Community News

Term  3    2020

Nextwave Youth Film Competition returns for 2020

The search is now on for the next wave of young regional filmmakers, with short film entries open from May 1st – Sept 21st.

Nextwave, presented by the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF), now in its sixth year is host to Australia’s largest regional youth short film competition and is free to enter for young people aged between 10 - 25 years, living outside a metro area.

Short films can range from a variety of genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers, sci-fi, animation, documentary and personal essays. All that is needed to enter is to make a short film under five minutes (including all credits) and to creatively include the phrase, ‘What’s Next?”

Along with an array of awards and prizes across a variety of age categories, short film finalists will have their films premiere at the 2021 Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) in Coffs Harbour in January. Lucky creatives will also have the opportunity for their films to screen at venues across Australia for Youth Week in April 2021.

The SWIFF team are also working on broadening access to their Nextwave filmmaking workshop program by offering a series of online workshops for teachers and students across Australia. Nextwave’s redesigned workshop program is launching as an online learning experience to be delivered to regional, rural, and remote students across Australia, with the learning program supported by teachers and home-schooling parents available from June.

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Bendigo Bank Donation

Dromana College is very excited and grateful to have received a  defibrillator donated by our local  Bendigo Community Bank.

Pictured  receiving the lifesaving defibrillator from the  new Senior Manager  Fiona Somjee, are our College Nurse Kylie Hanley and Parent Community Liaison Officer Theresa Stelling.



Red Hill Opportunity Shop




Red Hill Op Shop is looking for volunteers to join the group of wonderful men and women who support our organization.

The commitment is just one morning or afternoon once a month and you’ll meet some lovely people at the same time.

If you would prefer not to serve at the counter, there’s lots of other roles you could fill in such as: sorting, helping the area managers display their stock, admin, etc.

We’d love to hear from you, so please contact us to find out more!

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Financial Help


Saver Plus assists individuals and families on lower incomes to build assets and improve financial capability, and has supported thousands of lower income earners to develop a lasting savings habit.

Saver Plus offers:

  • up to $500 in matched savings for education costs
  • fun, free and informal financial education workshops
  • assistance and support from a Saver Plus coordinator to establish a savings goal and develop a savings habit.

Participants make regular deposits towards a savings goal over a 10-month period and attend workshops to build their financial management skills. When participants reach their savings goal, ANZ matches the amount – up to $500 – towards education costs including uniforms, text books, laptops, sports equipment, music tuition, TAFE or apprenticeship costs, and much more.

Contact us

Phone 1300 610 355

Email saverplus(at)

View the provider list (PDF, 258kb).


Participants must meet all of the below criteria: 

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a child at school or starting next year, or attend vocational education yourself
  • have some regular income from your work (you or your partner)
  • have a Centrelink, Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to save after your regular expenses have been paid
  • have a connection to the area in which the Saver Plus program is run, by living, working, studying or having children at school there
  • have not received matched funds from Saver Plus before (you or your partner)
  • be in receipt of an eligible Commonwealth social security benefit, allowance or payment*

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