From Mark – 25 September 2019

  • QCOSS CEO Mark Henley

Leading change together

It was fantastic to see so many of you at our state conference Leading change together two weeks ago in Caloundra. We already have fantastic feedback around the richness of the conversations from the sessions – “Very pertinent cutting-edge information”, the strengths-based content – “A really inspiring and collegiate event”, and great feedback about our staff – “Loved that all QCOSS staff were attentive, friendly and very professional”. Thank you for those of you who could attend and continue to work with us to build our momentum for change. A big thank you to all speakers and sponsors that made it such a success, particularly the Sunshine Coast Council and Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors as our major sponsors.

We will be sending content to attendees in the coming weeks.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

The second round of Changing Lives, Changing Communities forums are already underway with the first forum held in Toowoomba a few weeks ago. The next event is in Mackay on 9 and 10 October. If you have not been part of one of these forums in the past, you have really missed out on deep conversations about your community, about what is needed and what can be done to make your community one “where everyone contributes, matters and belongs”. They are motivating and inspiring.

There are many more later in the year and early next year across the state. We would love to see you there!

Support for Queensland communities affected by fires

Our thoughts are with the people and communities who have experienced bushfires over the past few weeks. There is still a complete fire ban across the state. If you have been affected by bushfires, there are a number of grants available. You can find more information about these grants throughout this issue of Conduit. We will continue to keep you informed as information comes to light. Stay safe!

Climate march

It was great to see so many people, including QCOSS staff, take to the streets of Brisbane last Friday to demand greater climate action. The School Strike for Climate march was a true community-led movement in the face of a federal government paralysed against real climate action. It was wonderful to see the leadership from students standing up for an issue that is so important to everyone across the country. It is so relevant to the theme Leading Change Together, given the students requested the rest of the community to step forward and march with them.

An estimated 35,000 people were part of the march in Brisbane, with an estimated 300,000 people taking part across Australia. This was a collective venture, with businesses, community sector organisations, peak, industry and union organisations, and importantly the broader community coming together to support our young people as they lead this fight for climate justice. The strike shows Australians are fed up with our elected representatives ignoring crystal clear evidence showing we have a climate crisis. QCOSS is currently working on policies that outline how climate change is adversely impacting on people. We will share more information about this soon.

25 September 2019