Expressions of Interest Sought

shellharbourShellharbour City Council is planning a multicultural festival for the afternoon/evening of Saturday 25 March 2017 to celebrate Harmony Day and our region’s rich cultural diversity.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from multicultural groups, individuals, schools or organisations who can provide either performances such as dance, music, theatre or provide a cultural creative arts workshop, craft or information stall.

Please fill out and submit: THIS FORM. A Council officer will be in touch with you regarding your application.

Please also share this email with your networks or anyone you know who may be interested.


For further enquires or to share ideas, phone 4221 6091 or email

2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey

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

Do the survey online at

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.


Stall Holders Wanted

Carers NSW is looking for stall holders to take part at a carers event being held at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre on Wednesday 26th October 10.00am – 2.00 pm to celebrate their 40th birthday.

There is no cost to be part of the event and Carers NSW will provide 1 x trestle table and 1 x chair for your use throughout the day.

To register as a stall holder complete the attached registration form and email to

This is a free event for carers and their families to enjoy various relaxation and wellness workshops, complimentary massages, resourceful service providers  and a delicious lunch. Please contact  or call 9280 4744 to register as a stall holder, attendee or other event enquiries.


On The Couch-HIV

red-ribbonRegistrations are now open for  ‘On The Couch-HIV’ in Wollongong on Thursday 17th November 2016 from 10am till 1pm at City Beach

This is a special On the Couch event for World AIDS Day which is internationally acknowledged every year on December 1st.

On the Couch aims to get up close and personal with a panel of speakers who will be hosted by a facilitator around a subject area . Our intention is for this to be a safe space, but nonetheless, one where the audience can ask questions and engage freely around the subject are of HIV.

This event will run from 10am till 1pm with morning tea and lunch provided.

Please click here to register:

Have your say | Social Impact Assessment Policy

Social Impact

We are asking for you to ‘have your say’ in relation to Council’s proposed Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Policy. We would appreciate any comments or feedback you may have by Monday 4 April 2016. To assist you with the process, we have included a link to Council’s ‘on exhibition’ page where you will find a copy of the draft proposed SIA Policy, checklist and data sources documents.

Council adopted the current SIA Policy in 2001. It was identified that the existing policy was overdue for review and required significant updates to align with best practice and industry standard. The proposed SIA Policy is a result of extensive research and consultation.

Whilst the current Policy does provide a process and identifies how Development Proposals, proposals of Council, Planning Proposals, plans, reports, policies, strategies and projects can be improved and what these improvements might be, we need a SIA Policy to do the following:

  • Demonstrate Council is committed to ensuring positive outcomes for the community through effective development assessment, corporate policy and land use policy.
  • Provide a process in which the likely consequences of a proposed event, policy or strategy are identified and considered.

A number of differences can be seen between the existing SIA Policy and the proposed SIA Policy, these include:

  • Identifying three new separate categories for SIA’s including Development Assessment, Corporate Policy and Land Use Policy.
  • Providing increased guidance on how to conduct a SIA. The methodology has been further refined in order to increase the individual’s confidence in effectively conducting an SIA themselves.
  • Development of a checklist to provide an outline of the process for conducting SIAs for Development Assessment, Corporate Policy and Land Use Policy.
  • Outlining that Council staff are still available to provide any advice or answer questions if necessary.
  • Providing a complete list of data sources and information with direct links which allows individuals to easily access the latest data and information to inform their SIA.

If you would like us to provide you, your community group or your organisation with more information on the proposed SIA Policy please get in touch by contacting Jessica Booth via e: or p: (02) 4221 6006.