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Bega Valley Kids e-Newsletter

Winter 2016

Hello everyone

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

Winter is a time for rugging up, telling stories, learning new things.

Too wet and cold outside? Read our family-friendly events and kids activities for ideas on things to do indoors this winter.

Whilst the upcoming Election is bringing some uncertainty to funding, there are still funding opportunities to be had.

Check out 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 happening.

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


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:

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award Exhibition

17 June - 20 August 2016
Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega 
Free Entry

One of Australia's most loved and richest portrait awards, the biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award celebrates realistic portraiture in memory of our eponymous patron.

Merimbula Jazz Festival

10 June - 13 June
Various venues in Merimbula

The Merimbula Jazz Festival is an annual music festival held in Merimbula over the June Long Weekend every year.

The Merimbula Jazz Festival has been held every June long weekend since 1981 involving approximately 150 bands, 700 musicians playing all styles of jazz from trad, ragtime, big bands, swing, mainstream, modern and funk. In a nutshell, the Merimbula Jazz Festival is the ‘Festival for Musicians’. Great Musos and their jazz music create the memorable festival environment each year. The format and organisation set down by the festival’s founding Committee has worked well for over 30 years, so, as the old saying still goes “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” As such, you have a festival which, at its roots, is all about community and having fun!

The festival includes a Street Parade in Market Street, the popular Jazz Quest for the under 25’s and Jazz Party with performances across 4 days and 6 venues. Bring the family and friends and come and enjoy an non-commercial, community music festival!

South Coast Regional Exhibition of Woodwork

11-12 June 2016
Central Tilba Hall, Bate Street, Central Tilba

Bringing together the versatility, visual beauty and tactile experience of wood, and the magic of craftsmanship and design, the 21st annual Tilba Woodwork Exhibition and Sale will be held on the June long weekend.

The Exhibition showcases the work of fine wood crafters from north of Batemans Bay to south of Eden, with hundreds of exquisitely handcrafted items on display and for sale, and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Explore the fantastic range of toys, furniture, vases, vessels, ornaments...whether it be joinery, carved, turned, sculpted, decorative, functional or just plain quirky, you will find it on show or for sale.

Enter the raffle and cast your vote in the People's Choice award.

A Plethora of Postcards

17 June - 13 July 2016
Spiral Gallery, 47 Church St Bega

Our 5th Postcard exhibition presents a celebration of community creativity and imagination in compact size. Tiny but perfect, humorous and intriguing. A new category for this year is portraits. Be inspired and persuaded to enter.

Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band

2 - 4pm Saturday 9th July Merimbula RSL Club

Pipes and drums – and fun for all


The Canberra Burns Club Pipe band is returning with another special concert program for its trip to the coast this winter.

Join us for an afternoon of fun for all ages, a chance to listen to the skirl of the pipes and enjoy fine Scottish Pipe music, including many instantly recognised favourites, and Highland dancing performances.

$15 Adults; $10 concession; $5 children under 16. Tickets available in person or by phone from the RSL Club. Marg Hackett 0419 143502


Sapphire Coast
Marine Discovery Centre

253 Imlay Street, Eden

The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre will entertain and educate the whole family.  It has live aquaria, a very popular touch tank where you can get up close and personal with live marine animals, beautiful video footage, microscopes, a beach combing table and loads of information about the temperate marine environment.

With qualified marine scientists on staff, there are indoor and outdoor activities that will fill the family with wonder:  enjoy a Rocky Shore Ramble or guided Snorkel Tour or the kids can participate in indoor educational craft activities during school holidays.

Located in the popular Snug Cove Wharf precinct, the Centre is open from 10am – 3pm Tuesday to Saturday during School Holidays and 11am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday during school term (closed Public Holidays). The Centre will open outside these hours for a booking of 10 or more.

The Centre is a rarity where children are not only allowed to touch the exhibits but are actively encouraged to do so.

“The kids were so entertained with hands-on activities, the touch tank is the best!”

Merimbula’s Top Fun

99 Main Street, Merimbula
Open 7 days from 10am

With more than 40 arcade games to test your skill, 4 full ten pin bowling lanes to test your accuracy, a magnificent 18 hole mini-golf course and an underground laser subway you and your family are sure to have lots of fun here.  Top Fun specialises in Birthday Parties and get-togethers offering a helium balloon service as well.  A full kiosk is on site for light snacks, coffee, milkshakes, ice-creams and more.  No matter what the day is like you will be sure to enjoy yourselves here.

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre

11-13 Lagoon St North Bega

The Heritage Centre is a faithful reproduction of one of the first buildings to be constructed on the Bega Cheese site in 1899. The Heritage Centre has a comprehensive display of cheese and butter making equipment from the turn of the 19th Century, giving visitors the chance to see how early farmers in our region lived, worked and transported their wares. They have great art and craft as well as souvenirs. You can dine in the café, sample local cheeses and try some of their delicious dairy products.

Merimbula Wharf Aquarium

Lake Street Merimbula
Open Daily 10am-5pm

Fabulous 27 tank Aquarium showcasing the local marine life of the South Coast. From sharks to shrimps, the octopus to the tropical fish. It’s all on display in the living theatre of the deep and a fantastic ocean tank.




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


THURSDAYS 1.30-3.00pm
  • Art helps to reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Painting, watercolour, art & craft, collage, card making and stencilling
  • Teacher Tracey Reeve
Gold coin appreciated for materials 

Women's Resource Centre
14 Peden St Bega NSW
Phone 02 6492 1367 



ANZ Staff Foundation Grants [DGR status required]
Equity Trustees

The ANZ Staff Foundation is funded by regular contributions made by ANZ staff and ANZ. The foundation aims to support projects run by charitable organisations which offer a direct and tangible benefit to local communities. In addition to providing funding for community projects, ANZ staff are also actively encouraged to support the work of the ANZ Staff Foundation by volunteering their time and skills to support the projects.
The ANZ Staff Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to community projects that relate to one or more of the following areas:
  • Education and employment – example of suitable projects may include purchasing educational resources for communities or programs that help people prepare for employment
  • Urban and rural economic and social divides – examples of suitable projects may include developing and distributing educational materials to remote communities or programs that seek to connect isolated community members.
  • Financial capability – examples of suitable projects may focus on improving financial literacy or money saving capability
  • Urban sustainability – examples of suitable projects may include environmental education programs or revegetation programs
Preference is also given to organisations and projects that:
  • provide opportunities for ANZ staff to participate as volunteers
  • are already supported by ANZ staff
  • are initiated by ANZ staff
  • have well developed implementation plans, including confirmed additional funding through self-funding or other organisations where required
Applications close: 15 July 2016.
View the grants guidelines
Apply online
Contact: 1300 133 472 or (03) 8623 5000

NSW Before & After School Care Fund Phase 2
for Schools & Councils

The NSW Government created the $20 million Before and After School Care Fund  to help deliver up to 45,000 additional out of school hours care (OSHC) places. NSW schools and local councils may apply for grants under the Fund. In 2016, under phase 2 of this initiative, schools without an OSHC service and schools with an existing OSHC service that have a need and capacity to expand their service are eligible to apply for a one-off grant of up to $30,000.

The grants can be used for site modification and fit-out costs, project management (including tendering or regulatory costs), or to pay for necessary equipment to support new or expanded services.

Grants may be provided to local councils that have unmet demand for before and after school care.

Children Services Managers of local councils with a growing demand for OSHC services are encouraged to contact the Department to discuss how the Fund could be used to assist the community.

Applications close: 29 June 2016.

More information and application details

Australia Council for the Arts
Projects Grants &
Development Grants

The Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date. Applications are accepted from organisations as well as individuals and groups. International organisations can apply for projects that benefit practicing Australian artists or their work.

Applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel must come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

Organisations, individuals and groups can apply for:
  • the creation of new work
  • practice based research
  • creative development
  • experimentation
  • collaborations
  • touring
  • festivals
  • productions
  • exhibitions
  • performances
  • publishing
  • recording
  • promotion and marketing
  • market development activity
Applications close: 7 June 2016.
More information and application details for organisations
More information and application details for individuals and groups

Development Grants, for individuals and groups, fund a range of activities that benefit the careers of individual artists or groups. Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.
Applying individual or groups must be practicing artists or arts workers and Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. Applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts panel must come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals or groups.
Examples of funded activities:
  • professional skills development
  • showcase opportunities
  • forum/workshop attendance
  • residencies
  • mentorships
  • arts market attendance and exploration
Applications close: 7 June 2016.
More information and application details
Contact the Australia Council for the Arts

Catalyst Australian Arts & Culture Fund

Catalyst is the Australian Government's new funding program for the arts. It will invest $12 million each year in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations.  Catalyst will assist organisations to forge new creative and financial partnerships and stimulate innovative ways to build participation by Australians in our cultural life, with amounts up to $500,000.

It will enable access to high quality arts experiences in regional communities and international activities that achieve cultural diplomacy objectives.
Projects by, or that involve, small to medium organisations will be given priority. The fund may also support some gallery, library, archive, museum, arts education and infrastructure projects.
Catalyst will complement Australia Council, Creative Partnerships Australia and other support programs. The Ministry for the Arts administers Catalyst. Applications assessed by a combination of independent and Ministry for the Arts assessors.

Applications close: 15 June 2016.
More information and application details

Transitional Support Services
Request for Tender
Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW)

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) invites tenders from the not-for-profit sector, for the provision of two services to assist offenders with specific transitional needs:
  1. A transitional supported accommodation service to support higher risk parolees under the supervision of CSNSW in the community in the Hunter / Central Coast and Wollongong areas. The service(s) will be provided to each client for up to 12 weeks.
  2. A Mentoring Service that uses volunteers to assist in the transition from custody to community and to enhance community engagement, for:
    a.     Inmates in custody to access pre release external leave programs before they are released.  Pre release support will target correctional centres which are primarily located in the Hunter / Greater Western Sydney and South Coast areas; and
    b.    Offenders post release who are initially under CSNSW supervision in the community and are primarily located in Hunter / Greater Western Sydney and South Coast areas and possibly throughout NSW.
Service provision requires a high level of collaboration between CSNSW and the service provider.
An innovative approach to service development and delivery is encouraged.

CSNSW is prepared to engage a single supplier to provide each or both services.  The supplier may be a partnership or consortium and CSNSW encourages the formation of such arrangements to meet its needs.

Applications close: 10.00am, 14 June 2016.
More information and application details
Contact: Emma Lees, 8688 7612 or

Specialist Disability Services NSW: Request for EOI

In 2012, the State and Commonwealth Governments launched the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which is a once in a generation reform that will improve the lives of people with disability in Australia. Through the NDIS, people with disability will be able to access the reasonable and necessary supports they need, to live the life they want and achieve their goals and aspirations.

On 28 April 2016, the NSW Government announced the next phase in NSW’s implementation of the NDIS, being the commencement of the transfer process for the NSW Government’s specialist disability service provision categorised as "Specialist Disability Services" to the non-government sector. As from 1 July 2018, the NSW Government will not provide any residual specialist disability services.

All interested parties need to be registered to download the Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI).

All questions or clarifications need to be submitted in writing, to

REOI close: 11.00am (AEST), Friday 17 June 2016.

As this is not a tender the NSW Government may decide whether to consider, accept or reject any REOI that is not received by the closing date and time.

More information

Contact: Jim Breen, 9377 6008 or

Celebration Grants
Multicultural NSW

The Celebration Grants are part of Multicultural NSW Grants Program that aims to support community projects that foster community engagement, build community harmony, social cohesion and celebrate our cultural diversity. Multicultural NSW is inviting applications from non-profit sharing community organisations and local councils for grants of up to $5000 for cultural events and celebrations.

Applications close: 12.00noon, 17 June 2016.
More information and application details
Contact: 8255 6779.

Youth Opportunities Projects to run in 2017

Applications are now open for funding from the Youth Opportunities program for projects to be run in 2017.

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants of up to $50,000 to organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Up to $1.1 million is available for projects to be conducted between January and December 2017. Since the program was launched in 2012, more that $6.8 million has been provided for 120 local projects throughout NSW.

Information Workshops for Applicants

The Youth Strategy and Participation Unit in the Department of Family and Community Services will conduct a series of workshops across NSW to answer questions from potential applicants about the program guidelines and the application process.

Workshops will be held in Sydney, western Sydney and south west Sydney and in the Illawarra, Hunter, North Coast, New England, Western NSW, south western NSW and on the South Coast in early June. Details on the times and locations of these workshops will be posted shortly.

Youth Opportunities Grant Applications

Applicants are advised to read the Program Guidelines carefully before completing an application for funding. To download these guidelines and more please visit

To apply please visit

Applications must be completed and submitted via the Smarty Grants online grants administration system by 5:00pm on Monday, 27 June 2016. The Smarty Grants online grants administration system automatically shuts off at 5:00pm on Monday 27 June. It does not allow for extensions to be granted.

Youth Opportunities Program Contact:

Anthea Wilson, Project Officer, Youth Strategy and Participation: 02 8753 8430

Email all inquiries to

National Carers Week Grants

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) funds Carers NSW to provide grants of $250 to carer support groups and organisations, to plan events and activities for carers during National Carers Week.

Organising an event is a wonderful way to give unpaid family and friend carers a much needed break from the responsibilities of their caring role and to acknowledge the contribution they make to the community. Many events attract new members to carer support groups and are a great way of reaching out to hidden carers in your area.

Applications close: 5.00pm, 4 July 2016 online at:

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