The magical egg’s journey will culminate when it hatches and reveals the mascot, taking place on the Busselton foreshore on October 5th.
The AccordWest Family Services team has supported this initiative as it is a great way to involve parents in their children’s growth and development from an early age.
Lending a hand to others: Ashlee Docking (Accordwest), Layne Devenish, Carol McEvoy (Accordwest), Sandra Bland (Accordwest), Alexis Galati and Bradley Sander. Photo: Supplied.
Representatives from Accordwest, Anglicare, the In-Town Lunch Centre, and the South West Refuge are set to benefit from donations made by Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School families.
Donations were collected as part of the School’s Impact Week, conducted at the end of Term Two.
The Helping Hands Group set up the donation collection.
The Keeping Bunbury Warm group – who knitted a large number of scarves, beanies, and arm-warmers during the week – made a significant donation.
The donated goods were shared with local charities on World Homelessness Day and Australian Homelessness Awareness Week.
“I really learnt that homeless people are not necessarily homeless because they don’t have a home,” Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Year 9 student and Helping Hand Impact Group participant Layne Devenish said.
“It can be because they have been kicked out or feel unsafe.”
This group learnt more about homelessness in the Bunbury community and the organisations that provide support to them.
“People donating goods gets the word out. It enables us to do what we do,” Accordwest representative Ashlee Docking said.
“It was wonderful to hear the students’ experiences and that their perceptions have changed.”
Accordwest run 21 funded programs that provide a range of assistance programs from financial counselling and assistance to provision of emergency relief to people in need in the South West.
“We appreciate the donations of clothes, hygiene products and everyday items,” South West Refuge representative Margaret Davies said.
“We use them to create care packages that we give to women as they leave the refuge.”
Impact Week is run by Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School for Year 7, 8, and 9 students, providing them with the opportunity to be part of a project that will make a tangible impact on the local community.
This story first appeared in the Bunbury Mail.
Accordwest's new chief executive Nicole Gibbs, executive manager Nicki Atwood, coat-a-thon organisers Kris Robertson, Ashlee Docking and Sandra Bland.
As Accordwest’s annual Coat-A-Thon comes to an end, the South West organisation is celebrating a new beginning with the arrival of chief executive Nicole Gibbs.
Describing her career so far as immensely diverse, Ms Gibbs said she believed it was her mix of experience in many areas that gave her the ability to look at things objectively.
“I think one of my strengths is understanding what I don’t know and can’t know and what I can learn from people that do know,” she said.
“We’re here to achieve great things for the children and people here that we service.
“Accordwest has a priority of improving our capacity to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so that we can better assist the incredible Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations of our region.”
An impressive 7314 items were collected this year from Bunbury, Busselton, Harvey and Collie for the coat-a-thon.
More than 3000 coats and jumpers were donated along with 600 blankets and an additional 3700 other items.
“It’s been very successful, the community has been incredibly generous,” Ms Gibbs said.
Coat-a-thon organiser Kris Robertson said they focused on warm blankets and jackets this year with many community members relying on the annual clothes drive.
“It is helping the most disadvantaged in our community,” she said.
This story first appeared in the Bunbury Mail.
The tiny home movement is gaining momentum in Australia with Bunbury leading the way!
How many of you remember growing up in the 60s and 70’s?
The family home was where some of us gathered for dinner that Mum had lovingly prepared during the day. We would discuss the daily events without the interruptions of modern technology. The traditional family home was a square box on a large block of land with large windows, the 70’s retro green and orange kitchen with the mission brown trimmings and two or three bedrooms which you shared with your siblings. Homes had only one bathroom, which everyone managed to survive with. Most homes had the outdoor dunny,which made for exciting times whether you were trying to avoid a dangling daddy long legs or a moisture seeking frog. Of course it was painful avoiding the cold, the heat or the rain to get there.
Today the great Australian dream is a 4x2 home with families suffering mortgage stress to maintain homes . The average mortgage in the South West is $2300 per month or $575 per week (Reiwa). With both parents working there is little time for a homecooked meal with chatter around the dining table. Children according to media reports are spending more and more time with electronic devices.
These homes also need more energy to heat and cool. Which is costing families, with the latest 7% increase in electricity and 5.5% increase in water. Is this really the Great Australian Dream?
There is one solution gaining momentum in Australia known as the tiny homes movement. These tiny homes were inspired by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 where many people found themselves homeless after the storm. In the wake of the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) more people started to look for affordable housing options that were sustainable regardless of a person’s current work and their lifestyle. These tiny homes are transportable, therefore accommodate change in people’s lives. They are environmentally efficient and designed to allow for modern use and storage. The movement in America now post GFC is now led by a younger generation of people not willing to enter and stay in the “rat race” for a lifetime (like their parents before them) and is largely philosophically driven. The houses solve housing affordability and offer sustainable space with off-grid living options,’ says Laura Nobel, director of The Tiny House Company (tinyhousecompany.com.au).
With the price of water due to increase in Western Australia next month by 5.5%, here are some handy tips tenants can use to save on water:
With the WA state government announcing that power is set to increase 7% in July 2018, the following are some helpful tips that tenants can use to keep their power bills to a minimum:
Break lease occurs when a tenant needs to move out of the property before their tenancy agreement expires with a landlord. Usually, unless in exceptional circusmtances, the tenant will have to compensate the owner for any loss associated with the contract.
Some costs of breaking a lease for tenants may include paying rent whilst a new tenant is being found, advertising costs, unexpired portion of break lease fee, final inspection costs and any end of tenancy costs such as cleaning if needed. These costs are usually communicated by the owner or property manager when the tenant advises them of the need to break lease.
Should a tenant wish (and should a owner not be doing all they can to find a replacement tenant) the tenant can make an application to the Magistrates Court of WA under Form 12 to break a lease due to hardship. Such hardship may be primarily applied for financial reasons as the tenant does not have the means to pay for more than one rental at a time and there maybe procrastination on the part of the owner to replace the tenant. The cost of this application is $65 to have the matter heard and mediated by a Registrar at the local court house.
Some other common reasons for breaking lease include moving from the local area for work, family or health reasons. Tenants who are experiencing hardship and need to break lease can call the tenant advocate at AccordWest on 97299000 for information and advice.
Renters Insurance is insurance taken out by tenants to protect their personal belongings from theft or damage to a property. Personal effects for tenants can include furniture, whitegoods, electrical appliances, clothing, personal effects and other possessions. A renters Insurance policy can provide renters with insurance coverage to either repair your insured contents or replace them with new ones .
Given today’s steep housing prices, more Australians than ever live in rental accommodation and regularly move houses, taking their belongings with them. In 2016, 21% of Australia’s population were renting. So nearly an entire generation of Australians are exposed to possible financial losses by the absence of insurance. With twice as many Aussies renting these days compared with 1980s, nearly three-quarters of all renters do not insure for contents.
For a basic 3 bedroom one bathroom one toilet home/unit quote this is what is recommended. No valuables included.
Renters Insurance generally costs between $15 and $25 per month and is peace of mind for tenants who like homeowners gain wealth in the form of personal possessions over time. For more information, Google “Renters Insurance Western Australia” to investigate local insurers covering the Bunbury and South West of WA. For more generalized information please contact AccordWest on 97299000.
Fair wear and tear in tenancy generally refers to damage that occurs to a property through the ordinary day to day use of the property by the tenant. For example carpet may get worn over time by people walking on it.
Fair wear and tear generally becomes an issue at the end of a tenancy where the tenant to trying to obtain the release of their bond. To provide some understanding of what fair wear and tear is please see the following table for guidance.
It is the tenant’s responsibility to let their property manager or owner know when damage occurs at a property. A tenant should endeavor to keep the property clean to the best of their ability and and should ensure not to undertake deliberate action that will result in damage to a property.
As a way of gauging whether damage is considered fair wear and tear, a tenant should refer to their Property Condition Report (PCR) ,provided at the beginning of the tenancy. This document if completed and updated correctly should identify any areas of fair wear and tear, which should then limit the tenant’s liability at the end of the tenancy.
When damage does occur , the tenant can pay for the damage that occurred in the context of the age and wear of an item. For example, carpet according to the Australian Tax Office can be depreciated over 10 years and a tenant damages carpet by a small burn at the 8 year mark. The owner can apply a 20% cost to the tenant as the item was near depreciated and the owner could only forsee another two (2) years of use. The tenant is responsible for the damage however not for the whole replacement.
Tenants unsure if this applies to their tenancy, are welcome to call the AccordWest Tenancy Advice and Education service on 97299000.