Community Development

1. Overview

Community Development | Explore | Connect | Grow

We Explore, Connect and Grow our region through shared community value and contribution. We acknowledge the importance of a safe, healthy and inclusive community.

Community Development Contact Details:

Phone: 6285 6107


2. Explore

We undertake strategic planning to maintain our knowledge of the community and guide our priorities.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

The RAP represents Council’s commitment to respectful and strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and working to promote reconciliation in the broader community.   Work has commenced on a RAP for QPRC. 

3. Connect

Community Development Networks and Committees

Interagency Networks

QPRC facilitates four interagency network groups:

  • Queanbeyan and Braidwood Agency Network Groups (QuANG and BANG)
  • Koori Interagency Network Group (KING) and
  • Youth Interagency Network Group (YING).

These groups offer an opportunity for community organisations and government services to share information, strengthen community links and fosters collaboration to support community development. For more information please contact Leanne Leihn

We have created an online community Google group for our interagency network groups. You are able to share information, access our meeting agendas and minutes. You can access and join the group here.

Aboriginal Consultative Committee

The Committee meets bi-monthly and provides a vital link between Council and the local Aboriginal community; respecting the Aboriginal community’s right to self-determination and community empowerment.  For more information please contact Leanne Leihn

Access Committee

The Access Committee meets quarterly and is passionate about making Queanbeyan-Palerang a livable community for all.  The Committee is a structured forum for raising awareness and progressing action on matters relating to access and inclusion in our region.

Youth Committee

The Committee is an important link between Council and young people in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region.  It provides a platform for young people to highlight youth challenges and opportunities important in our local area and have input into Council planning and decision making.

Community Infrastructure

Community facilities are at the fabric of our community. You can find a list of community meeting spaces here.

Contact Directory

We aim to connect local skills and knowledge through our community sector contact directory. Download the contact directory here(PDF, 280KB).

4. Grow

We work with others to support and build community capacity and increase opportunities for people to be involved in their communities.

Resource Your Ideas!

You can find information on grant programs and donations on our website

Advocacy Events

We acknowledge a variety of advocacy campaigns each year.  We can support and work collaboratively with community groups and individuals to celebrate and acknowledge these campaigns, please contact us with your ideas or to get involved! Telephone 6285-6107 or email

5. Community Development Projects

We identify and implement projects and initiatives in partnership with our communities to strengthen community development within the region.  

Food Rescue Project

We have received grant funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, to increase food donation amongst businesses in our region. In partnership with OzHarvest Canberra, we are working alongside businesses to elevate the food waste message, and recover and deliver quality excess food to people in need in our community.

Project Aims

The aims of the initiative are to:

  • Reduce the negative impacts of food waste on our environment
  • Reduce business costs associated with food storage and disposal
  • Improve food security in the region and increase the positive impact on the local community.

We are committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and food rescue is our opportunity to make a difference.

About OzHarvest Canberra

OzHarvest is a food rescue organisation which collects donations of high quality excess food from businesses which they then deliver directly to charities which support men, women and children in need. OzHarvest Canberra has been operating since 2008 and rescue and deliver food free of charge across the capital region. Visit the Ozharvest website for more information.

How to Get Involved

If you are a business owner or manager who is interested in regularly donating your good quality surplus food to OzHarvest, please get in touch with our Food Rescue Project Officer at (02) 6285 6045. Alternatively, call OzHarvest on (02) 6247 6173 to organise ad hoc donations when you have food available.

Participating Businesses

We would like to acknowledge the following businesses who have committed to reducing their food waste and are helping those in need:

  • Woolworths Queanbeyan
  • ALDI Queanbeyan
  • Long Paddock Eggs
  • Queanbeyan Hospital
  • SUPA IGA Bungendore
  • Cannons IGA Googong
  • Woolworths Jerrabomberra
  • Four Bee Meats (Balzanelli Smallgoods)

In New South Wales, businesses who donate food for a charitable or benevolent are protected from liability under the Civil Liability Act 2002.

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