From Mark – 11 September 2019

  • QCOSS CEO Mark Henley

Queensland bush fires

Our thoughts are with those people and communities under threat and have experienced bushfires in the past week. It is clear as we come into summer it will be one of wild weather and we know that people on low-incomes are hit the hardest when these disasters occur. We will keep you informed about anything that comes available to us about preparing and responding to the bush fires.There are resources on Community Door that may assist people in the meantime. I hope everyone stays safe.

Leading change together

Tomorrow the 2019 QCOSS State Conference will begin in Caloundra. It is a big event for QCOSS and the sector. This year we have brought together a range of speakers to share their stories of social change, the foundations being put in place, and give us some tools to start our own journey. We have over 250 people attending which is exciting, particularly given the theme is Leading Change Together. I know not all of you can make it so we will be providing some follow-up in the coming weeks and no doubt some of the lessons we learn will be included in our work in the coming months. I want to publicly thank our partners – Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland Government, Ergon Energy, Life Without Barriers, Hesta and Infoxchange. The support of our partners supports us to make it a great event. I look forward to seeing people there.

Call for QCOSS Board nominations

Last week Annette Schoone, QCOSS Company Secretary, sent out calls for nominations for QCOSS Board Directors. The process is outlined on the QCOSS website. The AGM will be held on Tuesday 5 November and we are delighted to be joined by guest speaker Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP. Since his election to Parliament in 2010, Ken has worked tirelessly to be a strong advocate for his electorate and to help build a stronger local community. You can register for the AGM on our website.

Anti-Poverty Week

This year, Anti-Poverty Week (APW) has gone through a significant refresh in its brand and approach to addressing this issue of poverty in Australia – the most significant change to APW in nearly twenty years. We hope that this more contemporary approach will lead to greater engagement from the community and the social and community services sector and that all of us committed to social justice will get involve. We need to send a very clear message to the veryone across the community and to governments that Poverty exists in Australia. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it. Visit the website.

We have two asks of you and your organisation:

1. Distribute a version of the information already prepared below to your workforce as soon as possible to flag the dates of APW this year. Employee Newsletters or alternatively an All Staff email would be ideal.
2. Share the similar information to your workforce and stakeholders during Anti-Poverty Week 13-16 October and encourage people to show their support for Raise The Rate.

11 September 2019