PROUD HISTORY: Long-time staff member June Jacobi and centre manager Carol Chapman join forces to cut the cake at the anniversary celebrations. Picture: Julian Lehnert
PROUD HISTORY: Long-time staff member June Jacobi and centre manager Carol Chapman join forces to cut the cake at the anniversary celebrations. Picture: Julian Lehnert

Community spirit writ large

A QUARTER of a century after its inception, members of the North Burnett Community Service gathered in Mundubbera to celebrate the organisation’s 25th anniversary.

Current and former staff members, community group leaders and Mundubbera locals rang in the big day with snacks, coffee and a specially made and decorated cake.

The community organisation, which was incorporated on March 1, 1995, provides essential services such as daycare, school transport, patient travel and interest groups to the region.

It draws its funding from government sources such as the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and the National Disability Insurance Scheme and has recently been awarded a large portion of Mundubbera’s $120,000 drought renewal grant.

A regional community organisation was first hinted at in 1994 and 1995 news articles, which the service has preserved. Picture: Julian Lehnert
A regional community organisation was first hinted at in 1994 and 1995 news articles, which the service has preserved. Picture: Julian Lehnert

Since its humble beginnings 25 years ago – the service was created out of a need to transport the region’s travellers from one town to the next – the organisation has grown to encompass the fields of healthcare, lifestyle and community.

“There’s been so many different changes over the years, learning about what people want to see, what activities they want to have on and then trying to accommodate them,” administration officer June Jacobi said.

“It’s always about liaising with the community and other groups and organisations to see how we could fill a need or a niche.”

One of those developments was a name change, which was approved on March 25 last year.

One of the organisation’s many services includes a weekly recorded reading of the local newspapers, which is provided to blind persons free of charge. Picture: Julian Lehnert
One of the organisation’s many services includes a weekly recorded reading of the local newspapers, which is provided to blind persons free of charge. Picture: Julian Lehnert

The Mundubbera Community Development Association, as it was known since its beginnings in 1995, was formally renamed to be in line with the increasing scope and presence of the organisation.

Centre manager Carol Chapman said the new name better reflected what they were about.

“We’ve got the new name to celebrate our new beginnings, our venturing further out into the region – North Burnett Community Service’,” she said.

“That explains exactly what we do. We’re here to service the community, to provide for them – whatever the needs are that are missing in our community.”


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