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Term 3 Photo Comp Winners Announced Term 3 Photo Comp Winners




Congratulations to the Term 3 photo comp winners!
1st place $250 voucher - @shivaelementalimagery
2nd place $100 voucher - @bytheoceanbythesea
3rd place $50 voucher - @y.devii_king
A massive thanks to all who contributed their photos!
We will be running the same competition for Term 4 students – so get snapping and tagging @byroncollege #byroncollege





Byron College Open Day – Adult Learners Week – Recap

The Byron Community College Open Day was held last month as apart of Adult Learners Week.

It was a lovely afternoon filled with delicious food provided by many local farmers, grocers, cafes, and lovingly prepared by the College staff.

Tutors created eye-catching and engaging displays of their courses and spoke about the features and benefits of obtaining certifications in their fields.

Guest speakers included the Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, and Greens MP Tamara Smith. Thank you for sharing your experiences and passion for Adult Learning!

Thanks also to local musician Tim Stokes for providing the atmosphere with his catchy tunes and fairy lights!

Byron College Open Day

Byron College Open Day

Byron College Open Day

Byron College Open Day

Byron College Open Day


Byron College Open Day – Adult Learners Week

Byron College Open Day


Understanding Aquaponics Understanding Aquaponics

Aquaponics is the future of food. Using less water than a veggie patch, it is natural occurring ecosystem which produces fish and veggies in a small space. The aquaculture system uses the nutrient rich waste produced by the fish to feed edible plants. The plants clean the water which is returned to the fish tanks, providing you with fresh fish, fruit and vegetables to eat straight from your own yard.

We will show you how to grow the most nutritious seafood and vegetables with very little effort. By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of how an aquaponics systems works and the ability to go away and create your own home systems.


Renew Fest 2017 Renew Fest 2017

RENEW FEST is a celebration of sustainable change in ACTION happening Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7, 2017 in Mullumbimby, NSW.

Set under magnificent fig trees in the lush foothills of Mt Chincogan, this community collaboration brings together an inspiring collection of hearts and minds to showcase cellular intelligence for sustainable futures. Feeding your heart and mind Renew Fest will ripen your world.

Renew Fest, seeded by COREM, is the start of a potent movement to renew many facets of our communities livelihood and this beautiful earth. With your support it has grown into a 2 day lived experience festival of sustainability in May 2017.


Solar Batteries and Community Bulk Buy “Solar

Do you want to expand your solar PV system, get your first one, or get a battery? COREM is combining forces with Enova Community to run a solar and battery bulk buy in partnership with SunCrowd across the Northern Rivers! The bulk buy reduces prices and gives you the opportunity to come to a community meeting in April.

For every solar PV system installed, COREM (and Enova Community) will receive a payment through Suncrowd’s Community Benefit Scheme that we can put towards installing more solar, as well as our campaign to move the area to 100% renewable energy!

More info: https://www.suncrowd.com.au/bulk-buy/northern-rivers-2017


Evolving Sculpture on Mullumbimby – Art Forum with Suvira McDonald and guests

Evolving Sculpture on Mullumbimby

This is an exciting time for the cultural character of Mullumbimby and for artists of this region. How will public art feature in the Mullumbimby Master plan? How do we interpret the concept of ‘site specific’ public art? How will new public art be commissioned along the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk? Explore these questions with guest speakers, Sydney-based public art curator Eva Rodriguez Riestra and local artist Joey Ruigrok van der Werven.

Morning tea will be provided

For further information or to enrol click HERE or
Call our offices on 6684 3374 or go online at www.byroncollege.org.au





Welcome Kate Mountford

Kate Mountford - Foundation Skills
Byron Community College would like to welcome our newest addition Kate Mountford, who will be taking over Patrea’s role as our new Foundation Skills Tutor.

Kate has recently moved to the area after spending some time in Nepal for the past few months, assisting in the building of schools.

Kate believes that a lot of people have been held back from pursuing further studies in their youth due to a rigid education system, which can sometimes limit our own self belief.This is why her passion is to help people achieve their goals by realising their own potential.

We are just as excited as Kate to have her on board the Byron Community College team and look forward to kicking off Term 1 this week!


Welcome to 2017!Permaculture 2016

2016 has been a massive year with high participation across all our programs. Over 400 courses ran and over 2,500 students learnt new skills and explored their interests. This year, a majority of our vocational students received a fee subsidy through the NSW Government Smart and Skilled initiative, allowing training to be made accessible for those who may not have previously been able to afford full fees.

Another of our significant industry qualifications, Certificate III in Individual Support, ran as a dual stream (Ageing and Disability) for the first time. This allowed students to attain qualifications in both fields at the same time, offering up more work options for 2017 with the roll out of the NDIS. Many students from this qualification and Children’s Services benefited from extensive work experience throughout their course, which in turn has led to new employment opportunities.

With the College being recognised highly on both a regional and a state level, our busy and creative team are continually working to improve our systems to provide the highest quality lifestyle and vocational programs run conveniently close to home. 2017 sees exciting new offerings such as the Certificate IV in Visual Arts and accredited studies in Microbusiness. We’re also expanding on our small business project hub and mentoring program, leading to real outcomes for new and existing businesses. And along the way, there’s even a plan for new and upgraded premises in Byron Bay to complement our Mullumbimby HQ and accommodate the exciting new activity ahead.

We are so blessed in the Byron Region to work with active community businesses and cultural organisations. We have developed key relationships with those with whom we share a common bond, and are seen as the premier adult community education organisation for the Shire. We continue our commitment to investing in our community and providing great benefit to all. Our quality and integrity is supported by Government at all 3 levels and our work has been showcased at conferences nationally.

If you have done one or many of our courses, we invite you to come back. If you are a prospective new student, have a good look at these pages or our website and see what is out there for yourself, friends and family. And if you need to be convinced just look at the stories of other students or have a chat to one of our friendly staff. Remember it’s easy and reliable to enrol on-line.

Richard Vinycomb
Director


Fee-Free Scholarships for 15-30 year olds Permaculture 2016

From 1 July 2015, young people (aged 15-30) who meet certain criteria will be eligible for a NSW Government subsidy* which covers their fees in the following courses with Byron Community College in 2016:

  • Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
    Mondays and Tuesdays
    12th October 2015 – 24th May 2016, 9am – 3:30pm
    (There will be no classes between 15 December through until the 25 January)
  • Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30710)
    Commencing mid-2016

Applications for these fee-free scholarships are now open and places are limited so a funded place cannot be guaranteed. Once the state-wide allocation has been filled, only students who meet the Fee-Free Scholarship eligibility criteria and are living in, or on the wait list for NSW social housing, are guaranteed a scholarship.

There is the potential for subsidised fee-free scholarships for the following courses in 2016. We are currently taking enquiries for these courses so please contact the College on 02 6684 3374 or email admin@byroncollege.org.au

  • Certificate IV Small Business (BSB40407)
    1 workshop per month 1st Saturday of every month
    5th March – 10th December 2016, 9am – 4pm
  • Certificate III Aged Care (CHC30212)
    Wednesdays
    3rd February – 29th June 2016, 9am – 4pm
  • Certificate III in Permaculture (30868QLD)
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    26th April – 7th December 2016, 9am – 3:30pm
  • Certificate IV in Permaculture (30869QLD)
    Wednesdays and Thursdays
    17th February – 8th December 2016, 9am – 3:30pm

Please call our offices on 02 6684 3374 for more information on eligibility criteria.

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government


Sustainable House Day 2015

Sustainable House Day 2015

2014 Design Competition winning entry from www.projecthabitation.com.au

The Sustainable Housing for Life Design Competition 2015 is now open to residents, architects, designers and young people in the Northern Rivers. Interested people can find more information and enter here .

The Sustainable Housing for Life Design Competition, Showcase Awards Event & Expo is a joint project by Self Seed Sustainability, Lismore City Council, Byron Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, North Coast TAFE, Rous Water, Byron Community College & Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre.

With a share of over $5,000 in cash and prizes, interested entrants are encouraged to visit the Sustainable House Day 2015 website.

    • Entries close Friday 4 September 2015
    • Sustainable House Day Expo and Design Showcase & Awards – Saturday 19 September 2015
    • Entries will be displayed at venues in Tweed, Byron Shire and Lismore Council areas

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said last year’s competition generated great local conversations.

“It stimulated ideas and demonstrated ways we can live sustainably in a small space. With rising housing affordability, looking at best practice housing designs that have a light environmental footprint is an outcome that many families are aspiring to achieve,” he said.

Last year’s design competition saw 50 entries that were enjoyed by over 1,000 viewers. The 2015 Design Competition will culminate in a Showcase Awards and Expo at Lismore City Hall on Saturday 19 September – so residents will be able to view the entries, meet the designers and vote for their favourite design.

“This year the designs will demonstrate ecological, social and economic sustainability – it's a triple bottom line approach that speaks volumes for the future sustainability of our region and it's contribution to the planet,” said Vanessa Tallon from Lismore City Council.

“The world's first carbon-positive prefab home has only just hit the market in Australia, and people are loving it. Called the Archi+ Carbon Positive House, it's been on display in Melbourne's City Square and its so efficient it can put energy back into the grid'. With all the hype for easy to build, modular sustainable homes, we thought we'd bring it to our local designers and sustainable home lovers,” said Event Coordinator Alice Moffett from Self Seed Sustainability.

Sanctuary magazine, a publication by the Alternative Technology Association is currently profiling twelve of the best modular and prefab creations on Aussie soil. Stating that Australia has been relatively slow to embrace the premade dwelling, a growing number of designers are now offering prefab alternatives to meet the demand for affordable and hassle-free housing. The designs and stylish and pre-fabulous!

Now the Northern Rivers is invited to join the movement and show their best by designing the most sustainable modular home designed for the sub-tropics.


Free Energy Saving Workshops

with Katrina Shields, Sustainability Education Coordinator
Free Energy Saving Workshops

Are you finding your energy bills are too high? Most households and community facilities are able to cut their bills significantly with a combination of behaviour change, understanding how heat and cold can be retained or reflected from a space and with the retro fitting of equipment. Some of this is low cost such as draft sealing, creating shade or letting in light, or pelmets. Others options cost more but pay for themselves sooner than you might think, such as insulation, highly efficient LED lighting, water saving showerheads or solar hot water systems. Knowing how to choose efficient appliances such fridges or heaters can make a real difference. Do you know about ‘vampire power’ that is equipment left on standby that sucks energy day and night for little benefit. Even if you do not own the building, there are many things as a renter you can do to cut your bills.

Byron Community College is offering two free workshops, supported by Byron Council on July 30th and August 10th, run by Sustainability educator Katrina Shields. Free energy saving kits, with the basics to get you started, are available to participants from low income households. Make a booking now – email katrina@byroncollege.org.au or phone 66843374 in office hours.


Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk

Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk

The Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk is set to become the beginning of a major cultural statement for Mullumbimby. Public Sculpture will become an expression of the town’s identity in the years to come as plans for the Sculpture Walk develop and unfold. Mullumbimby is renowned for it’s creative culture and the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk will be a showcase of public art from artists of the region.

Each week, local group Creative Mullum is publishing a new YouTube video called Voices of Mullum, which feature local opinions on the future sculpture walk. In the first video, leading project artist Suvira McDonald is interviewed and shares his story of the 8 years of planning that has already gone into this project. You can find all the latest videos plus more information on the project archived on the Mullum Sculpture Walk site .

A dedicated team of professionals are driving the fundraising for the project – their aim is to raise $10,000 in 6 weeks which will then be matched dollar for dollar by the Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program. The team have raised 40% of their target at the time of this going to air, so if you’d like to get on board and make a contribution head over to here . All donations are tax deductible.


Business Pathways Program – Supporting SMEs Business Pathways Program

The Byron Region Community College is kicking off a new program designed to support small to medium enterprises (SME’s) in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW.

Funded by a local philanthropist the Business Pathways Program (BPP) has been set up to provide timely, relevant and affordable assistance to SME’s to help to stimulate growth and prosperity in our region. There are a range of services available including mentoring, training and access to expert advice. We understand that SME’s are the backbone of our regional economy, that a healthy local economy is dependent on healthy businesses and that jobs growth will occur if we have a vigorous local economy. The BPP provides mentoring and specialised business services within the Northern Rivers and is targeted at business owners looking for practical support to improve their businesses. It connects them with retired or semi-retired business people who want to contribute to their community by offering their experience and skills via mentoring. The BPP has multiple entry points depending on the business size and is open to anyone who wants to grow or develop their business.

Paul Jameson will be heading up the BPP. He has extensive experience in the corporate world, small business and business facilitation and advice. If you have a small or medium sized business and could use some assistance, why not give Paul a call and see he may be able to help.

For more information on this program call Paul Jameson on 0408 866 651 or email paulj@byroncollege.org.au, or head over to the website here


Skill Sets Explained – 2015 Funded Short Courses Skill Sets Explained

Get the skills you need to find a job and advance your career with our new government funded short courses. These subsidised Skills Sets* provide a fantastic new opportunity for you to kick start your new career by providing an invaluable stepping stone to further study and work opportunities. Once you have completed one of our short courses you can then go on to complete the full qualification later in the year. This is your chance to change your life through gaining new skills, experience and confidence so get in quick – limited places available.

If you are eligible for subsidised training, you pay only a portion of the training cost. The rest is subsidised by the NSW Government. Eligibility criteria apply and full fee exemptions are available for some students. Click here for detailed information on each of our Skill Sets


Term 4 Skill Sets

Byron Community College is currently taking enrolments for the following Skill sets:

PERMABLITZ

The course covers 4 units from the 30868QLD Certificate III in Permaculture.
Two days a week: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am – 3.30pm
Starts 17th November 2015 – 23rd December 2015
Concession: $80 Full fee: $159 (Additional Resource Fee applies to all enrolments $90)

INTRO TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE

Held in Mullumbimby the course covers 9 units from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Starts 12th October 2015 – 16th February 2016
Two days a week: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am – 4pm
Concession: $80 Full fee: $201 (Additional Resource Fee applies to all enrolments $90)

IT FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Held in Mullumbimby the course covers 4 units related to running a small business.
Saturdays, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Starts 21st November 2015 – 19th December 2015
Concession: $80 Full fee: $140 (No Resource Fee)

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for any of these subsidised skills sets you must be:

  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen
  • Living or working in NSW and have has not attained a qualification beyond a Certificate III level
  • Aged 15 years or older

There are 3 fee levels:

  • Level 1 – Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islanders, people with a disability or their dependants (Fee Free)
  • Level 2 – Long term unemployed, migrant, refugee, low income people on an applicable benefit or their dependants who can provide proof of hardship or disadvantage (Concession)
  • Level 3 – Any NSW resident with Certificate III or below (Full Fee)

Byron Community College needs to obtain evidence from you at the time of enrolment to demonstrate which of the fee levels you would be entitled to. The details of the information and evidence required, is set out in the Evidence and Fee Schedule (download Schedule 2). Please discuss when enquiring or enrolling with our friendly staff.

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Unique Student Identifier (USI) – bringing your skills together

From the 1st of January 2015, any student enrolling in an Accredited Training course will be required to obtain a USI. The USI helps to keep your training records and results together in an online account which is controlled by you. By having a USI you will be able to access your training records and results (or transcript) whenever you need them. For example, for a new employer or when you enrol to study at a new training organisation.

The process for obtaining a USI is simple. You can logon to the USI website at www.usi.gov.au and follow the simple instructions online to create your USI. This then needs to be provided to your training provider at the time of enrolment.

Before you apply for a USI you will need to have one form of identification on you to complete the application process. These include:

  • Driver’s Licence
  • Medicare Card
  • Australian Passport
  • Visa (with Non-Australian Passport) for international students
  • Birth Certificate (Australian) *please note a Birth Certificate extract is not sufficient
  • Certificate Of Registration By Descent
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • ImmiCard

Student Information

As a Byron Community College student, you have access to information regarding policies relating to your training. These include your rights and responsibilities and avenues for complaint as laid out in the Student Handbook.


Byron Community College Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken chair? Or with a bike that chucks a wobbly? Or with a tear in your pants? TOSS IT ??………NO WAY !!

Discover why Byron Community College is implementing this initiative that is seeking volunteers who share the same values when it comes to taking care of the environment and maintaining a sustainable community. People with a skill and/or passion for sewing, bicycle repairs, carpentry etc. are invited to offer their time with advice and some assistance for people to effectively repair their broken items from home. Examples are clothes, bikes, toys, chairs, crockery.

By promoting repairs, we will help reduce mountains of waste. "We throw away piles of stuff; even things which have practically nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair. Many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Fortunately they can learn to fix them again."

Repair Café is also meant to put community in touch with each other in a new way. It answers the need for skill sharing, mentoring and social inclusion. According to Café Co-ordinator Ken Bright, "If you repair a bike or a pair of trousers and do it together with someone you haven’t yet met, a positive connection can emerge. Jointly making repairs can lead to interesting new contacts in the community."

Repairs can save money and resources, and can help minimise CO2 emissions. “But above all, Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.” As the Café is run by volunteers it is essentially free except for small donations towards running costs and materials fees.

The Repair Café concept arose in Amsterdam, where the Repair Café Foundation has regularly been organising gatherings since 2010 (see www.repaircafe.nl). The Repair Café Mullumbimby will operate from the Mullumbimby campus of the Byron Community College in the courtyard workshop.


Adult Learners Week Competition Winners

Adult learners week runs annually throughout Australia, and gives us the chance to really focus on the benefits that come from continuing our education beyond our schooling years. For the last 2 years Byron Community College has given its students (both past and present) a chance to win themselves course vouchers up to the value of $200 towards their next learning experience with us. Students were encouraged to share their experience of learning and we had some amazing entries come in. Congratulations to the following four people who were super happy to learn of their win:

1st Prize – $200 voucher: Tai O’Connor
2nd Prize – $100 voucher: Julie Meek
3rd Prize – $50 voucher: Leanne Bridgland AND Jenny Smith (tied for a voucher each)

Presenting 1st Prize winner Tai O’Connor with his $200 course voucher. Here’s what he had to say about his experience with Byron Community College which won him the top prize:

There are multiple reasons why I love Byron Community College, they are as follows (in no particular order) – 1. The amazing connections I have made with both my peers and teachers alike. 2. The course and its content. 3. The ecological design of the buildings and the overall emphasis on sustainability. I am studying a Certificate 3 in Permaculture and I cannot recommend this course enough, it has been such an eye opening, interactive, informative and fun experience. The knowledge I have gained truly is invaluable and the confidence I have developed through this learning and friendships I have made over this period are really special and just keep on growing. There are a wide range of courses available at Byron Community College where diversity is celebrated so I strongly encourage anyone thinking of studying to enrol, you won’t look back.

CONGRATULATIONS TAI!!!