Queensland Community Development Conference 2019
Neighbourhood Centres in Queensland have always maintained a close relationship with Community Development networks and in particular, the Biennial Queensland Community Development Conference which was established in 1974.
In 2019, the QFCA reestablished its partnership with the Community Development Queensland Conference to see Neighbourhood Centres come together, share their knowledge and develop Community Development practice. We were enormously grateful to the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors who contributed $40000 towards Neighbourhood Centre attendance costs and conference activities via the QFCA.
Around 400 people attended the conference in Toowoomba, around of 100 which were from the Neighbourhood Centre sector. Neighbourhood Centres also shared their knowledge via workshops at the conference and we acknowledge the following organisations who delivered some amazing content:
The Neighbourhood Hub (Mackay)
Caloundra Community Centre
St David's Neighbourhood Centre
Logan East Community Neighbourhood Association
North Townsville Community Hub: Neighbourhood Centres in Response and Recovery - Townsville Monsoon
Blackall-Tambo Neighbourhood Centre: Dress the Central West Drought Project with Red Ridge
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre: Collaborative Wellness Approach
Benarrawa Community Development Association
Nambour Community Centre
Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania NHT Resources, Should Neighbourhood Houses be more male friendly?
Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association
Local Community Services Association NSW IFS International Conference - Sydney 2020
A copy of the QFCA's presentation can be found here.
A particular highlight of the conference was a gathering of around 30 Neighbourhood Centres on the final day with Community Development gurus Bea Rogan, Dr Ann Ingamells, Assoc. Prof. Peter Westoby, Carmel Daveson AM and Prof. Anthony Kelly. It was identified that Community Development practice and skills needed to be boosted in the sector with the assistance of the QFCA, Community Praxis and Community Development Queensland. The QFCA is taking up this mandate and actively working to develop Community Development practice across our state's Neighbourhood Centres.