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Key messages – Service Integration Initiative Covid Learning Exchange Mackay




Yvonne Harris

The second Mackay Covid Learning Exchange was held this afternoon and some interesting information has been shared with our colleagues.

Orange Sky

  • Mackay service is due to start next week!! From 21/05/2020, a pod will be located in Sarina, another pod will be located at Caneland’s Shopping Centre and the van site is currently being reviewed. Daniel from Orange Sky met with us online to share this great news. The pods are repurposed shipping containers.
  • Each location has several washing machines and dryers for free use.
  • Please contact Daniel for further information daniel@orangesky.org.au
  • Due to COVID-19, Orange Sky are working hard to get shifts back up and running under new health and safety procedures.
  • Also keep an eye on the website for updates  https://orangesky.org.au/where-we-are/mackay/

The Neighbourhood Hub   http://tnhub.org.au/programs/emergency-relief/

Emergency Relief Program delivers emergency relief in the form of food or fuel vouchers and education in the following areas:

  • Basic budgeting
  • Information about ways to build skills to avoid or resolve financial difficulties
  • Strengthening your capacity to manage your money
  • Understanding concession options
  • How to read your bills
  • Community No-Interest Loans
  • How to save for future expenses
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Referral to a financial counsellor and other support services.

Emergency Relief is by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday mornings

(Please call Tuesday between 8.30am – 9.00am for a Tuesday appointment, and call Thursday between 8.30am – 9.00am for a Thursday appointment)



  • Community Leadership Program RSDC Community Leadership Program – (I have snipped information below from RSDC Facebook page) 😊

Heather Ellis will do another bite size professional development session. Leadership & Values -Tuesday 19th May from 11am to 12h30pm (Email Heather@bluewrenconnections.com  to register and login details.

RSDC is running the next workshop in our Community Leadership series: Cultural Understanding

This workshop will be online in 2 parts  (Using TEAMS)

Part 1 – “Living under the Act” on Tuesday 26 May 2020 from 10 am-11 am (DATSIP)

Part 2  – Diversity in our region on Tuesday 26 May 2020 from 12:30 pm to 2 pm (Neighbourhood Hub)

Tickets are free and can be booked online:

Part 1 – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rsdc-leadership-program-part-1-cultural-understanding-living-under-the-act-tickets-105201173542

Part 2 – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rsdc-pd-series-cultural-understanding-diversity-in-our-region-part-2-tickets-105335334822

Log-in details will be sent on Monday 25 May to everyone that registered.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Antoinette du Toit

Project Coordinator

M: 0457 405 344

E: antoinette@rsdc.org.au





Further information below please share with your networks.

Link to Department of Child Safety Youth and Women COVID 19 Resources:

COvid 19 Related Information for Funded Services and Partners , Parents, Children and Young People ( including Frequently Asked Questions, Business Continuity planning and other resources)


Minister for Child Safety  has announced additional one off  funding over the next 6 months to support specialist Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Services to respond to additional demand to assist with keeping women and children safe. Funding will become available once contracts are finalised with service providers. Will provide further information at future meetings. Link to Ministerial announcement. http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2020/4/8/55m-to-boost-domestic-violence-services-during-covid19-pandemic