HISTORY

The Central Coast Community Council (CCCC) was established in 1993 when the then Director of NCOSS, Lyn Gain, expressed concern that there was no regional organisation to disseminate information and co-ordinate area responses for service providers/groups on the Central Coast.

A public meeting was held at the Woodport Retirement Village on 23 July 1993 which was attended by community groups as well as Local, State and Federal government departments. The Central Coast community decided that there was a need for a regional body and that it would be called the Central Coast Community Council.

On 21 December 1994 the CCCC became an incorporated body. The first funding received was $10,000 through NCOSS in May 1994 which allowed us to employ a worker for 10 hours per week to provide support to the working party by assisting with administration, newsletters, membership, brochures etc. The CCCC is now funded annually through the Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) on a ‘renewable’ basis. This funding covers wages for the Regional Development Officer and administrative costs only.

We are committed to social justice principles and seek to meet the needs of community groups and other relevant local and regional organisations for resourcing and representation to enable them to improve and maintain the quality of life for the residents of the Central Coast. We work to prevent inadequacy and inequity in the delivery of services to disadvantaged communities on the Central Coast.

BRAD WILSON
BRAD WILSONRegional Development Officer
Born and bred Central Coast, Brad spent 10 years working and studying in both Newcastle and Sydney. He returned in 2003 and became a partner with a local accounting firm, specialising in the Not-For-Profit sector. More recently Brad co-founded the pioneering social enterprise CASAR Park – a local project aimed at addressing social disengagement and youth unemployment in our region, a project he continues to champion. He has served as an advisor and mentor to many organisations across all sectors, and is keen to bring his broad range of skills to our local Not-For-Profit sector.

Brad’s role is to work with organisations and support them in areas of strategic planning, governance and compliance, lobbying and representation, and other functional areas – freeing them up to focus on service delivery.

JOHN ROBERTS
JOHN ROBERTSCommunity, Art and Culture
John is engaged across the Central Coast community through a range of projects:

Brackets and Jam Central Coast, Fusion Central Coast, Central Coast Community Council, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, CoastFest, Central Coast Kids Day Out, Community Congress, Wyoming Community Centre, Benevolent Society, [Men Accessing Resources and Services] Mens Interagency, Mens Shed Cluster, National Mens Health Gathering [2009], Community Planner [local government] responsible for Aged, Access, Equity and development of a number of projects concerning Community Safety, Event Coordination, Volunteer Management, Youth Engagement and Social Isolation.

John has a Diploma of Community Services Coordination, a Diploma of Management and a Diploma of Social Enterprise.

MICHAEL GOODWIN
MICHAEL GOODWINManaging Director of Loyal I.T. Solutions
Michael has always had a keen interest in social justice and our local community.

Michael has a young family consisting of a wife and 3 teenage boys.

He is passionate about raising awareness and assisting the most vulnerable in our society.

Michael has been a volunteer at Coast Shelter’s kitchen for 4 years and is also a board member of Coast Shelter.

BETH BOLTE
BETH BOLTEHon President of Central Coast Campus Friends
Beth has lived on the Central Coast most of her life, being involved in community organisations as much as practicable whilst juggling a busy family life, work, and study.

Beth’s extensive and broad community involvement has included : P&C President, Ourimbah Public School; P&C Vice-President, Central Coast; Vice President, Ourimbah United Soccer Club; volunteer Wyong Salvation Army; Hon President, Central Coast Campus Friends Inc; general member, Ourimbah Region Residents Association; voluntary literacy tutor, The Glen. These roles require an appreciation of person – centred welfare as well as an awareness of pathways to those community structures needed to support individuals develop and maintain dignity and independence.

Beth has been a registered nurse and midwife at local hospitals; a tutor at University of Newcastle (Nursing Faculty); a local high school teacher (both in the public and private sectors); Itinerant Support Teacher for Integration and Behaviour for the Department of Education.

Beth’s working life at present involves TAFE teaching in the Outreach department at Gosford and Wyong campuses, as well as running her own business, 4everlearning, which involves working with community members whose needs require literacy (written and digital) and numeracy support.

As a Central Coast Community Council board member, Beth feels her years of community commitment, the awareness of local history and issues, including involvement with regional needs of the broader community, can contribute to the Council’s social justice endeavours.

STUART McMINN
STUART McMINNAboriginal Worker
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Liaison Worker at Interrelate Family Centre

Program coordinator of an holistic outreach program for young people affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Flexible, client centred, strengths based delivery of case work, long term or brief intervention.

SARAH TRANT
SARAH TRANTCommunications
Sarah holds extensive experience in community development, the arts/cultural, education and business sectors. Sarah’s development experience travels from Sydney, to the Pilbara and the Gascoyne in regional WA, where she has made significant contributions to the development of urban and regional communities.

In Sydney, Sarah has been responsible for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Economic Development Framework, the inaugural Sydney-Chengdu Business and Cultural Exchange Forum for Sydney’s Chinese New Year Celebrations, and a Social Enterprise initiative for Milk Crate Theatre.

With Mission Australia, Sarah has strategically supported integrated service delivery development nationwide for Australia’s largest community service provider of homelessness services for the state of NSW. Sarah now manages national communications and engagement for Mission Australia Housing.

Sarah is passionate about regional development and moved to the Central Coast 3 years ago where she is looking forward to connecting with and supporting her local community.

CONAN HICKS
CONAN HICKSManaging Director - Hicks Advertising
Being the fourth generation of his family to reside in The Entrance area, the Central Coast holds strong ties for Conan. Having built a successful advertising agency on the Coast, he is passionate about the local community and region.

With over 15 years working in communications industry, more specifically media and advertising, Conan brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of organisational management, breaking down complex issues, identifying potential opportunities and best practice communication strategies.

Conan is thrilled to have been invited to join the board of The Central Coast Community Council and is not only eager to utilise the services of his agency on a pro-bono basis, but also provide counsel and advice to the board.

JODIE FROST-FOSTER
JODIE FROST-FOSTERRetail Manager - Fairhaven Services
Jodie is a consultant who has been involved in the Not for Profit sector for the last five and half years. She worked for Fairhaven Services in roles including RTO Manager, Business Capability Manager and ADE (Australian Disability Enterprise) Manager-Pacific Co-pack. In her last role as Social Innovation Manager, Jodie established two social enterprises ‘Vintage Fair, The Collective’ And Recreate Pallet Furniture providing employment for people with disabilities and work experience for unemployed people upcycling donated goods. She also project managed the implementation of Fairhaven’s Customer Relationship Management platform and wrote the accompanying Change Management training program.

Prior to Fairhaven, Jodie worked in the corporate sector in national roles for Telstra, Westpac and Manchester Unity building people capability and implementing business planning and performance frameworks. She was also a former committee member and presenter for the Australian Direct Marketing Association. Jodie holds a Bachelors degree in Communications, is an Affiliate Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors, and member of the Central Coast Community Council board.