06 February 2023
Thirteen community organisations have received a Resilience Care Kit from Ipswich City Council, aimed at improving community resilience, safety and comfort for community members in times of need.
The kits include defibrillators for some community centres, USB charging stations, battery-operated radios, sanitary and comfort items, cleaning supplies and tea and coffee supplies.
Community centre leaders were presented with the kits on Thursday at a ceremony at council’s administration building, 1 Nicholas Street.
Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said community centres and organisations played a vital role and are recognised as key stakeholders across our city.
“In times of need, community centres and community groups truly shine, offering a helping hand through the toughest of times,” Cr Milligan said.
“Last year, Ipswich City Council held a resilient leadership program for community centre leaders, building their leadership capacity and ability to support their communities.
“We heard from our community leaders that their centres needed some more practical resources to better care for residents in need.”
The organisations who have received these resilience kits cover Ipswich from west to east, including Marburg & District Residents Association, Goodna Neighbourhood House and Camira Springfield Community Centre.
The kits were provided through the City-Wide Resilience Project, funded by the Local Economic Recovery Program (LER), jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
“Items like charging cables, sanitary items and even tea and coffee facilities can help community centres offer a little more comfort and welcome to those in need,” Cr Milligan said.
Eleven community centres and organisations have also received a defibrillator as part of their kits, boosting their emergency response abilities and visitor safety.
Research has shown that more than 24,000 Australians have a sudden cardiac arrest annually, with survival rates only about 10 per cent.
Having a defibrillator at hand, along with CPR, can put survival rates as high as 70 per cent.
Ipswich City Council values the contributions of community centres and organisations, with an action identified in the council’s Community Development Strategy 2021-2026 that local community centres are supported and connected, share knowledge and information, and deliver impactful social programming.
“Community centres play a critical role in supporting Ipswich residents in good times and bad, and Ipswich City Council is proud to support them in turn,” Cr Milligan said.
Resilience Care Kit recipients: