Building stronger communities

The HOPE project aims to identify and support initiatives to equip young people living in Charleville and Cunnamulla with the skills they need to lead healthy lifestyles and to reach their potential.

The HOPE Project forms part of a collective impact model, which is an effective way to address deep and persistent disadvantage, and its impact on young people’s development pathways. Collective impact is about securing long-term, sustainable change in the lives of young people.

HOPE Project vision

“The communities of Charleville and Cunnamulla work together to provide services, initiatives and programs that support their young people to lead healthy lifestyles and to reach their full potential.”

HOPE Project goals

HOPE Project principles

  • Capacity building – The HOPE Project is committed to working in an inclusive way, with a long-term view to build the skills, capability and capacity of the community. Capacity building increases the range of people, organisations and resources that are able to contribute to improving school participation, employment opportunities and the general health and wellbeing of young people.
  • Responsiveness – Responsive systems and initiatives are those that meaningfully address local concerns and opportunities. Responsive solutions are accessible to the target, culturally appropriate and delivered in a timely manner. Charleville and Cunnamulla are unique communities and the HOPE Project recognises that a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be assumed to translate to either or both communities.
  • Planned and integrated approaches – The HOPE Project recognises that there is a wealth of expertise, services and opportunities within Charleville and Cunnamulla; however, working in isolation is rarely sustainable or effective. The HOPE Project is committed to working with and through others to increase the reach of its work and to maximise the benefit of resources invested.

Community leadership

The success of the HOPE Project is in large part due to the strong local leadership and support underpinning its work.

The HOPE Project Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the HOPE Project. The Steering Committee is comprised of:

  • Health Service Chief Executive, South West Hospital and Health Service (Chair)
  • Mayor and CEO, Murweh Shire Council
  • Mayor and CEO, Paroo Shire Council
  • CEO, Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Community Health
  • CEO, Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health
  • Inspector, Charleville Group, Queensland Police Service
  • Principal, Charleville State High School
  • Principal, Charleville State School
  • Principal, St Mary’s School, Charleville
  • Principal, Cunnamulla P-12 State School

Community collaboration and consultation

The HOPE Project supports and drives collaboration with a strong network of stakeholders who work together to develop responses to the needs of young people in Charleville and Cunnamulla.

Establishing and nurturing these networks provides solutions that will continue to meet the needs of the young people in Charleville and Cunnamulla long after the completion of the project.

The HOPE Project operates as a backbone organisation and works as a facilitator and organiser of change, sharer of information, mobiliser of funding, and manager and analyser of data. The HOPE Team connects many partners to deliver training, support, programs and initiatives, but is not the funder or service provider.

In order for the HOPE Project to be successful, all of the HOPE Project’s stakeholders need to assume responsibility and accountability for driving change, and promoting social and economic wellbeing for their young people.

Seeking support from the HOPE Project

Anyone can identify an initiative and submit a proposal to the HOPE Project team for consideration using the HOPE Project’s Program template (DOC, 123 KB).

  • The HOPE Project team and Steering Committee will assess proposals based on:
  • Their alignment to the HOPE Project’s scope (targeting young people up to age 25 in Charleville and Cunnamulla)
  • Their alignment to the HOPE Project goals and principles
  • Their relevance and strategic alignment with the existing portfolio of work to ensure there is no duplication
  • The evidence basis underpinning the proposals.

Detailed information on how to submit a proposal for consideration is included in the HOPE Project Framework document (available on request).

Contact the HOPE Project team

Miriam Airey
HOPE Project Manager

Sue Eustace-Earle
Senior Project Officer

Further information and resources on the HOPE Project

The HOPE Project framework guides the decisions and actions of the HOPE Project team and its partners – Framework (available on request)

The HOPE Project Roadmap articulates the strategic objectives the community is committed to delivering in partnership with existing services and organisations – the-hope-project-roadmap (PDF, 42 KB)

The HOPE Project operational plan identifies the specific projects and initiatives the HOPE Project is undertaking each year – 2017/18 Work plan (available on request)

The latest updates from the HOPE Project team:


HOPE Program Update – January – February 2019 (PDF, 403kb)

HOPE Program Update – March – April 2019

HOPE Program Update – June – September 2019

HOPE Program Update – October – December 2019


HOPE Project Update – August – September 2018 (PDF, 496kb)
HOPE Project Update – January – February 2018 (PDF, 431kb)
HOPE Project Update – April – May 2018 (PDF, 416kb)
HOPE Project Update – June – July 2018 (PDF, 493kb)


HOPE Project Update – July 2017 (PDF, 213 KB)
HOPE Project Update – August 2017 (PDF, 296 KB)
HOPE Project Update – September 2017 (PDF, 234 KB)
HOPE Project Update – October – November 2017 (PDF, 224kb)
HOPE Project Update – December 2017 (PDF, 346kb)