Community Development

Past Community Development projects include:-

Older Adult Projects

  • Redland Shire Council -Retirement Villages – Key Issues for Local Government and Criteria for Best Practice. This report reviewed the current concept of “Retirement Villages” and identified criteria for “best practice” to better inform Council officers in decision making with regard to development proposals.
  • Brisbane City Council – “Development of Seniors Hubs in Brisbane City”. This report investigated different models of older adult’s recreational centres (as opposed to traditional senior citizen centres) designed to meet the changing needs and interests of the up and coming baby boomers.
  • Brisbane City Council Brisbane Seniors Online Inc – Establishment of a non profit community group to deliver a computer mentoring system for older adults in Brisbane.
  • Older People Speak Out Inc – Professional Development Workshops. The development and delivery of a series of workshops for those working in the recreation field with older adults.
  • Australian Sports Commission and Brisbane City CouncilResearch and development of the manual “Active and Out There – A guide to organising recreational activities for Older Adults.” Development of this resource involved extensive community consultation with older people and service providers.
  • Brisbane City Council – Design and presentation of “Active and Out There” Training for over 120 participants representing Brisbane professionals and community groups. This role included organising the launch of the manual, an Expo of service providers to older adults, pre-event entertainment, training the facilitators, guest speaking and delivering the workshop sessions.
  • Sport and Recreation Queensland – Delivering similar “Active and Out There” training to regions across Queensland including Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Redlands, Caboolture and Pine Rivers.

Multicultural Projects

  • Toowoomba City Council – Understanding Toowoomba’s Diversity. This project developed a profile of Toowoomba’s multicultural population, identified needs and issues and also evaluated the levels of service provision available in Toowoomba. Researchers from the CALD population were trained and mentored to conduct surveys. An interactive workshop developed strategies to improve Council’s service provision to this target group.
  • Gatton Shire Council – Community Multicultural Audit. Similar to the Toowoomba project, the Audit involved an overview of Gatton’s multicultural community, including developing a demographic profile, investigating perceived needs and issues and the evaluation of current levels of service provision. This project also included the development of strategies for Council to improve its knowledge and servicing of its residents of a non English speaking background.
  • Brisbane City Council– Evaluation of the “One City Many Cultures” Strategy. The strategy aims to make Brisbane more culturally aware, inclusive and welcoming.  The evaluation process involved a literature review, consultations with internal and external stakeholders, focus groups and workshops.  It resulted in a report which will shape the next multicultural strategy for Council.