Community Development

1. Overview

Community Development

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is committed to building and sustaining a healthy and strong, inclusive and connected community. Council provides a range of community development programs and initiatives that support and implement key elements of Council's Community Strategic Plan.

The primary role of Council's Community Development Officers is to implement projects within a strength-based community development framework. One of these positions, the Aboriginal Community Liaison and Projects Officer focuses on liaison, consultation and delivering community development projects within the Aboriginal community. The Community Development Officers collaborate and consult with a range of service providers and target groups to provide Council with information on community needs for the Community Strategic Plan.

2. Contact Officers

Program Coordinator - Community

Terry Campese

02 6285 6198

Email

Community Development Officer

Kyla Harvey

02 6285 6552

Email

Community Development Officer

Lauren Andersen

02 6285 6983

Email

Aboriginal Community Liaison and Projects Officer

Tina Brown

02 6285 6551

Email

Food  Rescue Project Officer
Mikey Smith
02 6285 6045
Email

3. Community Development Committees

Consultative Committee on Aboriginal issues

This committee meets bi-monthly and provides a vital link between Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and the local Aboriginal community, respecting the Aboriginal community’s rights to self-determination and community empowerment. For information on this committee please contact the Aboriginal Community Liaison and Projects Officer.

Queanbeyan Agency Network Group (QuANG)

This network group meets every three months and provides a forum where community organisations and government services can meet to share information, strengthen community links and provide collaborative opportunities for services in Queanbeyan which assist in building and improving service delivery capacity within Queanbeyan. Please contact Kyla Harvey for further information on (02) 6285 6552.

Braidwood Agency Network Group (BANG)

This network group meets every three months and provides a forum where community organisations and government services can meet to share information, strengthen community links and provide collaborative opportunities for services in Braidwood which assist in building and improving service delivery capacity within Braidwood. Please contact Kyla Harvey for further information on (02) 6285 6552.

4. Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

In June 2014 Council adopted the Queanbeyan City Council Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2016. The RAP outlines a number of initiatives and actions that Council will undertake to further strengthen existing partnerships and deliver better outcomes for the people of Queanbeyan. The RAP represents Council's commitment to respectful and strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to working to promote reconciliation in the broader community.

In 2018 Council will begin work on a RAP for the new QPRC.

A copy of the RAP can be found here(PDF, 544KB) . For any information or questions about the RAP, please contact the Aboriginal Community Liaison and Projects Officer.

5. Community Development Projects

Council develops and implements community development projects and initiatives to address identified needs. Council seeks funding to implement these projects and all projects are undertaken in partnership with other organisations, groups and the community.

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 Mikey, our Food Rescue Project Officer at (02) 6285 6045 or email Michael.Smith@qprc.nsw.gov.au. 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

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

NSW EPA logoOzHarvest logo

6. Community Information

Council provides a range of information to the community. Information includes web-based Community Services Directory, a list of community meeting spaces, a community profile featuring demographic details of Queanbeyan-Palerang, mailing lists and more.

7. Festival and Events

Each year Council organises and supports a number of community events that enable the whole community to come together and celebrate the diversity and vitality of our region.

Council supports festivals and events that provide opportunities to encourage a sense of community connection and pride, enliven public spaces and promote Queanbeyan-Palerang as a vibrant and exciting place to live in and visit. Community events in our region include the Multicultural Festival, River Festival, Christmas in July Fair and the Reconciliation Walk.

For a list of current and upcoming events please visit our events page of the website. You can also access Council's Sustainable Events Policy, which applies for all Council-run events, and the Sustainable events checklist, which can be used in planning an event. NB: To hold an event in a public open space you must contact the Urban Landscapes section of Council on 02 6285 6183.