Food and Housing

Food Fairness Illawarra

We each have a role to play when it comes to our food: the food we choose and the way we consume it affect our health and that of our planet. From local food businesses to government, farmers, food waste fighters, academia and consumers of all ages.

As a community, we need to come together to transform our food system!

Since 2016, we have come together to celebrate Fair Food Week and World Food Day at our annual Connecting over Fair Food event.

While we have had to postpone this amazing community building event from October to 18th February 2022, we are inviting each and every one of you to virtually share with us your connection to fair food!


I have been invited to share my connection to fair food to celebrate #WorldFood Day and #Fair FoodWeek with @Food Fairness Illawarra.

My ….. (connection to Fair Food > think fair, local and sustainable e.g. your community garden, you and your veggie patch, cooking, dinner with the household, your favourite local producer or produce)

I am inviting @…, @…. and @… to share their connection to food!
#connectingoverfairfood #foodfairness 


All entries will go into the draw for one of the six $50 vouchers to your favourite local producer or food business (e.g. Pines Gelato, My Pantry Store, Green Connect, Darkes Forest or Flametree Community Food Co-Op)

Winners will be drawn on World Food Day, 16 October 2021, so keep an eye on our socials!

COVID and Young People

Youth voices, COVID-19 video competition for high school students 

This is a particularly challenging time for our communities including children and young people. Children and young people are more connected to media/social media than any other age group and often find it hard to make sense of all the COVID-19 messages that they’re exposed to.

The Prevention Education and Research Unit (PERU) in partnership with the School of Population Health, UNSW are running the Youth Voices COVID-19 Video Competition for high school students in Western Sydney.

The competition was launched Monday August 23rd and is closing 5.00pm Friday 17th September (please see flyer at bottom of this email for easy sharable details) 

This competition was developed after conversations with schools about the difficulty in running external workshops for students during lockdown, and the need for innovative strategies to both disseminate COVID-19 health and wellbeing information, and encourage student engagement, leadership and voice.

Students are invited to submit a short video addressing one of three topic areas:

1. COVID-19 Vaccinations: encouraging people to protect themselves

2. Looking after your wellbeing during the pandemic

3. Tackling COVID-19 misinformation and myths

Click the link below for all competition details:

The competition is key to ensuring that adolescents are supported, acknowledged and empowered to have a voice in this pandemic. This is a challenging time for our community and it is important that we support young people. I encourage you to share this opportunity with the young people in your networks, so that they will have an opportunity participate.

Thank you for supporting this initiative and for empowering young people to lead the charge in protecting themselves and their communities throughout this pandemic.


Ability Groupwork

All these groups are online and FREE:

Groups include:

  • 24/7 LOVE – Care for Carers; Wed 22nd Sept – Wed 10rd Nov, 11-12:30pm
  • Feeling GREAT About ME – for people living with disability & for people caring for somebody living with disability; Mon 18th Oct – Mon 22nd Nov, 5:45-7:15pm
  • Sex, Love & Dating for All Men (Cis and Trans) & Non-Binary People; Tues 2nd Nov – Tues 7th Dec, 11-12:30pm
  • Sex, Love & Dating for All Women (Cis and Trans) & Non-Binary People; Tues 2nd Nov – Tues 7th Dec, 11-12:30pm

Employment and Training

Kiama Community College  

The Kiama Community Collage has a range of subsidised courses that may be useful for you and/or your teams.

Please see below and let me know if you’d like any further information, or contact Sarah Cimino directly.

Microsoft Excel: BSBTEC302 Design and Produce Spreadsheets^*Friday 1 October

Microsoft Word & Publisher: BSBTEC301 Design and Produce Business Documents^*Wednesday 22 September

Use Remote Communication Tools: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Instant Messaging and more*Thursday 7 October

Digital workplace skills for beginners^*Wednesday 22 September


SCAM ALERT: ‘COVIDsafe’ and proof of vaccination

Please be aware of the latest scam SMS targeting Australia.

The SMS may appear to be sent from ‘COVIDsafe’ or ‘BeCOVIDsafe’. It shows something similar to; “Your digital version of COVID-19 Passport is available at XXXXXXXXXXX”.

The link in the SMS will direct to a malicious website that offers a ‘COVID vaccination certificate’, requesting a small payment for issuing the certificate. This is an attempt by scammers to steal the individual’s personal and banking information.

If you or a customer have received this SMS please delete it immediately. Do not click the link.

Important facts to know:

  • – You will never pay for services related to their Services Australia held accounts or records, including for COVID 19 vaccination certificates or assistance with myGov.
  • – Services Australia will never send a text message to a customer that includes a link.
  • – All customers can obtain their COVID 19 proof of vaccination via Service Australia’s secure channels.
  • – If a customer advises they have fallen victim to this scam, they can contact our Scams and Identity Theft Helpdesk on 1800 941 126.

To find out what we know about the latest scams, please visit the Services Australia website and type ‘scams’ in the search bar.