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Youth graffiti carpark with key message!

Burnie shoppers will notice a bright new message on the top floor of the Burnie Plaza carpark this Spring. The art engagement activity was held with students from Youth Family Community Connection, Arvo's at the Hub and Parklands High School on September 1st. Originally scheduled to be part of the Burnie Works rebrand launch in June, the wild weather put off the group from completing the spray-painting of the design and the crew were keen to complete the work.

A stencil was created using the new Burnie Works font and the group worked together to spray paint the message, "With many hands, Burnie Works" on to a colourful backdrop. A spectacular improvement to the concrete wall and wonderful show of the message in action! There were plenty of smiles and enthusiasm for participants to tell their stories and get involved in future projects to celebrate where they live, learn and play.

Artist, Gadget and his sidekick Aaron were key collaborators in the process and helped students learn tricks of the trade. Film maker, Mason Doherty completed the footage to tie into the film which includes interviews with the students; a snapshot which was shown at the brand launch on June 25th. Burnie Works and the students involved look forward to sharing the final film, and be engaged in future initiatives.

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CatholicCare Communities for Children (Burnie) small grants - closes 24 September

CatholicCare are seeking small grant applications for funding up to $12,000 to deliver a community event, activity or program in the Burnie area.
More information, including eligibility criteria is available via the link below or by contacting

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Final Call out- Burnie Families Flyer- FREE school holiday activities

The Burnie Families working group is collating a flyer to be shared around the schools and with the community in the lead up to the next school holidays, 25 September until 10 October.

The flyer is a co-design from Burnie parents and family support services working together to promote a great array of things to do for FREE in Burnie. The group welcomes any further additions, from organised activities, programs, workshops to fun ideas to do at home or in our local green spaces.

This is a final call out for submissions - due Friday September 10th.

This flyer is generously supported by CatholicCare Communities for Children.

It takes a Burnie village (a It It takes a Burnie village!

Tasmania's first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy has been released by the Tasmanian government, It takes a Tasmanian Village. The strategy was guided by the feedback and voice of young people in Tasmania through a creative consultation process.

Through the strategy, the government is committing $100 million across 4 years to improve the wellbeing of Tasmania's children and young people, with an additional $45.2 million to fully fund a fundamental shift in the delivery of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

The Burnie Works team are interested in engaging with the local services and community around this fantastic body of work, looking at the alignments to the ongoing work in the Burnie village and future opportunities as a collective!

We invite stakeholders to register for one of several workshops in focus areas for Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy workshops. Calendar invitations will be emailed to members of the following networks and other interested stakeholders with further detail.

23 September - NWAY (North West Action for Youth) workshop

23 September- Justice Workshop

12 October - First 1000 Days and Burnie Families Workshop

28 October - Youth Council workshop with Department of Communities Wellbeing Team.

For more information about attending one of these sessions, please contact the team .

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lunchbox BOOK CLUB

Calling for friends - How do you authentically engage community in co-design? That’s a question the Burnie Works team has been wrestling with and in our search we’ve found a fantastic resource by Australian social designer Kelly Ann McKercher ‘Beyond Sticky Notes’.

We’d love to meet others and talk about what we are learning so invite anyone interested to join us for a monthly lunch box book club:

7 October 1230 – 130;
3 November 1230 – 130;
2 December 1230 – 130

at Burnie Works Office 8 Strahan St, South Burnie.

In October we’ll look at Parts One and Two. You’ll need to get a copy of the book and bring along your ideas and insights Come to one or to all.

RSVP to by 1 October.

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Burnie Works Survival Cards re-print

Burnie Works has re-printed the Survival Cards due to popular demand. 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 in the wake of the lockdown experienced by the community, as one of the first hotspots in the country. They can be 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 will be gifting a set of card to families as part of an centre initiative.

The cards can also be accessed on the Burnie Works website with a shuffle application, for people to select a card 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 accessing a hard copy pack of cards, please email
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Beacon's High Impact Work Readiness Program, supported by Burnie Works went ahead last week with feedback from participants at both Parklands High School and Marist Regional College. Here are just a few responses from year 8 students, educators and mentors. In the evaluation form, the question was asked: Today was valuable, why, or why not?
Learning your strengths and values at a young age can strongly influence your job.

When others share how they feel and what is needed for a job. To understand things take time and you have to work for it.

It will help me when going for a job to know how to act and to know how to use the right manner when approaching people.

I learnt that using my strengths and values will help me choose my career path. I also learnt that it’s ok to change career path.

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Helping young people realise that their attitude and respect levels actually matter.

Challenged students about their strengths and values. Mentors extremely engaging. Very worthwhile
The students were engaged, the information was useful.

CAPITOL news - UTAS open day September 11

The CAPITOL Project (Critical Age Periods Impacting the Trajectory of Obesogenic Lifestyles) has been very active across a number of areas in the community and is keen to engage further.

The team has been busy developing newsletters for viewing on our website. These describe findings from work we’ve done recently, including information on free physical activity infrastructure in the community and schools, and how people perceive their physical activity environment locally. Please view the newsletters on our website and feel free to share with other community members.

The CAPITOL team and members from Exercise and Sports Science at UTAS will be part of the Cradle Coast Open Day on Saturday 11 September at the new West Park Cradle Coast Campus. Please come along and learn more about CAPITOL and how better nutrition and physical activity can improve your health – we’ll even have a blender bike to make delicious smoothies!

Please email Tim Holloway for further information:
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Dream BIG - 115 students placed!

Dream BIG visits continue through September for year 5 and 6 students in Burnie with a whopping 40 business visits for 115 students, close to all being placed in their "dream" workplaces.

They're learning a bit more about what work looks like from donut shops to newsrooms along the coast. Next month we'll share some stories from a few local workplace visits. Traditionally dream BIG visits take place in year 5 but this year we're offering places to those in year 6 who missed out due to COVID restrictions in 2020.

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