The Issues

Because every child deserves every chance to reach their full potential

Central Queensland is renowned for its fabulous environment, friendly people, great lifestyle and wide variety of industry, career and educational opportunities. But bubbling beneath the surface are some critical, complex and concerning social issues, including:
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jobless families
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low educational attainment
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low birth weight babies
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teen pregnancy
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high domestic violence and child protection rates.
… and the list goes on.

Click on the image or link to see Len Richards presentation Challenges to children’s wellbeing in CQ from ECDEC launch.

There are ‘…some quite harsh realities that we as leaders…need to reflect upon and decide are we doing enough?’

Matthew Cox shared Insights into Collective Impact at the ECDEC Launch

We know that if you can get kids to age 8 in reasonable shape then you massively boost their life chances.’ Collective Impact is ‘…absolutely crushing common sense.’ Through it we can‘illuminate the obvious,… understand the essence of the problem and then get organised to do something about it’.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country and recognise their connection to land, wind, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures, and to the Elders both past and present.