Community Development Projects


Transport Development Project

Transport is one of the many challenges faced by communities in regional and remote areas around Australia. Having access to a good transport system can lead to significant economic, social and environmental benefits. Social Futures’s Transport Development Project is a regional initiative funded by Transport for NSW, that is focused on reducing transport disadvantage and improving access to affordable transport options for residents of the Northern Rivers. The Transport Development Project Officer works with local transport providers, interest groups and Local Government to develop regionally appropriate solutions.


Alex Lewers – Transport Development Project Officer, Development and Innovation, Social Futures (Mon-Thurs) P: 02 6620 1881 M: 0417 832 286

Northern Rivers Housing Forum

About the Northern Rivers Housing Forum

The Northern Rivers Housing Forum has been established to highlight housing issues and needs, identify challenges, and determine innovative and sustainable approaches to address these issues across the region. This regional forum also allows for ongoing discussion and dissemination of relevant information amongst key stakeholders, provides opportunity for partnerships and collaboration as well as research and policy development. The forum has representation from across the Northern Rivers region encompassing the interests of business, government, non-government and the broader community Membership is open to any entity or individual who supports the purpose of the Forum.  A core group (The Executive) meets every six weeks to drive the work of the Forum.  Forum events are held annually and updates provided regularly, which provide an opportunity for people to network with others who are involved in housing and homelessness, as well as learn more about and inform what is happening to improve the housing system in the region. The Social Futures has agreed to act as the contact point for the Northern Rivers Housing Forum. If you would like to join the Northern Rivers Housing Forum distribution list to receive important updates and emails about Northern Rivers housing issues please contact us. For more in-depth information, statistics, housing facts and resources, visit the Northern Rivers Housing Forum Website Northern Rivers Housing Forum

Presentation Homelessness Forum 2016

Presentation Homelessness Forum 2016

The Homelessness Forum 2016, being held on Thursday 21 July 9.30 – 3.30pm at Lennox Head, will be taking stock of Regional, State and Presented by the Northern Rivers Housing Forum with MC Tracy Howe, CEO of NCOSS, the program includes:

  • Key note address: Responses that work to address homelessness – Assoc Prof David MacKenzie (Swinburne University)
  • Measuring homelessness: Making the most of the ABS Census in the Northern Rivers – Gemma Luckett, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Q & A panel – Sharing knowledge on local responses – Panel members from key North Coast Agencies
  • Stories from the frontline – Speakers share their lived experience of homelessness

To register

Be Quick! Bookings close July 11 or until sold out. To register, click here: Thanks to: Northern-Rivers-Housing-Forum-Logo-153x55  FaCs logoNRSDC      NCCH-logo-small

Program resources

See below some of the other key initiatives Social Futures’s Transport Development Project is involved in:

Going Places

Going Places is an online transport information hub for people in the Ballina, Byron, Clarence, Kyogle, Lismore, Tweed and Richmond Valley local government areas. Find out more at

Regional Social Plan Implementation Group
To download the Regional Social Plan and for more information, visit the website: For information please contact [email protected]
Presentation Homelessness Forum 2016
Click to see the flyer for full details: Homelessness Forum 2016 Poster

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Northern Rivers Social Change Collaboration

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