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Handy supplies given to community centres

Daniel Bouwmeester    February 20, 2023    2 min read   

Earlier this month, the Ipswich City Council provided new ‘Resilience Care Kits’ to three of Springfield’s community centres to help bring greater comfort to guests and staff.

During a special presentation seminar on February 2, representatives from Springfield’s two YMCA centres (Springfield Central and Springfield Lakes) and the Camira Springfield Community Centre (Old Logan Road, Camira) received their new kits.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding and Deputy Mayor Jacob Madsen joined other local councillors including Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic to personally hand over the kits.

“It was a pleasure to present Resilience Care Kits to thirteen community centres and organisations,” Mayor Harding said.

“In times of need, community centres and community groups truly shine, offering a helping hand through the good times and bad.”

The initiative is part of the Council’s City-Wide Resilience Project, itself a part of the Local Economic Recovery Program, which is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Supplied items included defibrillators, USB charging stations for phones and laptops, sanitary items, and even tea and coffee facilities.

“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 these leaders that their centres needed some more practical resources to better care for residents in need.”

“Thank you to community centre leaders for being here today, and for the amazing work you do each and every day to support our growing communities.”

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.