2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey

The 2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey is now open – please consider taking part again!

Do the survey online at www.regionalwellbeing.org.au

Call 1800 981 499 if you’d like us to post you a paper survey, or for help with the survey.

The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. To achieve this, each year we ask people living across Australia to take part in our survey.

You have previously participated in the survey. That participation made a difference (check out the reports and data on our website). Many organisations are now using the Regional Wellbeing Survey’s results, ranging from local governments to the National Farmers Federation and the Rural Women’s Network. Please consider taking part in the survey again this year, and forward this email to others who might be interested in the survey.

Taking part lets you have your say on issues ranging from your access to the internet and key services, to how events such as floods and drought are affecting you, and how your community is changing. This year we also have some questions for people who care for others, about experiences of caring and the types of support needed by carers.

All survey participants aged 18 or over can enter the draw to win one of 20 prizes worth a total of $9,000. You can choose to do a short or long version of the survey.

The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes on 30th November 2016, at midnight. Thank you for taking the time to participate and sharing your valuable insights.


NSW Volunteering

Volunteers, those who don’t currently volunteer, and organisations that benefit from the work of volunteers are all invited to participate in a community conversation on volunteering in NSW.

These conversations will explore:
•       What kind of experience do we want as volunteers?
•       How is that different from what we experience at the moment as volunteers?
•       What are some of the things that need to happen in our community for volunteers to get the experience they want?

The outcome of these conversations will help guide local action on improving the volunteer experience, and will contribute to national conversations on strengthening volunteering and the definition of volunteering.

If you would like to participate online, you can complete an online survey here.

Shellharbour Communities for Kids | Feedback Needed

What is Shellharbour Communities for Children?

Communities for Children is a government funded initiative. It is coordinated by Barnardos and involves many local organisations to provide programs and services. The aim is to ensure that children in the Shellharbour area have the best start in life.

Communities for Children has a focus on prevention and early intervention approaches. These approaches bring about positive family functioning, safety and child development outcomes for children and their families in disadvantaged communities throughout Australia.

Why are we consulting with the community?

The committee that runs Communities for Children has agreed some priorities for funding over the next few years. We want to know what our community think of these priorities. We also want to ask you for ideas on the best way to support our local families and children.


EE3A (Energy Efficiency in the 3rd Age)

Picture1The EE3A project has now recruited over 800 households across the greater Illawarra to participate in energy efficiency activities over the next 2 years. All participants will start off by completing a survey to understand their current attitudes and behaviours towards energy efficiency in the home. Following this, they will be invited to join in with various activities that have been designed by researchers at UOW to improve and measure changes in household energy efficiency.

What is unique about this energy efficiency project is that participants will have ‘bottom-up’ engagement at the outset, rather than having ‘top-down’ strategies pre-ordered and imposed. This approach will stimulate outcomes and solutions to barriers that go beyond saving money and energy, but consider a holistic approach to also being healthy and improving whole quality of life. For more about the EE3A project contact Deborah Petkovic at deborah@rdaillawarra.com.au or go to www.ee3a.com.au.

Active Ageing Forum

You are invited to attend the Active Ageing Forum hosted by Kiama Council

Date | Tuesday 3th December

Time |1.30pm to 4pm

Venue | Kiama Anglican Church Hall, eastern end, Terralong Street, Kiama (Parking is available on site)

Afternoon tea will be provided

During the afternoon we will be discussing:

  • the characteristics  of an Age Friendly Community
  • what Kiama Council and other organisation are already doing to improve Age Friendliness
  • ideas on how we could be working together for a more Age Friendly community

Even if you are unable to attend we’d still love to hear your ideas – so if you have any, please email us.

Please register your interest to participate by email | sandrar@kiama.nsw.gov.au or ph | 4232 0434

If you have any further questions or queries please don’t hesitate to call us.

City Hub Community Engagement


Council is seeking your feedback on the three concept design options for the City Hub.  We have planned a program of community engagement activities such as a series of kiosks, focus groups, a meet and greet with the design team, static displays and an online survey.

Your views are important to us, to participate in the online survey please familiarise yourself with the community principles and the concept designs below.


You are invited to attend a meet and greet presentation with the architects of the City Hub on Tuesday evening (12.11.13) – to register email cityhub@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au or call 4221 6029.