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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.

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

Casino, 8/4/2024 – Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM. This year’s event is set to surpass all expectations, encapsulating the essence of country life in a morning filled with fun, food, and festivity.

Thanks to the generous support of The MJ Smith Group, our 2024 Major Sponsor, the annual Free Community Breakfast will offer attendees a delightful taste of the local life with complimentary sausage or steak sandwiches, chocolate milk, and fresh fruit, generously donated by Woolworths Casino. This partnership exemplifies The MJ Smith Group’s deep commitment to the local community, showcasing a shared passion for uniting and enriching our region.

Brody Lisha, President of Casino Beef Week, expressed his enthusiasm about the event: “We are overjoyed to have The MJ Smith Group as our Major Sponsor this year. Their dedication to the community mirrors our mission to celebrate our country life and bring people together. This event is more than just a breakfast; it’s a showcase of what makes our community so vibrant and unique.”

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Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM.

The event will feature an impressive display of machinery, allowing attendees to witness the remarkable work of The MJ Smith Group firsthand. “Seeing the machinery up close is a testament to the innovation and hard work that drives our local industries. It’s an honour to highlight this aspect of our community at the event,” said Lisha.

Adding to the excitement, the annual Richmond Dairies Cow Pat Lotto, presented by Bently Community Preschool, returns with a larger prize pool thanks to Richmond Dairies and Macdonalds Pharmacy. “The Cow Pat Lotto is a tradition that everyone looks forward to. It’s a fun, quirky way to engage with the community while supporting a great cause,” Lisha remarked.

Butchers from the region will compete in the Verto Sausage Competition, aiming for the titles of Best Beef Sausage and Best Gourmet Sausage. Lisha commented, “Our local butchers are incredibly talented, and this competition is a fantastic way to showcase their skills and the quality of our local produce.”

The day will also feature live entertainment from Sam Handford and the grand finale of the CiCom Busking Championships on the Jack Links Stage. “The talent we have in our community is astounding, and the Jack Links Stage is the perfect platform to showcase it. It’s going to be an unforgettable day,” Lisha added.

Casino Beef Week invites everyone to join in celebrating our country life, embodying the community spirit that makes our region so special. Don’t miss this outstanding day of free food, fantastic entertainment, and family-friendly fun.

The Breakfast will be lived streamed via ZZZFM and 2LM.

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

 

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration.

From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings.

At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: May 3-6
  • Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.
  • Price: From $280
  • Tickets: www.earthfrequency.com.au

 

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

 

You don’t know him, but he may have saved your life.

Black Box is Queenslander Paul Hodge’s ground-breaking new musical based on the extraordinary true story of David Warren, the Australian inventor who created the black box flight recorder that is now on every plane around the globe.

Driven by the death of his father in an unexplained plane crash when he was eight, Black Box follows David as he fights for an invention that could record the final moments of a flight before it crashes – the black box. His obsession around this invention places his career, marriage and mind at risk. It’s a show about memory, and how we hold onto, and let go of, those we love.

Black Box writer and composer, Paul Hodge, said, “David’s invention was inspired by his love of music. I wanted to create a theatre form that was as inventive as David’s idea, which led to the use of recorded voices and music, in the same way the black box gives recordings, to immerse the audience in David’s sound world.”

Black box inventor David Warren will be played by internationally renowned singer and actor Michael Cormick, who has had leading roles around the world, including in Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast with Hugh Jackman. David’s wife, Ruth, will be played by Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore who as well as touring extensively throughout the UK and Australia was the original Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the West End production of Wicked.

The auditory world that inspired David to create his life-saving invention shapes the audience’s experience at Black Box, which utilises pre-recorded voices and instruments to create a world of music and memory to tell his story. While Helen and Michael are on stage, the rest of the cast are present through a history-making audio experience.

Black Box is the first binaural musical with audience members wearing headphones that allow them to be totally immersed in a 360-degree world of sound.

Binaural recording uses two microphones, arranged at the position of human ears to create a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the recorded actors and instruments. This world-premiere production will be directed by David Berthold.

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