Paint the Gong REaD: Book Boxes Project

What are Book Boxes?

Book boxes are containers that hold second hand books targeted for children under school age. They are placed in areas where parents often have to wait or be with children. It gives children an opportunity to look at books, and from the parent’s perspective, a reminder about reading with their child. The Service Provider may well see it as a welcome distraction tool too!


Book boxes are great ways to provide pre loved books in everyday places around a community.

It is a way for everyone to see that reading with children can happen anywhere, and provides the means to make it happen.

By providing opportunities for children to read or be read to, this boosts our simple message of the importance of early literacy strategies in relation to brain development and preparing children for school.

How many books in a box?

There are somewhere between 10 – 20 books per box

Where do we get the books from?

Our books have been donated by St Vincent De Paul, and residents from the community.

Does it matter if the books disappear?

No! Because it means children may be taking them home to read.

So that the ‘borrowing’ does not inadvertently teach children that it is OK to take anything, we put signage on the box that says: If you would like to take a special book home, please ask the staff.


Our book boxes are evaluated at the end of every school term. This is done by gathering data on how many books are left in the box and any other observations or notes from the service provider regarding interaction with the box.

When books are running low or you need more information sheets please call Tracey Kirk-Downey @ Wollongong City Council on 42277158 Or email on

Illawarra Interagency Christmas Lunch & Future Planning

17A/75 Cygnet Ave,
Shellharbour City Centre

Thursday 5 December 2019
12.00pm – 2.00pm

Join us for a festive lunch and a rare opportunity to intimately engage with your input on how the Illawarra Interagency can support you and your organisation in the coming year.

You will also have the opportunity to network and celebrate the end of another year in our sector, while enjoying a delicious Christmas lunch – Indian style! 

Limited numbers
Bookings close 9am Wednesday 4 December

Navigating End of Life Issues Forum

Book your place now for our FREE Navigating End of Life Issues Forum

Community Industry Group is proud to present the final of our ‘navigating’ forums for the year. Navigating End of Life Issues will address all of the subjects which need to be considered when caring for or supporting a client or loved one as they approach end of life.

Suitable for service providers, carers, frontline workers and the general community, this Forum will provide information about such issues as:

  • Advanced Care planning,
  • Death in different cultures,
  • Working with the bereaved,
  • Wills and estate planning, and much more.

Thursday 28 November 2019
9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

The Diamond Room, Warilla Bowls Club
Jason Ave
Warilla, NSW 2528

Book your free place here.

NRMA Seeking Community Group Involvement

The NRMA is turning 100 next year and is planning an event that will tour several regional communities. The event will be coming to Kiama for one weekend on 4 – 5 April. It is important to the NRMA that each event reflects the local community voice. So as part of the event the NRMA is looking to showcase local community and sustainability programs and initiatives, and include opportunities to educate children through play and storytelling.  

The NRMA is currently seeking interest from local community groups who would like to participate in one or more of the following:

  • Community Pop-Up and Community Theatrette: The Community Pop-Up will be a space to allow community groups to showcase programs or ideas for the local region – with a focus on sustainability (environmental, economic or social sustainability). Visitors can come and discover what is happening in the area, find out how they can get involved or instigate similar ideas in their own lives. The pop-up will need to be informative – it’s important to note that this is not about selling a product, but more about raising awareness and education. The pop-up stall can vary in size depending on what your organisation wants to showcase, but no larger than 5 x 5 metres. Community groups running a Community Pop-Up also have the opportunity to speak at the Community Theatrette about the sustainability program showcased in the pop-up. The theatrette will host short talks (10-20 mins long) and can be in the form of an individual speech or a panel. Ideally, speakers will be available for at least two sessions across the weekend.
  • Kids Zone: The Kids Zone will be a fun zone for kids to explore and discover, taking part in activities that encourage subtle learning through play. The focus of the Kids Zone will be the Storytelling, however the NRMA is also looking at other activities such as exercise for children (e.g. children’s yoga, dance class, aerobics class), animal conservation education, toy swap, lawn games etc. Those running activities in the Kids Zone must have a Working With Children Check (volunteer).
  • Indigenous storytelling and education: Indigenous storytelling or other educational activities will be incorporated into several elements of the event. The NRMA is looking for indigenous organisations or individuals interested in sharing stories or running creative workshops.    

While there is no cost to be part of the event, the NRMA has requested that community groups provide the materials and resources they need to deliver their nominated activity. The NRMA and its event team will work with each community group to support their preparation for the event.

If you are interested in the opportunity to be part of this event, please contact NRMA’s Manager of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Claudia Rosario, via phone (0481 430 257) or email (

Building Resilient Children with Andrew Fuller

Parents and caregivers in the Shellharbour area are invited to build up their children’s resilience and wellbeing.

Date:           Thursday 21 November 2019

Time:           7pm-9pm (arrive 6:30pm for 7pm start)

Location:    Central Hotel, Shellharbour

3 Memorial Drive, Shellharbour City Centre, NSW 2529


Peer Support Australia are excited to present Building Resilient Children with Andrew Fuller in Shellharbour this November.

Andrew Fuller is a leading clinical psychologist in Australia, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is well renowned for his high-spirited approach to tackling the causes of anxiety, depression and stress in children. His simple methods for approaching these challenges leave parents and caregivers satisfied to know how simple it is with the skills to increase and sustain their child’s resilience, relationship skills, and overall happiness.

You will leave this event with strategies that will help you nurture home resilience, maintain positive relationships, resolve conflicts, build family networks and more.

The informative evening will end with a Q&A session, giving you the chance to raise specific questions and concerns for Andrew to offer his expertise.

Due to limited space, those looking to attend the evening are encouraged to register today. A gold coin donation on the evening will help continue the work Peer Support Australia are doing in the community.

We look forward to seeing you for this wonderful night!