The Community Hubs and Partnerships (CHaPs) program delivers community outcomes by championing systemic approaches to planning, investing in and delivering place-specific social infrastructure. Key elements of the program include:
social infrastructure planning and strategy development
coordinated cross-government and sector exemplar social infrastructure initiatives
best practice resources and advice to support cross-agency and sector social infrastructure planning and delivery.
CHaPs partners with all levels of government, non-government organisations and the private sector to facilitate cost effective social infrastructure and improved community resilience.
The result is well-considered, cost-effective infrastructure that connects communities and supports coordinated delivery of community services for the benefit of all Queenslanders.
Connected people, services and liveable communities across Queensland.
Supporting community outcomes
Social infrastructure such as schools can be a focal point for the community by also offering a range of services and facilities to meet local needs.
Yarrabilba Family and Community Place
CHaPs led collaborative planning for a community hub co-located with the Yarrabilba State School. The $3.6 million community friendly Yarrabilba Family and Community Place opened its doors on the 8 October 2018 and is offering a range of services for Yarrabilba families, children and broader community members. CHaPs worked with multiple government agencies and stakeholders to deliver this integrated and responsive service hub. The combination of services on offer at this facility has been very well received. The building is providing a family-friendly and successful environment for the delivery of these services, having a positive impact on the community.
Aura Community Hub at Baringa
A joint commitment was facilitated by CHaPs between the Sunshine Coast Council, Department of Education and Training and Stockland (the private sector developer) for a community hub in Aura, the emerging city neighbouring Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.
The first stage of the development opened in January 2018. The hub provides a primary school, including a multi-purpose hall, a council community centre, community accessible school music and science/technology spaces, a neighbourhood sports park including shared use field, and shared car parking.
CHaPs facilitated the co-design of the education, sporting and community facilities and secured a capital contribution from Stockland to deliver the facilities earlier for the emerging community.
To ensure all partners and the community will benefit from this hub well into the future CHaPs helped parties agree:
scope and operational requirements of the hub
land allocation, ensuring lot boundaries maximised the integration between the school, community and sporting facilities