Each week, we will feature a member of the HBNC team, giving you a chance to Meet the Neighbours. The goal is to highlight and celebrate the people at the heart of our organisation, who work tirelessly to make the Wide Bay Burnett community a stronger and more resilient one.

This week, we'd like you to meet Brooke Robinson, Administration Support Officer.

 Tell us a bit about yourself.

I moved to Maryborough, from Newcastle NSW in July to be close to my fiancé Darren. We are getting married in February in my hometown of Armidale NSW.

I love to dance, and did Irish Dancing in Newcastle, performing regularly at festivals. I also love to create things, and enjoy singing.

What is a quick summary of your professional background?  

I was a missionary for 10 years with Youth With A Mission in Newcastle, then worked at the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle for six years in administration and as deputy editor of the Aurora magazine. I have lots of experience in administration in different offices and have also volunteered in a variety of community programs.

What drew you to work with the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre?

I applied for this role, as I love helping people and gathering people together in community. My values align with HBNC, and I am very happy to be working here.

How do you see your role making a difference in the lives of the community’s most vulnerable? 

I will be a welcoming, smiling face at the Neighbourhood Hive. If I can invite others in to be part of something that gives them joy and meaning through creativity, that’s a great role.

What’s one thing you hope to see happen or change for our community? 

I would love to see every person get help where needed, and create amazing connections that will sustain them through difficult times. A connected community is a strong community.