The team at the Queensland AIDS Council have embarked on a tour of Queensland to consult with the LGBTIQ community about the future of the organisation.
QuAC is working on formulating the organisation’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan, and they recently held community consultation workshops in Cairns and Brisbane.
QNews Magazine attended QuAC’s Brisbane workshop on Monday night, where attendees spoke frankly about the valuable service QuAC has provided the community over many years, concerns about areas where some felt let down, hopes for the future role of the Council and the perennial issue of funding.
Queensland AIDS Council President Peter Black (pictured, second from right) said of the forums, “They were really productive nights whereby a diverse range of people came together to share their vision for QuAC’s future.
“We haven’t always done a good job of serving our diverse LGBTIQ community so this is a wonderful opportunity for us to hear from everyone what is important to them.
“I’d encourage everyone who isn’t able to attend a workshop to contact us via Facebook or email, so everyone can have their input into the future of this organisation.”
Interim Executive Director Rebecca Reynolds (pictured, second from left) agreed, “What’s been really lovely in Brisbane and Cairns is how attached the community is to having an organisation that represents them and the general community investment in QuAC’s future success.”
Brisbane attendee Miles Heffernan said, “Organisational changes are never easy. It’s an impressive start to their strategic planning.
“They have a lot of demands on their services and a small amount of resources, so I expect it will be tough, but this is an impressive way to kick off.”
At the event in Cairns on October 4, local gay business owner Todd Henderson was among the attendees and he said he “always looks for opportunities to support and make a difference within such a vast community as Cairns.”
“I found the consultation regarding the QuAC community very informative,” he said.
On Wednesday night, the next consultation workshop will be held in Townsville at the Rydges Southbank.
Further events are scheduled for Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Coolangatta and Hervey Bay, with venues to be announced.
An online survey is also available for all community members, allies and stakeholders to canvas priorities, pathways, and possible activities for QuAC.
For information about QuAC’s consultation process, visit the website here.