We are focusing on the delivery of the following projects: 

Indigenous Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Response Team

This project is a collaboration between Choice and the Cairns Show Association and the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander Youth Welfare Corporation and located at the Cairns Showgrounds.  The project is designed to formerly engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in disaster resilience, recovery and responses.  In 2006 Choice became formerly involved n disaster management through the direct employment of over 520 people impacted and unemployed as a reult of ex-tropical cyclone Larry.  In 2010 we directly employed over 130 people impacted and unemployed as a result of the global financial crisis.  In 2011 we directly employed over 266 people impacted and unemployed by ex tropical cyclone Yasi   In 2021 we were commercially engaged to provide disaster response support in New South Wales from the 2019-20 bushfires.  

The Indigenous Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Response Team increases the capacity of the Indigenous community to be much better prepared for disaster.  The project also enhances the capacity of the Cairns Showgrounds (the Fred Moule pavillion) is a formal part of the local disaster management plan and is the largest disaster centre in Cairns. 

The project has been supported financially by the Cairns Show Association and Ergon Energy. 

Australia Post (Cairns city store) nominated Choice for a Your People of Post grant which was successful.  The grant funds will contribute towards improved use of paperless field based apps and the training required to use them.        

    

Stronger and Resilient Community project: 

This project is a collaboration between Choice and the Cairms Show Association and the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander Youth Welfare Corporation as a way to iimprove the capacity and resilience of Cairns social capital.  Existing and established local service providers including Indigenous organisations, a registered training provider, an employment service provider, sporting clubs, an organisation committed to multicultural affairs and others have become formally involved in the Cairns Showgrounds as a way to create positive change.    

Financial investment has been made by ITEC Employment and the Cairns Show Association and FGF Developments.  Deadly Choices and separately Woolworths Raintrees and separately Coles Cairns Central have provided in kind support to this project.