The big blue bus hit the beautiful North Coast of NSW in November and December 2014.
Working closely with Beyond Blue’s NewAccess teams on the ground, the tour was a great opportunity to promote the free service at community events. (Find out more about NewAccess.)
Byron Bay was first stop on 19 November, with a visit to the Byron Community Centre for their weekly breakfast for the homeless. The team then headed to Byron Bay High School for a presentation to Year 11 students about depression, anxiety and how to help a friend. Beyond Blue’s Bronwyn Collins shared her experience of depression, recovery and staying well.
On Thursday 20 November the Roadshow team attended a breakfast at Ballina’s Council Works Depot. Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan came to show his support and chat with council workers. Later that morning, the bus set up at Bunnings Ballina to provide the community with the opportunity to come and talk and pick up free resources.
On 21 November the bus headed for Lismore, this time for a presentation to students at Trinity Catholic College Lismore. That afternoon, Mullum Music Festival in Mullumbimby hosted the bus.
The following day it was a festival of a different kind on the itinerary – the Tweed Foodie Fest. The bus and team attended Tweed’s Biggest Dinner Party at the Murwillumbah Showground. The bus then made a detour to attend Schoolies on the Gold Coast.
On Thursday 27 November the Roadshow arrived in Grafton for a free community barbecue at Market Square. The team then headed out to cover New England, before returning to the North Coast with a visit to Coffs Harbour on 4 and 5 December. Park Beach Plaza was the first stop in Coffs Harbour, with a massive downpour of rain forcing the team to take shelter inside the shopping centre! The next morning, the skies were clearer for a stop at Pioneer Park.
The bus then headed to the LendLease construction site off the Pacific Highway near Valla. Construction workers were treated to a healthy lunch and presentation about Beyond Blue’s work and NewAccess program.
That afternoon, the bus visited Nambucca Plaza in Nambucca Heads to provide free Beyond Blue resources to shoppers.
On Saturday 6 December the team headed down to Kempsey for the Twilight Riverside Market. Santa arrived in a boat much to the delight of hundreds of onlookers.
The visit to the North Coast wrapped up in Port Macquarie on 7 December with a stop at Town Green to chat with locals and provide free information resources.
Thanks to the wonderful communities who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome and all those who supported our visit! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
View other stops and gallery of National Roadshow highlights.