Meet Mac, a grass­roots vet­eran

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

NEW Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre man­ager Mal “Mac” McCul­lough has taken up the role as a way to re­con­nect with his roots in the sec­tor.

“I’m re-en­gag­ing with grass­roots com­mu­nity work, which I did in the ’80s and ’90s where I es­tab­lished one of the first learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Vic­to­ria.”

A ‘learn­ing com­mu­nity’ is where com­mu­nity work­ers seek to increase col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ship be­tween dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups, and raise com­mu­nity aware­ness that learn­ing is a life­long jour­ney.

‘This ser­vice here (the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre) could be a learn­ing com­mu­nity as well, be­cause it has a range of ser­vices,” Mac said.

Mac has spent 30 years in com­mu­nity ser­vices, and has come to Port Dou­glas from Cairns where he spent five years work­ing at OzCare.

“I think (com­mu­nity work) is some­thing you fall into early in your ca­reer. Once com­mu­nity is in your blood, once you’re part of a pos­i­tive vi­brant com­mu­nity – that’s some­thing you can’t buy.”

He’s been in his new role for a month, and says he’s look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the com­mu­nity.

“The com­mu­nity will let me know what their needs are

“The level of vol­un­teer sup­port here is just amaz­ing, it’s re­ally well con­nected.”

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