FESTIVAL for the grandkids and seniors alike. The Big Bat and Wildlife Festival will be held at the Maclean Showgrounds on February 23 from noon till sunset.
FESTIVAL for the grandkids and seniors alike. The Big Bat and Wildlife Festival will be held at the Maclean Showgrounds on February 23 from noon till sunset. Maria Teijeiro

Group Guide: Coffs and Clarence


WE ARE now back in full swing, following a break for festive season.

The AGM will be held with general meeting at 10am on March 12. After bus trip to the Daniel O'Donnell show at Gold Coast in early March, next bus trip is to The Farm, Byron Bay on April 5. A seven-day tour to Lake Macquarie area (August 16-22) is already on sale and there's still spare seats.

New members always welcome, so direct all inquiries to publicity officer Sandra on 02 6642 7720.


OUR next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 27 at the Cavanbah Centre Harbour Drive Coffs Harbour at 9.45am for 10am. The guest speakers will be Sharon Tomlinson and Beckley Vincent who will speak on 'Behind The Scenes at the Jetty Theatre - How It All Happens'. Morning tea will follow the speakers. This club is a friendly mixed gender club and visitors and new members are always welcome. For information, phone Brian on 02 5619 2484.


TO CELEBRATE our precious wildlife and its habitat, we are holding a free entry family fun day. Want to join an environmental organisation - they'll all be there to chat with you or answer your questions.

Keen to collect cane toads to help protect our wildlife? Sign up for a toading event! At dusk, choose some delicious food and enjoy the fly-out of our flying fox colony.

Dr Greg Clancy will explain where they go and how much they do for the forests. The Big Bat and Wildlife Festival will be held at the Maclean Showgrounds on Saturday, February 23 from noon till sunset.

For more, go to Facebook 'Big Bat and Wildlife Festival', email bigbatandwildlifefestival@gmail.com or phone Elizabeth Parker on 0420 292 458.


UNITING is the services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT.

We believe in taking real steps to make the world a better place. We work to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. We celebrate diversity and welcome all people, regardless of lifestyle choice, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or gender identity.

120 Countdown is a free program connecting learner drivers with volunteer mentors for the 120 hours of driving practice needed before they can go for their P-plates. Find out how you can get on board here. At Uniting, we understand that access to transport means access to opportunities.

Public transport isn't always an option, so having a driver's licence opens the road to education and employment opportunities. The ability to drive also offers the chance to stay connected with friends and family when you live far away.

The program offers 2 free driving lessons to get the learner started if they've never driven before. Also provided is free access to the RMS learner training initiatives 'Keys2Drive' (an hour of training with their supervisor and a driving instructor) and after 50 hours of driving, the Safer Drivers Awareness Course (completion of which affords the learner with a further 20 hours towards their logbooks).

Our volunteers are supervisors, not driving instructors (although any such experience would be a fantastic asset!). All you need is to be able to provide a couple of hours a week of your time (or indeed more if you can).

Uniting will guide each volunteer through the process of induction and becoming a Volunteer Driving Mentor and provide full support along the way. Volunteers need a full driving licence, and to complete a Police Check, a Working With Children Check and a Driving History Check (arranged by Uniting at no cost to the Volunteer).

Get in touch. Phone 1800 864 846 or go to uniting.org.

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