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NAIDOC Week Intereach events calendar 2019

Once again our staff members are attending a number of NAIDOC Week events across the Intereach footprint. NAIDOC Week is recognised nationally from July 7 to 14 and this year’s theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future’.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

For more information on NAIDOC Week and a list of events being held across the country, visit

Below are some events we’re either hosting or attending:



Albury July 6 | Intereach Information Table

11am – 3pm QEII Square, Dean St, Albury
Intereach information stall.

Maryborough July 9 | NAIDOC Week event

10am – 3.30pm Princes Park, Maryborough
Led by Anglicare, the community of Maryborough will be holding another NAIDOC Week event this year. There will be football and netball matches to watch and heaps of activities including face-painting, Indigenous art and crafts, story-telling, a Kup Murrie (traditional feast) and more.


Deniliquin July 10 | NAIDOC Week Koori Market

10.30am Deniliquin Sports Stadium, Cemetery Rd, Deniliquin
Tea, coffee and morning tea will be available, and a sausage sizzle and light lunch will be provided.
Come along and have a yarn with the many different service providers.
Koori arts/crafts stalls will also be selling their products, so don’t miss out.


Bendigo July 10 | NAIDOC Children’s Day

10am – 3pm Crusoe Secondary College, 57-75 Olympic Pde, Kangaroo Flat
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culturally inspired activities for the whole family. Come and join a full day of fun. Traditional food tastings and BBQ provided, cultural performances and smoking ceremony.
Giveaways for children, interactive displays, story time and lots more.
Contact: Becky Lesser 5442 4947 or


Dareton July 10 | NAIDOC Week Celebrations

10am – 3pm Dareton Public School, Matong St, Dareton
Come along and participate in the NAIDOC Week celebrations in Dareton. Intereach team members from ROAR, Ability Links and NDIS will be there making ‘calming bottles’ with the children.


Leeton July 11 | Leeton and District LALC Fun Day

11am – 2pm Gossamer Park, Gossamer St, Leeton
Come along for a day of family activities, free BBQ lunch, services expo, Parkview School performance and the Old Kentucky animal petting zoo.
In the case of inclement weather the event will move to Parkview Public School.

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What does Balranald need?

We want to know more about people in Balranald and the surrounding communities and how we can support you to get the help you need,when you need it.
Please take the time to answer this series of questions to help identify what’s needed in the Balranald area.

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Shepparton office opening

Thank you to everyone who attended our official Shepparton office opening on Tuesday afternoon last week. It was a special occasion for our dedicated staff as well as the wider community.

Some highlights of the afternoon included the ‘cutting of the cake’ by National Disability Insurance Scheme participant Nadia and Intereach chair Pat Fogarty and a traditional smoking ceremony performed by Yorta Yorta man Corey Walker at the office entrance outside.

About 60 people attended the event, including Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum and Greater Shepparton City Council representatives. All guests were treated to a delicious afternoon tea.

Intereach partners with the National Disability Insurance Agency to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Early Intervention services in the NDIS Goulburn area.

Our Shepparton office is located at 1 Sobraon St and is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (excluding public holidays).

For more information or to arrange an appointment contact the office on 1300 488 226.


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Sports day for all to enjoy

Two of our ‘Linkers’ – Ben and Suzanne – partnered with Lockhart Council to host an inclusive sports day, which was attended by more than 100 students and their teachers.

Our Ability Links program put forward the funding to make the Sports-Ability Fun Day possible, while the day was facilitated by development coaches from Cricket NSW, Wheelchair Sports NSW, Riverina AFL, NRL and Hockey NSW.

The students ranged in age from 11 to 18 and enjoyed playing each discipline at the Lockhart Recreation Ground. They also enjoyed a sausage sizzle and fresh fruit for lunch and received a free water bottle donated by Riverina Water.

A survey conducted at the conclusion showed 86% of students had an ‘awesome’ day. The success was also confirmed with several schools saying they would like this to be an annual event.

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Intereach Reconciliation Action Plan launch

Intereach is inviting community members to join with staff in launching the organisation’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2018 to 2020, as part of National Reconciliation Week.

The launch of the plan is the culmination of 12 months’ work from our Executive and Community Engagement and Capacity Development teams, working in partnership with Reconciliation Australia. Reconciliation Australia was established in 2001 and is the lead body for reconciliation in the nation.

“We share Reconciliation Australia’s vision of national reconciliation, which is based on five critical dimensions: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance,”  Intereach CEO Keryn Fox.

The launch is being held in the Intereach Neighbourhood Centre, on the corner of Napier and Trickett Sts, Deniliquin on Friday, May 31 from 11am-1pm and will include a Welcome to Country and a free barbecue ‘bush tucker’ lunch and refreshments. For more information or to RSVP, please contact our Community Engagement and Capacity Development Project Officer Guy Hussey on 1300 488 226, 0418 649 190 or RSVP closing date is May 28.

This is our second Reconciliation Action Plan, following on from the 2015 to 2017 plan which aimed to develop staff capacity in working with Aboriginal communities throughout the local area. The 2018 to 2020 plan continues with strengthening staff development but also focuses on developing existing community strengths about reconciliation in partnership with Aboriginal communities.

Caption: Intereach staff members Keryn Fox (left) and Mikayla Williams with a copy of the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2018 to 2020.

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Celebrating Family Day Care Week in Deniliquin

Last week children, educators and families from the Deniliquin area celebrated National Family Day Care Week with a nature play session at Deniliquin’s Island Sanctuary.

The children enjoyed connecting with nature – climbing trees, balancing on logs, finding sticks, examining bugs and exploring their natural surroundings.

Those who attended also enjoyed a delicious morning tea.


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Swan Hill office open from today

Our new Swan Hill office is open to the public from 9am today (Monday, May 13).

We are located at 215 Campbell St, Swan Hill. Business hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can make an appointment to see a staff member by calling our toll free number, 1300 488 266.

Intereach is a not-for-profit community-based provider of services to regional, rural and remote communities throughout the Riverina Murray region of NSW and northern and central Victoria. Our staff work alongside children, families, older people, carers and people with a disability by providing information and support, delivering a range of services or linking people with another service that can better meet their needs.

Intereach partners with the National Disability Insurance Agency to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in the NDIS Mallee service area of Victoria.

For more information on our services, call 1300 488 266 or visit

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Celebrating Family Day Care Week in Echuca

This week children, educators and families from the Echuca area celebrated National Family Day Care Week with a natural play session at Banyule Forest.

The children enjoyed connecting with nature – climbing trees, balancing on logs, finding sticks, examining bugs and exploring their natural surroundings.

Those who attended also enjoyed a delicious morning tea.


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Popular park upgrades in Griffith

We’re proud to have played a part in the upgrade of two popular Griffith play parks last month.

A new playground, water bubbler, and table and shelter unit have been installed at Kubank Park for the local community to enjoy. At David Taylor Park, which is located off Heath Crescent, a shelter, seating and rubbish bin have been installed to complement the popular outdoor basketball court.

Intereach applied for and was successful in gaining the funding for the upgrades through the Family and Community Services (FACS) Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF). The SHCIF aims to create better and stronger social housing communities by improving local amenities through the provision of one off grants to physically improve social housing communities or sites, or facilities and areas frequently used by social housing tenants.

Intereach Community Engagement and Capacity Development Project Officer Guy Hussey said both projects were completed with the aim of facilitating more interaction between local residents.

“We’re very grateful for the funding to be able to enhance what are both popular community meeting spaces,” he said.

“We’re also very grateful to the community members who helped us complete the Kubank Park project at a working bee last month, helping spread the mulch on the ground at the base of the new play equipment. We all enjoyed a barbecue after the working bee which was nice.”

FACS Estate Manegement Unit, Senior Project Officer Wendy McPherson said the NSW Government is committed to improving the liveability and amenity of social housing communities through the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.

“The Department of Family and Community Services is proud to partner with Intereach, Griffith City Council and the Pioneer Core Action Group to support local projects like the Kubank and Dave Taylor Park upgrades.”


Photo caption: Intereach staff member Geraldine Higgins and FACS Project Officer Sherryn Hill at the upgraded Kubank Park.

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Milestone for dedicated Family Day Care educators

Intereach Family Day Care educators Melanie Griffin and Colleen Watson have been recognised for 15 years’ service. Intereach FDC offers personalised education and care from the educator’s home for children under the age of 13. Melanie, who is based in Tocumwal, initially started her family day care service because she loves children and it worked in well with having her own family. “I started out as a nanny but once I had my own children I needed something that worked in well with family life and this was the perfect option. It’s also helped teach my own kids values in regards to sharing and interacting with other children.

“I love being around the children – they make you laugh and there’s always something different every day.”


Melanie looks after children five days a week, with a lot of time spent outdoors. “I think it’s important for children to be outdoors having fun as opposed to sitting in front of a screen. We spend a lot of time outside or at the park, and the kids love it and so do I. I don’t think I could have an office job.”

Colleen is based in Jerilderie and has followed a similar career path to Melanie. She started as a nanny but changed to family day care when she became a mum herself. “I’d always worked with children and when I had my own family this fitted in so well with that, plus the town needed this service. I love seeing the children grow and develop their own unique personalities – and they thrive in a safe home care environment. We have a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, and we do reading, craft and music. We also do plenty of community visits – when there’s a community event on we try to go along.” Colleen cares for children five days a week and she said the flexibility family day care offers is an advantage.

“We’re flexible to parents’ needs and try to be as accommodating as possible. We try to help out where we can if parents need an early drop-off or late pick-up.”

Both Melanie and Colleen praised Intereach Family Day Care for its support throughout the 15 years. “Intereach is very supportive and great to work with,” Melanie said.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of Intereach Family Day Care and their staff – they’re very supportive and nothing is ever an issue and they’re great with communicating with parents,” Colleen added.

In the southern Riverina, Intereach FDC partners with 12 educators to deliver high quality education and care in Barooga, Berrigan, Finley, Jerilderie and Tocumwal. For more information on Intereach FDC services, contact Intereach FDC nominated supervisor Bec Fitzpatrick on 1300 488 226 during business hours.


Both Melanie Griffin and Colleen Watson were recognised for 15 years’ service as Intereach Family Day Care educators.

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