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.

View the 2016/2017 Annual Report here

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.

BETH BOLTEHon Vice 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.

SARAH TRANTNational Communications & Engagement Mission Australia Housing
Sarah has worked in a variety of community and regional development capacities within the arts and culture; business, economic and strategic development; community services; and in education and training development in both NSW and Western Australia, and in government and not-for-profit organisations. Sarah has extensive stakeholder management including cross-cultural and international relations experience, as well as large-scale project and events management. Sarah currently heads up national communications and engagement for one of Australia’s leading national Tier 1 Community Housing Providers- Mission Australia Housing.
JODIE FROST-FOSTERDisability Inclusion Officer with Central Coast Council
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.

CORINNE HODSONCommunity Engagement and Policy Manager - Barang
Corinne is a Wiradjuri woman with family links to the Riverina region of NSW. Corinne has lived and worked in many regions across Australia including Sydney, Newcastle, Perth and the Pilbara region in regional WA. She has lived on the Central Coast for the past 5 years and now calls it home.

Corinne is heavily involved with the local Aboriginal community and has experience in project management and community engagement – working in both Government and not for profits for the past 20 years.

Corinne was responsible for the roll out of the Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion Framework for FaCS Central Coast as well as in a statewide capacity within Ageing and Disabilities (Large Residential Centres and Specialist Supported Living). Corrine has also managed teams in Aboriginal Consultation and Placement. Corinne is currently working as the Community Engagement Manager for Barang Regional Alliance, and is also on the board of Yerin Aboriginal Medical Service, and Bara Barang Aboriginal Corporation.

Corinne is passionate about Aboriginal inclusion, fostering the development of Aboriginal youth leadership and providing avenues for all people to have connection to Darkinjung culture.

NICK CHETTLEDisability Support Worker - Coastlink
Nick has an impressive and extensive base of skills in technology, construction, hospitality, as well as recently acquired skills in aged care, governance and marketing analysis.

As a professional business person, Nick has built a substantial network of professionals with involvement on the boards of Coastwide Child and Family Services and Water Polo Central Coast. Nick is also a commitee member of Gosford Water Polo Club, Central Coast Chorale and is a member of Gosford Chamber of Commerce, Central Coast Tourism and the Central Coast Community Chest Not-for-Profit Cluster.

Paul Harmer
Paul HarmerBoard Member
Paul grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and started his working life as an apprentice bookbinder. Having completing his apprenticeship he entered management, and after working for a number of printing companies he found himself as Production Manager for one of Australia’s largest printing Groups. Meeting deadlines for ink on paper soon was not enough and in the search for a more meaningful career Paul left the printing industry and joined the N.S.W Police, with a desire to help people. Paul was stationed at Castle Hill for a number of years before making a tree change with his family to Armidale.

Paul enjoyed the life of a “County Cop” where he was well known and respected in the community. Paul served as a Detective in Armidale for a number of years and also as a Youth Case Manager working in a proactive capacity with struggling young people and their families.

While in Armidale Paul ran for Local Government as an Independent and was elected into the Armidale Dumaresq Council. During his time on Council Paul chaired the Armidale Tourism Committee and the Armidale Community Safety Committee. Paul was pivotal in planning and building the Armidale Skate Park and developing an educational media campaign in regards to responsibility of the supply of alcohol to under age youth.

Paul recently moved with his family to the Central Coast and has been involved with local organisations within the community. He is also currently a board member of Coast Community Care.