 31 August 2020.

It provides funding to NSW community-based groups to undertake projects to address specific road issues in the local community. Two categories of grants are available:

·        Smaller projects, with up to $5,000 available for each idea, and

·         More substantial projects, worth up to $30,000.

Please note that there are strict eligibility criteria, so community groups should read the Grants guidelines before starting any application. In particular, you must be a community-based organisation in NSW to apply, and your project must have a clear road safety outcome.

Please go to the community grants page for further information.

 

 

Group transport discounts for not-for-profits

Group transport discounts for not-for-profits

We know that finding affordable transport can often be difficult for not-for-profit groups. Social Futures have put together a list of organisations in the Northern Rivers with spare bus capacity who are able to rent their vehicles to not-for-profit organisations at cost or near cost price.

View the spare bus capacity register on our ‘going places’ website for all the details. 

Note that there may be temporary changes to the availability or conditions of the services due to COVID-19. Please contact the transport provider to find out.

If you have a vehicle you would like to make available to other not-for-profit organisations just fill in the bus spare capacity form and we will add your details to the list. 

Social Futures Transport Development Project is a regional initiative focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers.  We work with local transport providers, interest groups and Local Government to develop regionally appropriate solutions. If you need information on getting around the Northern Rivers without a car visit www.goingplaces.org.au  

Northern Rivers transport guides

Northern Rivers transport guides

If you are looking for information about transport options in the Northern Rivers including bus routes, community and medical transport, taxi, coach and other services that operate in your area, visit www.goingplaces.org.au and download the transport guide for your region. 

We have just updated the transport guides for the Ballina, Byron, Clarence, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond regions to ensure they have the most up to date information about available service. There is also a guide available for Tweed provided by the Tweed Shire Council. 

You can also use the link to the NSW Trip Planner to plan journeys using public transport. 

This going places website is part of Social Futures Transport Development Project, a regional initiative funded by Transport for NSW, focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers. 

For more information about the Transport Development Project email [email protected]

TfNSW eTender – Driver Licensing Access Program (DLAP)

TfNSW eTender – Driver Licensing Access Program (DLAP)

TfNSW is seeking to engage culturally competent service providers and partners to deliver Driver Licensing Access Program (DLAP) to help driver licensing disadvantaged communities obtain, regain and retain a driver licence and become safe and legal drivers.
If you are interested in the program, please refer to this link for eTender details and registration.

If you have any queries, please contact;
Lachlan Kew
Phone: 0285743681
[email protected]

Still making a daily meal but closing the main doors

Still making a daily meal but closing the main doors

For the time being the Winsome has had to reduce it’s activity for the safety of our friends and volunteers, due to the COVID-19 virus risk.

So starting today we are not opening our doors as we normally do. However, we are still providing a wonderful meal every day, and still looking out for the needs of some of Lismore’s most vulnerable people.

At 11.30am each day, we’re serving lunch from the side verandah, in takeaway containers; and ensuring people have some sandwiches for later in the day too.

Often a lot of people meet at the Winsome every day, and visitors often attend some of the several service providers such as doctors etc that usually operate from the premises. So we’re really sorry that because of the virus risk, we’ve had to wind down these opportunities.

The Winsome does have an ongoing need for support, and as usual the best gift is cash – as we support local businesses, and provide top quality food. You can donate here….

https://www.givenow.com.au/winsome 

Planning for Clarence Valley’s future

Clarence Valley Council has engaged Locale Consulting to prepare two new land use planning documents – a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) and a Community Participation Plan (CPP). Both these documents are required under State Government planning changes.

The CPP describes how Council will engage with its communities regarding strategic planning and development assessment. It stipulates timeframes and circumstances when this will occur and is required to meet minimum levels.

The LSPS is a new document that will guide the future of land use planning in the Clarence Valley, developing a vision for the next 20 years. Drafting the LSPS is an opportunity for everyone who lives and works in the Clarence Valley to play their part in setting a pathway for land use over that timeframe.

As someone invested in the future of the Clarence Valley from either a personal or professional perspective, we are inviting you to help us plan for the future of the area. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

We would like to hear your thoughts and comments on the preliminary research that we have undertaken and to provide your input into the vision, priorities and themes for the LSPS.

To do this we are conducting a workshop to be held on Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 5:30 pm to 7:30pm at Vines at 139, 139 Fitzroy St, Grafton.

Please register to attend the workshop by emailing Clarence Valley Council at: [email protected] or Locale Consulting at: [email protected]

Registrations close on the 5th September 2019 and we ask that you RSVP by this date.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, we will also be available at a drop-in session at Maclean Council Chambers located at 50 River St, Maclean NSW also on Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 10 am to 2pm.

You can also contact Terry Dwyer at Clarence Valley Council if you would like to further discuss the projects on ph: (02) 6643 0243.

Clarence Valley Close the Gap Day 2020 – looking for sponsorship

Are you able to support Clarence Valley Close the Gap 2020?

Nungera Cooperative are currently seeking financial assistance to help fund the Clarence Valley Close the Gap Day 2020. The Clarence Valley Close the Gap Day 2019 attracted over 500 people including preschools, primary schools, high schools, organisations and general community members. The focus on the day was around the Close the Gap initiatives in areas of health, education, employment, and justice, with a cultural blanket over all subjects. The day was targeted at the entire community, not just the Aboriginal community, to create further awareness to non-Aboriginal attendees and to educate them on the difficulties Aboriginal people can face.

All sponsorship received helps cover the costs of transport for schools to attend; free BBQ lunch on the day; Elders tent and food; shirts to give to all school students; coordination of the event; and activities and prizes on the day.

We are hoping to make this an annual event where all communities within the Clarence Valley can participate in sharing knowledge and learning new information. Organisational stalls are encouraged to set up and have information available. Students will have a set program to ensure the most is made of the day – each age group rotation will be different. The day will focus on all nations within the Clarence Valley – Yaegl, Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr – and share the importance of our culture with non-Aboriginal people.

What will my organisation get for supporting CVCTG Day 2020?
• logo on all marketing material including flyers, posters and social media
• logo on the CVCTG Day 2020 shirts
• thank you mention in our social media posts
• opportunity to have a stall present on the day
• a CVCTG Day shirt

If you would like to sponsor our event please email [email protected] Date will be confirmed by Dec 2020

Thanking you in advance!

The Family Referral Service is Your Link to Support

The Family Referral Service (FRS) connects families who need a helping hand, to the support services and community resources which can assist them.

FRS brings together families, support services and community resources so that our children and young people are safe and well.

We can work with families to look at what challenges they are facing and what their support needs are and then we can find the most appropriate services to meet their needs.

If you are a young person or family with children, or an extended family member, we will listen to your needs and connect you to support services and community resources to help.

Access our new referral form through the Social Futures website https://socialfutures.org.au/families-and-children/family-referral-service/

The FRS can help if you are having difficulties with:

  • Domestic violence experiences
  • Housing or accommodation access
  • Financial assistance
  • Counseling and mediation
  • Parenting struggles
  • Mental health concerns
  • Finding culturally appropriate support

We can connect you with:

  • Employment, education and training services
    Housing
  • Domestic violence services
  • Access to Government services and community organisations
  • Family support services
  • Intensive family support
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Mental health services
  • Finding culturally appropriate support
  • Other support options