Serving community in many ways

Corio Norlane Lions Club has celebrated six years of serving the local community through a range of programs and activities.

The club has been running a bike program for almost three years. Members obtain secondhand bicycles either by purchase or donation, clean them, repair them and paint them and then give them away. So far, the club has provided more than 1600 bikes to children and families.

Members are planning to build a shed to support a Work for the Dole Program, to provide support for locals and refugee families to improve their job skills. Member John McKinnin has received enormous satisfaction and praise for supporting this program.

The Lions club’s breakfast program has been reviewed and now provides $1000 per term to Northern Bay College, Goldsworthy Road campus where the canteen provides a healthy breakfast and now supports up to 60 students per morning.

The Winter Blanket Appeal is now called Road Home Geelong and between March and October each year members collect blankets, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves and hygiene items. All items are distributed to the homeless throughout Geelong via the local agencies. This appeal also encourages people to talk about and consider the desperation of the homeless and their families.

The club’s computer program has been running for six years, where secondhand computer equipment is cleaned and software installed, then donated to families. More than 400 computer systems have been delivered to families.

Corio Norlane Lions members hold barbecues at ALDI Corio on the second Saturday of each month to raise money to support the breakfast program. The Lions Golden Opportunity Community Shop at 55 Alkira Avenue, Norlane is also doing well, staffed by volunteers.

The club is aiming to involve students and young adults in community projects. If you are over 12 and interested in helping improve your local community; if you have any items that you could donate; or if you’re interested in supporting in any way, contact the secretary Richard Walter: coriolions@gmail.com or 0490-802-003.

Uniting Barwon at Norlane

Uniting Barwon’s Norlane office is located at 10 Wendover Avenue, on the site of the Corio/Norlane Uniting Church. It is part of Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Ltd, which is the community services arm of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania.

Uniting is a non-profit organisation financed through government, philanthropic and community grants and donations.

Uniting at Norlane provides:

  • Emergency relief services including food, clothing, material aid, household goods and white goods.
  • Homelessness and housing services.
  • Bill Assist services including organising payment plans, applying for utility relief grants and setting up budgets.
  • Primary and secondary school education expense assistance.
  • No interest loans for those who qualify.
  • General counselling for couples, families, individuals, children and adolescents in the areas of relationship issues, life and family issues, parenting, depression, grief loss and bereavement, personal development, anger management, trauma, anxiety, stress management and loneliness.

Uniting’s office hours at Norlane are 9.30am until noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. If you’d like to meet with a Uniting worker or have any queries, phone 5278-8492 to make an appointment.

Coasthaven Community to open soon

The Baptcare Coasthaven Community, located at 45 Robin Avenue, Norlane will open in March this year.

It will offer a 90-place residential aged care facility and a Community Hub that will include a café, community garden, men’s shed and playground.

To receive updates on this new Community, as well as special offers, giveaways and information on the Open Day to be held shortly, visit www.baptcare.org.au to register your interest.

Applying for an aged care place

If you or someone you care for is interested in applying for and securing a place at our Coasthaven Community we recommend you complete the following steps as soon as possible, as this process takes time.

  1. Get an aged care assessment.
  2. Get an income and asset assessment test.
  3. Consider if you need an authorised representative to act on your behalf.

For those needing help to understand this process please call Baptcare on 13-2278.

Job opportunities

For job opportunities at our Coasthaven Community all positions will be advertised as soon as they become available via the Vacancies page on the Baptcare website, www.baptcare.org.au/get-involved/careers/vacancies

Building for an exciting future

Residents of the 3214 area will have access to state-of-the-art community facilities when major Neighbourhood House building projects are completed this year.

A new Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre is being built behind the current facility in Sharland Road. The $3.76 million facility will be known as the Rosewall Community Hub.

The new Rosewall will provide all the usual services of the neighbourhood centre, but in a more modern and comfortable environment. The building will be finished in 2019 and feature modern facilities including a pottery room and kiln, hospitality training kitchen and outdoor decking areas.

The Cloverdale Community Centre, in Purnell Road, is also in the midst of a major upgrade. The first part of an extension and refurbishment of the rear of the existing building will be completed in early 2019. Following that, the front of the building will be upgraded.

The centre runs a wide range of pre-accredited training and programs, some of which were relocated during the building process. All programs have returned to Cloverdale to start Term 1.

Slow down in Purnell Road

Motorists in Purnell Road, Corio, should be aware of a new 40km speed zone during school times.

The City of Greater created the new zone, between Princess Road and Goulburn Avenue, in response to a request from Northern Bay College students who were concerned about safety in the area.

New speed limit signs were due to be erected in the area in early September. The 40km limit applies from 8am-9.30am and 2.30pm-4pm.

Family Bush Dance fun

Norlane West Scout Group is inviting families to join it for a night of fun at a Bush Dance on Saturday, November 24. The night will feature music by the Billy Tea Bush Band.

The event will be held at 86 Dunloe Avenue in Norlane. Doors will open at 5.30pm for dinner, followed by the Bush Dance from 6.30pm until 8pm, then supper. Dinner will be spit roast roll for $5 and cold drinks $2.

Tickets for the Bush Dance are available from https://www.trybooking.com/XTMB. The cost is $11 per person or $40 per family. They can also be bought on the night – $15 per person or $50 per family.

For more information contact norlanewestscoutgroup@gmail.com.

All families are welcome

Northern Bay College Family Centre started the second half of the year with a change of governance, and the centre’s focus to provide support and services for young families is as strong as ever.

The Family Centre is now under the governance of Northern Bay College. Helen O’Connor is back as co-ordinator after her secondment at Barwon Child Youth and Family and is working with the College to create a place where all families feel welcome.

The centre has several local community agencies running playgroups and parenting groups, including Bethany, the City of Greater Geelong and Barwon Child Youth and Family. For the first time, it is also establishing a Playgroup Victoria Community Playgroup.

Helen said the overwhelming message for families is that everyone is welcome.

“We’re continuing to look at how the centre will operate in conjunction with the College’s Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten to continue to grow and provide child-friendly services for families,” she said. “We want to connect families with each other and with services, as well as connecting services with each other to create a vibrant early years precinct for all families.”

Weekly activities include:

Monday: Goldsworthy playgroup, 10.30am-noon; Bubs to Tots playgroup, 1.30-3pm.

Tuesday: Bumps 2 Bubs for young and pre-birth families, 1.30-3pm.

Wednesday: Kookaburras ‘Small Talk’ playgroup, 9.30-11.30am.

Thursday: Little Possums Community playgroup, 10-11.30am; Bringing Up Great Kids parenting program, 1-3pm.

Friday: Karen and Karenni Families playgroup, 10-11.30am.

A drop-in parent support service is available Tuesday 9am-noon, Wednesday 11.30am-4pm and Friday 11.30am-1.30pm.

The Northern Bay College Family Centre is at 25 Goldsworthy Road, Corio. For more information phone Helen O’Connor, 5274-9791.

Getting creative at Corio library

Sewing equipment and a 3D printer are among exciting new additions at Corio Library – and they’re available for all library members to use.

The new equipment is the result of funding from Geelong Regional Library Corporation to create a Makerspace in Corio. Head librarian Subha Simpson said the space aims to help members understand the use of a range of digital devices, build community and provide a learning environment for all ages.

A pilot program has been run with students from St Francis Xavier Primary School to teach them engineering concepts using the 3D printer, making and modifying racing cars from recycled materials and building paper towers that can hold weight.

The 3D printer was installed in July and is proving popular with library staff and members. Librarian Tim Symons is available to guide members through designing and printing with the equipment. It is already being used for practical items like name tags for staff.

“You can book a session with Tim and he’ll guide you through the design software,” Subha said. “You can also print your items, within reason, while you’re here.”

The sewing machine and overlocker are available for use during library hours. Classes are also being held fortnightly for those wanting to learn how to use the equipment.

“We’ve already had one member come and make new curtains for her home on the machines,” Subha said. “We’re expecting January will be a busy time for them too, when parents need to alter new school uniforms.”

Subha said use of the equipment is for all library members, and membership is free.

“We don’t want people to be shy about sewing,” she said. “Come in and book a time to use the equipment or, if you want to learn, we’ll put you in a class.”

Corio Library is in Cox Road, corner of Moa Street. The library is open Monday to Saturday. For more information call in and speak to the library staff or phone 5275-2388.

Grant for new big band

Cloverdale Community Centre is moving ahead with plans to grow the newly-formed North Geelong Community Big Band thanks to support from the Geelong Community Foundation.

The Centre received a grant for $10,100 to enable more people to join the band. The grant was among $932,500 allocated to 46 Geelong groups and organisations, thanks to the generosity of donors and supporters of Geelong Community Foundation.

Other grant recipients supporting programs in 3214 included Kids Thrive ($35,000), Ardoch ($15,000), Bluebird Foundation ($30,000) and Norlane Community Initiatives ($40,000).

The North Geelong Community Big Band is a newly formed group of music enthusiasts, in particular northern suburbs residents, from as young as 13. The band formalises the involvement of musicians and performers who are regular participants in Cloverdale Community Centre programs.

Cloverdale manager Liz Bonner said the band’s aim is to encourage participation and performance, as well as provide opportunities for skill development for musicians.

“The band is under the leadership of our Preparing to Perform tutor Ian Burrowes (pictured) and has continued to grow since the start of this year. It has performed at other centre functions, as well as community activities including Music from the Neighbourhood.

“There is no other similar band or program in the northern suburbs, possibly Geelong, and we are delighted to have received the grant. It will be used to formalise the band, buy equipment and employ a local music director.”

The band meets at 10 Wendover Avenue, Norlane, every Thursday from 6.30pm-9pm. For more information phone Liz Bonner, 5275-4415.

Brandon’s support rewarded

Norlane’s Brandon Dellow was among six outstanding young people recently honoured at the Geelong Youth Awards.

Brandon, 21, won the Community Citizenship Award for his work in mental health, cultural diversity, equal opportunities, human rights, education, the community and Type 1 diabetes.

Brandon was instrumental in growing and contributing to the 3214 Faces & Places facebook page, which aims to promote the positive aspects of the northern suburbs. He has also been working at grass roots levels at The fOrT youth centre.

The former Northern Bay P-12 College student is also a member of Humans in Geelong, a voluntary team offering a young perspective, spreading positivity and hope to all members of the community. He contributes stories in a professional and reliable manner, often highlighting Geelong’s rich multicultural element.

Over the past three years Brandon has been working at Northern Bay P-12 College in education support, community engagement, and as media and reporting co-ordinator for Northern Bay Promise. He also provides education support for the college’s English as an Additional Language students and worked with organisers of cultural celebrations including Harmony Day, Cultural Diversity Week, Refugee Week and NAIDOC Week.

Brandon’s long-term goal is to obtain his teaching degree, teaching EAL, to eventually travel overseas to teach in classrooms for refugees.