We heard from people working on place-based initiatives around Queensland that they would like more opportunities to meet and learn together, so we created the Queensland Place-Based Community of Practice! It was launched in November 2018 as part of ChangeFest 2018, and we held our first regional web conference in February! Together we are building our shared understanding of place-based initiatives, sharing information, skills and learnings, and identifying opportunities for collaboration across Queensland.
Carol Major understands what community means better than most. She is a pillar of resilience and strength in the Woorabinda community. She has a deep understanding of the transgenerational traumas caused by the forced relocations of Indigenous Queensland children from their homes to Woorabinda. Carol was one of them.
Over 800,000 people, including parents, carers, people with disability, other people locked out of paid work and students are struggling daily to afford basic essentials like a roof over their head and food on their table.
We believe the Queensland Government is taking positive steps to a better future for all Queenslanders, with the passing of the Human Rights Bill, a strong focus on getting people into employment, and a move to support place-based work with the government. But we know more needs to be done to ensure everyone has the good life they deserve and aspire for.
Em James is part of the Community Capacity Team at QCOSS and is currently focussed on place-based projects. As a community development worker, Em has plenty of experience in driving local-level change, having set up and run neighbourhood centres and cooperatives. She says she was attracted to the state-wide focus of QCOSS and the organisation’s ability to link issues across regions.
We are very excited to announce the next stage of the QCOSS Movement for change – a series of Changing Lives, Changing Communities events in 13 locations across Queensland. These events will build on the knowledge gained and actions developed on the second day of the QCOSS State Conference - Movement for change that was held in Brisbane in May.
QCOSS Connect events are a point of contact for communities across the state to engage in conversations that matter, to come together and link with QCOSS to create a fair and just Queensland.
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Carly Hyde is Policy Lead in the Policy, Advocacy and Capacity team at QCOSS. Her team is currently focussed on cost of living issues, and it’s an area she’s passionate about.
QCOSS welcomes the Queensland Productivity Commission’s release of its draft report into Imprisonment and Recidivism. Several of our suggestions from the QCOSS submission are specifically referenced by the report, including changing the counter-productive ‘tough on crime’ narrative, rebalancing the investment in justice towards an early intervention and prevention and treating imprisonment as a last resort.