Supporting our clients in the health and education sectors to deliver better community outcomes through working more effectively with their stakeholders is an important area of our work.
JTA has delivered comprehensive, co-ordinated engagement activities that have influenced government investment decisions and laid foundations for strong community partnerships.
School Viability Assessment Project
In an intense three month period in mid-2013, JTA worked for the Department of Education Training and Employment on the potential amalgamation of two Brisbane secondary schools, and simultaneously managed and implemented community consultation around the potential closure of primary and secondary schools in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Townsville.
Narangba industrial fire
On behalf of Queensland Health, JTA was the independent facilitator of the Narangba Industrial Estate Community Reference Group (CRG). This CRG was established to progress a retrospective Health Impact Assessment of actual and/or potential impacts on the estate's population following a chemical fire in mid 2005. The health impact assessment considered ongoing community concerns regarding the health of the surrounding area.
State Schools of Tomorrow project
Working for the then Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts, JTA conducted consultation/communication to help identify and prioritise funding projects among 13 state schools in the Brisbane Bayside area.
The project involved intense consultation with school and local communities regarding potential expenditure of more than $100 million in the area, under a state funding program designed to modernise learning environments that optimise school resources and facilities, and encouraged broader and more effective community integration.
The work took place in line with project principles and against a backdrop of sensitive issues (i.e. contentious school closures).
Mediation projects for Education Queensland
These projects included a lengthy process of mediation between two residents and a local state primary school where construction activities were likely to impact adversely on the two households.