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


Em James

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.

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Tomas Passeggi


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

Louise Judge


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

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Mengting Lin

Disaster Project Worker

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


Geoff Roberson

Executive Officer 

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

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Chris Mundy

Sector Development Officer

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

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Natasha Odgers

Queensland Disaster Project Coordinator

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

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)

Mel Hilditch, Community Plus+

Caroline Cuckson, Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre

Regional and Rural Queensland Members: 

Louise Judge, Chinchilla Community Centre (Treasurer)

Valeriya Edsall, The Neighbourhood Hub, Mackay

Alana Wahl, Laidley Community Centre

Tanya Stevenson, Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre

Specialist Members: 

Fiona Hunt, Director, Basic Rights Queensland


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