Writer / Storyteller (V22/5777)

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  • Full Time
  • Katoomba

To write innovative and compelling stories to engage young people and the wider

community in disaster risk reduction strategies to restore planetary health.

To create and share stories about the most inspiring examples of solutions for planetary

health in our community, drawn from all sectors.

To work with the Planetary Health team to establish and maintain hyperlocal

communications platforms, supported by a Planetary Health online portal.


Reports to: (Position Title): Senior Lead, Blue Mountains Planetary Health


Report to: (Position Number)

Staff Responsibility: No staff responsibility

Key Internal Relationships: Planetary Health Steering Committee, Project

Steering Group, Planetary Health Advisory

Committee, MOU Partnership Group, Council

Key External Relationships: Key partners and stakeholders involved in the

Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative

including universities and other education bodies,

local organisations, local community groups and

businesses, Blue Mountains and Lithgow

residents, the Lithgow Transformation Hub and

Lithgow Council


  • To use solutions storytelling to support the Senior Lead of the Planetary Health

Initiative and the Planetary Health Team to deliver an 18-month grant-funded program

pioneering systemic change through community water management initiatives,

neighbourhood communication platforms, and co-designed place-based accelerated

research and learning to support disaster risk reduction for planetary health.

  • To work with the Planetary Health Team to create compelling storytelling and

marketing for social media, hyperlocal communication platforms and a Planetary

Health web portal.

  • To explore creative and innovative ways to engage young people in the project.
  • To share solutions storytelling skills through the Planetary Health Pluriversity

Guiding Principles

  • We act as one organisation responding to the changing needs of our LGA and


  • We are strategy led, driven by our Community Strategic Plan with clear priorities and


  • We are service focused ` we continuously improve service provision and provide

excellent customer service

  • We collaborate and work together to achieve our outcomes
  • We ensure safety and well-being is at the centre of our organisation, operations and


  • We are a financially sustainable organisation, living within our means, ensuring best

value resource allocation

These Guidelines complement the Council’s adopted Values of: Work Together; Work

Safe Home safe; Service Excellence; Value for Money; Trust and Respect; and,

Supporting Community

Workplace Health & Safety

Ensure compliance with WHS obligations and responsibilities as outlined in Councils

policies and procedures and under the relevant WHS legislation. These include but are

not limited to: identifying potentially unsafe situations or work practices and notifying your

Supervisor or Manager (or the Health, Safety Manager/Area Safety Representative);

never performing a task that you believe is dangerous or for which you do not have the

experience, or have not received appropriate instructions and training or where the correct

equipment to carry out the task safely is not available; always work in a safe manner and

in accordance with safety instructions, where applicable; use the work equipment supplied

for the job, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions), and any personal

protective equipment, which the Council deems necessary and has provided; be safety

aware and report any actions to your line manager which will assist the Council to meet

its legal workplace health and safety obligations.

You have the right to cease or direct cessation of unsafe work. In addition you are required

at all times to comply with Councils Asbestos Management Plan and Policy.


This position requires creative and innovative thinking, and a high level of interpersonal

and communication skills, in order to engage everyone to participate in cultural change,

and to build relationships with a broad cross-section of the community. It also requires

regular liaison and collaboration with the Planetary Health Team to prioritise and shape

stories, as well as communication and education strategies.


Working closely with a newly-formed Planetary Health team to trial innovative new Local

Government-led education, research and communications initiatives, this position will

require an ability to collaborate to develop new procedures and policies in consultation

with the team as needs arise.

The position requires working with Community and a Consultative Research Group and

Peer Review Panel to co-design communications, and learning programs for the


The position also requires regular monitoring and evaluation of the programs delivered to

guide future program delivery and to demonstrate outcomes to a range of stakeholders.


This position reports directly to the Senior Lead, Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative

and decisions will be made in collaboration with a Planetary Health Team which will

include a Project Steering Group, a Bioregional Communications Alliance and a

Consultative Research Group and Peer Review Panel.


• Understanding of the emerging planetary health challenges in general and in the

context of the Blue Mountains, and an ability to communicate this creatively and

innovatively in a way that can engage a broad cross-section of the community.

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or extensive demonstrated experience in compelling
  • Excellent communication skills including copywriting, editing, and ability to produce
quality digital and social media.
  • Demonstrated high level organizational skills, including the ability to produce high

quality work, manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines and operate with a

significant degree of initiative and independence.

  • Computer and photographic skills, including desktop publishing and web content
  • Resident with connections to community in one of the following locations:

1. Lithgow

2. Medlow Bath to Mount Tomah (including Megalong Valley)

3. Katoomba/Leura

4. Wentworth Falls to Faulconbridge

5. Springwood/Winmalee

6. Warrimooo to Lapstone (including Mount Riverview)

  • Ability to work outside of core hours as required.

  • Understanding of and commitment to Occupational Health and Safety and Equal

Employment Opportunity principles.

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