Community Plus+ operates in self-organising teams through Community Development, Tenant Advocate and Operational roles.
The Community Development team consists of nine part-time Community Development Workers. They work together to run our three community centres – Annerley Community Hub, West End Community House, and Yeronga Community Centre – and outreach community development services across Brisbane’s inner south.
QSTARS (Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service) has five Tenant Advocates who work with people across the entire southside of Brisbane.
The Operations Team consists of a Coordinator, Finance Officer and Finance Assistant and is the communication channel and operational administration within Community Plus+.
Cleo is a conceptual artist (printmaker, installation and sculpture) who has worked in the community sector for over 27 years. The past 15 years of her career have been in change management and change processes. She is particularly drawn to critical thinking and collaboration processes in both her art practice and her involvement as a community member. Cleo is interested in generating alternative discourses to institutionalised and mainstream thinking; dialogues which genuinely contest the marginalisation or subjugation of people. As the coordinator of Community Plus+ she is committed to developing its vital role providing resources for individuals to connect with their broader community, to participate and learn new skills to build transformative, inclusive and strong communities. As a non-Aboriginal woman from interstate, and in keeping with her commitment to reconciliation and respect, she acknowledges the Turrbal people of the North and the Jagerah people of the South as the Traditional Owners on whose lands she lives and works. She recognises that this land has always been under their custodianship and extends this respect to all Elders past and present.
Community Development Worker (Annerley Community Hub)
Alex is a Community Development worker with a focus on fair food and organic gardening. He has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Graduate Diploma in Community Development, both from the University of Queensland. He has worked in youth homelessness, disability, outdoor education and permaculture through a number of community organisations, and is now tying together his love of gardening and community work at Annerley Community Hub. On a good day he can be found happily shovelling manure or farming worms out in the garden.
Community Development Worker (West End Community House)
Andrew is a Community Development Worker with 10 years of experience in community services who has only in recent years discovered his love of neighbourhood centres. Before he found out how great neighbourhood centres are he worked in support work and case management roles in youth residential care and homeless services where he gained excellent experience with issues including homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse, trauma and gambling. Andrew loves the way a neighbourhood centre can bring people together for the benefit of themselves and the wider community. In his non-work hours he likes to spend time with family and friends, watch movies, learn new things, play basketball and go jogging.
Community Development Worker (Yeronga Community Centre)
PJ is passionate about building community where people have a sense of belonging, connectedness and ownership of the place where they live and come together around what they care about. She has a Graduate Diploma in Community Development from the University of Queensland and is currently undertaking a research thesis for the Masters of Development Practice regarding social and political community development. PJ loves good coffee and the outdoors – hiking, camping, riding, playing tennis and going to the beach.
Tenant Advocate (QSTARS)
Cherry has worked in the community sector for 16 years and is a passionate advocate for social justice and strength-based practice. She has worked with Logan Women’s Health and Well-Being Centre, the St Vincent de Paul Society and The Smith Family, before becoming a trainer and assessor with Brisbane TAFE delivering the Diploma of Community Services Work. Cherry is part of the QSTARS team and provides tenant advice and referral services. In her spare time Cherry can be found digging and pottering round the garden creating a haven for native bees.
Tenant Advocate (QSTARS)
Paty has been working in the Community sector since 2005. She started out as a tenancy manager in community housing in Sydney and then held similar roles with two community housing providers when she relocated to Brisbane. Becoming a tenant advocate has been both a surprise and a delight as it has provided the opportunity to truly gain a global perspective on the situation of tenancy rights and has allowed her to become a very committed and passionate advocate. This broader perspective has been greatly enhanced by being a part of the Community Plus+ community where she has the opportunity to experience first hand the wonderful and inspiring work carried out by the community development workers and volunteers alike.
Tenant Advocate (QSTARS)
Kylee has many years experience working in community legal centres on the Gold Coast and Brisbane and in particular has a genuine passion and interest in tenancy rights and the law. Kylee has been working in the community sector since 1992 and has experience as a Tenant Advocate with the previously funded tenancy rights program. Kylee’s particular area of keen interest is the processes and outcomes of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for tenants. Kylee was thrilled to be able to take up a position with the newly funded QSTARS and looks forward to assisting and encouraging tenants to assert and sustain their rights.
Community Development Worker & Finance Officer (Yeronga Community Centre)
Melinda has lived in the area for over 30 years and has been involved in the community from the beginning. Melinda has strong connections in the community and this was evident when she initiated the community response for people affected by the 2011 Brisbane floods – the Yeronga Flood Recovery Centre. She has been part of the Yeronga Community Centre since its establishment in 2012. Her community development, organisational and financial skills are put to good use at Community Plus+ through her roles as Community Development Worker and Finance Officer. Melinda’s motivation is building a stronger community by making everyone feel valued. She loves working with all people in her community and across the whole of Community Plus+.