(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
Grant opportunities – Active Australia Innovation Challenge – Deadline 12 October 2020

Grant opportunities – Active Australia Innovation Challenge – Deadline 12 October 2020

The Heart Foundation has up to ten $10,000 grants for new, innovative programs that get more people
moving in schools, universities or local community groups.

The HF is encouraging community groups, councils, schools (primary and secondary), tertiary institutions
(universities, TAFEs, colleges), and other organisations to come up with an innovative idea to encourage
physical activity in a chosen group or community.

Community members/individuals will need to either hold a current Australian Business Number (ABN) or
partner with an eligible entity (one that holds a current ABN) for the project to be considered eligible, and to
enable a funding agreement to be executed.

The Heart Foundation strongly encourages innovative projects that specifically support people not
meeting Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, people at risk of chronic
disease, and people living in communities with high levels of physical inactivity, including rural and remote
regions. This includes people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and people with culturally
and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Grant ideas (based on previous years’ winners) include:
• Dance classes
• Exercising using virtual reality technology
• Surfing lessons for children with autism
• Engaging special interest groups (eg. Scouts and girl guides)
• Guided bicycle tours for young people
• Silent disco in aged care
• Free play resources (toys etc) in a portable trailer
• Walking/cycling ‘school buses’

Please follow this link for more information.


Resource for workers “Working with Children and Young People in Care”

Resource for workers “Working with Children and Young People in Care”

A resource developed by panelists at the Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program (CLSD) webinar – see attached file.

It’s important to understand that young people who are in care, leaving care or entering care may have a range of legal issues.  Local legal services offer education in identifying legal problems.  If you would like a Legal Education Session or if your client needs legal advice please contact us.

Local Legal Service Contacts

Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre (Civil & Family Law)
Phone- 6621 1000
Web- https://northernriversclc.org.au/

The Aboriginal Legal Service (Criminal, Family, Care & Protection)
Phone- 6623 4400
Web- www.alsnswact.org.au/

Legal Aid NSW (Criminal, Family, Civil, Care & Protection)
Phone- 6621 2082
Web- www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/


Richmond Tweed Regional Library Mobile Library Review

Richmond Tweed Regional Library Mobile Library Review

Richmond Tweed Regional Library wants to hear from you!

RTRL has been providing the community with outreach services through a mobile library since 1980. During that time the service has evolved to meet changing community needs and expectations.

In 2017, RTRL member Councils signed the RTRL Deed of Agreement which requires the library to review our mobile library service. To fulfil that requirement, we will be undertaking community consultation and research to inform the review.

What we are doing
We are currently undertaking a review and consultation process to ensure we are servicing the community need in the best way we can. The outcome of the process may result in changes or adjustments to the current service, or we may find that what we are currently offering best fits the need. We need your input to plan what happens next.

How can you contribute
If you would like to participate in the review process, you can complete our online survey running from August 24 to September 6. The purpose of the survey is to uncover your needs so that we can assess our service against your needs and respond accordingly. The survey can be taken online by clicking here, or by visiting any RTRL branch during opening hours.

We will be facilitating four focus groups during September and October  to seek feedback on the findings of the online survey and possible library responses. To express your interest in participating in the focus groups, please complete the online survey which has a section to leave your details. We will then contact you with further details.

What will change?
We won’t know what, if any, changes need to be made to the service until the consultation process is complete. Any changes will be communicated to the community.

How do you stay up to date with what’s happening?
This webpage will be the main source of information and updates during the consultation and review. Information will be shared on the Library and Council’s social media channels, websites and in our branches. Subscribe and follow the Library at the bottom of the page.

How will we manage your information
Information provided by you through the online survey or focus groups will be used for the purpose of evaluating your needs and the Mobile Library service. The Library does not provide your details to third parties.

Who to contact if you have questions about the process?
You can use the Library’s Contact Us page, email [email protected] or phone Support Services on 02 6625 5100 

Online survey – August 24 through September 6
Focus groups – September through October 2020 
Service model put forward – November
Visit the RTRL website to take the survey or participate in a focus group.

The Purple Book is now available in Tweed and Murwillumbah for Orgs working with clients impacted by Domestic & Family Violence

The Purple Book is now available in Tweed and Murwillumbah for Orgs working with clients impacted by Domestic & Family Violence

The Purple Book is now available in Tweed & Murwillumbah for Organisations working with clients impacted by Domestic & Family Violence

The Tweed Domestic Violence Integrated Response Committee (DVIRC) have sort funding to develop and print a cross-border (Tweed/Gold Coast) edition of the Purple Book. This publication is for those community members who live in the Tweed Shire and those from other areas in our region that are dealing with Domestic & Family Violence across the QLD Border.  We would therefore recommend that this is the target group for this resource.

This is a wonderful resource and we are proud to have been involved in it’s development and now distribution to our communities.  Please contact your closest access point to pick up your FREE booklets.

Joy Peters (on Behalf of the DVIRC Committee)

Purple Book Pick up locations for Community  & Government Organisations

Murwillumbah Community Centre – Nullum Street Murwillumbah
Contact – Amanda Lindh
Email – [email protected]
Phone – 02 6672 3003
Mon to Thurs: 9.00am to 4.30pm
Friday: 9.00am to 12.00pm

Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre – 10b-12a Elizabeth Street, Pottsville Beach 
PBNC main administration area,– open 9:00am to 1:30pm Contact: Angela Maxwell M: 0401 025 195 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm E: [email protected]

Murwillumbah Services Australia (formerly known as Centrelink Office) 107-113 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah, via PBNC’s Child and Family Support Service – usually each Wednesday morning.

Contact: Kym Ziegler M: 0455 911 715 E: [email protected]

Martin Watt Centre (bookshop and office) with St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 16 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah, via PBNC’s Child and Family Support Service – usually each Thursday morning during NSW school terms. ontact: Kym Ziegler M: 0455 911 715 E: [email protected]

Momentum Collective – 44a Wharf Street, Tweed Heads
Contact – Cheryl Coppin
[email protected]
44a Wharf St Tweed Heads
Office opened 9am-4pm

Tweed Heads Community Health, Florence Street, Tweed Heads
Contact – Angela McColl
My work days are Monday – Wednesday, 8:30 – 5:00. 
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  0755067520. 

The Family centre – 1/14 Amber Rd Tweed Heads South OR 15-17 Frances St Tweed Heads NSW (Opposite Church)
Contact –  Shell Scott
Mobile:0498 069 260
Email: [email protected]
Times available: 9 – 3pm Mon to Friday or by appointment.

Coffs Council consults on youth issues

Coffs Council consults on youth issues

Coffs Harbour City Council are currently consulting on their Youth Issues and Options Paper to inform future planning.

The Youth Issues and Options Paper provides:

  • a current overview of key demographic data, trends, issues and opportunities relevant for young people in our Local Government Area (LGA)
  • identifies Coffs Harbour City Council’s current youth engagement activities; and,
  • offers options for Council and community consideration for future planning.

You can provide feedback by making a submission or completing the survey until August 24.

Find out more and view the Youth Issues and Options Paper.

Do you know someone that would benefit from additional support?

Do you know someone that would benefit from additional support?

At Baptist Care,  we offer a number of services with the aim of providing hope and support to people that are on the margins, at risk or coming out of a crisis. These services are:

Casework – Caseworkers provide practical support to clients helping them to identify goals and supporting them to achieve them. These goals can be anything that helps them get back on their feet creating new pathways forward.  We are able to provide tailored support to meet the individual needs of each client.

Work Development Orders (WDO’s) – WDO’s support people who are unable to pay their fines by helping them engage in other activities such as counselling, volunteering or education to help clear their fines.

Chaplaincy – our chaplain can provide support and a listening ear to help people as they work through the issues of life.

No Interest Loans (NILS) – Our NILS Co-ordinator can work with clients to help them secure a no interest loans for the purchase of for everyday items such as white goods, car repairs or school supplies.

HopeStreet Lismore

If you have any questions about whether the services we offer are appropriate for your clients or you would like to refer someone to us please get in touch either by phone on 0490 298 431 or by email to [email protected]

Survey: Have you lost a relative or friend through suicide in the past 12 months?

Survey: Have you lost a relative or friend through suicide in the past 12 months?

StandBy Support After Suicide service is conducting a national research project investigating how suicide bereavement impacts people’s lives, what support people need at the time of their loss, how to enhance suicide bereavement services, and how these needs might change over time.

If you have lost someone close to you through suicide in the last 12 months, please help us by completing the survey and participating in our national study. The study is being conducted by independent researchers The Science of Knowing on behalf of the StandBy Support After Suicide service.

Follow this link to complete the survey.

There is a chance that completing the survey may cause feelings of discomfort and/or distress. If you experience any distress caused by completing the survey, please contact one of the following free services:

Lifeline 131 114
Beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Free webinar: Fines – payment and review options for traffic, parking and COVID-19 fines in NSW.

Free webinar: Fines – payment and review options for traffic, parking and COVID-19 fines in NSW.

Traffic, parking and COVID-19 fines in NSW:  What are your payment and review options? 

A free webinar Thursday 30 July, 2020 10am – 11am

This webinar will provide an overview of payment and review options for traffic, parking and COVID-19 fines in NSW.

Have you received a fine?

Want to assist clients to deal with fines?

Learn about your legal options and ask questions of Redfern Legal Centre solicitors.


  • Sophie Parker, Police Accountability Solicitor, Redfern Legal Centre
  • David Hofierka, Credit and Debt Solicitor, Redfern Legal Centre
  • Facilitator: Alexis Goodstone, Principal Solicitor, Redfern Legal Centre.

Cost: All RLC’s normal fees are waived during COVID-19. This training is free of charge.

If you have a specific question you would like answered during the webinar, email [email protected].

For more information, read our fact sheets:

Penalty Notices – Your Review Rights and Payment Options

Court Fines – Your Review Rights and Payment Options

NSW COVID-19 Public Health Laws and Police Powers (revised)

Click this link to register:

A meeting link will be emailed to you before the event.

If you have any questions, please contact me at any time.

Please forward this information to everyone else who may be interested.


Nick Manning
Community Legal Education Manager
Redfern Legal Centre
[email protected]


Lismore Library reopening their buildings Wednesday, 1 July

Lismore Library reopening their buildings Wednesday, 1 July

Staff are excited to welcome you back to the library!
There are some special conditions affecting the reopening…

eg: Social distancing and sanitised hands.
EFTPOS payments
Stay at home if you are not well.
Reduced hours, seating and staff.  More info at http://www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au 

Returned items will be in quarantine for 72hours before being loaned out again.
Reserve items online. More info at http://www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au 
Some technology available.

The libraries and associated network will still be available on line 24/7f or ebooks and emagazines etc
Storytime will still be accessible on Facebook.

See full information here: https://mailchi.mp/59e3061455f1/news-free-workshops-for-local-businesses-352372?e=67184ed62d

Post-COVID Courageous Conversations Campaign- It Takes a Town

Post-COVID Courageous Conversations Campaign- It Takes a Town

Do you feel that now is the time to bring the community together to make changes? 

Want to help share and hear stories that help us to find a way forward?

If so, let’s work together to activate community resilience!


Over the past year, much of Australia has experienced back to back challenges, the most recent being Coronavirus. Each challenge has followed the previous one so quickly that it has not given us much time to reflect and respond as a community. 

Now that the restrictions are easing, the Courageous Conversations Campaign is about taking the opportunity to come together, reflect, share stories of struggle and resilience and find a way we can recover and move forward as a more resilient community. Through our training events, we will share our stories with one another and offer our conversations framework as a tool for community members to have transformative conversations. The campaign will create a shared understanding of what needs to change and build a strong community network in the lead up to the It Takes a Town Reset 2484 workshop later this year. The Reset 2484 Workshop will be an opportunity for the community to imagine and create the changes needed to respond to the changes in the world around us. The Courageous Conversations Campaign will make sure the discussion that takes place responds to the needs faced in the community. 

It Takes a Town: Courageous Conversations Online Info Session

Wednesday the 1st of July 7pm-7.45

Community members are welcome to join an online 30-minute information session to find out more about the Courageous Conversations campaign and learn about how to become involved.

Event registration link to be used in FB registration link


It Takes a Town: Courageous Conversations Morning Tea

Knox Park, Murwillumbah

Saturday the 11th of July at 10am to 12noon

From 10am-12noon on Saturday the 11th of July we will be holding a morning tea at Knox Park. At this session we will introduce you to the Courageous Conversations framework, a set of tools to help us listen and enquire more deeply. You can register for this event here.

It Takes a Town: Courageous Conversations Online Training
Tuesday 14 July- 7pm-8:30pm

For more information contact [email protected] or phone 0490 510 812

Buttery Outreach Programs

Buttery Outreach Programs

The Buttery CCCRPAS Outreach Program provides support for individuals who have recently engaged with drug and alcohol treatment services that are wanting to continue on their wellness journey and get support addressing their unmet psycho-social needs.

This can be support in gaining suitable and safe housing, support to access training to improve employment opportunities, assistance to navigate family court matters – simply put it is a program developed to support individuals to meet the needs that they see are important to them.

Support Facilitators will work with individuals to identify and develop goals that are personalised and right for them. Once these goals have been developed the support facilitators will then create an action plan and walk alongside whilst they are achieved.

Throughout this process the support facilitator works closely with services and the participant providing coordination of care.

The Buttery Aftercare Program provides support from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie.

Participants need to be 18 years of age to engage in the program.

Please call our centralised intake line on 02 6687 1111 or contact our intake team on [email protected]


Lets Talk – transgender and gender diverse people

Lets Talk – transgender and gender diverse people

Let’s Talk is an opportunity for transgender and gender diverse people to share their story with the community, so we all have a greater understanding of the TGD experience.

Submissions are now open. Submissions are invited to come from all regions. Check it out at https://www.huntergenderalliance.org/lets-talk-exhibit

If you are a TGD person we would love to hear from you & if you are a partner, family member, carer or friend you can provide encouragement or enter a piece yourself.

Submissions close at the end of June and we will be having an official online launch in July.

New Carer Gateway has Launched

New Carer Gateway has Launched

Carer Gateway provides new support services in person, online and over the phone for carers. New services include carer support planning, counselling, peer support, carer directed support packages and respite, including emergency respite. These services are free to access for anyone caring for a friend or family member who is living with a disability, long term medical condition, mental illness, alcohol or drug dependency or someone who is frail due to age.

Carer Gateway will help identify the supports and services best suited to a carers needs. Carers NSW is the dedicated Carer Gateway Service Provider across Hunter New England, Central Coast and North Coast of NSW.

We look forward to working together to strengthen carer supports across communities.

Download our brochure here

Stepping Out Webinar- 25 June, 7pm- Explore and understand the impacts of CSA on ourselves and others

Stepping Out Webinar- 25 June, 7pm- Explore and understand the impacts of CSA on ourselves and others

Stepping Out Program is committed to supporting female survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). 

On June 25 we are hosting a free Webinar with guest speaker and author, Rene Michele, who is a true inspiration for survivors everywhere. Did you know approximately, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men in Australia have been abused as children and on average it takes 25 years for disclosure. 

Joining our Webinar will be a step in the right direction to raise awareness, understand the impacts of CSA and support a fabulous organisation. 

To register for this free event follow this link

Date: 25 June 2020
Time: 7pm- 8pm 
Facilitated via Zoom
For more information please Call: 02 9569 6512 Email: [email protected]  or visit our website

Please share this information with your network.