Leader named for Rocky welfare project

SHE co-ordinated the effort to ensure the community had fast access to the Federal Government's disaster relief funds during the summer floods and now she's taking on a new challenging role.

Former Rockhampton Centrelink manager Debbie Sear has been selected to be the first government action leader, meaning she will co-ordinate local services that help the disadvantaged, homeless and long-term unemployed.

The idea behind the co-ordinator role is to get those services working together better to maximise their ability to help the community.

Capricornia Federal Member Kirsten Livermore, who made the announcement yesterday, said this partnership with local organisations will draw on the expertise of those groups and give local people a say in what will work best for our community.

Ms Sear will be one of 10 government action leaders nationally, with the role central to delivering the Federal Government's Better Futures, Local Solutions program which will involve community leaders, not-for-profit groups and local government to help develop local projects that build life and job skills for people with complex needs.

The Federal Government will provide $25 million for Local Solutions Funds for community organisations to access to provide educational and employment option services.

“Already this week we have seen a range of community organisations working to address vital social issues in our community,” Ms Livermore said.

“Thursday's second annual Rockhampton Homeless Connect is evidence of our community working together to address issues of social inclusion, homelessness and disadvantage.”

She said Ms Sear had displayed a strong commitment to Central Queensland and worked constructively with a range of organisations to provide support and assistance to affected communities during the summer floods.

Ms Livermore said during this time, Ms Sear worked with a number of local community groups to provide vital advice and information on the funds and how they were progressing. 

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