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Bits ‘n Pieces A FREE Community Newsletter for the Upper Ross March / April 2017 Upper Ross Community Centre 1/43 Allambie Lane, Rasmussen, 4815 Ph: 4774 0144 Fax: 4774 0909 Email: A division of NQ Community Services Volume 12, Issue 2


Child Health Clinic


Community Courses


First Aid Course


Free Computer Access


Free Legal Advice


Community calendar


After school activities


JP Service


No Interest Loans



Individuals groups and communities accross Queensland have been busy helping weave one million stars by July 2017, which will be used in an installation of woven stars at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The project aims to raise awareness and bring about an end to all forms of violence and to help demonstrate a more peaceful society, “one star at a time”. The Empowering Mama’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s group, which meets every Tuesday at the Upper Ross Community Centre, has been very busy making stars for the One Million Stars to End Violence Project. It has been great to see women of all ages come together and have a yarn whilst making the stars. The group welcomed and encouraged participation of youth from Townsville Youth Justice, who have really enjoyed making the stars. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Upper Ross Community Centre

What’s on in your community ... WHEN




REGULAR EVENTS Tuesdays Weekly

Empowering Mamas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander WOMEN’S Group - meet at the Upper Ross Community Centre every Tuesday. Arts & craft, education & support services. Fridays Upper Ross Mens Support Group - Delivering mentoring and Weekly guidance. Transport available. Call Karl McKenzie 0417735336 3rd Fri of Dive-in movie Nights at Riverway Lagoon the month 17th March - Junglebook 1st Tues of Upper Ross Community Voice - Community action forum the month Come along and voice your ideas/concerns about issues in the Upper Ross. 1st Carlyle Gardens Arts & Craft Market Saturday of hand made arts & crafts, Kids Korner with supervised activities, the month $50 lucky door, coffee shop, 60 North Beck Road, Condon

10.00 am to 12.00 pm


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7.15 pm 9.15 pm


6.00 7.00 pm


9.00 am 12.00 pm


8.30 am to 4.00 pm


3.00 pm 9.00 pm


Mar Sat 25th

CORES - Community Response to Eliminating Suicide CORES educates community members how to be proactive to prevent somebody taking their life, or harming themselves. Bookings essential Where: Upper Ross Community Centre Contact Ross Romeo 0427455313 email

April Sat 1st

Youthfest 2017 - Murray Sporting Complex For more info see Page 9

Tues 11th

Parent Information Session: Managing Toddler Misbehaviour 8.30 am to Aitkenvale Library - Petunia St, Aitkenvale Understand toddler’s misbehaviour, what’s common, simple tips on how to 4.00 pm help improve and set rules and boundaries for your toddler.


Free Learn How Sessions @ Upper Ross Community Centre by CityLibraries Townsville

Learn Wednesday 12th April, 10am - 12pm Come along and learn how to access over 5,000 online courses/tutorials for free. Bring your laptop or tablet or use one of our computers.

Make the most of your Tablet Device Wednesday 10th May, 10am - 12pm .

Bring along your device and learn how to make the most of your iPad or Android tablet in these friendly relaxed sessions. Sessions numbers are limited so Bookings are essential. Call 47740144 to book your place.

Meet Our 2017 Hippy team

The 2017 HIPPY program is up and running, with our new age four tutors joining the team this week. We welcome Ganima and Tamarra to the team. Both are keen to start delivering the HIPPY program to our families. Being parents in the program themselves, they will be experiencing the program both as a parent and as a tutor delivering the program. Pictured (from left): Chantal (age 5 tutor), Ganima, Liana (coordinator),Tamara & Diane (age 5 tutor)

Benefits of Hippy: As a learning program, HIPPY aims to instil a love of learning in both children and their HIPPY parents by: Ÿ Ensuring children acquire skills and values that promote a desire to learn, which enables school readiness Ÿ Improving children’s literacy, numeracy and social skills Ÿ Increasing the HIPPY parent’s awareness of their role as their child’s first teacher. The HIPPY Program is FREE Make a difference and give your child a head start for their schooling. Contact Liana to discuss enrolling your child: 4774 0144

Centrelink Financial Information Service (FIS) Seminars Centrelink delivers Free seminars to help people plan for, and live in retirement. Upcoming sessions being held at the Townsville Service Centre, Crn Hervey Range Road & Kern Brothers Drive, Kirwan: Getting ready for retirement - Age Pension and your choices - 11th April, 6pm to 8pm Topics covered include: Income & Asset tests, Deeming, Concession and tax issues and retirement choices. Estate planning for older Australians - 9th May, 6pm to 8pm Topics covered include: Wills and what happens if you die without a Will (intestacy), Guardianship and Enduring Power of Attorney, The role of insurance. Living in retirement - Understanding your pension - 30th May 6pm to 8pm Topics covered include: Choices and consequences, Making the most of your pension, Centrelink assessment issues and Rights and obligations. Bookings are essential. Call 136357 to book over the phone or email: at least 3 days before the seminar and include the name, date & location of seminar, your name and ph. number. (in case of cancellation). If you are about to retire and you haven’t been to one of these seminars then you could be missing out on some good advice.

Upper Ross to benefit from Skilling Queenslanders Project Townsville City Council will shortly begin a traineeship program which will involve revegetation works, weed management, basic construction and hosting tree planting events along the banks of the Ross River in the Upper Ross. The project, named ‘Building Pride Building Community’, was one of a number of successful projects through funding provided under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work, Work Skills Traineeships. The program will be run in two separate intakes consisting of two teams of 20 trainees, with each group working for 26 weeks. The traineeships will target disadvantaged job seekers, mature-age job seekers (aged 45 years and over), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and women reentering the workforce. Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said the project aims to improve employment prospects for at-risk sectors of the community. Participants in the project will work towards completing a Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Managment. Gtec Training and Development will provide onsite support and mentoring to participants as well as post placement support to encourage long-term sustainable employment.

Applications for the traineeships are now open. For more information or to apply for a traineeship contact Gtec on Ph 44015795 or register online at

New Community Connect Worker for the Upper Ross Community Centre We welcome Topsy Tapim to the team at the Upper Ross Communty Centre as our new Community Connect worker. Topsy is well known within the local community and will be a great asset to the Upper Ross Community Centre and community. The appointment of a Community Connect worker is part of the QLD Governments $1.98M initiative to tackle domestic and family violence in response to the 140 recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever taskforce. As our Community Connect worker, Topsy will work with families and individuals affected by domestic and family violence and as well as people who may be isolated, at risk or more vulnerable through disadvantage, providing wrap around support and where required, referrals to specialist services. Topsy’s role is community based, meaning she can meet clients either in their homes, at the Community Centre or even at a park or cafe. If you, a family member or friend are at risk please contact the Upper Ross Community Centre.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE @ Upper Ross Community Centre Tuesday’s from 4pm Face to face or phone appointments. Bookings are essential Contact the Upper Ross Community Centre to book Ph. 4774 0144

Wednesday mornings 9.00 - 11.00 am Upper Ross Community Centre No appointment needed



MONEYCARE - Promoting Financial Health and Wellness Range of topics include: 1. Simple money tips 2. Keeping everyday costs down 3. Shopping smart 4. Paying bills on time 5. Creating new money habits 6. How to create and maintain your own budget Small group or one-on-one sessions available. For further details or to book a session please contact: Jennifer Barclay-Smyth, Ph 4723 5607, 0477432125. Email: or Tracey @ Upper Ross Community Centre Ph 4774 0144. Email:

Providing Ÿ face to face appointments; Ÿ continuing casework (including court representation); Outreach service available at the Upper Ross Ÿ referrals to other legal services; Ÿ assisting women to access support Community Centre services; on the 2nd Friday of each month Ÿ community education workshops; 10 am to 12 pm Ÿ help with applying for a Bluecard. Appointment preferred (to avoid waiting)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal Service NQ Inc (ATSIWLS-NQ)

To book an appointment contact ATSIWLS-NQ Ph.47216007 or the Upper Ross Community Centre Ph. 47740144 To access Legal Advice by phone contact ATSIWLS-NQ Ph.47216007

We’ve moved to a New Location

NO Fees NO Interest NO Charges Providing safe, affordable and fair credit to low income earners to buy essential household items, including car repairs and registration. Unlike payday lenders and rental hire agreements, you ONLY pay back what you borrow - No Interest, No Fees. Loan repayments are made through affordable fortnightly Centrepay Deductions. Call the Upper Ross Community Centre Ph. 4774 0144 for more info.

For some great information, money saving tips and budgeting tools visit: Ÿ Ÿ Too many debts, don’t know what to. Talk to us about seeing a Financial Counsellor.

Child Health Drop-in Clinic Thursdays 9am-12pm at the Upper Ross Community Centre A qualified community health nurse on hand to answer questions and provide support. Ÿ New baby health checks Ÿ Breastfeeding advice Ÿ New mum’s support

Midwife Clinic Visiting the Upper Ross Community Centre (pre-arranged appointments) Contact the Birth Centre to discuss your maternity care options. Ph: 44332779 or midwife Penny 0428 694 788.

UPPER ROSS MEDICAL CENTRE 11 9 9 R I V E R W AY D R I V E , R A S M U S S E N - P H . 4 7 7 4 0 2 9 9 Open 7 days - Extended weekday hours

PINNACLE MEDICAL CENTRE 9 7 5 R I V E R W AY D R I V E , C N R G O L L O G LY S L A N E - C O N D O N - P H . 4 7 7 3 5 1 7 0 Open 5 days (Monday to Friday) 8am to 5pm FAMILY ORIENTATED - BULK BILLING FOR ALL PATIENTS Female Doctor available, experienced GP's Special interests include - Skin & Health Checks, Women's Health, Chronic Disease Management, Aged Care Other services provided by - Mental Health Nurse, Physiotherapist, Phone for an appointment – walk in's also accepted


Mon - Fri 8 - 8 Saturday 9 - 3 Sunday & Public Holidays 9 - 1 Ÿ Locally Owned and run business Ÿ Easy access and plenty of parking at front and rear

Cnr Riverway Drive and Gollogly Lane, Rasmussen Phone: 4755 4654

which is due for completion in December. It is fantastic to see the Upper Ross Community Voice forum well attended a year on after my push to establish a local community forum which gives locals the opportunity to raise issues relating to council or state government agencies like Police on issues such as crime and Transport & Main Roads regarding the Riverway Drive duplication project.

Locals will soon see beautification of bushland between Vickers Bridge and Gollogly Lane thanks to $718,000 in funding from Skilling Queenslanders (SQW) for Work. During the last SQW funding round I enabled joint proposal from Townsville City Council and Gtec Training who successfully received this funding. The project will support local jobs and help create a positive image for the Upper Ross, a place my family is proud to call home.

We are now only six weeks away from seeing construction starting on the Warm regards, duplication of Riverway Drive between Aaron Harper Gollogly Lane and Allambie Lane. In State Member for Thuringowa 2015, as the then local candidate, I promised to deliver the single largest infrastructure spend ($30M) in the Upper Ross area that has been seen in decades. This road duplication has been long awaited by locals and I am pleased to see it coming to fruition. However my work does not stop here. I have already requested an additional $1M for detail design in the 2017/18 budget for the next stage of the duplication (Allambie Lane to Dunlop Steet). I am committed to seeing this project completed in its entirety. Importantly, this major project will create local jobs which is another priorty for me. Townsville has had its challenges with employment over recent years, so I am pleased to have recently announced a total of $5.5M on construction of a 16 unit housing complex which is being construction on Riverway Dr. Condon. It is expected that this will support over 260 local jobs over the life of the project

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper and local who attended the March URCV meeting had the opportunity to view the plans for Riverway Drive duplication project.

Above: Participants in the March iPad session held at the Upper Ross Community Centre (by City Libraries). Next iPad Session is 10th May. Don’t miss out. Book now. Ph.47740144

Free Computer Tutoring Computer, smartphone, tablets training one-on-one learning at your pace. Lessons are one hour, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Use our computer or bring your own Bookings are essential Ph 47740144

Free Computer Access & Wifi Available at the Upper Ross Community Centre Office services are also available - printing, faxing, scanning, laminating, emailing Costs apply to office services. Kaitlyn @ The Styling Stable is our Balayage Pro! Balayage is one of the hottest hair trends recently seen on the red carpet!! Meaning “to sweep” in French, balayage is a technique where hair colour is hand-painted onto the hair to create a natural, sun-bleached effect. It will transform you lifeless locks into hair that’s vibrant, sexy and low maintenance. Kaitlyn’s Balayage Deal Includes: Full Balayage colour FREE Toner FREE Style Cut FREE GHD Curl finish FREE Take home NAK Colour Masque Treatment FREE NAK Colour Fix Treatment

Disclaimer: This newsletter is produced with assistance and contributions from the community. The contents of this publication do not, therefore, necessarily reflect the views of the organisation.

Loam Island Scouts <><><> Riverway Drive, Rasmussen 4815 Group Leader: Julie Harvey-Sutton - email or Ph 0422 064 120 Web:

What are you doing for 2017? Why not come and try Scouting? Open to everyone ages from 7 - 17 Be Prepared ... for action and adventure!


Repairs & Tyres Unit 2 / 1231 Riverway Dr Rasmussen

“Specialising in the Upper Ross”

Next to Puma Servo

Ph: 4789 1299 Guaranteed Mechanical Repairs to all vehicles

3/1219 Riverway Dr, Rasmussen



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Disclaimer: This newsletter is produced with assistance and contributions from the community. The contents of this publication do not, therefore, necessarily reflect the views of the organisation.

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WHAT’S ON AT THE UPPER ROSS COMMUNITY CENTRE Regular weekly Activities 9:30 - 12.00pm Craft Mondays 9:30 - 11.30am Community Cafe Ÿ Ÿ


9:30 - 11.30am 9:30 - 11:30am 12.30 - 3.30pm 4:00 - 4.30pm

Community Cafe Timeout - Games/Cards Free Computer Lessons Legal Advice Service



9:00 - 11:00am 9:30 - 3.30pm 3:15 - 4.30pm

Free JP Service Free Computer Lessons Homework Program



9:00 - 12.00pm 9.30 - 12.00pm 9.30 - 12.00pm 9:30 - 11:30am 9.30 - 3.30pm 3.00 - 4.00pm

Child Health Clinic Social Cards Sewing morning Playgroup Free Computer Lessons Children’s Arts & Craft


10:00 - 12.00pm

Jewellry making




Centre Opening Hours Monday - Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR COPY OF BITS ‘n PIECES Our Bits’n Pieces newsletter is available online at our website OR you can grab a copy at the following places: *Kelso Fish Shop *Carlyle Gardens *Thuringowa RSL *Gumvale Mini Mart *Riverway Chemist *Riverway Snackbar *McDonalds Rasmussn *Woolworths Rasmussen *Salvation Army Beck Rd *Upper Ross Medical & Pinnacle Medical Centres OR you can call into the Upper Ross Community Centre to pick up a copy and stay for a chat.

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