Community Inclusion and Wellbeing Reference Group

The purpose of the Reference Group is to provide strategic advice and feedback to assist Council in making the MidCoast an accessible, inclusive and cohesive community, where all people can participate fully in community life, regardless of their age, ability or background.

The Reference Group reflects the value Council places on our unique, diverse and culturally rich communities as well as our connected community.

The group assists Council to deliver on the following strategies from the Community Strategic Plan:

  • Provide equitable access to services, programs, spaces and facilities;
  • Strengthen the capacity of our young people to participate and thrive in community life
  • Support the strengthening of social connectedness through programs and partnerships
  • Welcome people of all abilities and backgrounds


Reference Group members

Councillor representatives

Cr D Smith (Chair)

Cr K Smith

Community representatives

Arthur Chapman PhD

Corrina Routh

Felicity Carter

Margaret Guider

Mydie Keegan

Christopher Rowsell

John Temple OAM

Gemma Green

The following positions are agency / provider representatives

Melissa Walker – NDIS

Alison Trudgeon – Dept Ed

Tim Laritt – Home In Place (Compass Housing)

Craig Partridge – Wesley

Stephen Prohm – Lifeline