The health and safety of residents, customers and employees is our top priority and we are continuing to monitor developments in response to COVID-19. Some Council facilities have reopened - please follow physical distancing rules of 1.5 metres, limit outdoor gatherings in line with NSW Government restrictions, and continue to practice safe hygiene and wash hands regularly.
The noticeboard is a place for residents and community organisations to find the latest news from community and social services in Lake Macquarie. All content is submitted by community organisations. Council provides the noticeboard facility and approves submissions before publication. Stay up to date with the noticeboard by signing up to our newsletter.
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A copy of the PDF slides from Combined Interagency
By understanding these issues, we can support the capacity of vulnerable populations in emergencies. We can give them priority assistance, and engage them in decision-making processes for response, recovery, preparedness, and risk reduction.
Carer Gateway - Connecting carers to support services.
Community Depression Recovery Group
Dress for Success has a comprehensive career support program to assist women find employment
Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc are providing a Mobile Multicultural Meal service
Connecting, Caring & Contributing to our Community open Wednesday to Friday 9am- 2pm
This fee free course is delivered online by TAFE NSW in conjunction with Swansea Community Cottage.
Gambling Impact Society (GIS) is running Consumer Voice Presentations re impact of gambling. With funding until the end of June 2020 they are offering on-line presentations.
Including fines under Public Health Order, parenting arrangements, loss of employment and eviction from homes, immigration issues
The Energy Efficient Communities Program - Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020 provides community groups with grants up to $12,500 for energy efficient equipment, energy generation and storage systems, and energy audits.
Are you aware of these relief packages?
During an epidemic, there are often confusion and rumours about the disease. People will get a lot of different information from media, friends, family, social media, organizations or other sources. Some of these sources may give conflicting information.
Operations update during COVID-19 response
FASD update and social media promo help
Link included to UNICEF Rapid Assessment tool
Practical guides available and phone support
FREE home cooked meals provided by Our Community Place lunch hub
2019 saw the 5th iteration of the Lake Macquarie Youth Development Survey delivered across the region. It also saw the largest number of youth participants complete the survey since its humble beginnings in 2011.
Info on how to contact and refer during this time
Providing emergency relief soon to some migrants on temporary visas experiencing significant vulnerability including factsheet
NSW Council of Social Services resources with templates, they also shar this via e-newsletter. Sign up to their updates for regular information. Includes webinars on using Zoom for online meetings.
MHPN is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation and following government directives on isolation and social distancing. We are enhancing our network and webinar programs to meet the ever-changing circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and access resources for mental health practitioners.
We have started a community kitchen and you are invited to come and have a takeaway meal with social distancing. We curently are also distributing products for Good360 including ladies make up, unisex gift packs, oral care packs, sleeping bags etc.
Highlighting available resources at State and Territory level perhaps relevant for your organisation.Guide reflects policy announcements updated 22 April 2020
Report rough sleepers and enable their access to temporary and then long term accommodation quickly
Useful strategies around stress and anxiety, link to youth action regularly updated info and e-newsletter edition.
Ensure you keep up to date with announcements via their newsletter featured on this webpage for all Targeted Earlier Intervention announcements
COVID-19 response and services available
From Redfern Legal Centre including FAQ document
Open now closing 30 June 2020
Sharing updates on social media
Brad Dunn has compiled the attached document sharing resources on how we can support young people through the COVID-19 pandemic, links to online counselling and support groups and how to utilise digital technology in youth work.
Free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training links
Remains open for business to service all Disability Employment Servies participants and those who may qualify for DES to navigate sudden unemployment. Offices closed, still working remotely. More info included.
COVID-19 response update and services available
Form included with basic information
Update on operations, times and how to contact
This small Hunter Project, a spin off from FISH (Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter) provides support for parents experiencing the child protection system. This project is staffed by parents who have experienced losing their children into care, and who have now changed their lives and are reunited with their children.
A suite of 21 fee-free TAFE NSW short courses are available online to assist anyone across the State who wants to upskill during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Migrant Employment Legal Service has prepared an Employment Law factsheet to answer Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 and people's employment. We anticipate an influx of employment law enquiries as casual staff are sent home on no pay, or worse yet, terminated.
Community Calming flyer 'working together' and Lock It, Protect It flyers
Tips to help vulnerable older people and people with disability during Coronavirus
Documents included local flyers on resources and still reporting even when social distancing.
This page contains links to updates, training, alerts, and resources for NDIS participants and providers. This information is to inform and support NDIS providers to continue to deliver quality and safe supports and services to NDIS participants.
Community card cards, financial hardship assistance policy and a brief info sheet on simple self care tips. Could you use Council staff to fulfill your volunteer roles?
Keep up to date with the latest news that affects carers and their care recipients.
Not for profit law resources about postponing AGMs, employment issues, social media legal issues and more.
These are the times that engagement professionals were built for. It's tough going - but we are up to it. As we all try to adjust to the challenges of virtual and online engagement, we have collated resources to help guide you through some of the questions around technology and engagement.
Operations and intake line referrals
We are still providing comprehensive translation and interpreting services in 104 languages and dialects, including Auslan (Australian sign language). We can offer you online form submission and telephone interpreting options to make these services contactless.
While we can't get together face to face, we've compiled some #stayathome resources to keep you inspired.
Including - Vision 2030 Roadmap- Boost to mental health services- Embrace Multicultural Mental Health News-#InThisTogether campaign-Suicide Prevention Australia messages- headspace welcomes $1.1 billion package by Government- advocacy issues including psychiatrists, and LGBTI communities need including
We are pleased to offer our community and school presentations as webinars in an effort to reach those who have trouble attending or accessing face-to-face sessions.
With our libraries temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 situation, we're looking at new ways to provide our borrowers with easy access to resources.
Exploring different topics such as Families and Storytimes, Arts, Tech Help and Meet the Author.
Access to Employee Assistance Program for NGO staff during COVID-19 Emergency
Information on NDIS service delivery operations under COVID-19 restrictions for customers
REMPLAN Data surveys for Australian Businesses. COVID-19 is having a significant impact on Australia, with considerable variation across industry sectors and regions. These industry and region-specific insights are vital for understanding the support that our local businesses require now, and also in coming months when we transition to economic recovery and stimulus.
FAMS hosting weekly virtual meetings with Workers Conversations and CEO Chats
Interrelate are offering all services online or over the phone including self-paced and group workshops, school based programs and counseling services for families.
Lake Macquarie City Council
126-138 Main Road,
Speers Point, NSW 2284
Box 1906, Hunter Region
Mail Centre, NSW 2310
Phone 02 4921 0333
Local number for Wyee residents 02 4357 1999
Telephone Interpreting Service 131 450 National Relay Service 133 677
ABN: 81 065 027 868