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New General Manager

The QFCA is very pleased to announce our new General Manager Em James.  With over 15 years of experience in the for-purpose sector, Em has worked in a range of roles including; community development, community centre management, sector advocacy with peak bodies, and university facilitation and research. Em is passionate about the role of neighbourhood centres in connecting people to make change in their communities and have greater say over issues affecting their lives. Em holds a Master of Development Practice (Community Development) and is in the final stages of a Master of Business Administration (Social Impact). Some of Em’s favourite things include adventures, books, dressmaking and a good idea.

Neighbourhood Centres and COVID 19

Queensland Neighbourhood and Community Centres have been impacted by restrictions during the current COVID19 pandemic.  To find out more about these impacts, click on our COVID 19 page here.

QFCA a Very Neighbourly Organisation

The QFCA has become a Very Neighbourly Organisation as part of Neighbour Day celebrations on 29th March 2020.   This year Neighbour Day is focusing on Social Connections demonstrating a perfect alignment with the existing work of over 150 local Neighbourhood and Community Centres across the state.  Our media release for Neighbour Day is here

Queensland Community Development Conference

Over 90 people from Neighbourhood and Community Centres attended the Queensland Community Development Conference in October 2019, thanks to generous sponsorship of $40000 from the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. Knowledge sharing featured predominately as many Neighbourhood Centres conducted workshops to the 400 delegates across the 3 days.  You can find out more on our CD Qld Conference page here.    

QFCA Refunded for 3 Years by Queensland Government

We have received confirmation by the Hon. Coralee O'Rourke MP, Minister of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors that the QFCA has been refunded for the next 3 years.  The department's Thriving Communities plan positions Neighbourhood and Community Centres as vital place-based infrastructure and whilst resourcing remains an issue of concern for the sector, we are excited to continue partnering with Government to develop centres across the state.   

Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre on 7News Wide Bay

Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre's Open Day was recently featured on 7News Wide Bay, highlighting the awesome work of Neighbourhood and Community Centres in cities around Queensland. 

Nundah Neighbourhood Centre releases Sexual Violence Podcast

Nundah Neighbourhood Centre and Community Legal Service have released a podcast series during Domestic and Family Violence Month focusing on Sexual Violence.  Entitled "The Injustice of Intimacy", the podcast was released at Queensland's Parliament House with Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer, Attorney General Yvette D'Ath and MP Leanne Linard.   

Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre on Win News

Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre has expanded their social enterprise, created a "kindness" garden and held a spectacular art auction.  This was all recently featured in this Win News Wide Bay news story.

New Neighbourhood Centre for Toowoomba

Residents living in the Wilsonton community will benefit from a new and larger neighbourhood centre thanks to Palaszczuk Government funding of up to $3.6 million. Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke today (15 March) visited the existing neighbourhood centre and announced the Palaszczuk Government had secured additional land in Wilsonton for the construction of a new centre.  You can read more here.

Minister O'Rourke at Caloundra Community Centre

Our Thriving Communities Grants program made a big difference to local Neighbourhood and Community Centres in partnership with the Queensland Government.  Here's one example of the grants in action:

One Million Dollars Worth of No Interest Loans

Congratulations to Megan Blacklow of Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre whose No Interest Loans Scheme has administered $1million worth of loans to the Douglas Shire Community in partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance. An amazing achievement!

QFCA Repositions for the Future

The QFCA held it's Annual General Meeting this week followed by strategic planning for the year with the board and staff.  You can read our Annual Report here.  The QFCA's leaders for the next financial year include Tomas Passeggi (President), Christine Buckland (Treasurer), Samantha Way (Secretary), Julie Theakson (Far North), Linda McClelland (North), Cassie Paton (South), Virginia Wacker (Far West), Sally Fischer (South West), Jenny Ryan (North Brisbane), Claudia Cunningham (South Brisbane), Bea Rogan (Sunshine) and Kim Eadie (Central).  We're excited about Neighbourhood Centres and excited about the future!  Over the next few months we're working closely with the CSIACoCB and other sector stakeholders to reposition ourselves to better lead the sector to greater things for their local communities.  Stay tuned for exciting new developments....

Mt Gravatt Community Centre introduces Social Isolation Project

Acting Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman has announced the Palaszczuk Government would provide an extra $100,000 in funding to the Mount Gravatt Community Centre as part of a proposal to address social isolation. You can read more about this innovative project here.

Neighbourhood Centres Responding to Priority Clients

The 2017 QFCA and QCOSS report into Queensland Neighbourhood Centres says:

96.3% are responding to homelessness

88.9% are responding to domestic violence

88.9% are responding to mental health issues

87% are responding to poverty

70% are responding to family homelessness 

You can read more here.

Neighbourhood and Community Centres: Reconnecting the disconnected

Promotional video launched by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association.

QFCA Social Media Launched

We're experimenting with new ways to keep Neighbourhood and Community Centres connected through the QFCA.  In addition to our regular sector updates via email to centres, we have launched QFCA social media sites on Facebook and Linkedin as another way for members of the sector to keep up to date with news, articles and developments.  You can like our Facebook page here and follow our Linkedin company page here.  If you have any good news stories, newspaper articles, research or information you'd like to share with the network please email the content to sdo@qfca.org.au.  

Neighbourhood Centres: Having a huge impact

Neighbourhood Centres are having a huge impact around Australia.  You can see a snapshot of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association's findings here. 

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