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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.


It all starts with a 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.

Our Story25 years Supporting Townsville

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.

Who We Are

The C2C Team

Chris Barnes
Chair Person

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 Reilly
Director

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.


Rhonda Clark
Director

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 Booth
Director

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.


Peter Sladden
Director

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.


Marsha Zuhorn
Chief Executive Officer

Marsha has over 18 years’ experience in the delivery of social housing having worked across both the government and community housing sector.  Marsha has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Coast to Country Housing Company for the past 11 years. During her time as CEO, Marsha has guided the organisation through significant growth of over 400%.

In 2013, Coast to Country Housing Company was awarded “Employer of the Year” by the Townsville of Chamber of Commerce.  Marsha was the recipient of the Townsville Chamber “Chamber Champion Award” which recognises an outstanding individual for their commitment to Townsville and for exemplary leadership.  Marsha also received an Australian Institute of Management Excellence Award for “Not-for-Profit Manager of the Year.”

Marsha is a vibrant person who is passionate about the Company’s commitment to increase its involvement and investment into social and affordable housing for the community. Marsha has a Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Housing Management & Policy) and a Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management.


Owen Taylor
Business Manager
Samantha Taylor
Business Co-ordinator
Kaye Napier
FINANCE MANAGER
Dianne Morris
Finance Co-Ordinator
Tiffany Hart
Administration Support Officer
Celie Butler
Client Service Manager
Daniel MacKenzie
Housing Specialist
Bec McNulty
Housing Specialist
Caroline Chandler
Housing Specialist
Cathy Hurlock
Housing Specialist
Julie Smith
Housing Specialist
Scarlett Gamble
Client Service Officer

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