About CHSA

Hello and welcome to the Coffs Harbour Student’s Association! We are run by students for students. We aim to make student life more enjoyable by providing a range of services, spaces and events at the Coffs Harbour campus of Southern Cross University. We are here to help you make your University experience as enjoyable, fun and supportive as possible. You are very welcome to pop in for a cuppa and a chat any time.

Sign up or renew your Membership to receive notice regarding free lunches, events and access to members only offers and services.

Drop in to the CHSA office, located in F block next to the bus stop, and say hi!

Committee Members

President: Vanessa Privatera
I am currently studying Secondary Education and am the Secretary of the SCU Gaming Club. I am studying my second degree so I understand how important it is to (at least try to) balance the stress of studying with social activities, relaxation and downtime. If I’m not on campus ranting about superhero movies with Thomas, more than likely you’ll find me playing games online or out doing a bit of retail therapy. Feel free to come have a chat!

Vice President: Hannah Young
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education and I have a passion for working with students with additional needs, so I’m also studying Psychology to support my end goal of working in special education or a school support role. I was homeschooled for my entire life, so I understand that university study can be overwhelming at times, especially when you are new to it! I’m excited to be a part of the committee and I hope that I will be able to help make the adjustment to uni life easier for students. In my spare time you’ll find me making music, playing with my cat, or volunteering at/attending my local church – the Coffs Harbour Bible Church. I love meeting new friends so please come and say hi to me anytime!

Thomas Madden

Secretary: Thomas Madden
I am currently studying Education, am also President of the SCU Gaming Club and SCU Education Connect clubs and have been known to organise the occasional karaoke night. When not on campus you can find me playing in a Swing band and teaching guitar lessons. If you have any ideas of how to make life on campus more fun, come and talk to me!

Ignas Gasengayire

Treasurer: Ignas Gasengayire
I have been part of the CHSA for the last 4 years. In that time I have completed my Undergraduate Degree in Accounting and am now furthering my studies in Education. I have a passion for migrant and refugee communities and see University as an amazing opportunity and pathway to future success. I have been involved with the Uni Mentor program this year as well as AIME and have contributed to social events through Burundian Drumming Group, Rafiki Connection. I currently enjoy the position of Treasurer on the CHSA and I encourage all students to get involved with non-academic life on campus to make the most of your University experience.

General Member: Mike Howarth
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science. I have been involved with the university since 2004, I am a retired school teacher and tutored in some education units, work as a casual on the technology help desk and conduct the First aid courses for CHSA. I previously worked with the AIME program as a Mentor. I have a passion for learning which is why I undertook a degree course this year, for the first time I am studying for study’s sake and really enjoying it.

Paolo Newell

Committee Member: Paolo Newell
I’m studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science. I love interacting with others and appreciate the life at university. I enjoy participating in and being a part of the community and a good opportunity came to be involved by becoming a member of the CHSA. I am very grateful to be living on campus which makes life simpler. My hobbies include Dancing (Salsa), Table Tennis, going to the gym among other things. Feel free to come and have a chat.

Staff Members

Operations Manager: Lucy Cleverdon

Lucy has been with the CHSA since the start of 2017. She is available Monday to Thursday to assist you in making your Uni experience as enjoyable as possible. If you’re experiencing any difficulties, interested in starting a Club or Society, joining the CHSA Committee, or have any other questions, come in and have a chat.

Events & Marketing Coordinator: Jodie Phillips

Jodie joined the CHSA in 2018. As a graduate of SCU, Jodie is very familiar with student life on our lovely Coffs Harbour campus, and is dedicated to supporting all our members. You can find her keeping our Uni Lounge spick and span, wielding the BBQ tongs and planning our latest and greatest events.


CHSA is primarily funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This is a compulsory student paid fee which provides available funds to maintain and improve essential services and amenities of a non-academic nature for students without reducing funding for teaching.

These funds can be used by universities to focus on student services that will support and enrich the student experience.

Find out how SCU allocates SSAF funding here.

How To Join

To become a member of the CHSA you can either fill out our online form here or come into the office and join in person. Your membership is valid for the year that you sign up. You will need to sign up again each year.

Once you have become a member you can come into the office to collect your Membership card, which will give you access to our subsidised printing.


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F block (near Bus Stop)
CHEC Hogbin Dr
Coffs Harbour 2450


02 6659 3299