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Supporting the community

City of Gold Coast has implemented a range of initiatives to support the voluntary sector across the city.

Community development

The City’s community development products and services are described below.

Local community activities

Community development officers provide opportunities for residents to meet their neighbours and interact with others through free or low cost community activities in local areas. These activities are accessible to all residents and cater for a diverse range of people.

For other lists of community activities in your local area visit our Events calendar, see our Online Gold Coast Community Directory page or visit moregoldcoast.com.au.


Support for community groups

Sustainable community groups are a key aspect of the City’s vibrant lifestyle. Our community development officers contribute to the sustainability of all these community groups by:

  • raising awareness about programs and services they offer
  • providing training and professional development activities
  • assisting to access grant funds and financial support
  • facilitating partnerships between community groups
  • providing strategies to increase membership and volunteers
  • partnering with community groups to deliver local community events and activities.

Upcoming free community workshops:

June

Food Safety Training

Tuesday 27 June

The City conducts regular non-accredited food safety training courses free to eligible groups including: Registered charities, voluntary sporting, community and religious groups, and other incorporated not for profit organisations.

Dates for the Food Safety Training course in 2017 include:

The Food Safety Training course is held on the ground floor of the Council's Bundall Administration Centre located in Karp Court. Metered car parking is available on Frigo Court or next to the Arts Centre, please refer to the precinct map for further details of car parking locations.

Courses are conducted from 8.30am to 12.30pm and participants are asked to present at the administration foyer, next to customer service, no later than 8.20am on the day. Allow extra travelling time for traffic and parking. A light morning tea is provided. Please advise if we can do anything to assist your participation in this training session, e.g. large print information.

All prospective course applicants must complete and return an application form available on our Food safety training page, at least one week before the preferred course date.

If you are not sure if your group is eligible for these free courses, please contact us:
Phone: 07 5581 6838
Fax: 07 5581 6219
Email: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

August

Grants Workshop

Wednesday 5 August 2017
5.30pm to 7.30pm

Come along to this free workshop, hosted by our Community Development Program.

Learn which grants are best for your organisation and gain valuable skills on writing grant applications.

Labrador Community Hub
57 Billington Street, Labrador

To register please provide your name, contact details and name of organisation to the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6642 or liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au. Places are limited.


Gold Coast 2016 Census of Population and Housing Data seminar

Tuesday 15 August 2017
11am to 2pmGold Coast 2016 Census of Population and Housing Data seminar

This free seminar, hosted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in partnership with the City of Gold Coast, is for community members and service providers to find out what the 2016 Census of Population and Housing (Census) tells us about the Gold Coast and our communities.

The free presentation will cover a wide range of topics, including an overview of key 2016 Census results for Gold Coast city, ABS data product training, as well as assistance with data queries and requests by ABS data specialists.

The Seminar will include a 45-minute overview of:

  • 2016 Census results
  • key findings specific to the Gold Coast
  • understanding Census data.

Data specialists will also be available after the presentation to provide product support and guidance.

Robina Community Centre, auditorium
196 Robina Town Centre Drive (corner San Antonio Court), Robina

Visit the Eventbrite webpage to secure your place.


Informed Decisions: Social Statistics Workshops on 2016 Census data

The City’s online community profiling tool profile.id enables you to examine the population characteristics of Gold Coast communities, understand how they have changed over time and how they compare to other areas.Community profile

These free sessions will cover key local statistics from the 2016 Census, as well as provide information about how this community profiling tool can assist community organisations and service providers to know their local communities and use statistics to plan and deliver services and apply for grants.

Northern Gold Coast Session Southern Gold Coast Session

Thursday 31 August 2017
9am to 11am

Coomera Community Space
133 Finnegan Way, Coomera

Thursday 31 August 2017
1.30pm to 3.30pm

Fradgley Hall
133 Finnegan Way, Coomera

Registrations close Monday 28 August 2017.

To register please provide your name, contact details and name of organisation to the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au. or phone 07 5581 6208. Places are limited.


Community partnerships

Community development officers develop and maintain partnerships with representatives from community groups, local businesses, other City branches and other levels of government. Projects may include:

  • special events, activities or programs
  • provision of community information and resources
  • formation of community groups
  • community planning initiatives
  • policy and research projects.

For more information about the City’s community development program please read about our approach to community development or contact the City on 07 5582 8211.

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