QCOSS – A vision for a fair Queensland
Today’s release of the Queensland Government A fair Queensland strategy is a good start towards addressing disadvantage in Queensland says QCOSS. “For over five years the Queensland Council of Social Service has been advocating for a whole of government strategy to ending poverty in this state,” says QCOSS CEO Mark Henley.
“Using the not for profit sector to deliver services outlined in the plan is an important part of ensuring locals are engaged in finding solutions appropriate for their area. A strong and viable community sector is essential. A fair Queensland recognises the significant demand faced by the community sector with challenges such as the two speed economy.
“This demand reinforces the need for long term investment so that Queenslanders can receive support that is vital and necessary. It is critical if we are to reduce poverty and inequality,” says Mark.
QCOSS says the focus on employment, local communities and integration of services is a positive move.
“Our vision for a fair Queensland includes strong partnerships between governments, communities and organisations,” says QCOSS President Karyn Walsh.
“We affirm the commitment to a regionalisation strategy with action plans for seven locations to help organisations map the demand for community services in their region. This enables QCOSS members to participate in working towards shared plans that are closely based on community needs.
“The 160% increase in funding to community services over the past six years needs to continue to grow if all Queenslanders are going to access the services they need.
“The announcement of $650,000 for a Community Sector Business Development program will be welcomed by the 200 community organisations who will receive support to meet increasing wages and other costs. QCOSS has been actively involved with government in highlighting the need to address this issue and looks forward to continuing to work with government as this program is implemented,” says Karyn.
For 50 years QCOSS has strived to promote social justice through working to eliminate inequality, disadvantage and poverty. The Queensland Council of Social Service is an independent not for profit peak body representing 650 community organisations and individuals throughout the state.
Mark Henley 0448 075 087, Karyn Walsh 0413 619 785
Mark Jeffery 0419 732 583, Jenny Whitworth 0417 779 819