Spring 2012

More trips, more buses for community transport
Spring 2012

More trips, more buses for community transport

City of Sydney is set to take a lead role in revamping community transport, with the number of trips expected to double to 80,000 each year. Chantel Cotterell looks at what ‘mobility management entails’ and speaks to community transport providers about the changes.

New community hub opens in Randwick
Spring 2012

New community hub opens in Randwick

For over 30 years, the Junction Neighbourhood Centre has been building and strengthening the capacity of individuals, families and groups in the Randwick local government area through a variety of programs and activities. Now, the organisation has branched out and opened a community hub in Randwick to assist residents.

Deadly healthy bubs: a new parenting book for Aboriginal families
Community Sector / Spring 2012

Deadly healthy bubs: a new parenting book for Aboriginal families

A new parenting book for Aboriginal families and workers in south east Sydney was launched by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services in conjunction with the Junction Neighbourhood Centre at an Aboriginal family day held in Maroubra.

The ‘con’ in conference
Community Sector / Spring 2012

The ‘con’ in conference

It’s a wild, wild west for cowboy conference convenors. Charmaine Jones looks at how to avoid being lassoed and spot the good conference from the bad. Good conferences, after all, give workers the the chance to hear about the latest research and innovative programs, the opportunity to network and in a sector where a meeting with Tim Tams is seen as an extreme extravagance, spoil ourselves with a night away.

Volunteering: all about the bottom line?
Community Sector / Spring 2012

Volunteering: all about the bottom line?

While the NSW Government’s first-ever Volunteering Strategy is good for volunteers and will build the capacity of community organisations that rely on unpaid contributions, should the community sector be concerned about the trumpeting of volunteerism? Is this move motivated by dollar signs? Chantel Cotterell looks at why volunteers cannot be expected to pick up the funding shortfall in the community sector.

On the politics of income management
Centrelink / Spring 2012

On the politics of income management

Eva Cox looks at how Australia’s welfare payments system has been radically altered with the introduction of a series of policies and programs labelled Income Management. What is the evidence base, if any, for this program continuing in the NT and being rolled out to five new pilot sites?

Dancing in the streets for equal pay
Community Sector / Employment / Spring 2012

Dancing in the streets for equal pay

Emily Mayo reflects upon the successful equal pay case and campaign run by the Australian Services Union and how community workers across NSW rallied, danced, petitioned, lobbied, educated the community, and outed themselves and their work. What preceded the campaign and how did it gain momentum and achieve victory this time around?

Leagues Club YES, Skyscrapers NO © Tigers Against the Towers
Spring 2012 / Urban Development

The battle to save Rozelle

Chantel Cotterell speaks with Rozelle residents and community organisations about a proposed Part 3A development of “State significance” that is set to drastically alter the village-like atmosphere of Rozelle. What recent victory has been achieved by the Rozelle community and how can the protest be continued to oppose this development?

Bilingual workers: easing the transition to HACC
Community Sector / Spring 2012

Bilingual workers: easing the transition to HACC

How do bilingual workers help clients to communicate and connect with the Home and Community Care system? Enis Jusufspahic looks at the outcomes from a recent report and forum, and talks about the need for professional development and training opportunities for these workers.

Not just premises, but homes for tenants
Spring 2012

Not just premises, but homes for tenants

What can Housing NSW tenants do when their landlord refuses to undertake necessary repairs and maintenance? Phoenix Van Dyke from the Inner Sydney Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service talks looks at the various ways through which Housing NSW tenants can enforce their rights.