North West Rainbow Connection (NWRC) is a newly incorporated group for the GLBT communities living in the North West/New England area. NWRC is based in Tamworth, but aims to form networks in towns across the region.

At a community consultation, many ideas for future events were put forward, including quarterly dances, dinners, education forums, Mardi Gras bus trips, picnics, events outside Tamworth and much more.

Everything is in place now for NMRC to start operating, planning events and serve the needs of our community. Nominations are now needed to fill the treasurer and five general committee member roles.

Involvement and support from the GLBT community will ensure this group runs successfully and well into the future. For more info or to get involved write to PO Box 1461 Tamworth NSW 2340 or email northwestrainbowconnection@hotmail.com

Cirque De So Gay is the 2009 Rainbow Vision’s GLBT Ball fast approaching on Saturday 22 August. Doors open from 7pm at Newcastle City Hall. Tickets are $100, with limited concession $70 for fabulous entertainment including special guest comedian Julie Morris, popular local drag performer Manga, cabaret star Denise Gold, a three course dinner and some drinks.

Be quick, tickets are selling fast, so visit ACON to secure your seat.  For more info email janefondle@pacific.net.au

If drugs like crystal, speed or ecstasy are dogging you or someone close to you, why not make an appointment with the Stimulant Treatment Program at the ACON community centre in Islington. Outreach clinics begin weekly from 9am to 12.30pm from Thursday 6 August.

Also from 1pm each Thursday any member of the GLBT community can get a sexual health check at ACON by a nurse from the Pacific Clinic. If you’re HIV positive you can have HIV monitoring tests too.

MIXED FROOTS is on this Friday 28 August at the Boulevard on Beaumont, Hamilton from 5.30 till 7.30pm, with happy hour prices from 5.30 – 6.30pm. Entry by gold coin donation and everybody is welcome. For more info visit rainbowvisions.org.au

info: For more information about groups, services, organisations or community events taking place in the Hunter, New England, MNC or Central Coast contact ACON Hunter/MNC on 4927 6808 or email hunter@acon.org.au,

Sean O’Rourke is the Education and Community Development Officer at ACON’s Hunter/MNC Branch.

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