Cr Danita Potter, South Burnett CTC CEO Nina Temperton and Board chairman John Box thanked Jacqui Grosskopf, left, for designing CTC’s 2021 Annual Report

November 30, 2021

The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic provided fewer challenges for South Burnett CTC than it did in 2020, guests at the group’s annual general meeting were told last week.

This was largely because the group’s WH&S team had used the past year to work out effective systems to keep CTC’s staff and clients COVID safe.

Instead, the main focus of the group’s efforts had been on mental health, domestic violence and homelessness – three areas where local demand kept growing well in advance of necessary funding to address them.

The most significant problem area CTC encountered last year was recruiting enough qualified staff to cater to the group’s growth.

This was an issue that was likely to command even more attention in the year ahead.

As at June 30 this year, CTC employed 211 casual, full-time and part-time staff.

They drove almost one million kilometres to deliver services across the South Burnett during the past financial year.

Over two-thirds of CTC’s purchasing was spent with local suppliers, and during the past year CTC also acquired three properties in the Kingaroy area to accommodate people with disabilities and young people in residential care – primarily to overcome a growing shortage of suitable rental properties.

But in light of the planned retirement of CTC CEO Nina Temperton and some other senior team members in 2023, CTC’s Board has begun a review of the group’s organisational structure and staffing to ensure a smooth transition.

Financially, the not-for-profit organisation returned a solid result for 2021 and appears well-equipped to withstand any sudden changes to the programs it administers, according to auditor Cos Schuh from the Schuh Group.

CTC also seems set to remain one of the region’s major employers.

Mrs Temperton noted that the sudden death of Partners In Foster Care Manager Susan Jerome in January had saddened many people who admired her dedication to keeping at-risk children safe.

She also paid tribute to long-time Deputy CEO Janet Champney, who retired this year after a career with CTC that spanned several decades.

Mrs Temperton said Janet would also be greatly missed.

She thanked the many South Burnett businesses, philanthropic bodies, individuals and government agencies who supported CTC’s programs over the past year.

The AGM concluded by noting there were no changes to CTC’s Board and all members have agreed to serve another year’s term at the helm.

They are chairman John Box, vice-chairman Maurie Freeman, treasurer Howard Leisemann, secretary Nina Temperton, and members Marc Reinbott, Bernadette Upton, Kaylene Schilf, Jo Gadischke and David Tierney.

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