Anne Somerville posted about Queensland Community Alliance Founding Assembly on Facebook 2017-06-14 05:02:36 +1000Be part of an historic night for Qld's history at our Alliance's Founding Assembly!
Since our humble beginnings in 2013, the Queensland Community Alliance has grown progressively. We have developed our capacity to act together and build relationships across our organisations, and won victories that have addressed pressures and improved our communities in Logan, Ipswich and Brisbane.
Now, it is time to for us to step out of the shadows, and claim our public role as organised civil society! We have shown we can achieve results in our local communities through unusual alliance of local community members.
Now is the time to take ourselves to the next level, to be publicly recognised for what we can achieve and move to the State level. The united work of our faith, union, community and ethnic organisations is rebuilding Queensland’s civil society and we need to show that we can:
- Hold decision makers in government and the market accountable
- Advance the common good
- Give meaning to our democracy by helping citizens take democratic action beyond the vote
- Provide a forum for the grassroots members of our organisations to join together and influence decision makers
Be a part of an historic night as we establish the Alliance and the power of civil society in Queensland!
help promote the Founding Assembly to your community.WHENAugust 30, 2017 at 6pmWHEREBrisbane City Hall Auditorium
64 Adelaide St
Brisbane, Qld 4000
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Anne Somerville signed I'm A Friend of the Community Maternity Hubs 2017-06-14 04:40:54 +1000This is a model of Maternity care which is working successfully in other states of Australia and I am pleased we are taking a step in the right direction for the mothers and children of Logan.
Logan mothers and babies need access to maternity care options that suit them.
Currently around 1 in 10 Logan women have little or no contact with healthcare or appropriate support services during their pregnancy – about double the average for Queensland.
We know there is a better way! A way that will support these families to have access to a care model that best suits their individual needs and provides a safe, supportive and nurturing start to life together.
We pledge to support the proposal made by the collaboration between Logan Together, Metro South Health, and over twenty consumer, community and health organisations.
Community Maternity Hubs would provide:
- A continuous relationship with a primary midwife from the first antenatal visit, right through labour, birth and post-natal care.
- Additional care from other health service providers based upon the individual needs of the woman and her family (e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Maori and Pacific Islander health workers. GPs, obstetricians, allied health and child health nurses).
- A welcoming community or neighbourhood centre setting for appointments.
- Connection to other community supports and social activities.
- Ongoing Oversight Committee with guaranteed community voices, which ensures that agreed vision and philosophy of this care model remains integral on all levels to ensure positive growth, accountability and continuous improvement of services.
We know that these hubs will only succeed with the ongoing support of us as community members.166 pledges
I pledge to be a friend of the Community Maternity Hubs by:
- Telling my friends and family about this initiative.
- Staying informed about their progress through regular updates.
- Standing up to support the sustainability of these hubs in the future.
We've had some fantastic wins in our Connecting our Community campaign:
- Extra buses are on the roads servicing Yarrabilba.
- Our new Mayor committed $1 Million/year towards funding better public transport.
- Council and State Government agreed to work together on an Integrated Transport Plan that will address Logan's long-term transport problems.
- The Qld Government announced an Australia first trial of a "Demand Responsive Transport Scheme" to start early next year. This is where you can order a ride for the cost of a translink fare.
- Principles agreed by State, Council and Community that will guide the plan and future public transport decisions.
There's still work to do turning commitments into reality. We need everyone to build support in your neighbourhood, your organisation, your family. Our campaign page is Connecting our Community visit it to learn about the campaign, and volunteer!
Public Transport is important to all of us. Jordan and Marjorie (above) shared powerful stories about this at our first Logan Assembly. They ignited our passion for quality public transport in Logan that connects us to work, to study and to each other. Check out the video below to see how it all started:
Our Logan Kids project is organising the community to support the outcomes of Logan Together.
Logan Together is a collective impact model, everyone working together to improve outcomes of all kids 0-8 in Logan. It brings together all the social service providers and all the levels of government to align what they are doing with a measurable target.
What are we doing?
We realise that the thing that will make the biggest difference to Logan in 10-15 years time is making sure families and kids have the right start in life. If we have healthy, happier, better educated kids growing up then our city will be a safer place to live.
We're building three Action Hubs in Kingston, Loganlea and Beenleigh. In each one a community centre, a union and faith institution are driving the process of hearing stories from local people and bringing them together to take action. You can get involved in one of these Action Hubs or in helping with the project right across Logan by using the form below.
At our 2015 Logan Assembly more than 20 organisations pledged to take action to address the outcomes of children aged 0-8 in Logan, by informing all their members in Logan of the Logan Together Collective Impact project, and organising wider civil society.
This pledge was matched by Queensland Minister for Communities, Shannon Fentiman, who committed $75,000 in funding this financial year to the Logan Community Group Alliance to organise Logan civil society towards this goal.