QCOSS is excited to be working with local communities in the North West Minerals Province to help create sustainable solutions and build resilient, prosperous communities. Along with the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, we are developing a Community Resilience Strategy. This work forms part of the Queensland Government’s Strategic Blueprint for Queensland’s North West Minerals Province. More information on the blueprint is available here.
The province-wide strategy will feed into ten community resilience plans – one for each of the Local Government Areas (LGA). Each plan will reflect local identity and goals and support regionally-driven activities to sustain and grow community wellbeing. Development of the strategy and plans will be led by local working groups, made up of community members who live and/or work within each area and can represent the issues, concerns, views and solutions of their communities.
QCOSS has decades of experience in the community services sector and in communities. We look forward to working together with local communities, businesses and organisations to create sustainable plans that reflect the strengths and identity of each shire.
Background to the project
The North West Minerals Province extends from the Northern Territory border up to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The region includes 10 Local Government Areas, with 34,500 residents in an area larger than Japan.
In 2015 the Queensland Government convened the North West Minerals Province Taskforce to investigate issues and opportunities for the region. Using advice from the Taskforce, the Government developed the Strategic Blueprint – a platform for collaboration across the region, with stakeholders to support strong and prosperous communities.
A key activity under this strategy was the development of the North West Minerals Province Community Resilience and Strategy Plan to ensure communities of the North West Minerals Province can thrive in changing times – sensitive to the changing needs of its people, communities and industries.
This is funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors.