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Merchant Mariners Memorial Norah Head

Brackets and Jam Central Coast were proud to support a MEMORIAL service held at Norah Head to remember the merchant mariners who lost their lives during World War II.

The service was attended by a broad range of community groups and representatives, was a fitting way to commemorate the area’s strong maritime history and also to remember those who died.

“Many people forget that we have a strong local history in our area in relation to merchant mariners during World War II,” Mr Rose said.

“The east coast of Australia saw significant enemy action during the war, with mines laid by German raiders and attacks by Japanese submarines.

“These took a heavy toll on civilian merchant shipping supplies which were heading north to Darwin and Port Moresby.

“Many ships were sunk and many men were killed or injured.”

One ship, the MV Nimbin, was the first merchant ship to be lost during the war.

It struck a German-laid mine 13km off Norah Head at 11.15am on December 5, 1940, and sank in three minutes. Seven men, including the master, were killed and 13 were later rescued.

Another ship, the SS Iron Chieftain, was the first ship to be sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1942.

The tragedy left 13 sailors dead, but 25 survivors made it safely to The Entrance Beach, guided by the light from Norah Head lighthouse.

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New Indigenous Cultural Program on the Coast

Indigenous Cultural Program

A creative arts program working under the mentorship of an Aboriginal Artist connecting people to place. Open to all Young People 12- 25 years who would like to to be part of this exciting new program.


Annual General Meeting of Central Coast Brackets and Jam Inc

Brackets and Jam AGM

Brackets and Jam Central Coast Inc. will be holding its Annual General Meeting at The Arts Barn, 2 Dandaloo Road, Kariong on Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 7.00 PM

For further information or to download membership and committee application forms, which can then be posted to PO Box 2213 Gosford 2250 postmarked before 11th October 2014 or emailed  to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee Application  |  Agenda

For voting purposes and to be a committee member you need to be a financial member of Brackets and Jam Central Coast Inc.  The cost is $5 per person for 12 months.

Inquiries please contact Craig 0417 067 072 or Julez 0403 805037.

NSW Volunteering - Recognition of Volunteers Certificate

Brackets and Jam Inc. is now registered as a signatory to the Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers.

The NSW Government developed these principles to promote dignity, care and respect in volunteer workplaces.

Signatory organisations are encouraged to use a new certificate and stickers to promote the Statement of Principles to peer organisations.

Adoption of the Statement of Principles has extended fairness in the workplace to more that 775,000 volunteers in over 370 organisations.

More information on the positive impact of the Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers is available here.


Our organisation upholds these principles of care, respect and dignity for all our people:

  • This organisation demonstrates a commitment to best practice in volunteer management and all our people respect and support this commitment
  • Our volunteers are involved in the life of the organisation and are included in decisions that affect them
  • This organisation provides volunteers with clarity about their roles and is clear about expectations and policies that impact on their roles
  • Our volunteers respect the roles of everyone in the organisation
  • This organisation recognises and celebrates the contribution of volunteers
  • Our volunteers are provided with training and professional development for their roles
  • This organisation provides all our people with the opportunity to resolve disputes with respect and dignity

Our Certificate can be downloaded here


Public Performance Licences

 Brackets & Jam Central Coast carries current Public Performance Licences as follows:

168c APRA20AMCOS20web20quality detailAPRA/AMCOS - Representing the rights of songwriters, composers and publishers.         Lic No: 1925643.




    PPCA - Licence to play protected sound recordings at fetes, garden parties, church, dance academy or

   school concerts presentaiong /performances of motivational speakers.       Lic No: 220 466.

Job Seekers - Voluntary work approval

Brackets has gained approval from the Federal Govt to host job seekers undertaking voluntary work through both the Department of Families, Commmunity Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) Voluntary Work Initiative and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) Community Work Program.

Centrelink customer eligibility for approved voluntary work differs according to age, length of unemployment and current level of employment assistance, and job seekers need to obtain separate approval from Centrelink before starting voluntary work with Brackets or the Arts Barn

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Get on-board the B&J Trailer Stage Project

B&J are about to kick off another exciting project to put together a portable stage set up that can be used at outside events.

The project involves converting an existing old car trailer into a fully functional event stage set up. Once built the stage will be able to be towed and easily erected by two people to provide a stage approximately 4m x 7.2m wide, complete with cover. The stage will then be yet another asset we can provide to support local outside events, along with our sound and lighting equipment.

If you are an engineering or metal-working type and would like to get involved in this exciting project, we are currently putting together a team to get this idea moving. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know what you are able to contribute (eg skills, materials etc.)

A Brackets Poem

Those of us who attended the June event on Kincumber Mountain would have been lucky enough to hear some beautiful poetry from local poet Suzie Palmer. Suzie has given us permission to publish her tribute to Brackets and Jam...enjoy.

Brackets and Jam in the Sky

On the peak of Island View Drive
Moonlit evenings come alive
At Brackets and Jam
Kincumber Mountain is a hive
Of colourful action

Bursting with talent
Dynamic beats
Our hearts are a haven
Where rhythm and drum
Under starry skies
Fills our senses, the bush is alive

With loving vibrations from you and I
Generating pulsations, a natural high
Ignites our passions, lets love fly
Celebrates the Central Coast Community
Brackets and Jam in the sky

Suzie Palmer


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