Shellharbour Cultural Diversity Action Plan Survey – Closes Soon

Shellharbour City Council strongly values our multicultural community. We are developing a Cultural Diversity Action Plan to align with our Cultural Diversity Policy and our community’s current needs, aspirations and demographics. The Plan will identify a range of steps to improve communication with our multicultural community to assist us to:

  • Provide more accessible places and spaces
  • Deliver better culturally responsive services, programs and events
  • Reduce the barriers experienced by multicultural community members

We invite you to fill out the survey and share the link with your networks.

Thank you

Illawarra Interagency May Meeting + June Training

Next Meeting Community Capacity Building
Wednesday 24 May 2023
2pm – 4pm
Register Here

We are meeting in May with a focus on Community Capacity Building in our region. There’s no better time than now to consider how we can look at ways to reinvigorate our region, post-pandemic and entering into a new financial year.  We are honoured to present our well-recognised guest speaker and specialist in the field, Keith Whelan “The Grants Guy”. 

We will be covering topics such as: Defining Community Capacity Building in our community Identifying and using our community’s strengths and opportunities Making useful connections and partnerships This is a great opportunity to re-visit the core of community development work, to help us to be a more sustainable, liveable and prosperous Illawarra.

Register Here

NB. This meeting will be held via Teams for the first time instead of Zoom, please advise if you have any limitations with this technology


Community Grants Workshop
Thursday 15 June 9.30am – 11.30am

Register Here

About the Presenter:
Keith presently works sourcing grants and funding for both the public and private sector across Australia. He presently teaches Grants Writing Courses at the University of University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide and acts as a Consultant for all levels of Government in Australia.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is ideal for any Community Organisation, Not-for-Profit, School, Cultural, Arts or Sports Organisation interested in finding out more about current existing grants, how you can prepare for future funding and how to use it to support your organisation. Current developments in relation to Government & Philanthropic Grants will be discussed as well as how to get your organisation ‘Grants-Ready’ for any application you will be submitting in the future for the public or private sector.

What Will be Covered:
What Grants Funding is available how to apply
Grants Project Plan
Grants Budget
Grant Writing Do’s & Don’ts
Practical Writing Tips
Creating Grants Templates for Standard Application Questions
Creating a Grants Calendar
Grants Acquittal, Auditing & Evaluation
Writing a Business Case
Report Writing, Funding Acquittals & Evaluation
Establishing Community Capacity Building
This is a great opportunity to polish your grant writing knowledge and skills, and help you attract funding to your organisation at the start the new financial year. 

Morning Tea Provided
Register Here

The Men’s Table


Our ExciTABLE event celebrating 100 Tables nationally took place on 22 March and the energy and love in the room was palpable!    We heard from three amazing speakers including Serena O’Callaghan, Lived Experience Learning & Development Officer with Neami National; Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission; and Jim Raptis from MT26 and Concierge (North) in the Men’s Table Kitchen. It was wonderful to have so many men from Tables, and their partners and friends, in the room to meet each other and dive deep into conversation.   Attendees were invited to share their thoughts on the night, and this was one of our favourites: “The ripple effect of The Men’s Table really surprised me and so impressive to see it happening live with all the women in the room. That was remarkable.”   A live stream recording of the event is available here and a stack of amazing photographs here.     Our sincere thanks to Sonic Sight and photographer Tim Levy for the live stream and photographs, to Canva for providing the room and catering for the event, and to everyone else who contributed and attended – it was a wonderful celebration. 
Watch the recording
The National Mental Health Commission deliver an annual report on the mental health and suicide prevention system in Australia, and the 2022 report has now been released.    Using data, frameworks and people’s experiences, the report assesses the progress and efficacy of mental health outcomes in Australia. The Men’s Table are featured on page 62, with co-founders Ben Hughes and David Pointon delighted to put this piece together
Read the Report

A shout out to Shopper Media who have donated space on their retail panels across the country for Men’s Table information to be shared to the shopping public. 

Their support has already generated several enquiries from men interested in finding out more about belonging to a supportive community of men and this is a medium we would not ordinarily have been able to fit in the budget.  Our sincere thanks to the team at Shopper Media for helping us get a man off the couch and into community every day. 


The Men’s Table are seeking a fifth Board Director to support our rapid growth. Currently we have an all male Board, and we are keen to create greater diversity. The role would suit someone with Media/ PR/ Brand leadership/ executive expertise and networks to help guide the growth and direction of a strong, trusted, nationally recognised brand, in keeping with our purpose of Healthy Men, Healthy Masculinities, Healthy Communities.   If you or someone you know would be interested in this role, please find more information here – and please share it across your networks to help us find  the right person for this role. 
Board Director Role Information
The Men’s Table receives funding in order to provide an accessible program for all men in communities across Australia and we are delighted to share that our growth in Regional areas over the past few years has been very strong.    We are grateful for the support from Federal and State Governments, local Councils, Philanthropic foundations and Public Ancillary Funds as well as individual donors.    You can help by sharing details about our Entree events with your networks and encouraging men you know to attend one to find out more about The Men’s Table.
Share our Regional Entrees
Men’s Health Week is in June every year and whilst it feels like a long way now, experience tells us it will be here before we know it! We’re often asked to run workplace workshops or webinars to talk about men’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing during this week of awareness and we invite interested organisations to contact us early to arrange a relevant session for your team.  
Contact us about a Men’s Health Week Webinar
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South Coast Arts are currently recruiting for a new Bookkeeper

The newly established South Coast Arts requires an experienced Bookkeeper for contract work on a part time basis. The contractor will be paid on an hourly basis and report to the Executive Director and/or Finance Manager.

We require the successful candidate to:

  • Have experience in Xero.
  • Have experience with finances for a non-for-profit organisation.
  • Provide full-service bookkeeping (including accounts payable and receivable, reconciliations, tax compliance, payroll, superannuation, generation of reports as required for Board reporting purposes)

Contract hours of up 14 hours per week.

EOIs due date: Sunday 16 April 2023

Forward application and any enquiries to:

Please include:

  • Qualifications
  • Years of experience
  • Tax Practitioners Board approved courses completed
  • BAS agent status
  • Experience and proficiency with Xero
  • A CV of recent relevant work history
  • Your hourly rate and any other expenses
  • Two referees including name, email and phone number

Shellharbour Council would love to hear your feedback.

Each year Council hosts a variety of events and activations across the city and would like to hear your feedback and ideas for events and activations for 2023-2024 and beyond.

It would be great if you could take a few minutes to share your thoughts and ideas about events in the City.  We also would love it, if you could share throughout your networks.

Your feedback will help us to better understand the value of particular events to our local community, and how to shape and possibly make improvements to future events.

Feedback is open until 2 April 2023.

Free resources, training and education from the Peregrine Centre

The Peregrine Portal brings together resources generated by The Peregrine Centre for rural mental health practitioners with external resources curated especially for rural contexts. It includes articles, video resources and our Practical Toolkit documents such as Working with people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – A practical resource for mental health practitioners;  andPerinatal Mental Health – A resource guide for mental health practitioners. 

The Peregrine Portal also hosts our new podcast series, The Peregrine Rural Mental Health Podcast, where each episode tackles rural practice in an area requested by rural practitioners. Podcasts include Working with Neurodiversity;  Helping Those with Trauma when you are not a trauma specialistWorking with people with a Diagnosis of BPD.  These are now available on The Peregrine Portal . 

Shellharbour Celebrates Harmony Week 2023

National Harmony Week will run from 20 March to 26 March 2023 to celebrate, recognise and to respect and inclusively bring together Australians from all different backgrounds. Council will be recognising it this year by hosting a Greek cooking workshop, an Indian henna workshop, a children’s movie showcasing Mexican culture and by offering a variety of multicultural menu specials from our Civic Square Café. All this will be held under our Cultural Treasures festival banner which encourages the Shellharbour community to value, celebrate and embrace our rich cultural diversity. Bookings can be made via: