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Our Intereach Community Hubs in Corowa, Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Finley and Hay have plenty happening in the month of April. Click below for a full schedule of events.



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‘Have Your Say’ in Swan Hill and Narrandera

We want to know more about your community and how we can support you to get the help you need, when you need it. Some of our staff members will be in Swan Hill (April 3) and Narrandera (April 7) talking to community members this week. They’ll be asking people to complete our ‘Have Your Say’ survey to help identify what needs there are in your community. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. By completing the survey you can also enter the draw to win an iPad mini!


Swan Hill

Where: Outside of SportsPower, 200 Campbell St

When: Wednesday, April 3, 10am-2pm



Where: Narrandera Farmers’ Market – 8 Hartnett Rd

When: Sunday, April 7, 9am-noon



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‘Have Your Say’ in Jerilderie

We want to know more about the Jerilderie community. Intereach Ability Links staff will be outside Jerilderie IGA on Wednesday, April 3 to provide information and answer questions about the services they provide. The staff will also be asking community members to complete the ‘Have Your Say’ survey which takes about 10 minutes. Intereach Community Engagement & Capacity Development and Ability Links senior manager Mardi Chartres encourages all Jerilderie locals to take the time to find out more about the services available.
“Intereach works alongside families, children, older people, carers and people with a disability, so there is a strong chance that you or someone you know could use one of our services at some point in your life. It’s important you know what services and supports we offer. We have an office in Finley, Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Albury, Griffith, Wagga and Shepparton to name a few, which is a strong presence in the Riverina Murray and northern Victoria.”
Intereach Ability Links is about building connections in your local community. Ability ‘Linkers’ work with people living with a disability or major barrier, as well as their family members and carers, to enable them to make new connections and find out what services, resources and groups are available to assist them to reach their full potential.See the Intereach staff in Jerilderie between 10.30am and noon on April 3 outside of IGA supermarket. The ‘Have Your Say’ survey is designed to help identify what service gaps may exist within your community. For more information on Intereach and to find a digital version of the survey, visit . You can also visit the Finley Intereach office at 134 Murray St (Newell Hwy) or call 1300 488 226.

You can complete the survey online here:


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Mental Health Carer Support Group

Supporting someone who is living with mental illness can take a toll on your own health. That is why One Door Mental Health, in collaboration with Intereach, is starting a new Carer Support Group in Deniliquin. The group will meet for the first time this Monday, April 1, at the Intereach Community Hub in Trickett St, Deniliquin. One Door Mental Health carer advocate Michelle Conroy will facilitate the group, which will provide “more practical than clinical” support to people in a caring role.

“This is about getting together with people who are in the same boat as you and sharing information and practical advice that can be used to help each other. There are a lot of people caring for someone living with mental illness; the group’s an opportunity to find recognition and reassurance about your own situation alongside others who may have a greater understanding. Ensuring carers get the support they need and to be able to talk to others who have similar experiences can be just as important to maintain their own health and wellbeing. There will also be information about other support services available that may be able to help, as well as some of my homemade slice for morning tea!”

Mrs Conroy has both professional and lived experience in caring for someone with mental illness and has been attending Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group catch-ups in recent times to gain a better understanding of local issues.

“I believe there is a strong need for this group in Deni and the surrounding area and I encourage everyone who is caring for someone with mental health issues to attend. It can help improve welfare, coping mechanisms, resilience, knowledge, relationships and management skills at home, and you can expect to find a caring environment at each group catch-up.”

One Door Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation offering support, information, education and advocacy for people living with mental illness, their families and carers. People can self-refer to the Carer Support Group, which is provided free of charge, and the person they’re caring for does not have to have a formal diagnosis. For more information, please call Michelle Conroy on 0481 010 728. The first Carer Support Group meeting will be held at Intereach between 10.30am-12pm.

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Harmony in the Gardens – Celebrating Harmony Week 2019

Our Deniliquin office has a special tree on display following our ‘Harmony in the Gardens’ event on Saturday.

The ‘craft tree’ is flowering with decorated cardboard ‘hand prints’ and ‘little people’ which were created by community members who were in Deniliquin’s Waring Gardens on Saturday morning celebrating Harmony Week.

Intereach staff joined with local people and members of the Deniliquin Multicultural Group as well as Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre for a relaxed morning together, enjoying art and craft activities.

The ‘craft tree’ is now on public display in the Deniliquin office foyer in Trickett St.

Harmony Week is celebrated nation-wide and recognises multiculturalism and inclusiveness.


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Harmony Day – a taste of harmony

Our Bendigo office staff members recognised Harmony Day on Thursday, marking the occasion with a selection of tasty treats to share with one another.
Some of the staff members were even happy to offer an insight into their chosen dish and what it means to them (see below).
Harmony Day recognises and celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity.


Staff member: Elly.
Dish: Snags on the BBQ.
What culture your food represents: Australian.
What this food means to you: To me ‘snags on the barbie’ means family. Growing up, every family Christmas, birthday or get together, we had snags. Even now as we’re older, a BBQ is still the staple of any summertime event with friends and family.

Staff member: Natalie.
Dish: Greek salad with almond feta.
What culture your food represents: Greek.
What this food means to you: I was brought up in a Greek and Italian family. Salad was served with most meals and sometimes eaten as a main meal with fresh bread (the bread was used to dip/soak up excess dressing). When I became vegan, there was a challenging amount of food that was no longer suitable for me to eat, so I started to make meat/dairy/egg-free versions of some of my childhood favourites – this being one of them!

Staff member: Loretta.
Dish: Lamingtons with jam and cream.
What culture your food represents: Australian
What this food means to you: A history of lamingtons…. This Australian culinary icon, which consists of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and liberally sprinkled with fine desiccated coconut, is believed to have been created through an accident at work by a maid-servant to Lord Lamington, the thoroughly-British eighth Governor of Queensland.

Staff member: Erin.
Dish: Potato bake.
What culture your food represents: Ireland.
What this food means to you: My Dad’s side came from Ireland, and during the Potato Famine had to migrate to England to survive due to potatoes being a staple item, as well as a source of income for many families. It is believed our surname should actually be O’Goude, as some history shows that our family changed our names to Smith on arrival to England to fit in better. Potatoes have continued to be a staple item all my life, from family BBQs, roast dinners and to get us through the hard times of drought when my family had to cut back to get through.

Staff member: Gemma.
Dish: Mexican salad.
What culture your food represents: Mexican
What this food means to you: This salad is one I’ve taken to family BBQs my whole life, the recipe has been passed down from family members of mine.

Staff member: Amy.
Dish: Scallop potato bake.
What culture your food represents: Irish.
What this food means to you: Irish heritage in my family.

Staff member: Josh.
Dish: Apricot, apple and custard Danish.
What culture your food represents: Denmark.
What this food means to you: Danish heritage in my family.

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Harmony in the Gardens

People often recognise Intereach by the iconic tree that adorns our logo and building, and on Saturday locals will be asked to ‘look for the tree’ in Deniliquin’s beautiful Waring Gardens.
This specific craft tree will be the centrepiece of our ‘Harmony in the Gardens’ event that will complement the fanfare of the monthly community market.
Locals will be invited to celebrate Deniliquin and district’s cultural diversity by decorating a cardboard ‘hand print’ or ‘little person’ and then attach it to the tree. The craft tree will be placed on display in the Intereach foyer in Trickett St, Deniliquin.
Intereach staff member and co-organiser of the event Wendy Johnston encourages everyone to join in the day.

“This is an opportunity for local people from all cultural backgrounds to come together and reflect on and celebrate our local diversity. It will be a very relaxed event, with our tree as the focus for people to leave their message or build a timeline or picture of their family’s history or origin. We’ll be engaging with people and offering them the warmth of the community and making them feel part of the community. It’s about celebrating and embracing multiculturalism, and there’ll be members of the Deniliquin Multicultural Group on hand to also welcome those who are new to our community.”
Harmony Day is celebrated nation-wide and this year has been re-named Harmony Week, recognising multiculturalism and inclusiveness. ‘Harmony in the Gardens’ will run from 9am to noon on the Napier St side of the gardens. The craft tree will be on display and locals will be able to pin their message to it.

“We’re inviting people to sit and spend time together in a beautiful setting,” Mrs Johnston said.
Intereach staff will also have copies of the ‘Have Your Say’ survey available tomorrow, which is designed to help the organisation identify service gaps that may exist in the local area. Fill in the survey and go in the draw to win an iPad Mini. You can also find the survey online at

Caption: Intereach staff members Kama Jennings, Mikayla Williams and Lara Roach getting ready
for the event.

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Shepparton Multicultural Festival

Intereach was proud to be a part of the wonderfully successful Multicultural Shepparton Festival on Saturday afternoon / evening.
One of our staff members from our Shepparton office was on hand to talk to people about our many valuable services, and in particular the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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

Our Goulburn Program Manager, Vanessa, joined with NDIS Community Engagement Officers, Lauren and Sue, in greeting hundreds of people at the festival, handing out information booklets and asking people to pin their place of origin on a world map which was very popular.

If you would like more information on any of our services, or the NDIS, call 1300 488 226.

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Hay Women’s Day

The Intereach Hay Community Hub recognised women in the local community today (March 7), hosting a special morning tea.
Our staff were joined by Hay International Women’s Day Awards nominees.

There were five nominees – Dot Lauer, Jade Auldist, Cheyenne Hurst, Nina Fieldhouse and the ‘Vinnies Volunteers’ ladies.
All five were nominated for helping others and their commitment to the community.
Hay Hub acting program manager Krista Schade said:
“This was our second annual event and it’s a great way for helpful people to be recognised and for others to show their appreciation by nominating a deserving woman in the community. We hope to again run this campaign in 2020.”

The local awards are held as part of International Women’s Day.
All five nominees received a laminated certificate and were treated to morning tea at the Hay Intereach office.


 (Back, from left) Sue Parslow (Vinnies volunteer), Intereach staff Naomi Watkin and Loryn Johnston, and Marilyn Pynor (Vinnies); (front) nominees Dot Lauer (left) and Cheyenne Hurst.

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LAC ECEI E-Newsletter March 2019

Welcome to the March edition of the Intereach NDIS E-News; your one stop shop for information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) in Loddon, Mallee, Goulburn and Murrumbidgee regions.

Intereach partners with the NDIA to deliver NDIS LAC and ECEI services in the Mallee, Goulburn and Loddon areas (Victoria) and the Murrumbidgee area (NSW). In NSW, Intereach provides LAC services on behalf of NDIS partner, Social Futures.

Here you can find out about Intereach services, and how we as your local NDIS Partner in the Community can support you.

Local Government Areas included in NDIS regions

Lower Fast West Balranald, Wentworth
Murrumbidgee Albury, Berrigan, Bland, Broken Hill, Coolamon, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume, Griffith, Gundagai, Hay (ECEI only), Hilltops, Junee, Leeton, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Snowy Valleys, Temora, Wagga Wagga
Mallee  Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura, Swan Hill
Loddon Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander
Goulburn Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie

General Intereach News

From January 1 this year, the NDIS became available in the Mallee and Goulburn regions. Some participants, families/carers and providers would have started to develop their NDIS plan and started to form linkages to community and other government agency support.

For employment opportunities please visit

Intereach Staff Profile

Amy Whitten
Job Title:
Program Manager – Community Development (ECEI)

What your position involves:
Representing Intereach while supporting the community with questions regarding the NDIS or helping access mainstream and community services. My position also aims to build the capacity of families and the community to be empowered to make decisions and work on their goals. My role has a particular focus on the Early Childhood Early Intervention space which supports children 0-6 years and their families.

Intereach career background:
I started with Intereach in December 2018. Prior to Intereach I worked within the early childhood sector as a key worker and occupational therapist. I have worked across many of Intereach’s regions including Loddon, Goulburn and Mallee giving me knowledge into the gaps these rural areas face. I am highly motivated to support our local communities and look forward to my new role to make positive changes across the Intereach footprint.

Why you love working at Intereach:
Intereach is a very inclusive and supportive environment, inside and out. I have felt invited and included into my teams and look forward to seeing where our collaboration leads.

Fun fact about you:
I love to dance and I spend my hours outside of work program-designing and directing a movement to music program and also teach at numerous dance schools throughout our local communities.

NDIS resources and information

Have you noticed the new NDIS website? The NDIS has made its website easier to use, search and navigate to help find key information. The website is a simpler design to ensure people of all abilities can find the information they need. If you have any feedback or questions about the website email

Last edition we introduced you to the new Participant Booklets and the Guide to self-management that are available to support people with disability and participants throughout their NDIS journey. Follow the links to find out more.

Where will we be during January and February?

A key part of our role is getting out and about in the community to run NDIS information sessions, ‘plan readiness’, ‘plan implementation’ and ‘plan review’ workshops, as well as being present at events, festivals and other key places with our iVan (information van). We have lots of great resources and fantastic staff who are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have or offer support to access the scheme.

This newsletter will always include a schedule of where and when we will be in your community, so feel free to come and say hello. Another great way to keep up-to-date with our movements is by following our Facebook page
Additional sessions will be scheduled for upcoming months and will be promoted through the Intereach website, Facebook, E-News and flyers in your local community.

Left to right: Ashley Lythgo (Intereach Program Manager – Community Development), Nancy Campbell (Cobram Community House), Renee McCarthy (Community Member), Jenny Godwin (Cobram Community House) and Rita Greco (Community Member). 

NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Monday 4 March 2019
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House, 1 Hargrave Ct, Yarrawonga, VIC, 3730

NDIS Implementation Information Session
Thursday 7 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Friday 8 March 2019
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Nagambie Community House, 11 Prentice St, Nagambie, VIC, 3608

Do It In Deni Street Bazaar
Saturday 9 March 2019
9am – 1pm
Deniliquin CBD, Cressy St, Deniliquin, NSW, 2710

NDIS Drop In Session
Tuesday 12 March 2019
10am – 2pm
Intereach Office, 384 Hargreaves St, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Wednesday 13 March 2019
9:30am – 11:30am
Alexandra Shire Hall, Lot 1 Perkins St, Alexandra, VIC, 3714

NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Wednesday 13 March 2019
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Kinglake West Hall, 1055 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake West, VIC, 3757

NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Friday 15 March 2019
9:30am – 11:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Friday 15 March 2019
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

NDIS Information Stall
Tuesday 26 March 2019
10am – 12:30pm
Mildura Library, The Alfred Deakin Centre, 180-190 Deakin Ave, Mildura, VIC, 3500

NDIS Implementation Information Session
Tuesday 19 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

NDIS Implementation Information Session
Wednesday 20 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

NDIS Drop In Session
Friday 22 March 2019
10am – 2pm
Intereach Office, 203-205 Hare St, Echuca, VIC, 3564

NDIS Implementation Information Session
Monday 25 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

NDIS Implementation Information Session
Tuesday 26 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Temora Disability Services Expo
Friday 29 March 2019
10am – 3pm
Temora Memorial Ex-Services Club, 130 Baker St, Temora, NSW, 2666

NDIS Implementation Information Session
Wednesday 3 April 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Swan Hill
NDIS Information Stall
Wednesday 3 April 2019
10am – 2pm
Outside of SportsPower, 200 Campbell St, Swan Hill, VIC, 3585

NDIS Information Stall
Monday 15 April 2019
10am – 2pm
Intereach Office, 88 Burke St, Maryborough, VIC, 3465

Additional sessions will be scheduled for upcoming months which will be promoted through the Intereach website, Facebook, E-News and flyers in your local community.

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