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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 helplessness.

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.

The Emerald Neighbourhood Centre offers a range of inclusive community services, events and programs to support people in communities across the Central Highlands region.

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.

Acknowledgement of
Traditional Owners

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 President of Emerald & District Social Development Association Inc (EDSDA) and Friends in the Rural and Remote Communities Inc (FERRC) Management Committees.

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 and a director of the Central Highlands (Qld) Housing Company Ltd. He presently serves as a Councillor on his local council, a position he has held continuously for the past 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 the Secretary of Emerald & Social Development Association and Friends of Emerald in Rural and Remote Communities Boards of Management. She is a Director, Central Highlands Affordable Housing Board.

Janice has lived in Emerald for over 27 years and was elected as Councillor, Central Highlands Regional Council, for the 2020 – 2024 term. She 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 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 is committed to improving the social and economic wellbeing of all residents in the Central Highlands.

Cr Megan Daniels


Megan is the Vice-President of Emerald District Social Development Association & Friends in Emerald Rural & Remote Communities Management Committee.

Megan was elected as a Councillor of Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) in 2016 and 2020.

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 livability of large and small communities. Megan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director of Central Highlands Development Corporation, Director of Central Highlands (Qld) Housing Company, Deputy Director of Central Highlands Regional Resource Use Planning, member of the CHRC Saleyards Steering Committee and Chairperson of the CHRC Communities Standing Committee.

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