Our purpose


- Tell the story of citizen-led community transformation through Neighbourhood Centres
- Build cross sector relationships to increase the value and effectiveness of centres
- Provide opportunities for centres to be connected and united
- Train and lead centres in place based community development
- Foster research and evaluation into the community based work of centres

Our team


General Manager

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 James



Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Community Development Worker at Baringa Community Centre.

Tomas Passeggi


Louise is the Manager of Chinchilla Community Centre and has years of experience in Community Development and Service Coordination. 

Louise Judge

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Disaster Project Worker

Mengting is based in Cairns,  researching and developing various Neighbourhood Centre Disaster Response Strategies in Queensland. 

Mengting Lin


Geoff is the QFCA Executive Officer and non-voting Secretary of the QFCA.  He's also the Secretary of Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre.

Executive Officer & Secretary 

Geoff Roberson

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Chris' role concentrates on the overall development of the Neighbourhood Centre sector across Queensland.

Sector Development Officer

Chris Mundy

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Natasha is bringing together our individual disaster projects into a State-Wide Neighbourhood Centre Disaster Strategy.   

Queensland Disaster Project Coordinator

Natasha Odgers


Lorna is from Tannum Sands and developing a new Neighbourhood Centre Reporting Framework in partnership with the Sector and DCDSS.

Reporting Framework Project Worker

Lorna McGinnis

State Committee 

The management committee of the association consists of 3 ordinary members
from south-east Queensland and 4 ordinary members from regional or rural
Queensland.Two associate members with relevant qualifications and experience that benefit the association may also be appointed to the management committee.

South East Queensland Members: 

Tomas Passeggi, Caloundra Community Centre (President)

Jenny Ryan, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

Samantha Way, Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre

Regional and Rural Queensland Members: 

Valeriya Edsall, The Neighbourhood Hub, Mackay

Louise Judge, Chinchilla Community Centre (Treasurer)

Virginia Wacker,  Millmerran Community Support Service

Linda McLelland, Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre

Specialist Members: 

Fiona Hunt, Director, Basic Rights Queensland


                    Our Regional Networks:

The Association provides a means whereby member organisations can gain:

Information about government policy, programs, legal and administrative issues and provision of a focus for agreed action on these issues;

Advice and avenues for pursuing effective policy review and equitable funding;

Support for action being taken in relation to particular concerns affecting services;

Ready access to consultation at the Regional and State levels;

Representation and contacts at a National level;

A forum for discussion on issues related to family and individual support and community centre work;

An opportunity to work collaboratively with peer organisations on shared tasks and objectives, and

Peer support for workers and committees by contact with others elsewhere in Queensland who do similar work.

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