huddleCLRWho we are

We are a collective voice for social change.

For over 19 years the Cooloola Human Services Network has been promoting social justice and wellbeing across the Gympie region.

We are a network of individuals and organisations who wish to promote quality, responsive, locally based community services.

We believe that by working collaboratively we can achieve much more than any one of us acting individually.

We exist to provide a unified voice for the human and community services sector in the Gympie region and to advocate for the delivery of local services.

What We Do

We are the peak body representing the human and community services sector  in the Gympie region.

We operate from a community development perspective to support emerging and existing organisations, programs and services build a responsive and inclusive community.

  • We provide networking opportunities for workers across the sector
  • We disseminate information
  • We auspice small and emerging organisations
  • We promote opportunities for collaboration
  • We create solutions through needs assessments, community research, collaborative action and optimising services
  • We provide a unified voice for community action, engagement and influence

Our Vision is for a responsive and inclusive community.

Our Mission is to lead coordination and development of human services in the Gympie region.


In 2011 our work  in the community was recognised at the annual Bendigo Bank Gympie Business Awards when we were named ‘Community Organisation of the Year’.



The Cooloola Human Services Network was formed in 2000 to act as the peak body for community services in the former Cooloola Shire. CHSN grew out of two groups, the Local Interagency Information Network (LIINK) and the  Cooloola Local Action Group (CLAG). These groups combined to form a single incorporated association  to undertake both the networking role provided by the interagency and the advocacy role of the local action group.

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the First Australians, the traditional owners of the land; the Gubbi Gubbi, Kabi Kabi, Butchela and Wakka Wakka peoples, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.

How does CHSN assist the community?

"Cooloola Human Services Network is unique. It connects individuals, groups and organisations with common interests and purpose. It finds the linkages and common ground. It brings people together to clarify issues, solve problems and create solutions that really work in our commUNITY".  

Fiona Neagle

CHSN President 2014-2016