Key Messages and Outcomes

  • Coastal Connections highlights the significant role of Learn Locals in adult education.

  • Funding for this program allowed staff time to get out of the classroom and work on building relationships with local groups.

  • It also enabled learners to practice skills related to jobs in a real context.

  • Bass Coast is a very supportive community for newly arrived migrants.

  • Participants in the program are very skilled, motivated and enthusiastic community members.

  • Relationships developed are continuing to address barriers to employment.

Meet Our Team

Olivia Hurrell

Coastal Connections Program Coordinator

English as an Additional Language Teacher

Previously a Settlement Support Worker

Mon Eager

Coastal Connections - Work Ties Admin Support


Mon started to work in an International School as Primary Office Coordinator in her home country (Laos) for 9 years. She completed Bachelor of Finance and Banking before she moved to Australia 2 years ago. She was an adult migrant student.

Now she is working with Bass Coast Adult Learning as Administration and Compliance Officer. Recently she got a casual job with Coastal Connections - Work Ties in admin support.

In the future I would like to help migrant people to get connected with the local community and help them to find a job in their area.”