Rebuilding our Community

Raising money for fire affected locals

In early January 2020, Campbell Page launched a Bushfire appeal to help locals along the NSW South Coast clean up, rebuild and recover following the bushfire crisis. Our aim was to make an immediate difference by paying local businesses to complete bushfire clean up, putting money directly back into our fire affected community, stimulating the local economy.

Our impact from our bushfire recovery project

We have completed much needed clean-up projects thanks to the $30,150 we received in generous donations.  These donations are directly helping those who weren’t insured, were under insured, and locals who aren’t physically or financially able to do the clean-up work themselves.

Find out more about our impact, donors and the local businesses involved in this project here or read on to find out how our project directly supported locals in our community.

We’ve helped locals like Libby whose property was devastated by the fires. Her garden surrounding her house, along with her yards where she ran Longridge Equestrian Centre, weren’t covered by insurance.

Libby and her daughter Cara. Photo credit: Dion Georgopolos

We engaged local landscaping business, Yes Men Home Services, to provide property maintenance, remove burnt trees and plants, rebuild the fences and garden beds and start to replenish the soil and plant new gardens.  

Duea Valley River residents were much forgotten in the aftermath of the fires with town services too far away and limited phone service due to fire affected phone lines. Fallen trees, damaged roads and huge amounts of debris and steel resulted in restricted access to the area.

Our project has given work to local businesses to clean up and remove the debris from the yards of residents who otherwise wouldn’t have had support.

We removed burnt car bodies from one Duea Valley River property.
Piles of steel and debris remained after the fires unable to be removed.

Narelle and her husband have spent the last 12 years building what they call their “sanctuary”, a green outdoor garden space at their Batemans Bay home. Their garden was completely burnt out by fire and sadly, like other residents in the area their garden wasn’t covered by insurance.

Thanks to the generous donation from Sikh Youth Australia we were able to pay Eurobodalla Tree Services, a small local business to excavate the deep tree stumps and start regeneration of their land to help get it back to the sanctuary it was.

Narelle Murdoch and her husband at their Batemans Bay property after the fires.

Eugenio is a self-sufficient hobby farmer who produces enough to support his family of four completely. Sadly, he lost 33 of his chooks during the fires including all of his layers which immediately impacted his family’s food supply. With the help of Campbell Page, 12 new laying hens were sourced for the family and all the steel and debris that remained on his property has been cleared away.  

We provided 12 new laying hens to help feed a self sufficient family.

Julie is a widow struggling with the sudden loss of everything she owns on top of the grief she bares having lost her husband. During the fires she lost her home, leaving her with only the pyjamas she was wearing.

She’s been living in temporary accommodation and was unable to do anything to avoid the bushfire debris from becoming overrun by weeds and tall, thick grass requiring a ride on mower after the storms and flooding.

We hired MowedIT to help Julie get the lawns under control and with maintenance mowing  we’ll make sure it doesn’t become too much to manage again.

Cobargo local, May was new to the area when the bushfires hit. Every possession she owned was destroyed by fire with the exception of her horses. Sadly, she lost her much loved three dogs and even her 14 year old pet pig in the blaze. The community in Cabargo have rallied around May.

We’ve used donations raised by Sikh Youth Australia to purchase and install a new fire place to warm May’s shed that is her new home now the cooler weather has set in.  We’re also replacing the burnt outdoor area that adjoins her shed home thanks to this generous donation.

Mr A, another Malua Bay local, lost his home in the bushfires which he’s lived in for the past two decades.  Like a lot of locals, Mr A’s house was uninsured. This meant he was simply not in a position financially to rebuild his home or easily start work to remove the rubble and debris that had been left behind.

The remains of Mr A’s ‘ Malua Bay home.

Fortunately, Mr A has been able to secure a flat pack house to live in, but needed some extra support to build it. That’s where we’re stepping in! We’re covering the cost of carpentry to build the 1 bedroom pod home for him.

Work begins on Mr A’s home, starting with the framing.

We’ve also helped an elderly Batemans Bay couple following their extended hospital stay as a result of a fall that lead to face, wrist and hip injuries.

The fire tore through their home town while they were away causing extreme dirt and debris to build up in their gutters and on their solar panel cutting off power supply to the house for months.

When they returned home from hospital they had no power and a fridge and freezer full of spoiled food when all they wanted was a hot shower and a home cooked meal.

We hired a local roofer to clean the solar panels to generate the hot water and got the gutters cleaned ahead of the torrential storms that followed the fires.

We cleaned up and dismantled burnt fencing at Jay’s property which was destroyed by the fires,  it was intensive hard labour that the school worker just couldn’t manage on her own. 

The team at South Coast Land Restoration got on their protective equipment and tacked the barb wire and blackberry bushes over several weeks to tidy the place up.

Clean up begins at Jay’s property.

Donna from Jeremadra was perhaps one of the luckier ones in that her house was spared, although she lost her sheds, equipment and her yard. 

In her 70’s, Donna was physically unable to replace several years of chopped firewood she had painstaking stockpiled ready for coming winters.  We paid local business MowedIT in Batemans Bay to chop the felled trees on her property to replenish her firewood for years to come.

Our work hasn’t just involved a physical clean up.  We sought advice to help households clean their water tanks for drinking after fire contamination. Through this project we’ve also liaised with numerous insurers to replace business records lost in the fires. This has allowed local businesses to get back up and running and resume trading so that they have an income for their families.

*Some names have been changed to protect the identities of the people we are supporting.

Access AccessAbility Day!

Woman with long brown hair looking up and smiling. Pink starbursts above her head

We’re taking part in AccessAbility Day again this year! It’s a great opportunity to connect local employers to people with a disability looking for work.

What’s in it for the person looking for work?

So much great stuff! With an AccessAbility Day placement, you’ll meet new people, discover new skills and try an industry you haven’t thought of before. You’ll also get your choice of big or small employer, and take another step closer to your next job.

To be part of this year’s AccessAbility Day, you’ll need to be looking for work and qualify for Disability Employment Services.

Here’s how you can get in touch:

  • you can chat to us via webchat
  • send us an email he***@ca**********.au or
  • talk to your Employment Consultant at your next appointment

What’s in it for employers?

Take part in AccessAbility Day to discover new talent and open your doors to the benefits of a an inclusive workplace. And best of all, give someone desperately searching for a job a bit of a boost and some new skills and experience that they can call on.

Get involved in this year’s AccessAbility Day. Call us on (02) 9103 8650 or reach out via webchat or email he***@ca**********.au

Find out more about Disability Employment Services here.  look here to see what classifies as a disability (you might be surprised what you find!)

AccessAbility Day is an Australian Government initiative aimed at connecting jobseekers with disability and employers for a day to experience what each has to offer. 

Fake recruitment ads targeting jobseekers for money laundering and possible identity theft

Scammers are targeting Australian jobseekers to steal their personal information and trick them into transferring money to criminals, by posting fake employment ads on jobseeker websites like Seek, Jora and Indeed.

How the scam works

The scammer posts legitimate-looking job ads on official jobseeker websites and asks applicants to transfer money as part of the job application process. Cybercriminals use this method to launder money, which is a process of hiding illegal money from authorities by passing it through a series of bank transfers back to the criminal.
Scammers do this by getting the job-seeker to:

  • receive a payment (the illegally-obtained money) into their personal account, withdraw the money in cash and then deposit the cash into a Bitcoin ATM
  • receive a payment into their personal bank account, withdraw the proceeds in cash and then send the cash via MoneyGram or Western Union to an overseas recipient
  • open a new bank account for receipt of the payment, set up a travel money card and then transfer the money via Western Union or MoneyGram to an overseas recipient.

Victims have also reported being asked for personal information as part of the application process, including:

  • current residential address
  • personal bank details
  • tax file number
  • photocopy of passport.

Information that identifies you can be used by cybercriminals to carry out identity theft, including opening bank accounts or lines of credit in your name.

To stay safe:

  • When job-hunting, do your research first to verify the recruiter by checking their website and other online presences (like social media profiles) through an independent online search.
  • A recruiter should only need a résumé or CV with basic details about you during the initial stages of a job application.
  • No employer or recruiter should ask you upfront for your banking details or excessive personal info like your driver’s licence, passport or Tax File Number (TFN). You can provide information like your bank details for salary payments once you’ve been formally interviewed, offered the position and negotiated your employment with your new employer.
  • If in doubt about a job ad, get a second opinion from family and friends before communicating with the recruiter.
  • If you suspect you might have encountered this type of scam, you can report the scam to Scamwatch. You should also report the incident to your local police, as well as the recruitment site the job has been advertised through.
  • If you have provided any financial details in a suspected scam, contact your bank immediately and monitor your account for suspicious activity.

For more information
Head to StaySmartOnline
Read more from about how to recognise and protect yourself from fraudulent job ads.
Find out where to get help if you believe you have become a victim of a scam.

Campbell Page offers five-star service

5 star service

The June Quarterly jobactive Star Ratings were delivered on Monday 20th of July with Campbell Page coming out on top.

The big winners from the Campbell Page jobactive are:

  • The Wollongong and Bega Teams who both retained their five-star rating
  • The Merimbula and Ulladulla teams who went from a four to a five-star rating
  • The Corrimal team, who increased from a three to a four-star rating

While there is always work to be done, our jobactive teams at Campbell Page are incredibly proud of their efforts and are looking forward to delivering a five-star service across more jobactive sites.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our jobactive team work with people to help build their strengths to find great jobs and a brighter future.  If you would like to find out more about what we do, please click here to view our About Us page or here to Contact Us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison


Campbell Page Works Towards White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

White Ribbon Accredited workplace banner

We are pleased to announce that Campbell Page is proudly working towards becoming a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace in an effort to raise awareness of and enhance positive action to help stop men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon Australia is a national organisation working to change the attitude and behaviours that perpetuate men’s violence against women by engaging men and boys to lead social change.

The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to stop violence against women. White Ribbon Workplaces engender a whole of organisation commitment to stop violence against women, meeting 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

The program builds on existing gender equality and diversity initiatives, providing the tools to strengthen a culture of respect and gender equality at all levels of the organisation.  The program supports organisations to respond to and prevent violence against women, whether it occurs inside or outside the organisation, through supporting women experiencing violence, holding perpetrators to account, supporting all employees to challenge inappropriate behaviour and strengthening gender equality within the broader community.

Violence against women has been deemed “a major, public health problem” by the United Nations. Although this is a global issue, the statistics in Australia are alarming:

  • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence in Australia.
  • One in three women in Australia have experienced physical and/ or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.

Both women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men, with 95% of all victims of violence in Australia reporting a male perpetrator.

Men and women also use and experience violence differently. While men are more likely to experience violence by other men in public places, women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home.

Not all men use violence- the majority of men are respectful and loving but there are distinct gendered patterns in the perpetration and impact of violence. All violence is wrong, regardless of the sex of the victim or perpetrator.

We look forward to creating a workplace and a community that keeps women free of violence.

We understand that the topic of men’s violence against women may be distressing for some people. If you feel like you need to talk to someone about these issues please contact one of these 24 hour support services, or visit

  • National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14.
  • In an emergency, or if you are in danger or experiencing violence, call the Police on 000.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with a variety of other organisations to make a difference within the community. Click here to find out more about who we are or here to find out more about partnering with us.

New Picnic tables for Bwgcolman Community School

Campbell Page Palm Island participants

The CDP Market Garden Activity Team has completed yet another fantastic project. The team recently completed some fantastic landscaping at the Palm Island Motel and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Under the keen and watchful eye of Activity Supervisor Robert Vui, the team constructed 12 sturdy picnic tables and benches for the Palm Island Bwgcolman Community School.

The tables and chairs will be used by the school for community and school engagements and provide a beautiful, shady setting underneath the trees.

Well done to the team for their hard work and craftsman ship. The school and it’s friends will enjoy these tables and benches for years to come!

The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us.

Palm Island Community Development Programme

CDP Market Garden Activity Team transform motel garden

The Palm Island CDP Market Garden Activity Team have been hard at work landscaping the garden at the Palm Island Motel.

Under the guidance of Activities Manager Peter Sherry, job seekers Malcolm Larry, James King, Malcolm Kennedy and Robert Thompson planted lilly pillys, crotons, miniature hibiscus and mondo grass in the new garden beds at the Motel.

The final stages of the project will use the pebbles and mulch to complete the finishing touches to the garden and we also have a couple of elephant statues to add- Activities Manager Peter Sherry

Palm Island Motel Manager, Eric Townsend was extremely pleased with the result.

It looks fantastic and has made a great impression on the motel- Eric Townsend, Palm Island Motel Manager.

The team have done an outstanding job and the garden has made an immediate visual impact. Well done to the team for all their effort in producing such a beautiful outdoor space.

The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us

Palm Island Community Development Programme

ParentsNext spaces a haven for families

Campbell Page is set to begin delivering  ParentsNext  from July 2018 across multiple locations in New South Wales.

ParentsNext is a refreshing pre-employment program providing early intervention assistance to parents with young children.  Ultimately, the program assists parents to gain confidence and feel empowered by developing skills that will allow them to engage in paid work all within the context of their individual family situation.

The ParentsNext team have been busily preparing the finishing touches to program spaces, making them friendly, relaxed and welcoming environments for families.

We are thrilled to be offering this program to our customers and are excited to start working with parents to provide support, guidance and practical measures to help them achieve their goals.

To find out more about ParentsNext or to register, click here.

Hand and Power Tools course success

Six members of the Recycling Activity Team recently completed their Hand and Power Tools course. The training was conducted on Palm Island by Industry Training which is a local RTO.

The course covers a range of topics from planning and preparation of use, tool selection, safety protocols and work space housekeeping. Successful completion is marked against a number of strict criteria.

Today,  all six members received their Statement of Attainment Certificates. They worked extremely hard to be nominated into the course, and even harder to complete it. This is an outstanding achievement for each participant.

Well done to all members. We look forward to seeing where these skills will take you.

The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us.

Palm Island Community Development Programme

CDP Members Complete Coxswain Course

On Sunday 17 June, two of our customers, Joshua Friday and Steven Chapman, departed for Sydney to complete the Coxswain Course, the second phase of the Tribal Warrior Maritime Training Program.  The Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Association will conduct the training on Sydney Harbour for the group between 18 June and 7 July 2018.

The Coxswains certificate builds on topics learnt in the General Purpose Hand (GPH/Deckhand) which they completed earlier in the year. It focuses on skills including basic navigation, engineering, legislation, Collision Regulations, vessel handling, basic stability, radio communication, refuelling and environmental considerations.

Whilst in Sydney the duo will spend the majority of their training on- board the original Tribal Warrior and other vessels. On weekends and some evenings they will also be required to undertake on-water work experience in various vessels on Sydney Harbour.

The purpose of this was to gain the additional 21 days sea time required to obtain their Coxswain tickets.
Campbell Page provided them with extra clothing in addition to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they needed to complete their training and to work in the industry.

We wish them the very best and the best of luck in finishing the course- Nathan Vinson- CDP Program Manager.

Thanks must also go to Valentine Nona and Suzanne Kenny who organised the training and invited our two members to attend.

The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us.

Palm Island Community Development Programme