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Each month we share highlights from Burnie Works, our team and the community. There are a lot of new connections being formed and fresh approaches to the way our community and the broader Burnie Works ecosystem are working together.

This month we are welcoming new members to the team, some will be positioned across the region, as part of the West North West Working team and others join the Burnie Works backbone team. We are advertising for a new Business Manager role and encourage our stakeholders to share this opportunity to your networks or someone suitable.

The Business Manager's position is critical to the long-term sustainability of the Burnie Works initiative, through ensuring a dynamic and strong organisation that is able to meet the needs of stakeholders and the requirements of funders and partners. Please get in touch with Rodney Greene if you would like to find our more about this role. Call 0428 171 453

We continue to encourage a Burnie voice in response to the release of Mission Australia's Youth Survey before August 12th . Mission Australia can create a Burnie Youth report if they hear from over 100 young voices accessing the survey via the unique link (see the code below) that informs a local data set. North West Action for Youth (NWAY), administered by Burnie Works have expressed a desire to look at a regional subset of data to help inform a shared approach to activities for youth week and shared messaging as a group moving forward. This was a outcome of a workshop that Burnie Works facilitated with the group in two parts, in both February and June 2022 where the group revisited their purpose and actions..

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The Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) hosted a free, one-day youth leadership summit for young Tasmanians aged 16-25 years on 18 June in Launceston. With only 16 spots available, it was a competitive application process. One of the successful applicants was, Burnie's Youth Making Changes Around Burnie (YMCAB) member, Siena O'Çonnell.

Covering topics of leadership, advocacy and communications, learn how to identify your power, influence decision-makers and create positive change for a campaign or cause!
Delivered by political strategy specialist Melinda Maddock (Author of How to Train Your Political Animal, melindamaddock.com) and communications strategist Nic McBride (Nic McBride Strategic Communications).

The event on Saturday was so enjoyable. The leaders that hosted the event were incredible, they are energetic, loving, fun, and passionate women I am very inspired by.

If I were asked if I'd like to join them again I would say yes in a heart beat!

I enjoyed the activities we did through out the day and connecting with other young people. I loved listening to others perspectives of the world and what they are struggling with and what we can do do make it less stressful and easier.

There were around about 10 young people in the room varied between all different ages which was even more exciting!

I loved hearing what passions other young people have. What inspires them to make a change in this world.

I connected with a few people there to discuss mental health in the North West of Tasmania and what we can do to make a difference now.

It was such a great day and I'm thrilled that I got to attend and be a supportive person for others.

Thank you so much for inviting me along, I'd love to attend again.

Siena, aged 20 from Burnie.

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BIG aims to support our young people:

Begin the dream ..… Imagine the possibilities ..… Go for it!
• To sow the seeds of aspiration with young people early in their
education journey;
• To build strong and active connections that create pathways for young
people; and
• To cultivate innovation and resilience in young people.

The BIG Committee has recently undergone an update to their Strategic Plan. They began their journey in 2014 forming a link to business, industry and schools to ensure our young people can see and learn about the skills needed and opportunities open to them in our region. The Strategic Plan in reviewed every 3 years; to assess progress made on the achievement of the overall objectives and review and refine the future strategy.

Below is an excerpt from the Strategy, version 3 that highlights a small part of the work guided by this Committee.

Please get in touch with BIG for more information and access to the full Strategy.
Email bigteam@burnieworks.com.au or call Olivia on 0491 176 739

Up Close and BIG was held on June 28 with Astrophysicist, Maddie Marshall from Vancouver Island, Canada zooming into Burnie classrooms. Students from Year 3 to Year 12 were engaged in the conversation with curious questions and disturbing answers. Do you know what would happen to a person if they went into a Black Hole? One of the students asked this question and students and staff recoiled at the answer from Black Hole expert, Maddie! Human Spaghetti.

Maddie was born and raised in Wynyard and attended school in Burnie. She informed students about her pathway to become an Astrophysicist living in Canada, with detail down to the subjects she chose in high school, through to the choices she made at University. She was still unsure of what her career would be until her University days and now has a great passion and expertise in Super Massive Black Holes.

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Mission Australia Youth Survey 2022 - opportunity for a Burnie report

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is now open and Burnie has it's own unique link! Schools, organisations and groups receiving more than 100 responses are able to receive a FREE, tailored report based on your local data. We would love your support and participation in the 2022 Youth Survey for Burnie. The Youth Survey is Australia's largest annual survey of young people. The survey seeks the views of young people and asks their perspective on a range of important topics. Key focus areas for 2022 include:
  • Mental health and wellbeing;
  • Housing;
  • Discrimination; and
  • The impact of COVID- 19
The online survey is open to young people between the ages of 15 and 19, and can be completed on a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

The Survey is open now until 12 August.

By participating in the survey you will be helping us reach more young people in Australia; making sure their voices are heard. Every additional survey completed helps us gain a clearer picture of what is happening for the emerging generation in our country.

The local Burnie report will be available in December 2022 and detail key findings specific to Burnie youth.

Please share this unique Burnie Works link to the Youth Survey Youth Survey 2022 (alchemer.com) to young people in your networks.





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The Burnie Families Community Circle met at the Burnie Community House on June 21 to discuss opportunities, and challenges for our community. The new Connected Beginnings team came came along this month for the first time and a hot topic of conversation centred around community needs for an affordable undercover meeting space. The group are interested in advocating for a refresh of the Upper Burnie Memorial Hall based on the feedback that multicultural groups, networks and services want large spaces to congregate with kitchen and bathroom facilities. Watch this space as the group explores next steps. The group next meets on Aug 16, due to school holidays falling in July.

The Burnie Families Winter School Holiday Flyer has also be distributed to networks and is currently being promoted.

The Burnie Families Community Circle has supported conversation around Books In Homes, in particular what a ceremony might look like for families in Burnie. The first Books in Homes, book ceremonies are underway across several primary schools, including Natone Primary and Montello Primary Schools in coming days. Stay tuned for media around this occasion.

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In Burnie, we have a unique opportunity to put children's voices at the forefront of government decision making.

Children's views are rarely heard, particularly by policy makers. Australian National Univeristy (ANU) in collaboration with Burnie Works are kicking off the research project, More for Children in Shorewell Park on July 11.

The researchers are looking for 20 children to talk to from ages 6 to 16 years. The project will be fun and conversational with poster making and playing games.

Please get in touch if you know a family that would be interested and enjoy the opportunity to be part of this project! Each child will be anonymous in the reporting and will be asked questions that are not personal, but oriented at a society level, such as "What do you think your friends need to have a good life?"

For more information, get in contact with Shandel on spile@burnieworks.com.au

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