Strengthening our Place - a place-based initiative
Logan Together is a 10-year community movement to grow our kids up well. It’s a collaboration between the community, service providers, community organisations, government partners and the business community to ensure our kids grow up as healthy and as full of potential as any other group of Australian kids. There are things to do at each age and stage of childhood that will make a difference.
While government agencies have been involved, Strengthening our place promotes the value of community leadership of place based responses by involving non-government services, local council services, health services, community members, local businesses and local Elders to identify local solutions.
We know that the best way to respond to complex social issues within communities is with local energy, local passion and local solutions. Queensland communities face no greater challenge than the increasing number of children entering the child protection system, and the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Based in Townsville, Martin Locke is working hard to develop the housing industry to build new houses that are fully accessible to all people, regardless of ability or age. Martin was so moved by his experience building accessible homes for the Cootharinga North Queensland organisation, that it has inspired a passion towards redefining construction industry standards in Townsville and Queensland-wide.
Kerri attended QCOSS’ Changing Lives, Changing Communities forum looking to understand the overall goals of the NDIS in Townsville, its challenges since its rollout, and to connect with other service providers in her area. During conversations with NDIS participants Kerri identified a gap within the local area.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has come to life in Townsville and is making a big difference to people’s lives and to the community. QCOSS has been involved in community-led transition efforts in Townsville since the start of the roll-out in early 2016. We strongly support the principles of the NDIS, particularly the building of a more inclusive community and ensuring people with disability are part of the social and economic life of the community.
As we pen this letter to you, our Queensland representative, our remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are facing an uncertain future. The Turnbull Government is walking away from funding the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing, putting the state’s progress towards Closing the Gap at risk.
ore than 5,000 children were without a house on Census night in 2016 says ABS data released today. 2016 census figures released by the ABS today show that homelessness has risen nine per cent in Queensland between 2011 and 2016. “Any increase in homelessness is unacceptable,” said Mark Henley, Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO. “There are more than 21,500 people who are homeless every night in Queensland.