Community Action formed in 2011 following a collaborative merger of Cooloola Community Housing Association, Cooloola Youth Service and Erin House. In 2008, Cooloola Community Housing identified the need to become a sustainable regional housing provider. The decision to partner with Cooloola Youth Service and Erin House to establish one consolidated entity – a larger community owned and managed organisation, providing a range of services across the region was not taken lightly.
The outcome of the project saw the successful voluntary merger of the three organisations into a single entity resulting in increased workforce flexibility, a stronger community based organisation and a more seamless service for clients. The merger has provided us with the capacity for growth, sustainability and enhanced service delivery frameworks.
The project partners share a collective history of 78 years of service provision to the Gympie/Cooloola region. We are proud of this history and have a commitment to ensuring that this is retained. We have built an organisation proud of its history yet innovative and modern in thinking.
Our Vision and Values will continue to guide our commitment of working within our community to provide quality in service delivery and ensure ongoing accountability to our members, staff and clients.
We will work together – Our Community in Action – to effect change, undertake new challenges and welcome exciting opportunities.
Community Action – Housing Service was originally formed in 1988 the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless and was incorporated as the Gympie Widgee Housing Action Group. The first funded program was the Housing Referral Service in 1989, followed by the Community Rent Scheme in 1991 and long-term community housing properties in 1992. The service changed its name to Cooloola Community Housing Association Inc in 1995 and then to Community Action Inc (trading as Community Action – Housing Service) in 2010.
The Community Action – Youth Service was originally incorporated as Gympie-Widgee Youth Service in 1984 and changed its name to Cooloola Youth Service in 2004 as part of its 20th Birthday celebrations. The service has provided a large range of programs and services to young people in the region since inception, the core business being the provision of crisis housing to homeless young people and provision of emergency relief to young people experiencing financial difficulty. The Youth Service resolved to merge with Community Action at its Annual General Meeting in December 2010.
Erin House has provided accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic and family violence since 1984 and became officially incorporated in 1986. Erin House was the first women’s refuge in Queensland to offer individual unit accommodation and subsequently went on to have the highest number of bed nights for several years running from 1990 to 1995. Erin House resolved to merge with Community Action at its Annual General Meeting in December 2010.