The Annual P&Cs Queensland State Conference was held in Gladstone on the weekend (September 9 & 10) 250 P&Cs members from right across Queensland descended on the GECC to view products and services on offer to help assist their operations, share ideas, celebrate, learn and create connections.
This year’s theme “Back to Basics, Forward to the Future” was an exploration of the basic A B C of running the P&C effectively. Thousands of parents and citizens around the state step up to take their turn to volunteer at their state school P&C each year. The support this provides for schools is invaluable. Aside from helping to run facilities, sports days, music programs, raise funds for school benefit, and assist in the social and community aspect of the school environment, parent engagement is critical to improving student outcomes.
The State Conference is where their ideas, challenges and wins are bought together to discuss as a collective. Keynote speaker Jane Caro, regular on ‘The Gruen Transfer’ and ‘Sunrise’ drew extra attention to the event.
“This event is fantastic for Gladstone” GECC Sales and Marketing Supervisor, Kim Roberts said. “It brings new people to our Region, many of which made mention of the fantastic facilities we have here. They were pleasantly surprised that Gladstone had so much to offer”.
The event ran over 2 days – Friday and Saturday and concluding on the Saturday evening with the P&Cs awards dinner also attended by 250 people. With most guests arriving on Thursday evening, they took any opportunity to have a look around and enjoy some of our local treasures – A cruise on Curtis Ferry Services, East Shores and the Gladstone Yacht Club were among the favourites “Events like these are also a great boost for our local businesses and the Gladstone economy” Ms Roberts said.