Community Development

Projects and programs

Seniors Forum and Expo - 17 March 2020

Each year Council hosts the Seniors Forum and Expo and works with the community in identifying the key themes to be highlighted on the day through a range of guest speakers and displays. We have set the date for 17 March 2020 at Bundaberg Multiplex Convention centre.

The Forum involves sit down informative presentations from industry experts exploring a range of topics. In 2019 the topics included:  Dementia, My Health Record, Funeral Services, Advanced Health Directive and the Public Trustee.  Each presentation is limited to 15 minutes across the day and attendees have an opportunity to speak to the presenter later in their stall at the expo if interested. RSVP for the forum are essential for catering purposes.

The Expo is held on the same site across the day and is a fantastic opportunity for local organisations, businesses and services to showcase what services are available to the Seniors Community in the Bundaberg region.

If you wish to be an exhibitor you will be required to register, with registrations to open in early 2020. Please contact Council Community Development Unit on 4130 4150 for more information.

The 2019 event was brought to you in proud partnership with the Bundaberg Seniors Network, Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre, YMCA 60+ Better, Australian Red Cross, Returned Services League, Spinal Life Australia and U3A.

Flourish Family Fun Day and Welcome Baby Celebration – Thursday 2 July 2020

Flourish Family Fun Day 

Flourish family Fun Day and the Welcome Baby Celebration are all-inclusive events that celebrate and acknowledge the diversity of families in our region. This family friendly event provides entertainment, information stalls and activities for all the family to enjoy.  This can include but not limited to kids rides, camel rides, face painting, arts and crafts and local clubs 'come and try’ activities.

We also hold ‘The Teddy Bears Parade’ that provides an additional attraction for our regions smallest members of the community with parents, grandparents and the broader family support.  Keep an eye out for Fred the Flourish Family Fun Day Bear who heads up the fun.

Welcome Baby Celebration is an opportunity to formally introduce and welcome your baby as a valued member of the Bundaberg Region Community. Each participating baby will receive a Babies Love’s Bundaberg Pack and an acknowledgement certificate signed and presented by Bundaberg's Mayor

If you are a family friendly service or organisation and would like to be a part of this great day, please contact our office for further information.

Welcome Baby Celebration

2020 Welcome Baby Celebration will be held on Thursday 2 July, 2020.

Key information for parents or expecting parents wanting to register

  • You should be available on Thursday 2 July, 2020
  • Participating babies are limited to 150
  • Your child must be 15 months or younger on the day of the event
  • You must be a resident of the Bundaberg Region

We look forward to seeing you at The Welcome Baby Celebration and Flourish Family Fun Day Event on Thursday 2 July 2020

Register your baby here

Options Day

Options Day - opening paths to skill and education for people living with disability.

Options Day is held in September each year and is a local, annual, community driven event that invites people to discover the rapidly emerging opportunities in the local disability sector. This event offers inclusive hands on and engaging activities for the whole community, feature guest speakers, information stalls, a sausage sizzle, complemented by rides, slides and much more

Options Day is a special event with a focus on the opportunities and stories underpinning the changing disability sector.

This event is open to the whole community, and will be a great day for the whole family. It also doubles as an opportunity for people with disability and their carers to familiarise themselves with some of the service providers and community groups that can support them.
Registrations will open in mid-2020 for interested stall holders.


Bundaberg is home to Australia's FIRST R U OK? Community Conversation space and our Local Champion project

R U Ok? aims to inspire all Australians to take responsibility for people in their lives who may be struggling and need an opportunity to say "I'm not ok" to a friend or family member.

Council R U Ok? Local Champion project works to help people recognise, understand and support someone who may not be ok.
Bundaberg Regional Council worked in partnership with in bringing an idea into reality for our region on Thursday 8 September 2016 in BRAG Park on Post Office Lane.

A special morning tea was held with not only our Local R U Ok Champions but Olympic and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Libby Trickett to open Australia 1st Community Conversation space. Since then we have open spaces in Gin Gin at the Old Neighbourhood Centre and Childers Library.

Local Champion Project

Council can provide community groups, services and businesses with an information session on how to have the R U OK? Conversation. The session covers the key parts of an R U Ok Conversation: Ask, Listen, Check in and encourage. We also provide you with information on some of the support services that are available to help.

Once you have done the session, you become an R U Ok? Local Champion. With this you can get involved with future R U Ok? projects, Like RU Ok? Day each September or just use the information to support your friends, family and co-workers. The work does not stop here with Council continuing to work with R U Ok and our Local Champions on future ideas and projects for our region. We all need to remember " a conversation could change a life".

R U Ok?

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