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Reclaim the Night 2016 - 10-Oct-16 01:41

Silent flower vigil and march to demand safety from sexual violence

Reclaim The Night 2015 - 18-Sep-15 02:16

30th Oct 2015 at 5:30pm Townsville Bulletin Square 30 min Silent Vigil to Reclaim The Night

Q Super Partnership - 18-Sep-18 22:49


19 September 2018


Queensland’s largest super fund has discovered 31% of Townsville women are having difficulty sleeping due to

The Women's Centre - Celebrating 30 Years - 25-Sep-14 20:57

The Women’s Centre will be celebrating her 30th Anniversary on the 1st of October 2014 with a morning tea event at The Women’s Centre, at 52 Patrick Street, Aitkenvale. The event also marks the launch of Sexual Violence Awareness Month and will highlight the significant acheivements The Women's Centre has made during the last three decades. Townsville City Council proudly support the event, and the Major, Cllr.Jenny Hill, will be in attendance, together with the Sky Foundation and past and present staff, management and those women that have both contributed to and enabled the success of the service. The guest speakers are Dr. Betty McLellan, Dr. Ryl Harrsion and Dr. Gracelyn Smallwood, and The Women's Centre welcomes all women to join them to thank the community for their support and mark the occasion in their herstory.

Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse - 23-Apr-13 03:04

Important Announcement

The historic Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began in the Victorian County Court in Melbourne on 3rd April 2013.(see News Archive)

The commission will look at religious organisations, state care providers, not-for-profit bodies,

Women's Rights Workshops - 14-Mar-13 22:05

If you want to learn more about Women's rights and violence against women contact The Women's Centre Townsville and register for one of their up and coming workshops scheduled for April 9, 15

Government extends Funding for Women’s Alliances - 20-Feb-13 00:34

The six National Women's Alliances will receive $4.8 million in Australian Government funding to continue bringing forward women's views, voices and issues onto the national policy agenda. Read more

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The lives of Women United in Voice - a Townsville Women's Centre program - have been enriched and enhanced, thanks to BHP Billiton Cannington funding the Choir Read the full article

Townsville Women's Expo 2012 - 27-Sep-12 01:40

Organised by Townsville City Council in partnership with Townsville Women’s Expo Committee, The Townsville Women’s Expo is aimed at Women of all ages in the Townsville Region.

The Women's Centre receives award at 2012 National Homelessness Services - 27-Sep-12 01:34

In March 2012, The Women's Centre was awarded 'Highly Commended' in the category "Excellence in the prevention of, or early intervention in homelessness" at the 2012 National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards.

Red rose rally to say no to violence - 26-Sep-12 21:24

With a red rose each, a group of women yesterday gathered outside Townsville courthouse to raise awareness of domestic violence within the community. As seen in the Townsville Bulletin, view full article 



19 September 2018





Queensland’s largest super fund has discovered[1] 31% of Townsville women are having difficulty sleeping due to financial stress, as opposed to only 23% of men.


QSuper also identified 82% of Townsville women were concerned about funding their retirement and 75% were concerned about the amount of super they had today.


And with the gender super gap in Townsville in 2017 sitting at 45 per cent, with men retiring locally with on average $218,000 and women retiring with on average $119,000 in superannuation, it’s easy to see why. The gap has also grown almost 24 per cent in the last five years.[2]


To help more Townsville women feel confident about their financial future, QSuper has today launched a partnership with The Women’s Centre to give women the tools and information they need to become more financially independent.


The partnership will see QSuper providing information and general financial advice to help women set themselves up for a more secure financial future, with the aim of preventing future vulnerability for older women.


QSuper CEO, Michael Pennisi, said that he was passionate about advocating for positive change for the social and financial outcomes for Queensland women.


“We currently deliver a wide range of education to our members across the State, so it’s a natural fit for us to deliver something more targeted to women, that promotes the importance of financial independence. Having visited Townsville recently, I’m particularly excited to launch the first of what we hope to build into a state-wide program here in Townsville.


“With two-thirds of QSuper members being women, we know many can face difficult financial situations throughout their lives and through to retirement. We want to offer some practical tools, so women can take control of their money earlier and put themselves in a better position for the long term”.


The survey also highlighted the gap between men and women in Townsville when it came to financial stress, with 34% of women avoiding thinking about their finances due to stress, compared to 24% of men, and 3% more than the state average for women.


Cathy Crawford from The Women’s Centre said that it was encouraging that an organisation as large as QSuper was offering their support in a meaningful way, with a clear focus on prevention through taking action. The program was initially piloted with staff, and Ms Crawford said that the response was positive.


“Our staff are all female, with varying degrees of financial knowledge. The information was relevant to all age groups and was easy to understand. I particularly liked the focus on the difference small changes can make over the long term.


“At our centre, we see a lot of women who are over the age of 50 and really struggling financially, often living week to week and on the brink of homelessness. We are pleased to be able to offer this program with QSuper with the hope that this will prevent future vulnerability to issues such as homelessness and social isolation,” she said.


Mr Pennisi said the Fund is focused on supporting women throughout Queensland, whether that be delivering financial education to members or providing career support via QSuper’s She’s on Q women in business events.


QSuper is also committed to supporting vulnerable Queenslanders, including those affected by domestic and family violence. The Fund has a three-year partnership with DVConnect (Queensland’s busiest domestic violence hotline) that funds an additional full-time telephone support officer to support people in need of help across the state.


“Our partnership with DVConnect means over 4,000 more victims have their calls for help answered each year. DVConnect currently provides support to over almost 1,500 women living in the Townsville area, so we’re very pleased to be supporting the Townsville community through this partnership.” Mr Pennisi said.


The partnership program with The Women’s Centre will be initially rolled out via social service organisations across Townsville, before a broader roll out in the next 12 months.


Anyone can register their interest in one of the free workshops in future by contacting the Townsville Women’s Centre on (07) 4775 7555.


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About QSuper

QSuper is Queensland’s largest super fund, with $80 billion in funds under management. From humble beginnings over a century ago, today we manage the retirement savings of more than 577,000 members.


With membership previously restricted to current and former Queensland Government employees (and their spouses), QSuper opened its doors for the first time a year ago, with membership now open to anyone.


Contact: Kat McTaggart, QSuper – 07 3239 1401 or

[1]  Survey of 4,565 QSuper members carried out by Colmar Brunton on behalf of QSuper


[2] Analysis of QSuper data as at May 2017.

Crisis numbers

24hr telephone support services available include:

DV Connect

1800 811 811

Homeless Persons
Information Centre

1800 474 753


131 114

Sexual Assault Helpline

1800 010 120 (until 11.30pm)

National Sexual Assault,
Domestic Family Violence
Counselling Service

1800 010 120 (1800 RESPECT)