Tuesday, April 26, 2011

RedWater Events News


Cook Garden Mosaic Project

Come and join us! - 

Everyone is invited

The Factory Community Centre, the Housing Communities Program, local residents and community workers wants to invite you to participate in the “Cook Garden Mosaic Project”.
The “Cook Garden Mosaic Project” aims to bring together local children, residents and gardeners on a mosaic project to improve the Cook Garden by installing artwork produced by the community on either side of the Gardens entrance gate.

The final installation of the mosaic will be from the 2nd of May in the corner of Pitt and Raglan St. and everyone is invited to participate.  

For more information please contact Edith on 02 9698 9569

From the 2nd of May @10am 

The Factory Community Centre, the Housing Communities Program, local residents and community workers would like to invite you to participate in the Volunteer Community Participation Awards 2011. The awards will be held on Thursday 12th of May 2011 at 11am to 1pm in Alexandria Town Hall and we would love to see you there.

The “Volunteer Community Participation Awards 2011” intends to acknowledge the fantastic skills and contributions of individuals, community groups, and organisations within Redfern, Waterloo and surrounding suburbs. Also this year the awards will be welcoming and rewarding volunteers from Surry Hills.

When: Thursday 12th May 2011
Where: Alexandria Town Hall
Time: From 11.00 am

How to nominate a volunteer?
Please complete a Nomination Form and returned by 29th April 2011 to the Factory Community Centre to:

HCP Worker
Factory Community Centre
67 Raglan Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017

For more information please contact Edith on 02 9698 9569

Mobile Play Bus Program

Save the children mobile play bus program strives to provide an inclusive environment for children and families to interact in a pleasant outdoor environment. We provide a program were staff help facilitate family/ carer and child interactions. We offer educational equipment, activities, which stimulate children’s development for 0-5 year olds and promote literacy through book readings and songs. We also provide morning and afternoon tea, and a wonderful chance to meet new friends, share experiences and have fun.
Hope to see you there

Phone number: 0422377574
Email: emma-jane.gardner@savethechildren.org.au

Where you can find the play bus during the week

9:30am till 11:30pm
10am till 12pm
9:30 till 11:30am
9:30 till 11:30am
10am till 12pm
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
405 Crown Street
Level 1
Woolloomooloo Playground
Cnr Dowling st &
Plunkett St
Redfern Park
Cnr Redfern Park & Elizabeth St Redfern
Waterloo green
Raglyn St
Thomas Hogan Reserve
Francis Street Bondi

Wet Venue
Wet Venue
Wet Venue
Wet Venue

Juanita Nelson
Dowling Street Woolloomooloo
Term 2 2010
Redfern Oval Community Room
51 Redfern St
The Factory Community Centre
Raglyn St Waterloo
St Patrick’s Catholic Church
Cnr of Wellington Street and Bondi Road

Monday pm
1pm till2.30
 1pm till 2.30pm

Alexandria Park
Park Road Alexandria
Redfern Community Centre
Hugo St Redfern
Ward Park
Devonshire Street
Surry Hills

Wet Venue
Wet Venue
Wet Venue

Alexandria Park
Community Centre
Park Rd
As Above
Nothcott Community Centre
Devonshire Street
Surry Hills 

Quality Pathways for NGOs - Helping NGOs navigate their Quality Journey

When: May 13th 2011
Time: 9.30
Where: Citigate Central Sydney, 169-179 Thomas Street Sydney NSW 2000 (Near Central Station)
Quality Management Services invites you to a day of engaging presentations, facilitated discussions and intensive training workshops aimed at helping NSW Health funded non-government organisations share current practice, build skills and discuss challenges related to Quality Improvement.

The Pauline McLeod Award for Reconciliation 2011

This Community Award will again be sponsored in 2011 by the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum, which incorporates the City of Botany Bay, City of Sydney, Leichhardt, Randwick City, Waverley and Woollahra Councils.

The Award aims to recognise those “silent achievers” who have worked so diligently in promoting Reconciliation through selfless acts. They may be your neighbours, work colleagues, family members or acquaintances. They will have one thing in common, and that is their desire to improve the quality of life for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent living within one of above Local Government Areas.

The Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum is offering the community an opportunity to be a part of the celebration for Reconciliation Week by nominating an individual or organization in the region that has demonstrated their commitment to reconciliation over the past year. Nominees must either live within one of the above mentioned six Local Government Areas and /or working in one of the above mentioned areas and shows a strong commitment to Reconciliation.

There are two Award categories: the Pauline McLeod Youth Award is open to individuals 12-24; and the Pauline McLeod Award is open to individuals of any age.

Nominations close Monday 30th April 2011

For more information contact Gary Ella, Community Project Officer on 9399 0893 Or

Workshop for local community workers
Mental Health Law
As part of our community legal education service, the Kingsford Legal Centre provides free legal workshops to service providers in our local community.
When: Thursday 12 May 2011
Time: 10am
Where: the Kingsford Legal Centre, UNSW Campus, Kensington.
The workshop will be presented by the Legal Aid Commission’s Mental Health Advocacy Service.  It will consist of an overview of:

-       The Mental Health Tribunal;
-       Community Treatment Orders; and
-       The Guardianship Tribunal.

For more information contact Dianne Anagnos on (2) 9385 9566 

Griffin Theatre Company presents Silent Disco

When: 25 may 2011
Where: Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St Kings Cross.
Time: 2.00pm

Griffin Theatre Company with the help of City Of Sydney, is proud to hold an unwaged performance of each of its main season productions. We would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the community performance of Silent Disco on the 25 May 2011. This performance will begin promptly at 2pm, and will take place at the Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St Kings Cross.

To find out more about the play and Griffin Theatre Company, you can head to http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/

Community organisations please consider:

-       Please note that the theatre is very small (105 capacity) and is accessible only by stairs.
-       We always prefer each group to be hosted by a representative of your organization who can brief the clients on theatre attendance.
-       We ask that mobile phones are all turned off, and that your clients are encouraged to not talk loudly during the performance so as to avoid distracting the cast or other attendees.
-       Please be advised that the play will run for approximately two hours and twenty minutes and that there will be an interval in the production.
-       The content of the play is of a mature nature, and the play does contain language and adult themes, which we ask you to take into consideration also.

These small requests may help you select which of your clients would most enjoy the theatre experience.

If you would like to discuss the performance of Silent Disco, or if you would like to organise tickets to see the show, please contact Lizzie on 9335 1052.

Redfern Community Centre
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Creative Artist Program 2011

Redfern Community Centre Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist Program supports artistic development and expression with an emphasis on local community development through a diversity of art form practices.
The residencies are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist and groups (emerging) encompassing a diverse range of practices and outcomes. 
As part of this Program RCC is offering a Performing Arts Residency Program that offers free workspace for artist/groups with a maximum 50 hours spread over a 6 month period.

Limited to 5 artists

For more information please contact Sonny on 9288 5715 or by email: slaw@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Justice Health Consumer and Community Group Forum Consultation
Health Priorities for Prisoners and Young Offenders

In 2002 Justice Health established the Consumer and Community Group (CCG) to provide a forum for issues related to the health needs of adult and juvenile detainees to be raised and a mechanism through which to advocate for the delivery of health services equivalent to those available to the general community.

This consultation will inform the development of new priorities for the Justice Health Consumer and Community Group (CCG). 

When: 9.30am-1.30pm, Thursday 5 May 2011
Where: Rooms 2 & 3, Level 1, NSW Teachers’ Federation, 22-33 Mary St, Surry Hills
Cost: There is no charge for the forum.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Register: Due to limited space, only people who have registered will be able to attend. Please complete the registration form and return it to Rose or Miguel at info@ncoss.org.au, fax 02 9281 1968 or phone 02 9211 2599 by 29 April 2011.

For further information, please contact Samantha Edmonds Samantha@ncoss.org.au or (02) 9211 2599 ext 111.

GroundSwell is coming – Watch this space!

Join a GroundSwell in Redfern and Waterloo

Are you fed up with…

·      The failure of the Government too deliver on promises to improve local service delivery by implementing whole o f government solutions that would help address disruptive tenants

·      The way Government treats public tenants and the inability of public housing ad ministration to deal with maintenance, complaints and tenancy issues

·      The way Government has under mined the work of community organisations by not advising local workers about local consultations that affect residents.

·      Government not funding initiatives like RedWater News which gave residents a voice and replacing it with newsletters that only give the Government line.

·      Government bodies that work behind closed doors for years on plan s for our community, but give residents only a month to read complicated documents on a website, think, discuss and comment on their plan.

·      Government saying it consulted lots of people about its plan when it really provided limited information to most people filling in a 5-question form with the incentive for some of a grocery voucher draw.

·      Government doing all this and then saying they are working in partnership with the community.

Do you have other burning issues of concern as a resident in the Redfern and Waterloo area where you feel no one seems to listen?

Then Join GROUNDSWELL TODAY and be part of the change you want to see.
Email us your details on: groundswell.coalition@gmail.com or contact your local nongovernment community worker and ask them to send us your contact details 

NCOSS and NSW Legislative Council Workshop

Do you work for a non-government organisation and want to know more about Parliamentary Inquiries, so that you can take part and influence policy?

Do you want to build your skills in writing submissions or appearing as a witness?

NCOSS and the NSW Legislative Council are jointly running a workshop on Parliamentary Inquiries: How to Have your Say and Maximise your Influence.

When: Thursday, 28 April 2011
Time: 8.45am-12.45pm,
WhereJubilee Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
RSVPBy 21 April 2011 to Wendy Hall at NCOSS wendy@ncoss.org.au or 9211 2599, ext 118

Numbers are strictly limited. Please indicate in your RSVP if you have any specific needs such as a hearing loop, wheelchair accessibility etc.

Twenty/500: The Koori Mail Celebrates

2011 will be an exciting year for The Koori Mail. They will be celebrating their 20th anniversary, and publishing the 500th edition in May.

When: Saturday 7 may
Where: CarriageWorks, Redfern

The event is shaping up to be a great night with some magical performances by some of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia’s very best; a look at the events, people and influences that have shaped Indigenous Australia and inspired us all during the past two decades; a special announcement or two; a very memorable meal; dancing and much, much more.

Tickets should be on sale via Ticketmaster around mid-March but we wanted to give you this ‘heads up’ so you could SAVE THE DATE in your diaries.

If you would like any further information please contact Kirstie on 6622 2666

Let’s Act! A brand new workshop by Julie Zommers

A fun incursion for all of your children!

Children of all ages with thrill to the blend of acting and puppetry in this workshop…..

This workshop is designed to inspire, educate and to make sure the children have loads of fun! I hope to see many of you again, Julie Zommers.

The first part of the workshop will be learning easy tips and skills about performing for an audience. There will be fun exercises for the whole group as well as working in small groups. Children will mime to backing tracks..many of you will know lost children by now….and how much the children loved acting with these puppets. Well, I’ve written many more songs to match more puppets, so they’re going to have a lot of fun!

Children will then make a simple sock puppet with movable mouth, and perform skits for the audience!

Cost: $10 per child $300 minimum

Suitable for 5-14 years book now on 0424 731 454 

FREE Asthma Management Training for Childcare Staff

These popular workshops are presented by qualified and experienced pediatric asthma educators who have been working with local childcare services for 10 years

Dates: Monday 20th June 2011
Thursday 10th November 2011

Registration forms will be forwarded closer to dates listed above

For Further information contact Christine: 9113 3396 or Melinda: 9382 8376


The next national Census of Population and Housing will be conducted on the night of Tuesday 9 August 2011. The Census aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census night, their key characteristics, and the dwellings in which they live.

In order to assist in the preparation and operation of the Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is recruiting around 43,000 community-minded field staff all over Australia, 10,000 of which will be in NSW and the ACT, to help us count the nation.

If you would like to help support your community, enjoy working with people, and have time you can give, working on the Census is a great community-based activity that makes a real difference to Australia.

If you are interested in an upcoming position, either as an Area Supervisor or Collector, you can register your interest online at www.abs.gov.au/census


-       Area Supervisors are responsible for selecting, training, supervising and leading a team of Collectors. Area Supervisors will be required to work from 18 April 2011 until 7 October 2011 and will be paid between $4,300 and $7,500 depending on their workload. Applications open 12 February 2011.
-       Collectors are responsible for delivering and collecting forms from all dwellings in a specified area. Collectors will be required to work from 1 July 2011 until 8 September 2011 and will be paid between $1,100 and $2,300 depending on their workload. Applications open 9 April 2011.

Over 55 Services Interagency Meetings

The dates for the Over 55 Services Interagency meetings organised by the City of Sydney for the rest of the year are as follows:

                Thursday June 2  
                Thursday August 4
                Thursday October 6
                Thursday December 1

Where: Cliff Noble Centre, Cnr. Renwick and Suttor St, Alexandria between
Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm

For more information contact Jaimie Moreno on 02 9265 9489

Waterloo Safety Audit Group (WSAG) 

The dates for the WSAG meetings will the second Wednesday of each month as follows:

              11th  of May
              8th of June

Where: The Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan St. Waterloo NSW 2017
Time: 2.00pm

For more information contact Edith Olivares on 9698 9569, or at eolivares@the-factory.org.au

Redfern LAC Community Safety Precinct Committee Meeting (CSPC)

The Redfern Local Area Command organised this safety committee meeting to support and help the reduction of crime within Redfern. The CSPC meeting dates for 2011 are:

              Tuesday 12th of May  

              Thursday 11th August  

              Thursday 10th November 

Where: Redfern Local Area Command on level 4.
Time: 10.00am

For more information contact Georgie Israel on 8303-5127

Let’s go to the pub! – Last Friday of the month 

This informal gathering is for all volunteers, community workers, reps and all those ones interested in Redfern-Waterloo at Norfolk Hotel at 1.00 is a great way of having a good chat with someone or speak-out about something. It’s always fun, we can eat and drink. We will be there on:

Next gathering: 29th of April

Come and Join us!

Norfolk Hotel is on the Corner of Cleveland and Walker St.

For more information contact Edith Olivares on 9698 9569, or at eolivares@the-factory.org.au

LEEAG (Learning, Employment, Enterprises Action Group)

This action group will be meeting on the second Thursday every two months.

Where: The Factory Community Centre
Time: 2.00pm

Next meetings:
9th of June 2011

For more information contact Edith Olivares on 9698 9569, or at eolivares@the-factory.org.au

Redfern NAB

·      Tuesday the 10th of May
·      Tuesday the 19th of July
·      Tuesday the 13th of September
·      Tuesday the 15th of November

Where: Our Place, Poet’s Corner shops in Morehead St.
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

For more information contact Edith on 9698 9569, or at eolivares@the-factory.org.au or Chairmaine on 9698 6558

Waterloo NAB

·      Tuesday the 3rd of May– Joint Services
·      Tuesday the 7th of June– Housing Standards
·      Tuesday the 5th of July– Joint Services
·      Tuesday the 2nd of August– Housing Standards
·      Tuesday the 6th of September– Joint Services
·      Tuesday the 4th of October– Housing Standards
·      Tuesday the 8th of November– Joint Services
·      Tuesday the 6th of December– Housing Standards

Time: 3.00 pm
For more information contact Edith on 9698 9569, or at eolivares@the-factory.org.au or Rebecca Huntsman on 9384 4110

RedWater markets

The RedWater Markets are held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 8am till 4pm using community spaces to bring community life into Redfern Park.
The market focus is (not exclusively) on sustainable goods, handmade, recycled or second hand, and is environmentally friendly. All monies raised from the stallholder-fees are injected back into the community supporting local environmental projects such as the Waterloo Recycling Workshop and the Cycle-Re-Cycle Club.

The Factory Community Centre held the RedWater Markets each month at Redfern Park as a community project within the Redfern / Waterloo area with the support of the City of Sydney, Clubs NSW and the Housing Communities Program (HCP) funded by Housing NSW.

Products that you can find in the markets are:
Second-hand clothes, books, recycled goods, flowers/plants, food, hand-made goods, community groups and others.

Redwater Markets

Dates: 3rd Saturday of the month
Address: Redfern Park, Corner of Chalmers & Redfern St.
Time: 8.00am - 4.00pm

Next market: 21st of May

Online Information:

Web: http://www.the-factory.org.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RedWaterMarkets/127280117337916?v=wall

Blog: http://thefactorycommunitycentre.blogspot.com/

Stall enquires:
Discounts on rates may be available for commercial stallholders and those who are raising funds for registered/constituted groups and charities, which benefit the local community. For more information please contact Edith Olivares, HCP Community Development Worker.

Mob: 0434 197 527
Ph: 02 9698 9569
Or email us at: redwatermarkets@live.com.au

Where: Neighbourhood Centre, Wellington St Shops in front of IGA

Organised by Sydney Children’s Hospital “Aiming for Asthma Improvement in Children Program”.