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Bega Valley Kids e-Newsletter

Autumn 2016

Hello everyone

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

Autumn is a time for getting things done - around the house, in the garden, and there's a lot happening in the Shire for families too.

Do you know where to go in a medical emergency? The new regional hospital is now open and emergency department arrangements around the Bega Valley have changed.
Find out where to go now before you need to know!


Australian Artists and the floral still life

at the Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery
until 11 June 2016.

Art Gallery of NSW works from Margaret Olley, Margaret Preston, Tim Maguire, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Rupert Bunny join contemporary works created especially for the exhibition by Lucy Culliton, Laura Jones, Nicholas Harding and Alesandro Ljubicic.

Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 9am to noon

Four Winds Festival

22 - 27 March in Bermagui

The Wiggle Town Tour          

Monday June 20 2016
Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre

Tickets $32.50 plus booking fee.  Shows 10.30am (sold out) and 12.30pm (on sale).  We may also be able to offer a 3.30pm show if the second show also sells out.  Keep up with the latest about The Wiggle Town Tour on our website:


Bega Valley Family Day Care currently has childcare spaces available in
Pambula, Bega and Cobargo.

Call 6492 3788 or see their website


New Hospital Opens, Old Hospital Closes

On 8 March 2016, Bega District Hospital closed its doors and patients were transferred to the new... 

South East Regional Hospital (SERH)
4 Virginia Drive, Bega > Google map
Tel 6213 8333

SERH in Bega has a 24 hour emergency department. 

The number to call in case of an emergency requiring an ambulance is still 000

Pambula Hospital emergency department has closed. Instead it has a walk-in, nurse-led assessment, treatment and care centre, open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Emergency patients will be taken to the South East Regional Hospital.


Draft Environmental and Public Health Policy

Council has placed its draft Environmental and Public Health Policy on public exhibition for a period of 42 days.  Copies of the draft policy can be viewed on Council’s website on the ‘Have your say Public Exhibition’ page.  Hard copies of the document are also available at Councils’ Zingel Place office in Bega, as well library outlets in Bega, Bermagui and Eden.

Your feedback and comments are welcomes and can be submitted to:

          The General Manager
          Bega Valley Shire Counci
          PO Box 492
          Bega  NSW  2550

Comments can also be submitted by email to

Submissions close on Monday 18 April 2016

Further enquiries about the draft policy can be made by calling 6499 2222 and speaking with Greg O’Donnell.

Attached documents:


Commonwealth Bank Community Grants

Applications for our 2016 Commonwealth Bank Community Grants program are now open. Since 2007 we have been proud to award 1,400 grants worth more than $11.7 million. This year we will award $2 million in individual grants of up to $10,000 each to organisations supporting children and youth up to the age of
To be eligible, your organisations must be endorsed with Deductible Gift Recipient status by the Australian Taxation Office and deliver a program supporting the health and wellbeing of Australian youth.
For more information and to apply visit for grant guidelines and information on the judging criteria. Applications must be completed online, and the online application form is now available.

Applications close: 5.00pm AEDT, 28 March 2016

Successful grant recipients announced: From Monday 20 June 2016
Application information, eligibility criteria and guidelines for Community Grant applicants are outlined below.

Opportunity for community organisations to receive up to $10,000 from Australia Post

Organisations can benefit from funding of one-off cash payments of up to $10,000 with applications now open for the 2016 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program.

The program recognises the important role smaller charities and community groups play across the country in building connections for people who are excluded or isolated.

Through providing funding of up to $10,000 per project, the program helps community organisations working to build a more inclusive and connected society.

Australia Post General Manager Community Relations, Andrea Pearman, said Our Neighbourhood Community Grants focuses on supporting local community groups that often get overlooked for funding elsewhere.

“We live in a world that’s more connected than ever, but it’s still the things happening in our streets, in our neighbourhoods and in our communities that often have the biggest impact,” Pearman said.

“At Australia Post, we believe in the power of communities. We understand the importance of local projects and we are passionate about supporting local groups that bring people together and build lasting connections within communities and neighbourhoods.”

In 2016, Our Neighbourhood Community Grants will be awarded to community organisations and projects that focus on the following areas:

  • “While we recognise the value of the thousands of different causes and projects around the country, we focus our resources on these four key areas where we think we can make the biggest impact,” Pearman said.Digital Capability: projects that build digital skills for individuals and the wider community
  • Employment Pathways: projects that increase employment opportunities for marginalised people
  • Community Inclusion: projects that build community spirit and foster inclusion
  • Disaster Readiness: projects that help communities better prepare for natural disasters

“We’re encouraging community organisations across the country to head to the website, read through the information and apply online now.”

To apply for an Our Neighbourhood Community Grant or to find out more about eligibility, criteria and application tips visit

Grants are funded by Australia Post and Our Neighbourhood Trust. Applications for Our Neighbourhood Community Grants are now open and will close on Friday, 1 April 2016 at 5.00pm AWST.

Arts & Health Regional Strategy

– Seeking Input

Calling out to health and welfare professionals, managers, community workers, artist practitioners and others working in the fields of public health, mental health and drug and alcohol services: seeking your interest, support and ideas about Arts and Health: March 2016


The arts and health movement is well established in the UK and the States (where there is a substantial body of research evidence about how arts practices impact both clinical and wellbeing outcomes). Within Australia there is growing interest in this field. In 2014, the Standing Council on Health and the Meeting of Cultural Ministers released the National Arts and Health Framework (

This framework was developed to enhance the profile of arts and health in Australia and to promote greater integration of arts and health practice and approaches into health promotion, services, settings and facilities.

In that document, arts and health refers to the practice of applying arts initiatives to health problems and health promoting settings. It involves all art firms and may be focused at any point in the health care continuum. It also has an impact on the determinants of ill-health by changing individual attitudes to health risks and [in] supporting community resilience.

Benefits can accrue for all stakeholders including government, health service providers, artists, those in health care and the wider community and include improved communication, better understanding, attitudinal change and clinical outcomes.

At a state level, in October 2016, a Health and the Arts Taskforce was appointed to advise the Minister for Health Jillian Skinner on the development of a framework to integrate health and the arts across the NSW public health system ( The public consultations are near completion and a final report is expected in the next couple of months.

New alliances within the cultural arts and health care sectors

South East Arts NSW Inc (SE Arts) is a regional arts and cultural development organisation covering the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla and Snowy River Shires. It actively supports the ongoing development of, and participation in arts and culture through the NSW South East Region.

SE Arts has recently developed a relationship with Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) and commenced discussions about the role of arts and creative process in delivering beneficial health and wellbeing outcomes across a number of the District’s many service sectors and program areas including hospitals, community health centres, multi-purpose services, mental health and drug and alcohol services. The SNSWLHD adopts a health promotion approach to enable groups and communities to increase their control over and improve their health. It also aims to influence the living conditions (and experiences) that create good health for communities.

Developing an Arts and Health regional strategy

For the next couple of months, I am working with SE Arts to create an Arts Health regional strategy (for its five constituent shires that form part of the broader SNSWLHD catchment area). The draft strategy and three year action plan will:

  • Guide the development of initiatives in the arts and health sector
  • Identify ways for regional arts professionals to collaborate in the delivery of projects and activities that are intended to deliver important health and wellbeing outcomes.

Mapping the field of interest and possibility

As part of the development of this draft strategy, I would like to talk with a range of people in the health, welfare, arts and community development fields to get a (quick and beginning) sense of:

  • What are the key health priority needs where arts can have a positive impact?
  • Examples of arts and health initiatives that are occurring on the ground now?
  • What kinds of arts and health programs or activities are you aware of (locally, interstate or in other countries) that would be great to either introduce, expand, modify
  • What excites you?
  • How SE Arts could help make this happen!

We would love to hear your thoughts – either by phone or email (and personally if that is possible given constraints of time/distance) – by the 24th March 2016.

Kerry Devine
M: 0408 517 236

Andrew Gray
General Manager/Regional Arts
Development Officer
South East Arts
M: 0429 909 447

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