Centre welcomes familiar face to the neighbourhood
THE Monto Neighbourhood Centre has received a boost with its recent appointment of a familiar North Burnett face with a wealth of experience in community work.
Bobby-Leigh Redgard, formerly of Mundubbera's North Burnett Community Service, became the centre's new community services coordinator at the end of August.
Ms Redgard said her role will not be one of radical change, but rather to continue hosting events and running projects which will "have a positive impact in Monto and Eidsvold.”
"It's about filling in the gaps where needed and embracing community members' suggestions,” she said.
"I've always found the community is more involved when they feel like it's their community centre.”
One new thing Ms Redgard said she will be investigating is whether it is feasible to bring NDIS services to the centre.
"We'll look into how we can branch out into that,” she said.
Ms Redgard was centre manager of NBCS for around two and a half years prior to this new role.
She has a background in aged care and has previously worked for the Public Trustee of Queensland, roles which, Ms Redgard said, "essentially are about helping people.”
Her new position is an extension of that, she said.
Ms Redgard expressed her deep "passion” for serving the people of the North Burnett.
She admires the region's solidarity - "We are a whole region,” she said, rather than six disparate towns in competition with each other.
Ms Redgard represents this - although she now works in Monto, she still commutes daily from her home in Mundubbera.
"Commuting to work gives me time to plan out the day in my head and going home a chance to debrief with myself,” she said.