The Team

Renae Kennedy

CEO – Weipa Community Care Association Inc.

Renae has recently joined as CEO of Weipa Community Care since and has enjoyed the challenges that this role has presented. Renae was previoulsy on the board of the Community Centre and has a passion for helping the local commnunity that shines through in her work.

Kim Dunstan

NILS Officer & Support Worker - Shelter

Kim is responsible for providing financial support to low income families (NILS) in Weipa and surrounding communities of Mapoon, Napranum, Arukun  and the Cape Region. She provides basic budgeting advice to potential clients who may require items to enhance their quality of life and to promote financial independence. Kim provides quality support and assistance to victims of domestic and family and violence. She works closely with women and their accompanying families who access the Western Cape Women’s Shelter.

Genna Lesmond

Support Worker – Community Development

Genna has a background in event management and marketing and joined the team in August 2018. Her role includes developing and nurturing community relationships by engaging various networks through centre based activities, events and workshops in surrounding areas of Weipa and Cape York.

Erica Hutchinson

Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Case Manager

Erica is is pioneering this new position in the team, which provides support and case management services to local young people who are struggling with substance misuse. Erica has previously worked in the Community Development position and has built a strong rapport with the Weipa community.

Leah Gunning

Administration Assistant

Leah joined our team in July 2018 and has become an integral part of the team. Leah spends her time assisting the CEO and Community Development Officer and is consistently striving for the best results.

Lauren Gregory

Cape Youth Connect Coordinator

Lauren is currently the Team Leader of the Weipa Community Care Association Inc. Child Care Services delivering quality service and assurance for the day to day coordination of the Weipa Family Day Care Scheme.  Tahlia works on a part time basis in this role and is also one of our wonderful Family Day Care Educators.

Kaila Bostock

Family Day Care Coordinator

Kaila joined the team in July 2018 and currently spearheads our Family Day Care Educators throughout Weipa and surrounds.

Annie Done

Support Worker – Shelter

Annie provides quality support and assistance to victims of domestic and family and violence. She works closely with women and their accompanying families who access the Western Cape Women’s Shelter providing them with essential empowerment strategies.  Her warm heartedness and compassion brings a smile to everyone’s face.


Susan Bowman

Domestic and Family Violence Counsellor - Weipa North West Cape Healing Services

Sue offers free counselling to community members affected by domestic and family violence This services operates 5 days a week and is currently being supported by other services with referrals.  Monday – Weipa, Tuesday – Napranum and Wednesday – Mapoon.  Anyone who would like to access this free service can call 0400 950 344.  Walk in appointments are also accepted.

Trish Power

Support Worker – Community Centre

Trish is responsible for the day to day management of the Op Shop.  Always smiling, Trish delivers outstanding customer service and maintains excellent working relationships with members of the community.  Her work place standards are of the highest quality ensuring customers always feel safe and welcome.  You will often find Trish adorning an assortment of colourful wigs, there’s never a dull moment in the Op Shop.

Leesa Groom

Finance Officer

Leesa is an important part of the team at the Community Centre. She is our dedicated virtual finance whizz specialising in accounting, booking keeping and payroll.

Joan Watterson

Support Worker - Op Shop

Joan has been volunteering at the Community Centre for some years and recently joined the team in a part-time role overseeing the Op-Shop and volunteering program


Rosie Black

Joan Waterson

Nay Bunkhrong

Jill Steele

Loraine Smith

Become A Volunteer

There are several ways you can volunteer at Weipa Community Care Inc. from assisting in the Op Shop and Cafe to helping at events and in the Healing Services. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community while meeting new friends and gaining valuable experience and skills.

Committee Members

Sharon Carter – President
 Peter Miller – Treasurer
Renae Kennedy – Secretary

We would like to pay our respects to and acknowledge the Traditional owners and custodians of the land we work, play, walk and dwell. We also pay our respects and thanks to the Elders of past, present and future. Services are funded by the Department of Housing and Public Works and the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Family Day Care is funded by the Federal Government and in partnership with Rio Tinto and Weipa Town Authority. NILS is funded by Good Shephard Micro Finance and National Australia Bank.