We want to give community organisations a chance to tell everyone about their activities.
Fill in the form below and your event will be added to our community diary and well aim to use it in the community notices section of the Guardian News and Hibiscus Happynings.
Community notices are:
- For upcoming, not-for-profit community events, meetings, exhibitions, activities and community group news
- Up to 150 words in length and do not require a photo but if you have photos and need space for a longer story, use the form: Got a story to tell? Were all ears
- NOTE: If you do use the longer story/photos form option for your event, we also recommend entering a notice here, so it doesn't miss a mention in the community diary.
- PRINT DEADLINES: Print deadline is noon Friday for inclusion in the following week's paper. (As space restrictions are a factor of print media, we recommend sending in your notice in as early as possible so it may get run in our notices section).
NEED HELP? Tips on how to fill in this form are provided below the form.
Tips for filling in this form
Community notices need to have certain fields filled to correctly display in the community diary sections of the newspaper, they are marked on this form with a red asterisk. Here are some tips to help explain the different sections of the form.
- Email address: This is required so you can receive a confirmation that your notice was submitted successfully and so we can reach you if there is a problem with your notice. If you don't receive a confirmation email, your submission may not have gone through and you should contact us.
- Name of host organisation: This is your groups name and will be in large font in the newspaper.
- Event title: Try not to repeat what you used for the organisation name here. This will appear in bold under your organisation name.
- Date: Notices need a date in the future, but if your notice is not date specific use the next publication date of the newspaper you want it to appear in. You can use the drop down calendar or type it in manually.
- Time: The time is in 24-hour format and is to be written in two parts ie: 14 : 00 (or 2pm part one is 14 then you must click, or press the Tab key on your keyboard to move to part two and add 00 or 30 for the full or half hour). If your notice doesn't require a specific time enter 00:00. If your notice is from a certain time to a certain time, only use the from time in the 24-hr format and then in your event description you can mention the end time.
- Venue: If you don't have a specific venue, you can write an area or region, ie Nambucca Valley, Macksville, Scotts Head etc. If you will be at various locations, write Various locations and then you can be specific in your event description.
- Description of event: Here you have up to 150 words to talk about your event.
- Cost and contact details: If your event is free, please write This is a free event, or Free entry, or Free to attend etc. If there are no contact details required, please write All welcome, or Hope to see you there etc.
Please remember to use correct punctuation and grammar. Notices that don't make sense or are missing information, may not be used. All notices may also be subject to editing.
After you press the submit button
- Verify. I am not a robot... If this is the first time you've used this form you may get a message pop up after you press submit, which asks you if you're a robot or to verify you're not a robot. This is part of a google security check and all you need to do is follow the instructions. Sometimes it will ask you to click the boxes with all the cars etc. If you don't quite get it right, it may present you with another box to complete. Once you get it right, the box will disappear and your submission will go through.
- The page went blank After you press the blue submit button at the bottom of the form it will appear to go blank, scroll back up the page and you'll see a little confirmation message.
- It's not responding If nothing seems to be happening for a while, there could be a problem with your browser. The best thing to do it make sure you have made a copy of your notice details somewhere and refresh your page. To refresh the page, go up to the top left had corner of your computer screen and click on the arrow that looks like a circle.
You should receive a confirmation email
Once you have successfully submitted your community notice, you should received an confirmation email from Google Forms with a copy of what you submitted. If you don't receive a confirmation email, your submission may not have gone through and you should contact us.
For help using the online forms contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0438 456 544.