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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

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.

Nick O’Connor

Biography to come – stay tuned!

Rhonda Clark

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.

Scott Betteridge

Scott has worked in leadership roles within the Information Technology field for the past 25 years.  This experience has been across multiple sectors ranging from mining, heavy industry and public service.  Scott has experience in auditing, human relations, customer engagement, business improvement and business analysis.  In 2013, he graduated from James Cook University with a Master of Business Administration, majoring in dispute resolution. Scott also volunteers as a Cub Scout Leader within Scouts Australia, being involved in the movement for the past four years.

Peter Sladden

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 Whitbread
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Owen Taylor
Business Manager - Assets
Samantha Taylor
Business Manager - Operations
Dianne Ruddell
Finance Manager
Celie Butler
Client Service Manager
Kerri-Ann Durre
Finance Officer
Tiahna Stockwell
Administration Support Officer
Daniel MacKenzie
Tenancy Support Worker
Mel Whittred
Housing Specialist
Bec McNulty
Housing Specialist
Julie Smith
Housing Specialist
Scarlett Gamble
Client Service Officer

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