Assistance with the $250 Power Saving Bonus

We are helping community members apply for the State Government’s $250 Power Saving Bonus, a one-off payment to help eligible Victorians experiencing energy bill stress.

Below are some frequently asked questions. If you or someone you know meets the eligibility requirements, get in contact with us and we can help you access this important bonus.

What is the $250 Power Saving Bonus?

The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off $250 payment which provides direct support to Victorian households experiencing power bill stress during the coronavirus pandemic. It is available to over 900,000 eligible Victorian households with at least one eligible concession cardholder. 

Who is eligible for the Power Saving Bonus? 

To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account)
  • Be receiving payments under one of the following concession programs:
    • Centrelink Pensioner Concession
    • JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession
    • Or hold a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card

Holders of Health Care Cards who are not recipients of Youth Allowance, JobSeeker, Austudy or Abstudy are not eligible.

When can eligible households apply?

Eligible households can apply anytime now up until 31 January 2022.

How many people per household can apply?

Only one payment is available to each household. 

How do I apply?

Applications are made online. If you do not have access to, or are uncomfortable using technology, get in contact with Milpara Community House and we will help you every step of the way:

Phone number: 03 5655 2524

Address: 21 Shellcot Road Korumburra VIC

What do I need for the application process?

When you come to us to submit your application, there are a few things you need to bring with you:

  • a copy of a recent electricity bill
  • your ‘NMI’ number (this is located on your bill and is typically a 10 or 11 digit number)
  • your card number for your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (for JobSeekers, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy recipients)

Be sure to keep a copy of your NMI and your application reference number as you may need this information for further communications about your application.

How long does it take to receive the Power Saving Bonus?

If you meet the eligibility and documentation requirements, you should receive your $250 payment via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) within two to three weeks of submission. If you request payment via cheque, this should be received within four weeks.

What times are Milpara Community House assisting people with applications?

Milpara will assist people with this during normal business hours Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. We do request you ring and book an appointment time.

Do I need to call and book a time?

Yes. By ringing ahead and booking a time we can ensure a staff person can assist you more quickly.

What’s the easiest way to get to Milpara Community House via public transport?

Korumburra can be accessed via the Vline bus route Melbourne to Yarram via Leongatha, Koo Wee Rup and Dandenong. Milpara Community House is 1.2 km from the Korumburra Main Street Bus Stop and 1.1 km from the Coal Creek Bus Stop. Approximate walk time is 12 -15 minutes. You can use Public Transport Planner to find bus times https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/journey

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We’re searching for Tutors and Idea’s

Milpara Community House loves to provide a diverse range of activities and learning opportunities to our community.

We are currently planning for Term 3 2021 and we’d love to hear from anyone interested in running a workshop, activity or class (paid or voluntary).

We’d love a second computer tutor. Don’t worry Jack’s not disappearing but he’d happily share the work load.

We’d love to run some more workshops in Term 3, they might be in arts, crafts, cooking the options are open to any ones imagination. Let us know if you are interested in running a workshop.

While Milpara is open Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm that doesn’t mean these are the only hours we operate activities. We are always open to evening and weekend activities.

Do you have something you’d like to learn or participate in? Let us know! A number of our activities in the past are a result of people expressing their interest.

Pop Belinda our program coordinator an email milpara@outlook.com, message our Facebook page or give Belinda a call on 5655 2524.

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Don’t get lonely!

Milpara Community House has a variety of activities from developing skills to making new friends – it is all important to us.

With the cooler shorter days setting in we thought it was a great time to remind everyone that you don’t need to be lonely.

We have a number of reasons for you to get out of the house and connect with others. Here are some examples:

  • Come Chat – with Julie Fridays 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Capture a treasured memoty – by appointment
  • Games, Puzzles, Crosswords and more – Tuesdays 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • Community Meal (is back) Friday June 4 at 5.30 pm at the Anglican Church Hall on Bridge Street.

We also have Singers, Craft and Cards with Barb, Social Mah-Jong, Art with Gayle, Korumburra Craft Group and Korumburra CWA. If you’d like more details on any activity reach out, we’re happy to help 🙂

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Some exciting activities at Milpara

Come Chat is a new activity on Friday afternoons.  We have a warm space, friendly face and the urn will be hot.  Did you become a bit of hermit last year?  Feeling a bit lonely? Or just want to spend some time in good company?  Well this s a great excuse to get out of the house, meet new people and reconnect.  It’s a safe warm space to share some company, laughs and a cuppa.

Keep your brain active with a fun session on Tuesday mornings.  Games, puzzles and crosswords can be a great was to exercise your brain.  So we have set aside a time so you can get together with others and enjoy brain exercise in company.  Bring along your favorite to share with others or just bring yourself.

Gals this is for you! ‘Women in the Shed’ will be a six week course run on Thursdays 10 am – 3pm, starting May 20.  With an experienced female tutor you can feel comfortable as she supports you through different projects to build your confidence and capacity to use hand and power tools. This activity will be held at the Korumburra Men’s Shed. Limited places are available so bookings are essential.

Are you confident in having conversations with someone you are concerned about?  It’s something we’re all likely to come across at some point in time, that point when you are wondering might this person suicide? Would you be thinking I don’t know what to say, I might say the wrong thing, I don’t have the skills to ask. Don’t think that, feel confident and know what to say by attending one of our free workshops because together we can reduce our scary suicide rates.  We are running a QPR – Question Persuade Refer workshop on Thursday morning May 6 and a Rural Minds Day Workshop on Thursday May 20.  Book your places by calling Milpara 56552524

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Parents of school aged kids – this is for you.

Learning to Grow – parents of school age children (primary or secondary) who are looking at returning to work/education study or have been out of the workplace for some time, this is for you!

Bring along your pre-school child/ren and while they have some fun with a carer you get to have some fun with Jess the Learning to Grow facilitator.

It’s about helping you as an adult achieve your goals, build confidence, identify your transferable skills, develop a resume and build on your interview skills.  

This program is FREE and will run Thursdays April 29 – June 24, 10am – 12 pm.

Bookings are essential and can be made using the button below. Or you can call Jess at Milpara who will be back after school break on Monday April 19 56552524, alternatively email her on milparaL2G@outlook.com.

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Just for the gals

This term we have a couple of courses designed specifically for women,because sometimes things can just feel awkward and being “just” gals removes that barrier.  So with some fabulous female tutors leading the way, we have the following empowering courses:

Women in Shed – designed to help women build their confidence and capacity to use hand and power tools as they work on a variety of projects involving timber, tiles and metal. More information click here.

Women’s Financial Wellbeing – Talking money can feel awkward, but it is an important step in reaching financial security.This course is designed to build knowledge skills and confidence around managing money and financial security. More Information Click Here.

Wonder Women Support Group – peer support for women survivors of trauma and/or abuse.  Its about moving on with life, recognise the strength within, and embrace your inner “wonder woman”.
More Information Click Here.

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Term 2 2021

We’re looking forward to a BLOOMING good Term 2.  With a few exciting additions including:

  • Games, Puzzles, Crosswords and more – keep your brain active and enjoy some company.
  • Capture your treasured memory – Julie would love to help you document a memory, anecdote or short story.
  • Come Chat-with Julie -Treat yourself and get out of the house, have a cuppa and share some smiles with good company.
  • and more!

Accredited Training

Food Safety and RSA Courses are back in the house in-person. 
Both courses are scheduled for Thursday June 3.
Prefer on-line? Please contact Milpara.

We have had some interest in running another Test & Tag Course, please let us know ASAP if you are interested.  If we have sufficient interest we will set a date.

For more information on these and other accredited training click here.

Just a reminder that first aid courses need to be booked directly with Victorian First Aid. Click here to be directed to their website.

We have a new online booking system! 
You can now book and pay online from the comfort of home.   Don’t worry you can still enrol at reception the same as usual. On the new booking page you will find that all the courses are under categories. If you click on the relevant category e.g  Health and Wellbeing, it will bring up the courses to select from.

Head over to the ‘Bookings for Courses/Activites’ tab for more information.

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Happenings

If you are new to the area we’d love to welcome you!  We have a morning session on Wednesday March 3 to do just that.  It is an opportunity to ask questions about the area, meet some friendly faces.  Let us know if you are planning on attending.

We have scheduled a in person Responsible Service of Alcohol and Food Safety Course in March also, we have not had a lot of people put their name down.  If you are interested please get in touch with Milpara as soon as possible.

Our General Yoga classes have now moved to a Monday morning. 

Our English as a second language classes are all doing really well and it’s lovely to see the smiling faces each week.  If English is not your first language and you would like to further develop your speaking, reading or writing please get in contact.

Milpara is also very excited to have Crafts with Barb back on Friday afternoons. Again please let us know you are attending so we can set up ready for your arrival.

For further information or to let us know you are coming or would like to book into any activity please call Milpara’s friendly staff on 56552524.

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Christmas Gifts Available

We know that this year is going to be hard on some families.

We also know that some family are not accessing services like Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul etc for assistance.

Milpara has a collection of children’s gifts that we’d like to find appropriate homes for this Christmas Season.

Anyone who would like to see if any of the gifts would be suitable for their family, please drop in before 4.30 pm Friday December 18.

Please note we don’t have much and we don’t have a huge variety, but we’d like to see what we do have brighten some Christmas mornings. We’d also like to remind everyone that we do have the Emergency Foodbank which can be accessed by anyone who is struggling.  While Milpara does close for the school break Foodbank can be accessed during the following hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am – 1pm: as can the Centrelink Agency.

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Writers in Libraries

Writers in Libraries

Milpara was a bit excited to hear about a new program called Writers in Libraries so we thought we would share.

Writers in Libraries is a residency program for local writers in five West Gippsland Libraries (WGL) across South Gippsland. The residencies will spotlight our libraries while supporting creative endeavour among our writers.

Writers will work in a space specifically designated for them in each of the libraries. The writer’s brief will be to develop (one or a series of) essays, short stories, or poems that reflect on people’s experience of COVID-19 in South Gippsland Shire, documenting this extraordinary time for the future. Writers will have access to the WGL collection and the support of librarians for the development of their work.

All pieces will then be printed on posters and displayed in various locations in the Shire for public enjoyment. Posters and their locations can be documented and marketed via a map, forming a ‘cultural trail’, an intriguing opportunity for local tourism in this current environment of restricted travel.

Employment opportunities:

  • There is direct financial benefit to the five writers and in community recognition of their work.

Writers in Libraries is a residency program for local writers in four West Gippsland Libraries (WGL) across South Gippsland. The residencies will spotlight our libraries while supporting creative endeavour among our writers. Writers will work in a space specifically designated for them in each of the libraries. The writer’s brief will be to develop (one or a series of) essays, short stories, that respond to the three themes of isolation, emergence and connection, documenting this extraordinary time for the future. Writers will have access to the WGL collection and the support of librarians for the development of their work.

Interested writers should read the information below and complete this application form to be considered for selection.

Details:

  • Writers must be local to the South Gippsland area
  • Each selected writer will be given a writers fee of $500
  • Works should feature at least one of the following themes: Isolation, Emergence, Connection
  • The libraries hosting writers are Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Mirboo North
  • The writing residency will be from 1 February to 28 February 2021
  • An excerpt of the finished work/s will be transposed on to A1 Poster for display across the Shire
  • Finshed works will be printed out and stored at the participating libraries.

Submissions close Friday 8 January 2021
A selection panel of three people will select the five successful writers.

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