Coast to Country Housing Company has been providing a pathway home for people since 1991, but we can’t do it alone. Your tax deductible donation will provide individuals and families with a place to connect with their community, realise opportunities and achieve the life they have imagined; a house that they can make their home. Your support will provide someone a place to call home.
We believe in our client’s journey, and know that with a little support they can connect with the community, realise opportunities, and achieve the life they’ve imagined.
Housing is such an integral part of people’s well-being and peace of mind. The process of finding and keeping a property can be stressful and overwhelming. We believe that by making housing affordable and accessible we can significantly improve the quality of life of every person that comes through our doors.
Our vision is to be the leader in providing positive solutions for people where they can connect with the community, realise opportunities, and achieve the life they have imagined.
We’re a not for profit organisation based in Townsville, with a team of people who want to make housing easier and more affordable. We have been in operation since 1991 under the name “Community Rent Scheme”. In 2011, we changed our name to the Coast to Country Housing Company (C2C) to better reflect our journey. From managing 68 properties, to approximately 400 managed today, we go to work every day with the simple goal of providing a pathway home for Townsville’s most vulnerable residents.
Chris Barnes is currently employed as Senior Consultant with Targeted Solutions, providing organisational and business advice to SME’s. Previously he was employed as General Manager – Business Development with Westug Pty Ltd, where he was charged with developing business relationships and improving organisational performance. Prior to this he spent 9 years at Svitzer Australia, where on joining he held the position of State Manager Queensland/Fiji, before achieving the position of Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Svitzer operations across Australasia.
During this period he was also appointed as Managing Director of South Sea Towage Limited in Fiji, which he managed from Sydney. Chris has over 30 years in the transport industry and before joining Svitzer, was Chief Executive of McCaffertys/Greyhound Coaches and Regional General Manager Western Australia/Northern Territory for Ansett Australia/Air New Zealand prior to that. Chris holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Southern Cross University, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Chartered Member of the Australian Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland in 1987. She has gone on to work in welfare, research, teaching and private practice and is currently the Director of Clinical Governance for James Cook University. She has a Masters Degree in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University and a Masters of Business Administration from James Cook University. Margaret has also completed the Company Directors Course. Her areas of veterinary professional interest are veterinary ophthalmology and small animal internal medicine. Business related interests include customer service, team management and corporate governance. Margaret is also a director of Massick Pty Ltd Consulting.
As a graduate of Bachelor of Social Work (1991) and Master of Social Work (1999) from James Cook University, Rhonda Clark has worked in the Townsville community welfare sector, with experience in youth work, financial counselling, community development, mental health, and management and leadership. She retired in 2013 after 17 years as the Chief Executive Officer of SOLAS, the largest specialist mental health service provider in North Queensland. She continues her community support work as a volunteer in the “JPs in the Community Program” and her commitment to Coast to Country Housing Company.
Kevin is the owner and director of NQAV, and has been a business owner since 2008. He is the recipient of many industry awards including the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30, and was a Finalist of the Townsville Chamber Young Business Achievement Awards 2012. Kevin is a current member of the Townsville Young Chamber Committee and the Share Club Services Director 2014/15 Rotary Club Townsville Sunrise.
Since 2013, Peter operates a business solution and support service to public and private health care providers. Prior to this, Peter worked in a number of Hospital and Health Services and Boards across Queensland, in various corporate service roles and in senior management positions for 30 years. These include Chief Executive Officer, District Manager, Chief Finance Officer and Operations Director. He has overseen organisational change management in response to major public health reforms, such as Hospital Funding, Aged Care and Mental Health.
Complementing Peter’s extensive work experience are his academic qualifications. Peter holds a Bachelor of Economics; Diploma in Management; and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Elvene joined the Coast to Country Housing Company team in 2018 with over 30 years’ experience in social housing management. In her former role at Prospect Community Services, Elvene was responsible for management of a diverse portfolio of services including Long-term Community Housing, Domestic and Family Violence Outreach and Homelessness Services. Elvene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and has previously taught business and accounting subjects at secondary and TAFE colleges. Elvene also holds a Cert IV in Social Housing and an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management. Building on the great work of C2C over many years in providing a pathway home for our tenants, Elvene is keen to work with the social housing sector to ensure its sustainability through the maximisation of opportunities for growth and diversity.
We work closely with the Department of Housing & Public Works to make affordable housing available in the community. Our Community Rent Scheme program comprises of properties that are either privately leased, rented through real estates, or owned by the Department of Housing & Public Works, and then leased by C2C to eligible applicants.
A community is only as strong as the people it chooses to help, so we work closely with the Department of Housing to make affordable housing available in the community. Our Community Rent Scheme program comprises of Properties funded by the Department of Housing, and leased by C2C to eligible applicants.
The Long Term Housing program provides housing where people can settle without dealing with the uncertainty of frequent relocations, because we know that stable housing provides peace of mind and better outcomes for our clients. The Long Term Program consists of properties leased for long term use from the Department of Housing & Public Works.
People suffering from mental illness are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Often issues with mental illness can be exacerbated by homelessness. The Mental Illness Fellowship program was developed through a partnership with the Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland (MIFNQ), and consists of properties owned by MIFNQ, for clients living with a mental illness.
Youth between 16 and 25 are one of the highest risk groups for homelessness. They are vulnerable, unfamiliar with the housing market, and less likely to be on a sufficient income to sustain a private rental tenancy. The Transitional Youth Accommodation program provides housing and outreach support for young people who are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless through partnership with Sharehouse Youth Programs Inc.
Coast to Country has worked closely with Queensland Health to develop our Transitional Mental Health Program, which assists their clients managing a mental illness to transition to independent living.
Households housed and assisted in 2015/16
of these households were in the highest needs category
overall satisfaction rate of clients
We’re always available to talk through a new application, leasing a property, or give advice for existing clients and landlords.
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