Neighbourhood centres strategic repositioning

Neighbourhood Centres are the cornerstones of our communities and play a vital role in connecting and supporting people experiencing social isolation and loneliness.

They provide critical social infrastructure, play a key part in building community connection and cohesion, and provide services and supports that help the lives of hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders that visit Neighbourhood Centres each year.

Empowering Queensland communities to make decisions that are best for their needs is fundamental to achieving our Communities 2032  vision to strengthen the fabric of Queensland’s communities.

Neighbourhood Centres Strategic Repositioning Committee

In 2021, the department commenced the Neighbourhood Centres Strategic Repositioning Project, which included formation of the Neighbourhood Centres Strategic Repositioning Committee.

The Committee is working with the Queensland Government and organisations from across the sector to create a shared vision and framework that will help our Queensland Government funded Neighbourhood Centres continue to deliver crucial services for Queenslanders.

The strategic framework will guide financial investment, strengthen best practices, and build a contemporary and networked service model that responds to a wide range of community needs.

Committee membership

The Committee consists of a cross-section of stakeholders with experience and knowledge of Neighbourhood Centres and their key stakeholders and client groups. It includes the following representatives:

Name Position, Organisation

Mr Gary Adsett

General Manager, Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority

Ms Mara Basanovic

Chief Executive Officer, Volunteering Queensland

Ms Karen Dare

Chief Executive Officer, Communify

Ms Sandra Elton

Manager, North Townsville Community Hub / Queensland Community Alliance representative

Ms Nyoka Fetoa’i

Executive Director, Kambu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health (Kambu Health)

Mr Matthew Gillett

General Manager, Programs, Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA)

Ms Louise Judge

Manager, Chinchilla Community Centre

Ms Em James

Chief Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Centres Queensland (NCQ)

Mr Geoff Leeming

President, Kingston East Neighbourhood Centre

Ms Michelle Lucas

Executive Director, Logan Together

Mr Tomas Passeggi

Manager, Caloundra Community Centre Inc

Dr Nancy Spencer

Executive in Residence, Policy Innovation Hub, Griffith University

Ms Tanya Stevenson

Chief Executive Officer, Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre

Ms Regina Turner

President, Mura Kosker Sorority Inc

The Committee is chaired by the Executive Director, Community Services or their delegate, and secretariat for the committee is provided by the department.

Committee meeting communiques

More information

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