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Youth arrested over Nimbin shooting

A 20-year-old has been charged over a shooting that took place in the middle of the day near the centre of Nimbin.

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NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

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Two missing persons alerts on Northern Rivers

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South East Queensland lockdown continues for another five days

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Community disharmony

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Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation grant recipients from February 2018. Photo supplied.

Are you a not for profit charity in the Northern Rivers looking for funding for on-the-ground projects? The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is currently open to applications for funding for projects in the Northern Rivers.

They have funded a range of projects in the area. For example funding the purchase of dedicated vans for the volunteers of the Mental Health Support Group that covers Byron Bay and Lismore areas, and assisting in setting up a mobile recording studio through RED Inc for aspiring musicians with a disability.

We’re excited to see what projects groups in the Northern Rivers have in mind that could help address important community issues, at a grassroots level, to make life better for disadvantaged, marginalised and isolated people in the local community,’ said Charitable Foundation executive officer Graham Batten.

‘We look for projects that support our mission to help people in need and support social opportunity and development in our Australian regional communities, with a particular focus on projects achieving better health, social wellbeing and youth outcomes,’ Graham said.

Twice a year the Charitable Foundation provides approximately $800,000 for important community projects which improve the health and social wellbeing of disadvantaged, marginalised, and isolated people and also funds projects which improve the life outcomes of at-risk or disadvantaged young people throughout the Hunter, Mid-North Coast, Central West, Central Coast, Northern Rivers, and New England regions.

Established in 2003 as a gift to the community as part of Newcastle Permanent’s 100th anniversary, the Charitable Foundation has to date provided more than $19 million in funding to almost 450 important community projects and initiatives.

To be eligible for funding, the group must be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Type 1 Deductible Gift Recipient and hold Tax Concession Charity status, be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission, and be a not-for-profit organisation which is charitable at law, and a legal entity such as an incorporated association or corporation. Groups are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria.    


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NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

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