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Community Support Fund.

Recipient stories

Financial Year 2012/2013

2013 Recipient Gold Coast Disabled Surfers


GOLD COAST

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE OPERATE

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SOUTH WEST ROCKS KEMPSEY PORT MACQUARIE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS SYDNEY

PROJECT CO-ORDINATION Kylie Murgatroyd National Marketing Manager CONTENT CREATION & PHOTOGRAPHY Sally Petersen Communications Manager ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Tim Welsh Digital Marketing Co-ordinator

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN As a not-for-profit, community focussed company; ETC has for more than 23 years given back to the communities in which it operates its training, employment and business advisory services. In September 2012, ETC’s Board of Directors was proud to launch the ETC Community Support Fund as a new vehicle for our philanthropy and sharing our success. The new fund was widely promoted across the East Coast of Australia between Sydney and the Gold Coast and we were thrilled to receive close to 200 applications during the 2012/13 financial year. It was our pleasure to commit over $210,000 to 35 extremely worthwhile organisations. We were heartened to hear stories from the successful recipients about the positive difference the funding will make in terms of enabling them to deliver their programs and initiatives – the majority of which are geared towards improving the lives of people in our communities. This newsletter provides a snapshot of the organisations that were supported through the ETC Community Support Fund over the past 12 months. Finally, I would like to congratulate and acknowledge the volunteers and staff of the many organisations we have supported during the year and thank them for their work in enhancing the social and economic development of local communities.

ETC BOARD MEMBERS

Rod McKelvey, Chairman


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Hastings District Respite Care Inc. Project: Website Upgrade - $5,000 Carers of people with a disability and people living with dementia in the Hastings Port Macquarie region will now be able to access the latest information online about the services available to them locally. Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the ETC Community Support Fund, Hastings District Respite Care Inc. has engaged a local firm to develop a new website which features a fresh design and easy to navigate structure.

Macleay Options Inc. Project: Lawn and ground maintenance equipment for Mowhawks - $6,000 The ETC Community Support Fund provided $6,000 towards Mowhawks, which is a vocational service that specialises in lawn and ground maintenance work and is performed by people with a disability. Macleay Options CEO Michael Milicevic said the funding was used to purchase a new ride on lawn mower which would enable Mowhawks to take on additional work in the Macleay Valley and also provide further training opportunities for the team.

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Orara Valley Fair Project: Community Modular Stage - $14,250 A new modular stage made its debut at the 2013 Orara Valley Fair thanks to a $14,250 grant from the ETC Community Support Fund. Orara Valley Fair Assistant Secretary Rob Kingsford-Smith said sourcing a stage which was easy to erect, sturdy in use, compliant and large enough to be useful had been an ongoing problem for Fair organisers. “Having our own stage rather than having to pay rental on a stage is a real plus for us and now we also have the opportunity to hire it out to other local community organisations at low cost,” Mr Kingsford-Smith said. The Orara Valley Fair has been a popular event on the Coffs Coast for more than 30 years.

Macleay Valley Community FM Radio Project: Installing generated power to communicate during emergencies - $5,000 Kempsey’s only radio station TANK FM will be able to continue to broadcast during times of power outages thanks to a $5,000 grant from the ETC Community Support Fund for the installation of backup power. Tank FM President Richard Vinny said backup power had been on their “wish list for years.” “Our local emergency service teams look to us to get accurate information out to the public quickly in times of floods and fire and this donation from ETC will help us do just that,” Mr Vinny said.

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Coffs Coast & Clarence CanDo Cancer Trust Project: Providing financial assistance to cancer sufferers - $10,000 Cancer sufferers on the Coffs Coast are better off thanks to a grant of $10,000 from the ETC Community Support Fund to the Coffs Coast and Clarence CanDo Cancer Trust. Local President, Julie Jardine said the CanDo Cancer Trust helped patients and families attending the North Coast Cancer Institute who are suffering from financial hardship.

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“The assistance comes in the form of fuel or food vouchers or paying of household bills up to the value of $500,” Ms Jardine said. “We assist around 150 patients per year from across the Mid North Coast and the support from ETC will mean we can help at least 20 patients.”

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Lifeline North Coast Project: Information Technology Upgrade - $12,600 ETC is helping Lifeline North Coast in its quest to become more technology savvy by donating $12,600 through the ETC Community Support Fund for the purchase of seven new computers, printers and software. Lifeline North Coast General Manager Allister Donald said the acquisition of the latest computer technology was an essential step towards becoming more profitable and therefore better positioned to provide valuable counselling services to those most in need on the North Coast. Mr Donald said an added benefit of the IT upgrade was the up-skilling of Lifeline volunteers. “Volunteers are an integral part of our operations. We desperately need volunteers whether it’s on the phones or in the shops and we’re hoping that more volunteers will be attracted to work at Lifeline if we offer them computer training,” Mr Donald said.

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Tyringham Rural Fire Service Project: Purchase of UHF radios - $1,000 Tyringham Rural Fire Service Brigade is now better equipped following the purchase of five new UHF handheld radios, thanks to a grant of $1,000. Tyringham Rural Fire Service’s Nicola McDonald said the funding would enable the volunteers to focus on fire fighting rather than fundraising. “We didn’t have workable UHF devices up until now and it was a major safety issue. We are so grateful to be able to get five of them which are enough to cover our crew out on the fire line,” Ms McDonald said.

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The Welcome Job Readiness Project Project: Mentoring for students who have been disengaged from school $14,850 The Welcome Job Readiness Project received $14,850 from the ETC Community Support Fund to mentor and support high school students identified as being early school leavers in Kempsey. Coordinated by Pauline and David Rees, the program runs through the school holidays and provides encouragement, support, updates to resumes and advice regarding employment and training.

Disabled Surfers Association Project: Purchase of chairs - $1,300 Project: Website Upgrade TheCarers Gold Coast Disabled Association received of people with Surfers a disability and people living $1,300 to go towards the purchase of new chairs. with dementia in the Hastings Port Macquarie region will now be able to access the latest information Gold Coastabout Disabled Surfers Association online the services available to Fundraising them locally. Coordinator Paul Dostal said he was very grateful to the Thanks ETC Community Fund. to a 5,000Support grant from the ETC Community Support Fund, Hastings District Respite Care Inc. has “A lot of disabled people timea sitting in frontwhich engaged a local firm tospend develop new website of TV and they’re busting to get into the water, it’s features a fresh design and easy to navigate so structure. great to be able to give them an experience that they wouldn’t otherwise have,”visit he said. For more information www.hdrc.org.au

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Sutherland Shire PCYC Project: STR8TLK Cyber Intervention Education Program - $1,900 Sutherland Shire PCYC’s cyber intervention education program is leading the way in cyber education. The program involves educating thousands of local school students, teachers and parents through educational seminars that raise the awareness of the safe and responsible use of current social media technology. In 2013 the program was partially funded, to the tune of $1,900, by the ETC Community Support Fund.

Nambucca Local Aboriginal Land Council Project: Community Noticeboard - $1,528 The Aboriginal community in Nambucca is now better informed of employment, training and other opportunities thanks to the purchase of a new community noticeboard worth $1,528 and funded by the ETC Community Support Fund.

Dorrigo Chamber of Commerce Project: Directional Heritage Signage - $2,000 Dorrigo Chamber of Commerce are jumping for joy after securing $2,000 in funding to replace old and out dated directional signage at the intersection of Cudgery and Hickory Streets in Dorrigo. Chamber Vice President David Scott said the new sign would be sympathetic to the historic nature of the area in colour and design and would enable more businesses to be identified.

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Macleay Valley Asperger Autism Support Group Project: Inclusion of appropriate games for children in the Australia Day celebrations in Kempsey - $1,900 Autistic children were front and centre at the 2013 Kempsey Macleay Australia Day celebrations. Macleay Valley Asperger Autism Support Group Secretary Mark Smee said they developed a program of events that were designed to engage Autistic children and their families in the annual festivities, thanks to a grant of $1,900 from ETC. “It’s normally very hard for families with Autistic children to feel confident to engage in public events and through our networks and experience in working with vulnerable families we were able to provide appropriate entertainment and supervision to enable these families to participate in an inclusive and safe way,” Mr Smee said. “We had magicians, face painters, sand modelling as well as a variety of games and sporting activities to keep them engaged,” he added.

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Corindi Pony Club Project: Replacing dilapidated holding yards - $1,990 Young horse enthusiasts in the beachside communities north of Coffs Harbour are set to benefit following a grant of$1,990 from the ETC Community Support Fund to the Corindi Pony Club. Corindi Pony Club said the money was going to be used to kick start an $11,000 project to replace the existing dilapidated yards at the Corindi Beach Reserve. It’s hoped the improved facilities will enable more competitions and special events such as gymkhanas and Pony camps to be held in Corindi.

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Coffs Harbour Showground Project: Toolkit upgrade - $2,000 Project: Website Upgrade

Users of the Coffs Harbour Showground can continue to enjoy well maintained grounds and gardens following a funding boost of $2,000 from the ETC Community Support Fund. Showground Manager Pat Gibbeson said the money would be used to upgrade their tool kit, including: a new box trailer; lawn mower; and pressure cleaner. The Showground is a unique community facility on the Coffs Coast and is self-funded by a trust.

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Marine Rescue Woolgoolga Project: Purchase of chairs - $1,200 Visitors to the monthly foreshore market at Woolgoolga are now able to sit in comfort following the purchase of 50 new chairs by Marine Rescue Woolgoolga. Funded through a grant of $1,200 from the ETC Community Support Fund, the chairs will also be used inside the Marine Rescue Hall for regular health/education classes as well at other local events such as the Woolgoolga Triathlon, Dive Classic and Carols by the Sea.

Women on Boards Mid North Coast Project: Training and Development Program - $2,000 ETC Community Support Fund provided $2,000 to support the Women on Boards Mid North Coast initiative designed to assist women in the region to recognise their potential and develop their skills to play active, informed and productive roles on boards and committees. Funding from ETC was used to support a program of professional development workshops over an eight month period.

Nambucca Valley Dialysis Group Project: Training for dialysis treatment and patient support - $7,000 The ETC Community Support Fund helped a long running campaign for dialysis treatment to be provided in the Nambucca Valley. $7,000 was provided to go towards training nurses in dialysis treatment and patient support.

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Coffs Harbour Community Preschool

Bellingen Shire Youth Hub

Project: Building Extensions - $15,000

Project: Music rehearsal and recording studio fit-out - $4,000

Plans to expand Coffs Harbour Community Preschool to accommodate more children came one step closer to realisation following a grant of $15,000 from ETC. Coffs Harbour Preschool Director Linda Iveson said there was a high demand for preschool places in Coffs Harbour for 3-6 year olds and the extension would enable the Preschool to provide an additional classroom to accommodate children from a long waiting list.

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Jamming at the Bellingen Youth Hub is now encouraged with the music rehearsal and recording studio fitted out, thanks to a $4,000 grant from the ETC Community Support Fund. Bellingen Youth Hub Coordinator Dean Besley said the funding from ETC had been used to purchase recording and sound equipment as well as some acoustic dampening. “Most of the youth from our community are very much connected to music and the music scene. By providing a facility within the Bellingen Youth Hub that supports their passion, it brings these young people from all walks of life, regardless of their school or background into a safe and social environment that perhaps they would not otherwise visit,� Mr Besley said.

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Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium Project: Purchase of modular staging $7,000 Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium is singing ETC’s praises after receiving $7,000 for the purchase of new portable, modular staging. President of the Conservatorium Board Lesley Schoer said the stage would enable the Conservatorium to use their performance space in a flexible way; offering students the necessary experience to present themselves to an audience and manage performance anxiety; and open up the Conservatorium to small conferences and workshops.

Coronation Park Committee of Management Project: Grounds maintenance equipment for Coronation Park Playing Fields $1,800 A small band of volunteers that have taken it upon themselves to spruce up Nambucca’s Coronation Park have been given a helping hand from ETC, by way of a $1,800 grant for the purchase of new maintenance equipment such as a lawnmower, whipper snippers and leaf blower. President of the Coronation Park Committee of Management Trevor Keast said the grant would not only help keep the volunteers motivated, but would also ensure the grounds continued to look their best.

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North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Project: Landscaping within the Japanese Garden - $10,000 The Japanese section of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is in the midst of becoming a “unique regional showpiece” according to Gardens Curator Ian Corbett. ETC contributed $10,000 towards the $575,000 project for the purchase of decorative rock, garden edging and paving materials. “Rocks are the most important feature in a Japanese garden because that’s where the spirits reside,” Mr Corbett said. “We’ve sourced the rock from Manilla, near Tamworth, to give us the look we were after.”

Kempsey PCYC Project: Homework Program - $10,000 Kempsey students wanting some extra help with their homework will be able to drop into the local PCYC for a bite to eat and some tutoring from July 2013. Cafe4Results is a new program developed by the Kempsey PCYC and funded by the ETC Community Support Fund to the tune of $10,000. Kempsey PCYC Manager Melissa Wright said the program aimed to raise school attendance; encourage students to complete homework more regularly; provide a supportive environment; and change young people’s attitude towards education.

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Kempsey Women’s Refuge Project: Resource development for the Love Bites Program - $4,500 A collaborative community program designed to curb the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Kempsey community received a funding boost of $4,500 from ETC. Delivered by the Kempsey Women’s Refuge the program called Love Bites targeted Year 10 boys and girls and focussed on healthy relationships. Kempsey Women’s Refuge Director June Wilson said the money from ETC would be used to develop resources designed by the young people during the program such as artwork, trucker caps, wrist bands, t-shirts or songs that deliver important messages about the prevention of violence against women and children.

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Labyrinth Society Committee Project: The establishment of a Labyrinth at Project: Dangar FallsUpgrade - $10,000 Website The Dorrigo community is set to benefit from the Carers of people with a disability people living construction of a new Labyrinth and and sensory garden with dementia in the Hastings Port Macquarie at the Dangar Falls Reserve which has been made region will now able togrant accessfrom the the latest information possible by abe$10,000 ETC Community online about the services available to them locally. Support Fund. Thanks to a 5,000 grant from ETC Community Local residents Fran Clayton and the Jenni Francis have Support Fund, Hastings District Respite been instrumental in getting the project offCare the Inc. has engaged a locala firm to develop a newassist website which ground and claim Labyrinth will greatly people features a fresh design and easy to navigate structure. dealing with stress and anxiety. For more information visit Bellingen Shire Council will coordinate the www.hdrc.org.au construction of the Labyrinth and associated landscape works which are expected to be completed by December 2013.

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Marine Rescue Point Danger Project: Purchase of CPR manikins for internal training - $825 Volunteers at Marine Rescue Point Danger will be able to keep their lifesaving skills up to date with the purchase of manikins through the ETC Community Support Fund. Deputy Unit Commander Les Green said the manikins would be used to provide First Aid and Resuscitation training to the 130 unit volunteers. “This grant from ETC is fantastic. It means we don’t have to do more raffles to raise money for the training and by having our own manikins in house we can put all our people through up-to-date training as and when needed,” Mr Green said. “Any business should have First Aiders and it’s even more important for us because we go out to sea and look after people who could be in all sorts of trouble,” he added.

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Macleay Valley Arts Council

Mid North Coast Vision Impaired & Blind Bowlers Association

Project: Purchase of equipment for Live Entertainment Trailer - $14,925

Project: Purchase of distance markers $650

Arts lovers can expect to see more outdoor entertainment in the Macleay, Nambucca and Bellinger Valleys in the future. Macleay Valley Arts Council was successful in obtaining close to $14,925 in funding from the ETC Community Support Fund to fit out their new custom built live entertainment trailer. The trailer is now equipped with the latest in technical equipment including lighting, microphones, digital mixing rack and portable staging.

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ETC has funded the purchase of distance markers to assist members of the Mid North Coast Vision Impaired and Blind Bowlers Association to enjoy a better quality game. Vice President Wayne Thomson said bright, visible distance markers placed along the banks of Bowling Greens help guide vision impaired people on the length they need to be bowling their bowls. The Association involves residents from Scotts Head to Woolgoolga taking part in a weekly program of lawn bowls at 11 Mid North Coast Bowling Clubs.


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Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads Project: Rotary Scooter Program - $6,000 ETC’s support of the Burleigh Heads Rotary Scooter Program has had a life changing impact on 14-year-old Angus Williams who has Cerebral Palsy. Angus was one of three Gold Coast residents to receive a new electric scooter which means the teenager can now take part in outdoor adventures with his family for the first time in his life. Angus’s mum Sharon Williams thanked ETC for donating $6,000 to the Burleigh Heads Rotary Club to make the scooter a reality. “We’re absolutely thrilled. We’ve never been able to take Angus out, myself and the children together. Now we’ve got this we can all go out together as a family for the first time and be part of the community,” Ms Williams said. Burleigh Heads Rotary Club Secretary David Ungar said the Club maintained a pool of electric mobility scooters which they leased for an annual fee of one dollar each to eligible disabled and elderly people.

South West Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club Project: Purchase of a new outboard motor for an IRB - $3,490 The job of keeping our beaches safe has just got a whole lot easier for the South West Rocks Surf Club, with ETC funding the purchase of a new motor for an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) to the value of $3,490. Surf Club spokesman Paul Owens said IRBs are an essential piece of equipment for helping life savers get to rescues quicker. “On behalf of the Surf Club I want to convey our heartfelt thanks to ETC for their support. Anything where we can keep the community safer is a big bonus to us. It really is much appreciated,” Mr Owens said.

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Woolgoolga & Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce Project: Development of Architectural Plans for the Northern Beaches Community Centre $15,000 Plans to develop a multi-purpose indoor sport and cultural facility in Woolgoolga have been kick started by a $15,000 grant from the ETC Community Support Fund. Project Convenor Alastair Milroy said the money would be used to develop architectural plans for the proposed facility. “We’ve been working in partnership with Coffs Harbour City Council on this project and propose to build it on Council land at West Woolgoolga opposite the Woolgoolga High School,” Mr Milroy said. Mr Milroy said the architectural plans would enable the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce to approach the State and Federal Government for funding to build the facility.

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Reap Project: Food Rescue Service - $1,910 Port Macquarie’s very own food rescue service, Reap, has been able to ramp up its valuable work in the community by purchasing 20 new food collection containers thanks to funding from the ETC Community Support Fund. Reap Treasurer Guy Middlebrook said Reap had collected about 5 tonne of food in Port Macquarie over the past 18 months, which would have otherwise gone to landfill, and redirected it to people in need.

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“We want to nourish people and rescue food from going to landfill,” Mr Middlebrook said. “Our main objective is to rescue food from places like restaurants, supermarkets and food caterers and distribute it to various charities, soup kitchens, men’s refuge and some schools. It’s about changing people’s habits so restaurants and supermarkets don’t just throw stuff out. We want them to put the food in our containers, give us a call, and we will come pick it up,” he added.

Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council Project: Establishment of tours - $10,000 School students in the Nambucca Valley will soon have a chance to get a taste of life before European settlement by participating in cultural tours organised by UNKYA LALC, thanks to a $10,000 grant from ETC. The purpose of the tours is to shed some light on the Gumbaynggirr culture and hopefully pave the way for commercial tours in the future.

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