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Brendon wanted to get involved in this consultation process because he believes “it is an important part of redesigning the network and will create easier access in and out of the stations.” QDN Member

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Rob was relieved — and a little bit excited — to hear about the changes recently proposed in Queensland’s tenancy laws.  ‘These reforms are pretty overdue’, he said. ‘There haven’t really been any major updates since the early ‘90s. I’m so glad they’re making these changes. It makes me feel much more positive about being able to rent somewhere long-term."

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Peer Support Groups

“What makes a Peer Support Group successful? Meeting the group where they are at and encouraging people to take ownership of the group.”

Peter Tully, Ipswich

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First Redcliffe Peer Support Group Meeting

We were delighted to welcome 8 members along to the inaugural Redcliffe Peer Support Group meeting on Friday 13 August at Redcliffe library. We braved masks and maintained our social distance to hold a fantastic first meeting discussing all things future Redcliffe Peer Support.

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Cairns Peer Story

The Cairns Peer Support Group met this month to discuss Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness. The group was co-facilitated by Group Convenor Wayne Maitland who shared his personal experience with preparing for an emergency. Cairns Regional Council’s Disaster Management Resilience OfficerSioux Campbell, joined the discussion and planning session providing invaluable local information around Council’s disaster and emergency planning resources including the Council’s online emergency information Dashboard. Sioux talked about Cairns Regional Council’s phone alert service where people can register their contact details to receive local emergency alerts.

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QDN Y youth group finds out the why, what, and where for COVID-19 vaccinations

The QDN Youth peer support group met in July to discuss COVID vaccinations. Troy Hakala from Metro South Health was the guest speaker and presented information around several topics.

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Good things happen when a QDN Peer Support Group and local councillor come together

The Brisbane North Peer Support Group has been leading change in their Nundah community. The peer led group for people with disability invited Councillor Adam Allan to a group meeting recently to talk about local road and access concerns.  

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New Peer Support Group coming to Redcliffe

QDN and Group Convenor Cody Skinner, of the Redcliffe Peer Support Group, met with the Redcliffe community on Wednesday 28 July 2021, to host two community conversations with people with disability and stakeholders to talk about how we could work together to form a Peer Support Group in the area.

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Gold Coast Peer Support Group

The QDN’s Gold Coast Peer Support Group for people with disability held their first meeting on Friday 11 June 2021 at the Southport Community Centre. The meeting was well attended with 16 people with disability joining the meeting both face to face and online.

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Gympie Peer Support Group

Group Convenor Michael Condon invited Gympie Mayor, Glen Hartwig, to join the Gympie Peer Support Group on Friday 4 June 2021 for a walk through the central Gympie high street, Mary Street. The group took the opportunity to talk with the Mayor about what is great about Mary Street for people with disability as well as where there are some accessibility challenges.

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Power of Peers Good news story: New Peer Support Group in Brisbane South

QDN held its first meeting in Brisbane South Supported Independent Living complex, Thornfield Cottages. The first meeting attracted six enthusiastic residents who contributed many ideas and suggestions of activities and themes they would like to explore in the group. The group will reconvene in a month to pick up the conversation and look to nominate one or two residents to take on the Group Convenor role. The establishment of a Peer Support Group within a supported living environment is an exciting new step for the Power of Peers project.

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Brendon consulting for Smart Ticketing

Brendon Donohue, from Brisbane, has been participating as a QDeNgage consultant on the Accessibility Stakeholder Working Group for Translink’s Smart Ticketing project. This group is working with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to provide advice and feedback on the accessibility and inclusivity of the new ticketing system.

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QDeNgage Disability Awareness Training

1st October 2021

QDeNgage Disability Awareness Training Kat (QDN Project Officer) and Elisha (QDeNgage Disability Consultant) joined the volunteer crew from Brisbane City Council’s Environment Centres at the lovely Downfall Creek Bushland Centre … Read More

Peer Support Groups join Redcliffe Sunday Markets

1st October 2021

Peer Support Groups join Redcliffe Sunday Markets Deception Bay and Redcliffe Peer Support Group members and Group Convenors joined the @RedcliffeMarkets (https://www.facebook.com/RedcliffeMarkets) Redcliffe Sunday Markets on Sunday 28 September to … Read More

Emerging Leaders workshop – 18 August 2021

25th August 2021

Emerging Leaders workshop – 18 August 2021 The Emerging Leaders held a workshop on Wednesday 18 August 2021 with guest presenters Kevin Cocks AOM, Executive Manager, Accessible Transport Network at … Read More

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