Meet Mac, a grassroots veteran
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.”