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Bega Valley Kids e-Newsletter

Spring 2016

Hello everyone

Welcome to our spring e-newsletter for parents, carers and service providers.

As the weather starts to warm up, there are some great activities worth springing out of bed for! Below are some lovely stories from Campbell Page showing that often the best fun can be found in the simplest things...

Check out more ideas belows for events and kids activities this spring.

There are funding opportunities for organisations supporting families.

Look in our help or legal sections if you need some support.

If you're looking for professional development and workshop opportunities, Like our Facebook page to keep up with everything that's on offer.

Don't forget to check the Bega Valley Kids website for all kinds of regular services available for kids and parents.


Well didn’t these kids have some fun with the gloop last week at the Log Cabin in Eden. Our coordinator Jude made up a great batch of the blue gloop and from there it was on for young and old. The kids were very happy to share and noone was unscathed, but everyone had a great time getting as messy as they could. The mums told us later that the kids had blue hands for a day or so aftert. See our Facebook page Eden Community Playgroup for more.


Towamba’s playgroup gets face painted by Liz from Campbell Page

Towamba Public School is steeped in History. Opened in 1812 it is an inclusive, welcoming and friendly school, supported by a close-knit community, where students receive a dynamic education and are provided with opportunities to foster individual talents and interests. Towamba is in a remote area that has no phone reception or internet, except for satellite. For a small school it sure is BIG on making school fun.

In August the Towamba Playgroup had a BIG face painting day that included the whole of the infant classes. It was a special day at the Primary School with the Life Education mobile truck visiting as well as the whole of Wyndham Primary School.

Everyone got to have great time with Healthy Harold and the Life Education Team.



Bega Valley Says NO to Violence
Bring your own t-shirt
FRIDAY 10-12 noon 2nd September & 7th October

An initiative of the Bega Valley Domestic and Sexual Violence Committee.
WRC 14 Peden St Bega 


Fridays 2-3pm 
Art therapy is a creative method of expression to process life stress and difficulties. Art therapy will focus on the creative art-making and visual diary and exchange about the process.
Important to give a little for materials - Gold coin appreciated
Women's Resource Centre
14 Peden St Bega Phone 02 6492 1367 Email

Dancing makes you feel better! 

EVERY MONDAY 6-7pm Cobargo Hall
DANCE for fun, fitness, improved muscle tone, confidence, weight management and coordination! 
Fabulous contemporary music 60, 70, 80, 90, 00s
$5 at the door - supported by Southern Women's Group Inc.

FunHouse Studio, 3 Hill St Bega

Come & join us for another night of interactive games, activities, speakers and performances this Friday 2nd September!

Come and play BETWEEN 4 AND 6 PM 
Spanish skipping songs and elastics - Maria Andreu 
Contact dance workshop- Mica Mahani
+ other games and activities


then stay BETWEEN 7 AND 9 PM for 5 fantastic speakers!!
What if we actually lived outside? by Motria Tymkiw von Shreiber
What if we treated our young adults adults ? by Tas Fitzer 
What if we did ? What if we didn't ? by Jane Andrew
What is an antidote to addiction and disconnection ? by Phil Morey
What if we were radically ourselves ? by Trish Everett


Spring is Whale Watching season!

Photo: Cat Balou Cruises operates out of Eden

Here's a great family activity for the spring - keep an eye out off the headlands as the whales make their way south with their young over the next few months.

National Parks rangers and marine discovery guides will host regular, free sessions at Eden’s famous whale watching lookout between August and October. Weather permitting, the service will be available at Rotary Park - near the cnr of Imlay and Bramble Streets Eden from 10am to 12pm on 

  • Thur 25 August
  • Thurs 1, 8, 15 & 22 and Tues 20 September
  • Tue 4 and Thurs 6 October

Bring: Camera, binoculars, smartphone, water, snack. Weatherproof clothing and walking shoes. Consider downloading the ‘Wild About Whales’ app to log your sightings and learn more about our marine visitors.

For more information visit the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre or National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Find more shore based whale watching hot spots.

For an even closer view, take a cruise out to see the whales swimming offshore - whale watching tour boats leave from Eden, Merimbula and Bermagui.

And finally, don't miss the Eden Whale Festival on 28-30 October 2016 where there's fun for all the family!

Outdoor movie night in Eden this Spring at Eden Marine High School

Campbell Page will also be providing a bus to help bring youth to the event - contact Campbell Page Eden for details.

Book and save with Earlybird online tickets
Online prices: Family (4 people) $20, Adult $10, Student $5,

Cash tickets on the night: Family $25, Adult $12, Student $7.

Under 5s free, but please note main movie 'Inside Out' is rated PG - parental guidance.

This is a smoke-free and alcohol free family event on school grounds.
Security will be in attendance.

More details at:


The Family Day Care Co-ordination Unit is moving.

From next Thursday 8th September 2016, you will find us at our new premises, 5/89 Auckland Street, Bega



Do you need computer skills and training?
BROADBAND for SENIORS builds confidence by providing seniors with access and support to use new technology and the Internet. 

14 Peden St Bega
Phone 02 6492 1367  Email


BOOK IN! Phone 02 6492 1367

Tax Help volunteers operate from the Women’s Resource Centre 14 Peden St Bega 

Appointments available on Mondays and Wednesday mornings. A free and confidential service to assist people to prepare tax returns using e-tax and lodge a tax return electronically. Tax Help is for women and men on low incomes who need help with their tax returns. 
NOTE volunteers DO NOT do business tax, only personal tax.



The purpose of recharge vouchers and pre-paid phonecards are to support victims of domestic violence or people who are homeless to gain access to support.

Available from Women's Resource Centre
14 Peden St Bega


Vouchers are available at WRC.
The target group is
  • Women who are escaping/recovering from to domestic violence situations.
  • Women who may not have a driver’s license and/or are disadvantaged
Available from Women's Resource Centre
14 Peden St Bega
What is a Work and Development Order?
Work and Development Orders (WDO) are made by the State Debt Recovery (SDR) to allow eligible people who have a mental illness, are homeless, are experiencing acute economic hardship to satisfy their fine debt through unpaid work with an approved organisation like the Women's Resource Centre by undertaking certain activities such as
  • ƒunpaid work for, or on behalf of, an approved organisation
  • educational, vocational or life skills course



St George Foundation Grants [DGR status required]

St George Foundation focuses on helping smaller community organisations that work to provide a brighter future for socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children. The charities St Geroge Foundation fund attract little assistance from the government and are not able to generate significant fundraising income of their own.
Eligibility criteria:
  • Focus your efforts on Australian children under the age of 18 years
  • Be located in NSW, ACT, QLD or WA
  • Have an annual gross revenue of less than $3,000,000
  • Receive less than 40% of your income from recurrent state, federal or local government funding (unless you have an income less than $1million per annum, in which case your Government funding can exceed 40%)
  • Be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (but not another ancillary fund). Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30–15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936.
Applications close: Midnight, 30 September 2016.
More information and apply online
Contact: or 1300 726 023.

Local Support Services for Male DFV Victims
Request for Tender - NSW Department of Justice

As part of Safer Pathway reforms in NSW, male victims of domestic and family violence identified by NSW Police Force (NSWPF), Local Courts and in future, external referrers are automatically referred to the Central Referral Point (CRP) computer system. An assessment is made using the DVSAT to assess the level of threat to victims and determine if the victim is at ‘Threat’ or ‘Serious Threat’ risk of harm. Victims will then be referred through the CRP to a ‘Centralised Coordination Point’ to undertake assessments of male victims and refer them to appropriate ‘Localised Support Services’ across NSW.
This procurement is to engage the services of appropriate organisations to provide support through case management to male victims of domestic and family violence (at ‘Threat’ and ‘Serious Threat’) in identified areas across NSW. These areas will correspond to the proposed SAM areas. Noting that while the case management for male victims will be initially rolled out state wide there will be a staged roll out of the establishment of SAMs (for those victims at Serious Threat).
The successful organisation will provide two services as the Localised Support Service:
Case management, across NSW, for male victims of domestic and family violence requiring support through Safer Pathways by 1 November 2016, and
Representation of male ‘Serious Threat’ victims at Safety Action Meetings (SAMs) as rolled out across NSW between 1 November 2016 and 2018/19.
Applications close: 11.00am, 5 September 2016.
More information and application details
Contact: Louise Lenard, 8688 8169 or

NSW Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) Grants

The Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) is a scheme under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, funded by the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience. The CRIP supports a broad range of community-led projects designed to increase all-hazard disaster preparedness and build community capacity and resilience. CRIP projects are based on collaboration and partnership between local community organisations and emergency services agencies.
CRIP aims to:
  • Encourage local communities to engage in creative, community focussed activities that will enhance disaster resilience
  • Develop effective partnerships and build networks between local community organisations, councils, businesses and emergency services agencies
  • Foster ways to effectively engage the local community in emergency management and resilience building
  • Share knowledge and lessons learnt about new approaches and models through project evaluation
  • Support initiatives that can be integrated into current business and maintained in the longer term.
Projects supported through the CRIP are designed to respond to the specific needs and characteristics of the local community. Projects may involve the entire community or be tailored to the needs of particular groups, such as people identified as more vulnerable to disaster events.
A focus of CRIP is capturing lessons learned about new ways of working, what works and what could be done differently, so that successful projects can be replicated in other communities. For this reason project evaluation must be built into the project.
Projects should be completed within 12 months. Where there is a strong case, projects needing up to 2 years to complete can be considered.

Applications close: 26 September 2016.
More information and application details
Contact: 9212 9200.

Mary MacKillop Foundation (MMF)
Community Grants Program

The Mary MacKillop Foundation (MMF) Community Grants Program partners with organisations who support Australia’s most vulnerable and marginalised people to improve their lives through education in all its forms. Eligible organisations may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to deliver innovative and practical projects that assist people who have been pushed to the margins of society through poverty and disadvantage.
By participating in these projects, individuals build skills and gain knowledge to improve their engagement with the community and take advantage of life opportunities. The MMF Community Grants Program seeks to empower those in need to take control of their lives and to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
Community projects supported by the MMF Community Grants Program include projects that:
  • Strengthen skills, knowledge and capabilities for self-sufficiency.
  • Improve engagement and participation in the community.
  • Enhance spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
  • Provide support for self-help action for those in need.
Applications close: 9 September 2016.
More information and application details
Contact: 8912 2715 or
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