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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. 

Will private sector partnerships be the saving grace for Cairns’ community services? 

On the 11 October 2017, a group of leading women from both community services and private sector organisations in Cairns 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 Cairns local, Jann Crase, the CEO of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Inc.

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.

“One of the most exciting things about the Cairns 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 working 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 Jann Crase’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 events will also be held in:

  • Toowoomba on 19 October 2017
  • Rockhampton on 16 November 2017

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

The Cairns event will be held at the Shangri-la Hotel in Cairns City.

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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