WorkLife is back…..are you?

WorkLife has been in a period of partial hibernation. For a handful of existing members we have continued to provide a lifeline to business continuity and productivity. 

We are now providing space, focus, safety and connection for returning and new members come. We have been busily adapting, learning and installing the processes and facilities to ensure WorkLife is a best-practice COVID-SAFE-SPACE. 

And if you think that now might be the time to get some productivity back into your work patterns, limit your commuting or escape the strictures and risks of a long term lease- we would love to show you our spaces and have a chat about how a Suite, hub or dedicated desk might suit your working needs. 

1 Office Suite Available

WorkLife Kiama currently has one 2-person Office Suite available with street frontage to Collins St Kiama. 

In this post-COVID climate, there is no doubt that the hot-money is on flexible, low-risk rental and dedicated spaces. With the other 3 office suites locked up in long term membership agreements, if you have been considering upgrading or downsizing – now is the time to jump! This opportunity won’t last long. 

Your own office for $350 p/w all inclusive.


2 Hubs Available

WorkLife Kiama currently has 2 Hubs available- each able to sit 2 people.

Not quite as private as your own office- but with your own walls, desk, storage and surrounded with greenery- these are perfect for programmers wanting to spread out with their gear, creatives wanting to personalise their space or for those who prefer to knuckle down in their own work-bubble with a few less distractions. 

HUBS ARE $250 p/w all inclusive.


Desk dividers

To make sure that everyone feels safe in their working bubble on our shared desks- we have collaborated with the awesome team @StageKings (an event company that pivoted to ISO-friendly furniture) to design these adaptable perspex desk dividers. We think they are the perfect COVID-SAFE solution for our coworking areas. 

Thanks Nick!! We love them. And read about the StageKings story here.



Spots for space

You won’t be able to miss our new yellow additions to Kiama & Berry. Just a gentle, happy reminder to keep the safe, respectful distance from each other while we are at work & play!

(and yes, Bonnie measured  –  that is 2m between spots!)

Clean hands

There are quite a few planks to our COVID-SAFE-SPACE regime – quadrupled cleaning regimes, registration of guests, individual cleaning supplies and sexy new yellow hands-free bins and black matte hand-dryers – but our favourite find is from our wonderful friends at Four Pillars Gin who jumped on the moment and created this spunky hand sanitiser that smells as as good as their gin tastes! You can’t miss it at the front door and we all appreciate everyone using it upon entry and exit of WorkLife.

WorkLife Berry: 1/70 Albert st, Berry NSW 2535
WorkLife Kiama: 29 Collins st, Kiama NSW 2533

Australia’s largest youth film competition

Help Young Filmmakers in Your Community Win Nextwave 2020! 

The Nextwave short film competition, regional Australia’s largest youth film competition, is officially open for entries from young Australians between the ages of 10-25- and this year we want to see the creative talent from your local community. 

The official Nextwave competition guidelines can be found on the Nextwave blog. 

It takes a lot of hands to shine a light on the best young regional filmmakers in Australia – so if we can please ask you to share the blog on your social media, invite schools in your region to enter (and win “Best School”!), help the Nextwave team spread the word and discover young local talents, give them the chance to win some amazing prizes, have their film shown on the big screen at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards during the Screenwave International Film Festival on the Coffs Coast in January, and shown around the country for Youth Week in April!

More Nextwave information here

Free Live Artpreneurs Summit

Artists and creatives. YOUR creative death sentence hasn’t been written by the pandemic. Artpreneurs Summit is a virtual summit about independent arts and creative entrepreneurship, and never having to choose between your art and your income.

The Artapreneurs Summit and it’s going to be 3 days of power-packed interviews featuring over 30 experts on the subject of creative entrepreneurship.

Since this summit is completely online, no one has to leave their home to enjoy the content. Perfect for binge-watching while you’re on lockdown.

But the organizers have provided a complimentary, 100% FREE PASS to the entire event when we go live, online from April 17-19, 2020.

So, grab your own pass right now and make plans to make yourself available during the event dates (April 17-19, ONLINE). Watch the sessions and glean the knowledge you’ll need to go forward.

You can grab your pass here: https://patrickcombs–

Positions Vacant

Centrelink are looking for people to start ASAP.

Work up until Christmas. Service Centre roles available. Easy work.

Please contact Paul Bulman –

Details and locations are below.


  • We are looking for candidates with at least 2 years office experience and strong Customer Service and Administration skills and good presentation & phone manner
  • First priority are candidates who can start this coming Monday 30/3, but also candidates who can start Monday week 6/4 or ASAP.

Company: Services Australia (Manage Centrelink, Medicare etc)

Job Title: Service Officer

Role: Once an application is lodged online, you as the Service Officer are responsible for carrying out the initial check and verifying that all required information has been submitted.
You will follow a strict guideline checklist and be following up with applicants over the phone, if any information provided is inaccurate/ missing etc and assisting them.

Rate: $34.50/hr + Super

Large numbers of roles in:

  • Parramatta – circa 200
  • Wollongong – circa 100
  • Illawarra – circa 100

A few things to note:

  • 7.5 hour working days, no shifts at this stage and no over time.
  • Candidates MUST be prepared to work from the office, even if we go in to Lockdown.
  • MUST be an Australian Citizen

The process:

We need for potential candidates an up to date Word CV and the following details

  • Email address:
  • DOB:
  • Date available to start 30/3 or 6/4 or other:
  • Name and contact Details (Email & Mobile) of last employer for a reference check:
  • Can you commit through to the end of December?
  • Any holiday commitments during this period?
  • Australian Citizen Y/N?
  • Location Preferred: Parramatta/Wollongong or Illawarra or all?
  • Overview of suitability, 3 points please: for example…’Was an accountant, excellent presentation and interpersonal skills – understands tax rules and legislation and how to complete paperwork – very good with numbers, administration & process, excel & word’

Post Sent In Error

Please be advised the KCAN blog post title ‘Ray Edmondson | Saturday Afternoon at the Historical Moviessent’ sent at 10.42am today was a previously scheduled post that not had deleted following changes implemented as a result of COVID 19.

Please accept my apologies for this error and be advised that the event as per the COVID 19 requirements has been cancelled.

Stay Connected – Join the Mailing List

During COVID 19 Kiama Council is exploring new ways to ensure our Arts Community stays informed and engaged by providing you with one source of information for the Kiama arts. 

Therefore, I will now be sending out a weekly newsletter rather than filling up your inbox with individual KCAN blog post emails.

The newsletter will include relevant information from Wollongong and Shellharbour Councils as well as Kiama, peak arts bodies and our local arts scene, along with arts business, income and funding information.

Please continue to send me your arts related information for inclusion in the newsletter, it is important that we keep our arts community and industry connected and thriving.

Louise Croker, Community and Cultural Development Officer

HERE + NOW Exhibition

Wollongong Art Gallery are looking for artists under 30 years old with a connection to the Illawarra to participate in an exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery in September-November 2020 called ‘HERE + NOW’.

The ‘HERE + NOW’ exhibition will communicate and engage with current scientific and social issues that our generation is currently working with and passionate about.

The aim for this exhibition is to be a form of activism (this can be gentle or forceful!). The experience will be educational and thought provoking for the public to rethink social, scientific and ecological challenges we are facing as a global community. 
The Gallery is especially interested in involving any artists who create artworks related to science, ecology, health, psychology, gender and spirituality.

Artists that are chosen will be paid for their work in this project.

Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply

The total amount of artists in this exhibition will be 5-8.   

Please send images, your artist statement about the concept behind your artwork to with your full name by the 1st April 2020.

It can still be a work in progress, however a completed work is preferred.

Have you lost your work?


For performers, production, crew, hospo workers, managers, booking agents & more…


Bushfires and Coronavirus have led to the cancellation and postponement of hundreds of concerts, conferences, events and festivals across Australia and the rest of the world – with many more events still vulnerable. Many performers, businesses and contractors have lost vital income.  

The Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festival Association have joined with industry partners to tally the impact of these impacts on Australians – and hear your stories. We’re working hard to find ways to support people and businesses who have been affected, so leave your details  so we can connect with you in the future about funding opportunities and other support. 

We would like to thank and acknowledge the original creators of out of Austin Texas  who have been leading the way as they tally the losses from the SXSW cancellation. 


Fill in the form below OR if you’re having trouble you can access the form here.

Getting accurate figures is vital to this data being used to help vulnerable people. Please provide as accurate as possible information for your confirmed cancelled events. If you have more events cancelled in the future, you can come back and add them in.FILL IN THE FORM


Regional communities – in particular those affected by bushfires and drought – can now apply for $1 million worth of grants to deliver events that attract visitors and provide an economic boost to local businesses.
The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, have opened the Regional Event Fund as part of the NSW Government’s $10 million Tourism Recovery package through two streams: the Flagship Event Fund and a new Micro Event Fund.
To be eligible events must be delivered between 1 May and 31 December 2020. 
Applications are now open and close on Wednesday 25 March. For more information please click here.

Destination Kiama Smartphone Photography Workshop

Learn how to unleash your smartphone camera’s full potential and make pixelated, blurry camera pics a thing of the past.

Tues 31 March 2020, 5.30pm to 7.00pm

About this Event

As part of Destination Kiama’s Industry Development Activities, we are offering a photography workshop based around the use of your smartphone.

This workshop has been designed for our local tourism businesses, whether you are an accommodation provider, restaurant, cafe, attraction, retail or an event.

The workshop facilitator is acclaimed local photographer, Peter Izzard who will teach us all how to take great photos for our businesses and events with the convenience of our smartphone.

The workshop will be designed for all skill levels in an easy and fun environment.

One free entry per business level Destination Kiama partnership, two free entries for platinum level partnership. $25 entry for non-partners and extra participants.

Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association

Coming up musically in the district & surrounds

Sunday 29th March 2pm Nowra School of Arts. Steel City
Strings invites you to The Composer is in the Room.

Also showing on 4 & 5 April at Wollongong & Bowral. Featuring the world
premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Cinque Forme d’Amore composed for the Steel City Strings. Also favourite works by Ann Carr-Boyd, Andrew Ford, Moya Henderson, Matthew Hindson and Frederick Septimus Kelly. This exceptional musical offering will sell out quickly so book tickets early. Elena
Kats-Chernin was voted number 1 Australian composer in the recent ABC favourite composers countdown. Steel City Strings is one of regional Australia’s most exciting orchestras and was a finalist in APRA AMCOS Art Music awards 2019.

More info and tickets at

Music Association playing groups – musicians welcome to join

For more details visit our website at
or Facebook

We continue to have the pleasure of playing music socially and rehearsing at the Jamberoo Uniting Church, 11 Wyalla Rd, Jamberoo. New players always welcome – queries can be directed to

Filigree – mixed chamber group (strings/flutes/recorder/guitars) rehearses fortnightly on Thursdays 6:30pm to 8pm. Next rehearsal is 5th March. Directed by Christine Buurman, the group is open to players at all points on the learning curve. This term sees a new program of music from the movies from classics such as Moon River and Autumn Leaves to modern favourites like Pirates of the Carribean.

KJ String Orchestra – classical repertoire for strings with occasional guest soloists. The group rehearses fortnightly on Thursdays 6:30pm to 8pm. Next rehearsal is 27 February. Conductor Dal Oldham has put together a varied program of works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Prokofiev and more recent composers.

Folk Group -For playing folk tunes or songs from Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, America or from anywhere that you find a tune or a song appealing to play or sing. Fortnightly on Wednesdays 6:30pm to 9pm. Next session is 26th February.

The folk groups Saturday social / playing day is on again Saturday 21 March  from 11am to 2pm – BYO lunch and a coin for the jar. This month we have the great honour of welcoming Helen Romeo to lead this workshop. A veritable Folk Treasure, Helen is passionate about the preservation and publishing of Australian music, song and dance. Helen plays English concertina and has been a member of bush bands since the 1970s and member of the Bush Music Club. She also coordinates Saplings, an initiative of the Bush Music Club which introduces Australian music and song to children who already play an instrument. For more info about
the day email

Slow Bluegrass – American folk played at an inclusive pace. All are welcome to join in. Playing sessions happen fortnightly on Wednesdays 6:30pm to 9pm. Next session is 4 March and we’ll be doing a special recording Ashokan Farewell.

Musical Notices & Opportunities

2020 Annual Membership of $25 is now due. This covers those who play in any or all of our musical groups. Please use direct deposit with your name as a reference or see one of the group leaders if you need help: Account Name is Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association Inc.

Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association is licenced with OneMusic Australia (formerly APRA AMCOS) and proud to support original musicians in this way.

$10K Grants to start a With One Voice Choir

To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice choir.

Applications for round 13 will be accepted and considered up until 5:00pm, Tuesday 31st March, 2020. We will be reviewing applications from now, so the earlier you apply the more chance you have of being an awardee!

If you have a passion for bringing people of all walks of life together, for nurturing community spirit and connection, for singing and for changing the world one voice at a time, then this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Kate from Arrabri Community House, a recent grant awardee said, “Receiving a ‘With One Voice’ grant has given Arrabri Community House an amazing opportunity to engage with such a diverse range of people in our community. Our numbers continue to grow and we get to meet the most amazing people. Introducing a choir has been a breath of fresh air for our community house, being able to engage with community members that may not have otherwise used our organisation.”

If you or someone you know might be interested in our grants, click the button below. 

Read More About Our Grants

The Composer Is In The Room

Steel City Strings is back in 2020 to present this exciting concert event. Your local ensemble will be taking audiences on a musical journey through the works of celebrated Australian composers. 

Be one of the first people in the world to hear a new composition ‘Cinque Forme d’Amore’ (‘Five Kinds of Love’) by Elena Kats-Chernin, voted the most popular Australian composer in 2019’s ABC Classic Favourite Composer countdown. This piece was commissioned by local philanthropist Sue Kirby in memory of her late husband Judge Jack Goldring.
Also featuring ‘Nothing is Forever’ by local composer Matthew Hindson; Ann Carr-Boyd’s lively ‘Fandango’; Moya Henderson’s spiritual Aboriginal themes in ‘The Dreaming: Utterly Sacred: In Honour of 40,000 Years’; Andrew Ford’s evocative, sparkling ‘Bright Shiners’, and ‘Blue Poles’ (from The Manhattan Epiphanies); and the sublime and deeply moving ‘Elegy in Memoriam Rupert Brooke’ by Frederick Septimus Kelly.
The APRA/AMCOS award-winning ensemble will energise audiences with the unique sound of Australian music and culture. Come and celebrate the music from your region!

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