New development officer for neighbourhood centre
THE Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre has welcomed new community development officer Tamara Noble to the team.
Ms Noble has lived in the Whitsundays all her life and grew up in Proserpine.
She spent three years working as the events coordinator for the former Enterprise Whitsundays.
Ms Noble said she was looking for a new pathway to help the community on a personal level.
“Community development is all about assisting people to create their own futures by providing information and developing skills to promote social change for those who are disadvantaged,” Ms Noble said.
“In the Whitsunday community there is a lack of awareness about the range of services available in the community and a big part of my job is to ensure that people know what they are, that they are not alone and how we can help them.”
Ms Noble is currently completing a community services diploma at the Barrier Reef Institute of Tafe in Cannonvale and regularly meets service and government workers.
“We use a developmen- tal process where people join together to determine what the problems are, what they want to do about them and how they are going to achieve their shared vision,” she said.
The Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre currently offers programs for family support, community development, emergency relief, Legal Aid Queensland, Uniting Care Financial Counselling and Scallywags Childcare services.
Initiatives such as the frozen bread scheme and Whitsunday No Interest Loans Scheme are also available.
Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.
NEW IDEAS: Tamara Noble is the new community development officer at the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre in Cannonvale.