Have you ever wondered about who is responsible what happens
at our local Neighbourhood Houses? Volunteer community members play an
important role as members of the Board or Committee of Management.
These are people with an interest or passion for their
centre and a desire to contribute to their running. They are also community
members who want to share their positive experiences with others.
Committee of Management or Board members set the direction
of the organisation, then work closely with the centre staff to put their plans
into action. Participation can be rewarding and enjoyable – it also provides
good experience for other parts of life, such as work or other community
The current Norlane Community Centre board comprises Adam
Fratantaro as the new Chair, Sandra Anderson (Secretary), Krystine Canny-Smith
(Treasurer), Monique Hurley, Naomi Furlong, Stefan Manche and Bruce Warner.
Norlane co-coordinator Esther Konings-Oakes said there is
room for more general members to come on board. “We are also looking for an
experienced bookkeeper or accountant to take over from Krystine,” she said.
At Cloverdale Community Centre the committee of management
has undergone quite a change in recent years.
Kellie Spark is in her first year as Chair and is supported by Steve
Taylor (Deputy Chair), Mary Budd (Secretary), Peter Jewell (Treasurer), Dianne
Johnston, Samuel Johnson, Matthew Pavelis and Helen Smith.
For more information about the Board and Committee of
Management roles, call Cloverdale Community Centre, phone 5275-4415 or Norlane
Community centre, phone 5275-8124.
Corio resident Luke Anderson is a
young man on a mission to inspire people to set goals for themselves, and put
in the hard work to achieve them.
Luke was part of the official
proceedings at the opening of the renovated and extended Cloverdale Community
Centre. The opening event also included a community barbecue, followed by a
meeting of the City of Greater Geelong Council.
In the first of several public
speaking engagements, Luke explained how he used time he spent in prison to set
out a plan for future achievements. He also spoke about what community centres
like Cloverdale mean to people who don’t have all the answers themselves when
they want to make serious and lasting change.
“I haven’t always done the right
thing in my life, but I want to use my mistakes for good in the future,” Luke
said. “I want to use my experience to help others with motivation, overcoming
barriers and achieving goals despite societal labels.”
Luke is a participant in the City
of Greater Geelong leadership program. He is also working as an electrician in
a business he co-owns, as well as working on another business plan that will
supply approved apparel to Victorian prisoners.
“I really want to use my life
experiences as a starting point for having a positive influence on others,” he
Do you know someone who lives alone and feels
isolated? The Community Support Regster
established in 2006, the Community Support Register operates from the Corio
Police Station and is staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers, supported by
local donations and sponsorship.
register collects health and other personal information to be accessed if the
person cannot provide it themselves due to an accident, fall or illness. Police, ambulance, hospital and fire services
can quickly access the register, but only in an emergency.
- Doctor/pharmacist details.
- Medical history and details
about any disabilities.
- People to contact in an
- Pets and who is to care for
- How access can be gained to
property in an emergency.
can choose what information they wish to provide. Regular phone calls can be arranged with the
volunteers to people who are feeling isolated and would benefit from social
Community Support Register is open to people of all ages and abilities and is a
free service – there is no cost to register.
To find out more contact: Geelong register, phone 5275-1607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club of Corio Norlane is taking on another venture to help others.
collecting plastic milk and soft drink bottle tops to give to a company called
Envision, who are making colourful hands for children in third world countries.
The hands are made with a 3D printer and are life-changing for children.
can organise a collection, contact the club and they will collect from you.
the club is continuing its many other activities, including:
- Opportunity Shop.
- Road Home Geelong project for
- Bike maintenance project.
- Bike Education trailer.
- Computer donation project.
- Peace Poster competition.
- Collecting gate takings at North
Shore Football Club.
- Supervising car parking at the Royal Geelong
- Trivia Night in October supporting
- Supporting Northern Christmas Carols.
- Selling Christmas cakes.
- Running barbecues.
- Collecting unwanted eye glasses.
- Collecting stamps.
are continually striving to achieve more in their local community and if you
have some spare time on your hands and wish to make a difference, contact
Richard Walter on 0402-409-895 or email@example.com.
anyone who has other ideas or suggestions to help the community but doesn’t
know how to achieve them, can contact the club and it may be able to help.
“We are also
looking for members with multicultural backgrounds who are interested in
helping their own communities,” Richard said. “With this support we can make a
A new opportunity shop arrived in Norlane earlier this year,
with Opportunity Rocks Op Shop opening at Dorothy Thompson Centre.
A project of Uniting, the op shop is open Monday to Thursday
from 10am until 4pm under the guidance of Peter Wheeler and a small team of
“Our volunteers are learning retail skills and to be more
active in their community,” Peter said. “The shop is also a social outlet for
our volunteers, and we always have room for more.”
The shop stocks a large range of clothing, toys, books and
household goods and all proceeds go back into the local community.
There are plans to introduce other community activities at
the site, including playgroup and yoga.
For more information, call 0402-602-939, or drop
in during opening hours.
Canny Legal provides free general legal advice for 3214 residents, at Norlane Community Centre.
Residents can apply for help with legal matters including
tenancy, wills, power of attorney and deceased estate advice. To apply for
help, fill in an intake form at reception of Norlane Community Centre and you
will be contacted for a session time.
Canny Legal’s aim is to provide some general advice on legal
issues to help you manage the issue in the future. The program is limited and
if your issue is unable to be resolved, you may be referred to another service
that may be able to help.
For more information and to apply for some help,
call into Norlane Community Centre in Rose Avenue or call 5275-1824.
A new fishing club has formed in Corio, offering a
family-friendly environment for all anglers.
Corio Bay Anglers Club meets fortnightly, on Wednesdays from
6pm-7pm, at Cloverdale Community Centre. The club already has 30 members
involved in a variety of activities.
President Mick Conway said the club is for all-weather and
all sorts of fishing and will host 12 to 14 fishing competitions each year.
They also have plans to clean-up around the bay, including North Shore and St
“Our members also share their knowledge, so it’s a good
place for young anglers to come and get support and advice,” Mick said. “We
encourage families to come along to our social events, which include our
weigh-ins and barbecues at Moorpanyal Park.”
Mick said young anglers can learn from older members and can
also access equipment for a day if they want to try fishing.
For more information, call 0421-739-618, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or look for Corio Bay Fishing Club on Facebook.
Boys and girls aged eight to 10 years are
invited to join Cub Scouts, who meet at Norlane West Scout Hall in Dunloe
Avenue every Monday afternoon.
Cub Scouts focuses on exploring the outdoors,
discovery and learning interesting things. Members belong to a Pack and begin
to learn leadership and teamwork in small teams called Sixes.
Cub Scouts go bushwalking, on bike trips
and camps, and learn skills including how to use a compass. They also have the
chance to try things like sailing, canoeing and abseiling. The natural
environment is at the heart of Scouting and there are activities aimed at
developing knowledge of caring for the environment.
Cub Scouts have a Leader to help along the
way and encourage members to participate. They also help create a fun place to
learn, belong and be adventurous.
By joining in different activities and
learning new skills, Cub Scouts can earn special badges to sew on their Cub
Scout shirt and camp blanket. There’s something for all interests.
Cub Scouts from the Norlane West Scout
Group attended the ANZAC Day march and service at the Norlane RSL. Several Cubs
were proud to wear their Great-Grandfathers’ war medals. The following week at
the Scout hall, the Cubs planted poppy seeds and learnt about their
significance. They also learnt about the components of the Australian flag.
Boys and girls interested in starting their
Scouting adventure can enjoy a free three-week trial. The group meets at
Norlane West Scout Hall, 84-86 Dunloe Avenue, Norlane on Monday from 4.30-6pm.
For more information, contact Kim phone
0425-783-995 or email email@example.com.
Year 6 students from Northern Bay College
are stepping up to take on community leadership roles, as they tackle
Victoria’s leading schools-based philanthropy initiative for children aged
eight to 12.
Kids as Catalyst is run by Kids Thrive, a
not-for-profit creative organisation for child voice, choice and agency.
Students from the Wexford, Tallis, Hendy and Peacock campuses have identified a
diverse range of issues and are actively working on projects related to
cultural diversity, the environment, elders, animals, gender and all abilities.
Andrea Rieniets, Co-Creative Director and
Lead Artist, Kids Thrive said: “Kids as Catalyst is a two-phase, 16-week social
action program. Students identify issues in the Geelong community that matter
to them and partner with relevant community groups to develop solutions and take
students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and abilities are taking
also have 20 year 7 students who participated in this program in the past and
have returned as mentors for the younger students,” Andrea said. “They’ve been
incredible in their support and continue to put into practice the program
values, such as gratitude, kindness, giving and volunteering.”
This is the second year Kids as Catalyst
program is being delivered at the College. It is aligned with the Victorian
Curriculum through Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Civics and Citizenship,
Literacy, Numeracy, Economics and Critical Thinking. In 2017 the program
received the VicHealth Improving Mental Wellbeing Award.
For more information contact Angela Thiel-Paul
Aspiring young actor Ben Oakes has taken
the greatest leap of his short career in a role he hopes will lead to bigger
and better future opportunities.
Ben recently completed his debut season at
Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre in its production of Cloudstreet, which is based on the novel by Australian writer Tim
Winton. He played the role of Fish, the disabled son of the Lamb family.
Ben, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, was
cast after a nation-wide search for an actor with a disability to play the
role. It follows his earlier work with Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre.
Ben appeared in the production alongside
well-known actors including Guy Simon,
Natasha Herbert Greg Stone, Alison Whyte and Geelong’s Bert LaBonté. He said it
was “an amazing experience”.
been so nice,” Ben said. “I’ve enjoyed it immensely.”
Ben will travel
with the production to Perth in 2020 and hopes to secure an agent to help him
find other acting work. He is well known at Cloverdale, Rosewall and Norlane
community centres where he has been a volunteer in various programs and at