Anne Somerville

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  • posted about Queensland Community Alliance Founding Assembly on Facebook 2017-06-14 05:02:36 +1000
    Be part of an historic night for Qld's history at our Alliance's Founding Assembly!

    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.

    Download posters and fliers here!

    August 30, 2017 at 6pm
    Brisbane City Hall Auditorium
    64 Adelaide St
    Brisbane, Qld 4000
    Google map and directions

  • signed I'm A Friend of the Community Maternity Hubs 2017-06-14 04:40:54 +1000
    This 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.

    Become a Friend of the Community Maternity Hubs!

    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.


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    My Pledge

    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.


    Want a hardcopy of the pledge? Download it here for individuals or for group sign-ups.

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  • signed up on Connecting our Community 2017-01-27 22:47:05 +1000

    Connecting our Community: Better Transport for Logan

    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:


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  • signed up on Logan Kids 2017-01-19 16:23:35 +1000

    Logan Kids

    Our Logan Kids project is organising the community to support the outcomes of Logan Together. 

    Logan Together logo

    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.


    Our Commitments

    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.




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