Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre CEO, Tanya Stevenson, has been named one of the top 30 people of influence on the Fraser Coast.

In a Fraser Coast Chronicle power list, Tanya was ranked 25th, featuring alongside business leaders and politicians.

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Tanya was previously named one of the most influential women on the Fraser Coast.

The entire HBNC team knows this acknowledgement is well deserved.

Tanya never stops looking for ways to make the Fraser Coast a stronger, more positive and more resilient community.

Her heart for the community’s most vulnerable is plain to see.

This year, Tanya has been the driving force behind the opening of The Neighbourhood Hive – a first-of-its-kind community centre for Hervey Bay.

This centre realises Tanya’s vision for encouraging innovation and collaborative learning in our community.

She has also worked tirelessly to help transform the Urangan Community Centre into a state-of-the-art wellness hub, support health and wellbeing.

The all new Tree House: Urangan Community Wellness Centre is set to open in early 2022.

These are just two highly visible contributions Tanya has made to the community in recent times.

Much of her work is done behind the scenes, advocating for Hervey Bay’s most disadvantaged and bringing bold new ideas to the table when meeting with government, private sector and community representatives.

She was instrumental in preparing the region’s Strategic Housing Issues Paper, offering solutions to our ongoing housing crisis.

She has also provided firm and trustworthy leadership as the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre navigated the continuing challenges of COVID-19, ensuring client care was not disrupted and services continued to grow.

Tanya has been described as a thought leader and an innovator – someone who looks at how neighbourhood centres can reach their potential for the communities they serve.