Complex expansion powers community capacity in times of need

STAGE 1 of the IWC Health & Wellbeing Complex in Bundaberg was multi award-winning, but Stage 2 could be a lifesaver in the event of another major natural disaster or contagious outbreak. Because nestled within its solid walls, set in a flood-free zone, sits two major innovations. One is a 350kva generator with a six-cylinder diesel engine with a price tag of more than a quarter of a million dollars that will keep the purpose-built health and wellbeing facility expansion going when the power goes off. The second is a pair of Isolation Suites, which can be put into action in the event of a major contagion hitting the region requiring patients to be separated from the mainstream medical and he

Take a minute to shape your community

TO HELP create better supports for people with a disability in this region, IWC is launching a new survey. Knowledge Gaps – NDIS Participant Survey 2019 takes only a minute to fill out and gives participants a chance to guide the development of future community supports. Current supports, such as Healthy Eating on a Budget, our daily “drop-in” sessions and regular community engagements are structured to complement our NDIS team’s existing capabilities and provide support to people with a disability who may not necessarily qualify for the NDIS directly. By linking individuals with existing community supports and providing education where there are knowledge gaps, IWC aims to help promote an i

Give us a break from the doom peddlers

So world-renowned Great Barrier Reef expert and climate change debunker Dr Peter Ridd is coming to Bundaberg on 12 August. Welcome, Dr Ridd. It’s about time. We need a break from all the doom peddlers who keep telling us the Great Barrier Reef is dying, that we face perpetual drought (that was Tim Flannery, who has since been proved very wrong), that the seas are rising or heating up, and that carbon emissions are causing global warming. In short, we’re all doomed. These harbingers of doom all get plenty of coverage and credence from both government and the media. But what if they’re wrong? What if the science hasn’t been audited and verified independently? Or what if there are hidden incen

Golf day raises $1400 for Lodge

THE 2019 IWC Charity Golf Day has raised more than $1400 for Rotary Lodge in Bundaberg, after the community turned out in force for the Reconciliation Week event. The charity fundraiser at Gayndah Golf club drew support from many Nort h Burnett businesses, which provided great prizes, and around 36 players turned out on the day. “It was a gloriously sunny winter’s day, and the community spirit was out in force,” said Ms George. It is the second time the charity golf day has been held by IWC in partnership with Gayndah, with funds raised last year going to another organisation that supports the community, LifeFlight. “IWC is working with, and for, the community every day, and we are pleased t

All smiles at North Burnett NAIDOC

THE IWC North Burnett 2019 NAIDOC Community Event brought Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together on Saturday 13 July for a day of fun, games and cultural activities. People of all ages turned out for the event, which was held at the Lions Park in Gayndah, and ran from 10am-1pm. “It was great to see so many come along,” said IWC North Burnett Assistant Manager Cynthia George. “This included residents from the Gunther Retirement Village, who enjoyed a cuppa with a helping of homemade damper and syrup – made by local Elder Kit George - and a sausage on bread from the free sausage sizzle. Several residents also had a go at boomerang and clapstick painting overseen by IWC Support Worker Ki

Breaking bread with the community

COME in to the IWC Health and Wellbeing Complex foyer early in the week and you will notice the piles of bread that appear, drawing people from the community to come in and grab a loaf or bag of buns. “It’s just one part of the way the complex provides support to our community, as well as acting as a hub for 27 services and programs which are here for all in our regions," said IWC Corporate Manager Leanne Connors. The “bread run” started some years ago, when some local farmers donated excess stock of vegetables and fruit. Today it involves local businesses donating unsold produce to IWC for distribution to those in need. Jenny Springham and Farin Gray (pictured) are part of the IWC Communiti

Gin Gin NAIDOC celebrations

As part of NAIDOC celebrations Wandin Aboriginal Community Group are hosting 'The Yarnin Circle' at the Gin Gin Historical Society. With authentic Indigenous food, dancing, music and more it's set to be a great day for all. See details below:

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