CHaPs identifies and facilitates collaborative planning opportunities that lead to co-location and shared facilities.

The program provides a platform for all levels of government and industry to collaborate at a place level.

The result is well-considered, planned and cost-effective infrastructure that connects communities and supports the integration and delivery of community services for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

Since CHaPs was established in November 2014, the team has:

  • facilitated complex projects that contribute to local economic growth and job creation
  • maximised infrastructure and service delivery opportunities throughout Queensland communities
  • saved tens of millions of dollars in capital investment costs.

Featured projects

Yarrabilba Family and Community Place

CHaPs led collaborative planning for a community hub co-located with the Yarrabilba State School. The $3.6 million community friendly Yarrabilba Family and Community Place opened its doors on the 8 October 2018 and is offering a range of services for Yarrabilba families, children and broader community members.

The team worked with multiple government agencies and stakeholders to deliver this integrated and responsive service hub.

Aura community hub

A joint commitment was facilitated by CHaPs between the Sunshine Coast Council, Department of Education and Training, and private sector developer Stockland, for a community hub in Aura, the emerging city neighbouring Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

Artist’s impression of Aura Community Hub
Artist’s impression of Aura Community Hub

The first stage of the development opened in January 2018. When completed, the hub will provide a primary school including a multi-purpose hall, a council community centre, community accessible school music and science/technology spaces, a neighbourhood sports park including shared use field, and shared car parking.

CHaPs facilitated the co-design of the education, sporting and community facilities and secured a capital contribution from Stockland to deliver the facilities earlier for the emerging community.

To ensure all partners and the community will benefit from this hub well into the future CHaPs helped parties agree:

  • scope and operational requirements of the hub
  • land allocation, ensuring lot boundaries maximised the integration between the school, community and sporting facilities
  • funding commitments of each partner.

Project snapshots

Moranbah

Facilitated partnerships between the resource industry, the Queensland Government, Isaac Regional Council and community based stakeholders to deliver a youth and community hub to enhance service delivery and improve liveability in Moranbah.

Western Downs

Partnered with regional stakeholders including local government, resource industry and state agencies to respond to challenges and opportunities arising from changing industry and community profiles. Identified actions to drive growth and jobs, and improve liveability in the Western Downs region.

Yarrabilba

Leading collaborative planning for a community hub co-located with the state school, due for completion September 2018, to offer a range of services for Yarrabilba families, children and broader community members.

Ripley

Driving engagement with private sector (developers), local government and state agencies to deliver innovation in planning for community services and economic growth in Providence, an emerging town in the Ripley Valley.

Hervey Bay

Facilitated multiple stakeholder interests to progress work towards the establishment of the proposed education precinct and medical precinct in Hervey Bay town centre.

Inala

Led strong, cross-sector and community engagement to facilitate development of an Inala Precinct Plan for the delivery of a community centre, within a network of existing services and facilities, to meet the changing needs of the Inala community.

Reviews

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'Place-based Policy' podcast

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