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COMMUNTIY INITATIVE TO HELP THE HOMELESS THIS WINTER

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Marketing Communications Manager, Cassia Cruz

COMMUNTIY INITATIVE TO HELP THE HOMELESS THIS WINTER

Momentum Collective officially launched its first ever Australian Kindness Wall in Tweed Heads, NSW.
The Kindness Wall is a meaningful and sustainable project where community members can donate jackets or blankets to the people who need them the most.

Marketing Communications Manager, Cassia Cruz

Marketing Communications Manager, Cassia Cruz

With homelessness being more prevalent than ever, more than 116,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Of those people, around 8,200 ‘sleep rough’ in improvised dwellings, tents, or outdoors. Despite only having 4% of the NSW population, the Northern Rivers is home to 20% of NSW rough sleepers.
Not having a safe and stable place to call home is the stark reality for many people living in Australia. Momentum Collective’s Caseworker, Gail, witnesses firsthand how homelessness impacts her clients.
“When clients of our Specialist Homelessness Service first come to us, they feel a mix of many emotions. Some feel frightened, angry, emotional, and some fear their little children will be removed from them as they have nowhere to go.”
“The statistics are quite alarming. In the last couple of years, we have seen an increase of 27% of homelessness in the Northern Rivers, and 39% being homeless for the first time”, said Gail.
Dr Nola Firth, Tweed shire Councillor, believes the whole community has a shared responsibility in tackling homelessness and caring for each other and the environment.
“An extremely high amount of clothes go to landfill each year, contributing to our environmental crisis. Momentum’s Kindness Wall promotes a positive message of recycling clothes you no longer need and the idea of giving back to the vulnerable people who need our support”.
Marketing Communications Manager, Cassia Cruz (pictured), came up with the idea after brainstorming ways to support homeless people in the freezing temperatures experienced this winter.
Ms Cruz said, “Momentum’s Kindness Wall is a great opportunity for everyone to help those in need and give back to their community. It’s easy, simple and quick. Those who need a jacket can take one, and those who want to donate can leave one. These donated items are handy during the colder seasons as our vulnerable community struggle to stay warm and safe.”
“We want to empower those who would like to help. The idea is to enable community members to look after the wall with kindness, and instead of throwing out what you don’t need, you can give it to someone who may need it.”

The Kindness Wall is located outside the Momentum Collective’s Head Office at 35 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads.

 

About Momentum Collective:
Momentum Collective is a for-purpose community services organisation creating inclusive social change. We have a proud 40-year track record operating in a suite of programs in disability, mental health, homelessness, social and affordable housing, family and domestic violence, child family and community services.
With over 40 locations in Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Grafton, and Coffs Harbour, the reach extends from Mid North Coast to South East QLD. Last year, Momentum Collective has assisted over 5,500 clients and families across the organisational footprint.

Ballina News

Essential items at the Distribution Hub

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Essential items at the Distribution Hub

The Ballina Distribution Hub is open 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays.

If you have been flood-affected, you can drop into the Flood Recovery Distribution Hub for free goods and supplies (subject to availability) including:

    • Clothing, shoes, toiletries, and cleaning products.
    • Bedding, mattresses, and small household goods.
    • Toys.

Distribution Hub is currently accepting donations of:

    • Clothing (particularly warm clothing).
    • New small electrical items.
    • Nappies/pull ups (from size 2 upwards preferred).
    • Cleaning products.
    • Non-perishable food items.
    • Toiletry products such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste.
    • Floor rugs, towels, and pillows (new only).
    • Pet food for cats and dogs.

If you have a donation please contact the Distribution Hub on 0460 947 439 before your arrival so the team can ensure there is space for it to be stored.

The hub cannot accept furniture or large household items at this time due to storage and space restrictions. Larger items can be donated via GIVIT.  For more information visit givit.org.au

!! Please note: There are currently no government agencies onsite at the hub, however community needs will continue to be assessed. Further updates will be provided in future editions of the eNews.

Support is still available by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88 seven days a week.

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Tweed Shire News

Joining together to plan for population growth

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Joining together to plan for population growth

Work begins to prepare the Tweed’s Growth Management and Housing Strategy

Residents are encouraged to have their say on the future of growth in the Tweed, with the population expected to grow by 15,000 people over the next 20 years.

As one the fastest growing local government areas in regional NSW, Tweed residents are being encouraged to help guide the planning of housing and employment land for the next 20 years, so the Tweed is ready for the future.

With the NSW Government expecting a population of up to 112,244 people in the Tweed by 2041, this could mean an increase of approximately 15,000 people on our current population of 97,151 (according to the 2021 Census).

Early-stage consultation will begin this month after Council appointed consultants PSA Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd to prepare a new Growth Management and Housing Strategy.

The strategy will provide a clear understanding of how our population and housing needs – and related employment-generating opportunities – will change over the next 20 years in the Tweed. It will also set out planning principles and policy goals that protect, maintain, and respect the Shire’s natural environment, community expectations, lifestyle and heritage values.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said Council aims to guide growth in a way that maintains the Tweed’s desirable lifestyle, strong community, unique character, and biodiversity and continues to offer opportunities for residents to thrive without compromising our internationally significant environment.

“Managing population growth and overdevelopment and access to more affordable housing were two of the top three priorities for the next 10 years in a recent independent resident survey,” Cr Cherry said.

“That’s why joining with the community in the early stages of preparing this strategy is so important, so we make sure we have the right development in the right place to meet the community’s needs into the future. I really encourage the Tweed community to help us understand what they most value about the Tweed today and what they hope it will be like 20 years from now.”

Early-stage consultation on the Growth Management and Housing Strategy includes:

  • Community briefing sessions (online and face-to-face) on Thursday 25 August to support residents to learn more about how the strategy will be prepared and the many opportunities for them to contribute and have their say in future stages of the project. Registrations are essential.
  • Online community survey is open until 12 September to understand what is important to the community when it comes to housing and employment opportunities in the Tweed.

To register for a briefing session or complete the survey visit yoursaytweed.com.au/growth-management-and-housing-strategy.

A project reference group has also been established to act as an impartial body of knowledge and technical expertise to support Council decision making during the preparation of the Growth Management and Housing Strategy. Members include community members and representatives from Transport for NSW, Biodiversity Australia, Tweed Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Housing Industry Association, North Coast Community Housing, Momentum Collective, Department of Planning and Environment and Gold Coast Airport.

Cr Cherry said Council recognises that more focus is needed on housing to ensure community needs are met.

“Our housing needs change as we age. As a community we need to consider where our changing population will live and the types of housing that will be required to accommodate these different needs,” she said.

“Affordable housing is also a huge priority in the Tweed, particularly following the flood events earlier this year.

“The Growth Management and Housing Strategy will look into the housing affordability issue in the Tweed and establish the need. But, to ensure we identify the practical steps Council might take to respond to this need, we will also soon begin work on preparing an Affordable Housing Strategy which is currently in a procurement phase.”

Connection to Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

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We wish to recognise the generations of the local Aboriginal people of the Bundjalung Nation who have lived in and derived their physical and spiritual needs from these forests, rivers, lakes and streams over many thousands of years as the traditional custodians of these lands.

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Alstonville News

Greater funding to support services for seniors

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Greater funding to support services for seniors

An Alstonville community group that provides social opportunities for elderly residents will use money from the #GreaterNorthernRivers community funding program to cover rising costs.

Alstonville RSL Tibouchina Day Club has received $2,000 for winning the July public vote, with $500 each going the monthly runners up, Far North Coast Softball Association Inc and Ballina District Museum and Historical Society.

Alstonville RSL Tibouchina Day Club volunteer, Jennifer Regan, said the club is a not-for-profit community organisation run entirely by volunteers.

“The Day Club offers a setting in which to develop friendships and social support networks to the aged residents of the Alstonville/Wollongbar community,” Jennifer said.

It provides an opportunity for the members to be involved in a varied program of stimulating activities that enhance health and wellbeing, held weekly each Wednesday at the Rous Mill Hall.

“Participants receive morning tea, lunch, entertainment and return transport for a small contribution fee, although the weekly running costs including fuel and consumables has risen sharply in recent months.

“2020 was a very difficult year on top of dealing with Covid-19 restrictions, as a commercial decision by Ballina Council saw us having to vacate the Alstonville Cultural Centre along with a host of other community groups, so this money from the Greater is very welcome indeed.”

Greater Northern Rivers Regional Sales Manager, Scott McCluskey, said many organisations are doing it tough meeting cost increases.

“Lots of community groups are finding it hard to make ends meet at the moment and any kind of accommodation is hard to come by in the Northern Rivers region,” Scott said.

“We are happy our program is able to help provide activities for people who may otherwise be completely socially isolated.”

Nominees for the August round of the #GreaterNorthernRivers Community Funding Program are Lismore Little Athletics, Italo Stars Soccer Club Incorporated and Woodburn Pony Club, with the three organisations in the running for a share of $3,000 in monthly funding.

The public can vote online at www.greater.com.au/greaternorthernrivers until 5:00pm Friday, 19 August 2022.

 

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