In the latter half of 1991, two officers from each of the then State government departments of Family Services and Aboriginal & Islander Affairs and Housing, Local Government and Planning, did field research to produce a needs analysis from some residents in a public housing area in Deception Bay.
This research coupled with the findings of the Social Justice Local Area Research Study on Locational Disadvantage 1990/91 in Caboolture Shire resulted in an arrangement between the short term (12-24 months), a three bedroom home from departmental stock and a non recurrent grant for furniture and fittings whilst Family Services provided recurrent (FISP – Family and Individual Support Program) funds for salary and operating costs.
Caboolture Shire Council agreed to sponsor the project until a local incorporated organisation was established to take over management of the Neighbourhood Centre Project.
A local reference group began meeting early in 1992 and this group appointed a Community Development Worker (CDW) at the end of March.
The immediate brief for the CDW was community education and awareness of this role and of the Neighbourhood Centre concept. It was also to identify a suitable venue from departmental stock to house the project. The possibility of a purpose built facility was mooted around this time if the project was deemed successful. A lease was signed with the department for 9 Ansell Avenue in May.
At a public meeting of 50 plus local residents held on 17 June 1992 a steering committee was elected to manage incorporation and develop future direction based on the information gathered at the public meeting.
The Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre opened its doors in July 1992.
Incorporation was achieved on 11 November. By December 1992 the organisation was exercising its intention to pursue issues raised at the public meeting by successfully applying for YACCA (Youth and Community Combined Action) funds early in 1993 and subsequently a limited amount of state government funds.
A working party consisting of relevant government department representatives, local elected members and neighbourhood Centre management and staff, begin meeting to develop strategies to bring a purpose built facility to fruition.
In late December advice was received from the Department of Families, Youth and Community Care that the organisation had been successful in gaining approval to sponsor funding for a purpose built facility to be designed and constructed by Q-Build.
Confirmation came from the same Department that an application to sponsor funding for a family support programme had also been approved. This programme called – “For Families In Neighbourhoods” or FFIN – included servicing Caboolture and Bribie Island Neighbourhood Centres and the position of Family Resource Worker was filled in June 1995. Also in June 1995 the steering committee for the YACCA project were granted incorporation status as Deception Bay Community Youth Programs Association Inc. ceasing our organisation’s responsibility as auspice.
At the end of 1995, the organisation took over the auspice for the Deception Bay, Narangba, Burpengary 60 + Better Program. This brought staffing levels to three full time workers plus one casual administrative assistant.
After many months of design planning and compromise to stay within the $250,000 budget, construction of the new Centre finally began in mid 1996 and the organisation “moved house” in October that year.
A consultant was brought in to advise management about implementing the SACS (Social and Community Services) Award and to recommend levels of remuneration for staff relative to duties and responsibilities. The impact of the Award on the organisation resulted in hours for permanent staff having to be reduced in order to meet Award obligations. Full time positions became permanent part time. Subsequently, recurrent funding from the Department was increased to ensure that no further service cuts had to be made in order to maintain salary commitments.
Due to changing needs and following consultation with stakeholders, the FFIN program was redesigned and at this point became Deception Bay based with limited support/outreach to Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre. It maintained a family support focus and was changed to include counselling hours.
The organisation has worked to develop a three year strategic plan resulting in the mission statement being revamped and philosophy, values and visions statements revisited and rewritten. Further a consultant had been engaged to develop a comprehensive Policy and Procedure Manual for the organisation.
The Department of Communities, under the Community and Individual Support Program (CISP) currently fund the organisation for both the Neighbourhood Centre and For Families in Neighbourhoods and the Outreach Family Program.
Annual recurrent grants are also received from the same state department as well as the federal Department of Family and Community Services for Emergency Relief program funding. DSS funding is received within a consortium structure with other local Neighbourhood Centre’s and provides family relationship courses and counselling.
DEEDI fund a human service/job preparation project to deliver intensive participant support to long term unemployed or underemployed people in Deception Bay. DEEDI provide funding for CREATE, a Social Housing Liaison Project, to engage and link social housing tenants to information, human services and job preparation at Deception Bay AND Caboolture with a satellite office based at CAYS in Caboolture.
In July 2009, DBNC relocated the DEEDI human service/job preparation program to 16 Emerald Street, Deception Bay. With the de-funding of these programmes, the Emerald Avenue building was closed and relocated to 24 Endeavour Street in November 2012.
The Centre is currently in a phase of growth and moving forward in an exciting time of the development both in the organisation and within the local community.