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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.

Our Board of Directors

Our Directors are committed and dedicated people who believe every person should have equal opportunities to improve their wellbeing and quality of life, especially in rural and regional areas.

They are working together to ensure local people are making decisions about local issues!

  • Cr Paul Bell AM
  • Sophie Basford
  • Cr Megan Daniels
  • Caroline Laughton

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

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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.

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Monday - Friday

9.00 am - 12.30 pm
1.30 pm - 4.00pm

17 Yamala Street
Emerald Qld 4720

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