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Nungalinya eNews - October 2016

Nungalinya becomes a Public Benevolent Institution

Dear <<First Name>> 

Many of you will know that at the end of last year Nungalinya College became an Indigenous Corporation. As part of that process we needed to write a new constitution and we did so in such a way as to allow us to become a Public Benevolent Institution. That has been the project for this year.

A Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) is a type of charitable institution whose main purpose is to relieve poverty or distress. In our new constitution we have identified the purpose of relieving Indigenous disadvantage, poverty and dispossession through the advancement of education and employment pathways. Our application to become a PBI has now been approved.

So what difference does it make?  In many ways it will make little difference to how we operate as a college. However, there are significant financial advantages. It will reduce our water costs by over $30,000 as we will no longer have to pay the service charge for each of our fixtures. In the past the College received an exemption for this charge but it was imposed 4 years ago as part of the NT government review of Power and Water.

It will also make a difference to staff who will now be able to have their salaries packaged to reduce tax. Effectively this will increase peoples' take home wages.  As we don't pay high wages this will be a great help to staff.

The final change affects donations. We are currently registered as a deductible gift recipient in 3 categories - general, building and library funds. In future we will just have one category - general. However, we will still be operating a building fund and if you wish to donate specifically to that just let us know and we will deposit the money in the building fund account, but your receipt will say general fund.  All donations will still be tax deductible.

If anyone is concerned about these changes please feel free to email  the Principal Dr Jude Long for further information.



 
 

Prayer Points

If you are short on time:

  • Pray for the College and the Finance Committee as we seek to develop a balanced budget for 2017
  • Pray for the funding application to the Aboriginal Benefits Account for an upgrade to the College accommodation.
  • Pray for a new Uniting Church Dean to take over from Felicity Amery at the end of the year.
If you have a bit longer:
  • Pray for the revitalisation of the Indigenous churches and the growth of new leaders for churches and communities.
  • Pray for the Cert II Music students to return and complete their course and graduate and for Lucy and Alan Rogers their teachers.
  • Continue to pray for the certification of the College buildings that it will be complete before cyclone season
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John 15:1

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Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener."

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Our first group of Certificate II Media and Discipleship students graduated on September 16th. It was a small group of students and we are hoping that more will come for our next intensive in November. However, it was wonderful to be able to watch their class project as part of the graduation. They filmed Assistant Teacher Mandy Mangurra's story, entitled "God is Speaking to Me".  Watch it on YouTube. Their own stories will be loaded to YouTube soon.
Certification of Buildings
 
Many of you will know that we have been trying for a number of years to get our buildings certified, but unfortunately the latest changes have left Property Manager Neil Black scratching his head yet again! Just as we believe we are ready, the rules change.

The latest change is that there are now 3 levels of certification - Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Substantial Compliance, and Certificate of Existence. Unfortunately what this means is we now need additional inspections by a structural engineer, a plumber and a glazier, as well as plans drawn for our kitchen / dining room.

As you can imagine this is immensely frustrating as we had actually submitted all the required paperwork to the certifier just before the rules changed but it could not go through.  Please pray for Neil as we continue to work on getting our building safe and compliant especially before we reach cyclone season! 
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