Community Action chief executive Judy Brauer is excited about the chance to win a Health and Community Service Workforce Innovation Award.
Community Action chief executive Judy Brauer is excited about the chance to win a Health and Community Service Workforce Innovation Award. Renee Pilcher

Centre's innovation recognised

THERE are exciting times ahead for Gympie's Community Action Centre.

It is a finalist in the Health and Community Service Workforce Innovation Awards in the Board of Management category.

Chief executive Judy Brauer said the statewide recognition was "awesome".

"It's very exciting," she said.

The nomination for the award came after Cooloola Community Housing, Youth Service and Erin House started to merge and operate under the Community Action banner.

Ms Brauer said it was a lot of work to combine all three services under the one name.

"It was a lot of paperwork," she said.

"By merging we become larger and more sustainable."

The innovation might lead to more staff and resources to help the community.

Other outcomes were cost-effectiveness, seamless service provision to clients and strengthened financial viability.

The idea was first floated at a community housing strategic planning meeting.

Ms Brauer said all the services offered some type of community housing.

The process started in 2008 and the merger was almost complete "with only a few administrative loose ends left".

Community Action Housing Services still operated out of the same location as Cooloola Community Housing, and Community Action Youth Services and Erin House were at their same locations but Ms Brauer said ideally housing and youth services would operate out of the same office in the future.

Next Thursday night, Community Action, which is up against Solas (Supported Options in Lifestyle and Access Services Inc.) from Townsville, would find out if it had won the acclaimed award.

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