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Central Highlands Community Services
Connecting and empowering people and communities to increase their wellbeing and quality of life!
Chief Executive Officer: Blake Repine
Central Highlands Community Services Ltd (CHCS) is a locally led and operated not-for-profit social enterprise. It was established to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of those who are experiencing poverty, distress, sickness, suffering, destitution or
CHCS aims to improve social connectedness and economic participation through empowering the most vulnerable people within the Central Highlands region.
CHCS is taking a collaborative and innovative approach to ensuring people experiencing disadvantage in a rural area ‘can make a choice’ about the services they require to improve their lives and achieve their aspirations.
Emerald Neighbourhood Centre and Access Accommodation have partnered to form CHCS, which commenced operations in August 2019.
Access Accommodation is a specialised facility offering independent living for people living with a disability.
CHCS is partnering with other community and human services agencies to advocate and lobby for improved wellbeing and quality of life for rural people.
In the spirit of reconciliation, Central Highlands Community Services Ltd, acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the country, and their connections to land, water, and community.
We pay our respects to them, their cultures and customs, and Elders of the past, present and future.
Our Board of Directors
Our Directors are committed and dedicated people who believe every person should have equal opportunities to improve their well-being and quality of life, especially in rural and regional areas.
They are working together to ensure local people are making decisions about local issues!
Paul Bell AM
Paul Bell AM has a strong belief in the public sector and its ability to deliver, given the right leadership and clear objectives.
Paul is the Chair of Central Highlands Community Services Ltd.
Paul was appointed as Chair of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Board in May 2016.
Paul has a long history of board leadership in the health, energy, rail, superannuation and community service sectors.
Paul is Chair of the Central Highlands Healthcare Ltd Board.
Paul served as a Councillor on Emerald Shire Council and Central Highlands Regional Council continuously for 34 years.
In 2005, Paul was awarded the Order of Australia, General Division.
He has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBus Admin. CQU) and is a Member of the
Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Cr Janice Moriarty
Janice is committed to improving the social and economic wellbeing of all residents in the Central Highlands.
Janice is currently studying her Doctorate in Philosophy with the University of Southern Queensland, holds a Master of Business Administration (Marketing) and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, Environmental Studies and Media & Communications).
Janice is an Associate Fellow, Institute of Managers and Leaders, and Graduate
Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Janice has been employed in the Education Sector (Tertiary and Secondary) and worked in Economic and Community Development with Central Highlands Development Corporation, Queensland Government and Local Government.
Janice is a Director, Central Highlands (Qld) Housing Company Ltd.
Janice has lived in Emerald for over 28 years and was elected as Councillor, Central
Highlands Regional Council, for the 2020 – 2024 term.
Cr Megan Daniels
Megan brings a variety of skills and experience to Central Highlands Community Services Ltd Board.
She has a Bachelor of Business – Agribusiness and has a professional profile in the not-for-profit, banking and agribusiness sectors in
Queensland and overseas.
Megan is an Emerald local with family ties to agribusiness in Capella and Comet.
She has a strong interest in natural resource management, economic development and
ensuring the liveability of large and small communities.
Megan was elected as a Councillor of Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) in 2016 and 2020.
Megan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Director of
Central Highlands Development Corporation.
We are a not-for-profit organisation focused on advancing social and public welfare.
Assist people in need and empower wellbeing!