School’s in for first com­mu­nity chat

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THE whole of Yan­daran State School turned up to join in the fun when IWC held the com­mu­nity’s first Cof­fee in the Park event yes­ter­day.

The stu­dents en­joyed danc­ing with a didgeri­doo, de­liv­ered by the Tari­belang Cul­tural Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion’s By­ron Broome, and tucked in to a free sausage siz­zle.

IWC com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Janette Young said the free three-hour com­mu­nity event was one of 33 be­ing held across Bund­aberg and North Bur­nett this year of­fer­ing an easy, re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple could ask ques­tions about all as­pects of health, well-be­ing and the NDIS.

“We had a great turnout, and we were able to share in­for­ma­tion around ar­eas of our oper­a­tions in­clud­ing Den­tal, Al­co­hol & Other Drugs, NDIS, Di­etet­ics and Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and much more.

“It also was an op­por­tu­nity for IWC, as an Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity-con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion, to de­liver some cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion and in­sight to the stu­dents.”

Mrs Young said the events were prov­ing pop­u­lar.

“The IWC team has a ChatS­top trailer which con­tains ev­ery­thing needed for a pop-up event in­clud­ing mar­quees, ta­bles, chairs, a bar­be­cue, tea urn and a range of ac­tiv­i­ties. Be­fore you know it, we have the sausages siz­zling, the ket­tle on and the in­for­ma­tion stands set up.

“It’s great fun and gives ev­ery­one a chance to sit and have a yarn with us,” she said.

“Put sim­ply, this is a re­laxed, friendly way to share in­for­ma­tion right in the heart of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.”

The next Cof­fee in the Park event is in Gin Gin on July 11. Find dates for fu­ture events at the IWC Face­book page or www.iwc.org.au/events.

Photo: Si­mon Young

COF­FEE IN THE PARK: Yan­daran State School stu­dents learn the ins and outs of the didgeri­doo with By­ron Tiger.

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