Babinda Taskforce

Building a Strong, Sustainable and Connected Community, Together.

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WHAT WE DO

Supporting the local community

Babinda District Community Association Inc (trading as Babinda Taskforce) works with government organisations, agencies, community groups, and local businesses to provide support for the community in the Babinda region.

Our mission is to:

  • Lead future change, innovation and development for our community.
  • Provide advocacy for residents, businesses, and not-for-profit organisations.
  • Develop a stronger, sustainable, and economically resilient community.

The Babinda Taskforce Team are proud to offer our community the following services:

Community Support

1

Centrelink Agency

Providing help with Centrelink, Medicare and other government services.
2

Emergency Relief Provider*

We provide help to those in need, in the form of emergency relief.
*No walk-ins, by appointment only.
3

Support for the Unemployed, Disadvantaged & Seniors

Centrelink Agent and targeted programs - see 2023 project snapshots below for targeted program details.
4

No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)*

Providing people on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
*No walk-ins, by appointment only.
5

Community News & Information

Providing information via Babinda News monthly newsletter, Babinda district telephone book, media releases and member updates.

Business Support

1

Economic Development

Through the establishment of the Babinda Museum; local walking tracks; the Babinda Museum Walk through Munro St; marketing of Babinda region and development of local strategic plans.
2

Disaster Management

Conducting activities in conjunction with Cairns Regional Council's Disaster Management Unit.
3

Babinda Business Directory

Providing a dedicated online business directory for the Babinda district community.
PROJECTS

2023 SNAPSHOTS

BABINDA MUSEUM

In January of 2023, after five years of research, planning and development, the Babinda Museum officially opened its doors to the public.

In November 2023, the Babinda Museum won three categories at the 2023 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA).

The GAMAA are presented by Museums & Galleries QLD and honour the achievements of individuals and organisations in striving towards excellence.

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT

Through the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative, Babinda Taskforce delivered a Community Work Skills project which funded the delivery of a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) course in Babinda. Graduates of this course are now qualified to work in both the aged care sector and the disability support sector.

Through the SQW initative, BTF also delivered a Ready for Work (RFW) project and a Work Skills Traineeship project.

RFW assists unemployed Queenslanders transition into the workforce by providing a 6–8 week course focused on job search assistance and training.

Work Skills Traineeships are six months long and allow trainees to also complete a Certificate I in Business during the course of their placement.

DIGITAL LITERACY AND INCLUSION

Babinda Taskforce continued to provide digital literacy support and digital inclusion through assisting residents with technology issues and helping them to navigate websites and other digital platforms.

ETHICAL LOANS - NO INTEREST LOANS

The No Interest Loan Scheme provides individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit. Loan amounts are up to $1,500 for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs, and car registration.

Repayments are affordable and the loan term is between 12 and 18 months. There are no credit checks and the recipient pays no interest, fees or charges; they only repay the amount that they borrowed.

EMERGENCY RELIEF

Babinda Taskforce provides emergency relief to the Babinda district community in the form of food, fuel and pharmaceutical vouchers and accommodation.

In the lead up to Christmas, Babinda Taskforce also partnered with the local supermarket SPAR Babinda and a local school, St Rita’s Babinda, to provide local families with food hampers.

SERVICES AUSTRALIA (CENTRELINK)

Babinda Taskforce continues to be a Centrelink Agent for Babinda district.

HOSTING OTHER SERVICES

In addition to providing community office facilities to the Babinda community, Taskforce also hosts out-of-town services such as employment agencies.

DISASTER RESILIENCE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Babinda Taskforce is the disaster management coordinator for Babinda district. In conjunction with Cairns Regional Council’s Disaster Management unit, Babinda Taskforce hosts several meetings a year with key organisations within the Babinda district community.

In December 2023 Babinda Taskforce was involved in the disaster preparation efforts for Tropical Cyclone Jasper and the response effort during and following the related flooding event.

 

COMMUNITY CONNECTION ACTIVITES AND EVENTS

In the 2023 year Babinda Taskforce coordinated Babinda’s Australia Day breakfast and the 2023 Christmas in Babinda event, as well as several smaller events targeted at the community.

BABINDA NEWS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Babinda Taskforce continues to deliver a monthly newsletter to every household in Babinda. This newsletter is also circulated electronically (on social media and through the members database).

Babinda Taskforce also maintains the Babinda Taskforce Facebook and Instagram pages, hosts the Babinda & District Job Search site, as well as the Babinda Museum Facebook and Instagram pages.

MARKETING AND PROMOTION OF BABINDA

Babinda Taskforce works with Cairns Regional Council and other stakeholders – Babinda Chamber of Commerce and Babinda Info Centre – to promote Babinda district.

In 2023, BTF worked with these partners to produce the Babinda District tourism video.

Babinda Taskforce also maintains the Babinda district business directory website – www.babinda.net.au – and the RV Park noticeboard.