Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Keep Fingers Crossed for Funding Announcement

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Keep Fingers Crossed for Funding Announcement

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Byline: Jennifer Chapman

The complexity of running a range of services from a community hub is challenging.

On a microcosm, we are doing this currently with the 15 funded services delivered by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.

For each funded program, we go through a process of applying for funding, executing a service agreement with the funded body, providing qualitative and quantitative periodic performance data, financial reports and audits.

Our focus is really on service delivery and this administrative portion of our business is relatively small for the volume of income generated within the organisation but vital to the successful ongoing review of our activities by funding bodies and receipt of ongoing funding for program delivery.

Hervey Bay has been identified repeatedly over the last 10 years as a community of high need. High levels of unemployment coupled with low levels of education, industry and opportunity have been a recurrent theme.

We have been lucky to have outstanding funding resource and community development officers situated at the Queensland Department of Communities, the Commonwealth Department of Families and Community Services, the Attorney General's office, the Department of Health and Ageing and Fraser Coast Regional Council, all of whom have, over the last 10 years of my knowledge of Hervey Bay, worked tirelessly to ensure that high and significant needs within the area are met.

How does government integrate with the community sector?

The regional council, the Queensland Government and the Commonwealth Government use extensive statistical data compiled through the census, trends analysis, forums and focus groups to identify needs that exist within the community.

Their staff works together with community representatives to develop strategies helping people experiencing issues and concerns and play an important role in helping in the planning and development of services and infrastructure. …

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