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Greater support helps give kids the best possible start

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Jasmine Hancock (Greater Bank Casino Branch), Raylene Cowie, Karen McDermott (Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre), Courtney Aquilina and Janelle Manning (Greater Bank Casino Branch).

Greater support helps give kids the best possible start

Ensuring access to early intervention can allow kids to get the best possible start in life, no matter their challenges or location, and help them to reach their full potential.

The staff from Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre

The staff from Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre

These are the guiding principles of Casino-based Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre, winner of the January round of Greater Bank’s #GreaterNorthernRivers community funding program, who plan to use the cash injection to continue to build capacity at the centre.
The centre has received $2,000 for topping the public vote, with runners-up, Our Kids – Northern Rivers Children’s Health Fund (Lismore) and Association of Veteran Surfers Ballina Byron Inc. both receiving $500.
Jumbunna General Manager, Karen McDermott, said the centre provides a broad range of services supporting young children across the region.
“Jumbunna is the specialised early childhood intervention service for the area, providing education, therapy, family support and inclusion for children with disability, developmental delay or who are at risk of delay aged birth to 18 years of age,” Karen said.
“The name Jumbunna is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘talk together’ and it reflects the philosophy of our centre. By talking, playing and working together, children and adults learn to understand and hence accept each other.

The grounds of Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre

The grounds of Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre

“All kids deserve to have the best chance to make the most of their lives and we are most appreciative of the support from Greater Bank that will help us to continue to build the capacity within the centre and give kids the assistance and opportunities they need to thrive.”
Greater Northern Rivers Regional Sales Manager, Scott McCluskey, said investing in children delivers an exceptional return.
“The earlier the intervention, the better the outcome for children, so we are delighted to be able to make a contribution,” Scott said.
“These children are the future of the Northern Rivers so it’s very important we support them and play a role in helping them reach their potential.”
Voting in the February round of the #GreaterNorthernRivers Community Funding Program is now open, with Blazeaid (Casino), Eltham Public School P & C Association (Casino) and Human Nature Adventure Therapy (Ballina) in the running for a share of $3,000 for the month.
The public can vote online at www.greater.com.au/greaternorthernrivers until 5:00pm, Wednesday, 2 March 2022.

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By Samantha Elley

It is being promoted as the fun run for everyone and with new sponsors the Achieve Australia Casino Fun Run is in its 11th year and aiming to break records for the number of people participating.

“We are pushing the boundaries this year,” said organiser Peta Maloney.

“And making the fun run accessible to all people including those with prams, wheelchairs and canes.”

Two times Paralympian and board member of Achieve Australia, Katie Kelly said the Casino Fun Run was all about inclusion.

“It’s not a race, it’s about doing it to the best of our own ability,” she said.

“It is a fully accessible course and we say thank you to council for allowing us to use the roads.”

Mayor Robert Mustow said he looked forward to the day being about family and community.

“I may not be running but I will be walking,” he laughed.

With three different runs, there is an event for everyone to participate in, according to Ms Maloney.

“Getting younger people involved is a major goal,” she said.

“So for that reason we have the Casino Lions Club Schools competition.”

Denise Green, president of the Casino Lions said the club was very excited to be involved.

“Last year was the first time we were involved,” she said.

“Young people are our future and it’s important to foster and develop them.”

Ambassador for the run is Bundjalung woman, Eileen Byers, who participated in the New York marathon back in 2015 as part of the Robert de Castella Indigenous Marathon Foundation.

The run will be held on September 15th, hosted by the Casino Little Athletics Club, starting from Queen Elizabeth Park.

There are three runs you can register for:

  • Casino RSM 10km, with the Casino Fitness over 65s competition included.
  • Lismore MG 5km
  • Parker & Kissane 2km

Registration is now open and you can sign up here.

 

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New Youth Participation Fund Announced for Casino

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New Youth Participation Fund Announced for Casino

 

Momentum Collective, the not-for-profit organisation managing the Casino Neighbourhood Centre, has secured a $76,363 grant through the Youth Participation Fund, a component of the Resilient Kids Program managed by Social Futures. This significant funding will support the organization’s efforts to engage and empower youth currently disengaged from school.

The Resilient Kids Program aims to foster resilience and active youth participation. Momentum Collective won this grant through a competitive tender process to implement a transformative program over the next twelve months.

Designed to run during the school term, the program targets students disconnected from traditional educational environments. Each term, Momentum Collective will conduct four dynamic workshops in partnership with local Elders, entrepreneurs, and community and emergency services. These workshops will focus on skill-building, social integration, community awareness, and having fun, culminating in a community celebration to showcase the participants’ progress and achievements.

Fiona Miller, Operations Manager at Momentum Collective, is enthusiastic about launching the first program next month. The team is finalising plans to ensure the program delivers impactful and engaging experiences for the youth involved.

“The first round of workshops, ‘Garden to Table,’ will focus on sourcing food, budgeting, shopping, meal prep, and serving. Through these activities, we believe participants will gain confidence, develop meaningful relationships, and build a strong sense of belonging. These are the key outcomes we aim to achieve with our program,” said Ms. Miller.

Momentum Collective remains committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people.

 

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Local slow cooked pies are gold standard

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Emily, Blair, 3, Dan and Addison, 4 Clark at Wild Soul Bakehouse

Local slow cooked pies are gold standard

 

By Samantha Elley

Dan and Emily Clark had their eye on the pie prize when Dan flew down to Melbourne recently to enter some of their pies in the Baking Association of Australia’s Best Pie competition.

“They have a trade show that ties in with (the pie competition),” said Emily.

“We decided we would enter a couple of our pies in it.

“So Dan flew them down as special cargo down to Melbourne.”

To their surprise and delight they walked away with a gold, a silver and two bronze medals for their efforts.

“We entered our plain pie, our Mexican pie, satay chicken and our Lamb, Rosemary and Mash,” said Emily.

“We enter the pies not to win, just to gauge where we sit with other bakers, to make sure we are doing the right thing and heading in the right direction.

“We were really, really stoked.”

They won gold for the lamb pie, silver for the satay and bronze for both the plain and Mexican pies.

“We only came up with the lamb, rosemary and mash 2-3 weeks before the pie comp was on,” said Dan.

“It was a brand new one that we’d never tried before.”

The business opened in February 2023 and has been serving up a wide range of baked goods, all made from scratch, to the Casino public ever since.

“Dan was working in a bakery in Lismore,” said Emily

“He is a qualified baker and he had always had this idea in his head that one day he would like to get here.”

The couple had started a grazing box business which outgrew their home and knew they had to either finish up or continue expanding what they had started.

From there, Wild Soul Bakehouse was born.

They often rotate new flavours of pies every two weeks to provide variety, but after their success in competition, Dan and Emily are keen to keep the lamb pie on as a regular.

And their secret?

“We do all our pies from scratch, pastries from scratch, we don’t buy in anything,” said Dan.

“With our lamb, we slow cook the meat, so we take our time and let the flavours develop.”

You can sample the award winning pies at Wild Soul Bakehouse, 70 Centre Street, Casino.

 

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