Tweed is first cab off the rank for transport information day

Tweed is first cab off the rank for transport information day

a Surfside bus onboards a passenger in Tweed

Image courtesy Surfside Buslines

Tweed residents are invited to have their transport questions answered at Tweed City Shopping Centre on 28 February from 9am-2pm.

Tony Davies, CEO of Social Futures who is presenting the day in partnership with transport operators and Tweed Council says invites Tweed residents to come and find out about the local public and community transport options.

“While regional areas do experience transport disadvantage in comparison to urban areas, there are options available. Information days like these are a great opportunity to find out about the services that are out there,” Mr Davies said.

“Days like these also provide a valuable chance to speak to the community about their transport needs which can feed into future planning for the region.”

For information on public transport in the Tweed visit

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Young Songwriters Competition now open for entries!

Young Songwriters Competition now open for entries!

2019 banner featuring teenage girl singingThe ninth Lismore Young Songwriters Competition is now open for entries from 12-25 year old Northern Rivers residents.

Deb Hall from Social Futures – one of the organising committee says the competition is an incredible avenue for regional young songwriters to showcase their song writing and performing talents.

“There are fantastic prizes up for grabs aimed to help young musicians get a leg up in their music career, including professional studio recording time” Ms Hall said. “Selected finalists also get the chance to perform to a live audience when they battle it out for prizes at the Finalist’s Showcase at Southern Cross University on Friday 12 April.”


Ballina holiday workshops for 12-17 year olds @B-Space

Ballina holiday workshops for 12-17 year olds @B-Space

Are you 12-17 years old? Come and join in the fun at B-SPACE in Ballina!

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Skateboard Workshop Monday 21 January @ TruckstopSK8

The team at TruckStopSk8 are hosting a three-hour coaching workshop.
TIME: 10am – 1pm
AT: TruckstopSK8, 2/19 Clark Street, Ballina (near Ballina Ten Pin Bowling)
COST: $10

*This workshop needs to be full to go ahead.

Woodwork Workshop Wednesday 16 January @B-SPACE

Three-hour woodworking project with Jason. Build your very timber box to take home.
TIME: 10am – 1pm
AT: B-SPACE 32 Swift Street, Ballina
COST: $10

*This workshop needs to be full to go ahead.

Two-day In-Scribe Art Project Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 January

An opportunity to develop your artistic skills, personal creative language, collaborate with a creative crew and be part of a street art installation in-scribing your art on the walls of B-SPACE!

During the project you will:

  • Explore art making and new materials such as spray paint and stencils
  • Have fun and challenge yourself working on collaborative art projects
  • Freestyle paint on a street art install
  • Create some awesome take home works of art

check out some of our previous projects here:

TIME: 9am – 2.30pm BOTH DAYS
AT: B-SPACE 32 Swift Street, Ballina
COST: $35
** Lunch provided both days.**

*This workshop needs to be full to go ahead.

FREE B-SPACE Jam Workshop Friday 25 January

Greg Stock is running a three-hour music session. Come along and enjoy the vibe. No musical experience needed.
TIME: 10am-1pm
AT: B-SPACE 32 Swift Street, Ballina

Limited spaces!

Enquiries and bookings for all workshops:

Kate Higgins 0427 884 678 or [email protected]

Summer holiday fun at The Clubhouse, Lismore

Summer holiday fun at The Clubhouse, Lismore

The clubhouse is offering two FREE school holiday workshops for 12-18 year olds

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WORKSHOP ONE: Get stuck in making tech projects!

Come and get amongst it! Make a cool robot using Doodle Bots and Makey Makey kits.

Tuesday 22 January | 12noon-3pm

WORKSHOP TWO: Get stuck in making creative projects!

Clubhouse art-making workshop with cool techniques.

Thursday 24 January | 12noon-3pm

Where: The Clubhouse, co-located at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, 152 Keen Street, Lismore
Who should come: 12-18 year olds
Bookings/enquiries: Limited space, book your place via email [email protected]

Help improve housing affordability this Christmas

Help improve housing affordability this Christmas

The Northern Rivers may be the holiday destination of choice for Christmas but for the thousands of people experiencing homelessness it is a region crying out for action.

Speaking about our current Housing Campaign, Social Futures chief executive Tony Davies says voters have the power to influence change and with the New South Wales state election in March, now is the time to act.

“The housing crisis on the Northern Rivers has really become a key issue for voters, and this region has a history of lifting its voice to campaign for important change. The Northern Rivers people have big hearts and they will vote accordingly,” said Mr Davies.

mum and kids at front door stock shotThe festive season isn’t so merry for many, according to North Coast Community Housing chief executive John McKenna who says anyone can find themselves homeless in the current housing crisis and this is the most challenging time of year for those without a home.

“The housing situation in our region is at crisis point.” Mr McKenna said. “Thousands of locals will be spending Christmas without a home, but there is something we can all do. By contacting your MPs and candidates now you are saying very clearly, everyone deserves a home, and this is what the Northern Rivers will be voting on.”

ACT NOW: Write to your local MP and candidates using our templates

DOWNLOAD: the full press release here

KidZ Space book launch: Share the Journey

KidZ Space book launch: Share the Journey

participants in the kidZ Space book making workshopOn Saturday 1 December, kids and families from KidZ Space gathered in Kyogle for the launch of a new book ‘Share the Journey’ they made in the school holidays, which has been professionally printed and shared with libraries too. (Photo courtesy: The Northern Star)

The workshop was run by the Mijung Jarjums Kids in Mind Program at Social Futures, in Collaboration with Elders from the Gugin Gudduba Local Aboriginal Land Council in the school holidays to make a book based on the theme ‘Share the Journey’ which was the theme of October’s Mental Health Awareness Month.

The project was funded by WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW. 

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