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Hello and Welcome to your November Edition of The Valley Hub News.

The Valley Hub are pleased to present another Business and Organisation Education learning program to the Nambucca Valley. This online Social Media Boot Camp will be presented for two sessions, one on the 29th of November and the other will be on the 6th of December. The online workshop is FREE  to all Business and Organisations in the Nambucca Valley. Follow the link below for more details and to register.

From Country

State-Wide Recognition for Bowraville: by Mujaay Ganma

Bowraville was recognised in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Towns Awards 2023 as winner of the Population Category A (≤ 1,500) for the town that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in multiple areas of environmental sustainability and social inclusion. For this to have been achieved, it took a lot of work on the part of Robynne McGinley through the Tidy Towns Committee of the Bowraville Chamber of Commerce, who pulled together a substantial application on behalf of many organisations in Bowraville. Robynne is very experienced at promoting what is wonderful about Bowraville, as she has done this for over 20 years now.

The awards themselves indicate the diversity of achievements that contribute towards a town being awarded the title Tidy Town of the year.  It was a surprise to some of us just how many factors are taken into account when making these awards. For example the award that Mujaay Ganma was proud to receive, required much more than an attractive Native Community Garden. They required the history or background, like needing to know that the importance of culture and the fundamental place of Country in culture and in spiritual, social, emotional and physical health led to the design of the projects Mujaay Ganma has developed. They also wanted to know how this was achieved, like through the dedication of Elders, applications for grants, voluntary support, engagement of trainees to learn to manage the projects, employment of young custodians to learn from those carrying traditional knowledge and lots of hard and meaningful work.

It was in the category ‘Biodiversity and Conservation’ that the Yuraal Native Community Garden was recognised. So the accolades must go to the team responsible for creating the garden. Thomas Stanbrook led the team who, over time has included contributions by Wayne Brennan, Erik Rau, Martin Quinlan, Charlie Kennedy, Yharli Fitzgerald, Wayne Ross, Aaron Pope and Joven Walker.

Other categories for which Bowraville was recognised included ‘Bush Spirit’ for which Nambucca Valley Phoenix received a Highly Commended Award for their ‘Together We Rise’ and in the category of ‘Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation’ Nambucca Valley Landcare also received a Highly Commended Award for their ‘We Love Our River’ Project.

Fortunately Wurinda Gill was able to be present in Scone to receive the award in the category of Local Legend ≤ 25 years. Wurinda won the Young Legend Award for outstanding commitment to her environment and exemplary leadership in pursuing environmental outcomes through her work with the Mujaay Ganma Foundation Aboriginal Corporation.

Pictured- Robynne McKinley and Wurinda Gill receiving the Biodiversity and Conservation Award for the Yuraal Native Community Garden.

Valley Feature

FRRR holds a Community Workshop In the Nambucca Valley

On the 8th of November in Macksville FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) held a Community Workshop for the Nambucca Valley. This Event was part of the evaluation process that investigates the impacts of FRRR’s IRCF (Investing in Rural Future’s Fund) Program that has been rolling out in the Nambucca Valley Since 2020.

The Community Workshop was  facilitated by Nicole Webber and gave the Nambucca Valley Community the ability to share their perspectives on where they thought the Nambucca Valley was currently sitting and to identify what the community strengths were and any elements that still needed development..


Our stories

A move back from the city to the glorious Nambucca Valley

Tell us a little bit about growing up in the Nambucca Valley? 

Growing up in the Nambucca Valley is something I have been very proud of. Spending weekends at the beach. Camping and fishing over the school holiday at Stuart’s Point and living in Bowraville. I had all my family close by, which made it extra special. I love that my kids will get to experience growing up in a very special community.

How long have you been out of the Nambucca Valley?

I left when I was 22 and have now come back at 39. A long 17 years away. I left on my own and have come back with my wonderful family. It has been a very exciting time moving back and showing our boys a new way of life here.

What brings you back to the Valley? 

A mixture of lifestyle and family. We have had the opportunity to buy my grandmother’s home, which has been in the family for over 100 years. I spent a lot of my childhood in the home and now my boys get to experience living in this wonderful valley. I really wanted the boys to live near the beach and in the country. I have always wanted to move back to the Valley and the opportunity arose. We only live once and what a wonderful way to live.

What are your plans now you are back in the Valley? 

We would love to become an established family business in the valley. I grew up with my family running a business in the valley and that is something to be very proud of. Also getting the kids into all sorts of sports. Our boys love soccer, golf and nippers and we are really looking forward to getting them into local sport.

What do you love about the Nambucca Valley, Hollie?

  • Obviously living in Bowraville
  • The community spirit
  • The beaches and the rivers
  • The views
  • Having family and friends very close by

What do you love about the Nambucca Valley, Chris?

  • Peacefulness
  • Close to the beach
  • Surf life saving
  • Friendship and family
  • Fishing with the sons

Hollie and Chris are excited to announce they have moved their established business to the Nambucca Valley. Powerhouse Building Inspection will ensure you know what you are really buying with a building inspection, practical completion inspection and pest inspection. With over 30 Years of experience, Powerhouse Building Inspections offer:
🏡Quality Inspections
🏡Unbeatable customer service
🏡Same day reports

Contact Chris on 0402446873 @powerhousebuildinginspections




With the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s annual Community Radio Awards set to be announced, the Nambucca Valley Radio station 2NVR 105.9PM were on the edge of their seats, after being nominated as finalists in three categories.

1- ‘That’s a wrap‘ a finalist in the Troy Garner Excellence in Sports Programming Award.

2- The broadcast of 2NVR’s 30th birthday bash was nominated in the Best Special Event Category.

3- Outstanding Small Station Award

Local announcer Ceri Wrobel made the trip to the Award Ceremony on the 4th of November, on behalf of the crew at 2NVR and proudly accepted their award for That’s a wrap‘ a finalist in the Troy Garner Excellence in Sports Programming Award.

Congratulations to all of the 2NVR crew!


Love your local

The Grassroots Group of Macksville High school

The Grassroots initiative at Macksville High School draws inspiration from the Gumbaynggirr culture’s wisdom, encapsulated in the phrase, “When we respect the country, it will look after us.” This motto serves as the guiding principle for the group’s mission, which is to instil sustainability and environmental awareness among students and encourage them to take proactive steps toward preserving the environment.

Founded with the intent to empower students to create a more sustainable future, the Grassroots program is a dynamic movement that firmly believes in the power of small actions to effect significant change. Through various activities like gardening workshops, environmental clean-ups, and innovative projects like water conservation swales, this initiative fosters a sense of responsibility, unity, and environmental consciousness within the student community.
The inception of the Grassroots initiative arose from personal experiences with environmentally-friendly practices that not only benefit the planet but also save resources and money. It embodies the conviction that collective action, beginning with individual efforts, can create a ripple effect of positive change. Much like grassroots movements in society, the initiative recognises that genuine transformation starts from the ground up.

Looking ahead, the Grassroots initiative envisions expanding its sustainable practices, fostering collaborations with local businesses, and embarking on innovative projects. Its ultimate goal is to continue nurturing environmentally conscious leaders who understand that even the smallest actions have the potential to shape a more sustainable world. In essence, the Grassroots initiative strives to integrate the wisdom of the Gumbaynggirr culture with the ethos of collective action and individual responsibility to create a greener, more sustainable future.


MEALS ON WHEELS – LIFETIME CONNECT – celebrates 50 years!

Lifetime Connect celebrated the NSW Meals on Wheels 70 years and at the same time celebrated 50 years as an organisation,  serving Meals on Wheels to the residents of the Nambucca Valley.

What is Meals on Wheels? Lifetime Connect offer a food service to the Nambucca Valley where quality, nutritious and affordable food that caters for a diverse range of tastes, dietary requirements and appetites is delivered fresh to the client’s doors, five days a week.

(Meals can be delivered frozen for the client’s convenience if required.)

A celebratory morning tea was held at the Macksville EX Services club in September to honour and thank the dedicated volunteers who tirelessly give their time to the Nambucca Valley Community by delivering Meals on Wheels  to those in need.

Macksville Ex Services Club are also a part of this wonderful initiative as they are the food providers.

If you would like to know more about how you can access this wonderful Community Service contact Lifetime Connect on 02 6568 2522.

Spotlight on

Meet the talent behind The Golden Sands fresh, coastal and flavoursome menu, Head Chef, Rod. With his passion for seafood and quality produce, Rods skills can been seen throughout their delicious menu.

The Golden Sands 31 Bowra Street Nambucca Heads


Nambucca Valley Council, at its Ordinary Meeting held 28 September 2023, held its annual election for the important role of Deputy Mayor. The incumbent, Councillor John Wilson, was re-elected.

Unopposed for a sixth term as Deputy Mayor, Mayor, Councillor Rhonda Hoban, OAM said “Councillor Wilson has provided great support in the Deputy Mayor’s role and his particular expertise in finance and audit have been invaluable to me and to Council. I look forward to working with him again during the ensuing term which ends at the next general election in September 2024. The coming year is full of challenges as we recover from natural disasters and a pandemic and cope with escalating costs and a massive Capital Works Program. Having stability at the political level is essential if we are to navigate these difficult economic times and I would like to thank my fellow Councillors for unanimously endorsing Councillor Wilson as the Deputy Mayor,” concluded Mayor Hoban.

For enquiries please contact the Mayor, Rhonda Hoban OAM on 0408 661 412 or the Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Wilson on 0437 134 140.


Where were you born?

I was born in Marksville hospital, I’m from Bowraville and a town called Gulargambone -it’s between Moree and Dubbo, my culture is Gumbaynggirr and Kamilaroy and I’m proud of where I’m from and my culture.

Where do you live now?

I officially live in Bowraville – it’s a beautiful small town with lovely fresh waters and the pretty nature around the town. It’s not the most perfect place but that always was and always will be my home. I love my culture and the cultural activities that happen in the valley and it’s just a really good place with multiculturalism and wellbeing.

Who do you live with?

I live with my grandparents, my older brother and my mum and baby sister. My other older sister and my nephew live in Macksville, and then my younger brother lives next door to my nan’s house with my aunty and uncle.

How many brothers or sisters do you have? What are their names? What’s something interesting that is happening to them now?

I’ve got 6 sisters whose names are Maleeka, Nakia, Donna, Iesha, Amira, and I’ve also got 3 brothers named Rodrick, Aaron, Michael. All up I’ve got 9 siblings including step. Maleeka is my full blood sister, she was participating in a police course in Sydney but she isn’t anymore as she now has a baby named Cruiz who is almost 2 – he is the biggest big noter ever! Rodrick, who is one of my full blood brothers is doing work experience at Woolworths. I’m working on my driver’s license and will be doing a White Card course soon. I’m also looking at TAFE courses.

How long have you been at ShoreTrack?

I have been attending ShoreTrack from the very very start. When I first started to come to ShoreTrack, I didn’t really like it, I thought it wasn’t for me and then I started to participate more often and started to like it and I just love it now. ShoreTrack is a really good place to be, especially being around your peers. When you’re at ShoreTrack you are basically starting a career and it’s just a happy place to be. I just love ShoreTrack because they have become like a family to me: I have a lot of respect and love for ShoreTrack, and I just think ShoreTrack is life changing.

What do you like doing there?

I just love every minute of ShoreTrack. I like doing the mowing activities, also the art stuff and getting in the shed doing a little bit. I just love being around the wellbeing, I like how I get help with a lot of life skills and I love how ShoreTrack helps me just with everything.

I just like how ShoreTrack is a no drama place – just happy and bright.

Inside knowledge

D.I.V.A Dancing Violence Away!

Lifetime Connect is hosting D.i.V.A on the 28th November 2023, for primary school students, across 5 Valley schools, in support of kindness over any kind of violence. D.i.V.A is a fun disco event, that enables our young people to play an active age appropriate part, during the 16 Days of Activism – a global annual campaign with a core message, that we unite against gender based violence and discriminatory attitudes. Equally it calls for awareness and action against any form of violence. A total of 219 students from St Patrick’s Primary School, Bowraville Central School, St Mary’s Primary School, Tallowood Steiner School and Medlow Public School will be Wearing it Orange and DANCiNG VIOLENCE AWAY, sharing their learning and views on the subject. Students are busily working on a poster which will capture their thoughts on violence. These posters will be showcased at a site in Nambucca Heads, Bowraville, Macksville and Taylors Arm for the public to view for the remainder of the 16 Days of Activism. Stay tuned for the details of these sites! A selection of theses posters will also be shown on The Valley Hub’s social pages.

This event is not open to the public and only open to the participating schools.

16 Days of Activism commences on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the 25th November and continues until Human Rights Day on the 10th December. Trusting the power of young people to dig deep into our sense of humanity.

DID YOU KNOW … FRRR are releasing more grant opportunities available to the Nambucca Valley?


Strengthening Rural Communities – Prepare and Recover

Max Request: $25,000

Close: Monday, 4 December

Funding announced: Late February 2024


Strengthening Rural Communities – Rebuilding Regional Communities

Max Request: $10,000

Close: Monday, 4 December

Funding announced: February 2024


FRRR Expertise Pool

Run by the Social Impact Hub, the FRRR Expertise Pool offers a range of professional skills, sector expertise, specialist advice and support to enable community organisations to deliver place-based projects – from leadership training and capability building workshops to networking events and small-scale infrastructure initiatives. Jump onto the directory to find the expertise that you need.


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What's on in the Valley

Here are a handful of events and programs coming up in November and December 2023

Nov 2023: Highlight events


It is that time of year. Local Photographer Kellie Langham has created a stunning indoor setup for family Christmas photos this year in the Galeria Community Centre, Wallace Street Macksville.

Kellie will be taking bookings appointments for the following sessions:

26th November, 3rd of December and 10th of December. 



The Valley Hub are pleased to present another FREE workshop as a part of our Education and Training Sector. This online Social Media Boot Camp will be presented for two sessions, one on the 29th of November and the other will be on the 6th of December. The online workshop is FREE to all Business and Organisations in the Nambucca Valley. Follow this link for more details and to register here

Let the games begin

Set your brain to our monthly Trivia Quest.

The answers will be shared next month – let us know how you fared.


  1.  What date is Thanksgiving for 2023
  2.  Who can hold their breath the longest? Dolphins or Sloths?
  3.  What is the capital of Japan?
  4.  What continent in the world is the only one without an active volcano?
  5.  What is Australia’s nickname?
  6.  How many days are in a leap year?
  7. Who was Australia’s first Prime Minister?
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The Valley Hub acknowledges Gumbaynggirr country, the Ancestors, Elders and Traditional Custodians of the Valley in which we live and work. We thank them for their care of country through time and acknowledge and respect their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

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