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Consider a future... Where private sector, government, universities, community members and community services organisations participate in mutually beneficial partnerships to deliver robust and sustainable services across Queensland...... This cohesion has contributed to creating a united approach and mutual accountability for addressing social challenges. 

Rockhampton's community services need new ways to connect

On the 16 November 2017, a group of leading women from both community services and private sector organisations in Rockhampton will meet for breakfast and a deep think on the future of the industry they’re all so passionate about.

At an event hosted by the Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), these leading women will meet to talk about the value of developing new and strategic partnerships as a response to the constantly shifting foundations on which their industry was built.

Headlining the event will be Rockhampton local, Professor Leone Hinton, Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy, Planning and Risk at CQUniversity.

She’ll lead the critical and much needed discussion on the regional response to the many, varied and rapid changes currently plaguing the Community Services Industry. 

Looking forward to the year 2025: work already completed by the CSIA in partnership with Deloitte, forecasts a need for the Community Services Industry to work in partnership with the private sector in order to survive and thrive.

The breakfast will focus on the need for connections across geographically dispersed regional, rural and remote organisations to keep the focus on place through centrally driven reform.

It will explore how women leaders in the community services industry can be smart connectors by strategically developing and maintaining relationships and networks.

These connections between private sector, governments, universities, community members and community service organisations will aim to build cohesion, sustainable and robust services and mutual accountability to address social challenges.

“A mix of formal and informal partnerships between the sectors will be crucial for the cross-fertilisations of ideas, skills and knowledge,” says Belinda Drew, CSIA CEO.

“Health care and social assistance is already the biggest industry in Central Queensland.

“Planning for further growth requires a deep understanding of local needs and strong and strategic connections between organisations and sectors,” Belinda says.

“One of the most exciting things about the Rockhampton Women’s Business Breakfast is the way it’s already bringing together private sector and community service organisations.

“The registrations we’ve already received for the event show a nice mix of both sectors.

“At the breakfast, we’ll explore the benefits of improved strategic relationships and how that helps to build a stronger community. Naturally, a discussion like that is going to be strengthened by having both sides of the equation in the room," she says. 

“With Professor Hinton’s help, we’re going to unpack exactly why these tight-knit and purposeful relationships will matter in the new economy.”

Heidi Mathieson from the Queensland Government’s Office for Women will also speak at the breakfast.

It is due to funding from her office that the CSIA is able to bring the Ignite and Unite: CSIA Women’s Business Breakfast series to you right across the State.

Similar event’s have been held across recent months in Brisbane, Cairns and Toowoomba.

Tickets are currently still available for the Rockhampton event but are selling quickly.

The Rockhampton event will be held at the Regent Hotel in Bolsover Street, Rockhampton City.

To purchase a ticket to the Ignite and Unite: CSIA Women’s Business Breakfast in Rockhampton, visit EVENTS




Media contact

Ros Walker

Community Services Industry Alliance

Ph: 0449 969 207


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