National Homelessness Week 2023

It’s time to end homelessness

It’s time again for National Homelessness Week, the annual event to raise awareness of homelessness in Australia. This year it is held from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th August with the theme – ‘It’s time to end homelessness’… We couldn’t agree more, it is high time to end homelessness and put the right measures in place to prevent it from here on.

Homelessness Week is an important opportunity to advocate for positive social change. National and local community events, media and social media activities are all taking this opportunity. Check Homelessness Australia for the latest updates including the launch of Homelessness Week 2023 focussed on the solutions needed to end First Nations homelessness.

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness face an acute housing shortage, a cost of living crisis and a rental crisis. They may also be facing the end to their out-of-home care, family violence and/or trauma (abuse/neglect), physical or mental illness, addiction, job loss and/or disability. We hear (and say) – everyone deserves a home, that it is a basic human right but so many are going without. We are seeing families and young people in crisis.

What can you do to help?

Raising awareness is good – you can do this by sharing our work on socials (see links below), have conversations with people about the issue, advocate for change – help to bring in legislation and policy change by using your vote and writing to your local MP. Sign and share this petition.

Treat your fellow humans with dignity – we have, in a way, forgotten how to look out for each other. Check on your neighbours, ask if they’re ok, if you see someone struggling help them, pay it forward, try not to judge the person next to you. Above all, organisations need funds, we can only do as much as we can by stretching every dollar.

We have an active group of supporters who help us to go the extra mile and offer wrap around services to young people beyond a safe and secure home. The need for our services has grown. We have expanded rapidly in a short period of time. While we have grown, we are providing the same level of personal care as previously, the type of care we have become known for.

Visit our community fundraising page to find lots of ideas of how you can help us secure a future for children and young people – because everyone deserves to live life to their full potential! If you would like to know ways to donate to Burdekin please visit our donation page. You might also like to consider fostering a teen or volunteering with us – however you help is always appreciated.

Home Sweet 2023 update!

Home Sweet 2023

The countdown to Home Sweet 2023 has officially begun, on 17 March we will return to the waterfront of Freshwater where community will unite for a sleepover to raise funds for and awareness of homelessness.

The event is also about celebrating our community and an opportunity to connect and nourish local relationships – get to know local people whilst supporting a great cause!

We are proud to be part of this event and appreciate the organisers, Link Wentworth, for their work in getting this event off the ground. In times of hardship we must act generously and compassionately to benefit those who are less fortunate.

So, gather up your comfy stuff and join us at Freshwater Surf Club on Friday March 17th!  Expect fun, food, talks and lots of mingling – maybe a household name or two! Will you be in the class photo for Home Sweet 2023?

Our event ambassador and MC on the night is Jay Lenton – wicket-keeper for NSW – we are delighted that Jay could lead the proceedings again this year and thank him for his support! Burdekin have a special friendship with Jay, Manly Warringah Waratahs and Manly Warringah District Cricket Association. read more about our partnership here.

Food and entertainment kindly provided by the Mounties Group, merchandise and giveaways from Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. The event kicks off at 6pm on Friday 17th – please take a look at the event program and house rules below. It’s getting exciting!!

What if you can’t sleepover?

Participate in the virtual sleepout.

This year we also have the option to join us virtually – you could sleep out in your backyard or car or maybe couch – couch surfing is common for young people who are amongst the most hidden groups experiencing homelessness.

Support our Team

We also have a ‘Team Burdekin’ you can support or individual team members directly – we really appreciate any and all support. No amount is too small!!!

More about this year’s event and previous events can be found both on our website and the official Home Sweet 2023 website, we are also loving the new photos of those involved including our CEO, Justene Gordon, Andrew McAnulty, CEO of Link Wentworth and Annabelle Daniel, CEO Women’s Community Shelters as well as sponsors Pitcher Partners and Experteq – check them out here.

View Our AGM 2022

We recently held our 2022 AGM and below you will find a record of the meeting. Once again our AGM was held as a virtual meeting allowing attendees to join us from anywhere.

The MC for the meeting was Anna, one of our young people who some of you might remember from the Inner West launch event! Anna is currently residing in staffed housing with Burdekin and transitioning to semi-independent living, she is also graduating from year 12 and currently in the middle of HSC!

We also were lucky to welcome Casey Munro, First Nations Case Manager and Cultural Liaison Consultant at Burdekin as our guest speaker for the event.

Please have a listen to the proceedings, we welcome any questions or feedback that you may have and you can forward your comments to

You can also view our Annual Report here.

Golf Day 2022

Thank you for making our Annual Charity Golf Day of 2022 a huge success – every single one of you helps us in our efforts to solve issues causing child and youth homelessness!

Many of you know how challenging it was to organise the event due to a number of unavoidable reschedules but on Tuesday 20th September it finally did go ahead! And we were so lucky with the weather. A lot to be grateful for. There are many people to thank:

All of our sponsors:

Manly Warringah Pest Control, Sydney Beach Homes, Vivid Commercial Cleaning & Property Services, Link Wentworth, Norton Rose Fulbright, Touchpoint Technology, Compass Project Management, Manly Warringah District Cricket Club, Bendigo Bank, WT Partnership, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, UpState, Drummond Golf, FleetPartners, Gage Road Brew Co. Multisparx, Quest Events and Nevada Partners.

Compass Project Management

Our supporters:

Victoria Bitter, Ben & Jerry’s, Cromer Golf Club, Hitting Targets, Gage Road Brew Co. Leanda Lai Apartments, Bucketty’s Brewing Co. Seven Miles Coffee Roasters, TSA Outdoors, Harbord Hotel, Francalia Homewares, Drummond Golf, 2UE Radio Easy Music, Sea Lord Howe, Lord Howe Island Bowling Club, NSW Rugby League, Manly Warringah District Cricket Club, Marine Adventures, Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

Ben & Jerry’s

Special thanks in particular goes out to Peter Riddle from Lord Howe Island who not only travelled over for the golf day but also donated accommodation at the beautiful Leanda Lei Apartments. Peter also worked with a number of local restaurants, tourism operators and vendors on the island to donate towards the Lord Howe Island package that was auctioned off and purchased by Ryan Halangahu from Multisparx! What an amazing prize to win!

Another special thanks goes to the wonderful Cromer Golf Club for kindly hosting the event each year!

Golf Winners:

  • 1st Place – Jay Lenton, Michael Visser, Ryan Hadley and Ryan Farrell from the MWDCC.
  • 2nd place – Kieran Flynn, Eddie Blake, Shauna Mouldey and Angus Penn from Drummond Golf
  • 3rd place – Peter Tustin, Jon Tyer, Jack and Mickey Edwards who represented The Burdekin Association

Novelty Holes:

  • Thong Throwing – Women: Bella Siebold (Ben & Jerry’s) | Male: Michael Bonici (Nevada Partners)
  • Nearest to pin – Women: Claire Oxlade (Flaming Goes) | Male: Michael Visser (MWDCC)
  • Closest inside the circle on the 18th hole – Ryan Farrell (MWDCC)
  • Dartboard – Sydney Beach Homes
  • Longest Drive – Women: Brooke Fawcett (Sydney Beach Homes) |Male: John Hall (Upstate)


Best Dressed: Claire Oxlade and her team Flaming Goes

Raffle Prize (Jarara Cottage Escape): Multisparx

Auction Items:

  • Lord Howe Island Package – Ryan Halangahu Multisparx
  • Morne Morkel Coaching Clinic from Manly Warringah District Cricket Club & Morne Morkel – Claire Oxlade
  • Clay Shooting Lesson with Hitting Targets – Todd O’Fee
  • Ben & Jerry’s Party Pack – Paul Heffernan
  • Telescope and Binocular Set from TSA Outdoors – Todd O’Fee
  • NSW Blues Origin Package from NSW Rugby League – Stephen Hart
  • Cromer Golf Club Package – Liz Duke
  • Gage Roads Brewing Co. Package – Ryan Halangahu Multisparx
  • VB Hard Earned Thirst Package – Andrew Miller
  • Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 – Stephen Hart
  • 2UE Radio Advertising Package – Ryan Halangahu Multisparx
  • Drummond Golf Calloway X Hot Pack – Matthew Pethybridge

Image Gallery

Enjoy all the photos from the day!

Our Golf Day is finally HEEEEERE!!!!

Burdekin Annual Charity Golf Day

After one of our busiest years and multiple postponements, for reasons beyond our control, our Annual Charity Golf Day is almost here!

Held in the unique and natural surroundings of Cromer Golf Club, the day brings us together as a community with the common goal of wanting to do something for vulnerable youth in our community, alleviating youth homelessness, improving transitions to adulthood and providing the skills necessary for a viable future.

The morning starts with the buzz and excitement of what’s ahead. The order of the day is meeting new people, reconnecting with friends and acquaintances, engaging with like-minded people, building relationships, meeting potential customers, sharing ideas, not to mention playing golf and possibly winning some amazing prizes!

Our true power lies in our connections within our community, which is why this event is so important to us. We are thankful to those who have stuck with us throughout the various postponements of the day. We can’t wait to see you all! And did we mention it’s a full house?

Take a look at who our sponsors and supporters are on the day and a big huge thank you to those who made it possible!

We acknowledge the Aboriginal people of the Cadigal and Gayamaygal Clans. We acknowledge the Country on which we live, work, and gather as being Aboriginal land.

We acknowledge the lands, waterways and skies that are connected to Aboriginal people. We honour them and pay our deepest respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

We respect their rightful place within our communities, and we value their ancient cultural knowledge and practices.

Aboriginal Flag
Torres Straight Island Flag

We deeply respect that this will always be Aboriginal land and we will honour and follow the first peoples’ values in caring for the Country and for preserving their culture.

We deeply value that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the oldest living culture in the world and we will continue to work with their peoples and communities to ensure their cultures endure and remain strong.