Community conference focuses on people services
  • Friday 30 April 2010

One of Australia’s leading community development experts will facilitate a conference, hosted by Sunshine Coast Council at Kawana next week, to help set a shared direction for people services on the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot will open the Community Services Conference at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Tuesday 4 May, when 100 delegates from Coast agencies will get together to discuss community services in the region.

Delegates attending the full-day conference represent a range of community service organisations across the region, including youth, disabilities, indigenous, older persons, multicultural and many more.

The event will be facilitated by Dr Jim Cavaye, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Regional Development (Central Queensland University) and former program leader at the Centre for Rural and Regional Development at the University of Queensland.

Dr Cavaye, who has a Ph.D in community devleopment from the University of Wisconsin, will facilitate the conference and ask delegates to consider what community service assets exist on the Sunshine Coast as well as the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector.

Delegates will have the chance to form small working groups to tackle these issues and to boost opportunities for networking within the sector.

Mayor Bob Abbot said the conference was a great opportunity for community service providers on the Coast, including council, to collaborate on ways to deliver essential services to the Sunshine Coast community.

"I look forward to a productive day with frank and open discussions amongst those at the coalface of providing community services on the Coast," he said.

"It’s also a great chance for community groups to network and find ways of partnering in order to provide services that are tailored to the specific needs of Sunshine Coast residents."