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TAFE has announced many FREE courses for 2023

TAFE has announced an array of FREE courses for 2023.

Check out the courses HERE.

People can reskill or upskill with these courses. Fee-free* TAFE is a joint initiative of the Australian and New South Wales Governments, providing tuition-free training places for people wanting to train, retrain or upskill. Fee-free* TAFE is available for people who enrol after 1 December 2022 and commence their course between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023. TAFE NSW will provide more than 300 qualifications from certificates to diplomas that align to the state’s priority industry growth sectors, free of tuition fees for eligible students.

To be eligible for Fee-free* TAFE, people must at the time of enrolment:

  • Live or work in New South Wales.
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent Australian resident or a humanitarian visa holder.
  • Be aged 15 years or over, and not enrolled at any school.

People from the following groups are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • First Nations people
  • LGBTIQ+ community
  • Veterans
  • Job seekers
  • Young people
  • Unpaid carers
  • Women interested in non-traditional fields
  • People living with a disability
  • People who are eligible for certain visa sub classes
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

(Eligibility criteria may apply for some selected certificates and diplomas.)

Clubhouse Ballina Holiday Program 2023

Clubhouse Ballina Holiday Program 2023

Not much happening this school holidays? Clubhouse to the rescue! Our holiday program features six awesome sessions, including podcasting with radio professionals, painting surf boards, composing your own song with a musician (the drummer for AC/DC no less!!), cooking straight from the garden and filming your own music video.

And the best thing is… it’s all free! If you’re aged 12-18 yrs, come along to The Clubhouse – 32 Swift St, Ballina.

Clubhouse Holiday Poster


Clubhouse Holiday Program

For info call Renee on 0456 511 499 or email [email protected]

#SayNoToBoredom #SchoolHolidays #Fun #Music #Art #Clubhouse #WeAreSocialFutures






Holiday entertainment

Holiday entertainment

Summer holiday entertainment at the Goonellabah Library and Lismore Pop-Up Library

With the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s Eve now in the rear view, the challenge of keeping the kids busy during the school holidays begins.

The Goonellabah Library and the Lismore Pop-Up Library have developed a jam-packed holiday program to keep kids busy and entertained. The program features great shows from nationally recognised entertainers and workshops to teach kids new skills.

The program runs throughout January and includes:

  • Wednesday, 11 January – Big Screen Gaming – 2.30pm at Goonellabah Library.
  • Thursday, 12 January – Sand Art – 10.30am at Lismore Pop-Up Library.
  • Friday, 13 January – Song Writing Workshop – 2pm at Goonellabah Library.
  • Monday, 16 January – Astronomy – 2pm at Goonellabah Library.
  • Tuesday, 17 January – Gravitrax – 2.30pm at Lismore Pop-Up Library.
  • Wednesday, 18 January – Big Screen Gaming – 2.30pm at Goonellabah Library.
  • Thursday, 19 January – Claymation Magic – 10.30am at Goonellabah Library.
  • Thursday, 19 January – Creating Manga Workshop – 2.30pm at Nimbin Mobile Library.
  • Friday, 20 January – Circus Arts – 2pm at Goonellabah Library.
  • Monday, 23 January – Storytelling Workshop – 2.30pm at Lismore Pop-Up Library.
  • Tuesday, 24 January – Show-Offs Drama Workshop, presented by Madeleine West – 2pm at Goonellabah Library.
  • Wednesday, 25 January – Paddle Pop Cats – 2pm at Lismore Pop-Up Library.
  • Wednesday, 25 January – Big Screen Gaming – 2.30pm at Goonellabah Library.

The program has a great mix of activities and entertainment designed to suit kids of all ages. It is proudly supported by the Office of Regional Youth through their NSW Holiday Break Program.

Activities will take place between the Goonellabah Library at 27 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah and the Lismore Pop-Up Library at 146 Molesworth Street, Lismore.

All activities are free, however bookings are essential. For more information and to book click here.

$3.9 million Lismore Urban Sports Precinct

$3.9 million Lismore Urban Sports Precinct

Lismore City Council has received $3.9 million in State Government funding to create a new sports precinct, including a 2300sqm skate park, in the Lismore CBD, Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg announced today.

“This is great news for our community and will create a family friendly and safe place where young people can gather to skate and ride,” he said.

The ‘Lismore Urban Sports Precinct’ will deliver skateboarding, roller skating, BMX, scootering and sport climbing infrastructure as well as associated recreational infrastructure.

Mayor Krieg said the creation of a regional skatepark in the youth precinct within Lismore Park near the corner of Uralba and Dawson streets will be able to host major skate and BMX events, adding to Lismore’s reputation as the regional sporting capital of NSW.

“Lismore already has some wonderful sporting facilities that attracts various competitions from around the state and the country,” he said.

“This continues to benefit our local businesses and jobs as those playing or coming to watch these sporting events spend money in our city, whether it’s at our motels, restaurants, clothing stores or other retailers.

“With skating now an Olympic event, and many world-class skaters coming from our region, a new skate park will be another string in our bow and attract even more visitors.”

The project is being funded by the State Government’s Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund.
State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin welcomed the NSW Government’s investment in Lismore’s Urban Sports Precinct under the Multisport Community Facility Fund.

“A new regional skate park is much needed and a project which I have strongly supported and advocated for,” Ms Saffin said.

“The skate park certainly will be well utilised by our skateboarders, with whom I have been in contact, and local families.

“I am also excited that a bike track and climbing equipment are included in this project, all elements of which are ‘building back better’ to be flood resistant.”

The Urban Sports Precinct will replace Lismore’s old skate park near the river which reach the end of its life and is no longer safe.

This Precinct will embrace new technologies through smart infrastructure, wi-fi and sports lighting, to ensure users and spectators can access the precinct both day and night, in a safe environment.

The community can give feedback on the current concept designs at www.yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au

The NSW Voices of LGBTQIA+ Young People Report is out

The NSW Voices of LGBTQIA+ Young People Report is out

The NSW Advocate for Children and Young has released the People The Voices of LGBTQIA+ Young People in NSW 2022 Report.

You can read it HERE.

 The Advocate has a responsibility to consult with children and young people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, as well as to ensure that the voices of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people are heard.

 During the ongoing consultations and polling with children and young people, it became clear that LGBTQIA+ young people experience particular vulnerabilities and poorer outcomes across a variety of measures.

 As a result, ACYP conducted face to face and online consultations with 233 LGBTQIA+ identifying young people over a six month period. This report shares their experiences on what is and is not working well for them and what changes they would like to see to make their lives better.

 There are confronting findings in this report. On a daily basis LGBTQIA+ young people encounter a lack of acceptance, bullying, homophobia and in some cases violence. Despite this, they are great sources of support to one another and seek out opportunities to celebrate their identity. They are resilient and hopeful.

 All young people have a right to feel safe and should be encouraged to be themselves – always. Whilst young people were optimistic that progress has been made towards realising their rights, there is still a lot to achieve.


Pop-up Library Opens in Lismore

Pop-up Library Opens in Lismore

After the popular Lismore Library was destroyed by the February natural disaster, a new temporary Pop-Up Library will open its Molesworth Street doors on Thursday.

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said Council was determined to open a new temporary library while the permanent one in Magellan Street is rebuilt to bring a sense of normality for library users and community.

“We decided to open a temporary library because this service is very popular with our community,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Library staff who have worked extremely hard to make this possible, and especially the many volunteers who have helped to fill the shelves with more than 20,000 donated books.”

The Pop-Up Library at 146 Molesworth Street will provide access to the brand-new community donated collections, computers, printing, and a space to connect, discover and escape.

Lismore Area Librarian Michael Lewis said it was wonderful to have the library back in the CBD.

“This move, with the support of the Lismore City Council and General Manager John Walker strives to support the revitalisation of the Lismore CBD,” he said.

“The Lismore Library has over 20,000 items ready for the reopening. These donations and community support shows the meaning libraries have in their communities and will support the positive recovery for our library and our community.

“The library is a safe space for many, and by opening in the CBD, it will provide accessible services, collections, and programs for all in our community.

The Lismore Pop-Up Library is located at 146 Molesworth Street and is near parking, public facilities and local eateries and shops.

The library will be open 7 days a week at the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 
    9.30am – 5pm
  • Thursday
    9.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday
    9am – 1pm
  • Sunday
    1pm – 4pm

With the opening of the new CBD library, Goonellabah Library will have a change of opening hours. From December 1, the Goonellabah Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 9.30am–5pm, closed from 12.30pm to 1.30pm daily.
  • Saturday and Sunday will remain open for the next two weekends. Last day will be Sunday, December 11.
Human Nature Adventure Therapy is recruiting

Human Nature Adventure Therapy is recruiting

Are you an experienced Youth Worker, Educator or Outdoor Ed specialist and excited by the prospect of supporting and working with young people in nature?

Would you like to work in an extraordinary service with an engagement rate of close to 95%? Somewhere that you know you make a difference?

At Human Nature, we support and empower young people to heal and thrive through a deeper connection with themselves, with peers, with nature and their community.

As a member of our multi disciplinary team, you will be personally and professionally supported to make a positive difference in the lives of our participants.

About the Role 

The Therapeutic Mentor is a key member of a small team of mental health professionals and youth workers who are relentless in their pursuit of doing things better and differently. The team is deeply supportive and caring. We meet young people where they are at, we listen, support and connect and provide them with the tools and confidence to move forward together. As a Therapeutic Mentor you will provide program support, coordination and therapeutic mentoring for young people participating in our suite of program offerings.

Visit https://humannature.org.au/get-involved/work-with-us/ to read the position description. Apply through Seek: https://www.seek.com.au/job/59159931?tracking=TMC-SAU-eDM-SharedJob-13246

Hammond Care seeks volunteers

Hammond Care seeks volunteers

Hammond Care is a non-profit organisation that has been assisting Australians for the past 90 years.

In the Northern Rivers, there are many elderly, that are in need of our assistance, but we currently severely lack the number of volunteers to assist them and are facing a shortage of volunteers.

We are looking for caring individuals who can spare an hour of time who can sit and have a chat, reminisce, and talk about topics of interest, have a cuppa or go for a walk to name a few.

The Art on Bundjalung Market is coming to Kyogle

The Art on Bundjalung Market is coming to Kyogle

The Art on Bundjalung Market is coming to Kyogle on Saturday October 22, 9am to 3pm in Stratheden St, Kyogle

Join us in Kyogle as the Art on Bundjalung Market takes over Stratheden St to celebrate the creative cultural heritage of the Bundjalung region.

This year’s impressive line-up of creative stalls includes homewares and ceramics from celebrated artists Jugan Dandii – Tania Marlowe, Kylie Caldwell, Nan and Nay – Vickki King & Shanaya Turner-King, Noelle King and Jenny Sheward-Spence. The market welcomes original paintings and prints from Jai Walker, Sarah Jane Art, Magpie, Val Smith, Tracey Paints – Tracey Piccoli, Bungaree – Mark Cora, Dreaming of Country – Tim & Jasmin Stanford and William Walker.

On offer there will be a variety of handmade crafts from Arminel Nagas, Rosie Vesper and Thomas Vesper, Choo-Choo Designs – Kira Turner and Our Happy Women. A collection of beautiful Indigenous designed jewellery and clothing will be available from designers Jill Rokovada, Jeticaco Creations – Jen Smith and Tracey Estreich.

Yarning Tea Tribe, Bakarindi Bushfoods and Panangka for the Plants – Jenny Fraser will present a collection of traditional native bush teas, preserves and bush tucker plus Wollumbin Dreaming and Mark Trewhella will offer a range of Aboriginal artefacts. Casino Wake Up Time group, renowned for driving cultural renewal of Bundjalung weaving practices, will host a weaving workshop as well as holding a stall selling a collection of garments, jewellery, bags, wall hangings and more.

The event also features a full cultural program including a Welcome to Country, live music from Black Boi, Shelley Nagas, and Lennox Monaghan, dance performances from Nini Nahri Gali and Junbung Dancers, spoken word performances by Mitch King, Michael Weir and Dakota Feirer, and a fashion parade by First Nations fashion and textile designers. There will also be delicious food stalls including Space Bar Gelato plus face painting and kids activities.

Applications now open for Summer Holiday Break Activities

Applications now open for Summer Holiday Break Activities

Office for Regional Youth

We’re all going on a Summer Holiday…

Applications are now open for Summer Holiday Break activities under the Office for Regional Youth’s Holiday Break program. The funding is for activities being held during the upcoming Summer school holidays, between Wednesday 21 December 2022 – Sunday 5 February 2023.

The Holiday Break program provides young people in regional NSW with the opportunity to connect, socialise, learn new skills and have fun during the school holidays. It supports the delivery of free and subsidised activities, including sport and recreation camps, creative, artistic or science activities, and more.

Eligible regional NSW councils and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver events as part of the Holiday Break program.

How to apply
Please visit the Holiday Break webpage for information and resources, including the program guidelines, FAQs and link to apply through the online SmartyGrants portal. You can also contact the Office for Regional Youth at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Key dates
Applications close – Friday 21 October 2022
Activities delivered between – Wednesday 21 December 2022 – Sunday 5 February 2023

Our Spring Holiday Break activities are now available. To find out what’s happening near you, visit our new online interactive map to see programs in your region, when activities are running and how to book.

Wear it Purple: Purple Impact Report

Wear it Purple: Purple Impact Report

It’s officially official: Wear it Purple Day, way back on August 26, was our biggest one yet.  Our Wear it Purple Day Impact Report is ready and available for download!

Here’s a sneak peek!

💜 474,045 people got involved in Wear it Purple Day with Minus18

💜 1,895 Pride Packs were sent around the country!
💜 Including 250 FREE packs for schools and community groups

💜 99% said their Wear it Purple Day activity inspired ongoing inclusion.

There’s a couple of things that really stick out to us:
🌈 Firstly, that campaigns like this truly make a difference, and inspire ongoing change and inclusion.

🌈 Secondly, that it really is you, our community of supporters, whether LGBTQIA+ or allies, that turn campaigns from awareness days to days of true impact.