Energy Efficiency For People Aged 60+ and of Low Income | Seeking Interest

During April and May this year, RDA Illawarra will be coordinating the recruitment of Illawarra region householders who are aged 60 and over and who are struggling with the rising costs of living to participate in an energy efficiency project.

The project is designed to:

  • trial and evaluate a number of different approaches that assist low income households to be more energy efficient
  • capture and analyse data and information to inform future energy efficiency policy and program approaches.

We are aiming to have up to 900 households involved by mid-2014, and we hope that you can help us achieve this target by forwarding details of the project during the recruitment period.

If you are in regular contact with these members of our community via mail-outs, newsletters, bulletin boards or forums we would appreciate your help with the recruitment.

Click here to read more


Motorised Scooter Safety Workshop

scooterDate | Monday 17/03/2014

Time | 10.30am

Venue | Kiama Bowling Club, 100 Shoalhaven Street Kiama

Learn about:

  • What are motorised wheelchairs/scooters?
  • Who may use them?
  • Must they be registered in NSW?
  • Do users need a license?
  • Is a user a pedestrian or a driver?

Light Refreshments will be provided

Please pass this information along to anyone who you think would be interested in attending this FREE workshop

Bookings can be made by contacting Kiama Municipal Council on 4232 0444

Seniors Week Expo in Kiama

For Seniors Week 2014, on Monday 17th of March, the Kiama Bowling and Recreation Club are planning to host a seniors information event.

The Club will be  opening its auditorium to local community organisations who wish to advertise themselves by way of a small stall (table). With the RTA and Kiama Council already in attendance to host a scooter safety awareness class in the Clubs car park, the event should attract a good audience from older people in the community.

The auditorium is sheltered from the weather and provides a comfortable setting to showcase organisations services.

There will be no cost to participating organisations and the Club will provide tea and coffee facilities, as well as its usual facilities.

If you interested in having a stall at the Kiama Bowling Clubs Seniors Week indoor marketplace and information event, or have questions regarding the concept contact:

Ben Cuthbert | Secretary/Manager

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P | 4232 1176

Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP)

Deborah Petkovic has joined the RDA Illawarra team as the Project Manager for the Energy Efficiency in the 3rd Age (EE3A) project. Deborah’s experience includes sustainability and local government in the Illawarra region.

The EE3A project will focus on research and reducing energy consumption amongst low income older people whilst maintaining quality of life.  The EE3A project is an Australian Government initiative, funded by the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) through the Department of Indusrty that has provided RDAI with a $2.3M grant to lead a consortium of regional stakeholders to fulfil the goals of the project. Click here to read more.

For more information on the LIEEP program, Deborah can be contacted on 4227 4500 or

Motorised Scooter Safety Workshop

A presentation by Kiama Council’s Road Safety Officer and the Local Health District’ s- Health Education Officer regarding safe use of motorised scooters will be held:

Date | Monday 23 September 2013

Time | 1.30pm

Venue | The Village Centre, Blue Haven-200 Terralong St, Kiama.

Learn about:

  • What are motorised wheelchairs?
  • Who may use them?
  • Must they be registered in NSW?
  • Do users need a licence?
  • Is a user a pedestrian or a driver?

Light Refreshments will be provided

For more information on this RMS funded Road Safety Project please contact

Janelle Burns | Road Safety Officer | Kiama Municipal Council

P | 4232 0568

M | 0419 212 571

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S&K Interagency Alert – 7 Feb 2013

QUICK WORD from the HARP Unit February 2013


RESOURCE order form Jan 2013

Issues Paper: On the future of Commonwealth funded Employment Services

The Commonwealth Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, has released an Issues Paper seeking community input on the future of Commonwealth funded Employment Services, targeted at the most disadvantaged.  These include members of CALD communities and refugees.  This public consultation is an opportunity for CALD community input.

The Issues Paper is available here: beyond-2015.

The time frame is short.  Submissions due Friday 15 March 2013.

General Invitation: Berkeley Women Inspired Launch


UnitingCare Institute of Family Practice

Many of our IFP courses are directed at certain audiences within the Human Services Sector. Our programs have been developed in response to perceived needs for staff working with children, young people, specifically with men, groups and with families. Please take time to look at our website to see the wide range of Professional Development and Nationally recognised courses available at We specialise in Counselling and Mediation qualifications. A few examples of short courses are listed below:

Early childhood/Primary

  • Strength Based Therapeutic Work with Children
  • Parenting Children with ADHD
  • Helping Your Child with Early Learning
  • Helping Your Child with Primary School
  • Group Work with Children
  • Attachment Theory
  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Group Work with Children

Young People

  • Activating Assertive Behaviour
  • Managing Angry Adolescents Differently
  • RAGE
  • Managing the Bull
  • Working with the Potential for Violence (in Youth Work)


  • Working with Families
  • Introduction to Family Therapy
  • Working with Addictions in Child and Family Work


  • Engaging Men in Family Based Programs
  • Working with Men

All ages

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Accidental Counsellor
  • Effective Group Leadership
  • Introduction to Strengths

Please call us on (02)88300755 for information or email and we can send out a flyer and registration information. Many of our courses can be delivered as consultancies in your workplace.

New Working with Children Check sessions – Wollongong

A new Working With Children Check will start in NSW in 2013. The previously advised start date of 11 February is no longer applicable. A rescheduled start date will be advised in early 2013. Until the start of the new check, the current check continues.

Free one-hour information sessions are being held regularly throughout NSW. The next sessions in Wollongong will be on Friday 15 March. Follow this link to register for the session

Under the new check:

  • workers and volunteers will apply for their own check once every five years
  • employers will verify a child-related worker’s or volunteer’s clearance number
  • the same Working With Children Check will apply to everyone – paid workers, self-employed people and volunteers
  • everyone with a clearance will be continuously monitored for serious sex or violence offenses.

There can only be two results for a new Working With Children Check – a clearance or a bar. People with a bar may not work or volunteer in child-related roles.

  • Easy to access: Online applications, online verifications, online employer registration (no online forms will be available until the start date).
  • Cost: The new check will be free for volunteers and cost $80 for paid workers and self-employed people. A volunteer check cannot be used for paid work with children.

Find out more:  

Banardos Position Vacant

C4C Community Projects Officer 2013 final

COTA – Free Internet Training

FREE Internet safety talk

Stir it up! Info Session

Invite to Stir it up Information Session 27 Feb 2013