Media release

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. 

New partnerships needed to keep the focus on regions 

On the 19 October 2017, a group of leading women from both community services and private sector organisations in Toowoomba 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 Toowoomba local, Professor Robyn Keast, a professor in public management at the Southern Cross University School of Business and Tourism. 

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.

“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.

“The rapidly changing business landscape in Toowoomba makes connecting and staying connected difficult. New and expanded businesses, retailers, infrastructure and developments are making their mark.

“Market based reform such as the NDIS and aged care reform are bringing new and diverse community service organisations into the area so collaborative relationships are becoming more important than they have ever been in the past,” Belinda says.

“One of the most exciting things about the Toowoomba 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 Keast’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.

A similar event will also be held in Rockhampton on 16 November 2017.

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

The Toowoomba event will be held at the City Golf Club, 254 South Street, South Toowoomba.

To purchase a ticket to any of the upcoming Ignite and Unite: CSIA Women’s Business Breakfasts, visit EVENTS



Media contact

Ros Walker

Community Services Industry Alliance

Ph: 0449 969 207


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