Northern NSW Residents Warned About Travelling Conman

NSW Fair Trading is warning residents living along the NSW and Queensland border to know their consumer rights after reports of a travelling conman in the area. The trader is taking advantage of consumers by selling and renting overpriced, poor quality household appliances and whitegoods.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rose Webb said Fair Trading had learnt of businesses using unsolicited sales techniques operating in northern and north-west NSW.

“Unfortunately, people in regional areas can often be disadvantaged as consumers due to the sometimes limited business options in smaller towns,” Ms Webb said.

“We have recently received reports of a trader taking advantage of consumers by selling and renting household appliances and whitegoods, which are overpriced, of poor quality or not fit for purpose.

“The reports suggest the trader may have used coercive tactics to promote these products and make a quick buck.

“This type of misleading or deceptive conduct may constitute an offence under the Australian Consumer Law, and NSW Fair Trading investigators are currently working to identify those involved.

Ms Webb encouraged anyone who thinks they may have been the victim of such dodgy dealings to contact Fair Trading immediately.

“Residents in the state’s north are reminded to use their best judgement when unsolicited salespeople come knocking, and remember if something seems too good to be true – it usually is,” Ms Webb said.

Consumers living in northern and north-western NSW who have been pressured or misled into making a purchase or signing a contract under these circumstances are encouraged to lodge a complaint with NSW Fair Trading at or by calling 133 220.


2018 ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast: Stellar line-up of speakers and first round of bursaries announced!

The 2018 ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast on Tuesday 15 May will provide a critical opportunity for community services sector CEOs and senior executives to receive detailed briefings and analyses on key budget measures, their likely impacts on people experiencing poverty and disadvantage and the community service organisations that operate to meet their needs.

The Panel will each present their analysis, discuss and debate the overall budget and key measures of interest to community services sector organisations and their clients.

Visit the 2018 ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast website for more information. A discount is available to ACOSS members. Register today.

Interested in partnering with us at the 2018 ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast? Download a copy of the 2018 ACOSS Post Budget Breakfast Sponsorship Opportunities prospectus.

My Health Record Community Sector Bursary

My Health Record has established a bursary to provide fully subsidised registration to the staff of small community sector organisations (annual revenue < $500,000).

This bursary is for event registration only and does not provide support with travel and accommodation.

Download your application for the My Health Record Community Sector Bursary.

Applications close Monday 7 May 2018.



Post expires at 1:49pm on Tuesday May 15th, 2018

Final Round of 2017/18 Infrastructure Grants

Applications for the final round of 2017/18 Infrastructure Grants open on 1 May 2018. Infrastructure Grants are funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests 0.4 per cent of clubs’ gaming machine profits over $1 million back into community projects.

The next round of grants for communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fitout of infrastructure opens on Tuesday 1 May 2018. Funding under this round is available for:

  • arts and culture
  • emergency preparedness
  • sport and recreation.

The available funding ranges are:

Arts and Culture 
$50,000 to $200,000 available per project 

Emergency Preparedness 
$10,000 to $200,000 available per project 

Sport and Recreation 
$100,000 to $300,000 available per project

How to apply

Applications for the round open on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 and can be submitted online until 5pm (AEST) Monday, 21 May 2018.

Applications cannot be submitted after the closing date.

The Infrastructure Grants Program is now managed by the Office of Responsible Gambling, within the Liquor, Gaming & Racing division of the Department of Industry. Visit the website for more information about eligibility and how to apply, or contact (02) 9995 0992. 


Post expires at 1:43pm on Monday May 21st, 2018

Solar Communities Grants Program

The Department of the Environment and Energy’s Solar Communities Program will provide grants to community organisations in eligible regions to undertake small-scale renewable energy generation and energy storage projects, including purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic systems, battery storage for solar photovoltaic systems and solar hot water systems. Closing date: 31 May 2018.  

The program will fund up to 100 per cent of eligible expenditure.

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500
  • The maximum grant amount is $12,500.

If your total budget costs are greater than the maximum grant amount of $12,500, you will have to meet additional costs yourself.

To be eligible to apply you must be located in one of the regions, which align with electorate boundaries. You can check the region of your project site address at

Banks, NSW
Barton, NSW
Benelong, NSW
Dobell, NSW
Gilmore, NSW
Greenway, NSW
Hughes, NSW
Macarthur, NSW
Macquarie, NSW
North Sydney, NSW
Page, NSW
Reid, NSW
Richmond, NSW

To apply, go to


Post expires at 1:34pm on Thursday May 31st, 2018

Lifeline Northern Rivers Workshops

Lifeline is bringing two of its most popular skills-for-life workshops to the Northern Rivers area: 1-day Accidental Counsellor Foundations: Learn to listen the Lifeline way, LISMORE 13 June and TWEED HEADS SOUTH 14 June; and 2-day DV-Alert Workshop, BYRON BAY 17-18 May.

Being skilled to acutely and astutely listen to someone (ACCIDENTAL COUNSELLOR FOUNDATIONS) may better enable a frontline worker, caregiver or support person to recognise domestic violence (DV-ALERT, DV-AWARE), a mental health problem (MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID, YOUTH MHFA), or risk of suicide (safeTALK, ASIST), all the while being mindful of self-care (CREATIVE THERAPY TOOLS, mindfulness @ work).

Lifeline calls its training skills-for-life because the knowledge can not only last a lifetime but may also help to save someone’s life.

For reservations call June Anderson on 02 4940 2000 or

Or register online at the following links:

1-DAY ACCIDENTAL COUNSELLOR FOUNDATIONS Learn to listen the Lifeline way



2-day DV-ALERT WORKSHOP How to recognise, respond and refer when working with a client experiencing domestic violence. Completers receive FREE VET Unit of Competency.  Please note, this training is available to frontline workers only.

Places still available BYRON BAY 17-18 May NORTH SYDNEY (multicultural version) 3-4 May, BALGOWLAH 24-25 May. To apply, visit  Next releases August 2018



Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Lighthouse Resources is presenting a one-day workshop on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), 11 June 2018 at Runcorn, Qld. EFT is part of an emerging field known as “energy psychology” and is described as a form of “psychological acupressure” without needles.

EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on a particular physical sensation, emotion, or event. The approach claims to relieve physical and/or emotional symptoms by tapping in sequence on 9 meridian points.  The tapping is claimed to balance energy meridians that become disrupted when we think about or experience an emotionally disturbing event.  Once balanced, the upset is usually resolved, and while the memory remains there is no strong emotion attached to it.

The tapping is self-administered using fingertips.  The meridian points are located on the hand, top of head, eyebrow, side of eye, under eye, under nose, chin, collarbone, and under arm.

In addition to halting the fight-or-flight response, tapping is claimed to be effective in turning off the alarm in the mid-brain associated with re-traumatisation. It is claimed that tapping on the meridians sends a calming response to the body, and the amygdala recognises that it is safe.

Registration / More information 

Post expires at 11:50am on Sunday June 10th, 2018

Neurofeedback and Developmental Trauma in Young People

Learn how Neurofeedback Therapy and Neuromodulation can be applied to treat children and young people living with developmental trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, at a presentation on 26 April 2018, 1pm – 4 pm at Lismore Workers Club, 231 Keen Street, Lismore.

The presentation is an opportunity for professionals in the field of Child Protection and Youth Mental Health to gain practical an theoretical knowledge and learn about the new technology of Neuromodulation. 

Professionals will be able to experience Neurofeedback themselves. Volunteers will have sensors fixed onto their heads while watching their brain wave activity on a computer screen. Whilst wired up, participants will be able to familiarise themselves with the process and the feel of a Neurofeedback session. 

Presented by Nerida Saunders and Professor Bulent Turman, the presentation will provide evidence of Neurofeedback efficacy, in the hope that this trauma therapy will be made accessible to the young people who struggle to integrate their childhood trauma through conventional therapies, to help fast-track healing. 

Cost: $25

Register via the training link at  or contact Training Manager Kym Glynn at


Post expires at 5:00am on Thursday April 26th, 2018

headspace Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic for Young People

Don’t forget there’s a fantastic service at headspace Lismore for young people aged 12-25 to access bulk-billed medical care around their sexual and reproductive health.

The Choices Reproductive and Sexual Health Service is at headspace on Thursdays 2pm-6pm offering confidential appointments with advice on:

  • Sexual health screening (STI testing)
  • Contraception options & advice (including morning-after pill)
  • Condoms & lubricants
  • Pregnancy testing, information, counselling and referral
  • Help with period problems
  • Cervical screening tests

If you’re working with young people and/or families, please keep this service in mind and recommend where appropriate.

People can even book online! or by phoning headspace Lismore on 6625 0200 or the Choices clinic on 6620 7660.

Choices @headspace (for young people aged 12-25): 2A Carrington Street, LISMORE NSW 2480, Thursdays 2pm-6pm.


Energy Consumer Community Listening Project Coming to Northern Rivers

Energy Consumers Australia is planning Community Listening project in Northern Rivers area of NSW from 14-18 May 2018.  The project will inform ECA’s advocacy on behalf of rural and regional energy consumers, recording their stories directly, to feed into energy policy and regulatory decisions.

ECA is looking for potential stories to collect that are based around energy affordability and innovation.

See the flyer for full details.

Energy Consumers Australia was established by the Council of Australian Government in January 2015 to give residential and small business energy consumers a national voice in the energy market.

For more information about the project, please contact Rose Arkin, Advocacy and Communications Policy Officer, at or (02) 9220 5520.

Visit the website:

Post expires at 11:23am on Sunday May 13th, 2018

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