A city for people – Wollongong City Council Online Survey


Did you know that Wollongong City Council has been partnered with internationally renowned  Gehl Architects to study how people use public spaces in the Wollongong City Centre?

So far, we have gathered important insights about where people walk, where they choose to spend time and what they would like the City to be in the future.

Our draft report ‘A city for people’ shares a Vision for the future of the city and six projects for improving public space in our City.

We’d would like to hear your thoughts!

As part of our community engagement for ‘A City for People –public spaces public life’, we have put together an online survey to get feedback on our document and also to hear the communities ideas! There are 9 questions in total and it shouldn’t  take you more than 5 minutes. Each response will act as a formal submission, and puts you into the draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers!

It would be awesome if you could forward this to anybody (friends and family) you think would be interested in sharing their ideas for the future of the City Centre. We recognise the greatest catalyst for change comes from the community voicing their opinions and sharing all their great ideas!

Thank you for helping out  and contributing to the great city we live in. To complete the survey follow the link below;


The survey is open until Friday 11 March 2016.

Certificate Course in Male Health Promotion


Registrations are now open

March 14 – 18
Holiday Inn, Parramatta, 18 – 40 Anderson Street, Parramatta

The ENGAGING MEN certificate course in male health promotion will equip allied health, human service, education, community workers and industry professionals with knowledge and skills to work more effectively with males, with the aim of improving the health, psychological, educational and social outcomes for them. The course acknowledges and recognises the challenges that men and boys face in today’s world of rapid change and changing social responsibilities and, provides a space for the men and women who work with men and boys to develop health promotion strategies that are male friendly and effective.  No previous experience or knowledge is required – only a willingness to learn, explore and grow. ENGAGING MEN combines evidence based theory and practice with a focus on developing individual awareness, knowledge and interpersonal and group skills.

What does the ENGAGING MEN course cover?

  1. An introduction to holistic health model | overview of male health & wellbeing issues | social determinants of health
  2. The HEALTH model |history of male health work in Australia | effective ways of working with men and boys
  3. Male psychology |Interpersonal communication skills | how men deal with difficult emotions
  4. Building, enhancing and maintaining relationships with others. Breaking down social isolation.
  5. Mediation, Mindfulness and Self Compassion – theory and skills development
  6. Working with men in groups. Starting, maintaining and ending groups.  Developing effective group leadership.
  7. Goal setting | Happiness building | Empowerment – individual goal setting strategies
  8. Helping men to find meaning and purpose in life | Enhancing strengths based approaches
  9. Participants self guided project presentations
  10. Specialised areas of study as decided pre commencement of course by each training group

All modules are presented in a half day format with lots of interactive small group work and time for discussion and reflection.

About the presenter.

Greg Millan is one of Australia’s leading experts on men’s health and wellbeing with over 30 years experience in the men’s health promotion area. He has developed and implemented many health programs, professional training sessions, and community events and developed resources covering  a wide range of male health and wellbeing issues. Greg is a social work trained health educator who has worked for over 35 years in Government, non-government organisations and the private sector.  He is currently involved in various men’s health & wellbeing projects and is the author of “Men’s health & wellbeing: an a – z guide” . ENGAGING MEN has been developed by Greg based on his research and 30 years of clinical and community experience in working with men across Australia and overseas.


$1200 for the five day training program, resources, refreshments and lunch.

EARLY BIRD RATE $1000 If Registration Received BY 5PM Friday February 19

All training materials plus a comprehensive bank of men’s health reports, articles and resources including a copy of my book “Men’s health and wellbeing: an a – z guide” are supplied on completion of the course.

TO REGISTER JUST COMPLETE THE ATTACHED REGISTRATION FORM and email to training@menshealthservices.com.au or phone 0417 772 390 for more information.

ENGAGING MEN Parramatta Registration Form


New Era Estate | Russell Brand

Below is a beautifully written piece by Russell Brand on the power and importance of community.

‘The 93 families of the New Era estate have achieved an incredible victory against greedy corporations and lazy politicians and I believe, and the name of the estate suggests, this is the start of something that will change our country forever.

When I first clattered into Lindsey, Lynsay and Danielle in Hoxton market, East London, bantering, smashing out flyers and hassling shoppers into supporting the campaign to keep their homes, I had no idea that I had inadvertently wandered into the heart of a truly accessible and exciting movement to oppose pointless government and tyrannical big business.

As I stood and listened to the hollering trio, their kids wove in and out of their legs like titchy Agueros. The women have one child each; “The Lindsays” are both working single mums. I was captivated by their abundant spirit, the clear validity of their cause (greedy landlords jacking up rents, inefficient authorities doing F.A) but also by an eerily resonant pang, a ghostly memory of something lost to me, or perhaps stolen.

Over the next few months I became further enchanted by my new neighbours and met more of the New Era families. Initially just popping to the estate to glean information germane to the campaign – how much is rent going up? (it’s being quadrupled) Is this social cleansing? (the growing practice of moving working people out of big cities, yes.) Have Westbrook, the American corporation in charge, done this before? (yes, they’ve been banned for dodgy practices in NYC). Then I started to stay at the estate for tea, perhaps with Lindsey G’s parents Chrissie and Tony. Then for food, Lynsay S is a mean cook. Then for no reason at all Danielle’s boyfriend Ian is a laugh and we chat about football. I went there whenever I had free time. It became, to simplify it, basically the plot of “Dances With Wolves”.

I left my lonely (luxury tax haven!!!) house, which would be Kevin Costner’s fort, waved goodbye to Morrissey, my cat, which, in my mind, would be that wolf, I believe he was called “Socks”, and headed to New Era – in this patronising analogy they’re the Native American tribe.

Drawn in initially by the importance and ubiquity of the cause, housing is the issue of our time, I was compelled to stay, as if held by the heart, by a deeper issue, both social and personal. By something I didn’t even know I was grieving; the loss of community, our connection to each other.

On the New Era estate I was welcomed first by the campaign leaders but then by everyone as I continued to hang out there, Harry, father of a teenage son and a boxing coach, Nell, who speaks mostly in swearwords and still thinks I’m Russell Harty and Mary. Mary who sounds like my Nan and with the first words she said to me hit a dormant chord that hadn’t been struck for ten years since she died.

At Dolly, Linsey’s daughter’s confirmation at St Clements, at the buffet I fell backwards through decades wasted and ignored. Old dears that were old lady shaped cooed and brought me paper plates of nearly vegetarian food, and the memory of my ol’ Nan’s mates; the Joyce’s and the Vi’s welled up in me as I mimed eating bacon quiche. Her house on Lillechurch Road, Dagenham where she lived and died and where I’d crash and hide when I nightly crumbled in London and all that stood between me and suicide was a 3am omelet.

The Eastend communities of her generation spilled into Essex as “The Smoke” coughed up its natives to make room, not for immigrants, like they thought but for creeping gentrification. Their kids, my parent, maybe your parents bought their homes in Essex and Kent, but more was swapped than mortgage for rent. I grew up alone in Grays End Close, a lonely boy, the only son of a single working Mum. By the time my growing up was half done the idea of tribe, community was an abstract one. For me “You make yer own luck in this world son” was my creed and individualism my religion.

I got the things I was told would make me right; fame, money, glamour and it’s not all that. It’s better than signing on or being a junkie but is it ever as simple as that?

Now I know, thanks to the New Era families, that what I was looking for, perhaps what we’re all looking for is already here; “the kindom of Heaven is laid upon the earth but man does not see it”, it is found when we put aside selfish things and come together.

I gave up a lot to pursue my dream of fame and fortune and now I’m not sure that dream was ever mine to begin with. Now I know that what I lost, or perhaps what was stolen was a tender thing that’s hard to weigh or render, but it’s there. It was there at my dear old Nan’s, where the door was always open, it lingers in me still after the decade long crusade for personal glory and it’s there in the New Era estate where 93 ordinary families stood up to corporations and lazy government and won. There’s a little of this spirit in all of us and it is beginning to awaken.’ Russell Brand

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.

Shellharbour Disability Strategic Plan

Shellharbour City Council are in the process of reviewing their Disability Strategic Plan, with the view to making Shellharbour an accessible city for all and we would like your input.

The link below will take you to the Disability Strategic Plan Community Consultation Survey. The questions seek details on changes that could be made to Shellharbour to improve access to the physical environment, employment and information for people with disabilities and their carers as well as specific issues and barriers people with disabilities and their carers face when accessing mainstream services in the community.

Please note, the closing date for this survey is 23 May 2014.


Illawarra and South Coast Youth Services Conference

The Illawarra and South Coast Youth Services Conference Organising Committee is currently planning for the 2014 conference to be held in OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2014.

Completion of this planning template will assist the organising committee with direction setting in relation to training and professional development needs as identified by workers in the community service industry.

Your views and input at this stage are crucial to successful planning of the 2014 conference.

2014 Training needs survey for Youth Services Conference

2014 EOI Form Illawarra South Coast Youth Services conference