Pop up polo was an absolute success! Incredible Edibles team worked along side chefs and apprentices.

On arrival the team had a tour of the event & were introduced to the owners & head chef Lance of the light box group. After the event finished the team were taken on a tour of there other restaurants in Rocky Headricks Lane & the new addition ‘The Boat House’.

It was an experience they will never forget & they really appreciated the invite.


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Tracey Alexander – GCLA CEO and her husband and Suzie Lawlor GCLA Customer Consultant volunteered their time to help make DREAMRIDE 2016 a reality!

Everyone had a blast and enjoyed the event – It was a fantastic event and great to see this happen in Australia.



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The year of 2016

  • 120,000 hours of support delivered to 394 customers
  • 197 years of service recognised
  • 41 staff achieved 48 qualifications
  • 26% decrease in staff turnover
  • 60% decrease in workplace injuries
  • 13.5% business growth
  • Added Port Curtis and Gladstone Aquatic Therapy Services to our scope.


Ground Control blasts off with major jobs initiative

Local community organisation, Gladstone Community Linking Agency (GCLA), is part of the solution in generating employment opportunities for the region’s youth.


A not for profit organisation specialising in the provision of various levels of support and care for the aged and

individuals with disability, GCLA is about to launch the aptly named ‘Ground Control” lawn care and garden

maintenance business.


GCLA operations manager, Laurie Ellis says Ground Control was established to create employment for young people with a disability.

“We’re excited to announce our first major social enterprise, not just because it will generate jobs, but it also provides a much needed service for aged or disabled customers whose yard could do with a little TLC. We’ve partnered with some enthusiastic local ‘green-thumbs’, and are looking forward to getting to work”, said Mr Ellis.


Whilst unemployment levels in our region are high, Mr Ellis pointed out it was even more of an issue for people with a disability. “Ground Control has been established to deliver a solution and provide employment options for these young people, giving them a sense of purpose, friendship and life experience”.

Ground Control will operate as a commercial enterprise providing the community with lawn care, garden and yard maintenance services. The business will hire employees and supervisors with the appropriate skills, training and safety systems.


The new business is being launched on Thursday, 1 December at a community event coinciding with International Day of People with Disability – a United Nations sanctioned day that unites people globally, celebrating the achievement and contributions of people with disability.


The event is a morning tea and will be held at Gladstone Community Hub (Buller St), commencing at 10am.

The pending launch of federal programs such as My Aged Care and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will enable Ground Control to additionally provide support options to individuals through their funding packages that may become available under such schemes.


Ultimately though, the real winners are the region’s young people with a disability, where on-going employment has been secured.

For more information, call Laurie Ellis (4972 8855).


Gladstone a focus for innovative approaches to disability insurance and aged care

Gladstone will be a focus of research, training and social innovation projects throughout the transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and MyAgedCare (MAC).

The city’s new role comes about thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by CQUniversity Australia and the Gladstone Community Linking Agency.

CQUni Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman says his institution is looking forward to researching alongside GCLA, a key not-for-profit organisation, to deepen understanding of the changes heralded by the NDIS and MAC.

“CQUniversity researchers and students have plenty to gain by observing GCLA’s journey as it moves from a traditional service and funding model to an open ‘marketplace’ where the person-centred approach is the guiding philosophy,” Professor Bowman says.

“We are pledging to provide GCLA and its stakeholders with in-depth research to underpin evidence-based practice as well access to professional expertise and industry-relevant training opportunities.

“We will be looking for opportunities for social innovation befitting our status as Australia’s first Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.”

GCLA CEO Tracey Alexander says her organisation will create educationally-relevant placement opportunities for CQUniversity students and Continuing Professional Development opportunities for CQUni staff, encompassing all areas of the business.

“We will provide projects relevant to curriculum for each student which could  focus on disability and aged care service delivery, marketing, social media and website design, community nursing, accounting processes and efficiencies, business management systems and change management, and a range of other areas,” Ms Alexander says.

“By facilitating and developing effective education, training and research partnerships we can create better outcomes for consumers of our services while ensuring that work in the disability and aged care sector will be seen as a preferred career pathway.”

Thank you to everyone for attending our Morning Tea at the Community Hub and celebrating International Day of People with Disability.

We had a fantastic time and are pleased to present our first social enterprise….. Ground Control!

Head over to our Ground Control page to keep up to date with the latest specials and updates. We look forward to cutting your grass!

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SOLD… After months of searching GCLA have a new house! Gearing up for the NDIS – this new house will create an opportunity for independent living skills for people who have a disability in the Gladstone Region.

Special thanks to Gladstone Foundation with support from LNG partners for helping make this a reality. Operating Mainstay GCLA have experience and dedicated workers ready and able!

Kate Duffy – Management Committee, Tracey Alexander – CEO and Laurie Ellis – Operations Manager accepting the keys for this new venture!