Launching the QLD Social Enterprise Council!

With lovely ladies from Buffed - Hash and Madelene
With lovely ladies from Buffed – Hash and Madelene

The Social Enterprise scene in Brisbane is blossoming with an estimated 300+  social enterprises already up and running in the city. In lew of this momentum and 10 years in the making, the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) officially launched at QUT on Monday!

The councils vision is to:

To support the development of a vibrant, innovative and capable social enterprise sector in Qld that is sufficiently resourced and supported to achieve high social, cultural and environmental impact.

It is the first democratically elected council of its kind in Australia and it was amazing to have so many like-minded individuals and local champions of social enterprise together in one room. Since the event Milaana has officially registered with the council and I’m looking forward to being an active participant helping to further the councils aims as listed below.

QSEC Chairman Steve Williams and Mrs Tarnya Smith MP – Assistant Minister for Child Safety
QSEC Chairman Steve Williams and Mrs Tarnya Smith MP – Assistant Minister for Child Safety

The Queensland Social Enterprise Council exists in order to:

  1. Promote social enterprise
  2. Provide a forum for discussion between social enterprises
  3. Carry out research into social enterprise
  4. Publish and speak on social enterprise
  5. Encourage the development of mechanisms such as social procurement and social enterprises funding for the advancement of social enterprise
  6. Advocate with governments, private sector and the charitable sector to facilitate development of social enterprise
  7. Liaise with other bodies interested in the development of social enterprise

Many Social Entrepreneurs are operating in isolation so it is wonderful to see so many of them coming together with members including – S.E.E.D of the Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative, OzHarvest, Just Earth, Bleeding Heart Cafe and all the catering for the event was done by the beautiful Mu’ooz team providing Eritrean delicacies!

Thanks to all involved and looking forward to engaging more in the future!


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