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  • Rural Adversity Mental Health Program - Flood Support

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    As with all disasters, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) and it’s Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) is responding to the March 2021 flood crisis in NSW.

    Disasters can have a big impact on those affected. The floods in NSW are ongoing and while physical safety is the priority, there are things you can do to take care of yourself and your mental health, particularly after the immediate threat of danger has passed. You may start to notice your mental health and wellbeing has been affected.

    As with all disasters, rural communities will need continued support to sustain mental wellbeing and to prevent mental health problems developing. The CRRMH is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of flood-affected communities.

    For resources, information and support for flood-affected individuals and communities, please click on Flood Support and link below:


  • Bale Out!

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    We’re loading up the truck with hay bales, musicians and loads of fun activities from April to June. The entire Coffs region will come to life with a series of 7 unique and local pop-up events in Ulong, Coramba, Nana Glen, Red Rock and Toormina, bookended by two big celebrations in Coffs Harbour.

    Bale Out! is a celebration of people, place and all that connects us with an emphasis on food, music and good old fashioned family friendly fun and activities.

    With the catchcry of “live large and local!” communities across the greater Coffs area have grabbed hold of the idea with great enthusiasm, taking the opportunity to share and celebrate their local village identities, individual passions and community aspirations.

    Join us for a modern take on the beloved old ‘greased pig’ competition or cheer on at the handcrafted boat races on the Orara River. Enjoy classical musicians on lush green river banks or visit the ‘Big Diggers’ giant machinery displays and the 100 motorbike ‘show and shine’. Finish off with a groove to the 200 live drummers pumping out African beats. Every event is brimming with local flavour and pride that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

    Whether you’re wanting to crank up to excitement or just chill out and enjoy the entertainment, make this your go-to event these coming holidays .
    Don’t forget to bring your own chair or picnic blanket.

    Saturday 17 April – Bale Out! Ulong
    Monday 19 April – Bale Out! Toormina
    Saturday 1 May – Bale Out! Red Rock
    Sunday 23 May – Bale Out! Coramba
    Saturday 5 June – Bale Out! Nana Glen
    Sunday 20 June – Bale Out! Family Fun Day – Harbourside Markets & surrounds

    All Bale Out! events are free and everyone is welcome.
    Proudly brought to you by Coffs Harbour City Council with support from NSW Government’s Summer Fund.

  • Family Fun Day - Orara Valley Community Pool

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    All community members are invited to come and enjoy a family fun day at Orara Valley Pool. Inflatables will be in the water and free entry for all.


    Sunday February 28

    Sunday March 28

    Open: 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm

    Where: Grafton Street, Nana Glen

    This is a COVID safe event and numbers will be restricted.

    For enquiries please contact Michelle on 0427 492 244

    Supported by the Coffs Harbour City Council Bushfire Recovery Program.

  • Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition

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    One year on from the start of Black Summer, Kids News is launching the Bushfire Poetry Competition.

    Kids News wants children and teenagers around the country — and particularly those in fire-affected regions — to share their experiences of the fires, then and now in a poem.

    The poem might be a 'thank you' to firefighters, a tribute to all that was lost or a celebration of your own or your community’s resilience. It might be about how the fires looked and smelt, how you felt back then, or how you feel now, looking back at last summer.

    Two poems — one from a primary school student and one from a secondary school student — will be selected to be included in a special book to commemorate the Black Summer bushfires.

    The book, a joint project between HarperCollins Publishers, News Corp Australia and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, will capture the experiences of the people and communities affected by the fires — in photos and stories of courage, perseverance and recovery.

    Poem entries cannot be more than 200 words (1400 characters). You will need your teacher or parent/guardian to submit your entry for you, as well as permission from your parent or guardian. Entries close at 5pm on February 20, 2021.

    Enter the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition here

  • Nana Glen Cricket Club - Charity Bash

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    All Welcome - Social Tournament

    When: Sunday, January 24

    Where: Len Towells Oval, Nana Glen

    Starts: 9.00am

    Eight team spots available, $300 per team.

    To register a team (mixed teams of 10 players) contact:

    Scott - 0419 536 879

    Jay - 0478 285 752

    Proceeds from team registrations donated to the Orara Valley Progress Association.

    Supported by the Coffs Harbour City Council Bushfire Recovery Program.

    This is a COVID safe event.

  • Summer Break Camps

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    The NSW Government is offering kids living in parts of regional NSW impacted by bushfires, COVID-19 border closures and the effects of drought a much-needed break with a free camp experience these school holidays.

    As the unrelenting conditions in regional NSW place pressure on budgets, the NSW Government is standing side by side with regional communities to ensure they receive the support and assistance they need.

    Summer Break offers three-day holiday camps free of charge to people living in parts of regional NSW impacted by bushfires, COVID-19 border closures and the effects of drought.

    Take a break, get active, and have some fun at one of seven great Sport and Rec camp locations. There are over 500 FREE places available for eligible kids at fourteen camps across 7 Sport and Recreation Centres.

    Activities can include from archery, kayaking, bushwalks, cooking, craft and much more! Meals, accommodation and activities included, plus free transport thanks to Transport for NSW.

    Summer Break camps at the Sport and Recreation Centres are a NSW Government initiative, funded by the Office for Regional Youth, Office of Sport, Transport for NSW and the Department of Education.

    Book Your Summer Break Camp here

    Local Camps include but other areas available:

    • Lake Ainsworth: 11 - 13 January (13 - 15 years)
  • Bushfire Response Program

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    What the Bushfire Response Program Offers

    The Bushfire Response Program provides targeted mental health support to schools and early learning services affected by the Black Summer bushfires across Australia.

    Informed by placed-based and community-led principles, the Program empowers bushfire-affected communities to lead their own recovery.

    The Bushfire Response Program offers schools and early learning services a package of support comprising four primary elements: Contact Liaison Officers, trauma support and guidance, recovery planning and community support service mapping.

    The Bushfire Response Resource Pack provides information related to mental health and wellbeing for schools and early learning services affected by bushfires.

    How to Find Out More

    If you would like to find out more – or think your learning community might benefit from this Program – send us a message via our Contact page and a Contact Liaison Officer will be in touch.

    The Bushfire Response Program is led by Beyond Blue in partnership with Early Childhood Australia, headspace and Emerging Minds

  • The Men's Health Project

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    A health conference just for men. The day will include guest speakers, lunch, general health check and a social game of footy.

    About this Event

    Join other blokes for a health conference focusing on men's health, lifestyle approach to wellness, perspective and resilience and the idea of being tough.

    The day will include four guest speakers, a general health check, lunch and an opportunity to catch-up with mates for a social game of footy.

    Guest Speakers:

    Duncan Marchant - Owner of Coffs Coast Health Club, survivor of the 2003 Canberra bushfires

    • Learning how to restart, rebuild and recover after bushfire.
    • Re-experiencing fire in 2019.
    • Health, exercise and resilience.

    Jeremy Holder - Former Army medic, Intensive Care Ambulance Officer, Managing Director TacMed Australia, 2020 Prime Minister's Award

    • Perspective and Resilience.
    • Jeremy also suffered testicular cancer and will discuss health cancers and his approach to cancer and health.

    Gus Wilson - Owner of Jolly Roger Barber Bar, Army veteran, rugby coach and marriage celebrant

    • The idea of “being tough” and seeing warning signs to seek help.
    • Men’s mental health and reasons why looking after yourself is important for you and those who support you.

    Dr Rosie Ross - Northside Health, Coffs Harbour

    • Common concerns for men’s health.
    • Lifestyle and holistic approach to wellness.
    • Mental wellbeing and how to use lifestyle choices as life management.
    • Dr Rosie unplugged - Q&A.

    General Health Check: Blood pressure, weight, blood glucose test, body scan check and breathing techniques.

    Enjoy lunch and the day with a social game of footy.

    When: Sunday December 13

    Where: Nana Glen Community Hall

    Time: 8.30 am - 2.00 pm

    IMPORTANT: To ensure this is a COVID safe event, registration is required for all people attending.

    To register please click here

    For enquiries please contact Melinda Brooks on 0417 828 591

    This free event is supported by the Coffs Harbour City Council Bushfire Recovery Program.

  • Christmas Market Day - Nana Glen Memorial Hall

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    Celebrating Community Life - Lots of Fun and Friendship

    Indoor and Outdoor Stalls.

    • Cakes and goodies
    • Plants
    • Used treasures
    • Craft items
    • And so much more

    BBQ Sausage Sizzle and Egg and Bacon Rolls available.

    Where: Nana Glen Memorial Hall - 26 Grafton Street, Nana Glen

    When: Saturday November 28

    Time: 8.00 am - 12.00 pm

    Stall or General Enquiries:

    Garry Dew - 6654 3211

    Gayl Ellem – 6654 3323

    Rhonda Scrimshaw - 0428 543 301

  • Coping with Anniversaries: You, your family and your community

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    Recovering from disasters can be a slow and stressful process. Milestones, like anniversaries, can be challenging and carry expectation that recovery should be over. Everyone recovers differently; there is no one thing or time that marks the end.

    It is normal to still feel sad or stressed around the anniversary of a disaster event. It takes time, but these feelings can fade if you have the right support and look after your wellbeing.

    Some tips from Disaster Recovery Mentor Dr Rob Gordon on looking after yourself and those close to you:

    • Rest and listen to what your body, mind and emotions tell you. You will eventually get energy back - you just have a big overdraft.

    • Give yourself recreation activities you enjoy which add energy and make things feel worthwhile.

    • Put energy into rebuilding relationships, family and important friendships. Make time to be together by changing routines and patterns. Check in on children.

    • Have health checks and review diet and exercise.

    • Take time for things you enjoy.

    Seeking further support

    Sometimes, personal recovery needs to be supported by specialist knowledge to ensure that stress doesn’t linger unnecessarily or lead to other health problems. Stress can resolve with advice from professionals, such as GPs, counsellors or psychologists. Consider seeking further support if:

    • Physical or other symptoms are causing concern

    • There is no one to talk to or relationships are being affected by the stress

    • You feel emotionally numb, depressed or more anxious than normal

    • You continue to have disturbed sleep and nightmares

    • You are unable to handle the intense feelings or physical sensations

    • You are becoming accident prone or increasing the use of drugs and alcohol

    • Recovery has stalled or does not seem to be proceeding.

    Anniversaries of disaster events can be upsetting, particularly if media coverage is intense. There may be formal events to mark the anniversary which you are invited to attend. There may also be informal events arranged by others affected. You may find these times difficult, so it is helpful to have a plan to reduce the impact. Limit your exposure to media coverage, plan your day with relaxing activities and make sure you have people available to support you, should you need it.

    Help is available online:

    Help is available by phone: Lifeline 13 11 14