Strengthening our place

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Since 2016, QCOSS has partnered with the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to build the capacity of local communities to lead and implement place-based responses to the increasing number of children entering the child protection system, and the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children. The initiative has worked in two sites in Central Queensland – the Fraser Coast and Capricornia regions.

QCOSS and QFCC recognise the importance of placed-based work to bring together people in place to address entrenched disadvantage. Place-based approaches require the wisdom, expertise, resources and shared responsibility of many.

The project in Capricornia was an example of how place-based approaches have improved relationships between community leaders and traditional custodians in and around the community. The Fraser Coast project was expanded to include a Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) approach centring on good mental health toward older age.

Both projects demonstrated just what can be achieved when community, a peak body and government collaborate effectively.

The Action Plan highlighted the need for supporting people to connect to community – intergenerationally and culturally, and connecting and supporting each other, with strong focus on intergenerational links.

While place-based work is often complex, and our path often winds in multiple directions, we value the time and space place-based initiatives give for connection with people in place, and the opportunity for guiding them through the work they have prioritised for their communities.

This infographic provides a summary of the work in Fraser Coast and Capricornia from phase 1 to 3.

This case study provides an in-depth look at how place-based approaches have improved relationships between community leaders and traditional custodians in and around the Darumbal community.  Read the Place-based in Capricornia: A case study on relationships with traditional custodians in place

This case study showcases an important element of place-based work. It also demonstrates just what can be achieved when a community, a peak body and government work together. Read the Place-based in Fraser Coast: A case study – How the Butchulla people are re-visioning an ancient rite of passage