This week in review - 9 May 2019

Mark Henley

Federal election – ACOSS tracking the issues

As the federal election looms closer it is worthwhile to take some time to look at the ACOSS election policy tracker. It looks at how the major parties stack up against what ACOSS is looking for in an incoming government. We strongly support their call for both major parties to focus on improving the wellbeing of the community, particularly people who are struggling on lower incomes, so that everyone in Australia can live a fulfilling life. 

Gladstone Changing Lives, Changing Communities

It was tremendous to join the Gladstone community last week for the Changing Lives, Changing Communities forum. It was very clear that the community is ready to make change. The energy in the room was high and the direction clear. I look forward to continuing this journey with the people of Gladstone and indeed all of the communities we have worked with over the past months and continue to work with. Look out for the momentum meetings in your location and have a look at the harvest documents for each of the communities on our website.

Domestic and family violence month

Each year, May marks domestic and family violence month each year. This is an opportunity for us all to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic and family violence in our communities and be totally clear that it is not tolerated. If you are not hosting an event yourself, you might like to get involved with something already being hosted in your community. There is a great list on the Queensland Government website.

QCOSS as a conduit for change

Next time you see this newsletter it will look different. Over the past 12 months we have been working on the QCOSS story and taking time reflect on where we have come from and where we are going as an organisation. On Friday 24 May, we will release our new direction, vision and story. I hope it resonates with you and that you enjoy it.

Mark Henley

Chief Executive Officer