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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:

April

Strategic planning workshop

Wednesday 5 April 2017 5.30pm to 8.00pm

Come along to this free workshop for not-for-profit community groups and discover how a strategic plan can help your organisation achieve its goals. Learn the importance of preparing a strategic plan, find out the keys to creating a good strategic plan and discover the basic steps in the process.

Labrador Community Hub
57 Billington Street, Labrador

To register, please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6642 or please email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au. Places are limited.


Workshop on grant applications from a community perspective

Friday 7 April 2017 12.15pm to 1.45pm

Come along to this free workshop for not-for-profit community groups and hear all about applying for grants from a community perspective. Learn new strategies or simply come to find out tips about applying for funding.

Nerang Library
Corner White and Price Streets, Nerang

Free undercover parking can be accessed from White Street.

To register, please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 5581 6642 or please email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au. Places are limited.


Food Safety Training

Thursday 27 April

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, eg. 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

May

Grants Workshop

Thursday 4 May 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.

Fradgley Hall
Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads

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.


Food Safety Training

Thursday 25 May

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, eg. 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

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, eg. 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

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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