Council seeks Aboriginal Advisory Group members

Lismore Council is seeking passionate Aboriginal people to join its Aboriginal Advisory Group.

The Aboriginal Advisory Group provides advice and guidance to Council on a variety of issues, including projects or services that affect Aboriginal communities.

 The group meets quarterly and members discuss reports coming to Council that may affect Aboriginal people.

 If you are a proud and passionate Aboriginal person who resides in the Lismore LGA and who would like to make a difference locally, nominate today.

Download the EOI form.

For further information, phone Sandra Campbell on 1300 87 83 87. People can nominate at until 5pm, Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Post expires at 1:55pm on Wednesday November 14th, 2018

New guide to tendering offers practical insights from community organisations

A guide released by the Brotherhood of St Laurence offers practical suggestions for community service organisations interested in tendering for government services.

Many of the insights and suggestions were shared by practitioners of small and medium-size community organisations that offer support services for young people in their pathways to employment.

The quotes highlighted throughout the document come from interviews with six senior managers from small community organisations.

While this guide can be used by any community organisation, it aims particularly to reach smaller service providers, for which competitive tenders often impose higher barriers.

Download guide


Post expires at 12:10pm on Saturday November 17th, 2018

Grants in Australia 2018 Report analyses the secrets to successful grant-seeking

Ask anyone involved in Australia’s massive grants industry what they’d most like to know, and most will ask: “Who is winning all the grants, and why?” It’s the question at the heart of the latest Grants in Australia 2018 research report from Our Community – the biggest report since the inception of the series in 2006.

Data scientists Paola Oliva-Altamirano and Joost van der Linden, from Our Community’s Innovation Lab, spearheaded this year’s analysis of a record 2012 responses to examine what makes some grantseekers more successful than others.

They estimate that around $80 billion is given away each year, the bulk of it from government, with that figure rising each year.

Find out more about the Grants in Australia report.


Post expires at 12:02pm on Saturday November 17th, 2018

Lismore Disaster Dashboard provide one-stop website for emergency info

Lismore City Council has launched the Lismore Disaster Dashboard to help the community better access information during times of flood or natural disaster.

The Disaster Dashboard aggregates information from other emergency services including the Bureau of Meteorology and the SES, providing locals with an easy one-stop-shop they can use on their computer, tablet or smartphone.

“No new information is provided other than what is already out there via different agencies, but often people are stressed and on the move during a flood or other disaster, so this collates that information in one place,” Council’s Executive Director Infrastructure Services Gary Murphy said.

The Lismore Disaster Dashboard is one of many actions that are being rolled out progressively as part of the Lismore Flood Ready Project, which is a state-wide pilot funded by the Office of Emergency Management.

Other key actions in the Lismore Flood Ready Project include:

Council is developing a Community Recovery Hub model, which outlines how to provide a one-stop-shop for practical, moral and material support in recovery from a natural disaster. This is based on learnings from the March 2017 flood and the spontaneous volunteering effort spearheaded by the Helping Hands Hub. The model will include a guidelines for spontaneous volunteering that are being developed in partnership with the Northern Rivers Gateway.

Working with the local Emergency Management Committee to develop policy and processes for infrastructure repair and restoration of the natural environment in a timely manner.

Working with the Chamber of Commerce to develop a response and recovery database to assist businesses pre, during and post flood. This will include education for new business owners to ensure preparedness before a flood, support to manage and move stock during a flood, and post-flood support during clean-up.

Working with the SES and state government agencies to develop new education resources for business owners and homeowners on how to plan, prepare, respond and recover from a natural disaster.

Lismore City Council’s Acting Executive Director Sustainable Development Peter Jeuken said the Lismore Flood Ready Project action plan would be finalised by the end of the year and tested via an in-depth simulated disaster exercise conducted by the Office of Emergency Management.

“We can’t afford to become complacent, and this plan will help embed a program of education and responsiveness that will future-proof us against another major flood event,” he said.

To view the new Lismore Disaster Dashboard, go to

Post expires at 11:51am on Saturday November 17th, 2018

Last chance to nominate for Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards

Nominations for Tweed’s 2018 Access and Inclusion Awardsare closing Friday 28 September 2018, so let’s make this year’s awards bigger than ever by getting those nominations in!

Access means you can go where you want to in the community. Inclusion means you feel welcome and are treated with respect when you go out.

Your nomination sends a message that access and inclusion is important for the whole community and everyone is responsible to make this happen.

See the nomination form here.

Post expires at 12:22pm on Friday September 28th, 2018

Have your say on Standards for Registered Charities

The Treasury invites comment on the proposed external conduct standards that charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission would need to comply with. Submissions close Friday 21 September 2018.

The purpose of the standards is to ensure the public has confidence that an ACNC-registered charity has appropriate governance systems and processes in place to reasonably address risks that arise in their overseas activities.

Find out more: Standards for Registered Charities

Post expires at 11:30am on Friday September 21st, 2018

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