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Ya, and welcome to another edition of the monthly news from Burnie Works. We have GROWN at 8 Strahan Street, South Burnie with a new team member onboard this week (scroll down for a smiley new face), as well as had the opportunity to bring our partners and members together in focus groups to look at the nitty gritty of what government strategy means for Burnie community, and develop a place- based response. Burnie works stakeholders have also delved into 'Storytelling for Systems Change' workshops with Dusseldorp Forum and been inspired and motivated by the content. A taste from one of the workshops:

storytelling is a really great tool for empowering others. It is that mutual playing field where we all have a story to tell and share with which it then creates that relationship. And we all know that being connected and having strong relationships is a necessary foundation for all of us.” Shandel Pile, Burnie Community House

As always we appreciate the generosity and contribution of our community and stakeholders for their support each month and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands where we carry out this work, the pirinilaplu people of pataway Burnie.

It takes a Burnie village!

First 1000 days (F1D) stakeholders are one of the cohorts who have been part of a series of workshops facilitated by Burnie Works this month, responding to the Premier's Tasmanian Child Youth Wellbeing Strategy, It Takes a Village, in a place based context.

On Tuesday October 12th, 20 participants from across the F1D system brought their voice and local expertise to the Burnie Child and Family Centre. They took time to connect with each other; parents, educators, health professionals and service providers each with new perspectives on the system.

They explored the actions listed against the 6 domains together and what that means for Burnie in the focus area for the first 1000 days in a speed dating style session:

1.Being loved, safe and valued
2. Having material basics
3. Being healthy
4. Learning
5. Participating
6. Having a positive sense of culture and identity

There were new learnings, shared experiences, validation and an appetite to follow up on the feedback findings before they are presented to the Minister in November. The Burnie response to the Child Youth Wellbeing Strategy will be informed by local engagement from focus areas of Justice, Youth, F1D and Trauma in Burnie. For more information and to be part of this positive and proactive response, please get in touch with the team

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Working Together Agreement,

Burnie Families created a working together agreement, early in 2021. The agreement covers behaviours, practice and purpose for participants with the thinking that the agreement can be referred to and revisions made at any time. Any idea is OK to say. The group is also flexible and inclusive - you can come and go when you can. If you are interested in joining the group and would like to be on the email calendar invitation, let us know.

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Community Circle

The Burnie Families working group, otherwise known as the Burnie Families Community Circle is celebrating their first birthday this month. Up to 20 participants meet monthly at the Burnie Child and Family Centre for lunch and discussion.

In its first 12 months, Burnie Families created a working together agreement, contributed to the Child Youth Wellbeing Strategy, supported the action for local men’s playgroups/ catch ups/ Havenview Community Connections event/ and contributed stories to the Survival Cards. The group produced a flyer and promotion campaign for free activities for school aged children in the Spring School Holidays funded by Communities for Children, identified an opportunity to engage community in school gardens and waterways conservation and continues to grow relationships and understanding of the broader Burnie Families landscape and gaps in representation in the group.

The group continues to support the F1D campaign, will guide the activities for Kommunity Kidz with Burnie Works lead in term 4. They will also be exploring mentoring opportunities outside of school hours this month.


It takes a Burnie village (a Welcome Aaron Meldrum, Youth Pathways Coordinator

The Burnie Works team are happy to welcome, Aaron Meldrum to the office, starting in the Youth Pathways role on October 11th, 2021!

The role presents an exciting challenge for Aaron who has a passion for supporting young people to build pathways to meaningful employment. Aaron also comes to the team as a Mental Health First Aid trainer, and the founder of Man Up Tasmania (MUT) a mental health charity for men on the coast.

His experience with Beacon Collective Ed initiative, including the Doorways to Mentoring Program, as well as strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills are an asset to the team!

Please join us in welcoming Aaron to Burnie Works with an email to
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The CAPITOL Project (Critical Age Periods Impacting the Trajectory of Obesogenic Lifestyles) is helping communities to more effectively prevent obesity through better health and wellbeing.

University of Tasmania PhD opportunities

The project currently has two PhD research opportunities with supporting scholarships:
‘Determinants of health in North-West Tasmania’ and ‘Healthy lifestyle initiative for young Tasmanian women’. Please visit our website for further information on individual projects.

The closing date for applying is 22 November 2021.
For further information please contact Professor Andrew Hills:


Please also visit our website to access current newsletters on ‘Free Physical Activity Infrastructure’, ‘Where You Live Matters’, and ‘Physical Activity Infrastructure in Schools’. The findings in these newsletters were formally presented to Mayor Steve Kons and all Burnie City Council elected members during a workshop meeting in late August.

The work highlights numerous opportunities to engage in physical activity locally!

Please feel free to share with your family and friends.

Please email Tim Holloway for further information:

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Burnie Works Survival Cards

Burnie Works has Survival Cards available to purchase at $30.00 plus postage. The Housing Choices, 'Sewing with Jo' crew are also stitching colourful pouches for them to live in (there is a short wait for this pouched product).

The Survival Cards were an output from the Social Recovery Campaign which has been rolled out since COVID first arrived on our shores in early 2020. The cards are a visual representation of Burnie stories of resilience and renewal, captured in the wake of the lockdown experienced by the community, as one of the first hotspots in the country. They are being used in many ways to reflect on self care strategies, share stories and connect in a professional capacity, individually or with families. The Burnie Child and Family Centre are gifting sets of card to families as part of an centre initiative. They're also finding a purpose on the mainland with our networks!

The cards can be flicked through for free on the Burnie Works website where there is an innovative shuffle application, for people to click a button and the a card will appear that might speak to them in the moment. Follow the link below to shuffle and select a survival card for your day!

To enquire about purchasing a hard copy pack of cards, please email Lucy
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Burnie Youth Council

Burnie Youth Council are rolling out a youth event in partnership with the Burnie Library on Friday October 29th inviting the community to join them for pizza, popcorn and movies.

We will be joining Justion on his quest to become a knight and finding out why Horrid Henry is horrid (or is he?).

MOVIES : Justin and the Knights of Valour (G) and Horrid Henry the Movie (PG)

Guest are invited to dress up in your favourite pyjamas (optional).

This event is a collaboration of Burnie City Youth Council and Burnie Library.

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