Stephen Griffiths and Damon Landers, from CTC Residential Services

June 26, 2017

South Burnett CTC – one of the region’s largest employers – held its annual CTC Day at Wooroolin Hall recently to celebrate another 12 months of achievements, and consider some of the likely changes that lie ahead.

CTC is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support for families, youth, foster carers. It also provides respite options and runs the Gumnut Place disability enterprise in Murgon.

CTC CEO Nina Temperton thanked the workers for all their fantastic work over the past year.

“You focus on outcomes, you focus on clients … the work you do is absolutely outstanding,” she said.

And she emphasised that rumours that CTC was “going broke” were wrong.

“We actually made a small surplus,” she said.

However, she said there a strong likelihood of there being a retraction in funding in the near future for residential services, which meant CTC was likely to close one of its residential houses.

Also, by the end of CTC Community Kids will have transitioned to Queensland Lutheran Early Childhood Services (QLECS) who won the tender for the service, and it was likely that long day care would also go to QLECS.

On the bright side, CTC was well-prepared for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout, although she anticipated there would be some issues.

As well as awards (see below), lunch and ice creams, the CTC Day also had a serious side.

The morning kicked off with Domestic Violence Bystander Training presented by Hayley Foster, from Griffith University, who presented an evidence-based violence prevention program which is designed to facilitate change and prevent violence.

The Wooroolin Hall was packed with CTC employees for the group’s annual day
CTC CEO Nina Temperton and Matthew Kenny
Les Stewart and James Saltner, from Safe Haven
Esther Ross, Paz Remalante and Pearly Romantico from CTC HQ
Victoria Fleetwood, Kerry Cotter and Peter Fry, from Connections at Murgon
Margie Duff, Victor Minniecon, Lesley Bell and Lillian Gray
Shaun Bliesner, Tia Poutama, Stacey Taylor and Gumnut workshop supervisor Kevin Gill
South Burnett CTC’s crew gather outside the Wooroolin Memorial Hall for a staff photograph

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South Burnett CTC Awards

Partners In Foster Care service manager  Susan Jerome was presented with the Howard Leisemann STAR award by CTC HR Manager Janet Champney, right …  STAR stands for Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Reliability and has been presented to a senior CTC staff member every year since 2010
Gumnut Place Team Award … Brendan Evans
Youth Team Kingaroy … Yanina Mollenhauer
Residential Team … Graham Newson
Childcare … Natalie Oxenbridge
Connections Murgon … Kerry Cotter
Partners In Foster Care … Brenda Brown
CROSB … Bill Davison
Headquarters … Matthew Kenny
Volunteer lead tenant Malcolm Simmons received the John Quatermass ‘Above and Beyond’ Award for his work at the hostel … Prue Bauer and Harry Sterling nominated Malcolm for the award and wrote his citation
South Burnett CTC Employees who have clocked up five years of service were also presented with a thank you gift … (not in order) Annette Eadie, Phillip Martin (not present), Johnny Magro, Angie Dingle, Dave Little, Angie Fisher, Mary-Anne Knoll, Rick Willett, Brendan Evans and Simon Linnane
Ten-year employees … Matthew Kenny, Cathe Ferris and Susan Jerome

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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